Once Lord Ranganathar declared that all the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven as well as of earth were placed at Swamy Ramanuja’ disposal.
Lord Srinivasa also re confirmed this grant by His divine words . And to prove that this was not mere flattery, it is written in our poorvacharyas works that one incident happened when JagathAcharyar Swamy Ramanuja was in Tirumala .
During those few months stay , a milkmaid by name Tumbaiyur Kondi used to supply milk and curds to the deities of Swamy Ramanuja in his ashram . When he was about to take leave from Tirupati, the woman appeared and presented her bill for payment. Swamy Ramanuja advised Kidambi‐Acchan to give her prasadam and settle her bill in the Mutt . She was pleased with Acharyar’s words . She proceeded to the Mutt and had her Prasadam . She went to Swamy Ramanuja and prostrated to him and submitted to him that she had a favour to ask.
She said, “Holy sire, I desire not payment in coins for my milk and curds, but grant me Moksha instead!” Swamy Ramanuja replied , Mother !! that power I do not possess ! Only Lord Srinivasa alone can grant your prayer,
Then !! Swamy Kindly give me a written assurance that for the curds and milk supplied this woman let her be given Moksha !
Swamy Ramanuja, over‐come by her faith, gave her the written deed . She forthwith ascended the Sacred Mount, but had hardly reached the summit,
the Lord Himself met her on the way, and receiving the permit gave her Moksha on the spot.
Another similar incident happened during revered Swami Nampillais days . Those were the days when Swami Nampillai was managing the affairs of srivaishnavas at Srirangam . Many disciples , scholars used to come to the Ashram for Acharayar’s advise . Next to the Ashram there was a vacant space and another house which was owned by an old lady a nice devotee .
This vacant space adjoining the Ashram could cater the additional guests arriving frequently . Swami Nampillai informed his disciples to request the owner of the land to donate the same for a noble service . The request was placed before the old woman but ended up in ambiguity . Swami Nampillai then asked his disciples to call the old woman .
The old woman prostrated the Acharyar and said , Swamin !! I am fortunate to posseess this vacant land at Srirangam because of my elders and would not part it as long as I am alive . However as a faithful follower she could accept for accommodating the devotees under a small request . Swami Nampillai allowed her to speak .
The old woman continued , Acharyar kindly arrange to grant me an equal piece of land at Srivaikuntam . Swamy Nampillai replied , Mother ! I shall submit my prayer for the same . Lord will grace you for sure .
Unsatisfied with the Seer’s words she said , Swamin , I am an old illiterate woman and wish to have an written assurance instead of an oral assurance.
Swamy Nampillai happily agreed . He got the deed drafted and made his disciple recite before the old woman which stated that she would be reaching the presence of Lordships on a particular date and time and will be given the required space in the heaven honouring the deed which was attested by Swamy Nampillai himself .
The old lady with tears prostrated Acharyar and happily donated the land .
Few days later she passed away peacefully on the date and time as per the deed and reached Sri vaikuntam .
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
Pics Credits : Sriman Sree Krishna