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Thoughts and Quotes on Hanuman Jayanti

Today is Hanuman Jayanti - the birthday of Hindu God Hanuman. He was born on the Chaitra Purnima day as per calendars followed in North India and western parts of India.

When Rama asked Hanuman as what he thought of him, Hanuman said: "When I think I am body, I am Thy servant, O Lord. When I feel, I am Jiva, I am your part, when I feel I am Atman, you and I are one." (Ramayana)

Swami Vivekananda on Hanuman's Nishta
Hanuman lived very long, and was a great Yogi, and during his lifetime Rama came again as Krishna, and he, being a great Yogi, knew that the same God had come back again as Krishna.

He came and served Krishna, but he said to Him, ‘I want to see that Rama form of yours’.
Krishna said ‘Is not this form enough? I am this Krishna; I am this Rama; all these forms are mine’.

Hanuman said, ‘I know that, but the Rama form is for me. The Lord of Janaki and the Lord of Sri are the same; they are both the incarnations of the Supreme Self; yet the Lotus-eyed Rama is my all in all’.

This is Nishta; knowing that all these different forms of worship are right, yet sticking to one, and rejecting the others. (Swami Vivekananda)

On the concept of Hanuman
As a great warrior, a great scholar, a sincere friend, minister, ambassador, as one wedded to truth and righteousness, a servant and an outstanding devotee, Hanuman reveals the traits that no other living being does. Therefore it appears that the Indian mind visualized “The Perfect Man” not in the image of a man, but in the image of Hanuman.

Born as the son of one of the elements, Vayu (wind), appearing as a man perfect in all fields of activities, Hanuman is raised to the status of godhood, a benevolent god of hope, intellect, courage and devotion. (Dr. R. Nagaswamy)

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