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Agastya came in the Nadi and began.
“With the grace and order of Almighty, for the world and the beings to realize themselves and thereby realize the Almighty, this Kadhai is being narrated to you. It is sufficient if the important nutrients reaches others. Hence when it is given in the written format, what goes out is only what the Almighty grace wills. The Sri Rama Katha will be narrated to you in its whole. The mankind undergoes many a sufferings because of their Karmic effects. Whatever they do, the fate does not loosen its grip. Through the almighty’s grace, to loosen the fate’s grip, where It has placed its grace subtly in which Sloka, I shall tell. Broadcast it. Ramayana will be narrated to you in my words. You will realize that.”
I interrupted, “A small request. If the entire Ramayana is narrated by you, if I publish it in its entirety as exactly as You said, my humble self will feel that it has completed Your bidding completely through Your grace. Can’t you please bless me with that?” – I placed this wish to the Maha Muni as it is.
“True! The world will benefit out of it. But the Almighty has not permitted for it has many divine subtleties. For now, whatever sloka are shown, when narrated, how it can benefit the mankind from what kind of problems, just publish them and be satisfied that you have done the bidding of the Lord Himself. There is a reason behind every single thing that happens. Control your mind so it does not get controlled by desires, just accept things as it is narrated, note down whatever is being said to be noted down and make it in written format for the benefit of the world. I shall take care of the rest through His grace.”
“My Son! In all these yugas, how many ever times it has been requested, only now that Almighty has agreed to narrate His story through my tongue just now. I only know for how long I have been fighting to get this permission. I am narrating this right after I got the permission for the welfare of mankind. Understand this first, then you shall know the mindset of a Siddha.”
I understood completely and remained silent, completely.
When mankind knows ‘why’ they got a trouble, a silence occupies them. When I came to know the truth in this incident, the same silence occupied me. Whatever mistakes the mankind does, it is only the Siddhas we have, who talks on behalf of us, to get the grace of the Lord. If not for them, if the Almighty’s grace isn’t there, the mankind must have been even more a savage than they are. Though they do not talk to us directly, I realized that second that the Siddhas are trying their best yugas after yugas for the mankind, to guide them in the right direction, to get us forgiveness and to make us live peacefully. I firmly resolved that it is completely Agastya’s grace hereafter.
Before Rama Katha began, He analyzed the horoscope of Sri Rama in detail and made me understand. To make mankind understand its greatness, the Lord Almighty proved how far can one withstand difficulties and chose the time when all the grahas were in their Uchcha (heights). When the mankind was thinking that it becomes a great life if all the grahas are in their Uchcha, the birth of Sri Rama subtly showed how much of a struggle one may have to undergo, through this Avatar, Agastya said.
I paid utmost attention in making notes of what He said, all in my mind only. I wasn’t permitted to make notes in the written form. The Sri Rama Katha began from His childhood, the gurukul, how Sage Vishwamithra took Him along, to make Him realize His own greatness, to strongly emphasize the importance of ‘there is no better mantra than one’s Father’s words’ according to Sri Rama Himself, to clarify why King Janaka’s daughter Sita, why did She take the avatar, in everything, how the Almighty expressed the resolve, there is no words to explain. All I could feel is – how blessed Sage Vishwamithra is!
I felt that even if 1% of the blessing that Vishwamithra got, if a man gets it, he would attain moksha and will live in the holy feet of Lord Narayana all the time, I felt. The story of Sri Rama grew and grew. As I was more focussed on it, I did not realize the changes it was making within myself. But I can only say, the mind was like that of a cotton, very light.
“Let us pause here for today! I shall narrate in another good muhurtha. I have to go and do my regular pooja, dhyana and nithya-karma. Blessings to you!” – paused the great Siddha.
“A small request.” – I thought of asking.
“What, I haven’t allowed you to record anything right? When the right time comes, We shall let you know what the Lord mentioned. Till then, listen to what I say with patience. What do you know about the Lord’s orders? I shall tell you. It is enough then.” – He replied without me having to ask.
He matches only Himself in knowing what we are going to ask and to reply us, I thought. I prayed to Vinayaka and Hanuman and placed the Nadi in the holy feet of Sri Rama in my pooja room. Then I did a sashtanga namaskara and sat for meditation, “Om Agatheesaya Namaha” – I began to do japa.
~ to be continued…!
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