This whole world is moving according to the plan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is a specific plan being carried out in this material world. What is this plan? The cosmic manifestation is a chance for the elevated souls to go back to Godhead. .
As they overcome the material nature, they slowly get conditioned. One who can understand the plan of the Supreme Lord and cultivate Krsna consciousness gradually becomes intelligent. He slowly realises the creation and destruction of the cosmic manifestation are under the superior guidance of Lord . The Battle of Kuruksetra was fought according to the plan of LORD . Arjuna was refusing to fight, but he was told that he should fight and at the same time desire the Supreme Lord
Lord Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, the Song Celestial, tells his dearest friend and disciple, Arjuna, “Nimitta matram Bhava Savyasachi”. You just become an instrument.
So the man of God feels in the inmost recesses of his heart that he is a mere instrument. He works for God, he lives for God. He feels that God Realisation is not enough. He feels that God Manifestation here on earth is of paramount importance.
One divine pastime chronicled as Azhwar’s musings is being shared for a vivid description of a jiva seeking Lord’s lotus feet …. …
The youngest Azhwar among the illustrious revered twelve Srivaishnava Azhwars was Thirumangai Azhwar He was also glorified with the names Kalivarimuni ,Parakalamuni and had a title “Kaviloka divaakarah” .. ( the sun of the world of poets ) as glorified below …
aavidyam nihatam tamah …
The magnum opus “Periya Thirumozhi” consisting of 1080 pasurams in the Naalayira Divya Prabhandam speaks about Azhwar’s deep love to Lord .The below post describes about Azhwars past and his attraction to LORD in his later life ..
The supremely devoted Azhwar after having darshan of the Sri vaishnava divyadesams by glorifying the Lordships in every divya desam was pondering about his position Though his mission was accomplished in uplifting the fallen souls in seeking Lord’s lotus feet unconditionally thus surrendering to the only HIM the Supreme Lord Sriman Narayana , Azhwar had some musings for not able to obtain immediate results.
Azhwar became anxious and perplexed as how much longer he would have to bear his karma and when would he attain the bliss of emancipation. He had a unexplained fear whether LORD would continue to keep him in the material world all together .In this perplexed mood he entered into a casual discussion with Lord of the Lords Sriman Narayana ..
Looking at the Lord !! he laments ,
Oh My Master !! you had pushed me away ..far far away ..by throwing me long long long ago in a bottomless pit full of material and mire in this world …
Oh Lord !!! Am I not yours like the Nitya muktas . Am I stranger to your highness ?
Devareer could have kept me amongst the Nitya surees for serving your highness …
Azhwar submits … It is described in Srimad Bhagavatham
Na me dveshyosti na priyah
You declared no one in particular is beloved to you and neither you hate any one .
It is also declared Samoham Sarva bhuteshu and look upon everyone equally ….and announced the supremely pure Jiva is like a kausthubha jewel that is effulgent with knowledge bliss …
Oh ! Lord does this give you any happiness seeing your children suffering in this infected material world ?
You have thrown me in this muddy samsara …a bottomless pit …
Lord with compassion replies !! with a bewitching smile …
Oh Parakala muni ……………….
Am I cause for your difficulties ? which……
you invited due to various sins committed by you in different lives you have taken since immemorial..
My child … Yes!
I appeared several times and taken various incarnations to punish the evil doers and reward the one who did virtuous deeds .
I took all the pain in seeing that people like you are uplifted ..
But am sad ..you never ever sought me and preferred to be Independent .
Never you showed inclination towards me ..You evaded and avoided me and slowly moved away from me as if you had taken a vow that you would not see , hear , speak and seek me at all.
You were always seeking material pleasures and thus enjoyed the ephemeral worldly pleasures and indulged in sinful deeds. entertaining hatred every moment towards my devotees ,
My Child …. You are therefore ..cause for the succession of sorrows which have chased you for the gross misdeeds.
Kaliyan … Now don’t impute me for your misdeeds .
Azhwar humbly responded …..
Oh Lord !! The Mind is the cause for a person to entertain a desire or wish in favour of a particular object and this crazy mind is under YOUR control ..as you declared in SBG
Sarvasya chaaham hridi samnishtah.”
