These are not stories. They are real incidents. Read through these and do reflect if anywhere, anything in these series is resonating with your own self. Do you feel any of these telling anything to you? Do you feel yourself that any of the phrase is a reflection of yours? Is there an answer to you in these?!
In that serene and natural environment, there was a 12 year old boy midst trees, plants and flowers nearby, seated on a rock. His face with divine radiance, His eyes had a remarkable pulling power, as that of a magnet. A fair complection. A firm, but always smiling lips. His forehead had the U shaped sandalwood paste. His hairstyle was like that of a Bhagavadhar. The sacred thread ran crossing his torso as if its lying almost independent. He wore an orange robe on his loin. I felt that I might have seen him in some movie.
It was surprising to see this boy on a place where there was no one, seated on a rock in padmasana pose. He smiled at once he saw me. Myself and my friend went nearby.
“Are you going to see the Pancha Mukha Anjaneya?” – he asked in pure Tamil.
“Yes” I said. “You speak Tamil so well. Are you from Tamil Nadu?”
“You stayed here itself?”
“Is there someone along with you? I ask as you are alone here”
“I am alone indeed. Neither siblings nor parents, no one comes along till the ‘end'” – he said.
This reply shocked me and my friend. My friend said, “He came here to read The Vedas probably, hence he speaks this way”
“No. I came here to teach Vedas” – he smiled and replied.
I felt it was a little too much, sort of. “Are the Vedas that easy? To read it and to debate on it takes at least 18 years. This boy says all these, eh?” – I thought.
“So you think that I am talking a little too much, is it so? Ok, have you had the darshan of Sri Ragavendra?” – the boy asked.
“We had the darshan of the Brindavana of Sri Ragavendra. We are starting to our place today” – my friend replied.
“This doesn’t answer to what I asked” – the boy had a meaningful look and I felt something strange in my inner heart.
The way he speaks, the way he asks, the way he looks, doesn’t seem to be like an ordinary boy. He does not say much about himself, but is asking a lot about us. What is the need to answer all his questions? What is in it for him if we had had the darshan of Guru Raya or not? Moreover, those who come to Mantralaya, come indeed to have the darshan of Ragavendra Swamy and why else would they come here? – while I was thinking all these, my friend held my hands and signalled me “let’s go”.
“This doesn’t answer to what I asked” – what the boy said kept reverberating in my ears.
“Ok, farewell boy” – I said and asked for the sake of it, “By the way, you haven’t mentioned your name yet?”
“Bala Ragavendra” – came the reply.
“What? Bala Ragavendra?”
“Yes. There in the Brindavana, it’s the big Ragavendra. Here is Bala Ragavendra who is alive” – he laughed.
His mischievousness hasn’t gone yet.
It is common for those in Madhwa sect to have the name Ragavendra. I thought he is one of that kind as well. My friend began to propel me further.
“Oh wait a little. Though you had the darshan of Ragavendra’s Brindavana, you haven’t got the darshan of Guru Raya yet. For this, if you chant the Moola Mantra of Ragavendra, you will get His darshan. Do it know!” – he got up slowly.
Something struck me hard. The Sage Agastya had ordered me to chant the Moola Mantra of Guru Raya before having His darshan. I had forgotten it completely. Normally, the Sage says a few Moola Mantras and instruct me secretly to chant it from within and not to chant it aloud. If I don’t chant it and read the Nadi, there won’t be any message or some irrelevant messages might come. It won’t be right.
Sometimes, He tells me a few things in advance saying, “Keep this in your mind. Do not reveal till the task is done”. If I say it out beforehand out of curiosity, the result might be just the opposite of what I said. This would get me in to embarrassment as well. But these are some inward rules of Jeeva Nadi.
What the Maharishi had instructed, to chant the Moola Mantra of Guru Raya before His darshan, I had forgotten, and how come this small boy reminded me of it? – this was a greater surprise for me.
I told my friend, “This boy seems divine. He asks us to chant the Moola Mantra of Guru Raya. Let us chant it right here in front of his eyes”
My friend let go of his urgency to move and kept his bag on the ground, closed his eyes. We began to chant the Moola Mantra:
“Poojyaaya Ragavendraaya Satya Dharma Rathaayacha
Bajathaam Kalpa Vrukshaaya Namadhaam
We opened our eyes after a few minutes and we saw the boy walking slowly. In about ten feet’s distance, who appeared as a small boy, began to appear as Sri Ragavendra Swamy in about fifteen feet’s distance, it was as if a divine light floating in the earth.
