On Hanuman Jayanti
Mysticism of Hanumanji_maharaj
© By Jyotikar Pattni ©
Aum Tat Sat
Hanumanji_maharaj, Hanuman_dada, Hanuman_mahadeva, is dear to most devotees of Shree Rama. Hanumanji is the inner most spirit of life (priyanjani) as Pranna and Vayau both. Hanuman is precious to all cosmic gods and goddesses (param_daivya_swaroopam Hanu), winner of all hearts (manojvam), valiant, non-defeat able, whose lustre is of ten thousand rising suns. Hanuman is blessed with the boon to be immortal forever beyond time (akaalah amreetam) by Goddess Bhagavatti herself. Hanuman is adventurous, daring, fearless, innocent, devoted, sincere, truthful, extra-ordinarily spiritual, the only male deity blessed with the boon of nine mystic yogic powers (nava_nidhi_ke_data), the one who is worshiped by the lord of eight direction ashtha-pal-devata with eight-petal lotus made in eight directions as follows:
“Aum Hari Ram Bhaktaya namah” facing the east direction
“Aum Mahatejaya namah” facing the south-east direction
“Aum Kapirajaya namah” facing the south direction
“Aum Mahabalaya namah” facing the south west direction
“Aum Dronadriharakaya namah” facing the west direction
“Aum Merupithakarchanakaraya namah” facing the north west direction
“Aum Dakshinasabhaskaraya namah” facing the north direction
“Aum SarvaVighna_Nivarakaya namah” facing the north east direction
One who recites the above eight mantras of Lord Hanuman together with the ‘sankalpa’ mantra (the mantra to proliferate our worship into boons of beneficial truthful karmas) never fails to get the blessings of Hanumanji_maharaj. Here is the sankalpa mantra: ‘Aum hreem haum hsraum hsaum haum Hanumantayeh namah’.
Ancient mysticism of Hanuman proves that anyone who is afraid, alone, helpless, hopeless and threatened be-seeks Hanuman and goes to Hanuman’s shelter reciting one hundred and eight Hanuman chalisa (a 40 verses hymn), receives relief and some form of release from the sufferings and tortures of the present lifetime. Please visit www.hanss.co.uk for hanuman chalisa under positive links.
Son of Vedic cosmic God ‘Vayau’ and ‘Anjana’, Hanuman is mischievous yet naïve and childlike. At the time of Hanuman's birth, the undisputed leader of the monkey-world was Vali, a strong and powerful ape. When Vali came to know that Anjana was pregnant with a child who was bound to develop into a powerful rival, he decided to end matters in Anjana's womb itself. He created a missile using five metals: gold, silver, copper, iron and tin. When the unsuspecting mother was asleep, he directed the missile into her womb. A normal child may have succumbed to this dastardly attack, but not one born of Shiva's fiery seed. The missile as soon as it touched Hanuman's body melted, and transformed into a pair of earrings. Thus wearing the trophies of his first battle, fought while still in his mother's womb, Hanuman gloriously entered this world of humankind during the epic of Ramayana some 15,000 years ago.
Hanuman took the cosmos as a playfield and accidentally got hurt by the cosmic gods. The unison retribution to cosmic god Vayu was sought by the cosmic gods for his forgiveness. To make amends they showered the following blessings and powers on hanuman as a child:
Brahma ushered: "May you live as long as Brahma himself lives immortally."
Vishnu blessed: "May you live all your life as the greatest devotee of God Narayan and Shree Rama and may you make RAMA as immortal as your brevity, devotion, and humane compassionate."
Indra gave a boon: "No weapon of any kind will ever wound or hit your body."
Agni gave a shield of immortal fire proof: "Fire will never affect you."
Kaala: "May death never court you."
All the Devas (gods): "None will ever equal you in strength and speed."
Brahma concluded the session by bestowing on Hanuman a power greater than even Vayu and Garuda, and endowed him with a speed faster than even the mightiest wind. Thus pacified, the cosmic God Vayu restored air into the cosmos and Hanuman was returned to Anjana.
There was one catch however. It was decreed that Hanuman would remain blissfully unaware of his own prowess, unless, during the course of a meritorious deed, his memory would remind him of his superhuman ability. Therefore, only when Sitaji or Rama were in trouble or when the Eishwaar and Eishwaar were in trouble, will Hanuman regain his memory and utilise all his prowess and strength. Hanuman was blessed with eight tantric sidhis - having achieved the much-sought after eight occult powers from the cosmic goddesses:
1). Anima - The ability to reduce his size.
