Your assistants dragged me ! but you honor me ! i don’t understand…..’ Yamadharmaraja replied ‘even I don’t understand your greatness; how can they ? You chanted kriSNa’s name once in your lifetime’ Azhwars says .. …. namanum Murkalanum pEsa, narakil nindrArgaL kEtpa narakamE Svargam Agum nAmangaL udaya nambi


The  revered  Azhwars and Acharyars  take up upon themselves the burden of saving men who LORD gives up hopelessly for the reluctance in seeking HIM .

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Do Acharyars really possess these virtue ?

An example is quoted from scriptures

By a Rishi’s curse a saint was consigned to the nether region , the hellish planets   . The saint he was continued to follow his  devotional  practices with all sincerity .

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The demons  noting that the person could be a  faction from devas , harassed him with their weapons . But as he was a devotee of LORD Sriman Narayana he proved invulnerable to them .

The worried demons approached their guru Shukra for a suggestion to wound the  arrived devotee . Shukra suggested , My dears !! Begin by abstracting his love for Sri Hari  and rest is assured for him to be in your grip …

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The demons put on the disguise of devotees and making friendship  with the saint practically explained that Sri Hari had neglected him so far even down to his confinement in the nether regions  and hellish planets ,  and thus could certainly not be worthy of worship . They spoke ill about Sri Hari relating to his  deep misfortune .

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All the efforts to rob his love to Sri Hari  proved futile , but parallely the saint exhibited a great compassion in his heart for the demons at sight  of the profundity of their sinfulness.The saint  supplicated  LORD to exhibit his abundant mercy on these  sinful men  for their offences . The saints prayers had instant effect .The demons turned into friends and were anon taken to Lord’s abode of bliss .Thus the power of salvation vested in LORD manifests itself with redoubled vigour in the members of HIS holy  abode …

 Kulasekshara Azhwar wonders at the propensity of people to live lives steeped in sin, when there is any number of the Lord’s names, which one could chant and think about, capable of instantly cleansing of them of all sins. Why could one not say “Ananta”, “Vaikunta”, “Mukunda”, “Krishna”, ”Govinda”, “Damodara”, “Madhava” etc., which are incredibly sweet on the tongue and also act as purifiers, wonders Azhwar in the verses of ” Mukunda mala”

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“ananta Vaikuntta Mukunda Krishna GOvinda DAmOdara MAdhava iti

vaktum samartthOpi na vakti kaschit ahO! JanAnAm vyasana abhimukhyam!”

We have seen how terrifying hell and  the demons  were in the episode .. Azhwars speak of an occasion when the entire  hell was transformed into a heavenly abode.

How could this be possible ?

  Azhwar elaborates in the following TirumAlai pAsuram—

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namanum Murkalanum pEsa, narakil nindrArgaL kEtpa

narakamE Svargam Agum nAmangaL udaya nambi

 In a glowing tribute to the glory of the Lord’s holy names, Sri Tondarappodi Azhwar recounts the episode of a conversation between Mudgala and Yamadharma raja. Mudgala was a  wicked person, guilty of several sins. On one occasion,  unknowingly , he gifted a cow to a brahmin , accompanying it with the words, “Let this be for Krishna” (“KrishNAya nama:”) as he heard this verse many times from others .

When he  left his mortal coils , and reached YamalOka,   Yamadharmaraja   received him with all respects and  honour . Mudgala was surprised and  sought the reason for the unusual reception given to him .  Yamadharmaraja  replied ,  the single word “Krishna” uttered by  you  during the “GodAnam”  , had got  rid him of all  the evil.

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 The beneficial effects of the single utterance of the Krishna nAma did not stop with Mudgala. Those residing in the hell  who listened to the conversation between Yama and Mudgala, and heard  Krishna nAmA, were instantly absolved of their sins. What is more, the entire hell was immediately transformed into heaven, lock, stock and barrel.

 Such indeed is the efficacy of the holy name of the Lord, which is capable of benefiting even those who utter or listen to it, by sheer accident, without any instinct of devotion or adulation.

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For those who are unable even to utter the short and sweet names of the Lord, Azhwar has another prescription for saving them from the fires of hell.

A mere mention of the hallowed abodes of Emperuman would, by itself, ensure that none goes to  Hell , indeed, if everyone were to just say the name of a divyadesam once, it would render the hellish worlds uninhabited and desolate, says Azhwar in the following pasuram—

“arivilA manisar ellAm arangam endru azhaippar Agil

poriyil vAzh narakam ellAm pullezhundu ozhiyum andrE”

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Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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The King of Ascetics ……..”KashAya sobhi kamaneeya sikhA nivEsam .. dandatraya ujjvala karam vimala upaveetam … udyat dinEsa nibham ullasat oordhva pundram roopam tavAstu yatirAja drisOr mamAgrE”


Few hundred years ago at Srirangam the capital of SriVaishnavam ,  the King of Ascetics ,  Jagath Acharyar  Swamy Ramanuja  showered his mercy on several citizens . Far away from the Srirangam temple there was a poor peasant named Pattini Perumal   born in the fourth varna .  An ardent devotee of LORD Ranganathar he used to sing the Azhwars pasurams with devotion and  was always immersed in the depth of his emotions .

