Not long after the blessed occasion of Ram Navami, we celebrate Hanumanji's birth on a day known as Hanuman Jayanti. This year it falls on the 18th of April (my tomorrow, though for many of you it's today)... so I invite all of you to share any stories/information/creations/experiences related to Hanumanji so we can join in glorifying this ideal devotee form of God!
About Hanuman Jayanti
Yatra yatra raghunatha kirtanam;
Tatra tatra kritha masthakanjalim;
Bhaspavaari paripurna lochanam;
Maarutim namata raakshasanthakam
Meaning : "We
bow to Maruti, Sri Hanuman, who stands with his palms folded above his
forehead, with a torrent of tears flowing down his eyes wherever the
Names of Lord Rama are sung".
Sri Hanuman is
worshipped all over India-either alone or together with Sri Rama. Every
temple of Sri Rama has the murti or idol of Sri Hanuman. Hanuman is the
Avatara of Lord Shiva. He was born of the Wind-God and Anjani Devi. His
other names are Pavanasuta, Marutsuta, Pavankumar, Bajrangabali and
He is the
living embodiment of Ram-Nam. He was an ideal selfless worker, a true
Karma Yogi who worked desirelessly and dynamically. He was a great
devotee and an exceptional Brahmachari or celibate. He served Sri Rama
with pure love and devotion, without expecting any fruit in return. He
lived to serve Sri Rama. He was humble, brave and wise. He possessed all
the divine virtues. He did what others could not do-crossing the ocean
simply by uttering Ram-Nam, burning the city of Lanka, and bringing the
sanjeevini herb and restoring Lakshmana to life again. He brought Sri
Rama and Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana.
devotion, knowledge, spirit of selfless service, power of celibacy, and
desirelessness. He never boasted of his bravery and intelligence.
He said to
Ravana, "I am a humble messenger of Sri Rama. I have come here to serve
Rama, to do His work. By the command of Lord Rama, I have come here. I
am fearless by the Grace of Lord Rama. I am not afraid of death. I
welcome it if it comes while serving Lord Rama."
Mark here how
humble Hanuman was! How very devoted he was to Lord Rama! He never said,
"I am the brave Hanuman. I can do anything and everything."
Himself said to Sri Hanuman, "I am greatly indebted to you, O mighty
hero! You did marvellous, superhuman deeds. You do not want anything in
return. Sugriva has his kingdom restored to him. Angada has been made
the crown prince. Vibhishana has become king of Lanka. But you have not
asked for anything at any time. You threw away the precious garland of
pearls given to you by Sita. How can I repay My debt of gratitude to
you? I will always remain deeply indebted to you. I give you the boon of
everlasting life. All will honour and worship you like Myself. Your
murti will be placed at the door of My temple and you will be worshipped
and honoured first. Whenever My stories are recited or glories sung,
your glory will be sung before Mine. You will be able to do anything,
even that which I will not be able to!"
Thus did Lord
Rama praise Hanuman when the latter returned to Him after finding Sita
in Lanka. Hanuman was not a bit elated. He fell in prostration at the
holy feet of Lord Rama.
Lord Rama asked him, "O mighty hero, how did you cross the ocean?"
Hanuman humbly replied, "By the power and glory of Thy Name, my Lord."
Again the Lord asked, "How did you burn Lanka? How did you save yourself?"
And Hanuman replied, "By Thy Grace, my Lord."
What humility Sri Hanuman embodied!
His birthday falls on Chaitra Shukla Purnima (the March-April full moon day).
On this holy
day worship Sri Hanuman. Fast on this day. Read the Hanuman Chalisa.
Spend the whole day in the Japa of Ram-Nam. Sri Hanuman will be highly
pleased and will bless you with success in all your undertakings.