In Hindu symbolism a monkey signifies the human mind which is ever restless. We cannot control the world around us but we can control our mind by strict discipline. Hanuman is symbolic of the perfect mind which has achieved its highest potential. His name gives a clue to this. “Han” means to annihilate and “man” means mind, thus indicating one who has controlled his mind. He is the true picture of the Sthitha Prajna (liberated man) of the Bhagavad Gita.
Hanuman had no desire for name or fame. He preferred to live in mountains and caves. He practiced total brahmacharya which was a very strange thing for a simian. Even when he lived with Sri Rama in the palace he lived like a hermit without indulging the senses. This was what gave him so much spiritual power. If yoga is the ability to control the mind, then Hanuman is the perfect yogi, having perfect mastery over his senses, achieved through a disciplined lifestyle and strict adherence to celibacy and undeviating devotion to his master. He has absolute faith in his master. Every event in his life is a gift from his master to be accepted without question. His life is a classic example to be followed by all devotees of God in any form. He shows us how a devotee should spend his or her life so as to reach the Supreme. It is said that Narada once asked Brahma to tell him who he considered to be the greatest devotee of Shri Vishnu. No doubt the sage thought his own name would be first in the list. However Brahma directed him to Prahlada, king of the Asuras for whose sake Shri Vishnu had taken the avatara of Narasimha. Prahlada with his characteristic humility told him to approach Hanuman who was the greatest devotee of Shri Vishnu since he chanted the name of Rama constantly. 🕉🙏🏻🕉 Jai Shri Ram ~ Jai Mahavir Hanuman 🙏🏻🕉🙏🏻