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Swamy Ramanuja used to take the route to the kaveri river bank daily along the side of his hut . One day listening to the divine outpourings from the poor man , he stopped and went inside the hut to see the great devotee . Pattini perumal was shocked to see  Jagath Acharyar entering his hut .He offered his obeisances and seeked blessings .Both of them were immersed in the sweet ecstasy of Azhwar hymns not knowing how time passed .Swamy Ramanuja advised Pattini perumal to join the Ashramam for his devotion which was unexpected . Thus Acharyar had a congregation of great devotees of LORD irresepective of caste and creed .

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One more  interesting incident is chronicled as having taken place at the holy temple of Srirangam.  At the  ashram ,  the washerman employed to wash the clothes of agraham , one day washed LORD Ranganathar’s royal garments as well . The obedient washerman showed the clothes to Swamy Ramanujar with  all humility .

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Swamy was immensely pleased with his services . He at once took him inside the temple and walked directly inside along with the washerman. The washerman was overjoyed with Swamy’s mercy .

Swamy Ramanuja  with  all humilty   prayed and  said .

Oh .Lord!  Jagathrakshaka …!!  

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Look at this man’s service to your royal  highness .He has been so careful in washing your garments and our Agraharam  garments and been very eager to serve the temple  on many  occasions .

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Please shower your abundant blessings on this soul for his upliftment ..

 Lord smiled !  and  replied ….  My child Ramanuja  ……………………

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For the loving services rendered to us this day by him , we forgive the offence of his ancestor the washerman during our Krishna avataram. And  to this day it is the custom for the LORD to receive the  royal clothes  from the washerman just as he brings them and use it for the Lord .

No approach thus attaches to the glorious Acharyas in upliftment of a seeker . No case of  caste , creed and  colour enter their judgements .They are benevolent to the fallen souls and their only service to LORD is by uplifting the fallen souls .

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Such incidents though trivial are fraught with great significance and important issues as affecting and moulding the society ..

Every man / woman regardless of caste colour joined Swamy Ramanuja’s vasudeva kutumbam community ..

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 Jagath Acharyar  Swamy  Ramanuja  with His towering personality,  Fair complexioned- with dwAdasa oordhva pUndram (12 ThirumaN kaapu ), the pristinely pure saffron  yati (sanyaasi) robe (that adds beauty to the fair complexion further), the dark tresses curly hair of sikhA which is so charming on His moon like divine smiling face laden with compassion ( dayA) on us, (Charming and  most graceful Thirumukham), the white bright pooNool (yagnOpaveedham), the strong thridhaNdam, the lovely Lotus feet..

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Oh Lord! What a sight It could have been, to those Srivaishnavas must have been blessed with!

How fortunate must have the citizens been those days to be graced by Acharyar  walking so gracefully with such an enchanting personality, with great revered disciples Swamy  KooratthAzhwAn,  MudaliANdaan, Embaar, young  Bhattar, Kidaambhi Acchaan, Nadathur Azhwan, Thirukkurugai piraan pillan, Ananthazhwan, kidambi Acchan,  seven hundred Yathis , seventy four simhadhipathis who have given us abundant wealth of knowledge ..

As  the dear disciple of Swamy Ramanuja  , Thiruvarangath Amudanar quotes ,

kaNdukoN dEnem iraamaa NnusanRannai kaaNdalumE
thoNdukoN dEn_avan thodtar_poR RaaLil_en thollai ven^n^Oy
viNdukoN dEn_avan seerveLLa vaariyai vaaymaduththin
RuNdukoN dEn,innam uRRana Othil ulappillaiyE….

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Having  seen  Swamy  Ramanuja- what a sight it is indeed,  which  makes one   eager  to serve the golden feet of his devotees; Now that  taken just a sip from this ocean of auspicious qualities  all my past karmaas  have been  destroyed.

Satyam satyam Punah Satyam, YathirAjO Jagath Guru…………………

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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THE ROSE GARLAND THAT WAS TOO HEAVY FOR LORD KRISHNA


  This incident happened few hundred years back  near Mathura . One day King Akbar on a routine check   goes in disguise  towards Fathepur Sikri near Mathura and   halts at Mathura.  His servant   who wishes to impress his king wants to gift him something . Knowing   Akbar  is a   lover of roses he  decides to get a rose garland for his King…
 

