Mike Curtiss (11
"Symbolism of Hanuman"
Symbolism of Hanuman
monkey symbolism of Lord Hanuman is related to the notion that a human
being's mind is ever active and never restful, hence the depiction of a
human being with the face of a monkey. Furthermore, Lord Hanuman
symbolically stands for pure devotion, complete surrender and absence
of ego or the lower self. As the son of Vayu, symbolically he also
stands for the subtle body consisting of the breath body, the mental
body and the intelligence body. Here we explain Hanuman as the mental
body in a human being.
The mind, being ever fickle, jumps from
place to place, obtaining everything in its path and engaging in
numerous activities that brings no peace to the surroundings. The mind
can travel to any place and fly anywhere and cross to other parts of
the world such is the power of the mind.
The mind can also
expand or contract, and if it remains under the control of animal
passions and sensory activities, it will become instable and devious.
Hence, the mind of Hanuman is always under this fluctuation.
once surrendering occurs to the inner self and the mind becomes devoted
unconditionally, the mind can obtain miraculous powers and perform
stupendous feats like that of Lord Hanuman. When one's mind reaches
this state in working for the divine, it helps the lower self (Sita)
and Soul (Rama) to come together and become united.