Shri Hanuman Chalisa
A Hymn by Tulsidas
You are invited to listen to and sing the Shri Hanuman Chalisa.
Many people around the world begin each day with this invocation, which was written by the revered poet-saint Tulsidas. Shri Hanuman Chalisa consists of forty verses; chalisa in the title is derived from the word chalis, which means forty. This song of praise is in the vernacular of Avadhi, an antiquated form of Hindi. When singing Shri Hanuman Chalisa, we name Shri Hanuman’s qualities, calling forth those same virtues in our own hearts.
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Recorded in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, India.
English rendering by Maitreya Larios.
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Gosvami Tulsidas was a poet-saint who lived in the sixteenth century in the city of Varanasi. He was a devotee of Lord Rama, and his most well-known work is the Ramacharitmanas, a retelling of the Ramayana in Avadhi, the vernacular of the day. Tulsidas’ influence on art, culture, and society continues to be widespread throughout India.
I have received so much inspiration this year from Shri Hanuman’s constancy and devotion to selfless service.
This morning, I stared at the computer screen as I tried to figure out how to rectify a mistake I had made in a new seva
I am offering. I glanced out the window and my gaze fell on a line of tall trees at the end of the garden. The wind was moving through the branches causing them to sway in one direction.
As I looked, I felt that Shri Hanuman was right there. As I thought of him, and his qualities, immediately all my concerns about the task at hand fell away. My heart was filled with love and devotion. I applied myself with renewed focus and, step by step, resolved the issue and completed my task.
a Siddha Yogi from Glastonbury, United Kingdom
Singing in praise of Shri Hanuman uplifted my heart and made me feel that I was actually in the company of this great devotee of the Lord.
It has been a long time since I last sang this invocation. I love it—the melody and meter are so sweet. Singing now, I felt as though I had jumped into a deep river of devotion that flowed way over my head. Then, with pure joy, I found I could breathe and sing deep inside the river.
The remembrance of Shri Hanuman's devotion to his Lord is a blessing to me, to all of us.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
As I listened to Shri Hanuman Chalisa,
I felt I was being given the qualities needed to serve the Siddha Yoga mission at this time. The chalisa
is reminding me of my inner divinity and of my inspiration to live and serve from the highest perspective. I feel moved to serve as Lord Hanuman served Shri Ram—with devotion, courage, and discipline.
Thank you for this amazing, inspiring hymn.
a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India
Tonight I sat at my laptop and a wave of sweetness arose in my heart that I recognized as the grace of devotion. Then, I went to feed the dog and make dinner. When I'd finished eating my meal, the feeling became stronger, so I thought "Aha! Gurumayi is thinking of us—there must be something new on the Siddha Yoga path website."
What a beautiful discovery to find Shri Hanuman Chalisa
and sung so exquisitely. I read it, listened, and then played it again and sang along. Afterwards, I quietly sank into the sweet stillness of Shri Hanuman's darshan
Thank you, Gurumayi, for these perfect gems that help me experience the devotion residing in my own heart in all its glory.
a Siddha Yogi from Newcastle, Australia
Recently I spent a couple of months in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. Each morning I would do puja
to Shri Hanuman and I would pray to him for strength and discipline on the path of yoga. Now that I’m back home, I often reflect about that experience. I feel as though Shri Hanuman truly has inhabited my body and my inner being.
As I chant this most beautiful Shri Hanuman Chalisa
, my entire being is filled with devotion, longing, and inner strength. I feel the presence of Shri Hanuman guiding, protecting, and giving me strength in my sadhana
I bow to you, Shri Hanuman. May you continue to uplift your devotees and all of humanity. With all my heart, may I continue to imbibe your auspicious qualities!
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Having been born and brought up in north India, I have seen Hanuman's pictures and listened to this sacred text ever since childhood. But when I listened to this recording, something very different happened—tears of gratitude started flowing from my eyes. The pace, the tune, the music, and the love with which it's sung touched every particle of my being. Not only did I feel bliss, but I also felt freedom.
On reflection, I realized that this recording has connected me directly to the devotion and love that Hanuman represents.
a Siddha Yogi from New Delhi, India
As I listened to Shri Hanuman Chalisa
for the first time, I focused on reading the translation. My mind became very still. Before the end of the chant I felt a quiet, serene joy arising within me, the top of my head began to tingle, and my attention was drawn inward - I experienced the most delightful satsang
with my inner Self. This beautiful state became a waking meditation as I went about my day.
a Siddha Yogi from Colorado, USA
As a kid, I learned the Shri Hanuman Chalisa
by heart. However, I never felt so much love, devotion, and connection to the Truth within as I did today after listening to this version of the hymn. The singers' voices so sweetly and perfectly blend into one cohesive voice. Their unity inspires great love, respect, and longing in me for Lord Hanuman and for my Shri Guru, Gurumayi!
Thank you, Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India
Reciting Shri Hanuman Chalisa
always helps me to stay courageous. Whenever I feel low, I recite two or three verses of Shri Hanuman Chalisa
It gives me such a nice feeling.
a Siddha Yogi from Ganeshpuri, India
I am inspired by the selflessness with which Shri Hanuman performed his service—with dedication so complete that there would be no trace of egotism or wish for his own benefit in all the tasks and feats that he performed. This leads me to make a mental note that he would have spent no time on self-congratulation either. Seeing Shri Hanuman in these ways—as purely focused on what he needed to do in the moment and where he needed to be next in service to his Lord—inspires me to follow his example and, with renewed intention, to commit myself to truly selfless service.
a Siddha Yogi from Guildford, United Kingdom
When contemplating Shri Hanuman, what comes to mind is his full dedication in his role as servant to Lord Rama. No task is too large or too small that it is not undertaken with boundless energy and great love.
This expression of his pure love through selfless service, through seva
, is expressed so beautifully through the Hanuman Chalisa
. When I listen to this great homage by the poet-saint Tulsidas, I experience the perfume and ardor of Shri Hanuman's presence and service. I am inspired as I recognize the power and beauty of a life filled with seva
, of a life filled with inexhaustible dedication and joy.
a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA
As I listen to this song and read the verses, I feel devotion arise. To me, the voices of the singers convey devotion, strength, and gentleness—qualities I associate with Shri Hanuman. In the graphics before and after the chalisa,
I see Hanuman as the son of the wind flying amidst glorious color. By the end of this hymn, I am quiet, elated. I understand that right now, through this exquisite post, Hanuman has indeed made his “abode in my heart.”
a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia