The simian companion of Lord
Rama, coming from the Vanar
(monkey) tribe, who were forest-
dwellers and who could speak,
fly and change their shape, the
legend of Hanuman has been.
told and interpreted by several
scholars and scriptures.
Hanuman is associated with
both the epics, the Ramayana
and the Mahabharata, and
several Puranas, and his story
reflects the versatility of his
personality a gifted child, a robust
warrior, an admiring and devoted
follower of Rama, a non-pretentious
conveyor of power and someone who is intentionally
unaware of his own prodigious qualities.
Hanuman is the embodiment of power and
strength laced with humility and chivalry. He is shown
as a monkey-a simian-a face that does not resemble
any human being’s. The idea of Hanuman is that of
someone who is not bothered by how he looks, one
whose appearance is as natural to him as trees are to
forests or fishes are to rivers. He has taken to celibacy and
is intentionally oblivious to the attraction of the opposite
sex. The exterior of a simian denotes the transience.
and insignificance of the physical body, his inner
soul harbours the devotion towards Rama and hence,
Hanuman has to be understood in totality. The limits
of physicality dissolve into the eternity of spirituality in
Hanuman and his study evolves a deeper understanding
of one’s self and ego, and the material and the spiritual
world within us.
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