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The servant anxiously    rushes towards the  local market to buy  the best roses.  He finds one shop  displaying wonderful  colorful fragrant  roses.  Walking ahead  he decides to take them and offer the same to his Master .
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 He  finds a man  inside  the shop   already paying cash for the deal of buying  the same garland of rose  flowers  along with   baskets of loose flowers.  (  as he  had an ardent desire to  make a huge bungalow of rose  flowers for the LORDSHIPS . ..) .
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Akbar’s servant was adamant with the strong desire  to impress his King . He  tells  the  shop keeper  that he would pay more for the same roses  that was given by this man .
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Amused , the man looks  around and replies  to the servant  ,  how can you do that when I already purchased all those roses? The discussion starts in the presence of the shop keeper ..
 Looking at the  new entrant , the  innocent man he was , he  asked him who he was ?
Akbar’s servant with much pride  on his face replied ….
Look !!  I am the royal servant of King Akbar and  you know  Jahapana Badhasha Akbar loves roses ….
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 Being his servant …. My desire is to make  him happy  !!! So please allow me to have them with the best price I can pay ..
A thought raced in the mind . of this man  ..
..When one servant is filled with so much of attitude  to  serve the king !!!
Why  should  I not be  filled with more attitude being  a  servant of Lord  who is the King of The Kings in the world.
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Braving himself he said to the shop keeper  Look !  I would pay  any thing for the roses .. 
The bargain begun ….
Both started bidding, 1 rupee, 2, 5, 20, 50 Rupees….
The servant did not really have that much amount but kept on bidding, neither the  mathura man  had so much of amount.
However  ,  the bid finally  ended  for Rs 100 / – which was very big amount those days …
Akbar’s  servant vanished as he could not face the price …………………
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 Now the same flowers was sold to  Mathura man for Rs 100 / .  As he  did not have that big amount with him ,  he   wished for some time  …..
He went back and  sold his  jewels, everything that was with him and  gave it to the shopkeeper  . Pleased he  took those flowers and submitted to the Head Priest of Srinathjee Temple  and requested him for   decorating the flowers  in  the temple and  make a flower bungalow for  LORDSHIPS.
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Out there  Santh Vithalnathi the descendant  of Acharya Sri Vallabacharya was serving LORD  Shrinathj decorating those fragrant flowers .  The Lordships were adorned with fragrant flowers The darshan was splendid .  The devotees thronged to have darshan of LORD in huge numbers .. The time  for afternoon rituals arrived .

The Priest was about to  perform Mangala Haarathi  and he was amazed to notice  Lord Shrinathjis head bowed.

Priest Vithalnathji  was surprised .  He silently closed the inner doors of the  temple altar and  with tears  pleaded LORD to forgive him … and  pleads   pardon   assuming  that there could have been some pain  in  LORD’s neck which forced him to bow his head 
Lord Shrinathji replied – Yes ! My child …

 

Today I  cannot  bare the load of this  rose garland which was  honored by that innocent man . This  is the most expensive because its been purchased with so much of  love for me .
This  man from Mathura made me bow said the LORD ..
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 Lord commanded to the priest …..Get that nice man here immediately …..  Vithalnathji asked his disciples to search for this man  at Mathura.

  The innocent man was located in the same flower market . He was requested to at once accompany them to the temple . The urge to have darshan of LORD made him literally run ..

With  his eyes filled with tears seeing the mercy and love of God towards him he  falls like an uprooted tree  under Lords  lotus feets.  Lord Shrinathji picks him & hugs him for the devotion ..

Any material thing lost or sold is always in the favor of a true devotee. . Only love towards the supreme Lord comes with us who leads  the soul to liberate from this mundane world..
.The real result is ecstatic love of  Lord Krsna: 
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patram pushpam phalam toyam   yo me bhaktya prayacchati

tad aham bhakty-upahritam  asnami prayatatmanah

Adapted from a discourse from an advanced devotee
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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Naattuku Pollan ……Namakku Nallavan …Though the whole world is against you ..We are always for you ..


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Nallan was a disciple of Swamy Ramanuja .He was an ardent devotee of LORD VARADAR at Kancheepuram . Attending classes at Ashram of Swamy Ramanuja , his bhakthi towards Lord Varadar increased manifold . Any services for his Acharyar was cheerfully obeyed . Once it so happened , Swamy Ramanuja had to leave Kancheepuram on an important  mission .  Nallan accompanied till the banks of the river vegavathi and seeked permission to return .

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While returning on the banks of the river he found some object floating from a far distance .He moved near the banks and saw a  corpse floating . He looked closely and found the corpse bore vaishnava symbols of discuss and conch on its shoulders . Nallan immediately jumped into the river .He carefully brought the corpse to the shore .

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With deep respects he carried out the funeral rites . The ceremony went on well with his  dedication . However his relatives abandoned him . During the final rites  when food was to be  served to the brahmins . No one supported his noble en devour  in taking places .

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Exhausted , he prayed his adorable LORD VARADAR to help him ……………………

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All of a sudden ,  an  attractive  vedic priest  approached  him . He was looking very handsome  showering opulence . Braving himself , he offered his obeisances and requested him to  accept the food being served . The priest smiled  at him and  accepted the honors . Nallan could not move his eyes from his radiance .He had tears gushing on the priests  humility in accepting his service when the entire village were aghast with his noble act .

