Sunday, 23 October 2016

Hanuman Ji History In Immortality And Afterlife

Lord Hanuman is well known for his extreme devotion to Lord Rama. Lord Hanuman is always depicted in the Indian folklaire as an icon of true devotion and a symbol of the power of true devotion and chastity.
Lord Hanuman's devotion to Lord Rama is symbolic of the devotion of the enlightened individual soul towards the supreme soul.
Many stories from the Indian literature tell the tales of Lord Hanuman protecting devotees of Lord Rama and helping those who seek his either spiritually or otherwise. Swami Tulasidas has written these lines in respect of Lord Hanuman's great character, in praise of his powers and also devotion.

Hanuman Ji History In Immortality And Afterlife:

Hanuman's cultural impact extends beyond the epic in which his deeds are celebrated. Lord Hanuman is widely believed to be immortal; thus, although he is a principal figure in the great epic Ramayana, he also makes an appearance in the (historically later, but equally famous) epic Mahabharata, where he meets the hero Bhima.

It is traditionally claimed that Hanuman is present wherever the Ramayana is read:[34]

अमलकमलव- र्णं प्रज्ज्वलत- ्पावकाक्षं- सरसिजनिभवक- ्त्रं सर्वदा सुप्रसन्नम- ् |
पटुतरघनगा- ्रं कुण्डलालङ्- कृताङ्गं रणजयकरवालं- वानरेशं नमामि ||

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यत्र यत्र रघुनाथकीर्- तनं तत्र तत्र कृतमस्तकाञ- ्जलिम् ।
बाष्पवारि- परिपूर्णलो- चनं मारुतिं नमत राक्षसान्त- कम् ॥

yatra yatra raghunāthakīrtanaṃ tatra tatra kṛta mastakāñjalim ।
bāṣpavāriparipūrṇalo- canaṃ mārutiṃ namata rākṣasāntakam ॥

“Bow down to Hanumān, who is the slayer of demons, and who is present with head bowed and eyes full of flowing tears wherever the fame of Rāma is sung.”
Similar claims can be found in other texts, such as the Vinaya Patrika by Tulsidas, with only slight variations in language. During readings of the Ramayana, a special puja and space ("asana", or seat) are reserved for Hanuman.

A number of religious leaders have claimed to have seen Hanuman over the course of the centuries, notably Madhvacharya (13th cent. CE), Tulsidas (16th cent.), Samarth Ramdas (17th cent.), Raghavendra Swami(17th cent.) and Swami Ramdas (20th cent.). Swaminarayan, founder of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism, elevated Hanuman to a special position by instructing his followers that other than worshipping God through the Narayana Kavacha, Hanuman was the only deity that they could worship in the event of trouble by evil spirits.

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