2). Mahima - Ability to increase his size.
3). Laghima - The ability to become weightless.
4). Garima - Ability to increase weight.
5). Prapti - The ability to travel anywhere and acquire anything.
6). Parakamya - Irresistible will power.
7). Vastiva - Mastery over all creatures.
8). Isitva - Ability to become god like with the power to create and destroy.
The Ramayana abounds with tales illustrating Hanuman's mastery over each of these siddhas (occult powers). Not surprisingly, he is reverently deified as a Mahsiddha (Maha - Great), param-tantric, and maha-veer. Given the boon of pancha-mukhee param-Eishwaar, Hanuman was afforded the title of being the most beloved of the cosmic gods and goddesses and just like mother Gayatree, lord Ganesh and Brahma, Hanuman was revered as a pancha-mukhee (five faced) cosmic God and the God of Kaaliyug.
In Kaaliyug Hanuman will be worshipped so long as “Rama” is recited as mantra and hymns.
The five faced Hanuman comprises:
At the centre – A maha-bali Hanuman
A lion's visage representing Narasimha gazing southwards.
An eagle's head symbolizing Garuda facing west.
A boar head of Varaha (north).
A horse's face for Hayagriva (facing the sky).
Each head signifies a particular trait. Hanuman- courage and strength, Narasimha - fearlessness, Garuda - magical skills and the power to cure snake bites, Varaha health and exorcism and Hayagriva victory over enemies.
The life purpose of every spiritual journey ends in ‘moksha’ (total liberation implying union with one that is beyond time). The goal of all mystical yearning is union of the individual soul with the universal grand cosmic divine soul. Hanuman is a symbol of sammam-satta-guna altogether righteous qualities of true religion namely truthfulness, honesty, integrity, dignity, devotion, sincerity, servitude, brotherhood, love, brevity, courage, fearlessness, lightening thunder, and might. In essential Vedic perception, Hanuman personifies the purity and glory of true divine worship of mother Goddess Bhagavatti in Sitamata and Param_narayana God Bhagavan in Rama. The Purusha-param-atman Narayan (cosmic soul) and the Prakrutti-param-eishwari-Bhagavati (cosmic spirit of all life), unite together in a dual beauty unparalleled, firstly in the form of ‘shiva-shakti’, then in the form of ‘ardhenareshwar’, then in the form of ‘Hari-Hara’, then in the form of Sita-Rama. In pure Adhyatma-bhava (spiritual presence) in Ramayana, a Sanskrit text dating from the fourteenth or fifteenth century, Sita represents the ‘Adi-shakti’ (half spirit of life of God), and Rama personifies ‘marayada-purshottama’ the ‘Param-Purusha-Param-Atman’.
In a beautiful interpretation, Hanuman here is said to personify “bhakti”, which annihilates the 'ahankara' or ego (Ravana), and re-unites the ‘Adi-shakti param-eishwaree-bhagavatti-mata’ and the ‘Param-Atama-purusha-atma-jagadish-hari’. The ‘Hari-Hara’ concept of Vedic spiritualism signify that when the bhakti like ‘Shiva’ (HARA) unites in one-ness in devotion to ‘Narayan’ (HARI), this union shall bring spiritual immensity to the world of humankind a core centrifugal spiritual light of delight. Our soul divine is divided hence into two parts – namely the HARI-(ATMA) and the HARA the compassionate devotee. Each human soul has the potential to become sublimely divine to the highest level of ‘HARI-HARA’ where at the ‘bhakta’ (devotee) and Bhagavan (God) can be united in compassion.
When the mind is still, no storm will move the spirit of life within. Our human mind is always in quest and always in question. When we stop to think and to question, we begin to shut the faculties of our mind (mind is the greatest energy centre) and once we begin to open our spiritual energies, we rise above the mind, which is ever restless and never still.
The world around us is a result of our collective karma. Collective human karma cannot be controlled or changed by one individual person!
Life goes on and time flies as it should unfolding the universe as it should. Our human life here on the human earth is a temporary passage in eternal time and space. We can only strive to control our minds, and ourselves our egoistic attachments, lures, illusions, and desires such that be bring in some form of reasonable ardent discipline to moderation.