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At the end , he took his blessings and  thanked him for considering his request , when the whole village were  against him  .The priest replied with a bewitching smile …….

.. Nattuku Pollan ..Namakku nallavan ….. …. ….meaning ….

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 Though the whole world is against you ..We are always for  you … and then vanished in thin air …

Nallan understood … It was Lord Varadar who walked down to save him …

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 Another incident similar to this took place in Maharashtra few hundred years back .Santh Eknath was an ardent devotee of Lord Panduranga  of Pandharapur . An advanced saint who moved with all  the people seeing Hari in every one .

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One day Eknath was performing his ancestral rituals. Two strangers   happened to pass by his house and understood that a feast was being prepared smelling  the aroma in the surroundings . They were discussing that it would be good if they could get this food. Eknath on listening , called them and  offered them the food that was being prepared. They were pleased with Eknaaths humility .

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The invited  Brahmans who had come for the ceremony  could not digest the respect given to the strangers  .They immediately left the place on seeing this.  The news spread like a fire . All  the Brahmins in the village on  hearing  this started speaking ill  for  distributing  the food that was prepared for ancestral ceremony to some out castes before completing the ceremony.

They decided that no one  shall attend the  ceremony . They then  decided  that none  in the village would mingle with him and  have any contact with him .

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Eknath had to prepare food again for the ceremony  though it was getting late .  Eknath was now worried that he would not be able to feed the Brahmans after the ritual is over as no one would come to his house .

Eknath  offered prayers to Sri Hari and  started performing the rituals . As no one was prepared to attend the ceremony , he kept the 1st kurcham thinking of Sri Hari .  Lord Vitthal  arrived  and sat down to have the food.

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As soon as LORD arrived , other  demi gods  along with  his forefathers who were  invited  during the ceremony came down and took the food directly. After the ceremony ,  they blessed Eknath  and disappeared.

. Another  incident in the life of Santh Namdev is related to illustrate this truth. Namdev along with fellow devotees once undertook the pilgrimage  and brought  the holy water of the Ganga  on return . This pilgrimage was undertaken at a time when there was no transport available and devotees often undertook the entire journey on foot. The weather was unbearably hot and the terrain they had to traverse tested the endurance of even the most faithful among them. When they had almost reached their destination they came upon a frail donkey on the verge of dying due to thirst. Everyone except Namdev passed by without any consideration for its predicament but not the saint. He stopped and alleviated the donkey’s misery by quenching its thirst with the holy Ganga water he was carrying with him. All his friends were taken aback by his act and ridiculed Namdev for throwing away all the merit he would have gained by completing the pilgrimage. No sooner had they chided Namdev the donkey became transformed  to the wonder of his friends. The saint had seen only the Lord suffering in the form of the donkey and hence did not hesitate to offer it water. True to the unitive vision Namdev had,  LORD HARI  appeared to him at the spot   as he made his offering……

Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita  says , “  A  Yogin is the  one who, out of a sense of identity with others on account of the perception of the same Self in all, feels their joy and suffering as his own………………………

Adapted from a discourse shared by an advanced devotee 

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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At Tirumala …. Lord Venkateshwara Abhisheka vaibhavam …….. VenkaTAdri samam sthAnam brahmANDe nAsti kinchana …venkateSa samo devo …. na bhUto na bhaviSyati……..


 The Lord of the seven hills is the Lord of the universe. The special significance of Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala lies in the fact that it is the oldest religious institutions in the world where unbroken religious worship is being carried on for over 1,500 years by revered Acharyas and millions of pilgrims  reach the holy abode more than any other temple in the world .The temple is held in high  veneration by many devotees

The average number of piligrims who seek darshan is about 50,000 to 1,00,000  daily and on festivals double this .The emotional outpourings of the great Azhwars makes one rush to this sacred hills to have  HIS  darshan . Mere listening to the wondrous compositions of his noblest and humblest devotees, like Annamacharya  Tyagaraja  and Purandara Dasa suffices. They combine the quintessence of the Vedas and the Upanishads.

Everything begins and ends or is reduced to sunyam (nothingness) before him, while the infinite world pens to the sincere seeker with an infinitesimal offering. This is because spiritual wealth through devotion is the basis of life .

VenkaTAdri samam sthAnam  brahmANDe nAsti kinchana

venkateSa samo devo    na bhUto na bhaviSyati!

There is no place in the entire universe that equals Venkatadri , the place where  Lord resides ………and there is no Lord, either in the past nor in the future…….                                                            who  shall equal  Lord Venkateswara.

  Tirumala is one of the seven Swayam Vyaktha Kshetrams . Tradition has it, that hands of man did not work for the dhruva bera  ( Main deity  )  of Lord Venkateswara .  Lord out of His own will, and abundant mercy had appeared at TIRUMALA and continues to stay here for this age Kaliyuga

  This ageless temple of Lord Venkateswara is located a top the Tirumala Hill at an elevation of 3,000 feet .The abode of Lord Venkateshwara  stands unique as an embodiment of man’s eternal quest for the divine and  seeking His infinite grace.

