CANCELLED Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti festivities have been cancelled and the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Taos will be closed starting March 16th in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Details are here. We will update this site, Facebook, and send out emails as the situation changes. This close will be for the foreseeable future (we expect at least to the end of April).
Friday, April 3rd 2020
Hanuman’s birthday is celebrated on the first full moon in the spring. This year Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated beginning at 1:08 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd in the current temple room with chanting of Chalisas and Kirtan until 1:08 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th. Aarti, Prasad Bhandara, and Hanuman-ji’s birthday cake celebration will follow the 24 hours of chanting. The ashram’s regular program will continue on Sunday, April 5th with our traditional 11 Hanuman Chalisas followed by Aarti and Prasad.
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More about Hanuman & the Hanuman Chalisa:
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”