Hanuman Jayanti is a significant Hindu festival that is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanuman. This day is observed on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu month of Chaitra, which usually falls in March or April and this year it is on April 6. Devotees of Lord Hanuman Ji have various ways to express their faith and seek His blessings. Many recite the Hanuman Chalisa, a powerful hymn believed to ward off evil and grant blessings, while others visit His temple and sing His praises. As devotees of Sai Baba, we also express our devotion by crying out to Hanuman Ji with the mantra “Jai Shri Ram” and sometimes, on the same note, we exclaim “Jai Sai Ram” from the depths of our hearts. In this post, we will explore the ways in which Hanuman’s unfaltering devotion and surrender can guide us towards achieving self-realization.
Hanuman, also known as Anjaneya or Hanumat, is a popular deity in Hinduism and one of the central characters in the Indian epic Ramayana. He is worshipped for His unwavering devotion, immense strength, and courage. Hanuman Ji is depicted as a humanoid with the face of a monkey and a long tail.
According to Hindu mythology, Hanuman Ji is the son of the wind-god Vayu and Anjana, a celestial nymph. As a child, Hanuman Ji was mischievous and playful. However, He soon realized His true potential and became a great warrior and devotee of Lord Rama.
Hanuman Ji is considered to be a symbol of devotion and surrender because of His unwavering faith in Lord Rama. He believed that serving His lord was the highest purpose of His life, and He was willing to do anything to fulfill it. Hanuman’s dedication to His cause was so strong that He was able to overcome any obstacle that came His way.
Similarities Between Sai Baba And Lord Hanuman Ji
Although Sai Baba and Lord Hanuman Ji are one and the same with different names and forms, there are several similarities between them that we wish to point out distinctly. Both were perfect celibates and lived simple lives in material terms. Despite being revered as divine beings, neither Sai Baba nor Hanuman ever referred to themselves as God; instead, they humbly identified as devotees of the Almighty. Both aimed to alleviate the sufferings of humans and guide them towards self-realization, the ultimate goal of human life.
Decoding The HanuMantara: Lessons For Self-Discovery & Growth
The word “Hanumantara” is a combination of two words, “Hanuman” and “Mantra“.
The life of Hanuman Ji is an embodiment of devotion and complete surrender, and it serves as a powerful mantra (mantra given at the end of the post) for us to follow on our spiritual journey. On our blog, we frequently discuss the importance of devotion and surrender in reaching our goal of self-realization. Hanuman JI’s life provides a perfect exemplification of the path toward enlightenment. By studying and emulating His actions and qualities, we can gain a deeper understanding of the values of humility, dedication, and service. Hanuman Ji’s story teaches us that true devotion involves not just offering prayers and performing rituals, but also involves living a life of service and devotion to the divine.
Cultivating Devotion Like Hanuman Ji
Hanuman Ji’s devotion to Lord Rama is unparalleled. In the Ramayana, Hanuman Ji plays a crucial role in helping Lord Rama rescue His wife Sita from the Lanka king Ravana. Hanuman Ji is known for His extraordinary feats of strength, including His ability to jump across the ocean, and carry mountains. Hanuman Ji’s devotion to Lord Rama was unwavering, and He considered serving Him as His life’s purpose. He willingly took on various tasks assigned to Him by Lord Rama. Hanuman’s unwavering devotion and loyalty towards Lord Rama were evident in His actions, and He displayed His courage and strength at every step of the way.
As devotees of Sai Baba, we should feel proud and privileged to have been chosen by Him. We should cultivate unparalleled devotion towards Him, just as Hanuman Ji did towards Lord Rama. Hanuman Ji used all His might to serve His Lord, and we too should always be vigilant in serving Sai Baba by living His teachings and mantras.
Sai Baba’s teachings emphasize the importance of love, compassion, and service toward all beings. He taught us to see the divine in everyone and to cultivate a non-judgmental and inclusive mindset. By living His teachings and serving others selflessly, we can honor Sai Baba’s legacy and deepen our spiritual connection with him.
Like Hanuman Ji, Who served Lord Rama selflessly, we too can serve Sai Baba with unwavering devotion. By doing so, we can experience the bliss of His divine presence and move closer to the goal of self-realization.
The Art of Surrender: Lessons from Hanuman Ji’s Complete Devotion
Hanuman Ji’s surrender to Lord Rama is one of the most inspiring examples of devotion in Hindu mythology. As a faithful servant of Lord Rama, Hanuman Ji’s devotion and surrender knew no bounds.
In the epic Ramayana, Hanuman Ji was instrumental in helping Lord Rama rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. Hanuman Ji’s unwavering devotion to Lord Rama enabled him to perform seemingly impossible feats of strength and bravery, including His famous leap across the ocean to reach Lanka.
Hanuman Ji’s surrender to Lord Rama was complete and absolute. He saw himself as a humble servant of His Lord and was always ready to do His bidding. He never sought recognition or fame for His deeds, but instead was content with serving His Lord with all His heart and soul.
In the famous situation, where Lord Rama asks Hanuman Ji how He can repay Him for His service, Hanuman Ji simply replies that He wants nothing but to always remain at His Lord’s feet, serving Him and basking in His divine presence.
