Sri Hanuman
 

LORD SHIVA INCARNATES AS SRI HANUMAN
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LORD SHIVA INCARNATES AS SRI HANUMAN

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By Sri Swami Shyam

On the huge pinnacle of beautiful Mount Kailasha, Lord Shiva was sitting in samadhi under a Banyan tree. On His marvelous camphor-white body, His reddish-brown hair was scattered artfully. On His hands, neck and chest, rudraksa beads and snakes were hanging as ornaments, enjoying His soothing touch.

His dear vehicle, Nandi the bull, was sitting in front of Him, and a little further away His attendants were enjoying various love plays. A crescent moon was decorating the top of His matted hair as a symbol of Shiva’s mercy. The silvery current of the Holy Ganga was visible through her coolness. His third eye was calm and quiet. The sacred ashes pasted in three lines on His forehead were so beautiful and captivating that it cannot be described in words.

Suddenly Lord Shiva broke His samadhi by chanting “Rama, Rama” as if a cloud had rumbled. Everybody’s eyes were full of love and joy fully turned towards Shiva. From one bush there appeared a beautiful maiden, Sati, the dearest consort of Lord Shiva.

She found her beloved spouse looking at her with special, graceful eyes. She came forward and stood in front of Him with folded hands and a heart full of love. She spoke amiably, “My Lord, my heart swells in joy after seeing You come out of such a long samadhi. How shall I serve You? May I do any service for you, dear? I feel that You wish to say something.”

Lord Shiva replied, “My dear consort, a very pious and auspicious desire is arising in My Being today. Rama, on whom I meditate and contemplate always, whose heart-captivating pastimes I love to narrate to you, He is coming, descending onto the earth with all the Gods and representatives of celestial and astral planets. They are taking birth in the semi-divine and human races so that the Earth will receive the great fortune of His service. I wonder why I alone should miss this valuable holy occasion? Let me also go to the place where He is.”

The beautiful Sati, dangling between the feelings of pleasure and pain, (since her husband’s pleasure was her pleasure, and the separation from Him was great pain) said, “My Lord, Your desire is all auspicious, all sublime, all natural. As I want to serve You, my beloved spouse, so also You want to serve Your Lord, for service is the only expression of deep love. But my Lord, my heart is tormented by just imagining the future separation. Please give me power so that my heart can enjoy Your happiness in totality.

“My Lord, Your Beloved Lord Rama is descending to unburden the Earth of a most powerful ten-headed monster, King Ravana. But, King Ravana is your great devotee, to whom You have offered many boons, for he has satisfied You through ten thousand years of austerity and by sacrificing his ten heads one by one in the fire. How can You help anyone in killing him?”

Lord Shiva laughed and said, “My dear consort, you are very innocent. You need not be afraid of separation. I shall remain always with you. I can manifest Myself in various forms. At times I shall be taking you to Lord Rama, but by another form which will be the manifestation of my eleventh expansion.

“Be aware that I divide My energy into eleven spheres or bodies. It is the eleventh expansion that will be incarnated on earth as Sri Hanumanji. In the past, the demon King, Ravana, insulted and left My eleventh expansion unsatisfied. Now that eleventh expansion can be used to fight with Ravana and serve My Lord Rama. I have decide to take birth from the womb of Anjana by Kesari. Are you happy?”

Sati smiled, filled with joy and love. Shiva embraced her, and Sati embraced Shiva, and both became the very embrace itself, and that embrace became eternal.


THE BIRTH OF SRI HANUMANJI

Anjana, who became the mother of Hanumanji, was one of the sixteen matrikas. The matrikas are adored and worshipped women of the celestial, astral and material planes of the Universe. Once Anjana assumed the form of a female visitor to the planet Svah, a few million miles beyond the Pole Star. She arrived in the assembly of Indra, the King of Svah. Somehow, the King was attracted to her and requested that she make love with him. She rebuked him severely and said, "Who would like to make love with you, a fallen one with the signs of a thousand eyes?"

King Indra could not bear this insult and cursing her he said, "You are very vain because of your beauty. You will be born in the monkey-faced Vanara race."

While Indra was cursing Anjana, Anjana's dearest friend Adrika (out of love for Anjana), tried to insult Indra by meowing like a cat. Indra then cursed her say, "You will become cat-faced in your next life!"

In course of time, both friends were born as the twin daughters of Kunja, a high-ranking Vanara (the monkey-god race) soldier. When they grew up, Keshari, a famous knight of the Vanara race, married both of them. Then, one day while Keshari was in meditation at the southern seashore, Maharishi Agastya bacame the Atithi* of the soldier Keshari. Both of Keshari's wives welcomed the unexpected guest and served him wholeheartedly. Agastya was highly satisfied and told the wives to ask for any boon they wished.

"I want the mightiest son, who will be very bold and stong in the world, totally devoted to universal welfare," Anjana requested.

"So be it," Maharishi Agastya approved the wish for both of them, and in due course of time, Anjana gave birth to Sri Hanumanji who became all powerful; and Adrika gave birth to a son, Adri by name, who became governor of all the goblins.

