Commentary / explanation of Hanuman Chalisa verses 37 & 38

Aur devta chitt na dharai
Hanumant sai sarva such karai

Even if other Devatas (celestial beings) do not take heed, through Hanuman one can gain all wellbeing and happiness

Sankat kate mitey sab peera
Jo sumirei Hanumant balbeera

Whoever invokes Sri Hanuman, the mighty Deva, his distress is removed and all pains vanish.

Hanuman Chalisa, versus 37 & 38

“Even if other Devatas (celestial beings) do not take heed, through Hanuman one can gain all wellbeing and happiness”

Tulsidas uses the word Chitta – “even if other celestial beings may not pay heed to the Chitta”.

Chitta roughly means “mind”, which incorporates all aspects of conditioned consciousness – such as reason, emotion, memory, sensation. These are the lower aspects of consciousness that all people have and use.

Generally, to enter into commune with the deeper energies and beings who do not exist in the physical realm, we must transcend the Chitta to access deeper layers of consciousness, unless we have special grace which may for example arise from past karma. Often special training and guidance is required to gain the beneficence and guidance of Devatas, and this can take very long durations to achieve.
However, the connection with Hanuman is said to be within the grasp of all persons – he is accessible via the Chitta. And through connection to him, one shall be guided to all peace, wellbeing and happiness – which are aspects of the word “sukh”.

One may think that Hanuman is a very high, strenuous, austere and unachievable ideal, and therefore question how meditation upon Hanuman going to help ordinary people with ordinary desires achieve their happiness.

The answer to this lies in the nature of happiness. True happiness is not being able to have everything we want all the time. It is necessary to untangle the mind from some of its whims and focus it on what really matters.

Those who focus their mind of Hanuman are aided to gain mental clarity set correct intentions, make better decisions and gain strength, adaptability, resilience and determination which will enable to always have the often elusive sukh that we all seek in life.

“The pain and distress is diminished. For those who remember and invoke Hanuman, the repository of vitality, strength and courage.”

No matter what overwhelming difficulties and pain our minds are being overwhelmed by – focusing one’s mind of Hanuman helps reduce the feeling of distress and helplessness.

How can this be ?

In any circumstance and difficulty, there will be on one hand the problem itself, and on the other hand our individual mental and emotional response to it. The latter is often the more debilitating factor, the one that prevents us from being able to do what is necessary in the situation that we are faced with. This is well understood in conditions such as Dystymia (persistent depressive disorder) and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) where our response to a trigger ceases to have any proportionality to the initial trigger.

Through setting one’s mind on Hanuman – we imbibe his example of adaptability, presence of mind, courage, appropriate action and many others. To the believer or devotee, one may understand that Hanuman imparts his grace on those who call on him when they are distressed, but even without this level of belief, one can appreciate that the ideals of Hanuman are what is called for to help lift one out of pain and distress.

Hanuman is also the Deity who relates to the Prana (subtle life energy). It is for this reason he is the son of Vayu (the wind deity, who is the Cosmic Life energy). It is the deeper energy which runs and connects everything in the universe. This cosmic Vayu is the true power of yoga. It gives flexibility of body, boundless vitality, willpower and the mastery over the mind. Attunement to the universal Prana puts us in attumenent and harmony with the whole of life, and enables us to gain the true bliss inherent in our Self-Nature.

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) for explanations to the other verses of the Hanuman Chalisa

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