Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Finding a Teacher

Although as a child Hanuman tried to swallow the sun, on growing up, he sought out the Sun god for education. He ascertained that Surya, as Sun is known in the Sanskrit texts, was the all encompassing teacher with immense levels of knowledge. Hanuman raised his body into an orbit around the sun and requested that Surya accept him as a student. Surya was not easily to be cajoled into accepting anyone as a student. Thus he refused, claiming that as he always had to be on the move in his chariot, it would be impossible for Hanuman to learn effectively. This did not deter Hanuman's zest for a good teacher. In order to impress his teacher, Hanuman enlarged his body; he placed one leg on the eastern ranges and the other on the western ranges and with his face turned toward the sun, made his request again. This pleased Surya no end. He was very impressed by the persistence and respect shown by this young student. He thus accepted him as a student.

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