The GOS 223 – Perumal & Adiyen 23 – Garudas to the rescue

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Those who commit mistake won’t know fear. Their eyes will be blindfolded with anger and rage. But when Dharma rises up, they will be scattered in to pieces with no chance of getting up again. Adi Sesha was in such a condition, blindfolded with anger. In spite of it, he had a little fear that Lord Narayana has not responded to anything – be it not sending a messenger to him to talk peace, in knowing well that he was with Kali and Shani, He did not respond at all, he feared. He also had a strong faith. If he surrenders to the Lord, He will definitely forgive his mistakes and embrace him again.

But what they say in the sky was terrifying. There were countless Garudas shielding even the sun flying around everywhere. Sesha has never seen this massive amount of Garuda before. All the Garudas stooped down to catch every snake who ran for their lives here and there. The snakes started hiding themselves in the tree holes and gaps in the rock. But the Garudas skillfully took them out of these gaps with their beaks. Some even rolled the rocks with their beaks and caught hold of the snakes. Shanishwara was also scared of this sight but Kali began to threaten Sesha.

“Why are you silently witnessing? Shouldn’t you break the neck of all these garudas and send them to Yama Loka?”

“Is it one or two to break neck? These are in thousands! Just see how Shani is scared too!” – Sesha was frustrated. “O Shani, aren’t you thinking that we should hide somewhere?”

“Sesha is right. It is ideal that we leave at once.” – said Shani.

Kali seldom liked this thought.

“What’s the point in getting scared about everything? Why did we come here? What word did we give Brahma Deva? I am so sad how I am going to rule this earth in Kali Yuga with such cowards.” – he gasped.

Sesha and Shani became furious.

“Kali Purusha!” – roared Shani like a lion. “Do not insult us for there is none who dared to do so. I am sparing you as you came as a friend.”

“..or else? Will you have jumped out and thrashed all the garudas and saved Sesha’s heirs? None. You were just witnessing how Sesha’s heirs are getting killed by Garudas. You could not do anything. I am shameful of it.” – Kali spoke his mind.

Shani turned towards Sesha. “Why are you silent?”

“What else can I do when my heirs are getting killed thus. I could not save them right?” – Sesha’s teary eyes shook Shani. He came closer and held Sesha’s shoulders tightly.

“Sesha, look at me! Will I abandon you? Why are you talking all these by listening to Kali? I will bring back the lives of all these snakes with my power.”

Sesha was pleased. “How are you going to do it?”

“I will tell Yama, who lives trusting me to bring them back to life.”

“Will Yama listen to you? What if he rejects your query?”

“Sesha, you are asking a childish question. Yama has never refused my bidding. He won’t either. If he does, his life wouldn’t be his.” – laughed Shani. This gave a lot of hope to Kali and Sesha.

As the three of them were talking, the Garudas and Eagles began to fly circling them.

“As per the orders of Garuda, we are arresting you three and are taking you to Venkatava. The rest is all in front of the Lord.” – the Garudas said these with respect and carried them first to Garuda Himself. Garuda did not even face them but ordered them to be taken in front of Lord Venkatava.

Garuda’s act created a burning sensation in Sesha’s stomach. However, he could not know that Garuda was facing the other side trying to hide his tears as he thought, “the friend who was with me serving the Lord has got confused by listening to Shanishwara.”

The three were made to appear in the Sabha of Lord Venkatava. There seated Maha Muni Agastya as well, who was the primary advisor for the Sabha. Lord Narayana appeared and sat in the Sabha suddenly with the radiance of thousands of crores of sun. When everyone paid their respects to the Lord in the form of ‘Charanagathi (surrendering in the lotus feet of the Lord), the Lord said:

“Sesha, you could come and sit beside me.”

The moment Sesha heard this, he started crying profusely. The Lord laughed within and looked at Shani, “O Shanishwara, I feel heavy hearted to see you standing. You could sit next to the Maha Muni Agastya.”

When Shanishwara saw that huge Simhasana, he had an immeasurable respect and devotion towards the Lord. He was thinking that he will be punished severely for his acts. He folded both his hands and the Lord said with a voice that was choked with compassion:

“This day you have stepped on Tirumala is very auspicious. Hereafter, this Shani will stay here besides me and will relieve those who are possessed by Shani, may I say?”

Shani said: “Your wish is my command, O Lord. Whoever visits this Tirumala to have your darshan on Saturdays, thier Shani-Dosha will vanish completely. This hill will become even holier every Saturday.” – Shani spoke in a state of forgetting himself completely, scaring Kali purusha totally.

“Enough, Shani, enough! Stop it or there will be disaster here.” – roared Kali.

~ to be continued…!

The title for this episode is inspired by Amar Chitra Katha’s ‘Garuda to the rescue’. Featured image courtesy – Swamy’s indology blog.

The GOS 222 – Perumal & Adiyen 22 – The ritual of naming one of the hills with Garuda’s name

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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Agastya began to address those who assembled and were eagerly waiting to know about the ‘conversation’ happened between him and the Lord.

