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The Devotion and Power of the Monkey God

Foreword by: Sri Krishna Das
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.
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  • Inner Traditions | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594773372 | 
  • March 2010
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Aum Marutaatmajaaya Namaha!

Chapter 5

Flight to the Sun

Kyatha Sri Rama dhuta, pavanatanubhava,
Sitashokapahari Dashamukha vijayi,
Lakshmana pranadhata.

You are known as the son of the wind and messenger of
With red eyes,
Dispeller of the sorrows of Sita and vanquisher of the
ten-headed one,
And the giver of life to Lakshmana.

--Hanuman Stotra

Indeed, having both Shiva and Vayu, the wind god, as his illustrious fathers, the monkey Maruti was no ordinary child. He was restless, spirited, energetic, and inquisitive. He... see more

About the Author


Mataji Devi Vanamali has written seven books on the gods of the Hindu pantheon, including Hanuman, The Play of God, The Song of Rama, and Shakti, as well as translating the Bhagavad Gita. She is the founder and president of Vanamali Gita Yogashram, dedicated to sharing the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma and charitable service to children. She lives at the Vanamali ashram at Rishikesh in northern India.




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