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Spiritual Practice and Shri Hanuman upasana (Maruti)

Introduction

Deity Hanumān (Māruti) has intense desire to attain Shrīrām. This means attaining His grace. The same desire is present in every human’s heart in the form of God-Realisation in a manifest or unmanifest form. The manifest intense desire is similar to Deity Hanuman’s form. Thus Deity Maruti is subtly present in every person’s heart. Let us see how the spiritual practice of a seeker is analogous to Deity Hanuman, qualities of Deity Hanuman and incidents from Deity Hanuman’s life and their purpose.

Spiritual practice of a seeker ( upasana) and its connection with Shri Hanuman 

Chanting (nāmjap)

Deity Maruti, who is present in the subconscious mind, gives thoughts to the embodied soul’s mind regarding chanting Shriram’s chant and about spiritual practice.

The Company of Truth (satsang)

Deity Maruti has an intense desire to meet God. Deity Maruti , who is very eager to meet Shriram, loses awareness of the body when the Rāmāyan is being recited or in the search for devotees of Shriram. Similarly when Deity Maruti  , who is present in the subconscious mind, develops an intense desire to meet God then such an embodied soul also develops an intense desire for meeting God or Guru. Such an embodied soul may not have a vision of Guru or God but starts feeling the need to attend satsangs and then starts attending them.

Service to the Truth (satsēvā)

Deity Maruti, who is present in the subconscious mind, feels intense love for God and thus He is constantly engrossed in the service (sēvā) of God. In such an embodied soul, the service attitude (sēvābhāv) is manifested at every moment. When any embodied soul has an intense desire for God’s love then Deity Maruti graces him.

Spiritual Love (prīti)

Deity Maruti sees God in everything, that is, He gets a vision of Shriram in everyone, due to His intense love for God. He performs seva with an attitude that everyone is a form of Shriram. As a result, by serving everyone He is serving Shriram’s expansive form, with devotion. When the embodied soul develops an intense desire to meet God, a desire which is more than the desire to survive, then he becomes like the Chaatak bird (who only drinks the purest rain water or goes thirsty). Like Deity Maruti, he also starts seeing God in everything and starts feeling priti for everyone.

Following Righteousness (Dharmācharan)

Deity Maruti performs every action, at every moment, with devotion and follows righteousness. Thus Shriram’s energy gets activated automatically when necessary. As a result of the energy of Dharma, evildoers experience distress in the presence of Deity Maruti. The reason behind worshipping Deity Maruti   (who has attained energy through following righteousness) is to attain the energy of Dharma by being devoted like Him. The embodied soul that starts worshipping and being devoted at every moment, like Deity Maruti, also gets the energy of Dharma and devotion. As a result of this energy, the embodied soul can face all kinds of attacks in the gross and the subtle. In the presence of Deity Maruti, destroyer energy and Chaitanya are emitted from Him. They have an effect on all kinds of distressing energies in Pātāl and Bhūlok , and their energy reduces.

Establishment of the Divine kingdom

When an embodied soul’s devotion increases, a Divine kingdom is established in his heart. Such an embodied soul can then establish a Divine kingdom externally also. We have to activate the Deity Maruti within us by intensifying our spiritual practice. Only then can we establish a Divine kingdom, internally and externally.

Shri Hanuman upasana – Qualities of Lord Hanuman one can develop

Intense faith in the chant

Deity Hanuman had intense faith that the chant does everything. To obey Saint Vishwāmitra ‘s order, Shriram had to conduct a battle with Deity Hanuman. He targeted Deity Hanuman and sent many arrows towards Him. Deity Hanuman kept chanting Shriram’s name continuously during this. Due to His devotion towards Shriram’s chant, Deity Hanuman was not hurt even when Shrirams arrows sped towards Him. Also He crossed the sea and reached Sri Lanka just due to His intense faith in the chant.