“O Maha Muni, the foremost of all Siddhas! Please convey the message to these people here” – said Sriman Narayana. Agastya began:

“Through the grace of Lord Venkatava in Tirumala, a few things are to be carried out immediately as per His orders. In this punya-kshethra, the Lord who has taken the avatar of Srinivasa to subdue Kali’s atrocities and to bless all creations, has decided to honor Garuda who has been serving Him for yugas. He would like to name one of the hills in the name of Garuda, which is the wish of Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Deva Rishi Narada as well. This hill will henceforth be called as Garudathri! This auspicious function will happen in a few seconds from now. The Lord has invited you all to partake in it. In continuance to this naming ceremony, grand festivals will happen for the next ten days. Those who will partake in the naming ceremony and the festival for the next ten days will be blessed by Lord Venkatava. I convey this message as per the orders of the Lord.” – said Agastya Muni.

The moment Agastya paused his speech, the sound of clapping hands reached the sky. Everyone bowed down to Lord Narayana. Agastya continued…

“Do you know? Venkatanath will not hurt anyone. In this life which is full of ups and downs, happiness and sorrow, if one surrenders to the Lord with all their heart, He will make their lives better. Those who are here listening to this, I request you to convey this to all those rishi-munis, thavasis, siddhas, bhaktas, everyone so they all can be benefitted by partaking this naming ceremony and festivals.”

The clapping reverberated again to the skies as soon as He paused. Agastya bowed down to Narayana Swamy: “Thanks for blessing me to have this task completed.”

Lord Narayana came forward and embraced Garuda, made him sit on a suitable seat and looked at the munivars around and smiled. They started chanting the vedas as soon as He smiled while Lord Narayana named the hill as Garudathri. Then He blessed those around by raising both His hands. It was an wonderful sight. Then He looked at Agastya and nodded whereupon the foremost Siddha requested everyone to convey the message of “Garudothsava” happening for ten days at Tirumala.

This message reached Adi Sesha as well.

“There is a ceremony praising Garuda, that too for ten days. Everyone from the earth and skies are going to attend it.” – this shaked Sesha very much. He began to worry if he has committed a mistake or that Shanishwara is taking him in a wrong direction. He could not even speak. Shani was worried too, but he could not afford Sesha leaving him. So he came closer and embraced Sesha and began to speak.

“Sesha! It is expected that such things would happen. It is all Narayana’s plot to have you and me separated. Don’t get distracted with all these. This Garuda has cheated you by playing games both sides. You are not like him. You give priority to dignity. Do not worry.”

“I could not bear this, Vishnu is actually insulting me by praising Garuda. He is ruling this place by sitting on me, and He has named my second head in the name of Garuda. How fair is it? Has he ever respected Garuda before?” – said Sesha.

“Alright. What are you going to do about it?”

“Brother! I came here in complete trust. You have to help me. I cannot think straight.” – said Sesha.

“Sesha! Only now we should not lose hope. We have been giving tests to others but this is our testing time and none other than Venkatava is testing us.”

“I understand it completely and I know it already. What is the use in telling me something which I know already? Tell me what we can do.”

“Why are you gasping like this Sesha? I cannot plot anything at this stage. Let us go to Deva Loka and have a hearty drink.”

“What?! Drink?! I haven’t even dreamt of such a thing before. Should I even do this?” – Sesha was furious.

“What’s wrong in it? Only these drinks will encourage us to do what we are about to do. You probably aren’t aware of it.”

“No Swamy, no please! Please do not get me addicted to such habits. If you want, please feel free.”

“You Sesha! You don’t know how to enjoy yourself. I am not going there without you. But we have to stop this festival somehow.”

Sesha was startled at the ferocious tone Shani said this. Kali entered the place right at that time and he appeared happy.

“You have come at the right time Kali.” – said Shani.

“When have I entered in the wrong time?” – laughed Kali, seated next to them.

“I know everything. I have made arrangements to stop that ceremony. First of all, I mixed poison in all the waters of the earth thereby preventing those from Earth attending this festival.”

“Very well done!”

“Then I blocked the pathway with huge rocks so no one can climb up Tirumala.”

“Very good, very good!”

“Third, I have spread deadly thorns on top of the rocks and around so no one crosses them. But I could not do just one thing which I thought of getting done through Sesha. So I hastily came here.”

“What should Sesha do?”

“He should make a whole lot of serpents slither around. Their hissing should mix in the air causing giddiness to even those away from 100 Kadha distance.” – said Kali.

Sesha was righteous as always, though he was affected by the recent happenings. He said: “How unfair is it? The conflict is between us and Venkatava. Why should innocent Gnani’s, people should get affected? This is not as per Dharma.”

Kali and Shani did not expect this at all. There was a brief silence.

“Sesha, are you talking with your senses? Think well. Even I don’t have any conflicts or peace with Tirumalaivasa. I am doing this for your welfare. Think about it.” – said Kali.

“Sesha, if you do not like these arrangements, go at once to Narayana’s side. But if they insult you there and drive you away, do not return here. That’s all I would say!” – Shani tried scaring Sesha. Sesha felt it is better to remain with them than going to Narayana and potentially getting insulted. He agreed to the plan. The next second…

Thousands of poisonous snakes started slithering around Tirumala. As they could fly, they flew here and there and spat poison. The rishi-muni’s staying at the base of Koneri could see these numerous snakes flying around. The poisonous air they spread started making people feel giddy and fell unconscious. The rishi-muni found the source of these poisonous air and started performing yagnas to prevent them from spreading. The snakes found these and started attacking them. Shani and Kali enjoyed looking at this but Sesha felt an unknown fear surrounding him.

