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secrets of Hanuman Chalisa and its miraculous effects that no one knows

1. secrets of Hanuman Chalisa and its miraculous effects that no one knows

1. secrets of Hanuman Chalisa and its miraculous effects that no one knows
1. Secrets of Hanuman Chalisa and its miraculous effects that no one knows:- The Hanuman Chalisa literally Forty chaupais on Hanuman) is a Hindu devotional hymn (stotra) addressed to Hanuman. It is traditionally believed to have been authored by 16th-century poet Tulsidas in the Awadhi language, and is his best known text apart from the Ramcharitmanas. The word “chālīsā” is derived from “chālīs”, which means the number forty in Hindi, as the Hanuman Chalisa has 40 verses (excluding the couplets at the beginning and at the end).[ad name=”HTML”]


2. Hanuman is a vanara (a monkey-like humanoid deity), a devotee of Rama, and one of the central characters in the Sanskrit epic Ramayana. Folk tales increasingly eulogise the powers of Hanuman, and he is considered by many to be an avatar of the god Shiva. The qualities of Hanuman – his strength, courage, wisdom, celibacy, devotion to Rama and the many names by which he was known – are detailed in the Hanuman Chalisa. There are more temples devoted to Hanuman than any other deity in India, and recitation or chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa is a common religious practice.


3. The authorship of the Hanuman Chalisa is attributed to Tulsidas, a poet-saint who lived in the 16th century CE. He says in the last stanza of the Chalisa that whoever chants it with full devotion to Hanuman, will have Hanuman’s grace. Amongst the Hindus of Northern India, it is a very popular belief that chanting the Hanuman Chalisa invokes Hanuman’s divine intervention in grave problems, including those concerning evil spirits.


4. Tulsidas was acclaimed in his lifetime to be a reincarnation of Valmiki, the composer of the original Ramayana in Sanskrit. Tulsidas lived in the city of Varanasi until his death. The Tulsi Ghat in Varnasi is named after him. He founded the Sankatmochan Temple dedicated to Hanuman in Varanasi, believed to stand at the place where he had the sight of Hanuman.


5. There are 2 couplets in the beginning and one couplet at the ending between the 40 verses of Chalisa. The Chalisa details Hanuman in the order of his knowledge, devotion to Rama and man without any desire. As with the case of devotional literature, Tulsidas starts the poem with two couplets praising his Guru (teacher). The language of Chalisa is in the refined Avadhi language.


6. The work consists of forty-three verses – two introductory Dohas, forty Chaupais and one Doha in the end. The first introductory Doha begins with the word shrī, which refers to Sita, who is considered the Guru of Hanuman. The auspicious form, knowledge, virtues, powers and bravery of Hanuman are described in the first ten Chaupais. Chaupais eleven to twenty describe the acts of Hanuman in his service to Rama, with the eleventh to fifteenth Chaupais describing the role of Hanuman in bringing back Lakshman to consciousness. From the twenty-first Chaupai, Tulsidas describes the need of Hanuman’s Kripa. At the end, Tulsidas hails Hanuman and requests him to reside in his heart and in the heart of Vaishnavas. The concluding Doha again requests Hanuman to reside in the heart, along with Rama, Lakshman and Sita.


7. Although every chaupai and doha (couplets) of Hanuman Chalisa is miraculous, but there are some Chaupaiyan that show the effect very soon. These Chaupaiyan are very common and are periodically chanted by people.


8. रामदूत अतुलित बलधामा। अंजनिपुत्र पवनसुत नामा। If a person chants this quatrain, he gets rid of physical weaknesses. The line above means that Lord Hanuman is the messenger of Lord Rama and is extremely powerful. His mother is Anjani and as per shastras he is the son of pawan (winds).


9. महाबीर बिक्रम बजरंगी। कुमति निवार सुमति के संगी।। If a person chants these lines of Hanuman Chalisa, he is blessed with knowledge and intelligence. Their bad thoughts are removed and good thoughts generates within them.


10. बिद्यबान गुनी अति चातुर। रामकाज करीबे को आतुर।। If a person wants the wisdom of the world, he should chant these lines.


11. भीम रूप धरि असुर संहारे। रामचंद्रजी के काज संवारे।। When you get tired of your enemies and don’t find a way to get rid of them, chant these lines.


12. लाय संजीवन लखन जियाये। श्रीरघुबीर हरषि उर लाये।। Chanting these lines helps people get rid of illnesses.


13. Lord Hanuman is known to be a God who gets pleased very soon. According to shastras, Lord Hanuman is said to be immortal due to the blessing of Goddess Sita. It is believed that even today, wherever Hanuman Chalisa, Sundarkand, Ramcharit Manas or Ramayan is being read, Lord Hanuman always appear there.


14. बुद्धिहीन तनु जानिकै सुमिरौं पवनकुमार। बल बुधि बिद्या देहु मोहिं हरहु कलेस बिकार॥ Hunterian buddhihīna tanu jānikai sumirau pavanakumāra। bala budhi bidyā dehu mohi harahu kalesa bikāra॥ Knowing my body to be devoid of intelligence, I remember Hanuman, the son of Vāyu. Give me strength, intelligence and knowledge and remove all ailments (kalesa) and impurities (bikāra). Gita Press interprets kalesa as bodily ailments and bikāra as mental maladies. Rambhadracharya comments that kalesa (Sanskrit kleśa) refers to the five afflictions (Avidyā, Asmitā, Rāga, Dveṣa, and Abhiniveśa) as described in the Yoga Sutras, and bikāra (Sanskrit vikāra) refers to the six impurities of the mind (Kāma, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada, and Mātsarya). Rambhadracharya adds that these five afflictions and six impurities are the eleven enemies, and Hanuman is capable of removing them as he is the incarnation of the eleven Rudras.


15. नासै रोग हरै सब पीरा। जपत निरंतर हनुमत बीरा॥ २५ ॥ Hunterian nāsai roga harai saba pīrā। japata nirantara hanumata bīrā॥ 25 ॥ The brave Hanuman, when invoked incessantly by the means of Japa, destroys all ailments and removes all sufferings.


16. संकट तें हनुमान छुड़ावै। मन क्रम बचन ध्यान जो लावै॥ २६ ॥ Hunterian sankata se hanumāna chhudāvai। mana krama bachana dhyāna jo lāvai॥ 26 ॥ Hanuman extricates those from all adversities who remember him (or contemplate upon him) in their heart, by their actions and by their words.[ad name=”HTML”]

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Hanuman Chalisa:History

Hanuman Chalisa , a great prayer dedicated to Hanuman ji carries a secret.
We all know- hanuman ji is giver of boons.
But, he must be appeased in a proper manner to get them fulfilled.

One is obliged to read it without consuming non vegetarian food,hard drinks.
And, no sexual activity and misogynist attitude please…
Baba is a celibate who adores entire womenhood as his mother![ad name=”HTML”]

According to Ramayana- Hanuman ji was cursed sage by Matanga that he would lose his powers.
It was only after a sincere apologies rendered by this great Ram bhakta; his curse was changed with a precondition.
That ,he would regain his prowess ,whenever anyone reminds him of them.

Thus, it can’t muttered or read feebly.It must be sung in a manner as if we are activating his powers ..
Well,those who feel shy of public display, can always chant Ram nama,which is equivalent to entire hanuman chalisa.


About 1.30 lakh devotees of Lord Hanuman on Saturday set a world record here by chanting Hanuman Chalisa non-stop for four hours.

The spiritual event was organized by Sri Ganapathi Sachidanda Swamy of Sri Datta Peetham in Mysore. Devotees thronged the venue early in the morning. The organizers expected a turnout of about 1.11 lakh, but the gathering swelled to 1.30 lakh by the time the programme began.

Representatives of Guinness World Records supervised the event. After the four-hour recitation, the Guinness representatives handed over a certificate to Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Swamy in the presence of Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah, local MLA Alapati Rajendra Prasad and MLC Nannapaneni Rajakumari.
According to the representatives, 1,28,913 devotees had recited the Hanuman Chalisa. A massive idol of Lord Hanuman was installed at the venue. Rajendra Prasad said ‘anna prasadam’ was distributed to all the devotees.

Hanuman Chalisa:History

This hymn (स्तोत्र, स्तुतिगी 40;) was written by Gosvāmī Ŧulasīđās (गोस्वामी तुलसीदास) in the sixteenth century. Hanumān Chālīsā is written in Avađhī (अवधी; Awadhi).
Ŧulasīđās is called Mahākavi (महाकवि).Ŧulasī ;đās wrote these forty verses in the praise of Lord Hanumān (हनुमान). The hymn containing forty verses is called ‘chālīsā’ (चालीसा). These verses are called chaupāEE (चौपाई) which means four line stanzas.
Lord Hanumān was beloved of Lord Rām (मर्यादा पुरुषोत् 40;म श्री·राम&mi ddot;चन्द्र; Mar·yādā Puruṣhoŧŧam Shrī·Rām·chanđra
Millions of Hinđū/s recite Hanumān Chālīsā on every Tuesday and Saturday. A lot of them believe that chanting this hymn will solve their problems. They believe Lord Hanumān is mahābalī (very strong and powerful). They lovingly call Him Bajrang·balī (बजरंगबली). Bajrang means someone whose body (अंग; an’ga) is like bajra (बज्र). Bajra is a dialect of vajra (वज्र) which means very hard like iron/spear. Often his statues are painted in saffron (bright red) or sinđūr (सिंदूर). [see footnote]
Generally Hanumān-jī is visualised as a bānar (बानर) which is a dialect of ‘vānar’ (वानर). Many Hinđū/s interpret the word ‘bānar’ as monkey-man. But some people say that the word _vānar means a man (नर; nar) who lives in forest (वन; van).
True worship of Bajrang·balī is to try to become strong (if your health and age permits).
Shree Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nij Man Mukur Sudhari
Barnaun Raghubar Bimal Jasu, Jo Dayaku Phal Chari
I take the dust of Lotus like feet of my teacher. I clean the mirror of my mind. I narrate the pure glory of Sri Ram Chandra who is the giver of the four rewards, viz. Dharm, Arth, Kaam and Moksha.

Buddhiheen Tanu Jaani ke, Sumiraun Pavan-Kumar
Bal Budhi Bidya Dehu Mohin, Harahu Kales Bikaar
Knowing myself to be ignorant, I remember Hanuman, the son of wind (Pavan). Kindly Bestow upon me strength, wisdom and knowledge, and remove my miseries and blemishes.


1. Jai Hanuman Gyan Gun Sagar, Jai Kapees Tihun Lok Ujagar
Victory of Thee, O Hanuman! You are the ocean of wisdom and virtue. Victory to the Lord of monkeys! You are known in all the three worlds.

2. Ramdoot Atulit Bal Dhama, Anjaniputra Pavansut Naama
You are the messager of Ram and the repository of immeasurable strength. You are the son of mother Anjani. The son of the wind is your name.

3. Mahabeer Bikram Bajrangi, Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangi
You are the most valiant and brave, with a body like lightening. You are the dispeller of evil thoughts and the companion of good thoughts.

4. Kanchan Baran Biraaj Subesa, Kanankundal kunchit kesa
Your complexion is golden colored. Your dress is pretty, wearing rings in the ears and your hair are curly.

5. Haath Bajra Aur Dhvaja Biraje, Kandhe Moonj Janeu saage
Your are holding a lightening bolt in one hand and a flag in the other hand. A sacred thread made of moonj is decorated at your shoulder.

6. Sankar Suvan Kesarinandan, Tej Pratap Maha Jag Bandan
You are the emanation of Lord Shiva and you are the son of Kesri. Your aura and power is so great that it is prayed by entire universe.

7. Bidyavaan Guni Ati Chatur, Ram Kaj Karibe Ko Atur
You have knowledge, you are virtuous, you are very clever. You are keen to do the work of Shri Ram.

8. Prabhu Charitra Sunibe Ko Rasiya, Ram Lashan Sita man basyia
You are greedy to listen to the naration of Lord Ram’s nature. Ram, Lakshman and Sita hold you dear in their hearts.

9. Sukshma roop Dhari Siyahi Dikhawa, Bikat roop Dhari Lank Jarawa
You took a tiny form to appear before Sita when she was emprisoned by Ravan. You took a terrible form to set Lanka afire.

10. Bhim roop Dhari Asur Sanhare, Ramchandra Ke kaaj Sanvare
You took a mammoth form to kill demons. You straightened out the works of Shri Ram.

11. Laaye Sajivan Lakhan Jiyaye, Shri Raghubir harashi ur laye
You brought the ‘Sanjivani herb’ and saved the life of Lakshman. Shri Ram happily took you in deep embrace.

12. Raghupati Kinhi Bahut Badaai, Tum Mam Priya Bharatahi Sam Bhai
Shri Ram praised you a lot and said “you are dear to me like my brother, Bharat.”

