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Published by Jeff Miller
Posted on June 27, 2017
The beloved monkey god, Hanuman, embodies fearlessness, bravery, strength, friendship, and compassion throughout his adventures in the Ramayana. It is said when we listen to stories, we are able to see ourselves reflected back through the characters we come to know. Hanuman is a spirit within us that we are able to evoke through our asana practice. Vira, the root word of “virasana”, is Sanskrit for “hero”. One way to embody that word is to be full of faith. It is said that the difference between the hero and the coward is that the hero acts. When fear stops most, the hero, filled with faith, pursues the seemingly impossible, knowing that is the only way to soar to new heights. Hanuman knelt down to pray for the grace to accomplish the impossible. Even though he is the son of the wind, Hanuman was constantly forgetting his divinity, and so he turned to his faith – which in Sanskrit we call Shraddha – to do what he knew he must accomplish.
Throughout human history, there has always been some form of prayer to give human beings the space and time to grow that element of faith within their hearts. It is with faith and hope that we can go forth with confidence and leap across oceans, change the world, or simply fall back in love.
– excerpts taken from “Myths of the Asanas” by Alanna Kaivalya