Right then, something wondrous happened in the sky which terrified Kali and Shani!

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~ to be continued…!

The GOS 221 – Perumal & Adiyen 21 – Shani commands Sesha!

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!
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It is not true that fate is powerful that never spares anyone but the Gods are exempted, as we see in many puranas. If we are affected by Rahu or Kethu, we worship Nagalinga, do archana or prarthana. But if the lord of Rahu and Kethu, Adi Sesha himself is stuck in a problem? Sesha was losing his mind in the influence of Shanishwara, nay, he was completely losing himself.

Shanishwara was really happy. It wasnt possible to get Garuda separated from Narayana. At least Sesha could be, he felt.

“O Brother! Tell me what I should do now.” – Adi Sesha was emotional.

“You have to do a lot. But…”

“But what?”

“Nothing. Garuda said the same thing. But he changed his mind suddenly and surrendered to Narayana. I was doubtful if you would do the same.”

Sesha was furious. He started breathing heavily.

“You have mistaken me. I love my dignity. I am ashamed that you compared me with Garuda.”

Shani was sure that Sesha is committed to his decision. He then began to persuade Sesha with soothing words.

“Brother. It’s my experience that made me speak so. Let it go. Don’t keep these in mind. It is not good also to be emotional frequently. If possible, try remaining silent like me.” – he tapped Sesha’s back. Sesha felt very comfortable. He listened to all that Shani said by sipping the milk in a golden bowl.

“First let all the munivars, devas and gandharvas know that you have abandoned Narayana and that you are not going to serve Him.”

“So be it brother”

“Narayana will be shocked on hearing this. He will send many messengers to persuade you. They may speak so sweet to pull you towards Him.”

“That won’t happen. Once I decide, nothing can change me.” – roared Sesha.

“Fair enough. If he sends some messenger, put forth a condition to them.”

“What kind of condition?”

“If Narayana wants you to serve Him, then place a condition that Garuda should leave Him forever.”

“Good. I can be at peace only when Garuda leaves Narayana. I will certainly place this condition. Then?”

“A lot are there. You think that Narayana has a greater affinity towards you that He made yourself as Tirumala and remains there. But don’t you think it is a kind of slavery? How long would you bear it? You must abandon being there at and as Tirumala.”

“How is that possible?”

“Listen with patience, brother. You are with me now mentally. But your physical body is spread from Gokarna till Srisaila with Venkatava being right in the center of your body at Tirumala.”

“…but I accepted it with all my will. What is wrong with it?”

“No. That is where Narayana played clever. You were cheated. Never mind. Just shrink yourself and quit being Tirumala.”

“What if I do so?”

“Narayana will have to fall down and should remain in the banks of Koneri river.”

Sesha became silent on hearing this.

“Sesha. If you do not like this plan, leave it. I was concerned that a brother suffers like being a slave to Narayana while He praises and prioritizes Garuda for everything.” – Shani looked at Sesha.

“There’s nothing wrong in what you said. But I wasn’t comfortable abandoning Tirumala all of a sudden. Can I be with you mentally and leave my physical body there?”

“See? Just a while back you spoke something else. Now you are changing your words. I don’t know how to explain. If it is your fate to be a slave to Narayana and Garuda, how can I stop it?” – Shani showed a pseudo anger.

“Please don’t be angry brother. All these will happen only after me calling everyone and let them know of my decision to abandon Narayana right? It can be taken care of later. What if I abandon Vishnu, and haven’t said anything against Garuda and what if Narayana doesn’t send any messengers, what will be my position?”

“Now you asked an intelligent question indeed. If something happens out of our plan, myself and Kali Purusha will devise a strategy and ensure that you are not affected at all. Don’t you worry.”

The Lord Almighty was witnessing all these conversation, obviously. He knew that Kali will do anything to make his plan work. He therefore wanted to give a shock treatment to block such things even temporarily as it may spread venom across all other creatures. He called upon Garuda.

“Bring Agastya here at once.”

Garuda went on to find Agastya seated in the middle of a jungle, doing pooja to Narayana. As a slight breeze touched him, he turned to find Garuda standing next to him.

“Welcome O Garuda! Namaskara. Are you well? Had you summonned me, I would have come myself. Your face says that you have come on Venkatava’s orders. If you mention it, I shall do it at once.”

“O Agastya Muni! I am doing well. But I do not know when what will happen at Tirumala. Venkatava asked me to bring you to Him at once. Hence I came. Please come with me.” – Garuda folded his hands.

“O! The Lord wanted to see me?! Let me come at once. I was doing the pooja only to him. How blessed I am. Let us go at once.” – Agastya completed the pooja and started with Garuda, discussing what was happening. Kali was witnessing all these in disguise. He desired to know Vishnu’s plan of action. He was pleased that Adi Sesha could be separated from Vishnu, if not Garuda.

Agastya paid a humble respect by bowing down with folded hands to Narayana.

“Welcome Agastya! Let there be auspiciousness. There is an important task to be completed. Hence I called you without saying what it is.” – the Lord smiled.