As HRISHIKESHA you are the cause of the good and bad thoughts …
Azhwars have proclaimed
and YOU alone have ensured that my mind is diverted from the evil thoughts which forces me to commit these sins
..Maruvithozhum maname thandhaai…
Oh ! Lord !! This mind you gave me which with love seeks your refugee ..and you gave this sinful mind ..and then threw me in this ocean of samsara
..Lord !! Please show compassion and uplift me ..
Lord once again smiles and replies…………..
Oh Parakaala muni …My child …
From time immemorial ….
You never sought me .
To attain specific fruits and get rid of difficulties you had performed certain yagas and yagynas and seeked fruits .
You overlooked me. With that faith you had overlooked me and thus you had several succession of lives doing good and bad deeds thus falling in the unending cycle of karmas in this samsara .
Now tell me ..How can I be a part of your sins ?
Azhwar shakes up and with moist eyes .He continues to plead ..
Oh Lord !! Please don’t say that I forgot you ..
I entertained the faith and trust that some actions would give specific results and that therefore I had distanced from you my LORD out of ignorance …
What authority do I have to do good or bad karma ..My Lord …
Lord !! Being LORD of LORD’s , please do not put me in the karmic code of life . For my own upliftment please bear me ..
Lord !! As per knowledgeable people what pleases you is a virtuous deed and that angers you is a sinful deed ……………
Lord !! This verse proclaims you decide the fruits of our karma..
. In that case Lord !! Can your grace not flow on us to do good karmas only ?
You are everything ..Please exhibit that divine power by uplifting this fallen soul ..
Lord with abundant mercy smiled….
and said ..Oh ! Azhwar ……
Are you an insentient being like a stone or that rock …You have knowledge, a body and the senses .. With all these , You acted independently ..You are the enjoyer .. You seek .. You attain …and then you enjoy your might…………………………
As a jiva you are supposed to use your Jnana to discriminate between good and bad .
In Spite of having Jnana and the freedom to act independently you have yourself become the cause of your evil consequences
.Child ! I am of no fault at all ..
Azhwar disappointed , once again pleads and begs LORD …
Lord ! You are Omnipotent and my Indweller ..
Yasya prithivee sariram
Sarvam vai karestanuh
Lord !! Your entire body is this entire world …Lord you enter matter in a very subtle manner and then you take control of this matter in the same way which Jiva controls or conduct the decaying body ..
For this entire matter Lord!! you are the primary cause ….
Just as a charioteer directs the horses which draw the chariot I act only as per the directions given by you and If you oppose I cannot perform and become powerless
Oh Lord !! Is it not your gesture to look after your own child and this body is of that Atma (Jiva) which belongs to you alone ..and the protection of all the jivas like me is Lord ! Your responsibility as you are the nature of Eternal Atma
Lord !! In the Ashtakshara mantra it is proclaimed that there are nine types of connection which are with us and cannot be overlooked ..
Oh Lord !! Am shivering with fear as how much longer You who are Independent will push me into this abyss of samsara .Lord
Please don’t make me a victim of your divine leela ,….
instead make me an instrument in your service
The discussion echoes an ordinary Jiva’s struggle and plight in emancipation .
Azhwar further continues
Maattramula aagilum solluvan makkal
Thottrakkuzhi thottruvippaaikal Endru innam
Aaattrankarai vvzhmarampol anjugindren
Naattrachchuvai ooru oliyaagiya nambhi
Oh Lord …
The taste , touch , vision etc which are seen in the earthly and the five elements are being indicated as the qualities which are in you ..
You are the essence in water , sound in the sky , scent in the earth and in short sap and essence in everything
..Lord !! Nothing can exist without you ..
Oh Lord …With all these qualities that are substances which induce desire and hence creating problems that commits sins thus forgetting you Lord due to ignorance and mad illusion thus falling in this bottomless pit repeatedly ..
We are just small puppets .
