Years ago, during a conversation with content creator Ingrid Nilsen, Obama revealed that he always carries the statuette of Lord Hanuma and seeks inspiration from it whenever he feels tired or discouraged.
Obama, who was serving as the US president then, revealed that he keeps a series of small totems, each of which he said reminded him "of all the different people I've met along the way."
These tokens, ranging from rosary beads gifted by Pope Francis to a tiny Buddha and a metal poker chip from a biker he met in Iowa, hold special significance for him. Among those are the statuettes of Lord Hanuman, a revered deity in Hinduism known for his courage, immense strength, and divine protection.
Lord Hanuman's significance in Hindu mythology cannot be overstated. He is a figure worshipped by millions, known for his unwavering devotion to Lord Ram and his extraordinary powers. Lord Hanuman embodies the perfect blend of strength, intelligence, and wisdom. His legendary feats, vividly captured in the epic Ramayana, depict his fearless and devoted service, making him a shining example of a bhakti yogi. Additionally, he is recognized as the Uttam Bramhchari, a trait recommended by elders for every child and student to emulate.
Obama clarified that while he doesn't consider himself superstitious, these tokens serve as powerful reminders of the privilege he has been given to work on vital issues affecting people's lives. He shared, "If I feel tired, or I feel discouraged sometimes, I can kind of reach into my pocket and say yeah, that's something I can overcome because somebody gave me the privilege to work on these issues that are going to affect them."
This revelation not only sheds light on Obama's personal beliefs but also highlights the universal appeal of Lord Hanuman's story and the values he represents. As a symbol of courage, devotion, and wisdom, Lord Hanuman continues to inspire people from diverse backgrounds, including influential figures like Barack Obama, reminding us all of the importance of staying grounded and inspired in our own journeys.
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