Madhumangal replied, “I don’t want to play.” I am hungry kanna ……

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Krishna took up his laddu and gently shoved it into Madhumangal’s mouth. Laughing, Krishna said, “I hope you are no more hungry, my dear Madhumangal.” Madhumangal was surprised and a little ashamed. He had forced his friend to steal but Krishna had not eaten even a bite. “Has Krishna no desires?” he wondered. Reading his unspoken thought Krishna answered, “Truly, I have no desires.” Continue reading

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***** Sanandana to Padmapada ***** …….. Jai Jai Nrsimha …Govinda keshava janardana vasudeva vishvesha-vishva madhusudana vishvarupa shri padmanabha purushottama pushkaraksha narayanachyuta nrisimho namo namaste


Sanandhana was dejected!!  What use of my austerity and sadhana? When a normal person won Lord mercy  by  his sheer love without any iota of pride.  He understood Lord was looking for his innocent and unconditional  love .

Check the appended post for the full story

https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/lord-narasingha-and-the-hunter-mata-narasimha-pita-narasimha-bratha-narasimha-sakha-narasimha-vidyaa-narasimha-dravinam-narasimha-swami-narasimha-sakalam-narasimha/

The spiritual pride of Sanandana  was shattered with that incident …

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True!! He recollected  his guru’s teachings …”  when devotion enters a man he becomes humane” .  The hunter was a truly humane.

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He realised it was Lord’s divine will to reveal HIMSELF.  He quickly walked out of the jungle accepting the Lord’s instructions praying continuously chanting  the ” Mantra Raja Pada ”  sloka and humming Lords holy names . It is almost  end of the jungle .Suddenly he hears  a chorus of Hari Naama sankeertanam

Rushing into the crowd, he finds few sadhus chanting “Rama nama” .. Immensely pleased that he reached the right place , he joins the band and sings the holy name.   Attracted by the boy’s tejas, the sadhus ask him  whether he would  join them up to Varanasi.  Sanandana’s only aim was to meet his new Acharyar and for that he was supposed to travel to holy dhams .He readily agreed .

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He  just followed the child devotee Prahalada’s instructions of various forms of worship like Sravanam, Keertanam,Smaranam, Vandanam, Padha sevanam, Daasyam, Atma Nivedanam.  Always contemplating on the Lord’s beautiful form and uttering the holy names , he reached Varanasi.

Looking at holy Ganges, he rushes to take a holy dip.  Praying Paramasivan, the foremost Vaishnava who composed Mantra Raja Pada Stotram  to grace him and bless him in meeting his satguru.

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He takes  leave of  sadhus to have darshan of Lord Vishwanatha.  Enroute he is attracted to a serene place.  Looking at the temple tower, he pays his obeisances to Lord Paramasivan with a humble prayer to grace him in meeting his satguru .  He once again returns to the same serene place.  Walking slowly, he hears vedic chants learnt by him from his guru.  Overjoyed, he moves further to see a gurukul scene.  Under a tree he looks into a saint having a divine aura around him.  The saint is young and has  a magnetic personality.  His eyes were so compassionate  which makes anyone sink ..

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Sanandhana rushed to the spot.  He just falls at the young saint’s lotus feet like an uprooted tree with tears …Sanandana’s  conscience  announces that he is his satguru.  Thus he waits patiently  for his guru to speak to him..  silently chanting, he stands  there among the disciples.

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The young saint was Adishankara.   Reverentially he walks  near his master and submits.

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Acharya!

My name is Sanandhana.  I am coming from the banks of Kaveri.  I am a disciple of a learned guru and have   completed  my studies in shukla yajur veda .

Adisankara was looking at the boy and could see an aura of a lion faced Lord Narasingha  around him.  By his mere looks, Adi sankara understood he was a staunch Lord Narasingha Bhagavan’s devotee

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Looking at the bright lad he asks !  Good child !! Tell me  who is your Ishta Daivam.  Immediately  Sanandana replies !! Lord Narasingha !!

and narrates  the episode what happened few days back.  The instructions and the mission.

Adi Sankara understood the boy’s dedication.  He replied.. My child! In fact I was waiting for you.  By next Pournami, we must reach Ujjain…. Nice that you joined us ..

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Sanandhana liked the place.  He became the most obedient disciple and served his Acharyar  in all means .  Slowly by his sheer service he became , Acharya’s personal servant

He learnt the inner esoteric truths from Upanishads in detail from his Master .  All the while, he was remembering ” Lord Narasingha Dev” chanting silently the Mantra Raja Pada Stotram.

Sanandhana’s mood was always immersed in the divine instructions of Lord Narasingha dev to seek solace from an Acharya. He was eager to have Mantropadesham and have darshan of Lord by the mercy of Adisankara.Thus  he was constantly chanting Lord Narsingha Dev Moola Mantra.

Other disciples were jealous of Sanandhana for his proximity to  Acharyar Adisankara.  Adisankara knew Sanandhana was an advanced devotee who had almost heard  the Lord and was  a realised soul.

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He wished to prove Sanadhana’s devotion  and steadfastness among the disciples .  One evening during the classes, Adisankara instructed Sanandana to go to the other bank of Ganges river and bring dharba grass which was intentional test .  Sanandana managed to cross  the river and was picking up the kusa grass.  Suddenly he was informed that Acharya urgently wanted his disciples to see him.

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Sanandhana looked puzzled and simply ran towards the Ashram without bothering that he was literally running over the river  Ganges .  Ganges was flowing with so much ferocity and it would have washed away any one!!

But Sanandhana chanting the Mantra raja Pada slokam simply ran over the water much to the astonishment of all the  disciples. There in the river  they could see a lotus blooming at the place where Sanandhana was to place his foot. When Sanandana put his foot in the river, a huge lotus came up to hold his foot and when he raised his next leg to put the next step , another lotus emerged eagerly waiting to receive his foot.  Sanandana just ran over the bloomed lotus flowers in  the flowing water . Not a single drop of water touched his foot. The disciples were aghast.  Adisankara was silently praying Lord Narasinga deva.

The sight of a devotee walking on lotus flowers amidst  the setting sun was so divine.

Sanandhana ran and fell at he Acharya’s feet and begged to forgive him for having come late. Adisankara could gauge the lad’s steadfast devotion and Lord’s protection on him.

He said, Sanandhana from now onwards you will be known as” Padmapada”-the one who has lotus feet.

Sanandhana fell at acharyar’s feet seeking mercy.  All the disciples could understand the depth of devotion he had to their Acharya .

Years passed! Sankara with his disciples were returning southwards towards Simhachalam in Andhra pradesh .  It was a thick jungle infested with wild animals.  There was a tribe called “Kaapalikas”.  The kapalikas  used to kill  humans  to appease their demigods for materialistic pleasures.  Human sacrifice was a common ritual those days.

A young Kaapalika notices Adisankara performing oblations near   a hillock . Other disciples were walking far behind .  Seeing the  young sanyasi with effulgence he decides that offering the brahmin will be a great feast to the demigod .

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Shankara  noticed the Kaapalika coming near him .He understood the divine play  about to happen .He smiled at the new entrant .  He asked him what exactly he wished.

The Kaapalika was a dark tall man with an ugly face wearing a garland of skulls.

He said, “Oh holy sire, I had taken a vow to offer heads of pure saints to our goddess so that I can rule this world.  Please accept my request as with your consent, my goddess will shower my entire tribe to rule the world.

Sankara was  wondering !!!  Did you say saints ..!!

Oh! Heads of saints !!!

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The kaapalika replied  Yes,Yes.

Sankara smiled!  and immediately agreed!  In that case let it happen !!!  I am ready …

The cannibal was overjoyed.  He never expected the polite answer !!!

He said Thank you Swamin ….

” Now! Please come along… They entered a cave and Sankara could see a huge idol of demigoddess.  The Cannibal said ..Please  help yourself  swamin … There is that tree ..Please sit on the trunk of it .. as I go and get the sword !!! –.

Sankara did what was told by cannibal.

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Meanwhile !!!  Sanandana  along with the other disciples  managed to trace the cave and rushed to see his Master meditating under the tree. The scene was gruesome …

He noticed the cannibal raising a sharp sword to kill his master. Sanandana couldn’t  bear the scene ….