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pilgrimage to the sacred Hills is a soul-stirring experience cherished by every devotee. Even atheists and rationalists admit a sense of humility and the presence of the Lord here .As one approaches the  inner sanctum ,  a strong pull towards LORD is experienced. The soul identifies its existence in this body and regrets its foolishness in remaining in several bodies for several births and ignoring HIS love for us.  Lord Venkateswara is also known as Pratyaksha Daivam (manifest divinity) who  helps his devotees in distress .

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Nammazhwar categorically relives his musings in a verse…

pOkinRa kaalangaL   pOya kaalangaL*    pOku kaalangaL,

* thaay thandhai  uyi-raaginRaay*

unnai _naan adaindhEn viduvEnO,?

paaginRa tholpugaz moovulakukkum*

naathanE! paramaa,*

thaNvENGkadam mEkinRaay*

thaNdhuzaay virai_ naaRukaNNiyanE.

At all times past, present and future 

Oh Lord!!! 

You are my mother, my father my very life itself …and …your holiness having reached you, Oh Lord!! Will I ever let you go?

Oh lord of the three worlds …   Oh Supreme One! With your eternal fame, so far-reaching, with the fragrant cool garland of tulasi leaves …….You grace the cool Venkata hill.

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  Few come out with rain of tears and a few feeling relived, and a few want more to just be there looking at HIM..  doing  nothing more ……like an infant cuddling in the arms of his mother asking nothing ……………………………

All men irrespective of religion, status, caste, and creed make several trips in their lives to worship the LORD, as they are our divine parents for ever.

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 At Tirumala  apart from having sarva darshanam , devotees participate in   daily  Arjitha sevas such as Suprabatha seva  , Thomala seva, Archana Seva , Kalyanaotsavam,  Arjitha brahmotsavam, dolotsavam, Sahasradeepalankarana seva , vasanthothsavam, Ekantha seva conducted at different times in a day . Apart from the daily seva , weekly sevas  that comprises of Vishesha pooja on Monday ,Ashtadalapada padmaaradhana on Tuesday , Sahsrakalshabhishekam on Wednesday, Thiruppavada sevai on Thursday and   Abhishekam             ( Vastralankarana sevai ) on Friday   conducted in a grand manner .

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Among all the above darshanams ,the Vastralankara seva   ( Abhishekam )/(Thirumanjanam)  on Friday early hours  is most cherished  darshan for any devotee , as  one has the great fortune to be in the temple inner sanctum for more than two hours having darshan of Lord amongst vedic chants and  azhwars’s  divya prabhanda sevakalam

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For this wonderful darshan the devotee is supposed to report one day in advance on Thursday. On Friday early hours around 2 AM, the ubhaydhaare reports at Vaikuntam queue complex for Arjitha seva ticket verification.

 Hearing suprabhatam being recited inside the temple and silently chanting the same………

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. ( the origin of the suprabhatam or wishing of  an auspicious dawn was penned by His holiness sri P.B.Annan 600 years ago * the divine pastime is shared in the below appended post )

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At TIRUMALA… “ Its not the darshan you get . It is the darshan ” LORD” bestows”.


 The ardent desire of any devotee is to seek an everlasting darshan of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala  and…  If this darshan is without any  physical disturbance or interference by the volunteers ,  the soul dances in ecstasy. There is no dearth of pilgrims who wouldn’t stop gushing about their opportune darshan lasting for even a  fraction of second or so with our  beloved LORD  while there are so many others who  excitedly wait  for  Lord’s  darshan patiently  even for days  .

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Tradition has it, that hands of man did not work for the dhruva bera  ( Main deity )of Lord Venkateswara .

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The Supreme Lord with abundant mercy manifested himself in the present form that could easily be worshiped by mortals. It is described in Mousala Parvam  of Sri Mahabharatam  that when  Supreme Lord Krishna decided to complete His incarnation, a divine play was enacted.   After the  fall of Yadu dynasty , Lord Krishna was resting under a tree  in a forest with his feet on one another. A hunter from behind the thick grasses saw only his sole and toes. Mistaking the sole of the foot and toes that were pinkish amidst the thick grass and due to the distance he assumed it for a deer grazing in the forest. He shot a poisoned arrow that struck Lord Krishna lotus feet. The repentant hunter apologized  and understood it was a divine providence that had the sanction  of LORD and he was just a participant in Lord’s divine play .

While  Lord  Krishna was preparing to ascend to Sri vaikuntam,  the  three crore demigods headed by Brahma and Paramasivan  arrived and started glorifying  LORD   by reciting Purusha Suktam.  LORD disappeared from this place Prabhasa Theertham near  Dwaraka , in the form of parama jyothi.

check the appended  blog post for more details

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/mukthi-dwaraka-prabhasa-theertham/

When the jyoti ( Efflugence )  reached Suryamandalam, it transformed into a deity and descended on Tirumala Hills .

