is worshipped all over India—either alone or together with
Sri Rama. Every temple of Sri Rama has the murti or
idol of Sri Hanuman. Hanuman was the Avatara of Lord Siva.
He was born of the Wind-God and Anjani Devi. He is also
called by the names Pavanasuta, Marutsuta, Mahavira,
Bajrangabali and Pavankumar.
Hanuman was the living embodiment of the power of
Ram-Nam. He was an ideal selfless worker, a true Karma Yogi
who worked desirelessly. He was a great devotee and an
exceptional Brahmachari or celibate. He served Sri Rama with
pure love and devotion, without expecting any fruit in
return. He lived only to serve Sri Rama. He was humble,
brave and wise. He possessed all the divine virtues. He did
what others could not do—crossing the ocean simply by
uttering Ram-Nam, burning the demon-king's city of Lanka,
and bringing the sanjeevini herb to restore the life
of Lakshmana. He brought Sri Rama and Lakshmana from the
nether world after killing Ahiravana.
Hanuman possessed devotion, knowledge, spirit of selfless
service, power of celibacy, and desirelessness. He never
boasted of his bravery and intelligence.
He said to Ravana, "I am a humble messenger of Sri Rama.
I have come here to serve Sri Rama, to do His work. By the
command of Sri Rama, I have come here. I am fearless by the
Grace of Sri Rama. I am not afraid of death. I welcome it if
it comes while serving Sri Rama."
See how humble Hanuman was! How deep was his devotion to
Sri Rama! He never said, "I am the brave Hanuman. I can do
anything and everything."
Sri Rama Himself said to Hanuman, "I am greatly indebted
to you, O mighty hero. You did marvellous, superhuman deeds.
You do not want anything in return. Sugriva has his kingdom
restored to him. Angada has been made the crown prince.
Vibhishana has become king of Lanka. But you have not asked
for anything at any time. You threw away the precious
garland of pearls given to you by Sita. How can I repay My
debt of gratitude to you? I will always remain deeply
indebted to you. I give you the boon of everlasting life.
All will honour and worship you like Myself. Your idol will
be placed at the door of My temple and you will be
worshipped and honoured first. Whenever My stories are
recited or glories sung, your glory will be sung before
Mine. You will be able to do anything, even that which I
will not be able to!"
Thus did Sri Rama praise Hanuman when the latter returned
to Him after finding Sita in Lanka. Hanuman was not a bit
elated. He fell in prostration at the holy feet of Sri Rama.
Sri Rama asked him, "O mighty hero, how did you cross the
Hanuman humbly replied, "By the power and glory of Thy
Name, my Lord."
Again Sri Rama asked, "How did you burn Lanka? How did
you save yourself?"
And Hanuman replied, "By Thy Grace, my Lord."
What profound humility Hanuman embodied in himself!
There are many who want wealth in return for their
services. Some do not want wealth, but they cannot resist
name and fame. Others do not want any of these, but they
want approbation. Still others want nothing, but they boast
of their deeds. Hanuman was above all these. That is why he
is recognised as an ideal Karma Yogi and an unsurpassed
adept in Bhakti. His life is full of object lessons.
Everyone should try his best to follow the noble example of
His birthday falls on Chaitra Shukla Purnima—the
March-April full moon day.
On this holy day worship Sri Hanuman. Fast on this day.
Read the Sri Hanuman Chalisa. Spend the whole day in
the Japa of Ram-Nam. Hanuman will be highly pleased and will
bless you with success in all your undertakings.
Glory to Hanuman! Glory to his Lord, Sri Rama!