22 Feb Hanuman or the Way of the Wind
Who has not dreamed of overleaping all obstacles? Who, tired of endlessly boxing with a recalcitrant reality has never felt like ending the bout once and for all, the sparring that leaves us reeling and groggy, and with one powerful leap find himself on the other side? Far from the exhausting back-breaking roads, on a path that is light, on the way of the wind.
According to Hindu mythology it is Hanuman who can lead us onto this path. Because to fly on the path of the wind one must become the wind, and Hanuman is the prince of the air, “Vayuputra” or the son of Vayu, God of the Wind. And what is the wind if not that which outmaneuvers all hindrances, bypasses obstacles, finds the opening and plunges into it; chooses to caress or strike, has no fixed form yet can take any form, always perfectly filling the space it occupies, always the exact measure of any adversary?
This series, Tales and Legends of India, was originally started with the aim of providing the modern reader with a glimpse of the fascinating, but infinitely complex world of Indian sensibility. Today’s mind is at times taken aback by the superimposition of different worlds in the old Indian stories. This characteristic is not the fruit of a labored aestheticism, but is the sign of a mentality that always tries to describe terrestrial life not in outer terms, but in terms of what it hides. It is a mentality that sees the field of human action as always surrounded and influenced by other forces that one could qualify as cosmic in nature. For the Greek spirit the light of the sun is its natural atmosphere, but for the ancient Indian spirit the sun is a golden veil that hides wonders that it desires ardently to possess. Ours is not a scholarly venture but an attempt to suggest through certain stories, told in as living and simple a language as possible, a key to understanding the culture and genius of India.
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