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Who Is Hanuman ?



   "Hanuman is a symbol of a path to God, which is... service" ~ Ram Dass.

   In the story of the Ramayana, Hanuman is the hero who helps Ram to succeed on his Divine mission to rid the earth of the demon king Ravana. Hanuman is the epitome of devotion, the ultimate Bhaktite, (Devotee of the Beloved). Every breath, every blink of an eye, every action Hanuman takes is devoted to the service of Ram (God). Following are just a few of the esoteric understandings of Hanuman that can be derived from the Ramayana.
   Hanuman is responsible for reuniting Ram's wife Sita, the jewel of Consciousness, with Ram (God). Since Hanuman is the son of the Wind, he represents the Life force in our every breath. It is our breath's Life force that has the power to continuously reunite our soul, the jewel of Consciousness we each carry in our hearts, with God. So Hanuman represents the intimate connection each of us has with the Divine.
   In the Ramayana, Hanuman leaps across the ocean to find Sita where she is being held prisoner. Before Hanuman is able to access his powers, which enable him to perform this miraculous feat, he has to be reminded of his Divine Origin. It is no different for any of us. In order to truly access our individual gifts and achieve our full potential, we also must remain aware of our Divine Origin.
   The Sundara Kandam chapter, can be taken in its entirety as an allegory of the awakened aspirant's quest for Enlightenment. Hanuman must overcome many obstacles in order to cross the ocean of Samsara (the ever-changing aspect of the material Universe) and unite with Divine Spirit. In the 'darkness' of night he then searches all of Lanka, the demon king Ravana's kingdom, to find the abducted Sita. The search is often difficult and disappointing, but he continues undaunted and vigilant with faith in the Supreme Spirit. Hanuman's quest at last ends with the discovery of the Divinity within himself, which is represented by Sita.
   When Hanuman discovers where Sita is being held captive by the demon king Ravana, he is unsure how he should approach her to let her know that she has been found. He decides to make himself into a very small little monkey (Hanuman can change his form and size). His choice to humble himself is symbolic in showing us how we can approach higher Consciousness by setting our ego aside.
   Hanuman is known to be the guard of the doorway to Ram, the doorway to Infinity. No one can pass through this doorway without Hanuman's blessing. He is the 'Keeper of the Gate.' People pray to Hanuman when they want to get closer to God. They pray to Hanuman when they are preparing to crossover and enter Ram's abode, the kingdom of Heaven. People pray to Hanuman and ask for their heart's desires. He is a wish-fulfilling being. He is the ultimate Bhakti Yogi. He is the highest potential to which we as human beings can soar.

Bhakti Ware's Hanuman Clothing:
Women's Bhakti Hanuman T
Women's Hanuman Tank Top


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