Hanuman,the ultimate bhakti yogi
When I think of myself as a body, I am your servant;
when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you;
but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one.
– Valmiki Ramayana
Integrating Heart and Spirit
The basic idea for this qigong is to integrate qi with Heaven, to integrate the heart with the spirit in dance-like movements. The spirit we refer to here means both the human being’s soul and also the soul of the Universe. This qigong is beneficial to health when the practitioner reaches a state of integrating himself and heaven. In comparison with other Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong, this qigong practice may not be as effective in treating disease because the health benefits will only occur when the practitioner has reached a very high level of practice. So this form is recommended for those who have practiced Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong for more than three years. Beginners are not encouraged to study.
In this qigong practice when the qi is integrated, dancing is the state of gong. When the practice integrates Heaven’s qi, dancing becomes expressed in a state of wholeness. The whole body dances as it joins in the movements. This helps qi and blood to move, too. With these dancing movements, one’s thoughts gradually melt from the mind, merging with the purest qi and the most sincere love in the universe. At this moment, the practitioner becomes integrated with nature, his heart is integrated with spirit, Heaven is integrated with Earth, and everything in this world returns to its most original state. This is the state we are trying to reach in this qigong practice.
Hanuman qigong practice includes 24 movements with every three movements considered a session, making eight sessions in all.
The First Session
(1) Wind, (2) Rain, (3) Sign (Climate) of the times
The Second Session
(4) Sun, (5) Moon, (6) Star
The Third Session
(7) Consciousness (Yi), (8) Thought (Nian),
(9) Awakening (Xing)
The Fourth Session
(10) Heaven (Tian), (11) Earth (Di),
(12) Humanity (Ren)
The Fifth Session
(13) Fullness (Bao), (14) Emptiness (Xu),
(15) Roundness (Yuan)
The Sixth Session
(16) Light (Guang), (17) Qi, (18) Essence
The Seventh Session
(19) Tao, (20) Dharma (Fa), (21) Love (Ai)
The Eighth Session
(22) Origin, (23) Nothingness, (24) Oneness
*Prerequisite: To take this course, you must know, and practice well, at least one Sheng Zhen standing form. See Awakening the Soul
Why Hanuman is Shown Tearing Open his Own Chest
Once Sita gave Hanuman a necklace of pearls. After a while, the residents of the city observed him breaking the necklace and inspecting each pearl minutely. Intrigued they asked him the reason. “I am looking for Rama and Sita,” replied Hanuman. Laughing at his apparent naivety the spectators pointed out to him that the royal couple was at the moment seated on the imperial throne. “But Rama and Sita are everywhere, including my heart” wondered aloud the true bhakta. Not understanding the depth of his devotion, they further teased him: “So Rama and Sita live in your heart, can you show them to us?” Unhesitatingly, Hanuman stood up and with his sharp talons tore open his chest. There, within his throbbing heart, the astonished audience were taken aback to find enshrined an image of Rama and Sita. Never again did anyone make fun of Hanuman’s devotion.
The Spiritual Significance of Hanuman
The goal of all mystical yearning is union of the individual soul with the universal soul. In the Adhyatma (‘spiritual’) Ramayana, a Sanskrit text dating from the fourteenth or fifteenth century, Sita represents the individual (jiva-atma), which has separated from the universal (param-atma) symbolized by Rama. In a beautiful interpretation, Hanuman here is said to personify bhakti, which annihilates the ‘ahankara’ or ego (Ravana), and re-unites the two.
The Enduring Relevance of Hanuman
In Hindu symbolism, a monkey signifies the human mind, which is ever restless and never still. This monkey-mind happens to be the only thing over which man has absolute control. We cannot control the world around us but we can control and tame our mind by ardent discipline. We cannot choose our life but we can choose the way we respond to it. Hanuman, when he was a child, was tempted by the sun and he rushed towards it thinking it to be a delectable fruit. On his way however, he was distracted by the planet Rahu and changed his path. Thus Hanuman is the temperamental human intellect, which is unquiet and excitable. It is only by diverting it to the path of pure bhakti (devotion), that it can be made aware of its profound and silent essence.
According to the Hindu point of view, there is no objective world ‘out there.’ The whole manifested world is a subjective phenomenon created by our own selves. We – as humans – have the unique ability to condition our minds. In other words, we have the power to change the way we perceive life. And by changing our perceptions of life, we have the power of changing our world. When Hanuman enters Rama’s life, he changes Rama’s world. He transforms a crisis (the loss of Sita) into an opportunity (rid the world of Ravana). He transforms a victim into a hero.
Thus, Hanuman is no ordinary monkey. While embarking on the search for Sita, the monkeys were confronted by the vast ocean lying between them and Lanka. They wondered how they would make their way across this mighty obstacle. Someone suggested that Hanuman jump and cross over the sea. But Hanuman was doubtful, “I cannot do that,” he said. At that moment, one of his companions reminded Hanuman of the awesome powers lying dormant within him. Instantly Hanuman regained memory of his divine strength and he successfully leaped across the ocean. Thus our mind too needs to be reminded of its divine potential and of the fact that it can achieve phenomenal heights provided it believes in its ability to perform the task in question. Truly Hanuman is symbolic of the perfect mind, and embodies the highest potential it can achieve.
Source: The Mystery of Hanuman – Inspiring Tales from Art and Mythology by Nitin Kumar
Hanuman Quotes from Ramayana
Not getting depressed, frustrated or dejected is the basis for all prosperity and happiness.
Giving up one’s life produces nothing good, to continue to live is the way to joy and happiness.
A wise man should foresee tragedy or misfortune and take action to prevent or overcome such tragedy or misfortune well before it strikes. Thus only he can enjoy a safe and good life.
One’s innermost thoughts and emotions reflect on one’s physical appearance which it is difficult to cover up however one may try to do it. Such changes in one’s physical appearance forcefully expose such innermost emotions and thoughts.
When Hanuman first met Sri Ram, he says: ‘the jeeva is deluded by maya, so I could not recognize my lord in your form’.
On another occasion Hanuman tells Rama: ‘when I think of myself as a body, I am your servant; when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you; but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one.’
Hanuman to Tara, wife of Vali: A man reaps the fruits of the actions he has performed: actions whether good or bad, and death grants him these fruits. No man’s action depends on those of another. This human body is like a bubble on the surface of water. No one need mourn for another since we are all to be pitied. You are in a pitiable state and you feel sorry for Vali who is dead. There is no cause for grief in this world where everything is transient.
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