Association with elders, scholars and pious people will result in brahmanubhava. The Parrot’s story………….

At Tirumala,  Ananthalvan,  disciples were  planning to return to their native place in view of rainy season as per gurukulam curriculum. 

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Swamy Anathazhwan blessed them  and  spoke to them about the need for Satsanga.

As their Acharya , he hinted them about satsangha .

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He said , Evil company takes you away from  Satsanga, as explained by the sruthi” sada pasyanti will produce the experience of Para Brahman.

Evil company will produce disaster .

One disciple was eager to know

How that would be possible ?

Ananthazhvan gave the disciples a small pep talk.

Swamy  quoted the story of Saunaka and other sages.

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Once , due to unexpected rains ,the ascetics  who were on a pilgrimage had to spend a rainy night  amidst  a forest in  a hunters  hamlet.

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The hunters were away from the place. A parrot who was on a branch , spoke to them  harshly thus  insulting  the seven ascetics .

The Parrot questioned   how they  could dare to enter the hamlet when there was nobody in. The parrot admonished them and asked them to get out. 

The repeated abuses made the saints  leave  the hamlet and  due to rain  they took shelter under a banyan tree.

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The parrot followed them and again insulted them asking them to leave that  place too .

 It called them by name and abused them as thieves….

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Unable to bear the insult, the seven mystics walked at dead of night in the rain and reached the hermitage of another Rishi. Here too , the hamlet was without any one inside . 

The Rishis had gone out for a bath, since it was about to dawn.

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 Here they  could hear another parrot with a pleasing voice .

The parrot spoke to them with kindness  and inquired about  their welfare. It directed  them to have  fruits, sacred water and place to rest comfortably,

It also received them with Vedic honours by chanting the Vedic hymns .

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 Amazed with the brought up of the Parrot by the saints , Saunaka told the parrot about their miserable experience at the hunter’s hamlet  last night in comparison to the   treatment  given just now . 

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They  wondered how two parrots belonging to the same kind, behaved in a totally diametrical fashion. The parrot told him that both were born to the same parents.

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But some how , I grew among these revered saints and my brother preferred to stay with the hunters . The parrot brought up by the Rishis knew how to receive guests and was always listening to the Vedas and Upanisads and the debates about their inner meaning. The parrot in  the hunter’s hamlet knew only about killing, dividing and eating.

It is the association that cultivates the good or bad qualities in the character.

Saunaka was supremely happy and blessed the Parrot. Ananthazhvan narrated  the story from the Upanisads to  know  the need for  Satsanga.

Association with elders, scholars and pious people will result in brahmanubhava.

It is Satsangha that we should aspire for in our life.

The disciples took his word as gospel and pledged to abide by his command.

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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3 thoughts on “Association with elders, scholars and pious people will result in brahmanubhava. The Parrot’s story………….

  1. Hari Om! Adiyen! “Satsangathse Nisangathvam….”Words of Adi Sankara TRUE! We do see this in this Kaliyuga. Some of our youth behave differently when they step into US or any foreign association. By the time they realize, old age taunts them. Hence, the need to spread the message of Sri Ramanuja, a must, indeed! Varadan’s service holds merit with his inexhaustible energy!
    Ramanuja Dasan
    Jai Sriman Narayana!

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