13. Sahas Badan Tumharo Jas Gaaven, As kahi Shripati Kanth Laagaven
“Let a thousand mouths sing your glories”, thus said Shri Ram and embraced you at his neck.

14. Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa, Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa
Sanak and the sages, Lord Brahma, the great hermit, Narad and the cosmic serpent, Sheshnag sing your glories.

15. Jam Kuber Digpal Jahan Te, Kabi Kabid Kahi Sake Kahan Te
Even Gods like Yamraj, Kuber, and Digpal fail to narrate about you in toto, what to talk of denizens of the earth like poets and scholars.

16.Tum Upkar Sugreevahin Keenha, Ram Milay Raj pad Deenha
You obliged Sugriva. You introduced him to Shri Ram and he got the post of king.

17. Tumhro mantra Bibhishan Maana, Lankeswar Bhae Sab Jag Jaana
Vibhushan heeded to your advice and entire universe knows that he became the king of Lanka.

18. Jug Sahastra Jojan Par Bhanu, Leelyo Taahi Madhur Phal Jaanu
The Sun is at distance of thousands of miles and it takes eons to reach there. You gulped that, considering that to be a sweet fruit.

19. Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukha Maaheen, Jaladhi Laanghi Gaye Acharaj Naaheen
Carrying the Lord’s ring in your mouth, you jumped across the ocean from Rameshwaram to Lanka. There is no wonder that you can achieve such a feat.

20. Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jete, Sugam Anugrah Tumhre Tete
All the difficult tasks of the world are made easy by your grace.

21. Ram Duaare Tum Rakhvare, Hot Na Aagya Bin Paisare
You keep the door of Ram’s abode secure. No one may enter without your permission.

22. Sab Sukh Lahai Tumhari Sarna, Tum Rachchak Kaahu Ko Dar na
All the happinesses rest under your grace. When you are the protector, then no one else’s fear is there.

23. Aapan Tej Samharo Aapai, Teenon Lok Hank Te Kanpai
Only you can control your own might. When you roar, all the three worlds tremble.

24. Bhoot Pisaach Nikat Nahin Aavai, Mahabir Jab Naam Sunavai
Ghosts and evil spirits don’t come near when devotees speak the name “Mahabeer”.

25. Nasai Rog Harai Sab Peera, Japat Nirantar Hanumat Beera
The maladies perish and entire pain disappears by regularly reciting brave Hanumanji’s name.

26. Sankat Te Hanuman Chhudavai, Man Kram Bachan Dhyan Jo Lavai
Hanumanji rescue them from danger, who brings him in thoughts, rituals and words.

27. Sub Par Ram Tapasvee Raaja, Tin Ke Kaaj Sakal Tum Saaja
Rama is the Supreme religious king above all and you straightened out all his works.

28. Aur Manorath Jo Koi Lavai, Soi Amit Jivan Phal Pavai
Whichever desire anyone cherishes, he begets the unlimited eternal fruit of life.

29. Charon Jug Partap Tumhara, Hai Parsiddha Jagat Ujiyara
Your glory is remains in the four ages (Satyug, tretayug, Dwaparyug and Kaliyug) and your aura is famous all over the world.

30. Sadhu Sant Ke Tum Rakhvare, Asur Nikandan Ram Dulare
You are the protector of saints and sages. You destroy the Demons, you are dear to Shri Ram.

31. Asht Siddhi Nau Nidhi Ke Data, As Bar Din Janki Mata
You are the giver of eight Sidhis and Nava Nidhis, that was the boon given by mother Sita.
Asht Siddhis:
1. Anima-siddhi – The ability to decrease the size of one’s body and become smaller than the smallest particle
2. Mahima-siddhi – The ability to increase the size of one’s body, ultimately enveloping the universe
3. Laghima-siddhi – The ability to make one’s body lighter than air and fly at will
4. Prapti-siddhi – The ability to manifest any object one desires within one’s hand
5. Prakamya-siddhi – The ability to attain anything one desires
6. Ishita-siddhi – The ability to control the sub-potencies of the laws of nature
7. Vashita-siddhi – The ability to bring others under one’s control
8. Kamavasayita-siddhi – The ability to attain anything anywhere

Nava Nidhis:
1. Padam-Nidhi – attainment of children, grandchildren, gold, silver,
2. Mahan-Padam – one gets diamonds, rubies and other gems and jewels
3. Kharab – riches of all kinds
4. Kund – trading in gold
5. Nil – trading in precious stones, jewels, and gems
6. Sankh – delicious eatables (created from nowhere)
7. Kachhap – clothes and food-grains in abundance
8. Mukund – mastery in arts, music, and poetry
9. Makar – gives the art of using weapons and sovereignty on others

32. Ram Rasayan Tumhare Pasa, Sadaa Raho Raghupati Ke Dasa
You hold the essence of devotion to Shri Ram. May you always remain His Servant.

33. Tumhare Bhajan Ram Ko Pavai, Janam-Janam Ke Dukh Bisravai
Through praying to you, one finds Shri Ram and forgets all the suffering of several lives.

34. Ant Kaal Raghubar Pur Jai, Jahan Janm Hari Bhakta Kahai
Then, after death, one enters the abode of Sri Ram and is known as a devotee of Hari, getting new birth.

35. Aur Devta Chitt Na Dharai, Hanumat Sei Sarb Sukh Karai
Even if you do not hold any other god in mind, Hanumanji alone gives all the happiness.

36. Sankat Kate Mite Sab Peera, Jo Sumirai Hanumat Balbeera
The dangers get removed and all the pains disappear, whoever remembers Hanumanji

37. Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosain, Krapa Karahu Guru Dev Ki Nai
Hail, Hail, Hail Hanumanji! Please bless me as my teacher god.

38. Jo Sat Baar Paath Kar Koi, Chhutahi Bandi Maha Sukh Hoi
Whoever recites this Hanuman Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from all the bondages and ejoys the highest bliss.

39. Jo Yah Padhe Hanuman Chaleesa, Hoy Siddhi Sakhi Gaurisa
Whoever recites it would achieve his desire, thus is witnessed by the husband of Gauri (Parvati), Lord Shiva who had got this Hanuman Chalisa written.

40. Tulsidas Sada Hari Chera, Keeje Nath Hriday Mahn Dera
Tulsidas is always the servant of Shri Ram, hence he prays to Hanuman ji, “Oh my Lord! Please enshrine within my heart.”


Pavan Tanay Sankat Haran, Mangal Moorati Roop
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hriday Basahu Sur Bhoop
O the Son of wind, O the reliever of dangers, you look is the statue of auscpiciousness.
Please reside in my heart along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita.


“Ishvaro gurur atmeti murthi bedha vibhagine. Vyomavat vyaptha dehaya , Sri Dakshinamurthiye namah”
The differences between Ishvara [god], Guru [Teacher] and Atma [Self] is only in the form. The one Lord who, like space, is in and through all these forms , I salute that Lord Dakshinamurthi!
Hanuman chalisa is one of the most beautiful chants. I am planning for a series of articles on one of the ways to appreciate this chant, this being the first of the series.
This Commentary is Different:
This is not the usual kind of elaboration on this prayer. Prayers are often studied with an expectation that God is going to come and help us with our situations in life. Such expectations are, most often than not, likely to leave people disappointed. If I have to learn to drive a car, a prayer is not going to help me – I have to learn driving. Similarly, If I am hungry, a prayer is not going to quench my hunger.A tsunami or an earth quake happens and people die like insects – one can very well ask , where is the God ! while such a question may be evaded, it cannot be ignored altogether. I was watching a movie where a devotee is insulted and he gets angry… so he goes on to sing an emotional song and LO! God comes to his rescue. These are good in story books for children. The practical reality of life is : we have to face the situations of life ourselves. If I have not written an exam well, God is not going to help me get good results. People who doubt this can try.

Let me take an example, children are told to chant Hanuman Chalisa when they are afraid of darkness. Its fear of ghosts … many people feel creepy in darkness … and they continue chanting Hanuman Chalisa. This is really an example of misuse of prayers. By escaping or avoiding fear, one cannot get rid of it. Prayers are not for this purpose. One has to learn to face fear and root it out from the subconscious … not pray to God and avoid the situation. Psychologists suggest beautiful ways to handle fear. They say that one has to start staying alone in a room with full light switched on and then slowly reduce the intensity of light. The child is given a remote control to operate the light to a comfortable intensity. Slowly the child learns to be comfortable with darkness. This is really a graded approach to facing darkness. One learns to face darkness by facing it – not by forgetting about it or hoping for help from an external source.
I have taken this example to illustrate that prayers can be really misused! If this is not the right approach towards prayers, what is the correct approach to it ? Lets see what Vedanta has to say… Shankara says :
“Ishvaro gurur atmeti murthi bedha vibhagine. Vyomavat vyaptha dehaya , Sri Dakshinamurthiye namah”

The differences between Ishvara [God], Guru [Teacher] and Atma [Self] is only in the form. The one Lord who, like space, is in and through all these forms , I salute that Lord Dakshinamurthi!

That’s a significant prayer and it conveys the entire essence of vedantic outlook towards prayers. While portions of Vedas look at prayers and rituals as a means to “achieve” something , vedanta looks at prayer as a means to discover some Truth about ourselves and our nature! A prayer to Ishvara is not a prayer to the Form. Its a means to discover this Dakshiamurthi who is equally present in God as in Me and my Guru! Its a discovery about myself! Whether Hanuman is great or not, how would it change my life ? And if I praise Hanuman, would he be pleased and grant me special boons ? Is this like praising a rich man for special benefits? That style of approaching a prayer is only for people who do not want to think or exert themselves – these are people who want easy results without efforts or who are weak but don’t want to apply themselves to solve their weakness.

We need not please god through a prayer. God is ever pleased. The word puja means poornat jyayate iti puja… that which is born of inner completeness. Prayer is a discovery of this inner sense of completeness – we will explore this in greater detail, shortly.

Does God Exist ?

A few days ago, I was listening to debates by some scientists (Richard Dawkins and others) on whether or not there is God. I was intrigued by their naive approach to this question. Swami Chinmayananda is said to have once asked: “Does Dwindigole Exist or Not ?” , Dwindigole is a meaningless word. Long before I can debate on whether God exists or not, its important that I appreciate the meaning of this word, “God”. If the word “God” means an unearthly person sitting somewhere in clouds or a separate universe of his own , and monitoring all our lives — Vedanta does not speak of such a God. Its important to understand the definition of God as per Vedanta. Without much elaboration let me first define God as per vedanta: God is the name for what IS(SAT)!
Thats the definition of God as per vedanta and if a person now asks “Does God exists ?”, it is no more a valid question in the first place… coz God is defined to be what IS. Please note that this definition of God needs some explanation. I simply postponed it to show that this debate on “Does God Exist or not” does not make sense with the Vedantic definition of God.

This said, I am sure to have disappointed certain emotional readers who would want me to avoid using intellect. In their attempt to keep me out of their club through such suggestions, they seem to somehow avoid their problem of intellectual laziness by giving it a color of “devotion”. Devotion is not getting emotional for a few moments. True devotion is much deeper than that. This article is not for people who are intellectually lazy and want to cover it up in the name of devotion. This article is really to show a tangible and practical approach to prayer.

Why Should I Worry About God ?

🙂 Because God is “What IS” and “I AM” ! So the definition of God seems to apply to me in some sense – as to what this way this applies I have not yet clarified so the reader needs to show some patience.As already explained, I need not please God, God is ever pleased. If we observe this creation carefully: the mountains, the trees, the birds … the entire nature is as if in meditation! And if at all there is a voice of discontent or conflict, its only in the human mind. And when there is discontent, dissatisfaction or conflict in our minds : its important to FACE IT. We cannot afford to find ways to avoid the problems. We have to face it. Thus its important for us to understand that prayers are not means to escape the sense of emptiness which we feel within. Bhajans or prayers should not be used to forget ourselves for a few moments. Unfortunately thats how most people look at God or prayers.

Hanuman seated in meditation, is a symbol. It represents a monkey mind, seated still, composed and Free!! This mind is often compared to a monkey that is very restless by its very nature! Hanuman represents a mind thats totally Still and Reveling in the Self. The aim of praying to hanuman is to discover this within ourselves. This what we have to discover. Rakshashas represent the evil tendencies of our mind which create inner conflicts in us. Hanuman faces these Rakshashas and then vanquishes them to make this mind conflictless.

Hanuman As a Role Model

When we study the vedantic truths, we get a glimpse of the Truth and having known the Truth we have to take it into our lives and live it. For actually living it, we need examples or role models so that we can learn from their “style” of living this Truth and improve ourselves. As children we learn’t language etc by emulation. Emulating another person who is already living the Truth is a very effective way to inculcate certain qualities in our lives. That is why studying the lives of great saints or studying bhagavatam, Ramayanam or Yoga Vasishtam can be very useful for sadhakas. They provide excellent stories and saintly lives which serve as prototypes for us to emulate and learn. These stories also encourage us to live a spiritual life. When we study how Hanuman lived through tough times and how he managed to remain strong even when faced with tough situations we “learn” to live like that. These stories convey a lot more than what is conveyed by simple teaching. That’s why its important to go to a guru and live with him and see how he lives what he preaches. Gurus are called Acharyas, who actually “Live” their teaching. Acharan refers to how they actually live these teachings. When we watch them live the Truth we get inspired to live likewise.

Hanuman is a role model for Strength and Calmness. He maintained his composure even in the toughest of situations and also remained strong.

श्रीगुर ;ु चरण् सरोजरज निजमनमुक 69;र सुधार
बरण 80; रघुबर् बिमल यश जो दायक फलचार
Having cleansed the mirror of my mind with the dust of the lotus feet of Sri Gurudev, I now proceed to describe the spotless glory of Sri Rama, the most excellent of Raghu’s, which bestows the four fruits.

बुद्धिह 68;न तनु जानिके, सुमिरौं पवन कुमार ।
बल बुद्धिवि 42;्या देहु मोहिं, हरहु कलेश विकार ॥

Having understood the weakness of my intellect, I meditate on you , oh Son of Vayuh
Grant me Strength,intelligence and knowledge and may the knots of my heart be destroyed.

These are prayer verses for Hanuman Chalisa. Before starting Hanuman Chalisa these prayer verses set the right attitude for us.

Hanuman as our Guru

Hanuman personifies Strength and Bhakti. When we look at him as our guru, we invoke him in our minds. He stays there in our mind guiding us by giving us inspiration to live a life of strength and a life full of Bhakti.

We clean the mind with the dust of Hanuman’s feet. Hanuman’s feet represents where he “Stands” or “Abides”. Hanuman Abides in Self. When dust is at the feet of Hanuman, its no more dust. That is like a purifier for mind. How do we take this dust from Hanuman’s feet ? We take his name and chant his glories. These are all dualistic and hence like dust. But they ultimately dissolve the ego and leave us abiding as Self and hence they are actually purifying. We take this dust from Hanuman’s feet and clean the face of our mind [nija man mukhur sudhar]. Just by remembering him and invoking his presence within, we should stand up strong and with single pointed abidance as Self. This is how the mind is purified.

Hanuman’s Story is Sri Rama’s Yashas

Having cleaned the mind and made it pure by remembering Hanuman, what do we do : baranau raghuvar vimala yash … the pure greatness of sri Rama is what we see in Hanuman’s story. Hanuman is Sri Rama , the body is, and inside there is only Sri Rama. What ever Hanuman achieved, its Sri Rama’s greatness alone. Hence this is really a prayer to sri Rama who is the Awareness within.

This prayer is capable of giving us the phal chaar … the four fruits: dharma, artha, kama and moksha. No matter how many gifts we receive through a prayer, this body of ours is eventually going to disintegrate and as this happens there is bound to be suffering. Artha means security. when I seek security it is because I feel insecurity. When I feel insecurity, as we have already discussed, it needs to be faced. One cannot use this prayer as an escape by creating a hope that God will provide us with some external help. Similarly with kama or desires. The onus is on us to discover God within … and this discovery is the discovery of a conflict-less mind. When the mind is conflict-less and we are strong enough to face the situations of life fearlessly, that is true fulfillment – true moksha. There is one kind of security which I get with the hope that God will help me in some way and there is another kind of security which I get when I meditate on God and have become fearless enough to face any situation. True Security is that fearlessness and strength which enables me to remain calm even as the external world presents various situations in life.
Similarly there are various desires in our mind and no one can fulfill all those desires. One way is to use the prayer to create a hope that god will give me with the means to fulfill some of my desires. The other way is to discover a kind of inner satisfaction , in-spite of unfulfilled desires – that is the ability to manage one’s mind and not allow an unfulfilled desire to torture us.
Similarly with dharma. Dharma is basically what “ought to be done” and when we meditate on Hanuman as our True Self and discover a kind of alert yet relaxed state, we will have the courage to do the right thing … alteast we will have the courage to do what we think is right in a particular moment.
Moksha is the discovery of our true nature which enables us to live a conflictless life ! Through this prayer, lets try to understand our true nature.
Invoking Hanuman Within Ourselves

The purpose of remembering Hanuman or Sri Rama in the wee hours of the morning is so that we can start our day by invoking the strength and bhakti that Hanuman personifies and then live through the day in an appropriate way. Through these prayers we invoke Hanuman in our mind. Thereafter Hanuman is seated in our minds guiding us in situations. When a tough situation arises , he says “Hey! Stand up! This is not the time to let yourself down. I am with you. Go and do your best without thinking of results”. Only when this happens will Hanuman be our guru. Or when one gets lured into doing something that is incorrect , if Hanuman is in mind, he should say “Hey! Lets not stoop ourselves to a lower level and live a adharmic life. Lets have the courage to be dharmic” ! This is how the Guru enters the mind and totally destroys all the weaknesses in the mind.

This verse starts with saying “Lord, I feel my intellect is limited”. We feel the need for guidance. When we feel like this its intelligent to seek guidance. Where can we seek guidance ? Here we seek guidance from the Lord himself. The guidance from God is in the form of grace, it gives us an attitude which will aid us to discover our own true nature. We are here seeking Hanuman to be our guru and for that purpose we remember [sumirau] Lord Hanuman [pavan kumar]. We recognize the limitations of our own intellect [buddhi henatanu janike] and hence seek Lord Hanuman to remain seated in our minds so that he can guide us. We seek Hanuman to give us Balam, Strength and Buddhi, clarity of mind. This means, when mind tends to get weak, this Hanuman who is seated in our minds should bring himself into picture and say “Hey! Stand up!”. That has to happen. When we chant this prayer in the morning , its like an auto suggestion. We invoke the Lord in our hearts so that we can be strong throughout the day. And this Lord, who is the ultimate ruler in all of us, makes sure that whenever we feel let down he pops up an reminds “Hey! You are my devotee! Stand up to the challenge!” .

And we request the Lord to give us clarity of mind so that we can see things as they are : Buddhi.

We have also requested for “Vidhya”, which means the right knowledge. Right knowledge is that knowledge which makes us see things as they are, shunning all superstitions and imaginations. When we are able to see things as they are, leaving superstitions and superimpositions of our petty mind … we stand free. Thus we seek Vidhya from the Lord. May he guide us towards right knowledge and away from wrong knowledge.

We also request the lord to remove all Klesha in our hearts. Klesha means afflictions of the heart. Afflictions of the heart include ego, pride, attachments and aversions, ignorance etc. We are also requesting Hanuman to eliminate the afflictions of the heart. How ? But giving us Knowledge, Vidhya. Thats the only way the knots of the heart can be cleared and one would see things as they are.

All these are like self fulfilling prophesies or auto suggestions to ourselves. So this prayer is to stand up and shake ourselves of all weaknesses, even as Hanuman did it. We emulate him. This strength, that is being talked about, is really not the strength to knock off another person. This is the strength to see things as they are. Its the strength to not run for an astrologer when faced with tough situations. The strength to not give up! The strength to maintain one’s calmness of mind even when the results are not as expected. Its the strength to smile to a person who criticizes us and the strength to do what is right without being bogged down by the worry of consequences. This strength is the strength to pay the income tax correctly even when everyone around seems to do some or the other sort of tweaking. Its the strength to not feel “Less” than the other just because the other person has more money, power etc. This strength is born out of Right understanding which is ultimately what we seek from the lord.

This strength is a consequence of discovering that we are “Purna” , “Complete” or “Fulfilled”! Lord Buddha was walking when he saw a group of people carrying a sacrificial goat. He tried to persuade them by telling them that “Killing is ahimsa, not correct” … and that “God does not want you to kill animals like this” … but when they did not agree, he said “Since you think that by killing an animal you shall gain something, leave the goat and sacrifice me instead”. And when he said this with a smile on his face, it shows not just his compassion but also the sense of fulfillment. Its only when I am totally fulfilled can I “Give” without “Hankering after the objects given”. Total fulfillment, is liberation. This is what we hope to see here.

Verse 1
जय हनुमान ज्ञान गुण सागर ।
जै कपीस तिहुँलोक उजागर

Salutations to Hanuman who is the Ocean of wisdom
Salutation to the Lord of Monkeys who lightens the three lokhas

Jaya literally means “victory”, its like saying “victory to hanuman”. Its a form of salutation to the Lord. We salute him as he is an ocean of Knowledge and good qualities. gunas are good qualities. Basically it means that Hanuman has such a lot of knowledge and that knowledge was not unbaked knowledge — it was wisdom. so he remained a treasurehouse of good qualities as well.

Inquiry Has To Start With Our Minds:

Lets try to understand this victory. True victory is victory over one’s own mind. Hanuman was a guna sagar, an ocean of good qualities – because he was totally in control and totally fulfilled. There is no “Sulking” within for anything. Total satisfaction. Lets try to understand this. As we already observed conflicts or discontent can be found only in human mind. So lets straight away start with the mind. No situation can trouble me without taking the form of a thought in my mind. so if at all I feel tortured or troubled, its only by thoughts. Now the question is … thoughts are supposed to be “instantaneous” . They have too short a lifespan to really trouble us. How then are they getting this ability to trouble us ? How strange is that ? A simple thought whose lifespan span is perhaps a few milli seconds, is able to trouble us ?

How is this happening ? Lets try to zoom in and see in slow motion … what happens ?

Suppose something happened. An Event. The first thought modification is the recognition of the event. That’s information.
Then a thought arises “This is not supposed to happen”
“I do not like this”
“This causes hurt to me”
“My whole image is gone now”
“What am I left with now ?”
“Is not my life ruined now ?”

The first thought … which is merely the information … is called “Idam Vritti”, “This thought”. And the rest of the thoughts are “Aham Vrittis” or “I-thoughts”.
Now both idam vrittis and aham vrittis have a very short time span … they do not last long enough for us to feel troubled. Without the thought “I am ruined” [or some equivalent], I cannot feel troubled and even when this thought arises, its life span is too short to trouble us!
So where is the problem ?
We successfully create a sense of continuity “Stringing together” the various “I-thoughts” to create an imaginary “I-Notion” which is troubled.
There is no continuity between the various “I-thoughts” … but we string them together by meditating on them and giving them lot of attention. Its like seeing a series of disjoint dots with small “spaces in between” … if we can concentrate on them … with some effort … we can create a sense of continuity … a king of “Line”. But it requires a lot of attention. We have to build it up. Like a series of static pictures create the illusion of a movie when cast over a changeless screen.

Its this “I-Notion” that we have created through our own meditation who feels unfulfilled and dissatisfied. There is no “I” which is dissatisfied at all. What is really there ? Lets see …
There is this body … which is jada, lifeless and does not have any emotions or feelings.
There is awareness … its the Presence … changeless witness of all these .
And inbetween there are all these thoughts .. like passing clouds.
When we give them a lot of attention and build an “I Notion” which stands between the body and the awareness … getting hit by all these thoughts … we feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied. In other words we have successfully pulled over the thought world onto ourselves.
We are that Witness-Awareness , untouched by all these thoughts.

What happens if we do not oblige the thoughts ? Suppose a thought says “I am hurt” … and I do not oblige. Suppose a thought says “I want to go to a party” and I do not oblige? If I do a non-cooperation movement with the thought world ? Sitting as Awareness , if I just remain… and try a non-cooperation movement with the thoughts. What happens ? They cease to have the capacity to trouble me … and in this there is the True Victory. Victory over mind. As long as there is a thought suggestion and I have to oblige without a choice … I am a slave. Victory is to remain indifferent to the thought suggestion and treat them as suggestions rather than commands. For me to be able to do this, I have to see myself as the Witness Awarenss and not the “I-notion” thats built up with thoughts. Sitting thus as awareness its possible to remain untouched by thoughts. This is true victory! This is the victory that we are talking about.

Bhakti is not just an emotion

Bhakti is not merely an emotional feeling. We need to spend time to understand. When one understands that one is already embraced by God, because God is to the left, right up , above , below … in and outside us … when one understands this much, it leaves no place for oneself to remain ! One is already resolved in the God. Therefore where else to go and what else to do ? One is already in the lap of God. In that recognition one remains resolved and thats true Bhakti. To remain resolved in the presence of God is Bhakti. Its not just getting emotional for a few moments. And its not as if we do not have the experience of God. because any experience is as good as our interpretation of it. We might be seeing God, but interpret it as just an ordinary person. Or we might be seeing just a tree with the interpretation that it is God! So its our interpretation that makes an experience what it is. Interpretation is the intellect. Thats why we have requested Hanuman for the Right understanding or Vision. With the right understanding we see things as they are. This vision allows us to see God in true sense. So we interpret all our experiences. We really do not need any other experience. Because if it is true that God is all around is, it means we are already experiencing God. So what new is needed ? Every experience is an experience of God … and yet we miss it, coz we do not have the ability to recognize. We interpret these experiences that way. Thus we miss God. So what we need is not yet another experience. We need an ability to recognize the experiences we are already having. Thats why understanding is important. The understanding I present is not at all something that will create emotional feelings. Emotional feelings will remain for a few moments and go away. Emotional builtup is not the purpose of a prayer. There are cults that do it and they thrive upon such emotional feelings.

