Hanuman class!

-Hanuman appears in the Indian epic the Ramayana

-he represents remembrance, play and power

-he shows us that we can do anything when we align with our true nature, with our path

-in the Ramayana, Hanuman is trying to help his friend Rama get back his wife Sita from an evil king. at first he forgets that he is a divine incarnation of Shiva, but when he remembers, he puts his SUPERPOWERS into action

-hanuman’s superpowers are:

  • he can expand and contract at will, become as huge as a mountain or as small as a bug
  • he can leap over anything (oceans for example)
  • super speed!
  • incredible strength

Resources: http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hanuman.asp

 

Who was hanuman?
Hanuman is the son of Anjani, (who had been cursed into a female monkey) and Vayu – the wind god, his father. Sundara Kanda, the fifth book in the Ramayana concentrates mainly on the adventures of Hanuman. Hanuman is easily reachable – just by chanting the name ‘ram’.
Hanuman is worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. On Saturdays and Tuesdays, many people keep fast in honour of Hanuman and give special offerings to him. The character on Hanuman teaches us of the unlimited power that lies unused within each one of us. Hanuman directed all his energies towards the worship of Lord Rama, and his undying devotion made him such that he became free from all physical harm & tiredness. And Hanuman’s only desire was to go on serving Rama.
In order to aid Rama, Lord Brahma commanded some gods and goddesses to take the avatar of ‘Varanas’ (or monkeys). Indra was reincarnated as Bali, Surya as Sugriva, Vrihaspati as Tara, and Pavana, the god of wind was reborn as Hanuman, the wisest, swiftest and strongest of all apes.
How did Hanuman learn to fly?
He received the ability to fly from his father, Vayu. Other qualities such as forceful travel and mighty strength were also inherited.
Why was hanuman’s knowledge of powers removed?
Hanuman was a naughty monkey god, in his childhood. He used his powers to pester the saints, create whirlwinds, pulling a supporting stick with his tail, pulling a beard and messing with sacred fire. All the gods prayed to Brahma to find a solution. To protect the world, he was cursed & that’s how his knowledge of powers was removed.
However, it was Jambavant, the King of bears who reminded Hanuman of his powers. With these powers, he could turn big or small and these took him through many adventures for the good.
How did he become immortal?
At the end of the Ramayana, Ram defeated Ravana and Ram & Sita were crowned King & Queen of Ayodhya. Hanuman remained Ram’s favorite general & continued to serve Ram. When Rama offered Hanuman anything that he mentioned, he asked to live for as long as men spoke of the deeds of Rama.
Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman. It is celebrated during the month of Chaitra, on a full moon day. He was a devotee of Rama and on this day all devotees of Hanuman visit temples to worship the monkey god. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. He had enough power and strength, to move mountains, run through the air, etc. The devotees apply ‘tilak’ of sindhoor to their foreheads from Hanuman’s body as it is considered to be good luck.
According to the legend, Sita was applying Sindhoor to her head and Hanuman questioned her about why she applies it. She said that it would ensure a long life for her husband, Rama. Hanuman then smeared his entire body with sindhoor, as an effort to ensure Rama’s immortality.

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