Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God, is the epitome of devotion and is regarded as an incarnation of Shiva. He has the form of a monkey, and the lightness and speed of the wind, being the son of Vayu, the wind God. Hanuman is always depicted holding a mace as a sign of his might and generally has Rama’s impression tattooed on his chest. “Hanuman is the provider of hope, courage, devotion and intellect.” ( www.thebuddhagarden.com)
According to sources at www.hinduisn.about.com, “Hanuman, the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. Hanuman’s tale in the epic Ramayana– where he is assigned the responsibility to locate Rama’s wife Sita abducted by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka – is known for its astounding ability to inspire and equip a reader with all the ingredients needed to face ordeals and conquer obstructions in the way of the world.”
Hanuman valiantly led his army of monkeys and bears to build a bridge from India to the island of Sri Lanka, where Sita was being held captive. During the war, Hanuman flew to bring the Sanjeevi Mountain, full of medicinal herbs to revive Lakshmana who had fallen. As Hanuman’s armies attacked, Prince Rama rode on Hanuman’s shoulders and fired an arrow into Ravana, killing the demon and liberating Sita.
Hanuman is also featured in another epic, the Mahabaratha. He stood by the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra war. He stabilized and protected Arjuna’s chariot by being present in the flag flying in the chariot. He was thus honored with witnessing the worship and offerings firsthand.
As I see it, while Ganesha helps us remove obstacles, Hanuman inspires us to leap past them to achieve outstanding, unstoppable success.
When he sought herbs to heal the stricken Lakshmana, Hanuman did not stop to entertain his uncertainty as to which herbs were needed. He simply brought back the whole mountain! Hanuman inspires me to transcend the obstacles and remain devoted to serving in the name of Divine Consciousness.
May our invocation to Hanuman inspire you to face and transcend whatever ordeals may come to impact your path in the world. May Hanuman inspire us all to be devoted to service. Our gratitude to www.vishvarupa.com for the Hanuman photos posted — Jai Hanuman! Maheshvari