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I was delighted to read “Shri Hanuman's Quest for Knowledge” and the teachings it held. What stood out for me was young Hanuman's enthusiasm and his undaunted dedication to learning from his Teacher, Lord Surya. When the great deity of the sun asked Hanuman how he could teach him—since the sun is in constant motion—it brought to mind how learning from the Guru is similar, in that I must also be willing and enthusiastic about walking the path, which is always in motion, like a swiftly moving stream.
Upon reading that Lord Surya required his student to face his teacher at all times, I understood that this is analogous to keeping the Guru always in my sights, in my awareness, and to perceiving the teachings, and all of life, from this stance of "facing the Guru."
After devoting much time and attention to Lord Surya this month, I am immensely grateful to feel this living connection to Lord Surya within my heart.
New York, United States
When I envision Hanuman moving backwards to face the sun, I learn how much trust he had. As a student he never got tired of facing his Teacher. It inspires me to constantly face the light, and I feel how much energy I get from doing so.
I am very grateful for the teachings of my Guru. They always come in the right form, like perfect lamps along my path.
The moment that leapt out at me here was Shri Hanuman taking a moment to look back at the Earth in wonder. As he turned back toward his goal, he found himself immediately in the presence of Lord Surya. This reminded me of how often my attention drifts toward earthly things, sometimes in wonder, sometimes in dismay. I saw that with self-effort I too can return my attention to my goal and instantly be in the presence of my Guru, my light.
New York, United States
When I read this story, I could envision Shri Hanuman flying towards the sun. The image was so vibrant and strong, I immediately drew it. I loved visually depicting my experience of this beautiful story.
New Delhi, India
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