Whichever devotee desires to faithfully worship a particular form, I fortify his faith in exactly that (form).

A divine pastime happened few hundreds year ago   near the banks of Cauvery river. One sunny day few srivaishnava boys were playing on the banks of Cauvery  river .

As they inherited their  parents daily rituals , the boys smartly erected a  small temple and installed an idol out of the Cauvery mud from the banks of the river . Each of them had some little contribution in bringing mud , pebbles , leaves , flowers etc .

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As a part of the religious code  as observed at their homes , they adorned themselves with the Urdhvapundra ( Tilak ) and were completely dissolved in devotion assuming it to be the real Periya Perumal Temple .

Few began chanting  (glorification verses)  Thirupallandu pasuram verses innocently but it was divine feeling  for the crowd .

They offered Theertha prasada readily available from the banks of the river.

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JagathAcharyar Swamy Ramanuja happened to pass by the banks of the river .

One curious boy noticed the  smiling swamin from a long distance .

He informed the other kids  and all wished to have Acharyas appreciation .  

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They rushed towards Acharyar and invited him to their temple . 

Swamy ,

Please come to our  temple, all the boys pleaded in one voice … .

 

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Swamy Ramanuja was overjoyed with the boys dedication. He accompanied  the little boys and proceeded towards their temple  constructed just now  on the banks of the river .

He offered obeisances to the temple and the deities inside and humbly accepted the theertha prasada given by the boys with all reverence .

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A  disciple who was watching  his Acharyar ,  humbly begged to know what was the reason for Swamy Ramanuja to offer obeisance’s and accept the  theertha prasada  in an inappropriate place and that too  from small kids ?

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Swamy Ramanuja   smiled and said , My Child !! .. You must recollect the sloka in  Srimad Bhagavad Gita  where Lord Krishna says

yo yo yaam yaam tanum bhaktaha shraddhayaarchitumicchati |
tasya tasyaachalaam shraddhaam taameva vidadhaamyaham ||

Whichever devotee desires to faithfully worship a particular form,                                                      I  fortify his faith in exactly that (form).  

and as per poigai Azhwar  a verse from the Mudhal Thiruvandhaadee  says

thamar ugandhadhu evvuruvam avvuruvam thane thamar ugandhadhu eppEr maRRappEr – thamar ugandhu evvaNNam sindhiththu imaiyAdhu irupparE avvaNNam AzhiyAnAm

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 which means ……

If the devotees wish to   perform service in any form ,  He  joyfully  accepts  that in this world (through archa form) by accepting   whatever form and name that they wish for Him….

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Lord accepts whatsoever form the devotees create and offer worship .

He lovingly  accepts   the  name the devotees lovingly call him and  whatever manner in which they offer worship to him .

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Swamy Ramanuja had unwavering respect for the Lordships which was intended as a play toy and respect to the children .

Any deity which is created out of sheer devotion is entitled for worship . It is big offence to look down upon them.

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The disciple was enlightened with the lesson ..

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Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

Pics credits  : Google images

 

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5 thoughts on “Whichever devotee desires to faithfully worship a particular form, I fortify his faith in exactly that (form).

  1. Hari Om!
    It’s all in one’s mind! Jagathacharya’s ways followed will never let one to slip or to fall. This is Adiyen’s conviction who can feel His energy in times of Emergency. It’s all subjective Experience & one has to realize within. ” Uyivatharku oru vali Udayavar Tiruvadi!”
    Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!

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