Hanumān Approach after Overcoming the Hanumān Syndrome

Prof. Bal Ram Singh

[Editor’s noteA version of this article had appeared in MyIndMakers ( www.myind.net)]

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(Source of Image: https://sites.google.com/site/hanumanlivestoday/hanuman-s-birth)

People have heard many miraculous and not so miraculous things about Shri Hanumān, many times erroneously referred to as Monkey God, including by the former President of America, Barrack Obama, who kept a statuette of Hanumān as part of his lucky charm collections in his pocket.


Whether Hanumān was a monkey or vānara, which mean people who lived with nature in forests, there are numerous stories of Hanumān which could inspire or at least provide learning lessons. As a young boy I had chosen Hanumān as my personal deva or ishtadeva to whom I used to offer sweets after my annual exam results were announced. I started wearing dhoti-kurta on the days I went to offer sweets. That skill of wearing dhoti kurta has remained with me even today. Many a time it is not as important what one believes when one performs particular action, rather the lessons one learns in performing the action. The lessons are for the life where the beliefs are for the moment.

Hanumān Background

Hanumān was son of Kesari, a vānar king of Sumerū, for which there are several claimants in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, and Anjana, a wise woman with divine background. It is known that Hanumān was born with blessings from Shiva and Pārvati, and also was helped by Vāyu devatā. All of them are well grounded in mountain, forest, and air. In other words Hanumān was influenced mostly by the nature and was connected to native people with wisdom from nature.

Hanumān State

Hanumān state of mind is that of someone who is bereft of ego and arrogance. “Hanu” means to kill and “mān” means the ego. That is why one sees and hears about Hanumān being very powerful yet always seen with folded hands and humble in service. There are stories about him getting a curse so that he would forget his power. However, given the Hanumān state of mind it will in fact be considered a boon. Certainly going by his great accomplishments and virtues, and the following even today, his traits can easily be considered as footsteps of success.

Hanumān Syndrome

Hanumān ji’s humility and determination are considered part of his real character that led him to win any mission he embarked upon. In the infinite states of consciousness, most people are focused on only limited tracks of the consciousness, and are in fact not aware of the existence (ego) of the other domains of their consciousness until they are reminded of by someone they believe and trust, such as parents, teachers, guru, etc.

Children and students are particularly vulnerable to the hidden capacity and potential unknown to them. This is the Hanumān syndrome that the whole humanity suffers from. This syndrome is treated by only wise and caring teachers or elders, who remove the syndrome with inspiration and infusion of courage through a series of steps to build confidence via knowledge and practice. This is what was done by Jāmvant, represented by as a Rikshraj and mānsputra of Brahmā, the creator of the universe. Jāmvant is not an ordinary bear, rather an individual with power and adaptability of a bear. He along with Hanumān and Paraśurām has distinction of being present in both Rāmāyana and Mahābhārata time. In other words, for Hanumān syndrome to be removed, an extraordinary teacher or guru is needed, by awakening the hidden consciousness.

Hanumān Approach

Once the Hanumān syndrome is treated, a person can achieve extraordinary feats. There is nothing that such an individual cannot do. Their approach becomes that of in improvisation rather than strategic and tactical. Since they are capable of doing anything they do not sit down to plan and process the goals. They actually begin to do what needs to be done, notwithstanding what may seem impossible to others. This is what Hanumān did when Lakśmana was hit with Shakti weapon of Meghnād. With Suśen (an Ayurvedic Vaidya) suggesting a prescription requiring Sanjīvanī from Himalayas in less than 12 hours, everyone is Ramā’s army had given up, except for the Hanumān free of his syndrome. He was the only one who could leap forward to Himalayas without any forethoughts, driven only by what needed to be done. He did not spend a semester learning the geography of Himalayas, asked for a GPS to reach there, or a long lesson on different types of plants, shrubs, and herbs.


(Source of Image: https://ramleela.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/ramayana-viii-the-vanar-sena-to-the-rescue/)

He reached Himalayas after overcoming intentional hurdles thrown in his way represented by Kālanemī, which also means the perimeter of the time. Symbolically it means that Hanumān had to cross the limit of time to reach Himalayas and return. One there, he could not identify Sanjīvanī from many other medicinal herbs. He decided right then and there to bring the entire mountain so that Suśen can pick what was rightly needed. This is the Hanumān approach. Once awakened of one’s hidden capabilities, one does not look for everything favorable and in place to do one’s duty. In Hanumān approach, you do whatever is needed to accomplish the goal. If the world’s system does not allow one to do right things, then begin changing the world, whether it is for peace, food, health, equality, education, or the planet.

So, go ahead try the Hanumān approach, and let the world know the results! The Hanumān principle lives in all of us.

