The Power of Hanuman: Accessing The Superman Within You

Illustration of Hanuman, a Vedic god

While I will share with you the beautiful mythological story of Hanuman, the deeper significance and intended outcomes you can experience from this tale will also be shared.

The Actual Purpose of Mythology

The Gods and Goddesses of Indian “Mythology” are symbols of states of consciousness. Usually states of higher and expanded consciousness which are told in a legendary format. The sequence of the story (legend) triggers a “eureka” experience. This connects oneself with the larger universe, usually experienced in an abstract fashion.

Myth is the story in the collective imagination that explains the infinite mystery of our existence.

Story Of Hanuman

It is told that as a child, Hanuman rose to the skies to catch the sun, thinking that it was a bright and delicious fruit, and wanted to eat it. He rose up to the skies in the direction of the sun to grab that substance and swallow it.

Indra, the ruler of the heavens, was startled at this adventure of a mortal trying to ascend to the heavens and grab the solar orb, so he gave such a blow on the chin of this little boy with his weapon called Vajra (disc) and Hanuman fell down unconscious.

Hanuman’s father, Vayu (wind god) got annoyed at this.

“My son has been treated so badly by these gods…I shall teach these fellows a lesson.” Vayu, the wind god, withdrew himself from all parts, and everyone stopped breathing. Nobody could breathe. There was suffocation and agony everywhere, and even the celestials ran to Brahma (the Creator): “There is some terrific suffering. This wind is very angry. Please go and give him blessing.”

Brahma then blessed Hanuman - “No weapon can hurt this child. Not even the five elements can harm him. Not even celestial missiles except my own Brahmastra can have any effect on him…he shall be invincible and no one can stand before him.”

Hanuman is the Aspect of Consciousness (in everyone and everything) which encompasses:

Cosmic Vayu (Air) manifests into Prana (Life-force)

Not just our physical prana but the prana of our mind and all the vibratory forces in the universe.

Vayu manifests as technological information (data, calculations, communications), light, or electrical force.

Cosmic Vayu links us to the cosmic mind that aligns all minds together in an interconnected network of thought. Hanuman is the most wise and observant. A master who decisively discriminates between the intellect (buddhi) and the inner intelligence (purusha) to reveal the highest truth.

This prana manifests when you connect to the unlimited potentials within us. 

Mastering the Dynamic Power of Yoga

Cosmic Vayu gives flexibility of body, unbounded vitality, stout-hearted will power, motivation and dynamic mind capacity.

Tapping into Hanuman consciousness grants certain yoga siddhis (dormant non-local potentials of perfected human-capabilities that exist in every consciousness). Capabilities like movement, extraordinary perceptivity and mastery of the senses and cosmic energies.

Our highest prana merges with immortal Prana. Dedicate ourselves as Hanuman to Rama, to offer our mortality or temporal existence to the immortal and infinite.

Cosmic Vayu Attunes One to Live in Harmony with Nature

Vayu governs the creation and equilibrium of nature and the universe as a whole.

As the wind blows, so the clouds move and rain.

Vayu moves the sun and moon, which govern the earth through gravity. Cosmic Vayu actually creates galaxies (through smoke clouds).

Hanuman is the conduit of the power of Rama: universal Self who orchestrates all nature. This is true bhakti (devotion).

Incredible Strength

Self-power (Atma Shakti) to realise our higher potential and accomplish what is supernatural and transformational. Fearlessness, self-confidence, daring and boldness to attempt the impossible and succeed.

Established in the field of transcendence, then we can playfully interact with all the energies across the vast layers of the universe.

Access your deeper cosmic energy and Become Hanuman.

Credits:

Bibliography: American Institute of Vedic Studies, David Frawley.
Feature photo: Art by MTM Nataraja
other art: unknown, but thank you.

