Hanuman - The Ultimate Disciple

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Hanuman - The Ultimate Disciple

   Lord Ram gave Hanuman a quizzical look and said, "What are you, a monkey or a man?" Hanuman bowed his head reverently, folded his hands and said, "When I do not know who I am, I serve You and when I do know who I am, You and I are One." -Tulsidas Ramayana.

    In order to understand who Hanuman is, we have to get a little bit familiar with the Ramayana. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata are the two great Indian epics that have been handed down from generation to generation since before recorded history. How many millennia old the Ramayana actually is, nobody knows, but it is instilled with ageless wisdom and a wealth of spiritual guidance, which even a soul in contemporary times will find invaluable.
   The Ramayana is a huge multilevel story of the battle of good and evil and of the eternal journey of the soul back to God, back to Oneness. The Ramayana, like Homer's Odyssey, is also believed by many to be a factual historical account. It can be looked at as a myth, an epic, or an adventure tale, but it can also be seen as a spiritual roadmap of how to approach higher Consciousness. 
   On the surface level of the story is the adventure of Ram, who is the great King of ancient India, and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe. Vishnu has come to earth in the form of Ram for the specific purpose of destroying the demon king Ravana, who is wreaking havoc on all of creation. The demon king Ravana kidnaps Ram's wife, Sita, who is an incarnation of Vishnu's consort, the Goddess Lakshmi. With the aid of his brother Lakshmana and the monkey-god Hanuman, Ram is eventually able to defeat Ravana and rescue Sita.

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