Discovering Hanuman Within

We need to look within and discover the Hanuman within. Then there is no need to get emotional: one remains in that joy eternally. This recognition is what we hope to discover through these revelings. Lets delve a little deeper into this. suppose I see a rose. The rose Is, and I know that the rose is there. How do I know that the rose is there ? Because the eyes see it. If the eyes do not perceive I would not know. And when we say the eyes perceive, the eyes are simply instruments, its the mind that perceives.

So what exactly is mind ? When the light from the object falls on the retina, a few neurons fire. And these neurons in their turn fire a few more neurons. and this process goes on … the whole network of neuron’s eventually converges to a stable state and then we recognize its a flower. That state of the neural networks is the flower itself. This is what happens in the brain.

What happens in the mind ? The mind takes the form of the flower. In vedantic terms mind is simply an ocean of Awareness. Every perception is “Vritti” a form or a wave in that ocean. Awareness is changeless while it appears to have waves etc due to maya. So whenever i see an object mind takes that form — rather it appears to take that form. That form is in the ocean — the pure ocean of Awareness that is Hanuman. Even as there is the form, there is the changeless background: Pure Witness Awareness. One may call this awareness as Dakshinamurthi or Hanuman, that does not matter.

If I know something, its in the presence of awareness. IF i do not know something, that means I know that i do not know about an object and that too is in the presence of an awareness. That ocean of Awareness is Hanuman – Changeless Presence: Pure changeless Awareness.

He is Jnana Sagara, as he is the pure awareness. What ever is known anywhere , its in the presence of Awareness. He makes all knowing possible, as he is the ocean of Awareness. Thus he is Jnana Sagara — the ocean of knowledge. Our initial prayer verse says that this spacelike awareness is same between the ishvara, guru and atma … its the same space like awareness through all these bodies. The differences are only in the bodies. In other words these bodies are like pots … filled inside , outside and in and through with “Existence” , “Awareness”. Here I would like to clarify that Awareness is Existence. These can never exist separately. An object’s existence always occurs with awareness. And awareness is Existence. so these are not separable. They always occur together. So What IS, is Awareness, coz they are not separable. Due to their occuring together always and never occuring separately, we have to conclude that they are one and the same. This is “WHAT IS”, the Vedantic definition of “God”. Call it Hanuman, Dakshinamurthi, Ishvara … choice is left to the person.

So where can Hanuman be found? Inside us as Pure Awareness! The Awareness that makes us see all this is God – Hanuman. When the awareness is reflected in the mind, the mind functions. Superimposing the changes of mind on the reflected consciousness, thoughts etc are associated with the awareness. So there is one mind, in which is reflected Awareness. When the reflected awareness “Seems” to take the form of thoughts, ideas etc its called manas or mind. When the reflected awareness takes the form of past ideas or memories, its called memory, cittam. When the reflected consciousness takes the form of “I” its called ego. And when the reflected consciousness takes a decision, its intellect or Buddhi.

The awareness reflected in buddhi is jiva. The awarness as it is, is Brahman or changeless Self.So the direct vision of God is Awareness. Being Awareness is being resolved in the presence of Lord. The whole vedanta is saying “You are Awarness”. Awareness is not “Located” in the body. The body is located in the Awareness ! thats the vedantic vision.

Hanuman, as Awareness, also shines the Three lokhas. The three lokhas are waking, dream and deep sleep. ITs the light of Awareness alone, that shines all these worlds. In the presence of Awarness alone can we see now, do we see in the dream and in deep sleep we experience bliss also in the presence of the same awareness. Hanuman is that Awareness and hence is shines the three worlds.

So what is a vision of Hanuman ? The vision of changeless Awareness within. This awareness does not change. Thats God. The way we look at the world is, i live in the world and i carry my awareness “in” me. As this body moves, it carries “its awareness”. This outlook is like “I am the body and the body has a mind and in the mind there is awareness”. Vedantic model is totally opposite. This world is no different from a dream. in a dream, all bodies are in mind. And mind is in awareness. And all are mere appearances. So Hanuman is that mind in which all these objects are imagiend up or created by maya. That mind which is the whole mind. This is all the dream of Lord. We appear and disappear as per the imaginations in that total Mind. This is the vision of Vedanta.

Hanuman is also said to be kapi-isha, the lord of monkeys. Mind is a monkey, it keeps jumping. That Source Awareness from whence mind “pops” up and into which it dissolves is Hanuman … the Isha or Lord of minds. The God. Hanuman is the Awareness from whence the mind arises in the morning and into which it dissolves and in whose presence it keeps jumping. He is the Lord, because he gives sustenance to it. Without Awareness there is no mind. In the presence of Hanuman the mind “is”, hence he is the lord and he is also the lord because he remains ever unidentified with it, he controls all minds as God. Hence Lord hanuman is the Lord of all minds.

As I alraedy mentioned, God really does not require our praise. We may think we are glorifying God, but thats nothing really! The one who is in an through everything, to take a simple act like lifting a mountain on little finger and talking about it, is that praise really ? If we see it carefully, God is omnipresent and omnipotent, so what ever power or ability we associate with him is like a small cup of water taken from the ocean. So then, firstly what we consider as praise of God is hardly a praise ! Secondly, why praise him? Is God like a politician who when praised feels elated and grants special boons ?

So this needs to be carefully appreciated. Any prayer to God is not really for God. Its for ourselves. We pray so that we can discover the God within ourselves. If the discovery does not happen, the prayer has gone waste. When we said Hanuman is jnana guna sagar, the point is to recognize that within ourselves. We need to recognize our own true nature as jnana , guna sagar – anything else is ignorance or mithya. Now when we say this, there is a real paradox. We may say Hanuman is jnana sagar, coz his knowledge is really very vast. But we are really limited in knowledge. And then we may call Hanuman as guna sagara coz he has all good qualities, but we have our limitations there as well. So how to discover Hanuman within ourselves ? What do we mean we are that ?

Basically when we speak of limitations, we are basically talking about a particular form or a particular name! That is essentially like a wave in an ocean. Let me explain. I am space-wise limited, it means i have taken myself to be this body. The body is limited in space. I am time wise limited, mentally and physically as well. Now, does the body say its limited in space ? Does the body say, “Ok, these are my limits ? ”

The body simply flows on. Body does not differentiate itself from the rest of the universe.

When I said this, a friend once said “How can you say that ? If antibodies enter you, your body will resist ” 🙂

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi says “Deho na janati”, the body does not know.

The reason he says is, we recognize that this is body, this is anti body and this body is rejecting that anti body …

the body simply is working by a law… like water flowing down. the water does not know!

So deho na janati, body does not know. so , the body has no division, “this is my limit, and beyond this its not me”. Then, who places a “restriction or limitation” on the body ?

Its the ego – I.

Thus, when we disassociate ourselves with all the “limited” identities … we remain reveling as “Pure Awareness”, which is limitless ocean of knowledge, coz any “Knowing” happens in Presence of Awareness, hence Awareness is the ocean in which a ripple of knowledge takes place.

Awareness is the ocean in which all gunas exist, hence Awareness is the ocean of Gunas.

That recognition that “I am that Pure Awareness” is the purpose of this simple prayer.

रामदूत अतुलित बलधामा ।
अंजनि-पु 340;्र पवन-सुत नामा ॥

The Messenger of Lord Rama, The Source of Infinite Strength. the son of Anjani and known as the son of Vayuh

As mentioned earlier, The idea is to recognize this within ourselves. Rama duta, is one who comes from Rama. Ramyate iti Rama. The one who is the source of Happiness is Rama. Hanuman comes from Rama meaning he shows us our true nature as Awareness/Bliss. This is what Rama duta means. A true prayer to Hanuman is therefore to revel in Rama, which is to revel in that pure bliss of our own being. This bliss is object independent. So that kind of reveling is true recognition is true prayer to Rama duuta.

Hanuman is also source of Incomparable Strength. The strength is uncomparable, coz its Atman, Awareness and therefore it cannot be cut, burnt, etc. Because awareness is untouched by anything. The usual way of describing strenght is if i can bear a blow then i am strong. now, if i am the body… someone can hit me and i may fall. if i am not the body, even when the body falls, i remain changeless! thats a strength in which no matter what happens to the body i remain untouched. this is incomparable, coz no object can really touch me.

Hanuman’s mother is “Anjani”, which , according to swami Tejomayananda ji, is Pure intellect. Hanuman is born of Pure intellect and hence he is Rama Duta, he introduces us to that Rama. When mind is pure, Hanuman is that jnana, or knowledge, which is born of pure intellect and which gives us a Darshan of Lord Sri Rama who is Awareness within. Darshan of Awareness means, we “Remain” as Awareness.

Thats one meaning. Swami Tejomayananda ji also says that Anjana means the beautifying paste one applies on eyes. This too may be sybolic. We look at the world and everything we see is interpreted. We interpret things as per our “Knowledge”. We see everything with the color of our interpretation. What ever is seen is seen in the light of awareness. So a philosopher sees a flower and things “Our life is like this flower it soon passes away and the fragnance is gone”. And a lover sees the same flower and things “i wish i could give it to my girl friend”. So both saw the same object … but the perception is based on their intellect.

Hanuman is that Jnana through which every experience of life becomes an Experience of Sri Rama, an Experience of pure Bliss. This is the coloring paste that is applied to the eyes … the paste of knowledge. So thats another way of looking at this.

🙂 And then Hanuman is known as Pavana Putra, Pavana is the Vayuh God, or the god of Air. Its property is freedom, its free. And its present everywhere. So Hanuman is said to be born of Freedom or Omnipresence. He himself is that Omnipresence or Freedom and hence he is known by that name. He inherits that quality of Freedom.

Thus as we pray to Lord, we have to see ourselves with the coloring paste of jnana and revel in the Bliss thats called Rama.

Verse 3

महाबीर बिक्रम बजरंगी ।
कुमति निवार सुमति के संगी ||

(Salutations to) the Valorous one whose body is as strong as thunderbolt
Salutations to the one who eradicates impurities of mind and is a companion of pure mind.

Bajarani is actually vajra-angi, one whose body or body parts are as strong as the thunderbolt. Actually it means infinitely strong. Because the body of Lord is not physical at all. Physical body has its limitations. The body that is not physical at all… its Awareness … it cannot be touched. So its the strongest, coz it cannot be hurt by anything !

Hanuman is Bajrani and he is a great Vira, meaning a person of great valor. Swami Tejomayananda ji, in his commentary on Hanuman Chalisa, gives the following 5 kinds of heroism:

1. Tyagavirah or dharmavirah : Valor in vairagya / sacrifice. A person who is a tyagi, he does not hold onto anything at all. There is no dependence on anything, what so ever. So such a person is very valorous because if everything is taken away from him, yet he remains with a cheerful smile.

Gutama Buddha was going in a forest and Angulimal, the bandit shouted at him “Stop!” and Buddha continued as if he did not hear. He become furious and started following him. He was shouting as he ran. Buddha continued his walk totally untouched by what was happening. His pace neither increased nor decreased. As he took a breath, he knew he was taking the breath , such was the calmness and mindfulness with which he was walking. And this person ran to him and stopped him. He shouted “I told you to stop and you did not stop! How dare you do that !” and Buddha looked straight into his eyes and without any trace of fear said “I stopped much earlier. Its you who have not stopped ” ! That attitude and the fearlessness transformed Angulimal once and for ever!
That kind of fearlessness and total non-dependence on anything, what so ever … is Valor indeed. And this is what we need to discover within. Our true essence, as Hanuman, is that. Awareness is ever independent of everything ! Such is our true nature. Hanuman is a Tyaga vira.
2. Dayavirah : Valor in compassion. Hanuman is said to be very compassionate too. If ever a person just repeats Lord’s name, he is there to save them. Thats a unique feature of Hanuman. Compassion is born of depth & unselfishness. When we develop the attitude of non-dependence with respect to all objects and when we see things with understanding, there is compassion. Understanding here means simply seeing things from a depth. To be able to “Feel” as others feel and yet remain far far beyond that. Thats compassion.

