This incident took place in Srirangam .Swamy Nampillai was sick and recovering . A srivaishnava came to swamy’s ashram and said , Oh Acharaya your respectable body has become lean and weak much to our concern .
Swamy replied While one wanes the other one waxes .
This is the universal rule . It means while knowledge of Lord ,devotion to HIM and detachment to material things increase the body of the person generally leans out owing to his devotion and love to the LORD as he is always immersed in LORD’s divine attributes . His heart melts and slowly looses interests in food and looses the taste appetite etc .This results in the welcome weakness of the body , whereas for a worldly man who identifies his body with his soul, eats well and maintains a healthy body . Thus the physical stature waxes and the soul naturally wanes .
Another disciple came in the evening knowing about his ill health .He also enquired about his health for which swamy chucked .. Are we going to wage a war swamin ?? No !! The required fitness to serve the LORD is plentily available .There is nothing in wanting .Its LORDs wish as we are just under his custody . A srivaishnava will always consider disease to the body as a welcome guest and will strive to serve the LORD even in worst crisis come what way . The disciples learnt a nice lesson .True …A srivaishnava will consider this body as a stumbling block for the enlightenment of soul .
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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