He immediately  jumped chanting                   Jai Narasimha

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and challenged the cannibal face to face.

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Sankara opened his eyes. He saw Sanandana in a huge form roaring ferociously.  He  roared and just walked before the cannibal and  pulled the sharp sword.  He dissected his head in fraction of seconds amidst  pride of lions following him from no where  …

Sankara was shocked by the sight.  The head of Kaapalika was gone and lying at his feet.

Sanandhana was still in fury roaring , making all the disciples tremble ..

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The Acharya stood up and with folded hands  and went near his disciple.

He was  now worshipping his own disciple..   He could see Lord Narasingha bhagavan in him and  thus  had a  divine  darshan.

Instantly  he composed the holy sloka “Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Mamadehi Karavalambam”  and offered it to Lord’s lotus feet ..

The entire cave was vibrating with the holy chants …

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Sanandhana by his sheer love, dedication could dissolve Lord Narasimha bhagavan  in himself.  It was not him seeking Lord’s darshan.  Instead Lord gave darshan through him.!!  to his Acharyar !!

Sanandana was the foremost disciple of Adisankara ..

 

JAI NARASINGA DEV

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

 

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Lord Narasingha and the hunter……………………………MATA NARASIMHA PITA NARASIMHA BRATHA NARASIMHA, SAKHA NARASIMHA VIDYAA NARASIMHA DRAVINAM NARASIMHA SWAMI NARASIMHA, SAKALAM NARASIMHA…..


 

Near the banks of the river  kaveri  in a gurukulam   the guru was revealing pastime of the  divine Lordships  . He was emotionally  charged and was bringing the real situation what  the great devotee bhaktha prahalada was facing and how Lord was taking care of his custody .

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The Guru went into the minute details how Prahalada was tortured  by his demonic father every time he chanted the Holy name . There was pin drop silence everywhere as he continued  to describe the appearance of the Lord ….

The demon screamed …Hey Prahalada,   

You say HE is  every where …

why is HE not here!!  in this pillar? With demonic eyes he thundered ..Come on!!

Allow   me to kill you    and let me see how your most worship able  Lord comes to protect you. With terrible anger, the demon stuck his heavy fist against the pillar.

There was lightning  thunder and a forceful sound  that could make the entire universe  into pieces. The demigods thought the planets were about to collapse.  Suddenly from the huge Pillar  a  roaring  sound was heard that could  crack  the universe. A countless lions roaring together…..The roaring made the earth shiver..

 All the disciples were attentively hearing to their Guru..

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The demon   Hiranyakasipu laughed and  looked closely at the form of  Lord from the pillar .The Lord  was  looking extremely fearsome . His angry eyes like molten gold, shining mane added ferocity to the lovely face. The dreadful teeth,   razor sharp tongue , erect ears  the cave like nostrils , the mouth  slightly parted jaws , a huge  body  that  touched the sky,  short well-built  neck  ,  a  broad chest, thin waist and the lovely  body hairs like the rays of moon. His long arms spread in all directions .

All the disciples were immersed in their thoughts of the happenings there …

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The Guru continued , just as small insects falls forcefully into the fire, the demon got attracted to the lovely form . The  mighty Lord  became  invisible.  Hiranyakasipu attacked the Lord with his mace .Lord  who was full of effulgence allowed the mice to crawl .  The scene was as Garuda plays  with  a snake by slowly releasing and again holding , the Lord left  the demon a little and allowed him to  come back to fight.

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Making a huge noise, shrill sound of laughter, the  Lord of Lords  Narasinga deva   captured Hiranyakasipu like a mice , and  hit him on the strong chest. With greater  speed,  the demon  was tossed sometimes in the sky and sometimes on the earth. The demon kept his eyes closed because of fear of the Lord and His  thundering roared laughter.

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 Ultimately , Lord Narasinga dev  placed the demon  on HIS lap supporting him with HIS thighs, on  the doorway, at twilight and effortlessly tore open the demon into pieces with HIS  sharp nails thus Lord’s   mouth and mane were sprinkled with blood.  HIS  fearsome  eyes, full of anger  were just impossible to look at. Licking the edge of the mouth with his tongue he  simply threw the body aside.  Manifesting in full effulgence angrily HE roamed in the corridors and   sat down on the assembly hall on the throne. No one, out of fear could dare  to come near.

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Brahma requested the devotee Prahalada … My child !! Lord  Narasingha deva  is extremely angry ..  Please go and appease Him as  LORD has  appeared only for You.

Prahalada  with folded hands walked near LORD  and fell down flat to pay his obeisance’s . The Lord ever compassionate placed his lotus hand on the head thus gracing the child devotee…..

The Guru ended the divine pastime chanting the sloka along with the disciples

 MATA NARASIMHA

 PITA NARASIMHA

 BRATHA NARASIMHA,

SAKHA NARASIMHA VIDYAA NARASIMHA DRAVINAM NARASIMHA

SWAMI NARASIMHA, SAKALAM NARASIMHA…..

 

 Among the  disciples  , Sanandhana  a young lad  was shedding tears . Who will not shed tears hearing Lord Narasingha devas divine leela. Sanandhana instantly fell in love with Lord Narasingha deva … The sloka what his  Guru chanted dissolved in his memory ..He was just chanting the sloka and relishing the Lord’s majestic form  . He kept recollecting the divine pastime shedding tears .His mood was stuck to the divine appearance. He recollected Lord’s compassion on Prahalada for every demonic act done by his father Hiranyakasipu.   His mind was contemplating on   Lords’ arrival.  He decided, he must also seek Lord’s real darshan..

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The class was called for the day .All the disciples walked out .

Sanandhana  walked up to his guru and pleaded…

 Guruji!  Can I also have darshan of Lord like Prahalada ? The Guru replied .. Why not my child ..After all !  LORD is more eager to meet us ..  Sanandana said then  ! Please bless me so that I can  also have Lord’s darshan like Bhaktha Prahalada . 

The thirst to see LORD grew by leaps and bounds .

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 Sanandana was in a different mood . He was bodily present in the class, but his mind was absorbed in the verse his Guru chanted!!

 Mata Narasimha…Pita Narasimha …. I must…I will meet the LORD …. But How??  How will HE know my craving?

He waited for the class to end .He once again walked near to his Gurujee and said !

Acharya!!  Please once again tell me the divine pastime of Lord.  The thirst  is never getting  quenched and please tell me how can I see the Lord face to face .Please instruct me what penance must I do to seek his lotus feet like Prahalada .

Please Gurujee !! I cannot bear his separation …

 

The guru understood his steadfast devotion to LORD .  He replied !! My child ! Lord is ever compassionate .Tomorrow is a Full moon day .

Take a holy dip in kaveri and meet me  in the  Ashram altar  .

Sanandana was eager  and desperate for the sun to set soon. All the while chanting the sloka he thanked the Lord for his mercy in being with a learned Guru who was about to advise him the mantra that shall have his darshanam.

 The next day ,  Sanandana rushed to kaveri for a holy dip . Praying the Lord he rushed into the altar before time,  awaiting his Guru to bless him .

The Guru offered his prayers to his Acharyas  and lordships.  It was full moon day.  He called Sanandana and said , Look my child I am teaching you the holiest of holy Mantra, the Mantra Rajam. 

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He said, “My child , This sloka was glorified by Paramasivan himself.  It also is called Narasimha Raja Patha Stotram. Sanandana listened to the mantra carefully and repeated along with his Guru.  He was corrected for the pronunciation and slowly mastered the sloka  repeating it with his guru .

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The Guru glad with his determination said …..

 My child ! The sloka  must be chanted with sincere prayer to seek his lotus feet .  Chant as many times as you can, but with sheer love and dedication. May all auspiciousness follow you and May Lord Narasingha dev  bless you . The Guru blessed the child and offered his prayers to Lord.

 Sanandhana  happily leaves the Ashram  and the surrounding villages.  He finally arrives near a jungle .Walking inside he crosses many bushes and hillocks .Feeling proud about his  Guru choosing his candidature to initiate him with the mantra he is puffed with pride  . The Spiritual pride had invisibly germinated in his mind .  Silently chanting the juicy sloka ” mata narasimha pita narasimha”  he looks for a serene place  for meditating .  Somehow he reaches  a mud cave.