Hanuman Ji’s surrender to Lord Rama teaches us the importance of complete and absolute devotion to our chosen deity or guru. It shows us that when we surrender ourselves to a higher power, we are able to perform seemingly impossible feats and overcome even the most daunting of obstacles.
Hanuman Ji’s devotion and surrender to Lord Rama is a remarkable example for all spiritual seekers. Just like Hanuman Ji, Sai devotees also strive to cultivate humility and surrender to Him. Both Hanuman Ji and Sai Baba’s teachings emphasize the importance of surrendering oneself completely to the divine will and trusting in the guidance of a higher power.
Hanuman Ji saw himself as a humble servant of Lord Rama and dedicated His life to serving Him selflessly. Similarly, Sai devotees strive to live by Sai Baba’s teachings and serve others selflessly with love and compassion. By cultivating a mindset of surrender and humility towards Sai Baba, devotees can experience the immense joy and peace that comes with knowing that they are not alone in their spiritual journey.
Just as Hanuman Ji’s surrender to Lord Rama gave Him strength and guidance, surrendering to Sai Baba can also provide the same support and direction to devotees. By surrendering to Sai Baba and living by His teachings, devotees can experience a deep spiritual connection and feel guided and supported in all aspects of their lives.
Revealing The Mantra
As devotees of Sai Baba, we can adhere to Hanuman Ji’s character by emulating His qualities of devotion, courage, and strength. We can learn from His unwavering loyalty to Lord Rama and apply it to our own spiritual practices by surrendering ourselves to Sai Baba and His teachings. Just as Hanuman Ji used His strength and wisdom to serve Lord Rama, we too can use our own talents and skills to serve others selflessly and with devotion. By following Hanuman’s message of devotion and courage, we can deepen our spiritual connection with Sai Baba and find inspiration to overcome any obstacles on our spiritual journey.
On the auspicious occasion of Hanuman Ji Jayanti, we are pleased to present
“Hanumantara”, a concept that you can incorporate into your life by reciting the following mantra,
“बुद्धिर् बलम् यशो धैर्यम् निर्भयत्वम् अरोगता।
अजाड्यम् वक्-पटुत्वं च हनुमत् स्मरणात् भवेत्॥”
“Buddhir Balam Yasho Dhairyam Nirbhayatvam Arogatam
Ajaadyam Vaak Patutvam Cha Hanumat Smaranaat Bhavet”
“By contemplating Hanumanji, one can develop intellect, strength, fame, courage, fearlessness, good health, and eloquence.”
Join the Celebration of Hanuman Jayanti with Mass Chanting of Hanuman Chalisa or Ram Naam Jaap
As per Hindu mythology, Lord Rama is always present wherever Hanuman Ji is present. Therefore, by seeing Lord Rama in everyone, we can imbibe the teachings of our Sathguru Sai Nath and live a life dedicated to them.
In the spirit of the celebrations, we would like to extend a cordial invitation to you to participate in reciting the Hanumantara, Hanuman Chalisa and/or Ram Naam Jaap by joining our WhatsApp group. However, please note the following details:
- Kindly report your recitation by 7 PM on the day of Hanuman Jayanti.
- The group will be deleted after the event, so please exit the group once you have submitted your report on the concluding day i.e on Hanuman Jayanti.
- This is an unmonitored group, and only reporting or queries related to the event will be entertained.
- Please refrain from forwarding pictures or any other unrelated text.
- Our goal is to achieve 1008 chants, which means we need a minimum of 1008 devotees to join us.
- Participants may commence their recitation as soon as they join the group or on the day of Hanuman Jayanti.
- We hope that Hanumantara and our WhatsApp group will serve as an opportunity for you to deepen your connection with Hanuman Ji and Lord Rama, and help you live a more spiritually fulfilling life.
Link to the Whatsapp Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/I7gGXytdVqxB1lplddc3LP
Bhagavad Gita Quote
At the end of each post, we will conclude with a relevant Shloka from Bhagavad Gita and its meaning, to provide deeper insights and inspiration for our readers.
श्रीभगवानुवाच | मय्यावेश्य मनो ये मां नित्ययुक्ता उपासते | श्रद्धया परयोपेतास्ते मे युक्ततमा मता: || 2 ||— Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12, Verse 2
Transliteration: Śhrī-Bhagavān Uvācha
Mayy Āveśhya Mano Ye Māṁ Nitya-Yuktā Upāsate
Śhraddhayā Parayopetās Te Me Yuktatamā Matāḥ
Translation Word by Word: Śhrī-Bhagavān Uvācha—Sri Krishna Said; Mayi—On Me; Āveśhya— Contemplate; Manaḥ—The Mind; Ye—Those; Mām—Me; Nitya Yuktāḥ—Always Engaged; Upāsate—Worship; Śhraddhayā—With Faith; Parayā—Best; Upetāḥ—Endowed; Te—They; Me—By Me; Yukta-Tamāḥ—Situated Highest In Yog; Matāḥ—I Consider
Our Interpretation: “I Deem Those To Be The Most Accomplished Yogis Who Contemplate Their Minds On Me, And With Unwavering Faith, Constantly Engage In My Devotion”.