WHY IS LORD HANUMAN SPECIAL?
Lord Hanuman is one of the most popular deities in Hinduism. He is the ultimate savior, friend, and a loyal companion. Unlike all other incarnations of Gods who had to renounce the world after they fulfilled their purpose, Lord Hanuman had a special boon. He was gifted with Mrityunjay boon from Lord Shiva himself and therefore, he is immortal.
WHO IS HANUMAN?
Lord Hanuman – born with a face of a monkey to Anjana, an apsara and King Kesari, king of the vanaras. He is also known as Maruti, the one with a crooked jaw and also as the son of Wind God – Vayu. Many also know him as Lord Shiva’s incarnation. As one of the main characters in Ramayana, he is depicted with extraordinary strength and powers similar to that of the Gods.
CHANTING THE HANUMAN CHALISA
One of the longest poems, the Hanuman Chalisa was written by Saint Tulsi Das consists of 40 stanzas. It is an ode to Lord Hanuman, honoring his greatness, his loyalty, love and friendship with Lord Ram as well as it sings in praise of the Monkey God’s intelligence, generosity, strength, devotion etc.
Hanuman Chalisa is a powerful ode as it makes one positive, strong and pure if chanted daily with complete devotion and sincerity. There are many things we can learn from Lord Hanuman and here we bring 12 most important lessons from Hanuman himself!
HOW TO APPEASE LORD HANUMAN?
Did you know Lord Hanuman will always protect you and be by your side? Appeasing Lord Hanuman with special anushthan on Hanuman Jayanti (22nd April) will help you overcome malefic effects of Mangal Doshas as well as Manglik dosha and win over enemies.
1 LEARNING TO BE PURE, STRONG YET HUMBLE
The very first stanza of the Hanuman Chalisa, it teaches us to purify our minds by submitting ourselves to the devotion of Lord Ram, who is the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Hanuman who is gifted with supreme powers is very humble and devoted to his Lord. This is a very rare quality in someone who is so powerful. Taking a cue from Lord Hanuman himself, it is best to remain humble, pure yet of the strong mind to ensure whatever we do is just and right.
2 BEING BRAVE AND WISE
Lord Hanuman fought the whole of Lanka singled-handedly. He carried an entire mountain to cure Lord Lakshman and fought side-by-side with Lord Ram to defeat Ravana. He is known for his bravery but he was very wise as well. Every little conquest mattered to him and he gave everything his best. This was his true attitude and this contributed to Lord Ram’s success. This teaches us to take pride every small task and achievement. Give every aspect of work our best shot, stay inspired.
3 STAY POLITE AND HUMBLE AMONG ELDERS
Gifted with many powers, Hanuman could change his avatar from being as small as a mole to being a huge entity who swallowed the sun; he was never proud or arrogant about his powers. He surrendered himself completely to Lord Ram. Lord Hanuman’s behavior teaches us to be polite and appreciates our elders even though we may have achieved many milestones
4 GIVE NO EXCUSE, TAKE NO EXCUSE
Whenever Lord Hanuman was offered a task, he ensured he carried it out with complete faith. When Lord Ram asked him to check on Ma Sita, he risked his life but delivered Ram’s message to her in the Ashok Vatika. Similarly, when Lakshman was wounded, on Lord Ram’s behest he kidnapped Vaidya and set out to search the Sanjeevani bootie. He never gave an excuse. Whatever it took him to achieve a task, he did so. He teaches us to fulfill our commitments no matter what the time of day or night. If we have promised to do something, there is no excuse for backing out.
5 BE DYNAMIC
Lord Hanuman was multi-faceted. Having been blessed by various saints and Gods, he even conquered immortality and therefore, could always achieve any feat with ease. Yet, he never stopped learning or trying. This example teaches us that we must never stop learning as knowledge has no end. One never knows when their new skill will come to use. Always be up for a challenge and face it headlong.
6 BEING A FRIEND IN NEED
Lord Hanuman was a great and loyal friend. He was instrumental in helping Sugreev seek Lord Ram’s help to win his kingdom back from Vali, his evil brother. This teaches to always be that friend who will help no matter what! One mustn’t hesitate to offer assistance as we never know when we might need the same. Goodwill goes a long way.
7 BE GOOD MENTOR AS WELL AS A GOOD LISTENER
Lord Hanuman was a good mentor as he was a good listener. It was on his advice that Ravana’s younger brother could become a successful king of Lanka. However, Lord Hanuman was also selfless. He did not want anything for himself and wished the best for the others. To be a good mentor, one needs to be a good listener as well.
8 NEVER GIVE UP
Lord Hanuman never shied away from challenges. He took risks too. He happened to swallow the sun thinking it was a fruit and when he went to visit Ma Sita, he burnt Lanka to the ground. However, he always took responsibilities for his actions and rectified when required. Like lord Hanuman, we need to realize that power and responsibility go hand-in-hand. Whatever task at hand, we must attempt it even though it is tough.
9 TURN THE IMPOSSIBLE INTO POSSIBLE
To Lord Hanuman nothing was impossible. He was the gatekeeper to heaven and turned around the impossible as the possible. To seek the same for yourself, chanting the Hanuman Chalisa or even remembering him in your prayers will do the trick and you won’t feel any fear.
10 ALWAYS HELP OTHERS
Lord Hanuman is the eternal savior, always on your side if we remember him with pure conscience and intentions. He is not arrogant to not lend his support and protection even to the smallest devotee. He will always help. This teaches us to always do good for the poor and downtrodden. We must do whatever we can to help others.
11 ACHIEVE MOKSHA THROUGH TRUE DEDICATION
Through his true loyalty and dedication, he found a permanent place in the heart of Lord Ram. He has a compassionate heart and helps to ease sorrows of life. If one is powerful and influential but cannot help others, there is no use of the power. But being humble when powerful and helping others will earn you Moksha.
12 PRAY TO LORD HANUMAN WITH A TRUE HEART
Free yourself from unnecessary fear and materialistic feelings by chanting the Hanuman Chalisa. Chanting this poem will help seek blessings from Lord Hanuman himself and help you set yourself free from unhappiness.