Not getting attached to the manifest form

Deity Hanuman has more unmanifest (Nirgun) principle then manifest (Sagun) principle. He is loyal to the principle and not to the person. Thus He performed seva given by Shrīkrushna with complete faith.

Strict follower of abstinence

Deity Hanuman  is a strict follower of abstinence from sexual commerce with women, for the whole term of His life.

Making prayers without any worldly expectations

Shriram gifted Angad with prince-hood and gave kingdoms to Sugriv and Vibhishan. He also gave valuable presents to many other people but did not give anything to Deity Hanuman. When Shriram offered a boon to Deity Hanuman, He prayed to Shriram, ‘O God, please give me a place at your feet. Let your presence be in my heart at every moment. Let me constantly get opportunities to serve You.’ This shows us that Deity Hanuman does not have any worldly expectations.

Free from attachment

Deity Hanuman sacrificed wealth, respect, physical comforts, women, a kingdom, etc. He wanted only God. When Goddess Sītā gifted Him with a golden necklace, He broke that necklace saying, ‘these beads do not contain Shriram.’ He wanted only Shriram.

Performing fight while chanting

Not having any doubts

Having a servant-like attitude

Performing activities which are  beyond knowledge

Performing devotion which is beyond knowledge

Usage of Brahmatēj  and Kshātratēj as per necessity

Deity Hanuman wears jānavē (a sacred thread which is worn by priests), which is a symbol of Brahmatej . Deity Hanuman  has the ability to destroy as He is an incarnation of Deity Shiva. As He worships Shrīvishnu, He has Shrivishnu (saviour) principle as well. Thus He has both destroyer and saviour principles. So during a battle, as per necessity, He utilises Brahmatej and Kshatratej. At the time of the battle between Kouravs and Pandavs, Shrikrushna asked Deity Hanuman to sit on top of Arjun’s chariot. Thus when there were any attacks of arrows or other weapons on Arjun’s chariot or on Arjun himself, Deity Hanuman destroyed those arrows and weapons in the air, before they reached their target.

Incidents from Deity Hanuman’s life and their purpose

Incident Purpose
Saviour activities

1. Protecting Arjun and Arjun’s chariot by sitting on the top of the chariot

Protecting a devotee

2. Facing Brahmāstra, a weapon wielded by Indrajeet

Practicing obedience by not protesting and facing Brahmastra

Destroyer activities

1. Setting fire to Sri Lanka

Reducing King Raavan’s ‘being a king’ ego

2. Destroying King Raavan’s son, Meghnaath

Reducing King Raavan’s ego

3. Reducing Arjun and Bheem’s ego

Reducing ego which was generated due to gaining energy/power

4. Destroying soldiers and illusory demons during the battle

Destroying unrighteousness and giving victory to righteousness

Rangolī (colour and shape) emitting Deity Hanuman’s principle

Deity Maruti ‘s colour is a specific shade of orange (shēndūrī). The figure below attracts the Deity Maruti principle. While drawing the rangoli if the symbol below is utilised more, then one gets more benefit of Deity Maruti’s principle. Coloured rangoli can attract 20% of the Divine principle out of 30% (which is the maximum capacity to attract the Divine principle in a rangoli) if a specific colour (which attracts the maximum Divine principle) is used to fill the shape. If the rangoli is drawn by an embodied soul having spiritual emotion (bhāv ) then it can attract up to the full 30%. So an embodied soul who does not have bhav  can also get the benefit of drawing a rangoli by just filling in the colour. When the rangoli is not filled with colours but the spiritual emotion (bhav) of the doer is more than 60%* then the Divine principle gets attracted to the shape, even in the absence of colour. In this case the Divine principle is attracted based on the shape of the outline. Whereas in the case of an embodied soul whose bhav is more than 80%, any Divine principle gets attracted towards the shape of any rangoli based on the bhav of the doer.

* Based on the Divine knowledge received by some seekers doing sādhanā as per Gurukrupāyoga.

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**Ref: Spiritual Science Research Foundation – Levels of spiritual evolvement

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