“Your wish is my command, O Lord!” – Agastya stood humbly with folded hands.

The Lord kept looking at Agastya who understood the purpose and became even more focussed. Everyone around were eagerly awaiting to know what the Lord is going to say. No conversation happened. Then after a while, the Lord said:

“…that’s what you need to do. Please start working on it right away.”

No one around, including Narada who was present understood anything. They all looked at Agastya as to what He is going to say. He said:

“I am blessed. Let me start the work right away!”

What work? What did the Lord say?!

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 220 – Perumal & Adiyen 20 – Sesha in Shani’s clutches

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!

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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…”

“What 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?”

“Yes”

“Have we fought for anything, ever?”

“No. Never.”

“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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The GOS 219 – Perumal & Adiyen 19 – Shani possessed by Shani

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!

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Life is full of ups and downs. Those who understands this does not worry about anything. Normally people expect that everything they wish for should happen instantly. If that does, they jump out of happiness. Else, they lose their peace and curse everyone in their heart. Such qualities are not only found in humans, but it is present in Devas, Gandarvas, Rishis and even the Grahas surprisingly.

Everyone scares about Shani. Even the Lord has hidden himself to escape from Shani they say. That Shani himself felt like he is possessed by Shani because of Kali. While Kali Purusha was yelling at him that he has betrayed Lord Brahma and did not keep up the promise he gave to Brahma, Shani was quietly looking at Kali with a smile. He asked:

“Kali! Are you done? Have you vented your anger? Can I speak now?” – he asked.

“Hmm..speak” – Kali signalled with his hands and turned his face away.

“Do you know that I do not fight with two. One is the devotees, the other one is Hanuman. Do you know this?”

“No” – nodded Shani.

“The true devotees doesn’t ask anything for themselves when they pray to the Lord. They only wish for the concept of total surrender. Such people, I will protect them even if they have committed a mistake knowingly or unknowingly. This Garuda is one such devotee. Hence I forgave him.”

“Had you told me this before, I wouldn’t have taken you here along. You betrayed me as well as Brahma. I won’t trust you hereafter.” – said Kali.

“Very well, Kali. It seems you are still angry. You have forgotten one thing though. If you will listen, I shall say. The world uses my name to denote anything done as evil. But even to myself, you did an evil thing.”

“How?!”

“You spoiled my happy married life first. My wife went away from me. I came with you just because of the word I gave to Brahma. Do you think anyone else would have come along?”

“What is the use of coming along? We could not separate those whom we wanted.”

“We should have hastened our action. I could have definitely done that.”

“Shanishwara! I won’t trust your sugar-talks. You have planned these well ahead and have done accordingly.”

“Why are you worrying? You are going to rule the earth. You are going to do all that you want. Dharma is going to get destroyed. Those who get together as couple will get separated immediately. The fetus will be killed while at womb. The temples will be looted.

There will be a strange new cult. That cult will try to destroy those who are trying a spiritual life. Lie will spread rapidly. The elders’ wisdom will be ignored. The brother will have anti-marital affair with his own brother’s wife. The farm land will be destroyed. The people will suffer due to scarcity of water. Even water has to be brought for money…” – while Shani was saying all these, Kali shouted, “stop, stop!” Shani was shocked.

“I am not ready to believe in all you say. This earth should come under my control. This Venkatava is blocking me from doing it. What can you do to control this Venkatava’s strength? We are not able to separate Garuda from him now. Tell me a way out of this before you can boast.” – said Shani. He referred to Shani with and without respect.

“Kali, I am witnessing the way your respect towards me is reducing. It’s alright. But let me tell you something. Without my help, you cannot do anything you want in this earth. Keep this in mind while you speak and speak with respect.” – Shani said angrily.

Kali did not expect this at all. He got scared.

“Please forgive me Shanishwara. I was worried as I am losing and because of Venkatava’s plays. I won’t speak like this ever again.”

“Forgiven you are! Let us think about reducing Venkatava’s strenght a little later. While you are at Tirumala, you cannot do this.”

“What else can be done then?”

“There are many ways. Leave them to me. You just need to do what I ask for. Then the Earth will be under your control. Don’t doubt that.”

“Can I trust you?”

“Why not?”

“How? On what basis?”

“My wife is not going to return anytime soon. What will I do till then? I have to listen to you. Even I have to spend the time. I will work with you to “glorify” your name in the earth. Is this enough or should I give anymore assurances?”

“What if your wife comes back in between?”

“It won’t happen. Her 7.5 Shani period has started. In addition, I myself am standing in the Ashtama. If one goes through Ashtama Shani and 7.5 Shani together, do you know what happens? For her to come back, it will take around twelve thousand years as per Deva Loka’s time. We can turn this earth upside down within that time. Is this explanation enough?” – asked Shani.

“Enough, enough. I am very pleased. But if we leave Venkatava, it will be disastrous for us. Now Garuda and Venkatava are together again. We cannot separate them. What else can we do?”

“Kali. I have another name as well, it is Mandha. As I limp, my actions will be a bit slower. Let me think. I will somehow drive Venkatava out of this hill. But I have to act in a different way. I can bear it as well.” – said Shani.

