WHO Is HANUMAN?

The YOGA tradition is filled with mythological stories that represent aspects of our Higher Self. For example, there is Hanuman’s pose (the lunge posture). He is the monkey deity, selflessly devoted to Lord Rama and his beloved Sita.  When we practice Hanumanasana we are ready to lunge into the next pose, or as it may be, to fly to the Himalayas. There is a story of how Hanuman saves Rama’s brother Lakshman in a battle. In our intentional practice, we can also envision the power of an open heart to serve. 

 One day a battle breaks out. Ravana, King of Demons, has fallen in love with Sita and kidnaps her to his kingdom. Rama and his brother Lakshman fight Ravana but Lakshman becomes deeply wounded. The only way to save his life is with a magical herb in the Himalayas. Hanuman leaps to the Himalayas to get the magic healing herb to save Lakshman. Hanuman brings back the whole mountain and Lakshman is saved. 

This story represents the path of Karma Yoga, to serve selflessly, and also of Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion.

May we all find it in our heart to serve and live higher values for the benefit of those close to us, for our neighbor, for our community and the World.

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