Lord Hanuman- the most humble servant of the Lord Ram by Bishwa Nath Singh.
(.by Bishwa Nath Singh on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 6:28am.)
Lord Hanuman is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Siva. The legend goes that Maharshi Brihaspati -the Preceptor of the Gods had an attendant by the name of Punjikasthala who was cursed to assume the body of a female monkey. The curse was to be removed on her giving birth to an incarnation of Lord Siva. Accordingly, she was born as Anjana and, together with her husband Kesari (so named on account of his being as brave as a lion), lived a life of chastity and purity. She performed intense Tapasya (austerities) for a great many years, during which period she worshipped Lord Siva who being pleased with her granted her a boon. She asked that Lord Siva be born to her so that she may be freed from the curse.When Maharaja Dasaratha, the king of Ayodhya was given the sacred “payas “(pudding) by Lord Agnideva to share among his wives so that they may have divine children -Ram, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna, by divine ordinance, a bird (kite) snatched a fragment of that pudding and, whilst flying over the forest, dropped it where Anjana was engaged in worship. Pavandev the deity presiding over the wind delivered that fragment of pudding to the outstretched hands of Anjana who immediately swallowed it. With that grace, she gave birth to Hanumanji. Thus Lord Siva was incarnated as Lord Hanuman in the bodily form of a monkey through the grace and blessings of his god-father Pavandev, with Anjana and Kesari as his earthly Parents. As soon as Lord Hanuman was born, Anjana was released from the curse and wished to return to Heaven.Lord Hanuman asked his mother what his future would be and how he was to earn his living. She assured him that he would never be destroyed, and said that fruits as ripe as the rising sun would form his food. Thinking that the glowing and glittering sun was food to be eaten by him, the Lord Hanuman being divine in nature, made just one leap for it. He was nearly two thousand five kms. away from the sun when Rahu, who was exclusively enabled to harass the sun (thus causing eclipses or obstacles to the sun) complained to Indra (king of the gods in heaven) of this new threat to his power. Indra struck Lord Hanuman with his thunderbolt, wounding his chin and causing him to fall down to earth.The god-father Pavandev carried Lord Hanuman to Patala (the nether regions) and as he departed from the earth, all life was endangered. Lord Brahma and all the other gods went to Patala and begged Pavandev to return. In order to appease him they conferred great boons on the young Hanuman. The blessings of all the gods made Lord Hanuman invincible and more powerful than any other being, divine or ordinary. Thus Lord Hanuman is an embodiment of the powers of all the gods and goddesses.Lord Hanuman mentally chose Surya (the Sun-god) as his preceptor. Therefore he approached Surya with the request to be taught the scriptures so that he may manifest spiritually in daily life. Surya agreed to have Hanuman as his disciple but pointed out that it was not possible for him to stop his journey across the sky as that would cause chaos in the world. But Hanuman was so mighty that he surprised all the gods by facing his Guru, who had to be constantly moving, thus (Hanuman) traversing the sky backwards and at the same time concentrating fully on his lessons.In this way Hanumanji enabled Surya to perform his duty and to impart knowledge at the same time. Within a short period of sixty hours, Hanuman had mastered all the scriptures. Surya considered the manner in which Hanumanj accomplished his studies as sufficient dakshina (tuition fees), but Hanuman pressed him to accept more. Surya then asked Hanumanji to assist his son Sugriva, who was living in Kishkindha, by being his minister and constant companion..Lord Hanuman symbolizes strength and unparalleled devotion and selfless service. He is the greatest devotee of Lord Ram. He is a Brahmachari (celibate) and humility is his hallmark. He served Lord Ram with pure love and great devotion, without expecting any fruit in return. He lived to serve Lord Ram. 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 is widely known and adored due to being 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( life saving herb) and restoring Lord Lakshman- the younger brother of Lord Ram to life again. He brought Lord Ram and hisbrother Lord Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana. On the eve of Hanuman Jayanti devotees apply Sindoor (Vermillion) to the idol of Hanuman. There is very popular legend behind this. Once Goddess Sita was applying Sindoor ( Vermillion) on her forehead and Hanuman enquired about its significance. On this Goddess Sita had replied that this ensured long life for her husband Lord Ram. Hanuman on hearing this applied Sindoor ( Vermillion) all over his body praying for the immortality of his Lord Ram. He came before Lord Ram When asked Hanuman replied, “It is only to please you my Lord.” Lord Ram was very pleased to hear it from him and since then, he blessed all and by seeing his devotion, he declared that whoever applies Sindoor ( Vermilion)on the body of Hanuman will get my loving devotion and he will pleased with that devotee.On the eve of Hanuman Jayanti ,Lord Hanuman is worshiped and offered Sindoor ( Vermillion) and Pan ( Beatle). People visit the Hanuman temple and apply the sindoor taken from the idol of Hanuman on their forehead. It is supposed to bring good luck to them. The religious food offering- known as Prasadam is distributed among the people. His Pooja is performed with great devotion and Abhisheka (religious offering consisting of coconut and flowers) is done. Devotees read the Hanuman Chalisa an” Prasadam”. If we look back to Srimad Bagvadam ,we will see that Lord Hanuman had met Bhima in the forest and recognised him as his spiritual brother. They were both born with the blessings of Pavandev.Lord Hanuman had promised to aid the Pandavas in the battle of Kurukshetra. There Lord Hanuman positioned himself on the flag of Warrior Arjuna’s chariot, thus stabilizing and protecting it. Lord Hanuman’s flag signifies sense and mind control both that gives victory to the higher nature over the lower nature. Wherever the servant of Lord Rama is, there, victory is secured. Lord Hanuman is said to be immortal ( chiranjavee) and is present in the world even today. He is the link between the devotees and God, for, as instructed by the Lord, he serves, protects and inspires the servants of God. The great Indian Saints like Tulasidas who had written Ram Caharit Mamas had the divine vision ( darshan or glimpse) of the Lord Ram through the grace of Lord Hanuman and that is how he had composed and authored that holy book in his local dialect Awadhi.In the epics of no other country has such an important character so powerful, learned and philosophic as of Lord Hanuman this is naked truth.May we always proclaim the victory to Lord Hanuman( Bajarang Bali Ki Jai) who has the strength of the thunderbolt.!Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of Lord Hanuman and seek His bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe!
(Photos: Three Photos of Lord Hanuman in three different postures)
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