Kali was pleased. He looked at Tirumala’s side and crushed his teeth with anger. Here, Venkatava was laughing to himself. Adi Sesha said, “O Lord, I have a request. May I?”

“Yes, of course.”

“I hear that Kali and Shani have joined together. While you are aware of it already, why are you allowing them to all these?”

“What do you want me to do?”

“Kali is spoiling the earth. Won’t he be subdued?”

“Then?”

“What happened to this Shani? Why is he joining hands with this Kali? Why aren’t you stopping him?”

“Well, do you want to say anything else?”

“Yes, please do not witness these quietly. Please allow me. I shall swallow this Kali and put an end to this atrocities.” – Sesha was furious. The Lord smiled within.

“O Lord. Why this silence? Did you hear all I said?”

“I did Sesha. Don’t you know that my silence has a meaning too? What is the assurance that you won’t change like how Garuda did?” – Lord Vishnu asked smilingly.

“O Lord! How can you doubt me? Will I ever do such a thing?” – Adi Sesha fell at his feet crying profusely.

“Don’t worry Sesha. I won’t forsake you. Neither will you forsake me. I said it just like that.” – said the Lord.

At the same time, Kali and Shani had devised a plan to bring Sesha to their clutches and were approaching his house in disguise. The Sesha was going to his house, unaware of these!

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 218 – Perumal & Adiyen 18 – Meeting of Garuda and Sesha!

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Though the Jaya Vijaya’s (the guards of Vishnu Loka) were shocked at what Garuda said, Lord Narayana seldom bothered. In fact, He mercifully thought: “Pity on Garuda, he spoke all that under the influence of Shani. He is my vehicle. More so, he is like my mother. I should help him get rid of Shani’s clutches.”

Everyone were shocked at Garuda’s change of behavior, never once has he done anything like this! Adi-Sesha, the serpent where Vishnu lies came to Narayana: “O Lord, a small request.”

“What is it Sesha?”

“If you approve, I shall talk to Garuda and bring him back to you.”

“Sesha! The world thinks that you are in the control of Garuda. But out of magnanimity, you are trying to convince Garuda to be back. Isn’t it strange?”

“O Lord. What is strange is Garuda’s behavior. I have been friendly with Garuda all these days. Being away from him will be strange too.”

“Sesha! I lie down in your body. You provide shade to me as an umbrella. Garuda carries me everywhere. Though the world looks at the Garuda and Snakes as enemies, you both are like my eyes. It is a great loss to me if I lose either of you. But do you know? It is all because of the play of Kali Purusha, accompanied by Shani.”

“Is it so?”

“Yes. The plan is, Garuda should be separated from me. Then you will naturally go away from me. Then the world should come under your control with poisonous things affecting everyone. People will then forget being devoted. All these are Kali’s plan.”

“Unfair! I am your servant Swami! I won’t allow such a thing to happen. Just wink as you approve, I shall swallow that Kali!”

“Looks like Shani has possessed you as well, Sesha. You were quiet all the while, now you are ferocious in front of me. Be patient. If you go and meet Garuda right away, he will doubt.”

“Let him suspect..?”

“No. He is very angry now. If you go now, he will assume that I sent you to hold him captive and he may attack you.”

“I am fine with it O Lord! I think Garuda may not behave that way either.”

“Wait for a while Sesha. Garuda himself will come back.”

Sesha was not convinced. Without the Lord’s approval, he went ahead to meet Garuda in disguise.

On this side on a river bank, Garuda was seated on a rock. He was restless, frustrated and confused. Frustration because the guards did not let him see the Lord, restless because of what he told them and confused as to why his wife behaved strangely. He genuinely felt bad on what he has spoken to the guards, ‘I think I said those words hastily’ he thought. He then saw Adi-Sesha in front of him suddenly. Both of them embraced each other fondly with tears of joy flowing in each other’s eyes.

AdiSesha’s eyes looked in to Garuda’s as if asking, ‘is it right for you to leave the Lord like this?’ – Garuda read Sesha’s mind and he replied: “Am I the one who quit? It is just the fate which made me speak so.”

“That’s alright. Let’s not complicate it further. Let us go and meet the Lord together.” – said Sesha.

“How will I face Him? I spoke ill words. Though He is all merciful to forgive me, I won’t forgive myself.” – Garuda said.

“It happens my friend. It is all due to Shani and Kali. We are dancing to their tunes without knowing. Let us surrender to the Lord, He will take care of the rest.”

“Only if I had thought this before, such a condition would not have happened.” – Garuda felt sorry genuinely.

“You rightly said my friend. It’s fate which none can escape. We are the guides for humans but we ourselves slip sometimes. Let us not worry about it anymore and go straight to Tirumala.”

AdiSesha held Garuda’s hands with love and affection and started proceeding towards Tirumala. At the entrance of Tirumala…Kali and Shani were waiting. They had heard about the incident at the Lord’s gate. Kali was very happy that his plans are going as per his thought. Garuda won’t meet Venkatava, he thought. But just in case if Garuda comes back, he wanted to ensure that he can persuade him.