Prof. Bal Ram Singh, Director, School of Indic Studies, INADS, Dartmouth, USA

5 thoughts on “Hanumān Approach after Overcoming the Hanumān Syndrome

  1. अद्भुत और अकल्पनीय विश्लेषण गुरुदेव आपने श्री हनुमान जी के बारे में प्रस्तुत किया।हनुमान सिंड्रोम को पहचानना,लक्ष्य के निर्धारण व साधन के विश्लेषण में अत्यधिक समय व्यतीत न कर साध्य प्राप्ति हेतु यथास्थिति निर्णय करना इत्यादि बातें जीवन में निहसंदेह मार्गदर्शक की भाँति हैं।
    हनुमान सिंड्रोम की जागृति में आपका विश्लेषण उपनिषद के गुरु-शिष्य परम्परा का सम्यक् उद्घघोष कर रहा है।
    हनुमान जयंती की शुभकामनाएँ।
    सादर चरण स्पर्श।

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    By Jagdish Singh –

    Let’s get rid of “ Monkey“ in our brains.

    Remember, it’s 21st century, also called the modern age. We are not medieval nomads. We are not cavemen. We are not Stone Age tribals.
    Let’s fit into modern times. Let’s get rid of our blind faith and orthodox senseless religious stupidities. Let’s use our marvelous brains, that nature has given us, and that makes us the most intelligent species on the planet. Let’s rid our minds of Kali, Durga, Hanuman, Shiv, Indra, Krishna and the like.
    Happy enlightened Diwali my friends.

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    By Bal Ram Singh –

    Please suggest a model from modern anthology symbolism, or science as alternatives. It is much easier to trash others’ ideas than to come up with one. There are some smart points I have seen people putting up using analogies of terms from computer, WhatsApp, and AI. Their value shows up only after these are put forth. One should read the stories of Ramanujam, the math genius of India in modern times, Sir JC Bose, the acknowledged and authenticated inventor of wireless technology in addition life in plant, Nobel laureate Schrodinger who provided solution to quantum physics through Schrodinger wave equation, and a plethora of educationists, including Albert Einstein, Al Basham, Mark Twain, philosophers like Henry David Thoreau or Ralph Waldo Emerson to have a balanced view and balance of mind.

    Read States of Matter, States of Mind by Australian physicist Allan Barton or Heisenberg’s Philosophy of Physics to understand art of communicating science through philosophy.

    These efforts can open our horizon. Religion is different from symbolic representation of nature, similar to selling perfume is quite different from symbolic representation of benzoyl ester based on benzene ring.

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    By Alok Kumar Diwedi –

    First of all thanks for calling me friend as this made reconciles Hostel memories sir.I always appreciate scientific and logical thinking in my life and respect your thinking.But in this article it is not be forced to regard hanuman or other stories belonging him.It only signifies that how we should take decisions in our life and how we should perform our duty to achieve goal.One who is atheist he can adopt only the process of performing his/her duty without regarding the existence of hanuman and on the other hand one who is theist he/she also do the same but along with regarding the existence of god.So this one is only to describe the hanuman syndrome….

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    • सुंदर लेख है ! इसलिए और अच्छा लगा कि हनुमान जयंती के अवसर पर निकाला गया है ,और तब जब दूरदर्शन के रामायण सीरियल में सुंदरकांड शुरू होने पर है। हनुमान जी ने औषधि पर्वत को उठाने का तुरंत निर्णय लिया ,क्योंकि वे औषधि को पहचान नहीं पाए,
      – यह तुलसीदास जी ने लिखा है। वाल्मीकि के अनुसार हनुमान जी ने औषधि पर्वत को जब दूर से देखा तो उसकी औषधियां दिव्य होने से प्रकाशित हो रही थी ,पर जैसे ही वे पास पहुंचे उन्होंने अपनी ज्योति बंद कर दी। अब उन चारों औषधियों को ढूंढने में समय वेस्ट न करते हुए हनुमान जी ने उसे उठा लिया ।यह कहना कि नहीं पहचाना ठीक नहीं, क्योंकि वे ‘ज्ञानिनाम अग्रगण्य’ है। वाल्मीकि जी का इस प्रकरण का अंतिम भाग बहुत ही ध्यान देने योग्य और प्रासंगिक है। जब वे औषधि पर्वत लेकर लंका पहुंचे तो उस में बताई गई चारों औषधियों की सुगंध से ही लक्ष्मण आदि के साथ सारी सेना चेतना में आ गई । इलाज सुगंध से ही हुआ । प्रश्न है कि रावण की घायल सेना भी तो पड़ी होगी उसका क्या हुआ ।वाल्मीकि जी ने लिखा है कि युद्ध समाप्ति के बाद जो कोई भी मृत या घायल राक्षस हो उन्हें समुद्र में फेंक दिया जाए ,दूसरे दिन नई सेना आ जाएगी, ऐसा रावण का आदेश था। इसलिए राक्षसों की सेना पर असर होने का प्रश्न ही नहीं था ।अब अंतिम बात जो वाल्मीकि ने कही है वह बहुत इंपॉर्टेंट है। चिकित्सा संपन्न होने के बाद हनुमान जी पुनः उस पर्वत को उठाते हैं और वापस हिमालय में उसी स्थान पर रखकर फिर लंका वापस आते हैं । उनका यह कथन प्राकृतिक व्यवस्था में दखल न देने का सबक सिखाता है।

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