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Dreaming of Hanuman October 30, 2008

I love Indian mythology. Trying to find time to read the full translated versions of some of India’s great legends and stories can be challenging in my life so I have discovered a great compromise: read the stories from children’s books and that way mummy gets to study and my kids get a great bed time story. Sometimes you have to find a way to fulfill your dharma a little more creatively.

My daughter is really taken with the monkey Hanuman. I even love how she says it. I brought her back a t-shirt made by Third Eye Threads from my yoga training in Boston. It has a very girlie Hanuman doing titibasana on it. My daughter was beyond thrilled. I spent the next two nights reading children’s versions of the Ramayana.

I remember the first time I told Maddy the story of how Hanuman helped Rama rescue Sita. We went to satsang in Maui with Ram Dass. He had a beautiful wall banner of Hanuman and he started his talk with “so I guess we have to talk about the monkey..”.As he told the Ramayana , and how that related to his teachings of unconditional love and devotion he received from his teacher Neem Karoli Baba, I whispered the story to Maddy in kids speak. “The monkey is scared but he loves Rama so much it makes him brave. He runs and runs and jumps…all the way to the island where Princess Sita is being held by the evil King Ravana.”

We were the only people there with small children and my husband was worried about the fidgeting but we found everyone was so welcoming. I think Maddy fell for the monkey that night. She also likes Ganesha but I think how he got his head disturbs her a little….

I am always looking for new books on Indian mythology for my kids. My son is heavy into Greek and Roman mythology so I am currently looking for youth books on Indian mythology. If anyone out there has any good suggestions I would love to hear them.

And yes that is a real picture- no set up. That is exactly how I found her when I went to check on her the other night…dreaming of Hanuman.


6 Responses to “Dreaming of Hanuman”

  1. Marcia Says:

    now this posting I love! our kids resources are all Buddhist- I love it when my son reads the Buddhist Animal Wisdom stories cover to cover, or we talk about the story in Zen Shorts where the young monk “carries” some anger that he really didn’t need to pick up. Thanks for sharing your ideas about keeping close to family and teaching the young ones!
    ps my dtr thinks your dtr is cute!

  2. Pamela Walsh Says:

    Okay, I love this too! I would really appreciate any recommendations of books. Hanuman is one of my favorites, though I really don’t know very many stories. We should build a book list for kids …. a new web page on the blog for sure, don’t you think?

    Happy Halloween,

  3. shibuiyoga Says:

    The book Maddy is reading was from Usborne press which makes fantastic kids books but I want something a little onger and meatier for my older son. I may have found one on Amazon.com so if I get it I will let you know.

  4. Pamela Walsh Says:

    I really like Usborne books. They’re great. Will be interested in your impressions of the book you ordered.

  5. Michelle Says:

    Ahh – stories. Maddy Jane the monkey.

  6. Leanne Says:

    She is a monkey!

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