At Tirumala, Ananthalvan, disciples were planning to return to their native place in view of rainy season as per gurukulam curriculam. Swamy Anathazhwan blessed them and spoke to them about the need for Satsanga. As their Acharya , he hinted them about satsangha .
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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 .
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 . 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.
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