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Devotee of Devi
|ॐ श्री हनुमते नमः (Om Shri Hanumate Namah)|
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If yoga is the ability to control one's mind then Hanuman is the quintessential yogi having a perfect mastery over his senses, achieved through a disciplined lifestyle tempered by the twin streams of celibacy and selfless devotion (bhakti). In fact, Hanuman is the ideal Brahmachari (one who follows the path of Brahma), if ever there was one.He is also a perfect karma yogi since he performs his actions with detachment, acting as an instrument of destiny rather than being impelled by any selfish motive.
While Hanuman is one of the central characters in the ancient
Hanuman is stated by scholars to be the inspiration for the allegory-filled adventures of a
The meaning or the origin of word "Hanuman" is unclear. In the Hindu pantheon, deities typically have many synonymous names, each based on the noble characteristic or attribute or reminder of that deity's mythical deed.:31–32 Hanuman has many names like Maruti, Pawansuta, Bajrangbali, Mangalmurti, but these names are rarely used. Hanuman is the common name of the vaanar (semi-ape, semi-man) god.
One interpretation of the term is that it means "one having a disfigured jaw". This version is supported by a Puranic legend wherein baby Hanuman mistakes the sun for a fruit, attempts to heroically reach it, is wounded and gets a disfigured jaw.:31–32
("killed" or "destroyed") and maana (pride); the name implies "The one who destroys false pride". This epithet resonates with the story in the Ramayana about his emotional devotion to