By JustBaazaar: Today, April 06, 2023 marks Hanuman Jayanti
As the name suggests, the festival is dedicated to the birth of Prabhu Hanuman Ji. Celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha (a period of 15 days during which the waxing of the moon takes place) in the Hindi month of Chaitra, Hanuman Jayanti is considered to be an important calendar event for Hindu devotees. But how, when and why did Hanuman Ji come to gain such significance in the lives of devotees who already have a universe of hundreds and thousands of gods and goddesses to choose from?
It was from the Ramayana. The mention of Hanuman Ji occurs in several other religious texts, including the Mahabharata, but his most significant mention is in the Hindu epic, The Ramayana. Referred to as an incarnation of Shiv Ji, Hanuman Ji’s devotion and heroics helped Prabhu Rama defeat Ravana in the war, which took place after Sita Ji’s abduction. But there are several other qualities Hanuman is known for and which all of us should imbibe in one form or another.
Here are five of them:
The persistence to find Sita and to curb ‘Prabhu’s’ miserable state caused by the same, made Hanuman JI the hero Prabhu Rama needed the most during those trying times. Having dedicated his whole existence to finding Sita Ji, Hanuman Ji braved several hurdles to ultimately reach Lanka and find Sita Ji. He offered to help her escape but she refused, saying Rama’s honour is at stake and she wouldn’t risk that at any cost. Hanuman Ji then went back to Prabhu Rama and eventually set Lanka on fire with his tail.
Lesson to learn: A certain Shah Rukh Khan once said in Om Shanti Om that if you really, really want and pursue something, the entire universe conspires to make it a reality. Perseverance. That’s what Hanuman embodies and teaches by example.
He shape-shifted, lifted mountains and used his tail to burn down Lanka. Hanuman Ji’s practicality and ability to focus on the task at hand might as well be a hero in itself. His war-winning tactics and tricks, more often than not, saved the lives and honour of many.
Lesson to learn: Well, learn to ‘shape-shift’; by that, we mean that you should learn to prioritise and adapt as per the need of the hour.
The physical and mental strength of Hanuman probably need no mention, but we’ll take the liberty to talk about it anyway. When Prabhu Rama’s brother Lakshmana was wounded during the course of a fight with Ravana’s son, Indrajit, Hanuman was asked to fetch the Sanjeevani boot before sunrise. With time ticking, he decided to become several times bigger than his original size and stopped the sun from rising. Hanuman’s inability to recognise the herb made him lift the entire mountain.
Lesson to learn: Strength of body and mind, anyone? Be it physical fitness or meditation to make the mind strong, do whatever it takes so you can be a ninja when it’s needed the most.
4. Sense of humour
Even in the most testing of times, Hanuman Ji made it a point to maintain his sense of humour. For example, the time when he got himself intentionally captured by Ravana’s son, Indrajit, only to gauge the latter’s strength. Or the time he was threatened with having his tail set on fire and he started to increase its length. Even in the TV adaptation of Ramayana, most of the comic-relief moments came via Hanuman Ji.
Lesson to learn: Sulking in a tough situation is very convenient, but smiling and putting up a brave fight is the stuff real heroes are made of. Go on, do it. Feels great.
5. Selflessness, loyalty and humility
It won’t be wrong to say that Hanuman Ji was the embodiment of selflessness. He dedicated a major part of his youth to Prabhu Rama and Sita Mata and went down in history as their most devout follower. He was fiercely loyal and accompanied Lord Rama throughout. Also, despite his physical prowess and supernatural abilities, he was quite humble and was always seen with folded hands. These qualities make Hanuman ji the most renowned of devotees to ever have existed.
Lesson to learn: You might know your strengths inside out, but you’re probably the only person who also knows your weaknesses inside out. Always remember those and strike a balance. Be humble.
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5 Things to Learn From Hanuman Ji on This Hanuman Jayanti