My whole body had goose pimps (when typing this, a chill pervades my whole body with the hair raising up, a pleasant current passing through the body occurs. On closing my eyes, I feel Him walking just as described. I could not speak anything!) The mantra did not come out of my mouth. It was as if I am possessed by an unknown power. Is this what is called the darshan of God? I became overwhelmed thinking and thinking…
To have such an experience is the greatest Punya for me (true!). To this date, my inner self feels so blissful on thinking about this. I thanked the Maha Muni earnestly on blessing me with such an experience.
When I regained my senses, I looked at my friend. He was still chanting. He opened his eyes in ten minutes and began to search “the boy doesn’t seem to be here?”
“O my friend! I do not know how to thank you. The boy who
appeared here, is not Bala Ragavendra. He is The Swamy
Ragavendra Himself!! He reminded me on chanting the Moola Mantra and appeared before me as Sri Ragavendra Himself and disappeared amidst the bushes” – I said.
“Not only that! Who appeared as a boy here, in about fifteen feet distance, appeared as Guru Raya Himself and disappeared, I realized it now. Didn’t you feel anything?”
“I could smell the fragrance of Maghizham and Pavala Malligai flowers all of a sudden. I thought how come such a fragrance when there is no such creeper or tree and so I opened my eyes. There near the bush, I saw an old man wearing a robe covering his head. I could see his back. Otherwise, I could not see Ragavendra Swamy as you did. My bhagyam is just this” – my friend said.
“Don’t say that. It is because of you, that I got His darshan. It was you who pulled me here to have the darshan of Pancha Mukha Anjaneya. Otherwise, we could have returned home with nothing” – I said.
“Yes. We both have gone through this divine experience. Will anyone believe?”
“Let them, or let them not. Isn’t it true for both of us that we had this experience” – I exclaimed with joy.
Then that miracle happened.
When we took the bag from the ground, we could see the
Mantrakshadhai mixed with kum kum, just as how they give in the Brindavana, along with the sweet, which was cut in equal pieces as that of Halwa with some flowers.
Who kept all these in the bag which is covered and zipped up?! There is no one in that late afternoon. Then it couldn’t have happened without Guru Raya’s grace. Oh my! Then it is true indeed that we both are blessed. We shed tears of joy thinking of the whole incident. With this, we had a blessed dilemma of whether we should go to Pancha Mukha Anjaneya or to return home with this sweet experience lingering in mind.
My friend said at once, “we came here only to have the darshan of Pancha Mukha Anjaneya. It is not fair to drop that plan, so let’s go”.
We prostrated again and again on the holy soil where the Maha Swamy appeared before us and thanked Him so much and left happily to have the darshan of the Vayu Putra.
The Pancha Mukha Anjaneya appeared majestically like a rock carved out. We had a blessed darshan. When we began to return, the priest came rushing towards me, handed over a handful of prasad and said, “I do not know from where you are, and who you are, but I have been ordered to instruct you to go to “Rana Mandalam” before you go home.”
“Rana Mandalam? Where is it?” – I began to ask where my friend intervened: “It is just nearby. I came only there for official work. Have you forgotten? and asked the priest, “Where would we go and what should we see in Rana Mandalam? When should we go?”
“There is a big mountain in Rana Mandalam. Climb up that
mountain know!” – this is what he said.
“Ok” I replied for the sake of it and began to consult my friend: “As if its like a divine voice, that this priest says something and gives prasad” – my friend said, and asked, “Did you see the priest’s face?”
“I didn’t see properly”
“For me, I felt as if it is the same Swamy Ragavendra who
appeared before us who came in this priest’s form and has
mentioned it as a clairvoyance” – said my friend and said “Ok, it seems some power is pulling us somewhere. I will drop you in Rana Mandalam via car. As I have some work at the office, I will get back home. Stay at Rana Mandalam and climb up the mountain. They say that Hanuman is there in that mountain. Please have darshan on my behalf as well” – said my good friend.
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~ to be continued…!