The Full Moon following Spring Equinox is one of the most important ones in many faiths and cultures. It marks the holiest week of the Christian faith, as well as Pesach (Passover) for the Jewish people of the world. It is also the time of the Hindu festival that honors Hanuman.
Some say Hanuman was born as the son of the King and Queen of the Monkeys. To others, He is the son of the celestial being, Anjana (who had been transformed into a monkey by a curse) and Vayu, the Wind God.
In any case, Hanuman is worshipped all over India–either alone or together with Lord Rama, who is, according to the Vedas, the Supreme Personality of the Divine God. Every temple of Rama has the murti, or representation, of Hanuman.
Hanuman is the selfless worker and a warrior for good. He is considered the model of a true Karma Yogi who serves without desire, but with a completely devoted heart, with pure love, and without expectation of rewards. He is beloved by millions because of his humility, bravery and wisdom. He is known by many names, like Pavanasuta (Lord of the Wind), Maruti (Like the Wind), Ram Dass (Servant of Lord Ram), Mahavira (Great Warrior), and many more.
Hanuman is incredibly strong, invincible, the most intelligent being on earth, and immortal. In fact, He is one of the few Hindu Gods who remains physically incarnate on the Earth at all times. It is said that He will remain on Earth as long as the name of Lord Rama is remembered. One of His greatest recent devotees was Mahatma Gandhi, whose beliefs and life all reflected a similar devotion, courage, and focus.
As we discover our own authenticity in order to live a more juicy life, we can learn much from sources that are not, perhaps, as familiar to us as those in our Western culture. For while most European and American readers are familiar with Easter bunnies, the celebration of the Passover meal, and so forth, other cultures have much to teach us about devotion, bravery, and living with our hearts wide open.
So for today, to bring a little extra juiciness into your life, I suggest that you experiment with new ideas and ways of doing things. Learn something new about a different culture or lifestyle from your own. Consider especially places where you are closed off, resistant, and even negative, about the way that others live, worship, play, or work. If, like Hanuman, we can open our hearts, even just a little bit, life’s juicy splendor has more room to enter.