This is a delightful video to wile away a few minutes on a Tuesday, a day devoted to Hanuman.
If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, scroll through but make sure you stop around the 4:30 mark, the 7:00 mark and the 19:00 mark (the latter two to get a sense of his flying). As of my posting, there’s only been one view.
Hanuman in the Ramayana performs several amazing feats involving his flying: his leap to Lanka to find Sita and his flight to and from the Himalayas to find the herbs to heal Lakshman, Rama’s brother.
Hat tip to Frances at Lilablog (whose partner is Thad, our contact at elephant journal) for finding this version of the Hanuman Chalisa.
I feel like maybe we should have discovered it first; the artist, Trevor Hall, lives in Laguna Beach, CA. That’s about five miles from where we lived for about seven years and still just 50 or so from us now.
I guess Frances’ bhatki has ours beat!
Here is what Frances has to say about him on her blog, Lilablog:
He writes the most beautifully poetic devotional songs, but in a very contemporary style. If you’ve never heard of him, I highly recommend you check him out. Definitely give a listen to his song “My Baba” that he does with Krishna Das – it’s one of my favorites! He’s actually coming to Charlottesville in July….FY and I very psyched for that show.
FY is Thad; I believe it stands for Fiance Yogi.
And here’s the Chalisa video:
As MC Yogi might say, Hanuman rocks. Frances’ blog does, too.
I’ve worked out some work meetings so I can get down to Tim Miller’s for his Hanuman puja on Friday morning, Hanuman’s birthday. (In an attempt to garner sympathy, I’ll note that the puja begins at 6 a.m. and Tim’s is precisely 100 miles from my house.)
But if you can’t join us, there are other ways to celebrate Hanuman. A good one — well, especially if you’re a subscriber to SiriusXM — is via the Krishna Das channel. Here are some details:
Airs Friday 4/6 and Saturday 4/7 starting at 10 am ET and plays every hour until 8 pm ET. Krishna Das Yoga Radio celebrates one of the most observed Hindu festivals — Hanuman Jayanti. A day to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, Ram’s most ardent and eternal devotee. Hear specially selected music and stories about Hanuman from Krishna Das every hour.
“It’s a great honor to be asked by SiriusXM to introduce chanting to a larger audience and people who might not otherwise be exposed to this type of music – music to quiet the mind and open the heart. I am very excited by all the possibilities of Krishna Das Yoga Radio. I hope to do interviews with chanters and teachers and we will keep adding new chants to the playlist. Please keep tuned in. All Love,” said Krishna Das.
But, you’re saying to your computer screen, I’m not a subscriber. Well, that’s OK because there’s an offer for a 30-day free online trial right here. I make no promises about how easy it will be to get out after 30 days. But if you’re able to listen to Krishna Das all day at work, why would you want to leave?
If you are a bit leery of free trials (as I am), I bet you could search for a local kirtan session on Friday honoring Hanuman. Here in Los Angeles, Friday night at 9 p.m. there’s a Hanuman Jayanti Kirtan happening at the aptly named Bhatki Yoga Shala. Our friend — and the woman who is helping fix my shoulder and may end up moving on to my knee — Maria Zavala mentioned it to me this morning, as we passed each other outside the shala.
Surely there’s something similar in your neck of the universe?
UPDATE: New Yorkers! I see that Broome St. Temple is hosting a Sri Hanuman Jayanti celebration on Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight.
I’m not sure how I’m going to manage this, but… it would seem I need to get down to San Diego on Friday.
Why? It’s Hanuman’s birthday, and the celebrating is happening at the Ashtanga Yoga Center. Here are the details, from this week’s Tuesdays with Timji:
Hanuman was born at sunrise and on Hanuman Jayanti a Hanuman puja is traditionally performed just before the sun rises. It is said that at this time the power of Hanuman in the world is 1,000 times what it normally is. The Hanuman Chalisa and other Hanuman prayers are sung and offerings of sindoor (red powder), red hibiscus flowers, a coconut, incense, and arati (an offering of light in the form of an oil lamp) are made. … [snip] … For any interested locals, there will be a Hanuman Puja at the Ashtanga Yoga Center on Friday at 6am.
Tim’s post also notes that this week is an auspicious one. First off, Mercury is back in order. (Tim has a warning for those who think that really means all is well.) And then there’s the little matter of Easter and Passover, as well.
Tim also weaves together an unusual, even for him, amount of threads as he talks about the Friday full moon. We’re at a moment of balance, we can say that.
Can we say whether I’ll make it down to AYC on Friday. I’m not sure… I’ll have to check the rest of my calendar.
If not, there will be a little birthday party here.
This is new video of Krishna Das leading a chant of the Hanuman Chalisa. It is from this month’s retreat, Open Your Heart in Paradise. Seems to have posted very recently, sometime today. (68 views at the time of posting.)
Good, good stuff. (Actually, “kicks butt” comes to mind.) Jai Hanuman!