Known for his playful nature, amazing physical powers, and selfless devotion, Hanuman is one of the most beloved gods in the Hindu pantheon. This book recounts 36 legendary Hanuman stories revealing that anyone can attain the heights of spiritual evolution through devotion and perseverance.
An interpretive look at the stories of Hanuman, one of the most beloved gods of the Hindu pantheon - Contains 36 of the most important Hanuman stories with commentary on spiritual lessons, yogic practices, and Vedic astrology - Reveals how Hanuman symbolizes the human mind and the highest potential it can achieve - Explains how Hanuman has the ability to bestow strength and devotion Best known for his role in the Ramayana, Hanuman's playful nature, amazing physical powers, and selfless devotion to Lord Rama have made him one of the most beloved gods in the Hindu pantheon. As a monkey, he symbolizes the ever-restless human mind. He teaches us that, though everyone is born an animal, anyone can attain the heights of spiritual evolution through perseverance and ardent discipline. Having perfected his mind through bhakti (selfless devotion) to obtain his powers, Hanuman embodies the highest potential we can achieve. In this book, Vanamali recounts 36 legendary Hanuman stories—from his birth to his adventures in the Ramayana—and reveals the spiritual lessons, yogic practices, and Vedic astrology aspects they contain. Vanamali shows how Hanuman has the ability to bestow selfless devotion and strength to his devotees and that following his example is the surest path to attracting the blessing of Rama.
Mataji Devi Vanamali has written seven books on the gods of the Hindu pantheon, including Shakti, The Play of God, and The Song of Rama, as well as translating the Bhagavad Gita. She is the founder and president of Vanamali Gita Yoga Ashram Trust, dedicated to sharing the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma and charitable service to children. She lives at the Vanamali ashram in Rishikesh, in northern India.
Foreword by Sri Krishna Das
1 Mahavira--The Historic Hanuman 2 Anjaneya--Son of Anjana 3 Kesari Putra--Son of Kesari 4 Vayu Putra--Son of Vayu 5 Maruti--Flight to the Sun 6 Kesari Nandana--Hanuman's Education 7 Jitendriya--Conqueror of the Senses 8 Sugriva Mitram--Friend of Sugriva 9 Ramadasa--The Famous Encounter 10 Pranadeva--The Killing of Vaali 11 Ramadhuta--Messenger of Rama 12 Sundara--The Book of Beauty 13 Pavana Putra--Search for Sita 14 Sankata Mochana--Dispeller of Sorrow 15 Bajarangabali--The Burning of Lanka 16 Shoora--The Faithful Servant 17 Mahatman--Ravana's Council of War 18 Bhaktavatsala--Rama Gives Sanctuary 19 Mahatejasvin--The Siege of Lanka 20 Vatamaja--The War Continues 21 Daityakulantaka--The Fall of Kumbhakarna 22 Lakshmana Pranadhata--Savior of Lakshmana 23 Kapindra--The End of Indrajit 24 Mahabala--Journey to Patala 25 Rudrasya-Soonu--Fight to the Finish 26 Virupa--The End of Ravana 27 Uttaman--Trial by Fire 28 Sahasravadana--Return to Ayodhya 29 Shubangana--Dharma Triumphs 30 Veera--Sita Abandoned 31 Ramapriyan--The Ramayana 32 Lokabandu--Ashwamedha Yaga 33 Tapaswin--Dwapara Yuga 34 Bhima--The Mahabharata 35 Shubham--Kali Yuga 36 Mangala Murti--The Auspicious Form
Appendix One. Poems on Hanuman
Appendix Two. Names of Hanuman
Appendix Three. Names of Other Characters in the Hindu Pantheon
Appendix Four. Alphabetical List of Mantras
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
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