On meeting Shani and Kali, Garuda and AdiSesha paid their respect by bowing to Shani who blessed them from the bottom of his heart, “Sarva Mangala Prapthirastu”. AdiSesha felt very happy as it is a good omen for Shani seldom blesses in this way. To get his blessing in front of Tirumala itself, they felt very happy. This time, the guards did not stop them from entering in.

“Dear Garuda, is your anger quenched now?” – the Lord asked in a compassionate voice.

“Please forgive me my Lord. I spoke all evil.” – Garuda fell at His feet.

“What’s the need to forgive? You haven’t done anything. You have been the same, you served me then at my feet, you are at my feet now. I only have tested you.”

“You haven’t done any test my Lord. It is all the game of Shani and Kali Purusha right?” – Adisesha was surprised.

“No. I stopped Garuda from entering my gate saying that he is possessed by Shani and I asked him to enter slowly. Had I met him that day, Garuda would not have left. Plus, I haven’t given any gift to Garuda who is serving me all the while. Hence in this Tirumala, one of the hills will be named Garudadhri.”

Garuda did not expect this at all. He fell at the Lord’s feet, held His feet tightly. Tears flowed through his eyes profusely. AdiSesha was witnessing this wonderful sight delightfully. At the entrance, Kali was arguing with Shani on why he blessed both Garuda and Sesha. He accused Shani that he has betrayed Brahma.

~ to be continued…!

The GOS 217 – Perumal & Adiyen 17 – Dispute in Shani’s family

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The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!

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Shani began to think, “I am Shanishwara, have never went in the path of Adharma. I have only given the effects to everyone based on one’s Karmic effects. But this Kali is set to outcome myself. Looks like this is a time Shani himself will be possessed with 7.5 years of Shani or Ashtama Shani or so.” Right at this moment, Neela Devi called him for a private discussion.

Kali who is planning to drive away Venkatava himself, why won’t he create a problem in our marital life itself? He has to be separated from my husband or else it wil become a big problem, she thought.

“Do not create any issues between Garuda and Narayana. Who is this Kali? Don’t get him to drive you the way he wants.” – she said.

“Slowly..let him not hear what we discuss.” – cautioned Shani.

“Why are you scared? Is he powerful than you?”

“Yes!”

“Is it?! Are you going to listen to him and create a problem between Garuda and Narayana?”

“I cannot say. But if such a situation would arise, I cannot stop it.”

“O Lord. All the three worlds praise your righteousness. Should you even think of creating trouble to the Lord who protects everything in the universe? What harm did Garuda do to you?”

“Even I thought of these at first. But Brahma has given me an order. Based on that, I may have to comply with Kali Purusha even if I don’t like it seems.” – Shani was genuinely sad.

“What is that order?”

“It is a devya rahasya. I cannot share it.”

“Fair enough. I shall ask this to Lord Brahma itself.”

“What’s the use? His orders are orders. I am going to comply to it.”

“Means?”

“Kali is going to rule the Earth. Adharma will rise. Even the Gods will be affected.”

“If even the Gods will be affected, Brahma Deva will be no exception. Why then did he create Kali?”

“That is Brahma. Not just him, the holy trinity themselves have approved of it.”

“Let it be then. But I would suggest you stay away from all these. Let Brahma and Kali deal with it.”

“O Devi. Please do not worry or interfere. Watch if Kali or Narayana wins in this.”

“Let me watch all that. But shouldn’t we watch something else which is about to happen?” – said Neela Devi.

“What drama?”

“Once you have decided to help Kali, there is no point in living with you.”

“What?”

“You are going to create dispute between Narayana Deva and Garuda. You say that this must be done. Then I am going to be separated from you. Try stopping this.”

Shani was shocked at this. Kali on this side was worried so much that Shani hasn’t returned yet. All his plans to defeat Venatava is going futile. He thought if he can defeat Venkatava, no one would dare to oppose his plans in the Earth. He remembered what Brahma Deva told him. He suggested to take the help of Shani when required as Kali would not be able to do anything without Shani.

At last, Shanishwara came out. Kali was eager to know if this is a yes or no. Shani’s face wasn’t that bright. Neela Devi began to go away from Shani along with her friends. While she never uttered a word to Shani, she murmured out of anger against Kali. After a brief silence, Shani began to speak.

“Kali, I am in a big dilemma. Pray on my behalf. I will sit on Garuda’s tongue. Is this enough?”

Kali was happy. But he pretended to be concerned about Shani’s welfare. “It seems your beloved wife is not pleased with you?” – he asked.

“That’s none of your business. I gave my word for which you came for. Why bother about anything else?” – Shani vented his frustration.

“Thanks a lot for your help. I shall pray to Brahma. Please do not forsake me.” – Kali fell at Shani’s feet.

“Go at once to Tirumala before the situation there change” – said Shani. He had decided to go along with Kali thinking of the fate. What is he going to do when even the holy trinity has approved of Kali’s existence? He was however thinking about Neela Devi’s separation. Even before a split between Garuda and Venkatava happen, I am separated from my wife. Looks like I am possessed by Kali’s effect myself, he thought.

Garuda in the meantime hastily arrived at Tirumala trying to meet the Lord. But the Dwara Palaka (Jaya and Vijaya), who guard the gates of Lord Vishnu stopped Garuda himself, greatly frustrating him.

“Who gave the authority to stop me?” – Garuda was furious.

