Bhakti yoga gets triggered as soon as we utter a name of God with a wish to reach him. By the continual remembrance of the Divine, every action in our life becomes a step towards realizing our eternal relationship with him. And the yoga concludes when nothing but God and his love (bhakti) fill our mind. At this point, jivas on earth experience their relationship with God for some time and hand over their soul to God. But for Lord Hanuman in the Ramayana, the conclusion of Bhakti Yoga triggers another cycle of bhakti. Instead of leaving earth for the company of Rama alone, he opts to stay here forever so that we, the jivas, may have continuous access to the name of Rama.
Lord Hanuman’s devotion is not about sitting in seclusion to chant Rama’s name. He never announces his renunciation, for he was never bound. Quite the opposite, he reaches out to the weakest beings to eliminate their pain and misery, protects the righteous, attends every gathering where Rama’s name is remembered, and becomes the link between Rama and his devotees. A characteristic feature of his dasya bhava (devotional mood to serve) for the Lord, as mentioned in the Hanuman Chalisa, is his “keenness” in working for Rama. Because Hanuman’s bhakti begins where the bhakti of a jiva ends, it can never be mimicked but can only be revered. However, we can learn from the paradigm he creates and add bits of selfless service in our own path of devotion.