3. Vidyavirah: One who has great knowledge and learning. Hanuman, in the very introduction in kiskindakanda, is said to be very knowledgeable. Yet he was not at all arrogant. Arrogance would have made him Vidyavirah, but not Dayavirah. But Hanuman was both, he had knowledge and yet that knowledge did not make him arrogant. instead that knowledge made him understand that All power is Sri Rama’s alone. That we are just like puppets in the Lord’s hands. Thus he was vidhyavirah and yet not the least trace of arrogance.

4. Danavirah: One who is very charitable. Hanuman is always known to be bestower of Bhakti and thats given free. And he being compassionate and unselfish … charitable nature automatically follows.

5. Ranavirah: one who is valorous in a battle.

Verse 4: The Body As Temple
कंचन बरण बिराज सुबेशा ।
कानन कुंडल कुंचित केशा ||

Salutation to you who are Golden in complextion and seated well dressed,
with golden earrings and matter/curly hair.

The body language also conveys some Truth too! Hanuman’s golden hue, is symbolic of the shine of Awareness. For a devotee, this body is really a temple. Its decorated like a temple, with good attention, but no where does one show any attachment towards it. The temple is maintained well, but it remains different from one’s Self always. its always an object of perception, never me. The Lord in the temple is really the Self. The body is kept well and neat. As even the mind is kept well and neat. This does not mean we pamper this body! We just keep it, totally detached. The few marks that Hanuman wears are almost like decorating a temple. Not like perfume and other things we use for Bhoga.

The ear rings are very interesting, as Hanuman sits in total silence, the earrings remain absolutely Still — as one with his body. The ear rings remain as still and as stationary as the body itself. When Hanuman sings the praise of the Lord, their movement is once again one with the movements of the body. As said earlier, the movements really reflect Lord himself.

Hair is matted and well arranged as we have the temple dome/shikara.

This imagery is invoked so that we ourselves remain thus, the body should be motionless , still, relaxed and a smile radiating the peace of Awareness from within. That smile is the golden hue. The asana should be such that there is no pressure or tension anywhere. To remain thus is really expressing this Hanuman from within. The meditation on Hanuman seated thus is really to see our own body as a temple — an object thats well kept, but totally distinct from the Awareness within thats our true nature.

A Recap

This topic is about meditation on Hanuman Chalisa. We meditate on the Lord Hanuman so as to invoke him within ourselves and thereafter he remains seated in our hearts and guides us like our guru. By invoking him thus, within, we are actually cleaning our minds of all impurities. We have seen how awareness is the God and is the ruler of all minds. This God, who is present in all of us … directly available … as Awareness … is also Lord Hanuman.

We have meditated on Lord Hanuman’s posture, because Hanuman is Sri Rama Duta… a messenger from Lord Sri Rama. Rama represents Awareness and Hanuman is a messenger of Sri Rama , meaning he gives us a message from Sri Rama. The message from Sri Rama is nothing but a glimpse of his presence in our hearts as Awareness. This glimpse Hanuman gives. We meditate on the various events of his life as all those events lead us to abide as Awareness or abide in the presence of Sri Rama within.

Hanuman’s body is only a vehicle inside which there is just the awareness in the form of Sri Rama. This vehicle has no function of its own it is driven by God as god drives. Thats why we see that when Lord Hanuman was at the sea shore, everyone was worried as to who can and will cross the ocean, but hanuman remained mute. Hanuman remained mute because Hanuman had no strength of his own. He was simply what Lord Rama makes him be — just an instrument in lord Sri Rama’s hands. Thus Hanuman was indeed all powerful.

When we invoke Sri Hanuman within this body, we give away this body to Lord Hanuman. The body remains where it is, like a log of wood. The body is merely jada or lifeless… it has no desires or emotions of its own. It remains mute like the trees, the oceans, the rocks, the mountains and everything else. The body is one with the whole universe as such… lying where it is. And the mind is surrendered to awareness, its totally resolved in Awareness. So inside there is Awareness, outside is this body. The Awareness is lord Hanuman [or Sri Rama] and this body is merely like a temple. Thus we remain seated. This is invoking the Lord within.

Now proceed with the description. As we sing this glorious chant, with this understanding… we should be invoking the Lord in this body and offering our body and mind at his alter. Like a flower offered at the alter of the God, once the body and mind is offered to God it becomes Divine … it becomes a prasada. This body then becomes a temple. Mind becomes one with Awareness. Thus there is just the outer body and inner God… no one inbetween to have the petty worldly emotions. This is true invocation.

Verse 5:

हथ बज्र औ ध्वजा विरजै।
का 05;धे मूँज जनेऊ साजे॥

(I meditate on the Lord who is ) Nicely Seated with the thunderbolt in one hand and the flag in the other, with the sacred thread made of munja grass decorating your body!

This is the kind of meditation. As already discussed, meditation on the way Hanuman sits is so that we ourselves sit likewise … making this body a temple of the Lord.
Hanuman holds Gadaa or mace in one of his hands, which is the gadaa also means “To Speak” according to Swami Tejomayananda. Hanuman uses this gadaa or his speach [well used words and proper intonation] to destroy the enemies in our mind. That is his speach is conveys the shabda pramanam and hence destroys the demons of ignorance.
In the other hand he carries the flag of Sri Rama. Sri Rama is Awareness and the flag of Sri Rama is simply abidance in that Awareness. On one hand he uses words that resolve the ego and lead one to that abidance and in the other hand is the Silence [the flag] which is actual abidance itself. So with words he leads to wordlessness and hence to Silence or Abidance. This is a symbolic way one may see it.
The gadaa is not used to kill physically … its uses to kill the ego… ego is the deamon. Ego pops up in our mind in the form of various daemons which torture us and create suffering. Hanuman destroys these with his gadaa [shabda pramana … teaching ] and thereby establishes the flag of Sri Rama [ie, Self Abidance].

Having done this within himself, Sri Hanuman is seated in total Silence, Abiding as Self. We meditate on Sri Hanuman thus so as to invoke the Lord in our own body , making it a temple of the Lord.

The Sacred thread is worn by a student when initiated into the Gayatri Mantra. Swami Tejomayananda ji explains this really well:

“Kandhe munja janeu sajai – janeu is the sacred thread made of cotton that is worn around the neck when one is initiated into gayatri-mantrah. Originally it was made of munja grass and therefore known as munja janeu. This thread ceremony is carried out when a boy is between 5 and 10 years old to inform him that his playful days are over. Thereafter, he has to begin a life of study and discipline. The knot in the thread
represents Brahman – the Supreme Consciousness. The three threads woven together represent the three qualities (sattva, rajas and tamas) and that they are centered on Brahman. Traditionally, people are advised to hold on to the knot of Brahman while chanting the gayatri-mantrah. Sri Hanuman wears the sacred thread made of munja grass on his shoulder and his attention is always on Brahman.”
Thus Lord Hanuman is seated and we meditate on him thus making our own body a temple of Lord Sri Rama and decorating it with proper discipline and Self Abidance.


शंकर-सुव 44; केशरी-नन् 342;न ।
तेज प्रताप महा जग-वंदन ॥

[We meditate upon] the incarnation of Lord Siva, son of Keshari, whose glory [teja] and Valour [pratap] is saluted by the whole world.
Lord Hanuman’s glory / glow or fame … teja is world renouned. People respect him for his Pratap, valor, strength. Swami Vivekananda always used to stress the importance of strength and he did it for a very good reason. Strength is very important and meekness should not be entertained. One of the first few statements of Buddha was to shun superstitions. We need to have a logical, rational and strong mind. This is the objective with which we meditate on Hanuman.

When we look at Hanuman as the son of Vayu or Wind Lord, its a way of looking at him as a person who is Free. That is a mediation. As such, Vayu blessed Kesari and Anjani and granted them a son who has his “tejas” or his “Glow”. That is a sense in which Vayu is considered a father of Hanuman.

Yet again, Siva is considered father of Hanuman (Sankara suvana) because Hanuman born out of Siva’s Nature. Also he is really a Rudra Avtar. An Avtar or incarnation of Lord Siva. So he is seen as “Siva’s amsha or part”. That is one way of meditating on Hanuman.

Hanuman’s parents were kesari and anjani. Perhaps these too were allegoric. Kesari means a “Lion” and “Anjana” is already explained as the beautifying paste applied in the eyes and in that sense it means a “beautiful vision” an undersanding which allows Hanuman to look at the world as Self.

Thus when we meditate on Hanuman as son of Kesari, we look at him as Lion like in strength.
When we meditate on Hanuman the aim is never to please hanuman. Hanuman is ever pleased with all of us. Please see.. When I go to another person, he may say “Hey , you are like this, you could have been better”. But when we go to the God, he cannot say this. Because there , if he says something like that, we can ask “Why did you allow me to be thus ?” ! So with God, he always accepts. He cannot reject any of us. We are already accepted and embraced by him, right now. Because, he does not look at us as “bad” or “wrong”. Please see this friend. We have this kind of divisions. God does not have them. God Loves! And there is only Love when one reaches him. So He is ever pleased with everyone. We do not chant Hanuman chalisa to please him. We chant Hanuman chalisa to recognize Hanuman’s presence within. We chant Hanuman chalisa so that we can invoke Hanuman within.


The language of Hanuman Chalisa is very simple and rustic conforming to the popular belief that it was created by the boy Tulsidas. There are 2 couplets in the beginning and one couplet at the ending between the 40 verses of Chalisa. The Chalisa details Hanuman in the order of his knowledge, devotion to Rama and man without any desire. As with the case of devotional literature, Tulsidas starts the poem with two couplets praising his Guru (teacher). The language of Chalisa is in the refined Avadhi language.
The Hindu deity to whom the prayer is addressed, Hanuman (Sanskrit: हनुमान्, Hanumān), is an ardent devotee of Rama, the seventh Avatar of Vishnu, and a central character in the Indian epic Ramayan. A general among the vanaras, Hanuman is a disciple of Lord Rama in the war against the demon king Ravan. Hanuman’s exploits are much celebrated in a variety of religious and cultural traditions, particularly in Hinduism, to the extent that he is often the object of worship according to some bhakti traditions, and is the prime deity in many temples known as Hanuman Mandirs.
The work consists of forty-three verses – two introductory Dohas, forty Chaupais and one Doha in the end. The first introductory Doha begins with the word shrī, which refers to Sita, who is considered the Guru of Hanuman. The auspicious form, knowledge, virtues, powers and bravery of Hanuman are described in the first ten Chaupais. Chaupais eleven to twenty describe the acts of Hanuman in his service to Rama, with the eleventh to fifteenth Chaupais describing the role of Hanuman in bringing back Lakshman to consciousness. From the twenty-first Chaupai, Tulsidas describes the need of Hanuman’s Kripa. At the end, Tulsidas hails Hanuman and requests him to reside in his heart and in the heart of Vaishnavas. The concluding Doha again requests Hanuman to reside in the heart, along with Rama, Lakshman and Sita.[ad name=”HTML”]

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Reciting Hanuman Chalisa

Hanuman, the devotee of Rama, said: When I identify myself with the body, O Lord, I am Thy creature, eternally separate from Thee. When I identify myself with the soul, I am a spark of that Divine Fire which Thou art. But when I identify myself with the Atman, I and Thou art one.
Swami Vivekananda

Hanuman is the breath of Rama, the breath of God. God is not far away from us but as close as our breath. Symbolically Hanuman represents the breath, our constant companion and aid along the spiritual path.

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God reveals Himself in the form which His devotees love most. His love for devotees knows no bounds. Puranas say that God assumed the form of Rama for His heroic devotee, Hanuman.
Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

I have been reciting Hanuman Chalisa since my childhood and in the process like every other devotee have memorised it. However I  still have a problem.Sometime when I recite it , I seem to go into a loop ie go to previous line somewhere in the prayer and start all over again.

This has happened many a times, in fact majority of times during past years. I did not discuss it with anyone. Some days back I enquired from my better half , she replied that she sometimes did the same.

Some days back I was with my Sister in law (Bhabhi) in the car. I asked her to recite the Hanuman Chalisa for me. She started and look what happened, she also got into a loop. All of us reciting Hanuman Chalisa since past many years, going into a loop and not completing the Chalisa ,I felt a little strange.

Last Sunday I had to go up a little early as I had to go somewhere.I was having my bath at 4.00 AM in the morning in cold water. My senses constricted , fear of cold water , I started to bath and was reciting Hanuman Chalisa in complete fear of cold water.It was just like asking for help that the bath gets completed.I completed the Hanuman Chalisa fluently and without any loop.

After the bath I realised this and then I caught the secret of Hanuman Chalisa, a prayer for knowledge.

Pray for knowledge with full heart and complete devotion. If you are not absorbed , one with God, while praying ,you will be in a loop.A loop of knowledge which won’t lead you anywhere. You can come out of the loop only with complete devotion and surrender.



