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Sesha who serves the Lord as the bed and the umbrella was returning home albeit confused. Till the Kalki’s avatar, the Lord has taken the avatar as Srinivasa Venkatava in Tirumala. This is a new type of avatar. Kali’s atrocities are too much. To bring it under control, Venkatava appeared in Tirumala.
Even Kali tried in many different ways. But he could not do anything before Srinivasa. So he joined hands with Shanishwara to get Sesha separated from the Lord. The all knowing Lord hinted Sesha about this indirectly as well. It somehow hurt Sesha’s heart. “How can I ever do such a thing to the Lord? How can He think of me like so? How is this fair?” – Sesha was thinking loud while Shani appeared before him.
As he is called as Eshwara, Shani bowed to him with folded hands. Shani blessed him saying “Mangala prapthi rastu”
“Dhanyan I became” (blessed I am) – said Sesha.
“Sesha! You seem confused?”
“Yes Shanishwara. What you say is completely right.”
“Do not worry Sesha. I will strengthen you. What is the matter? If it can be shared with me, please do. Else leave it.”
“Nothing like that. There is no hesitation in sharing it with you. But…”
“I heard that you and Kali are joining hands to shake up the world. I think I should be careful with you.”
Shani laughed aloud.
“Sesha. I was thinking that you are an intelligent one. But I realize that you believe in anything anyone says. Aren’t you able to understand me, living in such a place?”
“Do not mistake me please. I said what I heard as it is.”
“Let anyone say anything. Why should you worry for you are the most favourite one of the Lord. Why worry then?”
“O Shanishwara. I am not scared. I am not worrying about you either. But whom I have been considering as the sole refuge, that Lord Venkatava does not trust me. Hence I am suffering.” – Sesha openly said everything.
Shani felt very happy hearing this. This is an opportunity to manipulate Sesha and thereby make Venkatava lose His strength. He touched Sesha’s shoulders slowly. The Lord here realized that moment that Sesha’s Ashtama Shani has started. But Sesha did not know this. He thought that Shani will help him out of this situation and trusted him completely.
“Sesha! Don’t think that only the people of Earth are devoid of gratitude. Even at Deva Loka, it is the same case. I don’t know what to say when Sesha himself doesn’t know that yet.” – Shani was careful in his choice of words.
“I don’t understand.”
“You are constantly thinking of Lord Narayana. But He has kept you in darkness. I would even say that He has kept you as a modern slave.”
As Shani went on brainwashing Sesha, he continued to address him in singular. Had it been some other time, Sesha would be furious but now, he was quiet, indicating the Ashtama Shani’s beginning.
“I don’t trust that the Lord would do anything like that, O Shani!” – said Sesha.
“Sesha. Do you think I say all these to get you two separated? Don’t I have better things to do? Let me say this. You are the ‘amsa’ of Rahu-Kethu. I am Shanishwara. Our thought flow and frequencies will match right?”
“Have we fought for anything, ever?”
“We are making the earthly beings suffer only by the orders of Brahma Deva, to bring them in to the path of spirituality, right?”
“What’s the doubt in it?”
“Then do you agree that we are like brothers?”
“Of course I do Shanishwara.”
“Don’t say Shanishwara. Say Shanishwara Brother.”
“So be it”
“I am very pleased Sesha. You accepted me as your brother. This is enough for me. What else do I need?” – Shani embraced Sesha and shed tears of joy. Sesha thought that the tears were the symbol of love. But the Lord knew that the Ashtama Shani has started working very well on Sesha.
“Sesha. Think about this deeply. I don’t want my brother to suffer. Narayana thinks of you as a mere servant. He rides sitting on top of Garuda but he has tied you in Garuda’s feet. Who else can insult you more?”
“Shanishwara, I have been his umbrella for yugas and yugas.”
“True. While he stepped on you, he also uses you as umbrella and as a bed, lying down comfortably, right?”
Sesha stood quietly.
“Doesn’t it mean that he crushes you as his slave? Why don’t you think about this rationally?” – Shani was feeding poison to the most poisonous being Sesha himself. The poison went inside deeply.
“Do you understand now? Narayana doesn’t allow you to grow. Who is your viral enemy? Garuda isn’t it? He has made Garuda as his companion and made you immovable. If in case you want to roam around freely sometime, Vishnu has planned to have Garuda tear you in to pieces. Have you ever thought of all these?”
Sesha did realize that whatever Shani says was true indeed.
“What should I do now brother?” – Sesha asked Shani with moist eyes.
“Nothing but this. The moment Narayana spoke ill of you, you should come out of Tirumala, come out of Narayana completely.”
Sesha felt it is a fair deal indeed. The Lord was but quietly witnessing these.
~ to be continued…!
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