The Spring is here. The first Full Moon of after the equinox is known as the Moon of Hanuman the immortal god of monkey form. This is the birthday of Hanuman and is known as Hanuman Jayanti or more correctly as Hanuman Janmostav. Janmostav refers to the birthdays of immortal beings such as Hunuman.
The full Moon of Spring signals the awakening of life now that the days are longer than the nights after having crossed the equinoctial balance.
We see the bees and the blossoming of plants now. The Yogins note that the quality of Praan (subtle breath) is invigorated by this Moon.
The full Moon is a time when the Yogins listen to the lunar song with the innermost ear. In silence and minimalism the correlation between the outer and inner worlds may become apparent. This silence and minimalism has a deep place in the Tantric unfolding and it is something that be cherished.
HANUMAN THE TEACHER
OF THE SECRETS OF BREATH
Tales tell of Hanuman being the child of the Apsara Anjana. Apsaras are said to be celestial beings come from the star constellation of Gandharva. They are beings who live by the order of grace, beauty and melody.
Hanuman’s father Kesare was the forest chief of the earthy monkey-like beings known as the Vanaras.
In deep prayer & yogic devotion
the pregnant mother summoned the wind into her womb
& gave birth to Hanuman.
That is why Hunuman is called
the Child of the Wind
& to the Yogins is the teacher of breath.
Hanuman is also known as Shiv-Ruup, which translates as ‘having the spirit and power of Shiva’.
Hanuman’s mother summoned and raised the Shiva force, carried by the Praan of her devotional focus on the eternal Yogi that is Shiva.
Thus Hunuman is also considered to be an incarnation of Shiva.
Hanuman was a devotee of the Goddess and of the god Sita Raam. The story tells that when his devotion was questioned he would reveal his bare heart which contained nothing other than pure devotion to Sita Raam
That is why the Hunuman Mudra
is the physical pulling of the chest apart
to reveal our heart’s true devotion.
Hanuman had power and poise; his blessing is the Yogic flow of the sublime and subtle-most element of wind known as Praan. Hanuman is the noble and poised Monkey who can fly through the sky… swifter than the wind. His breath opens beyond the terrestrial.
A teaching legend tells of Hunuman attempting to eat the sun and getting injured as a result, for he took the sun to be a mango. This story has many layers of meaning. One of these meanings relates of the dangers of psychic and physical injury when raising heat through Pranayam without knowledge and restraint to control it.
The Yogins apply the Chandra Bhand (‘Moon Lock’) Mudra that has cooling effects on Pranic heat that is raised through Tapasya (focused effort).
Focused effort creates psychic heat. Chandra Bhand is a way to cool the heat for raising Prana safely in advanced breath practices.
BRIDGE BETWEEN POLARITIES
Another legends tells of when Hanuman was separated from Sita and Raam to whom he was devoted.
Sita being cooling energy, and representing the Moon; Ram being heat, and representing the Sun.
Hanuman is Praan and represents the life in the breath that unites lunar and solar force.
The story relates that once when Hanuman was separated from the Sita and Raam, Raam was left suffocating until the three of them were reunited… for fire can’t live without air.
It is a tale about the importance of maintaining a balance between all the elements and to not fall into the illusion of imbalance that one is be favorable over the others. Balance is of the utmost if harmony is to prevail.
The Tantric brings the two polar opposite aspects of fire & water, or hot & cold, or Moon & Sun into balance through devotion to the life inherent in breath. This is the inner symbol inherent to the story of the union between Sita, Ram and Hanuman.
MOON & BREATH
Within the Tantric mirror of nature, the Full Moon represents the monthly pinnacle of Pranic strength in the atmosphere & the body. On this day the Pranic and fluidic pressures are most potent in the physical atmosphere, and are therefore mirrored within ourselves.
Practice of Pranayam, fasting from food and sleep is the Tantric approach at the full Moon that yields opening of the psychic and spiritual layers of oneself.
Spring is the time when the Praan and Shakti force leaves the ground and enters the atmosphere. Praan is at its strongest in the Spring season and it’s energy is sparked by the full Moon.
AN OFFERING TO NATURE
In line with the Tantric approach to nature, this is the day of Pranayam.
The inner and outer atmosphere offers much nourishment in this endeavour.
Nature starts to flourish because of this influx of atmospheric Praan.
This planetary occurrence is stirred and initiated to the utmost on the day when the Springtime Moon of Hanuman receives the full force of solar light. This is the natural basis at the root of the annual ritual day of Haunuman.
Red, orange and yellow flowers are offered on this day.
This represents the offering to the Moon of the Shakti that sits in the base, sexual and solar Chakras that share these colours. This is the Union of Sita Raam and Hanuman. It is the breath of unification that makes two into one.
Nature at this time of the year mirrors this… as the flowers break through, and the season springs forth from its previously inward state.
THE MONKEY LIVES
IN THE FOUNDATIONAL CHAKRAS
The Monkey power comes from the lower chakras. We can see this when we practice the Bandhar Karana practices of Tantra. This translates as ‘doing of Monkey’.
These are the Tantra practices that mimic monkey movements and work with a lot of crouching Mudra to focus and concentrate the sexual energy in the lower Chakras. They are practiced up to and on the Monkey Moon day.
The Monkey Mudras bring agility and springy life-force to the root of the body, we observe such agility in monkeys. The wrestlers of India prize this agility and worship Hanuman as their patron deity.
With the full Monkey Moon of Hanuman, the concentrated Shakti at the 3 foundational Chakras starts to draw upwards.
As the tide rises to its peak, so too do the physical and psychic fluids within us.
The Monkey Full Moon of Hanuman is a time when the lunar sway draws upwards and connects the forces of the 3 foundational Chakras with the upper Chakras. The 3 foundational Chakras lay the Kalabhand, as it is known to the Tantrics.
This is the ‘The Dark Bridge’ and is physically represented by the Diaphragm. The Chakras above the Kalabhand are the subtle reflection of the foundation. The Kalabhand can be likened to the point where the seed springs forth into flower.
It is the line where two works meet.
When considering the religious inflections upon sacred days such as the birthday Moon of Hanuman, it gives us insight if we bear in mind that the Tantric culture is a ‘pagan-style tradition’ that speaks the language of Nature. It is based on the tuning-in and listening-to Nature.
In the Tantric Calendar the Monkey Full Moon of Hanuman is considered most propitious for working with issues in the 3 foundational Chakras and accessing the life inherent in what is buried.
Unresolved issues and traumas are like seeds of flowering potential when they are nourished by our focus.
Upon the Hanuman ritual Moon, the Tantric attempts to nourish and open courageously the latent seeds unto the sacred heart… Just like Hanuman does.”