Though you have given us the knowledge , the senses in this body are uncontrollable horses which have caused my befall Knowing fully well that the physical pleasures are ephemeral , temporary and very minute which leads to great difficulties that resulted in deep sorrow ..yet like a drunken mad monkey this mind runs swiftly and this body is like a fruit full of worms which have already begun to eat me inside ..
You pushed me into this deep pit with a noose called karma and punish me by giving this body which has full of worms ..
As a tree which is on a bank of a rapidly flowing river fiercely cutting into the banks is all the time not knowing as and when the tree is washed out even my life is like that
...Lord !! Am trembling with fear now
Lord out of abundant compassion and like a father who painfully tweaks the cheeks of a child and enjoys the cries thought …chuckles and thinks …
Umn !! That’s true..I allowed you to fall and that was for your own good ..
I have got rid of your atheistic beliefs and cruel conduct once for all
I taught you the Ashtaakshara mantraa
which made you sing Naan kandu kondain Naarayana ennum Naamam and made him aware of the True Knowledge ..
Its just a matter of few more years ..I will accept and uplift him permanently ..as he has to just accept his Prarabhdha karmaa and then …
Lord now replies pretending to be unhappy …
Oh Parakala Muni … What is this unusual behaviour from you ..Its your Prarabhdha karma which is causing pain . Have you forgotten your unbearable misdeeds and hatred towards my devotees ?
Why is this anxiety bothering you .. If you can find any other person who can uplift you ………..Please carry on …
Azhwar immediately submits sobbing uncontrollably ..
Oh Lord !! Am a insignificant being ..Please forgive me ..You are an ocean of compassion and abundant mercy ..
How could I ever imagine to get your benevolent grace ..Please forgive me
Ashtaakshari is my only bread butter and life force .
.Lord !I am suffering with unlimited anxiety for the fear that I amy be again pushed into this samsaara ..
Seetramula aagilum seppuvan makkall
kaatrathidaippatta kalavar manam pol
Oh ! Lord adorning the mighty Sudarshana chakram , Tell me…………
Do you need the divine chakra ?
..In this entire creation there is NO ONE who can oppose your supremacy and cause difficulties
.Having the chakra is to protect people like me ..
All your weapons are for protecting your children……………………
The totality of the evil deeds of any devotee will be obliterated by the Sudarshana chakra if only such devotee were to have the insignia of the chakra on his shoulders ,
Oh Lord !! I am travelling in a boat which is caught in the middle of the ocean surrounded by agitated waves due to the winds of passion ..Oh Lord !! Please pardon me …
Azhwar submits with unconditional surrender ..
Knowing LORD is eternal , he submits
Lord when a child who is full of mischief falls into a well , the entire world blames the mother .though Mother is no way responsible for the event …
A story used to be shared by our great revered Acharyar Swami Peria Vachan Pillai …
The great war of Mahabharatha concluded ..The revered saint Udanka was upset . He approached Lord Krishna and enquired
You revealed Srimad Bhagavad Gita and said ..
..na me dveshyosthi na priyah
For you all were same ..
You could have very well changed the minds of Kauravas thus preventing this catastrophe ….
Lord was silent ..These were the words
nimitta mattram bhava savyassaachin
mayaivaite nihataah poorvameva
LORD was speechless when Azhwar addressed him with this revelation..
Azhwar was special to LORD .. he earned his love for the devotion and unconditional surrender ….. …………………………..
Many elevated souls have realised this highest transcendental truth….They do not care much for earthly good or evil. They care only for Lord’s inner dictates. Constantly they listen to the dictates of their Inner Pilot ( The Lord as Antharyamee) and then on the strength of their oneness, the inseparable oneness with their Inner Pilot, they offer their selfless, dedicated service to humanity
. They try to offer divine knowledge to aspiring humanity. Again, they tell humanity that Lord Realisation is not their sole monopoly. Everyone needs to fulfill his dharma on earth, fulfill the duties, the reason why we are here and then hand our existence over to existence and let life itself play its tune on us , the hollow bamboo flute. just let destiny fulfill itself through us , emptying our self of all the selfish ego desires and illusions and then realize the divine which is acting in us through in order to bring blessings and final upliftment
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
Inspired by a discourse shared by an advanced Spiritual guru…
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