Hanuman the Brahmachari – Thoughts


Hanuman is worshipped as the ideal brahmachari and a perfect master of his senses. How great was this aspect is noticed when Hanuman entered Ravana’s splendid palace at night in search of Sita. He went around the bedchamber looking at the hundreds of wives of Ravana, who were fast asleep in various postures and clothes in disarray. He concluded that Sita could not be found there, but became worried about his own moral transgression.

He thought: ‘It is surely unrighteous to see another’s wife under the influence of sleep. I have never cast my eyes since my birth on another’s wife. Surely I shall be guilty of iniquity … but my mind has not been least stirred by it. It is the mind that induces the sense either to virtue or to vice’.

This is the ultimate yardstick in mind-control and also in deciding issues regarding virtue and vice.

He who has patience, intelligence, keen sight, and skill like Hanuman never loses his heart in anything.

Source – Mahavira Hanuman: Valmiki’s Hero by Swami Samarpanananda – Prabhudha Bharata Magazine – April 2012 issue.