Hanuman is said to be Lord of Prana .He being son of Vayu Devata ie (air) is closest to us in  form of Breath . Swami Vivekananda says breath is the bridge between mind and Atma (self).In Ramayana also Hanuman ji is instrumental in creation of first connection between Mother Sita (Nature) and Lord Rama . In this context I always felt that Pranayama is actually nothing but in Bhakti terms , prayer to Hanuman ji to connect us to Lord Ram . In this context Hanuman Chalisa is said to the greatest form of physical prayer to Lord Hanuman.

Having practiced Pranayama for past 15 years and also being reciting Hanuman Chalisa since childhood , I always felt these two should be related to one another in some way. I felt this , because one is Prayer to Lord Hanuman at grosser level and other at a finer level.

This morning as I was practicing Pranayama , holding the Moolbandha and using the Kechri Mudra (rolling the tounge upward in closed mouth like a ring) , I leapt into a thoughtless state . I got a glimpse of peace ,of truth. Every Pranayama practitioner feels this , nothing new . But suddenly I remembered this from Hanuman Chalisa –

“Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukh Mahi , Jaladi langh gaye achraj nahi” ie having Lord Rama’s ring in his mouth ,Hanuman crossed the Ocean full of waves (or mind full of thought waves), nothing to be astonished about.

I was overwhelmed , so wanted to share this with all !



Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen
Nij mane mukure sudhar dust of holy Guru’s Lotus feet. I Profess the pure,
Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-
Jo dayaku phal char fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).
Budhi Hin Tanu Janike Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I
Sumirau Pavan Kumar concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly
Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to
Harahu Kalesa Vikar relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.
Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar Victory to thee, O’Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom-All
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar hail to you O’Kapisa! (fountain-head of power,wisdom
and Shiva-Shakti) You illuminate all the three worlds
(Entire cosmos) with your glory.
Ram doot atulit bal dhama You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama repository of immeasurable strength, though known
only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.
Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra)
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense
and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.
Kanchan varan viraj subesa Your physique is beautiful golden coloured and your dress
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa is pretty. You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.
Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai (kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.
Sankar suvan kesri Nandan As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride
Tej pratap maha jag vandan of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are
propitiated all over the universe.
Vidyavan guni ati chatur You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accom-
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur plished, always keen to carry out the behest’s of Shri Ram.
Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya narration of Shri Ram’s Life Stories. Your heart is filled with
what Shri Ram stood for. You therefore always dwell in the
hearts of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita.
Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck
terror by setting Lanka on fire.
Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare With over-whelming might you destroyed the Asuras
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram
with great skill.
Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully
embraced you with his heart full of joy.
Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai said: “You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat.”
Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories;
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).
Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma,
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha
(one of immeasurable dimensions).
Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber (God of Wealth) and the
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe)
have been vying with one another in offering homage to your
glories. How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression
of your super excellence.
Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with
Ram milaye rajpad deenha Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heeding
Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan mana your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana all over the Universe.
Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet
luscious fruit.
Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee Carrying the Lord’s Signet Ring in your mouth, there is
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean.
Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete with your kind grace.
Ram dware tum rakhvare, You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram’s Divine Abode.
Hoat na agya binu paisare No one can enter it without your permission,
Sub sukh lahai tumhari sarna All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign Protection.
Aapan tej samharo aapai You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the
Teenhon lok hank te kanpai three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.
Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the
Mahavir jab naam sunavai sheer mention of your great name, O’Mahaveer!!
Nase rog harai sab peera All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera Shri Hanuman’s holy name.
Sankat se Hanuman chudavai Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai with Sincerity and Faith, are rescued from all crises in life.
Sub par Ram tapasvee raja All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks
very easy.
Aur manorath jo koi lavai Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai and sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of
human life.
Charon Yug partap tumhara All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.
Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.
Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata You can grant to any one, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis
Us var deen Janki mata (power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis
(Riches,comfort,power,prestige,fame,sweet relationship etc.)
This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.
Ram rasayan tumhare pasa You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa you will always remain Shri Raghupati’s most dedicated disciple.
Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram
Janam janam ke dukh bisravai and become free from sufferings of several births.
Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram,
Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord’s devotee.
Aur Devta Chit na dharehi One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.
Sankat kate mite sab peera One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera rebirths in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my
supreme guru (teacher).
Jo sat bar path kare kohi One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.
Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (The forty Chaupais)
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa regularly are sure to be benedicted. Such is the evidence of no less a
witness as Bhagwan Sankar.
Tulsidas sada hari chera Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at
Keejai Nath Hrdaye mein dera *1 his feet, he prays “Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart & soul.”
Pavantnai sankat haran, Oh! conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are a
Mangal murti roop. symbol of Auspiciousness.
Ram Lakhan Sita sahit, Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart.
Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop. Oh! King of Gods.

Follow the path of Hanuman — he is pure love, devotion, power, strength, generosity, dedication, dharana, kindness and humility, says LAURA PLUMB to PRITI AGRAWAL

I have always admired Hanuman, the monkey god in the Hindu epic of Ramayana. He symbolises complete and selfless devotion to his beloved Rama. He is empowered by his love for Rama and in a way, we can emulate Hanuman to be similarly empowered. Hanuman is the story of how to reconnect to your divine nature, and access the grace that is available to you.

The first mantra of the Ishavasya Upanishad, “Ishaavaasyam idam sarvam”, means the entire universe is His dwelling and is enveloped and covered by the Supreme Being. “Wake up in god; walk in god; talk in god; lie down in god…whatever you do is God’s work; whomsoever you meet, see God in the person; God is in everything and everything is in God!” recites Laura Plumb, an ayurvedic practitioner, and yoga teacher in San Diego, USA, who came to India to teach yoga at the International Yoga Festival (IYF) at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh.

She enjoys the realm of silence and is fascinated by nature’s majesty. “Fortunately, life kicked me hard enough and induced me to go in search of teachers who would help me make sense of both my love of light and beauty, and the suffering I felt in the individualised human experience,” says Laura. Teachers, masters, sages, saints, people with heart from all walks of life, influenced and inspired her. She found herself leaning towards the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Paramhansa Yogananda, Anandamayi Ma, Swami Rama, don Miguel Ruiz, Rita Rivera, Vamadeva Shastri, Suhas Kshirsagar, T K V Desikachar, Maya Tiwari, Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.

She advocates the Hanuman Namaskar as a panacea for a whole lot of life’s conditions: Focus your mind on that light within, and breathe into that power. Feel your divine Self come alive. Use yourself as a fountain of energy and then channel this energy to others through devotion. “Give them an embodied experience of the divine and of humanity through service. With focus on mantra and breath, we flow through a series of poses that open and offer the heart, and offer our practice as embodied prayer. It is devotional, almost like a puja in motion. This practice takes people out of the head and makes them experience in their own cells, tissues and bones, the miracle of life, and the greatness of the heart. “Follow the path of Hanuman as he is pure love, devotion, power, strength, generosity, dedication, dharana, life and light force, kindness, and humility. Hanuman symbolises the power of mantra, the power of breath, and the power of prana. Hanuman is the power of surrender. Hanuman is ati balwan; he is so strong! As the son of Vayu, Hanuman represents the power of prana, and the power of a mind turned inward to the light of the heart. Act like Hanuman as you practise your yoga: wag your tail, breathe deep, embody your poses with power, remain single-pointed, stay strong, feel your devotional heart, offer your practice to something you believe in, and chant, letting the chant inform the breath and the breath guide your movements. The prayer is to the power of life, light and love within us, and within all. The mantra is Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Hanuman” says Laura.

Devotion And Dharana

Hanuman was a true devotee of Rama and his devotion evoked wonders. “Nowadays, everyone talks about the power of intent, effectively teaching the sixth limb of the Yoga Sutras, dharana. There is tremendous power in this and brings in clarity of mind and mental concentration. But Hanuman can teach us another greater power. When you combine dharana, the power of the mind, with devotion, the nectar of the heart, you can move mountains, leap across oceans, swallow the sun, and soar into great heights. That may not be literally true, but this is how it can make you feel — when you align yourself with the rhythm and power of the cosmos,” adds Laura.

Laura has a simple philosophy, for it is only with experimentation that you will learn the Truth. Rules are meant to be broken. So she doesn’t believe in celibacy as a rule. There are many sages who have been undone by their inability to live up to that commitment. On the other hand, there are great sages who were householders, married and not celibate. She says, “Celibacy is essential for directing all your energy to the divine, for one who is mature in practice.” All of us should ask ourselves a few questions: What is the best way to live your life? What way of living serves your highest good so that you can serve the highest good in all? “Be honest with yourself. Some people hide in celibacy. Others hide in sexual relations. Be honest about your own needs and capacity. Truth is the only way to lasting happiness. You live your life by discovering your own truth,” suggests Laura.[ad name=”HTML”]

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Benefits of Hanuman Chalisa

Benefits of Hanuman Chalisa

Benefits of Hanuman Chalisa
Hanuman Chalisa was composed by legendary poet Tulsidas who was also an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. It has 40 poetic verses, hence the name ‘Chalisa.’ It is widely believed that Hanuman Chalisa has some sort of clandestine divinity associated with it. Anybody can recite the godly 40 verses, irrespective of the age and after a few recitals it automatically registers itself in the memory. Read on to know some unknown facts and benefits related to the Hanuman Chalisa…

The legend behind Hanuman Chalisa

The legend behind Hanuman Chalisa
Once Tulsidas went to meet Aurangzeb. The emperor mocked Tulsidas and challenged him to show the lord to him. The poet ingeniously replied that seeing Rama was not possible without true devotion. As a result, he was imprisoned by Aurangzeb. Tulsi Das is thought to have written the magnificent verses of the Hanuman Chalisa in that prison. It is said that an army of monkeys menaced Delhi as soon as Tulsidas finished his ode and recited the same.

When to read Hanuman Chalisa

When to read Hanuman Chalisa
The Hanuman Chalisa must be read in the morning only after taking a bath. If you want to read it after sunset, you must wash your hands, feet and face first. Amongst the Hindus, it is a very popular belief that reciting the Hanuman Chalisa calls upon Hanuman’s divine involvement in critical problems, including those concerning evil spirits. Let’s take a look at some other interesting beliefs associated with the Hanuman Chalisa…

To reduce the effects of Saturn

To reduce the effects of Saturn
As per the legends, the lord of Saturn, Shani Dev, is frightened of Lord Hanuman. Therefore, reciting Hanuman Chalisa helps reduce the effects of Sade Sati. So those who are suffering due to the placement of Saturn in their Kundli, should chant the Hanuman Chalisa specially on Saturdays for peace and prosperity.

To deflect evil spirits

To deflect evil spirits
Lord Hanuman is considered as a deity who helps get rid of evils and spirits that can be dangerous. It is believed that if you are troubled with nightmares you should place Hanumna Chalisa under your pillow to sleep peacefully. It helps you get rid of daunting thoughts.

To pray for forgiveness

To pray for forgiveness
We all commit sins intentionally and unintentionally. Rather as per the principles of Hinduism, we are stuck in the cycle of birth and death only because of our sins. Reciting the opening verses of the Hanuman Chalisa helps one get rid of the bad deeds done in the previous and present birth.

To destroy hindrances

To destroy hindrances
Just like Lord Ganesha, Hanuman also has the reputation of removing all our obstacles. If one recites Hanuman Chalisa with complete devotion, he or she invites the divine protection of Lord Hanuman who ensures that the devotee faces no complication in life.

To de-stress

To de-stress
Reading the Hanuman Chalisa, first thing in the morning, will ensure that your day goes well. It helps you feel relaxed and completely in control of our life. Reading the Hanuman Chalisa can fill a person with divine bliss.

To have a safe journey

To have a safe journey
Have you seen miniatures of Lord Hanumana either dangling from the rearview mirror of the car or just sitting on the dashboard? What makes him a popular choice for a car? It is widely believed that Lord Hanuman can prevent accidents and ensure success of the trip.

To fulfill all our wishes

To fulfill all our wishes
The benefits of chanting or listening to Hanuman Chalisa are infinite and incredible. It is believed that if a devotee recites these 40 verses with pure devotion and focus, he or she gets rewarded and all the wishes come true. Regular recitation of the Chalisa bestows you with the Lord’s blessings and grace you with glorious powers.

To gain wisdom and strength

To gain wisdom and strength
High pitched recital of Hanuman Chalisa creates so much positive energy around you that you feel extremely lively throughout the day. It kills laziness and procrastination and makes one more efficient. It also cures small lifestyle ailments such as headache, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression etc.

To gain divine spiritual knowledge

To gain divine spiritual knowledge
The devotee who chants Hanuman Chalisa is blessed with divine spiritual knowledge. It is believed that all those who are treading on the path of spirituality get immense help from Lord Hanuman as he shows them the right way and helps them tame their minds so that materialism could be kept at bay.