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  He finds the place serene and calm .  He decides  to meditate on Lord exactly at the same  spot .Clearing the debris , he makes  a seat for himself .

Composed  with his mind he sits in padmaasanam  pose , closing his eyes he  starts  chanting the mantra.  The place vibrates  with divine chants …

Suddenly from nowhere, a hunter comes near him  and calls him 

Punditjee …. punditjee…

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Sanandhana is suddenly woken up from his meditative mood.  On opening his eyes he finds a hunter in a shabby dress holding sharp knives.

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Punditjee , You are so young and look like ashram boy? What made you come here in this jungle? Are you lost here  by chance ??

Sanandhana was getting irritated with this hunter’s nonstop bla bla.  He looks at him and says ….

Hey Man! Don’t you see I am engaged in an important mission.  Please leave me and allow me with my worship!

The hunter is worried .He innocently appeals  ……..

Punditiji, 

Do you know there is a man eater roaming here which had killed 64 people past 2 months and just behind that cave I saw those broken skeletons last week.  I am afraid for your life . Please leave this place soon …

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Sanandhana thought! It is no use to keep discussing with this useless talk. Instead engage him. He instantly  replies … Look!  Hey Man ….I am here !! looking for a wild animal in this same forest and you know this animal has a lion’s face and a body of normal human being.  He is very ferocious and can handle few lacs of man eaters all alone…and I am in the process of bringing him here in a magic spell by meditating …

Ok!!  Now leave me … 

The hunter was puzzled!! Another animal that can handle more than one lakh man eaters.  Panditji….. Unbelievable.  Unbelievable …

  Yes! He can kill them from a distance… I mean it …..

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 The hunter again replied … Punditji! Iam no fool to believe this.  I spent all my childhood in this place and never ever seen such an animal here …

 You mean ….Half lion, half human. 

I swear…..

“Yes, He is there…and

 If HE is here… then! I will catch him the hunter said with confidence. 

 Sanandana replied “You cannot  …

 The hunter replied… Is it a challenge …?

Ok!   Then I accept it….

Punditjee!!   Let me live my life fully…  I too need a change …

What is the fun in catching rabbits, deer’s and fowls all my life …  This is the real hunt…

OK Punditjee , OK…  I am coming with that animal tomorrow exactly at this place!  else, I will quit hunting once for all…. and die of hunger…

Sanandana was glad that the hunter was engaged ……He continued to meditate and chant the sloka with attention ……………………….

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 Leaving the cave ,the hunter was anxious! more and more anxious than Sanandana to catch the animal .  He knew every inch of the jungle and checked all the place where lions used to relax.  Terrains , bushes and near those water falls everywhere he walked  with a hope to catch him …  He was tired and it was almost getting dark……Will the animal roam in the dark ? He said to himself … He looked at the sky and said… An insult to all my tribe. My father, grandfather… If I die of starvation  . …

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 The sun has already set … Oh! I am left with just few hours….. come on.. Oh! Animal… I am starving today itself for you, come …. come… please.     He did not go home. He did not sleep at all. He was aimlessly wandering in the moonlight expecting the animal to appear ..

Imagining the animal…. half human… What a sight?? How will his eyes look and how will he walk?  The imagination took him to mystic world.  He fell in love with the animal.  He admired it for the perfect appeal.   He loved it more than Sadananda.

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 One time! Please…. come near. He spoke to himself ….. I promise you I shall not harm you…  No weapons… But !  please…. look !! I am starving and decided I will remain like this until I see you.  He said to himself.   Looking at the stars, he imagined the beautiful form of the animal.   His mind was stuck and he dozed off to sleep on a slanting cliff with the background of waterfalls  .  He suddenly woke up to the chirping of birds.  He walked near the waterfalls…Refreshed himself ….

He walked  into an old cave where hunters usually offer their prayers before their hunting expedition .  He looked at the ferocious form of demi god there.  With tears he submitted one time please save me and my tribe!  It’s my word and your word too . He became too weak. Deprived of food, sleep waling into the woods,  he pleaded the animal to appear. 

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The sun has finished his half way.  He realizes that he was  left with just few hours.  What a life am I to live without hunting.  Let me accept my defeat in dignity. 

 He feels ashamed! Let me end my life.  Why must I show this face to Punditjee .  Feeling disgraced , he walks near the cliff of the huge water falls.  Putting all his might , he decides to jump in the flowing waters and end his life.

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One last time, He meditates on the beautiful form of the animal Sanadana described and submits.

 Oh Animal ..Finally You won ! and I lost but please… show me yourself once to this country brute.   I will end my life thanking you.  His focus was on the lion faced beautiful animal

In fraction of seconds, he heard a herd of lions roaring causing echo all over the jungle .  He shivered though the feeling was ecstatic.  He looked around. 

Presto !! Unbelievable…. the sight made him cry… what a  divine form..   What a beauty… fearing   crying  .almost weeping with heavy breaths.  He sees the  wonderful form of the majestic animal Sanananda described.

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The animal had a lovely lion’s face, soft eyes, and the body was human.  Almost   15 feet tall.  It had  a gigantic form

 

The hunter was aghast looking at the majestic form.  No hunger,   no fear.   The bewitching smile and the penetrating eyes made a huge difference. Now hunter had copious chilled tears.  He could not take his eyes out of the sight of the animal.  He slipped into a state of timelessness… Suddenly a voice was heard!

My dear! Come on! You wanted me to come!! Here I am! Come let’s move… fast!!

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The hunter said   but… I said, I will bind you and take you to that cave!!

The animal laughed heartily.  You want to bind me!! Ha Ha… ..

OK! Go on my dear..  It said bind me… drag me too.

The hunter ran shivering thanking everyone , he found few creepers  near the waterfalls .With  deep concern and sobbing continuously, he checked them to see they did not have thorns.  He now fell in love with the animal.  I must not harm him.. he speaks to himself …

He manages to get the creepers…shivering… he approaches him and says …….

may I    ……….may I….. bind you …

The animal replied… Yeah. Go on…

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 Pleading  the animal to forgive him he climbs  a tree and reaches  the animals hands.  Tying the creeper softly like handcuffs all the time looking closer to his marvellous chest and soft eyes… with a low voice…speaks shivering … Oh ! My beautiful animal.  I can’t move my eyes away from you……

 

Can I walk backwards facing you so that I will not miss your lovely smile glancing me

The animal replied!! Me too my dear….. but be careful while  walking  backside as you may get injured due to the rough stones and thorny bushes ..

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The hunter replied! I don’t care for any bruises  , I just want  to see your form. They both walked .The sight was special .  All the trees moved on their own.  There was no route followed.  The hunter was aimlessly walking backwards watching the tall animal in the backlight of sunset… More he saw more he got intoxicated with his bewitching smile ..Chilled tears rolling ..he marched backwards ..

Soon  he reached Sanadhana.’s cave. 

Overwhelmed watching the animal …he screamed ….

Oh punditjee ! As promised I saw that animal and here he is before you ..Come …

 Punditji! You are absolutely right! He is King of Kings!!  Please come and see for yourself..

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Sadananda was disturbed.  He hated the hunters interference.  He though enough is enough.  Let me leave that place and hide somewhere else .  When he opened his eyes he was not able to see the animal the hunter brought but could see the creepers hanging in mid air

 

Sanandana screamed!  Hey! You country brute! Why are you troubling me?  I don’t see anything except some creepers hanging.

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The hunter replied! Punditji don’t lie!!

I am seeing him …  He is exactly as you described – 15 feet tall, lion faced , claws, teeth, beautiful golden  mane and you never said he can speak..  His eyes are so soft..  Punditji. I will protect him.  I am in love with him now ..No harming him at all … I will kill the ones who will harm him …

 

Sanandana fell down sobbing… He understood Lord had graced the hunter with HIS form … ………………

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He looked at the hunter with tears! My dear Hunter! I am not able to see anything.  I accept my defeat.  I am a sinner …. I am unworthy …. Sanandana pleaded  If I at least hear his voice am fortunate ..

 The hunter pleaded the animal not knowing he was LORD himself …

The Lordship compassionately replied Sanandhana, my child….. ..my child …

Sanandhana cried… tears gushing uncontrollably..   Lord…  My saviour ..My Lord…

where are you?   He became possessed now!

