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 .
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.
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 . They rushed towards Acharyar and invited him to their temple . Swamy , Please come to our temple, all the boys pleaded in one voice … .
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 obesiances to the temple and the deities inside and humbly accepted the theertha prasada given by the boys with all reverence .
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 ?
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
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….
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 .
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.
The disciple was enlightened with the lesson ..
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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