Related Reading: The Power of Mother Divine and “Navaratri” and How to Access Its Regenerative Energy


Ganesha: Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities

Ganesha Idol

Ganesha is a deity that is part of the mythical pantheon in India. Ganesh is invocated as the most important deity for the Remover of Obstacles in the Indian Mythology.

What Actually is Mythology

Interestingly the word “Myth” is related to “Mother” and "Matter.” Myth is the womb of creation.

Myth is the story in the collective imagination that explains the infinite mystery of our existence.

The Gods and Goddesses of Indian “Mythology” are symbols of states of consciousness. Usually states of higher and expanded consciousness which are told in a legendary format. The sequence of the story (legend) triggers a “eureka” experience. This connects oneself with the larger universe, usually experienced in an abstract fashion.

Symbolism of Ganesh

  • Big Head - Introspective. He is interested in contemplation, meditation, he is a big thinker.
  • Big Flapping Ears - The best listener. Not only does he listen with his ears, but with his heart, soul and mind.
  • Elephants Trunk - represents Strength and discernment. It can uproot a tree but also find a needle in a hay stack.
  • 2 Tusks - One is broken and one is whole - Represents the idea that life always comes in opposites. Joy and suffering, hot and cold. Without contrast there will be no experience in life.
  • Big Tummy - Ganesh can digest the problems of the world.
  • Feet - One foot on the ground and one foot raised - Ganesh lives in both the Absolute and the relative.
  • Rat - Next to his feet - represents the temptation that is always there, even in enlightened beings, (Leish-a-Vidya).

More Archetypal Behaviours that are Within Our Consciousness

  • Ganesh is the symbolic representation of the state of consciousness in which all obstacles are transformed into opportunities.
  • Ganesha is the embodiment of fearlessness. Knowing there is no “other” will mean you cannot conceive fear. Knowing I and the universe are one.
  • Playfulness, grace.
  • The lord of all protectors of knowledge. “Gana” = Protector/guardian.
  • Ganesh is the epitome of earth element.

We don’t worship Ganesh.

We invocate that state of consciousness in our own awareness so we can incarnate this higher consciousness in our being, thoughts, speech and in our activity.

Consciousness using symbolism can help us manifest our deepest desires. This is the role statues (murtis) and photos play.

The Leafy Green of Ganesh: Dronapuspi

While Duurva (Cynodon dactylon) is the grass of deity Ganesh, Dronapuspi (Leucas aspera) is the leafy green of Ganesh.

Dronapuspi is a great anti-viral and effectively cleanses the liver.

View the 21 Herbs for Ganesh Here:

  • Machi Patra (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Brhati (Solanum indicum)
  • Achyranthus aspera
  • Evolulus alsionoides
  • Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • (Origanum marjorana)
  • (Nerium olander)
  • (Punica granati)
  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
  • Jati (Jasmimum grandiflorum)
  • (Bauhinia tomentosa)
  • (Calotropis procera)
  • (Datura stramonium)
  • (Aegle Marmelos)
  • (Ziziphus mauritiana)
  • Amra (Mango/Mangifera indica)
  • Devadaru (Cedrus deodarus)
  • (Prosopis spicigera)
  • Peepal – (Ficus religiosa)
  • Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)

Ritual for Ganesh Charuthi (Anninvesary of Ganesh)

Pick the medicinal leaves off the Dronapuspi plant and also collect the flowers for offering.

Interestingly, this herb is quite rare. However it is available once a year at the time of Ganesh's birthday (Ganesh Chaturthi).

Even more interestingly, it is said that during Ganesh Chatruthi, it is compulsory to take this herb as it's anti-viral properties are very relevant during the rainy season (Vrsa Rtu).

So, on Ganesh's birthday enjoy this herb as the 1st taste at lunch with some tamarind and plain rice.

Other Common Names of Ganesha: Vigneshwara, Ganapati.

Family Status: The step-son of Lord Shiva.

Dylan favourite Ganesh temple: Kanipakam Vinayaka Vari Devasthanam.

Check out our special medicated ghee prepared with help from Ganesh.