My child! I was ready to reveal myself to you… But your spitirual pride distanced me away from you.  Look at this innocent tribal.. He has not eaten since yesterday and ready to sacrifice  his life.  I had no option than to come.. 

 Look Sanandana … It was due to your association with this loving soul that you had the rare gift to hear me.. 

The hunter was uninterruptedly watching the LORD from close quarters.. 

 He did not understand the conversation at all

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Sanandhana fell down ! He prayed Lord, please forgive me!! I have erred… please punish me…

Lord replied! Sanandhana. Leave this forest and go back.   You will meet a teacher soon  who will take you to spiritual glory further.  I shall appear soon … saying so the Lord disappeared……..

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Sanandhana   fell at the feet of the hunter and asked to forgive him for his mannerisms ..

The hunter had already left his body watching  LORD’s divya darshanam ..

To be continued ………part (2) link appended below 

 https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/sanandana-to-padmapada-jai-jai-nrsimha-govinda-keshava-janardana-vasudeva-vishvesha-vishva-madhusudana-vishvarupa-shri-padmanabha-purush/

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Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Hanumath-sEvita nijapada rAm .. nata sugrIvAbhISTada rAm …. garvita vAli samhAraka rAm ….vAnara dUta prESaka rAm hitakara lakSmaNa samyuta rAm….


The journey for a  devotee of Lord Rama  from Ayodhya to Lanka takes us through many places in India. One such place is Kishkindha  …..Proceeding ahead with our pilgrimage to LORD RAMAs Holy abodes few years back ,  we reached  Hampi in the state of  Karnataka where the KISHKINDA charitram happened .

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RISHIMUKHA PARVATAM  is  the place where Hanumanji  met  Lord  Rama and Lakshman for the first time.  Sugreeva  had sent Hanumanji  to meet  them in order to make sure that they were not spies of his brother and arch  enemy Bali.

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It is said  Hanumanji  carried   Lord Shri Ram and Lakshman on his shoulders and took Lordships   to  Rishimukh Parvat to meet  Sugreev. The capital city of Sugreev “Kishkinda” is also near by..

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This kingdom is identified to be the regions around the Tungabhadra river (then known as Pampa Saras) near Hampi in Karnataka. There is a mountain near to the river (as shown in the picture )with the name Rishimukha where Sugriva lived with Hanuman, during the period of his exile also is found with the same name.

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During that  time the whole region was within the dense forest called Dandaka Forest extending from Vindhya range to the South Indian peninsula.

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Hence this kingdom was considered to be the kingdom of Vanaras also co relating it to Kishikinda Near the ancient Kishkinda, around four kilometers from the town of Hampi, there exists a Mountain called Malbhavant (Prastravan) where  Lord Rama  has spent the monsoon season. The places to see around this area include Bali Bandara, Anjani Parvat (mountain), and Matang Rishi Mountain .

Matanga Parvata (hill)     where Matanga Rishi’s Ashram was & where Sugriva stayed to escape from Bali ……………..Malyavanta Parvata         where Sri Rama & Lakshmanji stayed during chaturamasa (the rainy season) ……………..Anjane Parvata                 where Anjani Mata’s cave is – birthplace of Hanumanjee …….Rishimukha Parvata         Actual site of Kishkindha nagari  …………….Kodanda Rama Temple   where Sri Ram anointed Sugriva as King of Kishkindha ……………”Yantra” Hanumanji        where Sri Ram & Lakshmanji met Hanumanji for the first time Temple    …………..Chakratirtha  where Pampa river (Tungabhadra) turns northwards – where Matanga Rishi,   Shabari Mata, Sri Rama, Lakshmanji, Hanumanji & all the Ramayana characters would  have bathed …………

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Sugriva’s Cave where Sugriva hid Sita Mata’s clothes & jewels dropped from the vimana as She was being  taken away by Ravana  Chintamani Ashram       from where Sri Ram fired the lethal arrow at Vali Vali Kasta   where Vali was cremated & where his ashes lay for a long time;   very difficult to locate as  the huge pile has been almost fully levelled by the locals for farming………….Bali Kila                          Bali’s Fort, behind the Durga Devi temple – where Vali had his kingdom in the Satya Yuga ………..Pampasarovar  The Pampa lake, as described in the Ramayana Shabari Ashram   where Shabari Mata waited for Lord Rama; abutting Pampasarovar

Hanumanjee while returning  from lanka personally submitted the choodamani given by Mother sita to  Lord  Ramar at this place near Malyavanta hill.

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River Tungabhadra in full flow at Hampi surrounded by hillocks on either sides is a divine sight to watch . Lord  Sri Sita Lakshmana Hanuman Sugreeva sametha Sri Kodandaramar, temple at Hampi carved out of a single boulder darshan takes us into those lovely moments of the divine pastime of Lordships

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 -Lord Rama crowned Sugriva as Vanara King at this  very spot.Lord gives darshinam as as “Vaikunta Ramar” holding sankhu and chakram. All the deities have been sculpted in a single rock. This temple is on the banks of Tungabhadra river at Hampi. We move at the banks of Tungabhadra river to have darshanam of Purandaradasar Mantapam in Hampi. Sri Purandaradasar was incarnation of of Sage Naradar and preached bhakti through his songs which Lord Malayappa Swami along with His consorts listens daily during Sahasradeepalankarana seva at Tirumala. The great devotee spent his last days at this place.Sri Ramar temple at Malyavanta hill where Lord Rama and Lakshmana stayed for four months during  rainy season after crowning Sugreeva as King of Vanaras..

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Hanumar offered the Choodamani  given by Mother Sita  to  Lord Sri Ramar at this place-Malyavanta hill. Hanumanjee conveyed the whereabouts of Mother Sita to Lord Rama. Sri Sita,Lakshmana,Hanumath sametha Sri Ramapiraan’s sannidhi along with utsava murthis. .Hanuman is in kneeling posture with choodamani in his hand. alsoYanthrodharaka Hanumar temple near Kodandaramar temple, Hampi. A unique combination of Sudarshana Chakram and Sri Hanumar. (Usually we find combination of Sudarshana Chakram and Narasimhar).

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The Priest informed  Hanumanjee is  very graceful. The locals say that to honour Hanuman after he  met  Mother Sita, the vaanaras honoured him with holy bath.

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 ( Abhishekam ) Thirumanjanam was being performed when we went to have darshan. Yanthrodharaka Hanumar temple near Kodandaramar temple, Hampi. A unique combination of Sudarshana Chakram and Sri Hanumanjee makes one charged to be a soldier under his custody . (Usually we find combination of Sudarshana Chakram and Narasimhar).

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You can see the photograph of the closer view of Hanumanjee handing over choodamani to Lord Ramar at Malyavantha Raghunatha temple in Hampi . We move ahead to have darshanam of Sri Rambhakth Hanuman at Madhuvanam,Hampi. Jubilant Sri Hanumanji after his triumphant return from Lanka along with other vanaras entered Madhuvan , the most favourite garden of Sugriva to satisfy their hunger. While giving aarthi to Hanumar, the priest explained how the vanaras entered Madhuvanam and after taking Angadha’s consent, they drank honey to their satisfaction and trampled the garden out of excess joy .

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Sugriva’s uncle who was the guardian , approaches Sugriva and complains about the vanaras indiscipline  expecting Sugriva to punish them severely. But the wise Sugriva understood that the vanaras would have found Mother Sita and were celebrating in joy

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You can also see the photograph of RISHIMUKHA PARVATAM ..This kingdom is identified to be the regions around the Tungabhadra river (then known as Pampa Saras) near Hampi in Karnataka. The mountain near to the river with the name Rishimukha where Sugriva lived with Hanuman, during the period of his exile also is found with the same name.During the time of Ramayana i.e., Treta Yuga, the whole region was within the dense forest called Dandaka Forest extending from Vindhya range to the South Indian peninsula.

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All glories to the devotees who are reading adiyen’s SriRama Anuyathirai patiently .May our LORD SITA RAMA always be with us .
For more details visit adiyens blog here
https://kmkvaradhan.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/piligrim-diary-to-sri-rama-holy-abodes/
Jai Jai Sree Ram
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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“Harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam khalauv nasthyeva nasthyeva nasthyeva ghathiranyatha”


More sweet than all other sweet things; more auspicious than all other auspicious things;

the greatest purifier of all purifying things—————-

———————-The holy name of Sri Hari alone is everything…………..

