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Published bySwatantra Kumar Pidara460 Wartman RoadCollegeville, PA 19426, USAPhone - 267-975-4707 sarvaadhikaara surakshitaFirst EditionAnanta Chaturdashi, VE 2064,25th September 2007Number of Copies 1500Price:US $10/-Indian Rs.150/-Printed By :Radha Press,2465 Main Road, Kailash Nagar, Delhi 110031, IndiaPhone: 011-2208-3107MYHANUMANBySwatantra Kumar PidaraPreface byDr. Henry W. Beck> >> >cDedica t ion Dedica t ion Dedica t ion Dedica t ion Dedica t ionWith love and respect toShirdi Sain, Swami Paramananda,Baba Neem Karoli, Shri & Shrimati K.C.Tewarijiand all my teachers and the devotees of HanumanjiI speak to HanumanThus I speak to King Ram, the perfect, gentle one...I speak to Shiva Himself, the ocean of grace.Beware! And listen all!Of joy and sorrow, love and anger, of virtue and vicehas the creator made all.Of time and nature and fate,Ram is the doer.So I have known this Truthhaving dwelt upon it in my heart.Ah Lord, only quench this moping and grieving.What is there that you cant do?Let me grow silenthaving knownthat I reap what I have sown1Tulsidas Last PoemHanumaan Baahuka v.44Taken from Krishnadas work.1 The Text:Kahon Hanumaanson sujaana Raamaraayason,Kripaanidhaana Sankarason saavadhaana suniye;Harasha vishaada raaga rosha guna doshamayee,Birachee Biranchi saba dekhiyata duniye.Maayaa jeeva kaalake karamake subhaayake,Karaiyaa Raama Beda kahen saanchee mana guniye;Tumhaten kahaa na hoya haahaa so bujhaiyai mohi,Haun hoon rahaon mauna hee bayo so jaani luniye.My translation: I say to Hanuman, to the sujaana (perfectly wise) Ram, and to Shivathe one full of compassion. Please pay attention to what I am saying? It has beennoticed that Brahma has made this world full of duality of cheer and grief, attachmentand anger, virtues and vices. The Vedas tell us that Ram is the Creator of the maayaa(mesmerizing power which creates a sense of I, mine and thine), jeeva (individuatedbeing with a personal ego), Time, and Karmas (the actions that bind the individual soulto the cycle of birth and rebirth), and our personal and individuated natures as well. Ihave accepted this to be the truth in my heart. I lament before you O Lord! Tell me whatis it that you cannot do? All the same, I shall remain quiet conceding the fact that I amonly reaping what I sowed.(iii) (iv)Introduction and AcknowledgementsI have memories of going back to the year in 1943 or so,shuttling between Raya, a small town seven miles to the north ofMathura and Jalesar a town about thirtyfive miles north of Mathura.The birthday of Shri Krishna and watching of Raama-leelaa(enactment of Rams life) were two major religious events andwe the children did not question the historical existence of thesepersonalities in the past and the divine presence of these religiouspersonalities in daily life long after their departure from this world.The questions touching on the subject of the nature of divinityand soul were not a part of our enquiry. We only undersood onething, since our parents and elders have told us about thepresence of these divine characters then undoubtedly they aretrue and they can come to help us in hour of need. The stories ofKaramaiti Bai and Jana Bai and many other devotees read inKalyana magazine were a fresh breeze of hope in times of anykind of rejection, fear and fright. The idea that I loved God neverentered in my head. The childhood faith was that God will alwayscome running to save you if you will call him. The prayers werenever for a return. We prayed because that is what humans doas a duty. I only liked to go to Gopalji temple on the main streetand Mahadevaji shrine almost tangentially across Peelee Kothi.In hour of sickness or any other need there was no need to worryabout, because the whole large household of three brothers tookcharge of things. All fears and worry are when you are alone andyou have been abandoned.But it was in 1945 when we moved to a house in KuawaliGalee behind Dwarkadhish temple in Mathura that I becameaware of the powerful impact of the verse Bhoota pisaachanikata nahin aavai Mahaaveera jaba naama sunaavai.(NoPrefaceThis text is an introduction to all aspects of Shri Hanuman.Generally, all the gods and goddesses are pleased when theirpraises are sung. As far as Shri Hanuman is concerned, he ismore delighted to hear the sacred name of Shri Ram sung thanhis own name being invoked. Even the most valuable article isrejected by him if it does not have the sacred stamp of Ramon it.Hanuman is worshiped by Vaisnavites, Shaivites,Shaktas, Tantrikas and Vedantins, crossing all boundaries. He isSankata-mochana, the destroyer of problems. His images areenshrined on the frontiers of human settlements (prati-graama-sthita) to keep out malevolent spirits. Hanuman shrines, in keepingwith his personality are rarely elaborate. They are humblestructures built by commoners often