“O Garuda! Please calm down. Who else can command us? It is Lord Vishnu himself.”

“Why?”

“The planetory position of yours are not right. You will be possessed by Shani and therefore the Lord has advised you to act very thoughtfully.”

“What does it mean?”

“Lord Vishnu is not in a position to meet you now.”

“Oh is it so? Then convey this to your Vishnu that Garuda told this: – “Let him drive in some other vehicle. Garuda is no longer ready to carry him around.” – Garuda left the place frustrated. The guards were shocked at his words.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 216 – Perumal & Adiyen 16 – Kali meets Shani!

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.

The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!

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To know if someone is good or bad, we just need to see his activities and how he speaks. Likewise, to know if someone has a good time or bad, their activities will show up. Kali Purusha wanted to separate Garuda from his beloved Lord Narayana whom he was serving all along. He used Garuda’s wife for his plan. She believed in what Kali said and went above her own thoughts and insulted Garuda. She was merely expecting that such a behavior will make Garuda accept his mistake. But how can he when he hasnt committed any? When he did not accept, she even tried to block his way to meet Lord Ventaka.

Garuda could accept anything but he cannot stop visiting his Lord. Anything could be stopped for that and he did not even hesitate to forsake his beloved wife. Garuda’s wife was shocked so much. Kali was happy that the first part of his plan was a success. Now he has to create a dispute between Venkatava and Garuda. But how?

They cannot fight with each other. But there could be an argument where Garuda could use really harsh words which will make Venkatava lose his cool and drive him away. As a person of high self dignity, Garuda will leave him at once. Then Venkatava will have to venture out without Garuda’s assistance. When he does so, Kali could overpower Narayana or so he was thinking. While he was thinking all these, something flashed his mind.

There is no way he could get both Garuda and Narayana in to an argument without the help of Sanishwara. He knew that when Shani sits on someone’s tongue, they could easily be driven, whoever they may be. He did not waste time in meeting Shani at once.

Lord Shani was seated with Neela Devi, blessing people. He smelled something negative as if an evil omen is entering a place. He remained silent for a while and saw it through his Gnana Drishti, realizing that it is Kali Purusha who has come. Though not met his before, Shanishwara has heard of Kali’s evil plans in Tirumala and wanted to meet him.

He thought, how can Kali win without his help? Whatever Kali did, he could not stand before Venkatava. But had he approached my help right then, I would have helped him. Venkatava would have run away from Tirumala. Let’s see why he has come here. May be he realized that he cannot win without my help. Shani deva thought all this and opened his eyes wide to see Kali.

Kali felt goose bumps in him when Shani deva looked at him. Kali fell at his feet, “I am Kali. I came here to have the darshan of Eshwara’s Eshwara, Shanishwara. Please bless me.”

“Blessings. Why have you come here?”

“Eshwara!”

“Wrong. Call me Shanishwara.”

“So be it Prabhu. Brahmadeva created me and sent me to Earth to begin the Kali yuga. But the Venkatava who has appeared in Tirumala is all focussed to stop it.”

“Is it so?”

“Yes, my lord! If Brahma hasn’t created me, why should I go to Boo Loka? Why should he create me and send Narayana to Tirumala as well?”

“Let it all be. Why have you came here looking for me?”

“I just realized that I cannot set the Kali Yuga without your help. I cannot progress even a single step without your grace. You only can help me by guiding me as a father.” – Kali fell at Shanishwara’s feet again.

“I am glad that you realized it at last. What help do you want?”

“Garuda is on his way to meet Venkatava. They both should have a fierce argument. Garuda should get separated from Lord Narayana forever.”

“What will you gain out of this?”

“My business is to separate friendship, couples, parents & children etc. and to ensure that they don’t get re-united. It is how I establish my rule.”

“Sounds like a fair plan, Kali”

“Then please sit on Garuda’s tongue as if you do so, Garuda will not have control over his tongue.”

“Hmm..”

“Then Venkatava will get angry and will drive Garuda out of the way.”

“If Garuda is gone, Venkata would keep another one as his vehicle. What else will you do?”

“You know everything. But you do not know one thing.”

“What is it?”

“Only because of Garuda, Adi Sesha is under control. When Garuda leaves Vishnu, Adi Sesha would want to get freedom from his bondage too.”

“Yes, fantastic. Then?”

“Adi Sesha will start showing his frustration of being under a bondage, spreading his deadly venom across the Earth. This will affect them.”

“How will this harm? Can you explain in detail?”

“I sure will Shanishwara. I am so grateful that you are listening to me with such a love.” – Kali wiped his tears, folded his hands and continued.

“Adi Sesha’s venom will spoil the love between people. It will separate families. It will make the brothers feel as if they are poisonous. It will affect people being devoted. It will destroy temples. It will make people kill their own parents for wealth. It will in effect bring adharma in every possible way. Then I will win.”

Shanishwara himself was shaken by this plan. Even himself will do things as per one’s karmic effects. But this Kali is inclined to cause severe damage. So he thought he must be careful with this fellow or else he will swallow Shani himself.

“O Shanishwara, why silence? If you delay this any further, Garuda will meet Venkata as usual and they would become friendly as always. Can you please sit in Garuda’s tongue?”