We cannot choose our life or death, but we can choose the way we respond to it. Hanuman is a symbol of total absolute fearlessness that transcends from the mundane levels of earthly bondages to the sublime, absolute bliss of eternal happiness by his devotion, gallant servitude, integrity, dignity, mantra-manjaree (recital of many thousands of divine holy mantras), sincerity, self-less-ness, innocence, caring and affectionate love, embracing compassion, and benevolent wisdom.
It is human to err. It is also human to reflect upon our mistakes. To realise our true essential divinity is divinely a beautiful experience!
If we were to reconcile the different countries with the mind, there is no objective world 'out there.' The whole manifested world is a subjective phenomenon created by our own selves, our own individual minds.
We - as humans - have the unique ability to condition our minds. In other words, we have the power to change the way we perceive life. And by changing our perceptions of life, we have the power of changing our world.
When Hanuman enters Rama's life, he changes Rama's world. He transforms a crisis (the loss of Sita) into an opportunity (rid the world of Ravana). He transforms a victim into a hero. Thus, Hanuman is no ordinary monkey. While embarking on the search for Sita, the monkeys were confronted by the vast ocean lying between them and Lanka. They wondered how they would make their way across this mighty obstacle. Someone suggested that Hanuman jump and cross over the sea. But Hanuman was doubtful, "I cannot do that," he said. At that moment, one of his companions reminded Hanuman of the awesome powers lying dormant within him. Instantly Hanuman regained memory of his divine strength and he successfully leaped across the ocean.
Thus from this analogy, our mind too needs to be tapped and reminded of its divine higher potential and of the fact that it can achieve phenomenal divine heights provided it believes in its ability to perform the task in question. Truly Hanuman is symbolic of the perfect mind, and embodies the highest potential it can achieve. Scientifically proven, we only utilise maximum of 40 percent of our mind’s faculties rightfully. The remaining 60 percent of mind dwells in worries, doubts, paranoia, arguments, noises, haste, and waste.
If the collective human mind were to re-deem its potential from the gross mundane earthly survival towards the sublime spiritual awareness, the world around us would be a place of lesser pollution, lesser diseases, lesser catastrophes, lesser corruption, lesser political bureaucracies, lesser individualism, lesser selfishness, lesser warfare, lesser hatred, lesser anger, lesser tragedies, lesser grief, lesser trauma, lesser differentiations, and lesser divisions made by the man made religions. Mind is capable of jumping! To realise this truth we need to conquer the jumping mind!
‘Ha’ means God. ‘Nu’ means that which pervades. ‘Man’ means ‘manifested’. Hence Hanuman means: The one who is the manifested existence of the Supreme God who dwells within us all in the spirit of great truthfulness, blissfulness, and happiness of devotion (sat-chitt-anandam). Since Hanuman is the son of Vayu (the God of wind); He lives within all creatures as the Life-giving Breath. It is believed that Hanuman is Shivji’s Incarnation. Shivji wished to participate in the life of Lord Vishnu when the latter incarnated as Shree Ram to enact the Leela (Drama) of the Ramayana. Shivji therefore took the body of a monkey as he believed that that was the best way to serve His Lord: Shree Ram. From Hanuman, we learn great lessons of satt-karma (virtue embodied with true light of delight). Our religious scriptures all submerge into one truth: “BE GOOD AND DO GOOD”.
Our own karma determines our path in our lives. No other one is responsible for our sufferings. Therefore, removing all doubts and negativities, Hanuman chalisa teaches us to do our best and leave the rest to Hanumanji_Maharaj! If recited with full force and fullest faith and fullest trust as Hanumantha held in SIYA-RAMA, spiritual help arrives without the shadow of a doubt. Our human minds want instant results like instant teas and instant coffees and instant meals, hence microwave is a temporary solution in the short term but a costly health-wise regime that brings diseases like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, mercury assimilation, and many other impurities in our human constitution. Living fast lives, on fast foods deter our longevity and health. We fret about when trouble approaches and get traumatised. We forget to share our love and compassion! We run and run and fret in our minds. We need to learn not to fret about the outcome of our 'hard work'. Complaints, criticisms, and comparisons eventually bring us illness. Let us learn to accept the vicissitudes of life with grace, to speak lesser but the truth. Let us not hurt others. Let us eat moderately. Let us altogether, without prejudices recite HANUMAN CHALISA even if it means just once! Imagine the vibration we would bring to this earth: There is only one corner in the entire universe we can certainly improve without changing others and that is the corner of our own soul whereat the twilights of mantra and satyam merge!
Jyotikar Pattni © April 10th 2006/ Dedicated to Pattni Connection