without the intervention ofpriests.This text begins with Dr. Pidaras rendition of some of theclassic tales of Hanuman, including his birth, rescue of Sita Maaand later adventures. The major mantras of Hanuman arepresented, along with a few prayers, description of the Poojaa,the Hanuman Chaaleesaa, and Aaratee. All translations are byDr. Pidara and the text ends with an essay by him on therelationship of man with God. Many of these stories are told forthe first time here in English by Dr. Pidara.HWB(v) (vi)ghost and evil spirit can ever come near when you recite thename of Mahaaveera Hanuman). I know my mother used to reciteHanuman Chaaleesa and read Ram Charit Manasa regularlyand I, being sickly and with a habit of always hovering around her,carried out all her tasks of arranging for the distribution of laddoosfor Raama-Charchaa (talking about Lord Ram), and of bringingfrom the market two pound weight of any one particular item such as vegetables, fruits, grains, pulses, and metal vessels etc. and then taking that two pound thing to a poor Brahmin familyfixed by her on a particular 1st day, 3rd day, 4th day, 5th day, 8th day,9th day, 11th day and on a full moon day. She called it sau-seraa(giving two pounds each of one hundred items) in the name ofRam. Deenaa kee Maiyyaa was a Brahmin widow and motherof two brothers Vishmbhar and Deena, who lived behind ourhouse. She and another Chaturvedi widow were the greatesthelp to my mother. For everything my mother sought their advice.My cousin Raj Kishori Agrawal married in Shikohabad and GangaVasini Bua, a distant sister of my father living as a child widow inRajghat, Aligarh, also visited us. These ladies talked aboutvarious poojas and narrated stories about gods and how theycan help us. My problem was that the ground floor was verydark and dingy even in day time and especially in nights and Iwas sent by my mother to open the doors late in night for myfather or even to go and check the doors at the end of the day.That was terrible for me at the age of seven and these ladies toldme to call Hanuman and recite the above quoted verse. And forall my life I never memorized the complete Hanuman Chaaleesatill year 1998 or so. I still remember going down the steps andwith trembling heart reciting mentally the line that once you takethe name of Mahaveera no ghost or an evil spirit will get near you.Actually, for a very long time, this one verse was the only prayerI could think about or the generic prayer of Tvameva maataacha pitaa tvameva, or the famous Gayatri mantra which I hadunknowingly picked up from the wall of the red school in DampierNagar.There were Hanuman shrines all over and near our housewas the famous Hanuman temple at Askundaa ghaata, by theriver and the man pulled the bucket of water from the well insideand poured in our folded hands to drink, and we could sense thefragrance of rose and always wondered about it. In all situationsmy mother and other relatives would send me to that temple.Then there was the famous Vishram ghaata Hanumanji and andone near Bhooteshvara where Dr. Shiva Shankar Upadhyaayaused to take us for early morning walks at 4 AM. There was oneLuteri Hanuman on road to Vrindavan also. I still recall getting theHanuman picture with mirror at the back for two annas on way tothe school in February 1948 when my younger brother Piyushwas dying and my mother used that picture as long as I rememberin the very center of her alcove shrine and wiped with wet clothand lighted incense. After the death of Piyush, we moved to Barigali and there were two Chaturvedi ladies Parabo (with her foursons Raghunath, Brijmohan, Galli and Mathalli) and Tukki behindour house and we shared a common courtyard. Both those ladiestreated us very gently and guided us in religious matters. Tukkisson helped us with Hanuman offerings at the corner of Hanumangalee. Then there was our maid servant Madan kee Maa, whowas an aheer woman and lived at Peer Panch and talked aboutpowers of Hanuman. That Hanuman can appear and help youwhen you most need was often talked about in the light of theexperience of Tulasidas that how Hanuman made it possible forhim to meet and recognize Lord Ram in Chitrakoot by reciting(vii) (viii)Chitrakoot ke ghaata para bhayee santan kee bheer;Tulasidas chandan ghisen tilaka deta Raghuveera.It was at Birla Vidya Mandir Nainital when I went for myschool education in 1950 that I met Shri K.C.Tewariji and heardabout Baba Neem Karoli. Physical training instructor aMaharashtrian gentleman Shri M.D.Seriah had another impacton my young mind. I became more aware of keeping body fit andstrong and everybody knew that Hanumanji was a great sourceof helping anybody in that direction. The other teachers in thatschool, such as N.D.Pandeyji, Bursar Sahib G.B.Pandeyji,Headmaster Sahib A.D. Joshiji, K.L.Vermaji, N.N.Mishraji, and

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