To reform a person

To reform a person
Reciting Hanuman Chalisa helps in reforming people who have fallen into bad company or have become slaves an objectionable habit. The energy that generate from the Chalisa fills the heart of the devotee with positivity and strength.

To promote unity

To promote unity
Daily recitation of Hanuman Chalisa with dedication and devotion eliminate all sorts of disagreements and arguments in a family and promotes unanimity, contentment, happiness and peace in life. It removes negativity and brings harmony in relationships.

To ward off negative energies

To ward off negative energies
One the verses from Hanuman Chalisa reads as “Bhoot Pichash Nikat nahi aaven, mahavir jab naam sunave” which can be translated to – no evil spirit can affect a person who takes the name of Lord Hanuman and recites Hanuman Chalisa at the top of their voice. It removes all sort of negativity from the mind and soul of the family members and brings peace and harmony within the family.

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Hanuman Chalisa Benefits – Hanuman Chalisa Miracles

Hanuman Chalisa is a poetic composition in praise of Hanuman. It consists of 40 Shlokas, written by Goswami Tulasidas. It believed that he composed Hanuman chalisa during Kumbhamela in Haridwara in a state of Samadhi.

Hanuman chalisa must be recited after taking a shower in the morning or evening.

During difficult planetary periods of Shani like Sade Sathi, Saturn Mahadasa and antradasas, Recitation of Hanuman chalisa helps to overcome the difficulties and obstacles.

Reciting Hanuman Chalisa for 8 times on Saturdays during these periods is a good remedy.

There is an interesting story behind this.Ravana kept Shani in the prison in Lanka,as some body warned him of the impending evil effects of lord shani.

When Hanuman visted Lanka, he freed Shani from the prison.Shani, pleased by this ,had given a promise to hanuman that , those who worship Hanuman will not be affected by Shani.

One should have faith in god and correct attitude are a must to get the results.Many devotees have experienced the miracles after chanting Hanuman chalisa.

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Specific results on recitation of particular verses:

It takes not more than 10 minutes to read this beautiful hymn. If you are unable to read the 40 verses, you can recite certain verses to suit your needs. Read at least 11 times daily. Chanting it for 108 times daily is beneficial.

Each verse or chaupai has its own significance.

For removal of bad karma associated with insulting gurus /elders/ devotees of god-
Read first opening verse daily

For attaining Wisdom and strength read the second opening verse.

Recite daily first Verses to accomplish divine knowledge.

Regular Recitation of 3rd Verse helps in Reforming individuals from bad habits and bad company.

महाबीर बिक्रम बजरंगी।
कुमति निवार सुमति के संगी॥ ३ ॥

Regular recitation of Verses 7 and 8 helps in cultivating devotion towards Rama and he will be dear to Lord Rama.

बिद्यावान गुनी अति चातुर।
राम काज करिबे को आतुर॥ ७ ॥

प्रभु चरित्र सुनिबे को रसिया।
राम लखन सीता मन बसिया॥ ८ ॥

Regular recitation of 11 th Verse provides protection from poisons and snake bites.

लाय सँजीवनि लखन जियाए।
श्रीरघुबीर हरषि उर लाए॥ ११ ॥

Regular recitation of 12th Verse promotes unity among siblings and removes misunderstandings if any.

रघुपति कीन्हीं बहुत बड़ाई।
तुम मम प्रिय भरतहि सम भाई॥ १२ ॥

Reciting daily 13th, 14th and 15th Verse will help you in attaining fame and recognition.

सहस बदन तुम्हरो जस गावैं।
अस कहि श्रीपति कंठ लगावैं॥ १३ ॥
सनकादिक ब्रह्मादि मुनीसा।
नारद सारद सहित अहीसा॥ १४ ॥
जम कुबेर दिक्पाल जहाँ ते।
कबी कोबिद कहि सकैं कहाँ ते॥ १५ ॥

Reciting the verses 16th and 17th daily helps to regain the lost status and to get desired jobs and promotions.

तुम उपकार सुग्रीवहिं कीन्हा।
राम मिलाय राजपद दीन्हा॥ १६ ॥

तुम्हरो मन्त्र बिभीषन माना।
लंकेश्वर भए सब जग जाना॥ १७ ॥

Regular recitation of 20th Verse will help in accomplishing the difficult tasks by removing obstacles. During adverse planetary periods recite 22nd Verse, for divine protection.

दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते ।
सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हरे तेते॥ २० ॥

Reciting 24 th verse daily provides protection from black magic and evil spirits.

भूत पिशाच निकट नहिं आवै।
महाबीर जब नाम सुनावै॥ २४ ॥

Reciting 25th verse helps you to achieve good health and frees you from diseases.

नासै रोग हरै सब पीरा।
जपत निरंतर हनुमत बीरा॥ २५ ॥

Recitation of 26 th verse regularly helps in liberation from crisis and difficulties.

संकट तें हनुमान छुड़ावै।
मन क्रम बचन ध्यान जो लावै॥ २६ ॥

Recite 27th and 28 th verse for Fulfillment of desires.

सब पर राम तपस्वी राजा।
तिन के काज सकल तुम साजा॥ २७ ॥

और मनोरथ जो कोई लावै।
तासु अमित जीवन फल पावै॥ २८ ॥

Recite 30th verse for victory over enemies.

साधु संत के तुम रखवारे।
असुर निकंदन राम दुलारे॥ ३० ॥

Recite 31st verse to attain occult powers and wealth.

अष्ट सिद्धि नौ निधि के दाता।
अस बर दीन्ह जानकी माता॥ ३१ ॥

Recitation of 32nd -35th verses, to enjoy an ethical and fulfilling life without worries.

राम रसायन तुम्हरे पासा।
सादर हो रघुपति के दासा॥ ३२ ॥

तुम्हरे भजन राम को पावै।
जनम जनम के दुख बिसरावै॥ ३३ ॥

अंत काल रघुबर पुर जाई।
जहाँ जन्म हरिभक्त कहाई॥ ३४ ॥

और देवता चित्त न धरई।
हनुमत सेइ सर्व सुख करई॥ ३५ ॥

Recite 36th verse For mental peace and harmony.

संकट कटै मिटै सब पीरा।
जो सुमिरै हनुमत बलबीरा॥ ३६ ॥

Recite 37th verse For grace of Lord Hanuman.

जय जय जय हनुमान गोसाईं।
कृपा करहु गुरुदेव की नाईं॥ ३७ ॥



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ऐसी मान्यता है कि, कलियुग में एक मात्र हनुमान जी ही जीवित देवता हैं। यह अपने भक्तों और आराधकों पर सदैव कृपालु रहते हैं और उनकी हर इच्छा पूरी करते हैं।

हनुमान जी की कृपा से ही तुलसीदास जी को भगवान राम के दर्शन हुए थे। शिवाजी महाराज के गुरू समर्थ रामदास के बारे में भी कहा जाता है कि उन्हें हनुमान जी ने दर्शन दिए थे।

हनुमान जी के बारे में यह भी कहा जाता है कि जहां कहीं भी रामकथा होती है हनुमान जी वहां किसी न किसी रूप में जरूर मौजूद रहते हैं।

हनुमान जी की महिमा और भक्तहितकारी स्वभाव को देखते हुए तुलसीदास जी ने हनुमान जी को प्रसन्न करने के लिए हनुमान चालीसा लिखा है। इस चालीसा का नियमित पाठ बहुत ही सरल और आसान है, लेकिन इसके लाभ हैं चमत्कारी।

हनुमान चालीसा में कहा गया है कि हनुमान जी अष्टसिद्घि और नवनिधि के दाता कहा गया। जो व्यक्ति नियमित रूप से हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ करता है। उसकी हर मनोकामना हनुमान जी पूरी करते हैं चाहे वह धन संबंधी इच्छा ही क्यों न हो।

जब कभी भी आपको आर्थिक संकट का सामना करना पड़े मन में हनुमान जी का ध्यान करके हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ करना शुरू कर दीजिए।

कुछ ही हफ्तों में आपको समस्या का समाधान मिल जाएगा और आर्थिक चिंताएं दूर हो जाएगी। इस बात का ध्यान रखें कि पाठ किसी दिन छोड़ें नहीं। अगर यह क्रम मंगलवार से शुरू करें तो बेहतर रहेगा।

हनुमान चालीसा का एक दोहा है ‘भूत पिशाच निकट नहीं आए, महावीर जब नाम सुनावे। इस दोहे से बताया गया है कि जो व्यक्ति नियमित हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ करता है उसके आस-पास भूत-पिशाच और दूसरी नकारात्मक शक्तियां नहीं आती हैं।

हनुमान चालीसा का नियमित पाठ करने वाले व्यक्ति का मनोबल बढ़ जाता है और उसे किसी भी तरह का भय नहीं रहता है।

अगर किसी को कोई अनजाना भय डरा रहा हो तो उसे हर रात सोने से पहले हाथ पैर धोकर पवित्र मन से हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ करना शुरू कर देना चाहिए।

अगर आप सोने के लिए बिस्तर पर जाते हैं लेकिन मन बेचैन रहता है, ठीक से नींद नहीं आती है तो आप नियमित हनुमान चालीसा पाठ करना शुरू कर दीजिए।

नींद अच्छी तरह नहीं आने का एक बड़ा कारण मानसिक अशांति है। हनुमान चालीसा के पाठ से मानसिक शांति मिलती है और मन में चल रही उधेड़ बुन से मुक्ति मिलती है जिससे व्यक्ति को अच्छी नींद आती है और जीवन में उन्नति का मौका मिलता है।

हनुमान जी परम पराक्रमी और महावीर हैं इस बात का उल्लेख रामचरित मानस से लेकर हनुमान चालीसा तक में किया गया है।

इनके ध्यान से पुरूष बलवान और वीर्यवान होता है। जो लोग अक्सर बीमार रहते हैं या काफी उपचार के बाद भी जिनका रोग दूर नहीं होता उन्हें नियमित हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ करना चाहिए।

हनुमान चालीसा में लिखा भी गया है” नासै रोग हरै सब पीरा। जपत निरन्तर हनुमत बीरा।।”

आपने देखा होगा कि मंगलवार के दिन छात्र बड़ी संख्या में हनुमान जी के मंदिर में दर्शन के लिए आते हैं। इसका कारण यह है कि हनुमान जी की जिनपर कृपा होती है वह बुद्घिमान, गुणी और चातुर यानी अक्लमंद हो जाते हैं।

हनुमान जी की कृपा पाने के लिए छात्रों को नियमित हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ करना चाहिए। छात्र जीवन में चालीसा का पाठ करने से स्मरण शक्ति बढ़ती है और शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में कामयाबी मिलती है।

इसका कारण यह है कि हनुमान जी स्वयं हैं ‘विद्यावान गुनी अति चातुर। राम काज करिबे को आतुर।।’ जो इनकी भक्ति सहित हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ करता है उनमें भी हनुमान जी यह गुण भर देते हैं।

मनुष्य जीवन का परम लक्ष्य माना गया है मुक्ति यानी शरीर त्याग के बाद परमधाम में स्थान। हनुमान चालीसा में बताया गया है ‘अन्त काल रघुबर पुर जाई। जहाँ जन्म हरि–भक्त कहाई।। और देवता चित्त न धरई। हनुमत् सेई सर्व सुख करई।।

यानी जो व्यक्ति हनुमान जी का ध्यान करता है उनकी पूजा और हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ नियमित करता है उसके परम धाम जाने का मार्ग सरल हो जाता है।

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सीता हरण के बाद राम और लक्ष्मण जब सीता की तलाश में भटकर रहे थे इसी क्रम में राम और हनुमान जी की मुलाकात हुई। इसके बाद से हनुमान जी ने कई बार राम जी को संकट से निकाला।

सबसे पहले तो हनुमान जी ने अपने प्रभु श्री राम जी की मित्रता सुग्रीव से करवाकर राम जी को एक बड़ी वानर सेना का साथ दिला दिया।

इसी सेना की मदद से राम जी ने सीता की तलाश की और रावण को युद्घ में पराजित करने में सफल हुए।

हनुमान जी ने दूसरी बार रामचंद्र जी को उस समय संकट से निकाला जब सब तरफ से राम जी निराश हो रहे थे और सीता का पता नहीं चल पा रहा था।

ऐसे समय में हनुमान जी ने समुद्र पार करके यह पता लगाया कि सीता का हरण करके रावण लंका ले गया और देवी सीता रावण की अशोक वाटिका में राम के आने का इंतजार कर रही है।

हनुमान जी से प्राप्त सूचना के बाद ही राम जी अपनी सेना लेकर लंका की ओर चले थे।

तीसरी बार हनुमान जी ने राम जी को तब संकट से निकाला जब शक्ति बाण से मूर्च्छित हुए लक्ष्मण जी के प्राण संकट में आ गए।

