Friday, April 19th 2019
Hanuman’s birthday is honored on the first full moon in Spring. A Puja in celebration of Hanuman’s birthday on Friday, April 19th at 4:00 p.m., is the projected date for the inauguration of Hanuman’s new Mandir. A special multi-day festival to inaugurate the new Hanuman mandir, is being planned. This will include Chanting of Hanuman Chalisa, chanting of Sundarkand, special bhandara, kirtans with special guest kirtan wallahs, Indian classical dance performance, children’s performance, and a big birthday cake for Hanuman! Please check the Ashram’s website for updates. Emails will be sent out to confirm these plans when they are finalized.
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”