Obama and the Hanuman Chalisa, word-for-word


President Obama carries in his pocket a figurine of the Hindu deity Hanuman – the embodiment of the divine strength that arises from humble, devoted service.  Tonight, I adapted this page from the Neem Karoli Baba website to create a PDF of a word-by-word translation of the Hanuman Chalisa, a hymn of forty verses many bhakti-yogis sing to remind us of the story and character of Hanuman, told in the great Ramayana epic — which Obama read as a young man in Indonesia. I’ve made the PDF  so that it’s one front-and-back sheet of paper you can print and use to sing along to a recording or can inexpensively reprint and conveniently distribute for kirtan.  Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Obama and the Hanuman Chalisa, word-for-word

  1. Yes, may Hanuman ever bless President Obama and all of us with the spirit of service to Lord Ram! Here’s a video of Obama celebrating Diwali 2009. It starts with a capella song by Penn students — then Obama speaks at 6 minutes, and at 13:30 he lights the White House diya and a local priest from our Sri Siva Vishnu temple singing the Asatoma mantra — in the White House! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VRb9lGjeFY

  2. excellent piece of work. i wish all of hindu scriptures are translated like this. thank you very much. Jai Hanuman !

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