A Monkey, a Mango, and a Sun Salutation

In the previous post of this series, "Yogic Process and Plato's Allegory of the Cave", I explored how Plato's allegory of the myth beautifully represents the yogic process of arising out of the illusion of a contracted self and its self-limiting beliefs. Today, I want to discuss one of the myths behind the sun salutation, a sequence of yoga postures that will be very familiar to the seasoned asana practitioner. This story is about dear Hanuman, the monkey god from the Hindu pantheon.

When Hanuman was just a little monkey god, he was completely enamored by the sun, because he thought the sun was, in fact, a giant mango. He dreamed of his opportunity to suck the sweet juice out of that King of mangos and finally resolved one day to make it his for the eating. He bent his knees deeply and sprung from the earth towa

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