The moment  Lord Krishna disappeared, Kali yugam began  and to save His devotees from Kali, Lord decided to manifest himself  at  Tirumala… As the hymn reverberates……..

“Krite Nrisimha Bhoothosou ..

Tretaayaam Raghunandanah ….

Dwaapare Vaasudevas Cha ……

kalao Vemkatanaayakah………………….                  meaning …

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“While Sri Narasimha was the Lord of Kritayuga, SriRama (Raghunandana) was the Lord of Treta yuga, SriKrishna (Vaasudeva) was Lord of Dwaapara yuga, it is SriVenkateshwara  (Venkata naayakah) who is the Lord of Kaliyuga.

Thus , the devas as well as humans have HIS darshan at Tirumala. It is believed the devatas worship LORD in the  early morning  hours.  Before closing the temple after Ekanta Seva , the priests at Tirumala temple fill the pancha paathirams with holy water for Brahma to worship the LORD .This holy water is distributed among devotees as theertham after Suprabhatam Darshan .

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According to the Bhavisthyottara puranam, the great sage Vaikhanasa Rishi was always in the mood of Krishna katha and thus got addicted to the playful leelas of Lord Krishna in Dwapara Yuga .He did   severe penance to obtain darshan of Lord Krishna. The legend reveals that Lord Krishna pleased with his devotion, appeared and instructed  to worship HIM at Venkatachala (Tirumala) where he manifested for our upliftment.

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He further advised that a devotee named Rangadasa would help him to locate the holy place at Tirumala  . Vaikhanasa Rishi overjoyed   proceeded to Tirumala and with the help of the devotee Rangadasa   worshipped the LORD ardently. Thus Vaikhanasa Rishi, according to the legend, is the first person to worship the Lord at Tirumala. Hence in this temple, to this day, worship is conducted according to the Vaikhanasa Agama (the guide lines instructed by the great sage Vaikhanasa ) almost since few thousand years ago.

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 The Pallavas of Kanchipuram, Cholas of Tanjore  , Pandyas  and Vijayanagara Kings, few Englishmen   like Thomas Munroe , Robert Clive , Williams were committed devotees of Lord Venkateswara . Long far-reaching queues do not matter to any of the pilgrim as long as they get to offer their prayers and remain in that bliss at this holy place.  People forget their economic status, caste, creed, and sex, they leave all the material designations, chant the Lord’s holy name  GOVINDA   GOVINDA   GOVINDA ,  and come before HIM surrendering .

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Lord being omnipotent and omniscient listens to an ardent devotee’s prayer.

The sincere thought of having darshan of LORD at TIRUMALA happens without any effort. 

Air / Train/ Bus  tickets get confirmed , accommodations are booked miraculously and darshan  happens as If……………………..

LORD wanted to see you so soon ……………………………..

Every devotee has a  special experience to share about the darshan and LORD’s presence………

  It’s a place of absolute happiness, and inexplicable moment of peace is felt .The soul identifies its purpose and gets twined in the aroma of the place. We go there as many times as possible as……… HE is ours for ever  …  

Even atheists and rationalists admit a sense of humility and the presence of the Lord as soon as one approaches the sanctum sanctorum.

 Ten  out of twelve Azhwars  have glorified the LORD with almost 202  nectarine pasurams. The famous devotee  composers  Thyagaraja, Purandaradasar, Annamacharyar have glorified LORD in several Kirtanas . Annamacharyar had composed almost 32000 kirtanas which have become prayer songs  in every house ….

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Its only the fortunate ones who develop faith in God and  blessed are those who surrender to our LORD VENKATESHWARA ….

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Long live all devotees , Long live the holy town Srirangam .. (adiyargal vazha aranga nagar vazha…)


It is revealed when Acharyar’s gracious eyes falls on a person , his salvation is for sure even if he is deaf or dumb , fool or wise , old or young , man or woman . Swamy Ramanuja was showering his mercy on all the mortal beings at Srirangam few hundred years ago .

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The Chola King during those days was against the Srivaishnava sampradaya and did not like the citizens worshipping Lord Narayana . He was bent upon destroying the Sri Vishnu temples and prosecuting the srivaishnavas . The King who lived in Gangaikonda cholapuram was so bigotted and adherent that he adopted coercive measures to bring all the citizens into the fold he followed .

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He was called Krimikanta Chola ( the worm necked ) . He embarked on a crusade of sacrilegious iconoclasm . He tried his best to ravage them but could not succeed .  His goal was to destroy Srirangam and the nearby temples  . His advisors told him that Lord Ranganatha  were of specifically mystically consecrated class and the thought of demolishment would be followed by his own death .

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The King was pondering on any other method to adopt his nefarious plan . One general approached the King and reflected upon the device of appointing a competent sorcer who would make himself invisible by applying to his eyes a magical collyrium ,  thus unseen he would  enter the temple sanctum sanatorium.

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From here he would extract the spiritual power from the deity and then destroy  them . The King was overjoyed . He commanded to assemble all the noted sorcers for the mamoth task and announced they would be rewarded in bounty .

