❖ DAY ONE ❖
One of the definitions of the word Breath in the dictionary is SPIRIT or ANIMATION. And the word SPIRIT is defined as: an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms.
In a way BREATH and SPIRIT carry the same meaning which in essence is:
THAT WHICH SUSTAINS LIFE.
Do you remember the last time you tried to hold your breath for as long as you could?
Let’s try doing that again today, and while doing so, gently bring your awareness to the vacuum space that exists between every inhale and exhale.
How did you feel as you contained your breath within?
What arises within you when you contemplate the meaning of BREATH?
You may begin writing in your journal.
When we start to become aware of our breath, naturally, an awareness of a Higher Power starts to emerge within our consciousness. An awareness of this incredible presence that moves in all things, which animates all living things. This essence, which gives life to everything, is manifested in our breath. This Higher Intelligence, that is operating on its own every single day whether we pay attention to it or not, for the whole duration of a lifetime of a being.
How powerful is this breath!
When I think of Breath, I immediately feel a sense of reverence for it.
An inner recognition of its power, knowing only one thing that remains true:
when this breath ceases, life ceases in this physical form for all animated beings.
I AM ONE WITH THE BREATH.
I AM ONE WITH THE DIVINE.
I bow, I bow again and again to Anjani’s son, Hanuman
Jaya Seeyaa Raama,
Jai Jai Hanumaan
Victory to Sita and Ram, Victory to Hanuman
Victory over the darkness of suffering…
Jaya Bajrangbalee, Baba Hanuman
Victory to the one with the body of a thunderbolt
My Baba, Hanuman.
Sankata Mochan kripaa nidhaan
You are home of all Grace.
Destroy all my problems, calamities and sufferings.
In the Yoga tradition of India, Mantra carries the vibrational power of that which you are meditating upon. It is not necessary to understand the literal meaning of the mantra per se, although it would benefit the logical mind to assimilate its meaning, but ultimately, we recite mantras to experience the vibration of each sound and syllable.
In the Ramayana, one of sacred texts of India, one Being is revered as the Son of the God of Wind and his name is Hanuman.
Hanuman is pure devotion, humility and strength – He is the perfect being.
Maharaj-ji said, "Hanuman is the breath of Ram," the breath of God. God is not far away from us but as close as our breath. Symbolically Hanuman represents the breath, our constant companion and aid along the spiritual path. He is the son of the wind, (Vayu) the very essence of prana (vital energy) itself. Whenever we need increased power and vitality Hanuman is there for us. Our breath and prana for it is breath that serves the divine within us all.
Therefore, Hanuman is also called Pranadeva, or the God of Breath or Life.