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There was a  temple of Lord Krishna in a village . The temple was always flooded with several devotees. The mood in the temple used to be festive always . Continuous Hari naama sankirtan made the place vibrating with devotion .The  devotional  Hari nama tunes took one into  a serene mood asking for more . It was a continuous flow of elixir .The continuous chants made the mind swoon into devotional fervor and nothing else was remembered .There was no hunger or thirst .No desire except for just being there and feeding the soul through these ears the elixir that was abundantly poured . It was sheer bliss .

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 A young man  lived near the temple  who had no belief in God . He considered devotion to be waste of time and felt that they were mere superstitions and the ones going to temples were in false illusions . He used to object them during their extended stays and  condemn the non stop hari naam sankirtan program  in the temple  .

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One day , one elderly person  among the devotees in a composed mood advised the youth to realize the importance of ” Namasankeertanam”  and explained the enormous power of  chanting the Holy names  .

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The youth a rationalist  asked ! OK old man does chanting your gods name fetch me food ? Does the  Holy Name take care of my well being ?? He was rude with his questions …

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Yes !!! said the old man confidently !!!The youth being an atheist  demanded proofs but finally ended up in a challenge. 

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The old man said , Look Young man .. You  chant the Holy name for at least   12 hrs  and  see for yourself  the  change .  Be assured …. You  would be getting food  served . And in case this  does not happen  I am prepared to stop this practice of devotional service in the temple. It was a  bold statement among several devotees assembled there 

Looking at the confidence of the elderly person the youth confided with the agreement and  said ..Ok … ..

Just 12  hours  I will chant  sunrise to sunset  …. and thus he started chanting Lord Krishna’s Nama as advised .He was not very keen to see the old man winning the bet .He knew He will anyway win the bet and make them understand it was a waste of time .

 

Time was ticking ….He thought if he had stayed  along with them or at home or at his friends place or within the limits of the village he would have been coaxed and fed saying  please have prasad etc . He decided to go to such a place where he would not be noticed by anyone thus ensuring no habitat can see him and provide him with any  food .  He went into  a forest and thus settled himself on one of the branches of a huge tree  confident of not being noticed by any one . He was no  doubt  chanting   mentally the Holy name   but without faith . The time  swiftly passed .He had almost engaged the mind in the Holy name synchronized  to  the temple tunes.  Used to always hear the devotional tunes  residing near the temple and thinking of the bet continously his mind was fixed  and started relishing it unknowingly . 

 

The sun  was about to set . He was not at all feeling hungry  .Suddenly he happened to see few men with weapons under the tree . They were looking ferocious.They were carrying some booty along with them . One thief happened to look above and found a man relaxing He cautioned his friends . They  dragged him down from the treetop much to his resistance ..

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The thieves who had dragged the youth from the treetop  roughed him up and   asked  him … So you are so smart and think we will  foolishly fulfill your plan ?

The young man was shocked . He took courage and asked   .Who ..? Me …  Plan ?  What plan ???  The thieves dragged him to  the nearby tree and said .. What made you leave that delicious food there ?

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The young man was blank when he was questioned .He stammered … What Food ….Which food / where …. I am unaware ..I just came  here to avoid the villagers ..please …please believe me. He revealed his purpose of entering the outskirts and the bet with the old man  . The thieves refused to accept the young mans version.

One Elderly Thief intervened and said ..Friends !! This food which looks to be too delicious seems to contain poison and this young man wants to see we are dead so that he can run away with our looted jewellery .I suspect his moves .Let us teach him a lesson ..

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Come on !!!  Please get me that food kept over there …. Saying this  two of the thieves held  the youth’s  hands, one of them opened his mouth and the other one dumped the food inside his mouth by force . The youth was helpless and was forced to eat the food.His repeated pleas were ignored and they laughed seeing his reluctance in having the food .

 

After the thieves had left the place, the youth started memorizing the whole incident that had taken place in his life for the past 12 hrs . He started remembering the words of that elderly person. It was at this point of time the youth realized that while he was doing Namasankeerthanam even thirst, hunger and other things did not affect or disturb him . The youth had neither any sincerity, dedication, devotion nor any desire to do Namasankeerthanam. Inspite of this Namasankeerthanam proved its result.

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Even on doing Namasankeerthanam  in the  outskirts of a village  comfortably  seated on the top of the tree without any fear, tension, and disturbance  had provided him  with food without any  personal efforts.

This entire event made the youth realize the power and greatness of Namasankeerthanam and the truth in the words of that elderly person. This developed within him a strong belief that Lord  provides a helping hand to all those who  seek HIM.

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 He understood that although he had lost his bet  to the elderly person who arrived in  the form of Sathguru,he  had made him victorious in his  spiritual life. He rushed to meet the elderly person and with tears revealed what all had happened in the 12 hours time  .

The old man  pleased with the youth , addressed the gathering ,

my dear children,

It is said in Srimath Bhaagavatham 12-3-52 

“KruthE yadh vishnum ththrEthaayaam yajathO makai:

dhvaaparE paricharyaayaam kalau thath harikeethanaath”

The result that one yields in kritha yugam by doing dhyanam (meditation), the result that one yields in thretha yugam by doing yagnam, the result that one yields in Dwapara yugam by doing archanai (pooja) , the same result is derived in this kaliyugam just by chanting Lord’s Holy  Name.

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Everyone  here is leading a very busy life. One does not find time to progress in spiritual life .The only way out is chanting the Holy name wherever you are will take you near HIM …

He continued to quote Azhwars pasurams from Divya Prabhandam ,thus making them aware the glory of Holy name

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‘Aadi aadi agam karaindu isai paadi paadi kanneer malgi’…………………..
‘Naadum nagaramum nangu ariya namo narayana yenru paadu’………………..
‘Harer namaiva namaiva namaiva mama jeevanam … na gatir anyata’……………..

madhuraḿ madhurebhyo ‘pi | mańgalebhyo ‘pi mańgalam |
pāvanaḿ pāvanebhyo ‘pi | harer nāmaiva kevalam ||

More sweet than all other sweet things; more auspicious than all other auspicious things; the greatest purifier of all purifying things—

The holy name of Sri Hari alone is everything.

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Adapted from a discourse from a  advanced devotee

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Lord is more in search of our hearts ….


This divine pastime of  Swamy Parasara Bhattar the illustrious acharyar   reflects about Lord’s   concern for  him .  Bhattar was five years old and was showing signs of extraordinary intelligence for his age .His father Kooresa was once reciting the divine pasuram from Nammazhars Thiruvamozhi..

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In this pasuram Azhwar quotes about the great  devotee saints . In the third verse the description runs as Siru-mam-manisar… .They the great saints  are small -and -great.

 Bhattar who was attentively hearing the pasuram with eagerness asked his father !

Father !!   How can a thing be both small and great ? at one and same time?

Kooresa  amused with his innocent question  said !

What an unexpected question from you  my child ?

It is tough to explain …However let me try to explain ..

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 He continued  , My dear  Child  … Do you see our revered Acharyars ..Siriya Achan , Emberumannar and others .They are small in stature but very great in knowledge and wisdom .See how contradictory things like small and great can yet be harmonically combined in one and the same thing .

Bhattar understood  the content  from the comparision …

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 Lord Ranganathar and Mother Ranganayaki were the adoptive parents of Bhattar . Bhattar used to treat them as parents  As he grew up he was taught to adore the LORD and pray .

Once Bhattar joined his friends  inside the Srirangam Temple sanctorium .  Lordships were in their retiring moments after all the bustle of the day’s worship  had subsided.

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Lord in feigned anger called Bhattar ..

Bhattar obeyed ..

Lord asked him  My child !!  …Why is that you are not coming here frequently inside  as you used to do before ?

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Bhattar politely  replied ..  As you are LORD of the Universe I must not disturb your precious time ..

Lord  again asked   OK then ………….. Why did you do it before ?

As my father and mother  advised   me he  innocently  said

Lord replied !!  

Then always think of us in this relation only ..

