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HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 18-4.


18. HANUMAN JAYANTI-4.

Thus did Lord Rama praise Hanuman when the latter returned to Him after finding Sita in Lanka.

Hanuman was not a bit elated.

He fell in prostration at the holy feet of Lord Rama.



Lord Rama asked him, “O mighty hero, how did you cross the ocean?”

Hanuman humbly replied, “By the power and glory of Thy Name, my Lord.”

Again the Lord asked, “How did you burn Lanka? How did you save yourself?”

And Hanuman replied, “By Thy Grace, my Lord.”

What humility Sri Hanuman embodied!


There are many who want wealth in return for their services.

Some do not want wealth, but they cannot resist name and fame.

Others do not want any of these, but they want approbation.

Still others want nothing, but they boast of their deeds.

Hanuman was above all these.


That is why he is recognised as an ideal Karma Yogi and an unsurpassed adept in Bhakti.

His life is full of object lessons.

Everyone should try his best to follow the noble example of Hanuman.


His birthday falls on Chaitra Shukla Purnima (the March-April full moon day).

On this holy day worship Sri Hanuman.

Fast on this day.

Read the Hanuman Chalisa.

Spend the whole day in the Japa of Ram-Nam.

Sri Hanuman will be highly pleased and will bless you with success in all your undertakings.

Glory to Hanuman! Glory to his Lord, Sri Rama!

END.

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