“Those who dwell in the realm of Divine Grace, their words are powerful with the ability to connect the listener with Ram. No one can take their power away. In this realm, dwell great warriors who have mastered their mind, body and senses. They are completely imbued with Ram. Where there is the Sun-like Ram, there is the Moon-like Sita, who threads coolness and tranquility in to the fabric of their being. Their beauty is beyond words!”
– Guru Nanak Dev ji (Guru Granth Sahib, 8)
This painting of Hanuman ji was inspired by the species of Indian monkeys named after him, known as ‘Hanuman Langur’.
Even though most people associate the image of Hanuman ji with ‘Rhesus Monkeys’, I thought it would be interesting to see Hanuman ji with the facial characteristics of the ‘Hanuman Langur’, with black-skin and white fur.
I painted this portrait of Hanuman ji in a meditative state, where most of my mental distractions had ceased and the mind came to rest in its own awareness.
In this state, there is a pool of cooling, soothing peace.
This pool erases all baggage of past actions, eases suffering in the present moment and gives one strength to face the future, head on!
Hanuman ji knew that through the chanting of Ram naam such a state can be achieved and perfected, and he was a master at maintaining such a perfect state.
Ever since I found this out about him, he has become an inspiration for me, as he inspires me to connect to God and access this pool of everlasting peace for myself.
Who is Hanuman ji?
Hanuman ji is an exalted Devotee of the Supreme God.
He is a major character in the Ramayan, the story of God, written by Sant Valmiki ji. His name, Hanuman, comes from his facial feature, and means ‘one with a prominent jaw’.
He is strong, heroic and assertive, always ready to take action, as well as loving, calm and innocent, and immersed in states of pure love.
He is an inspiration for warriors, strongmen and weightlifters, as well as devotees of God, who want to develop compassion.
He inspires us not only to do Meditation, bhakti, but also inspires us to be full of Energy, shakti, to exercise and to stay fit.
Hanuman ji inspires us to remain fully alert and be ready to take action.
Tyar bar tyar!
Sant Kabir ji’s Hymn
Sant Kabir ji gives Hanuman ji as an example of one of God’s devotees, who has become awake from the attachment to the transient world.
Kabir ji says that the highly intelligent priests, scholars, meditators, ascetics, etc, even though they read scriptural texts, meditate and perform penance, are not able to detach themselves, the way Hanuman ji and others have, through the chanting of Ram naam.
He sings –
ਜਾਗੈ ਸੁਕਦੇਉ ਅਰੁ ਅਕੂਰੁ ॥ ਹਣਵੰਤੁ ਜਾਗੈ ਧਰਿ ਲੰਕੂਰੁ ॥
Sukhdev ji is awake and so is Akroor ji. Hanuman ji is awake and so is Sugreev ji.
ਸੰਕਰੁ ਜਾਗੈ ਚਰਨ ਸੇਵ ॥ ਕਲਿ ਜਾਗੇ ਨਾਮਾ ਜੈਦੇਵ ॥੨॥
Shiv Shankar ji is awake, serving Ram ji’s feet. In Kaliyug, Nam Dev ji and Jai Dev ji are awake.
ਜਾਗਤ ਸੋਵਤ ਬਹੁ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਰ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜਾਗੈ ਸੋਈ ਸਾਰੁ ॥
There are many types of waking and sleeping, however, waking up from the transient world, through the teachings of a Guru, that is the best type of waking up.
ਇਸੁ ਦੇਹੀ ਕੇ ਅਧਿਕ ਕਾਮ ॥ ਕਹਿ ਕਬੀਰ ਭਜਿ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮ ॥੩॥੨॥
Kabir ji says, this body will find it incredibly useful to meditate on the name of Ram ji.
(Guru Granth Sahib, 1194)
Sant Trilochan ji’s Hymn
In the story of God, Hanuman ji is the helper and messenger of God. He finds Sita ji, persuades her that he is Ram ji’s messenger, and delivers Ram ji’s message.
On the way out, he uproots Ravan’s forest and eats all the fruits. He gets captured by Ravan’s guards for tresspassing and is punished through torture.
Ravan’s guards light his tail on fire in order to punish him. Hanuman ji uses his burning tail to light Ravan’s fortress and surrounding buildings on fire.
However when Hanuman ji was a child, he was very mischievous. He once went into a gathering of Sadhus and Saints and stole their clothes as they were immersed in God, leaving only their underwear.
When Hanuman ji grew up, he ended up only wearing an underwear or loin cloth, and no other clothes, as the Pehlwans, the strong-men and wrestlers, of India do.
So Sant Trilochan ji sings –
ਦਾਧੀਲੇ ਲੰਕਾ ਗੜੁ ਉਪਾੜੀਲੇ ਰਾਵਣ ਬਣੁ ਸਲਿ ਬਿਸਲਿ ਆਣਿ ਤੋਖੀਲੇ ਹਰੀ ॥ 25
Hanuman ji burnt the fortress of Lanka, he uprooted Ravan’s forest, and brought medicinal herbs for the wounds of Lakshman ji, thereby pleasing God.
ਕਰਮ ਕਰਿ ਕਛਉਟੀ ਮਫੀਟਸਿ ਰੀ ॥੫॥ 12
However due to the consequences of his past actions, he wore no clothes except for a loin cloth.
ਪੂਰਬਲੋ ਕ੍ਰਿਤ ਕਰਮੁ ਨ ਮਿਟੈ ਰੀ ਘਰ ਗੇਹਣਿ ਤਾ ਚੇ ਮੋਹਿ ਜਾਪੀਅਲੇ ਰਾਮ ਚੇ ਨਾਮੰ ॥ 25
The consequences of past actions cannot be erased, dear wife, so this is why I chant the name of Ram ji.
ਬਦਤਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਲੋਚਨ ਰਾਮ ਜੀ ॥੬॥੧॥ 7
So prays Trilochan, Ram ji.
(Guru Granth Sahib, 695)
What is Sant Trilochan ji saying?
The consequences of past actions will follow you, they can become a burden on you, and cause suffering.
The weight of your past will interfere with your future. Your past actions will hold you back from achieving greatness in the present.
However there is nothing you can do to change your past actions. There is nothing you can do to change their consequences.
What you can do, is alleviate the suffering they cause. You can remove their weight and be free from the suffering caused by your past.
Chanting Ram is the cure to the suffering of past actions. It is the way to remove the weight of the past.
When this burden stops bothering you, then you are free to express yourself fully in the present moment.
Through the chanting of Ram naam, Hanuman ji was able to cross the ocean in search of Lanka to find Mata Sita ji.
Through the chanting of Ram naam, Hanuman ji destroyed Ravan’s fortress and forests.
Through the chanting of Ram naam, Hanuman ji was able to bring medicine for Lakshman ji.
Through the chanting of Ram naam, Hanuman ji overcame all obstacles that came in his way and defeated his enemies.
Through the chanting of Ram naam, Hanuman ji became awake and aware in the present moment.
Trilochan ji is saying that this is why it is important to chant the name of Ram ji and meditate on him. And that this is why Trilochan ji, himself, meditates on Ram ji.