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Hanuman

The Devotion and Power of the Monkey God
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2
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
April, 2010
ISBN:
9781594773372
Quantity: 
2
$23.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This interpretive look at the stories of Hanuman, one of the most beloved gods of the Hindu pantheon, contains 36 of the most important Hanuman stories with commentary on their spiritual lessons, yogic practices, and Vedic astrology.

Best known for his role in the Ramayana, Hanuman’s playful nature, amazing physical powers, and selfless devotion to Lord Rama have made him one of the most beloved gods in the Hindu pantheon. As a monkey, he symbolizes the ever-restless human mind. He teaches us that, though everyone is born an animal, anyone can attain the heights of spiritual evolution through perseverance and ardent discipline. Having perfected his mind through bhakti (selfless devotion) to obtain his powers, Hanuman embodies the highest potential we can achieve.

Hanuman, who spent his entire life in the service of others, is the epitome of wisdom, self-control, devotion, valor, righteousness, and strength. His indispensable role in reuniting Rama with Sita is likened by some to that of a teacher helping an individual soul realize the divine.

Rama himself describes Hanuman thus: “Heroism, cleverness, strength, firmness, sagacity, prudence, prowess, and power have taken up their abode in Hanuman.”

In this book, Vanamali recounts 36 legendary Hanuman stories—from his birth to his adventures in the Ramayana—and reveals the spiritual lessons, yogic practices and perspectives, and even the Vedic astrology aspects they contain. Vanamali shows how Hanuman has the ability to bestow selfless devotion and strength to his devotees and that following his example is the surest path to attracting the blessing of Rama.

Greatest among monkeys,

With the effulgence of a hundred thousand suns,

Capable of removing all troubles…

O powerful Hanuman!

Who crossed the ocean so easily,

Do thou remain in my mind,

And allow me to accomplish everything.

Hanuman Stotra

Mataji Devi Vanamali lives at her ashram in Rishikesh, on the Ganges, in India.

Publisher’s Description: 

Known for his playful nature, amazing physical powers, and selfless devotion, Hanuman is one of the most beloved gods in the Hindu pantheon. This book recounts 36 legendary Hanuman stories revealing that anyone can attain the heights of spiritual evolution through devotion and perseverance.Best known for his role in the Ramayana, Hanumans playful nature, amazing physical powers, and selfless devotion to Lord Rama have made him one of the most beloved gods in the Hindu pantheon. As a monkey, he symbolizes the ever-restless human mind. He teaches us that, though everyone is born an animal, anyone can attain the heights of spiritual evolution through perseverance and ardent discipline. Having perfected his mind through bhakti (selfless devotion) to obtain his powers, Hanuman embodies the highest potential we can achieve.

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