Hanuman: An Example of Transformation and Exaltation

By The Spiritual Explorer | Published 31 August, 2010

Dear Spiritual Explorer:
How do murtis or those statues replicating gods and goddesses carry such power? Can one ask them for transformation of the self? Rebecca P., Buffalo, N.Y.

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Hanuman Statue 19 1/2″

Dear Rebecca: I find it interesting and timely that you would bring this question up today, because I just went into Ma’s India and one of their sales ladies told me that they had sold a particular Hanuman at a considerable price. Hanuman Statue. I asked to look at it, and I felt that I got it why somebody would consider it a worthwhile expenditure. It is a truly formidable and magnificent statue and there is such an aura of power around it that I was quite amazed. I know that I have read where certain gurus or teachers will place Shakti or power inside a murti and that is called “investing the murti.”

Now I have always loved Hanuman, who known for his humility and service, is also known as a warrior totally loyal to his god Rama. Because of Hanuman’s supposed “lowly” form as a monkey, one sometimes ascribes only the attributes of loyalty and devotion to him; however, Hanuman is also known as Bhajarangi, his warrior aspect. And I think that is what I sensed in that extraordinary Hanuman murti. Hanuman carries within him not only the essences of humility and devotion, but also great strength. It is the melding of all of those qualities in one murti that makes that Hanuman statue unique and powerful. Hanuman, in one interpretation, is also considered as the incarnation of Shiva or reflection of Shiva. Other followers consider Hanuman to be the son of Vayu, the God of wind.

Hanuman is a great example of transformation and one sees this in the story of the Ramayana. Hanuman fought the great evil deity Ravana to rescue Sita the wife of Rama. In so doing, he showed how a lowly monkey possessed great attributes and is capable of transformation of self.

On Tuesdays and in some cases, Saturdays, many people fast in honor of Hanuman and give special offerings to him. In times of trouble, it is a common practice among Hindus to chant the name of Hanuman or sing the Hanuman Challis and proclaim “Bhajarangi Ki Jai, Victory to thy Thunderbolt Strength.” Once every year on the full moon day of April at sunrise, Hanuman Jayante is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman. Hanuman temples are among the most common public temples in India.

Everyone loves Hanuman, and I think it is because they feel such a kinship to an entity who can achieve exalted status even though born as a monkey. What an example of transformation!

Om Sri Hanuman Ki Jai!

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