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The news reached Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanujar . Deeply upset with the Kings tyranny and grave concern for Lord Ranganathar , he quickly  marched to the Ashram of his Acharyar Swamy  Peria Nambigal.

With dejection he said … Acharya !! Am sad that the King who is supposed to protect the  temple and  citizens has turned out to destroy the legacy . Am afraid  what is in store for our Lord … Acharyar was listening to Ramanuja with attention ..

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No … Never … such things will never happen …No harm will enter this divine place . My child ! Listen …With mercy of Peria Perumal , let me provide a cordon of protection  …

Ramanuja he said …. I need a disciple of your’s to come with me for this task and he should simply follow me with no questions . He must be following me and obey my instructions . He  must be submissive  and well resigned as if he is my shadow without any iota of thought of self as having an independent will of his own ….

He must be a gem among the disciples .

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Swamy Ramanuja was confused …  Acharya !! he said ..

Peria Nambi remarked ..You have Kooresa a soul to be sure … Swamy Ramanuja was immensely pleased .He advised Kooresa to meet Acharyar immediately .

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Both the great revered Acharyas walked all around the boundaries of the holy town of Srirangam on a full moon day in the night ,  marking with some auspicious powder  silently chanting  sacred hymns praying Supreme Lord to protect ……

Swamy KoorathAzhwan further sacrificed his eyes when the cruel King punished him for not  embracing the faith he followed .Read the divine pastime in the appended blog post

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/kooresa-the-disciple-who-gave-his-eyes-for-swamy-ramanuja/

.Thus both condoned the entire town of Srirangam which resulted in our srivaishnava sampradaya flourishing ..

Adiyargal Vazha Aranga Nagar Vazha….
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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Day and night she doesn’t sleep , in floods of tears her eyes swim ….


  The most revered srivaishnava Acharyar  Swamy Parasara Bhattars  was conducting a class at his Gurukulam .

He was explaining the three stages of love to LORD …

Recollection   ,  Trance    and Rallying … 

Recollection is recollection of all the past ravishments  of soul ..vouchsafed by LORD

Trance or Fainting is consequent on desolation at this recollection not yielding to the present enjoyment

Rallying is the sudden lucidity whilst in this state of trance which is considered as a  extreme advanced state  in devotion which our Azhwar’s possessed..

Bhattar continued with an example from Swamy Nammazhwars hymnal 1000 verses called Thiruvamozhi dedicated to LORD Ranganathar of the Holy  Capital SriRangam ..

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Swamy Nammazhwars amorous longing and panting to see LORD found vent in a pasuram ( song ) of his in which Azhwar considers  himself to be a mistress in love with LORD and seized with deep emotions swoons .

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The speechless heart at such juncture is however revealed orally  through  another person which Azhwar  himself adorns as a mother of the helpless daughter and describing the latter’s condition to her neighbors  are out poured  on the spot …..

Day and night she  does not sleep

In floods of tears her eyes swim

Oh Discuss …Oh Conch  she cries …

And clasping her hands , and bowing to them

Oh Lotus eye one…she weeps and reels

Ah !! how is that without you I can bear

She pants and feels all earth for HIM

Oh Lord Ranga abiding where

waters abundant flow …and where fish

maddened with joy all leap and dance

How …and How with my daughter will you deal …

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Bhattar meditated on this verse and with intense emotion placed both his palms over his head and shed tears ……………………………..

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Stone hearted  we are … ……..how are we going to realize the depth of Azhwar’s love as uttered in this divine pasuram …..we who cannot realize  in the least of his sentiments ……..we who cannot understand his heart ……. …

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Video credits : HG Ranga  Padmanaban

 

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When anger turns to friendship by praise even among men , how much more is LORD won by dependence and devotion …….


In the Gurukulam at Srirangam , the revered Acharyar  Swamy Parashara Bhattar was explaining the incident in Srimad Ramayana the scene about  the Ocean King  .

When Lord Rama decided on coercing the King of Ocean to put in his appearance by driving a shaft into his bosom , the  ocean king was stuck with terror .He forthwith offered humble obeisances to Lord Rama and offered apologies for ignoring his call.

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Lord was  pacified but said that  the bow is never lifted in vain .Once lifted  its fury must vent somewhere and so as pleaded by the Ocean king the arrow was fired at northward direction where the Abhirakshas lived .

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Thus Lord pardoned the king and transferred the punishment prepared for  him  to  his  enemies .

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There was a new disciple who was not looking convinced with the explanation  . Bhattar  understood the mood of his disciple and thus related with a comic anecdote.

He said , my child Listen !!  There was a  land owner whose head was bald . He was busy measuring out the new harvested paddy on his land .

A beggar approached him and said …Sir ! How are you ? and How is it you are busy with grains while your fine locks uncared for ?   He praised the landowner  repeatedly ….

 

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The landowner was glad to hear  him .. as it was music for his ears and replied ..

How is that friend,  you came so long and what brings you here ?   The beggar replied … Nothing particular ..I just came to simply see you my master …..

