King Veerasikhamani was one of the disciple of Swamy Parasara bhattar . He used to personally come to Srirangam and have darshan of Lord Ranganathar and his Acharyar Swamy Parasara Bhattar . Due to preoccupation with the state matters , he arrived to Srirangam after few months . He was feeling guilty and sad for he could not progress in his spiritual endeavors like listening to discourses , worshiping the Lord , seeking satsangh etc . He humbly submitted to Acharyar about his poor commitment in spiritual progress . The King pleaded Acharyar to advise him a simple method for Lord realisation .
Swamy parasara bhattar out of abundant compassion , advised him to carry the image of LORD RAMACHANDRA always with him in his heart and cherish the divine pastimes . The King was curious to know that incident of Lord Rama which swamy cherished . Swamy Bhattar replied about that time when Lord Ramachandra and the army of vanaras camped on Suvela mountains the sun was about to set .
The army of vanaras assembled and were discussing about their next plan . One leader announced , dear friends !!! You know we are very near to Lanka and as the night approaches the Rakshasas become stronger and possess enormous strength to attack our Lord Rama . Hearing the leaders words ,the vanaras were very confused and upset as they knew that the Rakshasas will somehow create illusions and may create problems to Lord Rama and Lakshamana .
The leader suggested that they will take all measures to protect Lord Rama and Lakshamana . For this they had to be awake shielding Lord Rama and Lakshmana . The vanaras decided that they shall take turns and be on the sentry duty thus protecting Lord Rama and lakshmana whole night .They alloted the time and were guarding Lord and Lakshamana. However due to the gentle cool breeze from the ocean and their tiredness all the vanaras fell asleep .
As soon as all the vanaras fell asleep, Lord Rama and Lakshmana got up , took over the duties and ever on alert with their bow and arrows . They created a magical illusion around vanaras thus the Rakshasas were able to see only Lord Rama and Lakshmana and the vanaras were invisible .
The Rakshasa seeing Lord Rama tejas were terrified and fled away without any trace . Thus the army of vanaras were protected by the Karunamoorthy .Lord Rama is an ocean of mercy when protecting his devotees in distress . Lord Rama saved the very army which had formed only to save Rama .
One must never loose direction even in his thought about the abundant mercy of Lord always protecting us and ever to be with us as Antaryaamee . So the best way is to hold him in our thoughts and deed always .
Jai Sree Ram
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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