That pleases us more than the relationship of  a  devotee

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Lord is more in search of our hearts than our mortal body …

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Pinbazhagiya Perumal Jeeyar. The disciple who preferred service to Acharyar instead of Srivaikuntam


 

Swamy Nampillai had a very devoted disciple   Pinbazhagiya Perumal Jeeyar.

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Just as Bhaktha Hanuman never wished to leave this world but repeat the holy names of LORD RAMA all through , this disciple also wished to serve his teacher all through. Nothing appealed him. Having become a Sanyasi all that he sought was to attend on his Acharyar and listen to his nectarine discourses .He was seeking his lotus feet always .

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Due to providence , once the Jeeyar took ill . He called few of his intimate friends and requested them to pray to LORD  to give him further lease of Life . He requested  them to recite the  nectarine pasuram  (7.4 ) ” Aaziyezach  “for his  health .

The pasuram from Nammazhwar’s  Thiruvamozhi  goes like this

aaziyezach changum villumeza
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aNtam mOzaiyeza  mudi paadhameza
appan ooziyeza  ulakam goNtavaaRE

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The rough translation goes like this

LORD in all times, showers abundant mercy to save us.

Adorned with the lily flowers and fragrant ThuLasi  garland LORD

My father- is present so gracefully at Thirukkaditthaanam where Sri Vaishnavas, who are blessed with the invaluable wealth of performance of kaimkaryam at His Feet.

That is His place.

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Jeeyars associates  accordingly prayed and due to the abundant mercy of the ” LORD  Jeeyar  recovered .

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However they entertained a serious doubt as why should  Jeeyar being a hermit and recluse should have a worldly desire to continue to live instead of seeking liberation and attaining the  lotus feet of  the Lordships  .They approached  their Acharyar Swamy Nampillai  for an answer who in turn suggested they approach Swamy Engalazhwan .

Swami Engal azhwan  replied  to the  disciples .. Look my children ……

Srirangam was a itself Srivaikuntam and everyday   is a festival day and hence Jeeyar perhaps wished to witness the  splendor of the temple festivals and preferred  this bliss better  to liberation

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Somehow not much convinced they approached other revered Acharyas who expressed their opinions which was more philosophical  .

All of them assembled before Swamy Nampillai and submitted the different opinions of seniors .

Swamy Nampillai  then suggested , them to seek a clarification from Perumal Jeeyar himself .

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The disciples of Swamy Nampillai met the Jeeyar and told him about the various discussions that took place about his health and the speedy  recovery .

 Jeeyar expressed   !  My friends   Our  Master knew  the reason  as he was all knowing .

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Anyway let me tell you I  did not seek to go to the presence of the Lord for what was paramount to me  was to serve  our master Swamy Nampillai in all ways  .  I could not think of anything else than to fan  our Master when he walked up and down delivering a discourse after wearing the Urdhva pundram and tying up his tuft.  Being around  for serving his lotus feet all times.

I  never wished to miss this noble service and seek heaven .

This was the only motto of my life .

Swamy Nampillai was amazed with his disciples concern.

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The verse Pinpalagaraan Perumal Jeeyar in the work  of Swamy Manavala maamuni “Upadesarathinaimalai ” mentions this …

pinbazhagaraam perumaaLseeyar, perundhavaththil anbadhuvumaRRu mikkavaasaiyinaal-nambiLLaik kaanavadimaigaLsey annilaiyainNannensE!oonamaRa eppozhudhum Or. ( verse 66)

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Saligrama sila in a Areca nut wallet


Of the five fold manifestations of the SUPREME LORD ( Param , Vyuham , Vibhavam ,  Archa and antharyami  ) , the worship able form of  Archa moorthy is easily accessible and takes one into permanent state of bliss .

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The reason being Lord as Parama padha nathan is always surrounded by the divine planets and the Oceans and it  is not of easy to access for the ones residing on earth with this material body.

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The second manifestation of the Lord  as ” Ksheerabdinathan”   is  in the middle of the milky ocean.  LORD graces as Ksheerabdinathan to  the demigods and the revered blessed sages . Even this darshan is not accessible with our material bodies.

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The third manifestation of the LORD is what we have been celebrating as Lord Rama and Krishna  avatars  . The blessed manifestation was cherished by the great devotees of those times , the gopikas and the revered saints.

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The fourth manifestation is the Antharyami svaroopam . With the blessings of Acharyar and deep contemplation of visualizing the LORD one can experience the LORD manifestation in our heart centres . However  very few have this rare privilege and mercy to succeed in such efforts and thus , even this manifestation is not in reach of ordinary people on this earth .

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The last manifestation of LORD as Archa Roopam  is the abundant mercy showered on us , so as to make Himself easily available to one and all and  worship Him with our own material body.  Rama  had worshipped Lord RanganAthA in ArchA form at Ayodhya . Krishna worshipped Lord Narayana in Dwaraka . Venkateshwara of Tirumala  worshipped Lord Narasimha at Ahobilam . This was to  educate us in having the great fortune to worship LORD in Archa avatara . Lord has thus made his presence in all the 106 Vaishnava Divyadesams in earth as per the wishes of several saints , Azhwars and continue to grace all the devotees .

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An interesting pastime establishes the unique glory in the Archa form of worship

Once there resided a Srivaishnavite devotee  ( Vinappam Seyvaar )in a divya desam. He had mastered all the Divya  Prabhandams and was  in the transcendental mood of reciting of Azhwars pasurams all the time  . He used to worship saligrama moorthy at his house with sheer love and absolute faith . Somehow age had laid its icy hands on his faculties. His vision had almost vanished and his ears heard little.

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His love for the Lord though, remained intact. His sweet ecstatic outpourings of the Azhwars always made him closer to the Lord . He always carried with him his nut wallet and had kept his Salagrama deity as his constant companion.The deity now was amongst those edible  areca nuts which he used to consume .

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Due to poor sight ,  he used to take the salagrama deity into his toothless mouth  assuming it to be  areca nut and while chewing he used to realize the offence  and with utmost reverence seek  forgiveness. He  used to take the deity out give him a holy bath , dry with his already dust laden robe, dress  him and taking the cymbals ( taalam) in his hands, sing a beautiful verse from the nectarine Tiruvaimozhi  pasurams of Saint Namazhwar and then lull the little Salagrama deity to sleep.

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This confusion and the ensuing events happened almost on an everyday basis. A young Srivaishnavite who was more of ritualistic order noticed the happenings and was shocked. With rage running through his veins at such an irreverent blasphemous treatment to the Supreme Lord , he hastened to the old person and reproached him severely. He demanded that the LORD had a better place to stay . The old man obliged succumbing to guilt.

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The young Srivaishnava was very happy for obtaining the Lord .He took  HIM  home and offered  a golden throne  covered with sparkling  diamonds and provided the best Paraphernalia . He then  started worshipping the LORD  enjoined for such occasions .

He was feeling elated and  as usual the ego cropped in his mind for his services  to the new lordships  .He relaxed with a thought that his  ritualistic worship was the best .

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However , to his surprise the Lord appeared in his dreams on the very first night itself and commanded “ Ye fool! I was happy in that  areca nut wallet .

I had the rare felicity of being bathed in the nectar-like saliva of his holy mouth, very holy due to his constant chanting of the hymns of my dearest Azhwars.

I had the supreme delight in listening to the sweet verses from the divya prabandham which he warbled to me.

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You have deprived me of all this happiness and subjected me the tedious trials of your formal worship.” Ensure that I reach my  areca nut wallet as soon as possible .

The  young man  was put under great apprehension by this dream. He immediately rushed  and surrendered the lordships  to the old custodian, who  gladly accepted the deity with love pouring  tears and  singing the divine  pasurams. Nevertheless, the old story of Salagrama entering his mouth as areca  nut continued and the Lord remained in HIS  bliss always .

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The Lord takes supreme pleasure in listening to the rapturous outpourings from the love-smitten and love-soaked hearts of his devotees. Such revered  devotees were  Azhwars.  This is why  we give  lot of  importance to their verses.

Just by pretending to carry streaks of their bhakthi by chanting their  nectarine words, we receive the grace of the Supreme. What if someone live his entire life chanting their works and serving Lord .

The mood is transcendental and  every cell vibrates with his HOLY NAME ..