Neela Devi was listening to all these. She called Shani for a quick private discussion. Shani followed her limping. Kali was furious at Shani going behind Neela Devi.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 215 – Perumal & Adiyen 15 – Kali’s plan makes progress

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.

The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!

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Garuda’s wife though shocked initially, her intuition said that it may not be true. But Garuda himself had mentioned to her sometime back thus:

“The Kali Yuga has started. Who know what all will happen?”

Her mind was clouded: has the Garuda who said the above words himself went wrong? The person who has come here as a guest does not seem like an ordinary one. He is able to tell what is happening right in Indra Loka. Either he must be a dweller of Indra Loka itself or he must be a Siddha disguised himself as an old man. Had he mentioned a lie, it is sure that Garuda’s sharp nails will tear him in to pieces but what if he says the truth?

“O Mother!” – called the old guest.

“Yes?”

“I am not the person who will think evil of the place where I have taken food. If what I said is a lie, then let my life be crushed under your foot’s nail.”

“O Sire, I do not know you before. But my intuition told me that something is going to happen the moment you stepped in my house.”

“It is true indeed right?”

“You did not behave like a guest. Your actions and words were different. You mentioned something about Lord Venkatava who protects and sustains us all.”

“What did I say?”

“The Lord who protects the entire universe has taken the form of Venkatava. He is served by my husband. He loves the Lord immensely. Such a Lord, can’t He protect himself. You said it is my husband who protects Lord Narayana. How can that be fair?” – Garuda’s wife spoke all these in a single breath. That unshakable belief and devotion shook Kali for a second but he said, “You have misunderstood me. I just said what I heard. It is up to you to accept or not.”

“You came here as a guest. How do you know what is happening in Indra Loka? Such things are possible only to the Munivars who have renounced everything, the Lord Almighty himself and the dwellers of Deva Loka. Who are you in that case?” – Garuda’s wife stressed on this question a bit harshly.

“O Mother! I cannot argue with you, neither do I want to. I wouldn’t think evil of the place where I consumed food.”

“Then why did you speak ill of my husband?”

“One, to ensure that your marital life is healthy. Second, to not to let Garuda get insulted in Indra Loka. That’s all.”

“Many thanks for your well wishing.” – Garuda’s wife bid farewell to the ‘guest’.

“O Mother! Let every auspiciousness be yours. Just a thing. What this guest said is not a lie. When Garuda comes back, his forehead will have Sendhuram. Ask him how it came and watch him struggle to answer. Then you shall know that I said the truth.” – Kali left the place in a hurry. Garuda’s wife was wondering who that person was and why didn’t he reveal himself. Kali was waiting to see what is going to happen next while Garuda was coming back home.

Kali was imagining that the couple would argue much and take this problem to Venkatava who will dismiss Garuda from serving him. No one will ‘apply’ to that post which Garuda had. Lord Venkatava would suffer without Garuda as well. – Kali’s imagination soared. The poison he had injected in Garuda’s wife started affecting Garuda as well. She stood right in the entrance which she never did, puzzling Garuda big time. She asked him angrily: “Tell me the truth. Where are you coming from?”

“Why? From Indra Loka” – calmly replied the mighty bird.

“No. Say that you are coming from the private chambers of Indra Loka properly.”

“Yes”

“What business do you have there?”

“What question is this? I had the darshan of the Lord, did all the service to him and sent him to the private chambers. Today is the day of one of His Avatara day. It took a while to decorate Him. That’s all.”

“The fragrance of ‘javvadhu’ is a little high in your body. Why?”

“What happened to you today? Why are you questioning me like this? We all applied the javvadhu to the Lord and it must have sprinkled on me as well. What is there to get surprised in this?” – Garuda replied casually.

“Is it fair to tell a lie to myself? You have been having fun with the Yuvarani in the private chambers of Indra Loka all the while, haven’t you enjoyed the ‘javvadhu’ that she applied?”

Garuda was shocked at this accusaion right from her lady who is considered to be an example of a perfect woman. But he being intelligent, he began to think the cause of her behavior. Who spoiled her mind? If I answer all her questions, she might grow even suspicious.

“Why silence? Is the truth burning? You should never go to Indra Loka hereafter.” – said Garuda’s wife.

“Are you talking with your senses?”

“Yes, very clearly. You should not go there.”

“Then Lord Venkatava’s service?”

“I don’t care! He can take care of himself. If you are not there, someone else will come. But you should never leave this place.”

Something strange has happened indeed. She would not speak thus otherwise, who has immense devotion and faith in the Lord. Who has confused her? Let us mention this to the Lord himself. He will sought a way out of this problem. As he was stopped in the entrance itself, he turned back to go to the Lord. She came forward and blocked his way, “Where are you going?”

“You were sane but have changed now. I don’t feel quite well. I want to meet Lord Venkatava in Tirumala. Let me go.” – Garuda replied angrily.

“You should not go there either, you shouldn’t leave this place.”

“What? I shouldn’t have darshan of the Lord? There is nothing left for me other than His service. You do not have the rights to stop me from doing so either. More so, I don’t need you hereafter in the first place.” – Garuda went his way.

Kali was witnessing this happily awaiting the next turn of events.

~ to be continued…!

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