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Lord Hanuman Devotion

Those who are familiar with Hinduism and the epic Ramayana know Hanuman very well. He is considered to be the greatest devotee ever born on earth. He is one of the main characters of the epic Ramayana, who played a very crucial role in the liberation of Sita and destruction of the demon king, Ravana. He was blessed by Sita, wife of Lord Rama. 

Lord Hanuman is associated with bravery, honesty, loyalty, and valor of the highest order. Lord Hanuman, also represents wisdom and intellect, along with friendship and love. He is the epitome of devotion and dedication to Lord Rama.

His surrender to the divine cause and his devotion to Lord Rama was unique, exemplary and unconditional. Even today the devotees say that wherever the name of Lord Rama is chanted or referred, this sacred being would be there listening to His name and absorbed in Him. Besides the Ramayana, references to him are also found in some early texts of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

He was the most ancient and most powerful superman known to the mankind, with the ability to expand himself or contract himself at will, besides the ability to fly across long distances and evoke terror in the hearts of powerful demons and evil people. As a child he said to have flown into the interstellar space and tried to grab the Sun with his mouth, thinking it was some kind of a fruit. The Sun god later became his teacher. Although he possessed supernatural powers, because of a curse, he would not be aware of them unless some one reminded him of his immense strength and abilities.

The epic Ramayans narrates how their first encounter took place. When Lord Rama and Lakshmana were wandering in the forests of Kishkindha searching for Sita, Sugreeva and Hanuman had a chance meeting with them.

At first Sugreeva was suspicious about the strangers, but Hanuman assured him that they were not friends of Vali or spies sent against him. They seemed to be very respectable and dignified warriors and harmless. With Sugreeva's half-hearted permission, he approached the strangers in the guise of a brahmana and made enquires about the purpose of their visit.

Lord Rama was mighty pleased when he saw Hanuman and was impressed by his impeccable manners, his refined language, his innocence and his simple trusting heart. He instantly recognized in him the qualities of a perfect messenger whom he could himself trust and rely upon when the time came. Thus began a relationship between god and his devotee which is spoken about even today as the perfect example of highest form of devotion and self-surrender.

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