Friday, April 19th 2019
Hanuman’s birthday is celebrated on the first full moon in the spring. This year Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated beginning at 4:00 a.m. on Friday, April 19th in the current temple room with chanting of Chalisas and Kirtan until 1:08 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th. Aarti, Prasad Bhandara, and Hanuman-ji’s birthday cake celebration with balloons for the children will follow the 33 hours of chanting. The ashram’s regular program will continue on Sunday, April 21st with our traditional 11 Hanuman Chalisas followed by Aarti and Prasad.
In the Ramayana, Hanuman symbolizes the sadhana shakti, or power of spiritual practice. He is also the symbol of the faith that can move mountains. He is the son of the monkey hero Kesari (lion-like resolve), and mother Anjani (beautifying collyrium—the divine ungent of pure feeling applied to the vision of the soul). God in the form of Cosmic Prana-the wind-god, Vayu (an aspect of the Cosmic Mind)-is his Divine Father. In fact, Hanuman is an emanation of Lord Shiva (Brahman, or the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world). The emergence of faith in the heart of an aspirant is the result of the convergence all of these mystical elements.
It is believed that wherever and whenever the Ramayana is read, Hanuman (in an invisible form) is present with wistful ears adorned with mystic earrings,
craving to listen to the delightful narrative of Lord Rama’s life story again and again.
-Based on commentary by Swami Jyotirmayananda, “A Mystical Interpretation of the Hanuman Chalisa”