This incident happened few hundred years back near Mathura . One day King Akbar on a routine check goes in disguise towards Fathepur Sikri near Mathura and halts at Mathura. His servant who wishes to impress his king wants to gift him something . Knowing Akbar is a lover of roses he decides to get a rose garland for his King…
The servant anxiously rushes towards the local market to buy the best roses. He finds one shop displaying wonderful colorful fragrant roses. Walking ahead he decides to take them and offer the same to his Master .
He finds a man inside the shop already paying cash for the deal of buying the same garland of rose flowers along with baskets of loose flowers. ( as he had an ardent desire to make a huge bungalow of rose flowers for the LORDSHIPS . ..) .
Akbar’s servant was adamant with the strong desire to impress his King . He tells the shop keeper that he would pay more for the same roses that was given by this man .
Amused , the man looks around and replies to the servant , how can you do that when I already purchased all those roses? The discussion starts in the presence of the shop keeper ..
Looking at the new entrant , the innocent man he was , he asked him who he was ?
Akbar’s servant with much pride on his face replied ….
Look !! I am the royal servant of King Akbar and you know Jahapana Badhasha Akbar loves roses ….
Being his servant …. My desire is to make him happy !!! So please allow me to have them with the best price I can pay ..
A thought raced in the mind . of this man ..
..When one servant is filled with so much of attitude to serve the king !!!
Why should I not be filled with more attitude being a servant of Lord who is the King of The Kings in the world.
Braving himself he said to the shop keeper Look ! I would pay any thing for the roses ..
The bargain begun ….
Both started bidding, 1 rupee, 2, 5, 20, 50 Rupees….
The servant did not really have that much amount but kept on bidding, neither the mathura man had so much of amount.
However , the bid finally ended for Rs 100 / – which was very big amount those days …
Akbar’s servant vanished as he could not face the price …………………
Now the same flowers was sold to Mathura man for Rs 100 / . As he did not have that big amount with him , he wished for some time …..
He went back and sold his jewels, everything that was with him and gave it to the shopkeeper . Pleased he took those flowers and submitted to the Head Priest of Srinathjee Temple and requested him for decorating the flowers in the temple and make a flower bungalow for LORDSHIPS.
Out there Santh Vithalnathi the descendant of Acharya Sri Vallabacharya was serving LORD Shrinathj decorating those fragrant flowers . The Lordships were adorned with fragrant flowers The darshan was splendid . The devotees thronged to have darshan of LORD in huge numbers .. The time for afternoon rituals arrived .
The Priest was about to perform Mangala Haarathi and he was amazed to notice Lord Shrinathjis head bowed.
Priest Vithalnathji was surprised . He silently closed the inner doors of the temple altar and with tears pleaded LORD to forgive him … and pleads pardon assuming that there could have been some pain in LORD’s neck which forced him to bow his head
Lord Shrinathji replied – Yes ! My child …
Today I cannot bare the load of this rose garland which was honored by that innocent man . This is the most expensive because its been purchased with so much of love for me .
This man from Mathura made me bow said the LORD ..
Lord commanded to the priest …..Get that nice man here immediately ….. Vithalnathji asked his disciples to search for this man at Mathura.
The innocent man was located in the same flower market . He was requested to at once accompany them to the temple . The urge to have darshan of LORD made him literally run ..
With his eyes filled with tears seeing the mercy and love of God towards him he falls like an uprooted tree under Lords lotus feets. Lord Shrinathji picks him & hugs him for the devotion ..
Any material thing lost or sold is always in the favor of a true devotee. . Only love towards the supreme Lord comes with us who leads the soul to liberate from this mundane world..
.The real result is ecstatic love of Lord Krsna:
patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahritam asnami prayatatmanah
Adapted from a discourse from an advanced devotee
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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