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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LORD KRISHNA LEAVES HIS FLUTE


Neeraja  was a gopi  who came to Gokulam as the daughter-in-law to  a Gopa family. She was beautiful and humble and loved the  new place which had some special vibrations .Her husband and in-laws cautioned her  about  a dark skinned cowherd boy  who was very mischievous and warned her to  be away from his pranks. They  threatened her to keep away from Him and to avoid Him by every possible means. Neeraja was confused.  However ,she was very curious to see how he looked and what were those pranks which attracted so many gopis  .Her mind was absorbed now .

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One summer evening, near the outskirts of a village  Neeraja was returning from the banks of Yamuna river  immersed in the thoughts of the dark skinned boy.  .

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 Suddenly , she heard some mellifluous music from a direction which almost pulled her She ran towards the direction from where the sweet melody was heard . She somehow reached those wonderful grooves in the forest .

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Krishna the irresistibly attractive lotus eyed Preceptor of the Universe, bestower of boons, Eternal Lord, was playing the flute as the sun sank in the west. His small lovely fingers were over the flute and the cosmic music  gushed out . She instantly fell for him and was watching from the grooves .

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The vibration of this divine instrument was able to break the meditation of the greatest sages. Krishna the cosmic musician he was thus challenged the cupid  with his transcendental music .Something divine happened . The birds flying above descended down , and one on the trees started chirping with joy . The peacocks assembled to dance with their gaiety steps .The calves stopped sucking their mothers udders and remained like statues .The poisonous reptiles were humbled to the divine music . The bamboo trees nearby were shedding tears of joy because a little part of it which made up the tree was creating such a wonderful music. The clouds passing over the land stopped moving and provided an umbrella to Krishna. Lakes and rivers overflew with water, expanding their banks hurriedly desirous of embracing Krishna’s lotus feet which mesmerized her with captivating celestial tune . Krishna’s beloved cows stood in tranquilly with their ears spread just to catch the nectar-filled tune flowing out of his flute. Few cows and calves that were eating the grass, froze their actions in order not to let those munching sound disturb His divine music and thus get the fullest enjoyment.

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 Krishna knew the gopis  would come and be with him in the moonlight dancing in eternity.  Grace can only flow through Krishna’s flute, as there is nothing inside its body to prevent his will from coming through.

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The gopis heard the celestial music and wondered how sweet it could be if they were able to sing and dance with Krishna in accordance with the music. The minds of the gopis , wandering in different directions, were now centred on the divine music that came from the flute of Krishna. The mesmerizing music of the flute it was, each gopi simply left what  household chores   they were doing and rushed to the flow of music like bees encircling the honeycomb without looking back. Few gopis left the dishes still dirty butter un churned racing into the flow . Some even left mothers in mid conversation and few  allowed the food to burn on the stove. The call of Krishna’s flute was eternal and they couldn’t resist . Lord is never without the flute , whether he is with his mother, on the grazing grounds with his herd of cows, among his cowherd companions or roaming around on the Yamuna banks. Even when He is not playing the flute , it is safely tucked in His waistband, never leaving Him..

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The Gopis ran into the forest seeking that transcendental bliss, where Krishna stood with his flute. He was too handsome and each gopi felt he was looking right at them. They formed into a garland and began to dance around him, their ankle bells tinkling, their saris waving to the divine tune. He played his flute and the gopis danced eternally. Some waved their arms in the air, some spun in circles and some bent their knees and waist, swaying with the flute music.

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The flowers decorating their neck and ears scenting the air and thus the gopis reached for their Lord of all Senses. As they reached for him he reached back, expanding himself to meet each gopi individually. Each gopi placed her hands on his shoulder and Krishna placed his hands on each gopi’s shoulder. They smiled at him and their eyes twinkled at him. He laughed out loud, delighted with their joy. They danced and danced, waving their wrists, stamping their feet and twirling in the moonlight.

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The bells and bangles of the gopis and the stamping and clapping of hands and feet joined with the singing of Krishna to fill the night. Some gopis twirled their saris, spinning with Krishna. Others sang back and forth with him, or stepped lightly in time with beautiful Lord. Some clung tightly to him, crushing their flower garlands into his strong chest, while others barely touched him as they danced in time with the music. The singing and dancing, the twirling saris and intertwining arms was so beautiful that the moon paused in her track across the sky to watch the eternal joy .

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Those gentle deers  and sleepy birds watched from the edge of the forest with unknown joy  while the dance continued . Krishna and the gopis danced on, each gopi embracing Krishna as if he was  only for her. Each gopi completely satisfied with Krishna the Soul of the Universe’s touch and gaze.

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The gopi’s faces and arms  were dripped with sweat .  Krisna wiped the droplets from their chubby cheeks. Garlands of flowers lay crushed on the ground as the gopis, one by one, dropped their arms in exhaustion. Krishna, still expanded to be with each gopi individually, led them to the banks of the Yamuna River and poured the cool water over their faces and hands. The gopis  splashed the water  on him back playfully and their laughter filled the clearing. The gentle wind picked the scent of flowers from the garlands around the gopis neck and the blossoms in their hair and carried it up to the watching moon. Slowly,  the moon sank and  the sun began to rise and  here the gopis rested in the embrace of Krisna, each gopi held tight, held lovingly, held personally by the endless compassionate Lord. Krishna the eternal friend he was  expanded  and held  each gopi in his arms for each one to feel HE is there to  just  be with them.

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Neeraja was watching all  the fun , unmindful of the time that was passing .She was in  a divine trance .She  suddenly shook up and went back home love struck .Her husband and in laws disowned her and she was made an outcast  ,  a harsh punishment . Neeraja felt it was a call to transcend the material bonds, to free oneself from the trammels of earthly endeavours. Neeraja did not care for any one now.

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She became mad and yearned to meet Krishna .Her thoughts were always filled with HIS smile and the divine play .She was immersed in HIS love .Everything was Krishna now .Her breath was krishna . She was in overwhelmingly  in an ecstatic state. It was Neeraja who was the first gopi to rush and hold the reins of Akrura’s chariot when he was taking Krishna to Mathura away from Gokulam as per Kamsa’s plan , and try to push the vehicle back.

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Dejected she spent her life  in the Vamsi Kunj, whole mind fixed on the Lord  always whom she had dissolved in her heart . Years passed. She was getting old. One day she prayed desperately to Krishna …

My Lord!! I can no longer bear this forlorn life. My eyes have gone dry, they have no more tears to keep this love for you. My heart too is fast turning into a wasteland.

Please come   and grace this craving soul  !! My Lord, please come and save me, take me unto yourself. Her prayer was sincere and unconditional..

Krishna heard the prayer. He responded to her yearning and presented himself immediately  before her .He called her by name, so sweetly that the very voice filled her with new life.

The Vamsi Kunj was now fragrant with divine glory.

Krishna came near  her and took Neeraja’s palm in His hand and said

Neeraja my dear …. Tell me … “What do you desire?”

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Neeraja was  overjoyed. She looked at Krishna and said …

My Lord!! I wish you to play the flute once just  for my sake.

Krishna smiled and gave the excuse that He had not brought His flute. But, looking at Neeraja’s yearning, he plucked a reed from a bamboo tree  in Vamsi Kunj and broke it right and in a trice converted it into a flute. With Neeraja on his lap, Krishna played the flute melodiously  by which the entire Gokula and even the whole world, was bathed in ecstatic joy.

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When He stopped, Neeraja had attained final beatitude and was no longer a limited individual Gopi separate from Him.

Every Gopi’s story is nectarine , each in its own way, for they were all so transmuted by the unconditional bhakthi they bore towards the Lord. The Gopis were declared by sage  Narada in the Bhakthi Suthras (aphorisms on devotion) to be the greatest among the bhakthas (devotees).

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Satyabhama  took pride on being Krishna’s most beloved but soon had to swallow it as she made a futile attempt to measure Krishna’s weight in gold. Rukmini proved her love to Lord by  offering a sacred Tulsi leaf instead which caused the scales to promptly tip by the weight of her devotion to Krishna.

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When Krishna was leaving Gokula to free his biological parents and Ugrasena by vanquishing  the demon Kamsa, Radharani was awaiting for Krishna on the way. Krishna’s eyes dissolves in Radharanis  eyes .He asks the driver to stop the cart. Akrura  surprisingly  asks, Oh Lord!! “Who is she?” Krishna responds,  Akrura

“Everyone is drawn to me, but I am drawn to her!”

