Hanuman: The Devotion and Power of the Monkey God (Google eBook)

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Mar 25, 2010 - Religion - 416 pages
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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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User Review  - Bhashini - Goodreads

A captivating, mesmerizing and uplifting tale, beautifully told. Vanamali brings Hanuman's story to life in this vivid and enthralling retelling of the Ramayana. A jewel of a book. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Historic Hanuman
12
Son of Anjana
21
Son of Kesari
28
Son of Vayu
37
Flight to the Sun
42
Hanumans Education
50
Conqueror of the Senses
60
The End of Indrajit
223
Journey to Patala
232
Fight to the Finish
239
The End of Ravana
250
Trial by Fire
260
Return to Ayodhya
269
Dharma Triumphs
283
Sita Abandoned
299

Friend of Sugriva
70
The Famous Encounter
78
The Killing of Vaali
91
Messenger of Rama
100
The Book of Beauty
113
Search for Sita
121
Dispeller of Sorrow
135
The Burning of Lanka
146
The Faithful Servant
156
Ravanas Council of War
166
Rama Gives Sanctuary
173
The Siege of Lanka
185
The War Continues
195
The Fall of Kumbhakarna
203
Savior of Lakshmana
211
The Ramayana
313
Ashwamedha Yaga
324
Dwapara Yuga
337
The Mahabharata
348
Kali Yuga
358
The Auspicious Form
369
Appendix 1 Poems on Hanuman
377
Appendix 2 Names of Hanuman
381
Appendix 3 Names of Other Characters in the Hindu Pantheon
383
Appendix 4 Alphabetical List of Mantras
390
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
393
Bibliography
400
Index
401
Backcover
408
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About the author (2010)

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

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