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The landowner was pleased .He  offered one sack of grain and placed the same on his head . The beggar was pleased and  en route when a wayfarer inquired about the unusual  full sack of grain being carried by him , he  replied …

Look …there that bald headed man gave me this .

The wayfarer went to the landowner and told him the impolite way the beggar spoke about him .

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The landowner became too angry . He gave the beggar a hot pursuit .

The beggar turning around said .. Oh Master !!     Listen …..

What makes you run this fashion thy fine locks so dancing ?

The Pride of the landowner was flattered again and forgetting his own baldness said ..

My friend………  I just came to remind you that you were supposed to take one more sack of grain along with you ..

When anger turns to friendship by praise even among men ….

How much more so is LORD won by dependence and devotion …

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Swamy Ramanuja’s replied . ….My child !! When Vibhishana was allowed to approach Lord Rama , no separate invitation was needed for the four attendants who accompanied him..


One morning Swamy Ramanuja was conducting  a discourse  about the doctrine of free grace to frail humanity as illustrated in Srimad Ramayana. Swamy narrated the wonderful  incident of surrender to Lord Rama by Vibhishana the  rakshasa .

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Pillai Urangi dasar the new disciple was listening .

( More information  about this great disciple  of Swamy Ramanuja .. ..please click  here …

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/the-wrestler-and-the-most-beautiful-eyes/

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/caste-verses-virtue-swamy-ramanujas-lesson-to-disciples/

Swamy continued Vibhishina though born among Rakshasas ( demons) was quiet saintly in nature .He tried his best to dissuade his sibling Ravana from his evil ways , but he would not listen . With disappointment , he severed himself swiftly from all connection with him and his kingdom , Vibhishana  soaring into the sky crossed the ocean along  with four  of his attendants to surrender to Lord Rama. 

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Lord   was encamped with his army on the other shore  Sethu near Rameshwaram.

Vibhishana descended from the skies and with folded hands approached the august assembly …and spoke ..

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Oh Lord !! I am Vibhishina ..Ravana’s brother , disgraced by him !!! I seek  refugee …..

From Lanka , ..I left my  wealth , honor  friends ,children and my wife and come here for life …Please accept me  my Lord ……he pleaded ….

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The vanara chief was watching the rakashas .. ..He got up and  pleaded LORD to permit him to  punish him  and kill all of them having come from the enemy camp ….Bhaktha Hanuman swiftly  interrupts  and  certify s  vibhishana  good qualities .He confirms the assembly that Vibhishina  follows  dharma  and he has seen his behavior in the royal palace .  raamaaaLooking at the vanaras discussing in confusion  , Lord  Rama  smiles and announces  my dear friends ……………………………..  “not only Vibhishanan,  even If Ravana approaches me  with remorse I shall protect him too  . I am accepting vibhishana as my brother immediately …..
On hearing the sweet pastime , Dhanurdasar stood up and cried……………………raam…… My Master !!      If  Vibhishina who left his wealth , honor , wife , children and all in order to seek refuge with Lord Rama deserved to be punished   by the vanara chief , how much more indeed do I deserve that kind of treatment as  I who have made no renunciation at all like Vibhishina !! Swamy Ramanuja with abundant compassion replied , Listen to me my son ! I will unfold the secret of salvation ……..jai2Sridevi  the spouse of Lord Narayana ever stands by HIM as our mother -mediator  .She is the personification of the most exalted attribute of Lord , grace of mercy ..When our Lord through Sridevi is ever anxious to shower HIS mercy unstintingly on HIS erring children on earth , what fear is there for us ?We have a unbroken chain of apostles reaching down from LORD ..first grace to Sri the next  saint Satagopa and he has declared in unmistakable terms that he has obtained salvation ( Moksha) .As he has won , Saint Nathamuni has won  and as  Nathamuni has won , our Yamauna has won , and Yamuna winning my  guru above me  Periya Nambi ,Manakal Nambi , Periya Thirumala Nambi , Thiruvarangathu Arayar ,Thirukachi Nambi , Thirukoshtiyur Nambi have won and as all of them have won ,  I have surely won and when I have won indeed all of you have won ……Child !!!  Take comfort from this thought .. jai jaiDwayam  mantra which has been initiated on all of you declares that  the unity of Lord with His grace Sri and an unbroken chain binds LORD and his creatures in one bond from which it is impossible to escape and stand aloof. My child !! When Vibhishana was  allowed to approach Lord Rama , no separate invitation was needed for the four attendants who accompanied him,  and  had the vanara chiefs wished to drive those four separately ..FB_IMG_1459346843008and remember , With me goes my entire flock ….the flocks have more merit than the shepherd ..Shatruguna had more merit in following  Bharata and Bharata had more merit  in following Lord Rama , and our Madhurakavi Azhwar had more merit in following Nammazhwar and Andaal had more merit  following Peria Azhwar ……….Adiyen Ramanuja dasanImages : Google pics

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