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May our lives too celebrate their stay and…………

let’s fall at HIS holy feet our  divine father always in thoughts and deeds ………….

Adapted from a lecture by a Santh at Vrindavan

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Video credits :  Krishna devotee

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Sri Vishnu sahasranama Sthothra, a garland of thousand divine nectarine nam


….Sri Vishnusahsranama ..………a  divine gift from Bhishmacharya ………………..

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After the  great Mahabharata war,  as per destiny , Bhismacharya was lying on the bed of arrows . He was  letting  the world know that he was waiting for the auspicious time [punya kala] for the sun orienting its direction northwards [Uttarayan] for  leaving  his mortal  body.

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Deep inside his heart he was  praying  Lord Krishna to bless him with his darshan during his last moments of his life .  Bhismacharya was patiently  bearing the pain and  being a nice devotee  had the firmness  not to ask  the lord for relief and instead  waited for  the Lord to  grace him . The lord also acted in the same way as his devotee. Since Bhismacharya did not directly call upon Lord , the Lord also decided that he will not use that as a direct reason for giving him his darshan.

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It is also revealed , before the onset of the war, Arjuna was perplexed and  hence  Lord Sri Krishna gave the  Holy epic Srimad Bhagavat Gita to  clarify all the  doubts  of Arjuna  and  indirectly to the humankind.  

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  Meanwhile  after the war ,  the whole of Dwaraka was eagerly waiting for the Lord’s arrival   Lord  Krishna was  getting ready to depart to Dwaraka . Yudishtira  somehow wanted to delay the lord’s departure for some reason.  He submits to Lord humbly and pleads  , Oh Lord Krishna! I cannot sit on the throne which is stained by the blood of all my relatives and all my grandsir’s. I am not  sure about the righteous path and am confused over the path of dharma.” Please help me ..

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Lord  thought that  probably  he had to bestow Yudhistira with another sermon of Bhagavat Gita but decided not to do so. He thought of a  better option. He told Yudistira that the best person to seek knowledge on dharma  was   none other than Bhismacharya . The lord said “When Arjuna was confused; I thought that my discourse would make his mind light and devoid of any doubts. But I later realized that he was all the more confused and worried.”

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 He advised , Yudishtira that he was going to lead him to a satsang which was a divine communion with a great devotee  Bhismacharya. So the entire retinue now proceeded towards Bhismacharya in the war field .Bhishma  was lying on a bed of arrows with no food, water and  was sustaining his life only by uttering the Lords holy names  silently and living with  sheer divine grace.

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The moment Bhisma   looks at  Lord Krishna along with Yudhistira, his face  brightens up  with  a smile. He is overjoyed with Lord Krishna  darshan.  Lord walks near him and with a bewitching smile  requests  Bhisma to clarify Yudhishtira’s  doubt’s  .  Lord   thus created a  situation and used this as a pretext to  grace Bhisma.

                                             (He wanted to show the greatness of Bhisma).

 Lord looks at  Yudishtira and says ,  Yudhishtra !!!  when people are about to depart this world, they would disclose the supreme of all secrets which they have been guarding all their lives. This is akin to the father giving all his wealth to his son only during his last moments. The lord advises him  to clarify all his questions related to the highest dharma from Bhisma  who was considered the man  for  his strength, honesty , values  and benevolence .

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All the Pandavas and Draupathi arrive  at the Kurukshetra battle field where Bhisma was lying on the bed of arrows. Bhisma  looks at the them and becomes  very emotional..

Bhisma   recollects all the misfortune that happened one by one  .He concludes with tears  even  for wise people some things  are apprehensive ..“Sarvam kala krutham manyae” It is all the play of time [kala] and none other than Lord Krishna can  comprehend this.

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Time is no different from Krishna as the lord appears as time outside. Yudishtira  moves close to Bhishma  to voice his concerns on dharma and requests   to expound on Dharma.

Hearing his question, Bhisma  replies ..My child listen …. Dharma can be classified as follows 

Raja dharma – The dharma for politics

Moksha dharma – The dharma for different stages of one’s life as a student, as a house-holder

Varma Dharma – The dharma  that one needs to adhere by someone who is ready for renunciation

Ashrama dharma – The dharma for a renunciant

Bhisma  elucidates  on the prayachitha dharma [pavana dharma )  set of guidelines that one needs to follow if one commits a mistake.

After patiently listening to the discourse on dharma ,  Yudishtira pleads   Bhisma to expound on the supreme of all dharmas. 

Bhishma smiles and says  My child !!! Can any one compare  between dharmas. Every dharma is unique in its own way.

However ..listen the  supreme of all dharmas is verily chanting the divine names of Lord Vishnu. It is superior to any other dharma. It is indeed greatest of all dharma, jnana and bhakti yogas. The chanting of divine names of the lord exists independently of other dharmas.

Bhishma blessed us all by revealing Sri Vishnu Sahasranama which has the powers to cure  any disease  in samsara and liberate us  from this prison of samsara and  ensure we are  united with Lord Sriman Narayana.

All the great commentators of Bhagavad Gita and Vishnu Sahasarnama gracefully  point out the  fact that chanting the divine names of the lord is indeed the greatest of all dharmas in the age of Kali.

Human mind thinks that if a path has lot of intricacies then it is a supreme. Human mind  also thinks that if a path is rare then it is great. The same mind also thinks that a simple path cannot be a great path.  The  great Azhwars , Acharyas and advanced devotees from all the vaishnava schools  justifiy  why the path of nama sankirtan is indeed supreme. There are six reasons  to substantiate the greatness of this path.

Firstly there is no violence involved. It  is easy to perform, for it has no  expectations  on  six fronts – himsa [violence], purushantara [irrespective of caste/creed], desha [place], kala [time], dravyantara [no material cost], niyama [no rules]. There are absolutely no rules.

Namasankirtan will unite everybody. It will unite countries, people, cultures and races. People will unite and come together irrespective of their religion, tradition and philosophies they follow and everyone will be united by the bond of love which will be further strengthened by the chanting of the divine names of the lord.

 

The battle of Kurukshertra took only twenty years before the start of the Kali Yuga which is about 5200 years ago.

So Bhismacharya gave a fitting dharma which logically, philosophically fulfills the principles of Bhagavad Gita. Srimad Bhagavatam fulfills Bhagavad Gita and it explains Gita with lot of relish by quoting examples and anecdotes.

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At the end of Mahabharatha war, Yudhistira was bestowed with the thousand names of the lord, the Vishnu Sahasarnama.

Sree Vishnu sahasranama Sthothra, is a garland of the thousand  divine names of Lord Vishnu, strung into a beautiful sthothra by the legendary Rishi “Veda Vyasa” , acknowledged as one of the greatest exponents of the Vedic wisdom.  The first 13 stanzas are the dialog between Yudhisthira and Bhishmacharya .  The next three stanzas are the customary Dhyana verses…. It is  said that in Veda Vyasa’s 149th chapter Anushasanika Parvam of the Great Epic Mahabharatha,  the Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra,  the 1000 names of the Lord Vishnu  are written..

The person who requested for it is the Dharma Putra and the person who gave it is Dharma Swaroopa, the very embodiment of dharma, Bhismacharya. The witness to this wonderful episode was none other than the end of all dharma, Lord Sri Krishna.

It was in such a beautiful way that the chanting of the divine names of the lord was introduced to the world in such an auspicious setting and amidst a holy group.  After hearing this, Yudhistira was completely satiated and relieved.

Sage Veda Vyasa very joyfully included the divine name chanting in Mahabharatha.Satsang brings in the aura of peace, ushers into clarity and keeps our intellect intact so that we can enjoy happiness and love of the lord.

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HARI NAAM SANKIRTAN KI JAI…

By  Asmath Acharyar’s and Elders blessings we were able to conduct 108 times recitation of SRI VISHNU SAHASRANAMAM recitation  in our temple that takes almost 30 hours non stop attended by a large group of devotees .This is the second year and Adiyen seeks readers good wishes and blessings for continuous gathering .

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lLe-69xg9U&index=3&list=PLP1uGvcr-dnli_Z1DTkeDqH4jD7fnM9oK

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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