Shri Hanuman's Quest for Knowledge

Based on a Story from the Shiva Purana

About Rashmi Smith

Autor Copyright SYDA Foundation

Rashmi began practicing the Siddha Yoga teachings in 1982. She is a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher and speaker for teaching and learning events. Rashmi and her husband, Dharmadas, have hosted a Siddha Yoga meditation center in their home in Lampeter, Wales, since 1983.

Rashmi currently offers seva as a writer in the SYDA Foundation Content Department. She has previously served as a Trustee on the Siddha Yoga United Kingdom Board of Directors and as a member of the SYD UK National Steering Committee. Rashmi also served on staff at Shree Muktananda Ashram and in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in the 1990s.

Rashmi has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Wales. For the last forty-three years, she has owned and operated a health food shop in Lampeter, in partnership with her husband and daughter, Stella. Rashmi has three children and two grandchildren.

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What stood out for me from this story is Hanuman’s power of listening. It is this power that I most wish to develop in order to be able to absorb the Guru´s wisdom.

a Siddha Yogi from Madrid, Spain

When I read this story, these words of Shri Hanuman to Lord Surya leapt up at me: “…light up my soul with your divine wisdom.” This describes the way I feel about the Guru. From my very first experience of satsang with Baba Muktananda, resonance with his divine wisdom and the recognition of my true nature has lit up my soul. And now, every day I remember at least one teaching from Baba or Gurumayi, and I am filled with gratitude and joy.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

For me, this story is about courage.
As I contemplated Hanuman's actions, I saw that it's not that he had no obstacles. It's that his attitude was always, "I can do that." Fly to the sun? Sure! Fly ahead of Surya Devata while moving backwards? No problem!
At every difficulty he did not complain or stay under the covers. He recognized his dharma and acted with total positivity, trust, and strength.
Now, for me, this is a great teaching!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

What stands out for me is how everything that happened in Shri Hanuman's journey went step-by-step. His great destiny unfolded one step at a time. 

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA.

What stood out for me most in this story is how Shri Hanuman moved backwards and kept his focus on Surya Devata’s “resplendent light” as he absorbed his teacher’s “every precious word.” And how this light “saturated him and nurtured every fibre of his being.” 

At this point in the story, I could feel the light inside myself.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for guiding me to keep my focus on the light, within and without.

a Siddha Yogi from Hinwil, Switzerland

This beautiful rendition of Shri Hanuman's Quest for Knowledge is rich with meaning for me.

I was particularly moved when Lord Surya tells Shri Hanuman, "You have always held this wisdom within you. What I gave you served as a key to open the door to your own wisdom. You will always have access to that wisdom now."

This statement elucidates for me how when we receive shaktipat, that moment of awakening and every subsequent meditation, word, and teaching from the Guru continue to shine the light within me.  

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts USA

It is amazing to have a direction now--to fulfill my own quest for knowledge, through the inspiration of Shri Hanuman's story.

a Siddha Yogi from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

As I came to the moment in the story where Shri Hanuman’s mother, Anjana, placed her hands on Hanuman’s shoulders and reminded him of his divine nature, I suddenly experienced myself as Shri Hanuman, receiving his mother’s blessing. My shoulders felt broad and strong like Hanuman’s, and warmth spread across them as I imagined the sensation of Anjana’s hands and read her words to her beloved son: “Dear Hanuman, have you forgotten who you truly are? . . . You are a divine being. You are blessed by the gods.”
The sensation of Anjana’s hands on my shoulders became an awareness of Gurumayi’s reassurance to me, of her blessing my study of her Message and reminding me that, like Shri Hanuman, I am a divine being blessed by the gods.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Reading this story, I took particular note of Shri Hanuman’s mother telling him, “If you have faith in yourself, Hanuman, you can achieve anything.”
My parents, too, told me that I could achieve anything if I had faith in myself. They encouraged me to study and gave me a good education. But although I gathered academic knowledge, I did not have faith in myself, and felt neither happy nor successful.
When I began following the Siddha Yoga path, I discovered a power in myself I had felt was there but had had no access to. I began to have faith in this power as I drew inspiration and guidance from the Siddha Yoga teachings. Gradually, I became happier and gained more success in my professional life.
Seeing the changes in me, my mother said, “Now I know that having faith in yourself could not come from formal education alone, but from the teachings you received from your teacher, Gurumayi. Now you can achieve anything.”

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

What a rich feast this story is for me! I am deeply moved by its expression of humanity, by Shri Hanuman’s relationship with his parents, and by how, in his mother’s eyes, his childhood flashed by. How I resonate with that!
The sense of humanity that runs through the entire story helps me to connect easily with its profound teachings. I feel inspired to read it again and again, to nod and say to myself, “Yes, my teacher is the light within, and I, like Hanuman, only have to turn my face towards that light to perceive my indwelling wisdom.”
This story has truly ignited my enthusiasm to study the scriptures!

a Siddha Yogi from Beccles, United Kingdom