ऐसे समय में सुषेण नाम के वैद्य के कहने पर हनुमान जी संजीवनी बूटी लेकर आए। इस बूटी के प्रयोग से लक्ष्मण जी के प्राण बचे।

नाग पाश में जब राम लक्ष्मण बंधे थे उस समय भी हनुमान जी ने राम गरूड़ को बुलाकर राम जी के संकट दूर किए थे।

रावण की मृत्यु के बाद अपने भाई का बदला लेने के लिए अहिरावण ने नींद में राम लक्ष्मण का हरण कर लिया। जब हनुमान जी को यह बात मालूम हुई तो वह अहिरावण की खोज में चल पड़े।

राम लक्ष्मण को ढूंढते हुए हनुमान जी पाताल में पहुंचे। इन्होंने देखा कि अहिरावण देवी की पूजा कर रहा है और राम लक्ष्मण की बलि देने वाला है।

ऐसे संकट के समय में हनुमान जी ने अहिरावण का अंत करके राम लक्ष्मण के प्राण बचाए।

हनुमान जी के कई नाम हैं जिनमें बजरंगबली, महावीर, केसरी नंदन और संकट मोचन नाम काफी लोकप्रिय है। यह नाम हनुमान जी को उनके गुण और कर्मों के कारण प्राप्त हुए हैं।

हनुमान जी के अंग बज्र के समान हैं इसलिए यह बजरंगबली कहलाते हैं। इनसे बड़ा कोई वीर नहीं है इसलिए यह महावीर कहलाते हैं। केसरी के पुत्र होने के कारण यह केसरी नंदन और भक्तों के हर संकट दूर करने वाले हैं इसलिए संकट मोचन कहलाते हैं। हनुमान चालिसा में कहा भी गया है कि ‘को नहिं जानत है जग में कपि संकट मोचन नाम तिहारो’

हनुमान जी न केवल भक्तों के संकटहर्ता हैं बल्कि इन्होंने अपने प्रभु श्री राम को भी कई बार संकट से निकाला है। इसलिए राम जी ने हनुमान जी को संकट मोचन नाम दिया है और सृष्टि के अंत तक पृथ्वी पर रह कर मनुष्य को संकट से निकालने का आशीर्वाद दिया है। तो आइये देखें हनुमान जी ने कब कब राम जी को संकट से निकाला।

पुराणों में इस कथा का उल्लेख है कि अश्वमेघ यज्ञ के पूर्ण होने के पश्चात श्री राम ने एक बड़ी सभा का आयोजन किया। सभी राजाओं को उसमें आमंत्रित किया गया। सभा में आए नारद जी के भड़काने पर एक राजा ने भरी सभा में ऋषि विश्वामित्र को छोड़कर सभी को प्रणाम किया। ऋषि विश्वामित्र गुस्से से भर उठे और उन्होंने राम से कहा कि अगर सूर्यास्त से पहले श्रीराम ने उक्त राजा को मृत्यु दंड नहीं दिया तो वो राम को शाप दे देंगे। शाप के भयभीत होकर श्रीराम ने उस राजा को सूर्यास्त से पहले मारने का प्रण ले लिया।

श्रीराम के प्राण की खबर पाते ही राजा भागा भागा हनुमान जी की माता अंजनी के पास गया और पूरी बात बताए बिना उनसे प्राण रक्षा का वचन मांगा। माता अंजनी ने हनुमान जी को राजा की जान बचाने का आदेश दिया। हनुमान जी ने श्रीराम की कसम खाकर कहा कि कोई भी राजा का बाल भी बांका नहीं कर पाएगा। लेकिन जब राजा ने बताया कि श्रीराम ने ही उन्हें मारने का प्रण किया है तो हनुमान धर्म संकट में फंस गए।

हनुमान के सामने धर्म संकट खड़ा हो गया कि वो राजा के प्राण कैसे बचाएं। अगर राजा को मौत मिलती है तो माता का दिया हुआ वचन पूरा नहीं हो पाएगा। अगर राजा को बचाया तो श्री राम का प्रण पूरा नहीं हो पाएगा और उन्हें शाप मिलेगा।

उलझन में फंसे हनमान जी को एक युक्ति सूझी। हनुमान जी ने राजा से सरयू तट पर जाकर राम नाम जपने के लिए कहा। हनुमान जी खुद सूक्ष्म रूप में राजा के पीछे छिप गए। जब श्री राम राजा को खोजते हुए सरयू तट पर पहुंचे तो उन्होंने देखा कि राजा राम-राम जप रहा है। राम जी ने सोचा, अरे! ये तो मेरा भक्त है, मैं कैसे इस पर बाण चला सकता हूं। श्री राम महल को लौट गए और विश्वामित्र से अपनी दुविधा कही। विश्वामित्र अपनी बात पर अड़े रहे और श्रीराम को फिर से राजा के प्राण लेने के लिए सरयू तट पर लौटना पड़ा।

सारा राज्य देख रहा था कि कैसे श्रीराम दुविधा में फंसे हैं। एक तरफ राजा राम नाम जप रहा है और श्रीराम अपने ही भक्त को मारने के लिए मजबूर हैं। सभी सोच रहे थे कि ऐसे वक्त में हनुमान को राम के साथ होना चाहिए था। लेकिन हनुमान जी थे कहां, वो तो अपने ही आराध्य के विरुद्ध सूक्ष्म रूप से एक धर्मयुद्ध का संचालन कर रहे थे। हनुमान जानते थे कि राम नाम जपते हु‌ए राजा को कोई भी नहीं मार सकता, खुद मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम राम भी नहीं।

राम जी जब फिर से सरयू तट लौटे तो राजा को मारने के लिए शक्ति बाण निकाला लेकिन तब तक राजा हनुमान जी के कहने पर सिया राम सिया राम जपने लगा। राम जानते थे कि सिया राम जपने वाले पर शक्तिबाण असर नहीं करता। वो बेबस हो गए और महल को लौट पड़े।

उधर विश्वामित्र उन्हें लौटा देखकर शाप देने को उतारू हो गए और राम को फिर सरयू तट पर जाना पड़ा। इस बार राजा हनुमान जी के इशारे पर जय‌ सियाराम जय जय हनुमान गा रहा था। राम ने सोचा कि मेरे नाम के साथ साथ ये राजा शक्ति और भक्ति की जय बोल रहा है। ऐसे में मेरा कोई अस्त्र इसे मार नहीं पाएगा।

इस संकट को देखकर श्रीराम को मूर्छा आने लगी तो अयोध्या के साध‌ु संतों में खलबली मच गई। तब ऋषि व‌शिष्ठ ने ऋषि विश्वामित्र को सलाह दी कि राम को इस तरह संकट में नहीं डालना चाहिए। उन्होंने कहा कि राम चाह कर भी राम नाम जपने वाले को नहीं मार सकते क्योंकि जो बल राम के नाम में है और खुद राम में नहीं है।

संकट बढ़ता देखकर ऋषि विश्वामित्र ने राम को संभाला और अपने वचन से मुक्त कर दिया। मामला संभलते देखकर राजा के पीछे छिपे हनुमान वापस अपने रूप में आ गए और श्रीराम को प्रणाम किया।

तब श्रीराम ने कहा कि हनुमान ने इस प्रसंग से साबित किया है कि भक्त की शक्ति हमेशा आराध्य की ताकत बनी है और सच्चा भक्त हमेशा भगवान से बड़ा ही रहेगा।


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In front of this Lord Ganesha, anyone has to say truth

In front of this Lord Ganesha, anyone has to say truth

गणेश की इस मूर्ति के सामने बड़े से बड़ा अपराधी भी सच बोल देता है

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भारत में अलग-अलग धर्मों के अनुयायी रहते हैं। सभी धर्मों का इतिहास चमत्कारिक घटनाओं से भरा हुआ है। स्वर्गलोक में बैठे ईश्वर समय-समय पर धरती पर अवतार लेते आए हैं, लेकिन कई बार साक्षात रूप में नहीं बल्कि, प्रतीकात्मक रूप में ही अपने भक्तों को अपने होने का एहसास करवाते रहे हैं।

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कभी ईश्वर अपने भक्त के स्वप्न में आकर किसी विशेष स्थान पर अपने होने का संदेश देते हैं तो कभी इत्तेफाकन ही किसी को भगवान की मूर्ति मिल जाती है जो जीवित प्रतीत होती है। अब आस्था इतनी प्रबलतम होती है कि उस पत्थर की मूर्ति के सजीव होने पर सवालिया निशान भी नहीं लगता और संबंधित स्थान या वह मूर्ति पूजनीय हो जाती है।

भारत में अधिकांश मंदिर किसी ना किसी चमत्कारी घटना के बाद ईश्वर की मूर्ति के प्रकट होने या स्वयं ईश्वर के कहने के बाद ही स्थापित हुए हैं।

ऐसी ही एक मंदिर है आंध्र प्रदेश स्थित कनिपकम विनायक मंदिर। भारत के दक्षिणी प्रांत आंध्र प्रदेश के चित्तूर जिले में स्थित यह मंदिर भगवान गणेश को समर्पित है, जिसका निर्माण चोल वंश ने 11 शताब्दी में करवाया था इसके बाद विजयनगर के शासकों ने वर्ष 1336 में इसका विस्तार किया।

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मंदिर की स्थापना से जुड़ी एक बहुत ही रोचक कथा प्रचलित है जो ईश्वर के होने का एक बड़ा साक्ष्य भी है। कहते हैं एक बार एक गांव में तीन विकलांग भाई रहते थे। उनमें से एक बधिर, दूसरा मूक और तीसरा दृष्टिहीन था।

भूमि के बहुत छोटे हिस्से पर खेती कर, वे तीनों भाई अपना गुजारा करते थे। जिस कुएं से पानी निकालकर वे खेती किया करते थे उस कुएं का पानी सूख गया, इसलिए वे खेत में पानी नहीं डाल पा रहे थे।

ऐसे हालातों में तीनों में से एक भाई कुएं को और गहरा खोदने के लिए उसमें उतर गया। थोड़ी सी ही खुदाई करने के बाद उस कुएं के अंदर उन्हें पत्थर की मूर्ति मिली। जब उस पर लोहे की छड़ से वार किया गया तो उसमें से रक्त निकलने लगा और देखते ही देखते कुएं का पानी खून की तरह लाल हो गया।

इस अद्भुत दृश्य का साक्षी बनते ही तीनों भाइयों की शारीरिक कमियां दूर हो गईं। जब गांव वालों को इस घटना का पता चला तो वे सभी उस कुएं में मौज़ूद मूर्ति को बाहर निकालने के लिए कुएं की खुदाई शुरू की।

लेकिन भगवान विनायक की यह मूर्ति पानी की लहर में से अपने आप प्रकट हो गई। इस घटना के बाद गांव वालों ने मूर्ति पर नारियल का प्रसाद चढ़ाकर मंगला आरती की। गांववालों ने इस मूर्ति को स्वयंभू विनायक का नाम दिया।

आज भी उस स्थान पर यह स्वयंभू मूर्ति विद्यमान है और इतना ही नहीं उस दिव्य कुएं में भी हर मौसम, हर परिस्थिति में पानी रहता है। बारिश के दिनों में उस कुएं में से पानी बाहर भी बहता है।

इस मूर्ति की महिमा औरइसके चमत्कारिक होने का सिलसिला यहीं समाप्त नहीं होता क्योंकि यह मूर्ति तब से लेकर अब तक अपने आकार को भी बढ़ाती जा रही है। पहले यह बिना आकार का कोई पत्थर था लेकिन अब इसी मूर्ति में आपको पेट और घुटने भी नजर आ सकते हैं।

एक भक्त ने करीब 50 साल पहले इस मूर्ति के नाप का ब्रेसलेट दान किया था, जो पहले इस मूर्ति के हाथ में सही आता था। लेकिन अब वह ब्रेसलेट मूर्ति के हाथ में नहीं आता।

कनिपकम विनायक की यह मूर्ति, दो पक्षों के झगड़े भी सुलझाती है। इस मूर्ति के पास कुएं की ओर मुंह कर विनायक की शपथ लेकर लोग आपसी मसलों को हल करते हैं। स्थानीय लोगों के लिए यहां ली गई शपथ किसी भी कानून या न्याय से बड़ी है।

कहा जाता है कई बार बड़े से बड़ा अपराधी भी इस कुएं में मात्र स्नान कर अपने गुनाह को कुबूल कर लेता है। यही वजह है कि कनिपकम सिद्धि विनायक मंदिर की लोकप्रियता दूरदराज तक फैली हुई है। स्थानीय न्यायालयों में भी मूर्ति की शपथ दिलाकर गवाही लेने का विशेष प्रावधान है।

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Durga Suktam in Devanagari

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Durga Suktam – Devanagari

Durga Suktam – Devanagari

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Sri Suktam in Devanagari

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