Soon after he granted this boon, Maharishi Agastya realized that Lord Shiva Himself was going to be born as the son of Anjana. He ordered her to go to meditate on Venkatadri Hill in Vrishabhachal on the bank of the Akashaganga. This was the most appropriate place to materialize her desire. Thus, one day, as she was absorbed in a long meditation, Vayu the Wind God, appeared and said, "Adorable devi, I am very pleased with you. You will attain a mighty son, one who will not be affected by any weapons whatsoever. I shall become your son myself. He will be equal to me in power and speed." Thus saying, Vayu infused his light into Mother Anjana.

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*Atithi means a Holy Guest whose date of arrival is not fixed, not known. Some Holy People constantly travel from one Holy Place to another. (A Holy Place is a town, village or woodland where some Enlightened Saint was born or which the Supreme Lord, during His incarnation in human form, has sanctified by His footprints or pastimes. Such places are plentiful in India. Meditation is effortlessly deep and blissful in such places. You can relax very easily.) Since the Holy Person's journey is unorganized and unplanned they desperately need shelter. Of course, they do not pay much attention to it, but as far as the body is concerned it has its own requirements, and shelter in the night and food and water in the midday is a main necessity.

Such people may arrive at any town at any time without pre-information. They may be sitting under some tree or they may request shelter. Holy People who are constant pilgrims to Holy Places or constant travelers for broadcasting the wisdom of the Vedas and tantras are known as Atithis. In Vedic civilization, to invite and welcome an Atithi with all the warmth of one's heart, and to offer them food and shelter was a great meritorius act, and those who did not do that were taken as a curse or disgrace to their family. This custom was also observed widely in Russia, Persia, Greece and other ancient civilizations.

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Mount Kailash: The Beautiful Abode of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas....

HANUMAN CHALISA WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION

 

Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen
Nij mane mukure sudhar dust of holy Guru's Lotus feet. I Profess the pure,
Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-
Jo dayaku phal char -- fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).

Budhi Hin Tanu Janike Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I
Sumirau Pavan Kumar concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly
Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to
Harahu Kalesa Vikar -- relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.

Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar Victory to thee, O'Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom-All
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar-- hail to you O'Kapisa! (fountain-head of power,wisdom
and Shiva-Shakti) You illuminate all the three worlds
(Entire cosmos) with your glory.

Ram doot atulit bal dhama You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama-- repository of immeasurable strength, though known
only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.

Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra)
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi-- you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense
and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.

Kanchan varan viraj subesa Your physique is beautiful golden coloured and your dress
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa-- is pretty. You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.

Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai-- (kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.

Sankar suvan kesri Nandan As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride
Tej pratap maha jag vandan-- of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are
propitiated all over the universe.

Vidyavan guni ati chatur You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accom-
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur-- plished, always keen to carry out the behest's of Shri Ram.

Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya-- narration of Shri Ram's Life Stories. Your heart is filled with
what Shri Ram stood for. You therefore always dwell in the
hearts of Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita.

Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava-- her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck
terror by setting Lanka on fire.

Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare With over-whelming might you destroyed the Asuras
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare-- (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram
with great skill.

Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye-- Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully
embraced you with his heart full of joy.

Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai-- said: "You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat."

Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories;
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma,
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa-- the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha
(one of immeasurable dimensions).

Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber (God of Wealth) and the
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te-- Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe)
have been vying with one another in offering homage to your
glories. How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression
of your super excellence.

Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with
Ram milaye rajpad deenha Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heeding
Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan mana your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana-- all over the Universe.

Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu-- distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet
luscious fruit.

Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee Carrying the Lord's Signet Ring in your mouth, there is
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee-- hardly any wonder that you easily leapt across the ocean.

Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete with your kind grace.

Ram dware tum rakhvare
, You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram's Divine Abode.
Hoat na agya binu paisare-- No one can enter it without your permission,

Sub sukh lahai tumhari sarna All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign Protection.

Aapan tej samharo aapai
You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the
Teenhon lok hank te kanpai-- three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.

Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the
Mahavir jab naam sunavai sheer mention of your great name, O'Mahaveer!!

Nase rog harai sab peera All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera-- Shri Hanuman's holy name.

Sankat se Hanuman chudavai Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai with Sincerity and Faith, are rescued from all crises in life.

Sub par Ram tapasvee raja
All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja-- Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks
very easy.

Aur manorath jo koi lavai
Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai and sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of
human life.

Charon Yug partap tumhara All through the four ages your magnificent glory is acclaimed far
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara-- and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.

Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware
You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.

Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata
You can grant to any one, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis
Us var deen Janki mata -- (power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis
(Riches,comfort,power,prestige,fame,sweet relationship etc.)
This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.

Ram rasayan tumhare pasa
You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa you will always remain Shri Raghupati's most dedicated disciple.

Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram
Janam janam ke dukh bisravai-- and become free from sufferings of several births.

Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee
If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram,
Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord's devotee.

Aur Devta Chit na dharehi One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi-- devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.

Sankat kate mite sab peera
One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera rebirths in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.

Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin
Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin-- over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my
supreme guru (teacher).

Jo sat bar path kare kohi One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.

Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (The forty Chaupais)
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa-- regularly are sure to be benedicted. Such is the evidence of no less a
witness as Bhagwan Sankar.

Tulsidas sada hari chera Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at
Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera-- his feet, he prays "Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart & soul."

Pavantnai sankat haran, Oh! conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are a
Mangal murti roop. symbol of Auspiciousness.
Ram Lakhan Sita sahit, Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart.
Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop.-- Oh! King of Gods.