The GOS 225 – Perumal & Adiyen 26 – Kali’s plot against Anjana

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Anjana and her husband reached Tirumala in the night. Since the horses were tired too, they made them take some rest in a nearby small town, gave them water. Then they let them graze nearby. One of the horses did not go anywhere so they cut some grass and hanged it as a pile in a nearby tree. The soldiers began to watch them for the night whilst a tent was arranged for them to take rest.

When it was midnight, Kali came to the place. He knew Anjana. He also knew that the son from Anjana is going to take over the entire world. He knew that Venkatava will bless them for a child, whose name will be Hanuman. If Hanuman is born, Venkatava’s glory will spread all the worlds, thereby hindering every activity he is planning to do. He therefore decided that they should not have the darshan of Lord Narayana. He thought of various means and then decided that he will appear as Venkatava himself and drive them back. He did not waste any time in taking action. He stood as Him, before Anjana couple.

Anjana’s joy did not know any bounds. They fell at His feet saying, “It is our blessing that you appeared before us yourself.”

“What do you want? Tell me and I shall fix it.” – said Kali, in disguise of the Lord.

“We are yearning for a child as you know Lord.”

“That’s all right? Are you going all the way to Tirumala for this simple request? You don’t have to go there to have my darshan. I have given it to you right here and am blessing you for a child as well. But…” – dragged Kali.

“What Swami?” – Anjana was worried.

“Putra-Kameshti yagna should be done for two years, that too by Narada and Brahma. They won’t accept this that easily. That’s the problem.” – said Kali.

“Venkatava himself says this? The moment you blessed us with your words, we think that we are indeed blessed with a child. Why then a yagna, that too with the help of Narada and Brahma. I don’t quite understand.” – said Anjana’s husband.

“Fair enough. Let it not be Narada or Brahma. Let it be done on a Ashtami day with the help of Badra Kaali.”

“What?!” – screamed the couple at the same time.

“Are we talking to Venkatava himself? We never heard of a Putra Kameshti yagna done by Kaali Devi? How come Tirumaal say such a word?” – Anjana asked, terrified.

Kali did not expect this question.

“Alright alright. There need not be a yagna done with Badra Kaali. You don’t have to go to Tirumala. Just pray from here. The Kali Purusha himself will bestow all the blessings you need. Is it enough?” – asked Kali who was still disguising as the Lord Himself.

Anjana felt the conversation to be irrelevant and she infact started suspecting the form which stood before them. She began to pray earnestly to the Lord.

“O Paranthama! I came here seeking your blessings. Please do not test me and my husband now. Please bless me with a son.” – she went deep in to her prayers, sincerely. Won’t the Lord hear it? He did, and understood that Kali is in to something. The next moment…

A circle of fire surrounded the couple with a divine voice…

“O Anjana couple! Fear not! This is the play of Kali. He is distracting you in my form. Do not trust his words. Me and my Sudarshana Chakra will take care of him.”

The moment they heard it, they were prepared for the next set of action. Within then, the circle of fire surrounded the tent, the soldiers and the horses. Kali was exposed. He ran away.

“Thank God! We are saved.” – said Anjana. They became grateful on the mercy shown by the Lord. They both chanted “Venkatanatha Govinda” right from the bottom of their hearts.

“Kali won’t come near you. Your Tirumala pilgrimage will be successful. Due to your past lives’ merits, a beautiful male child will be born to you.” – the divine voice said again.

“If such a child is born, then let it be called as your own child O Lord, though he will be called as the son of Anjana. Let him grow in your holy feet.” – Anaja said pleasingly. Though Anjana’s husband did not like it much, he got angry in fact. He moved from that place at once. Anjana was grateful as to what she said only to find her husband missing. She asked the soldiers to look for them. When they couldn’t find him either, she began to pray to the Lord again who said:

“Do not worry. He won’t leave you. But he is upset about the promise you made for he wanted to raise the boy himself and not as Venkatava’s son. Now Vayu is consoling him near the stream. Go there and bring your husband here.” – the Lord showed her the way. A vision she saw there gave her goose bumps.

Varuna, Vayu, 18 Siddhas, The Holy Trinity all were seated where her husband was giving a male child to Vayu with Agni as the shakshi (agni is considered a witness in any holy practices in Sanatana Dharma. Hence the term ‘agni-shakshi’) as if giving an adoption.

She could not believe this vision whether it is true or not. She touched her belly to see if she feels anything. As this vision continued to appear within her mind again and again, Anjana thought, I haven’t even got pregnant, how is my husband giving a child as adoption, she thought and fell down unconscious.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 224 – Perumal & Adiyen 25 – Mangalam Chakra Rajaya Mahaneeya Gunaptaye!

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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Jealousy and hatred are not just a possession of humans, but they are also present in those who live in higher worlds. This was proved with Kali’s action who mixed deadly poison in all the food items. But there was someone who witnessed it, the one whose presence is mandatory for us humans, the Vayu Deva. He ran to Lord Vishnu who was deeply immersed in the Veda Kosha of the Rishis and murmured it in His ears.

“O Lord, blessed I am. There is an urgent message.”

“What is it Vayu?”

“Kali has mixed deadly poison in the food that is being prepared for Devas, Munivars and Siddhas.”

“That’s all right? Let him do so!”

“My Lord?!

“What else do you want me to do?”

“If anyone consumes the food, they won’t be alive. It is not an ordinary poison. It is Aala-Haala poison.”

“There is One who consumed it already right? Tell this to the Three Eyed Lord.” – Lord Narayana immersed Himself in the Veda Kosha again. Vayu did not understand this. He thought why is the Lord acting like he is careless? He rushed to Lord Shiva with the thought of not losing a single life to the deadly poison.

Lord Shiva was witnessing the dance by the damsels, He welcomed Vayu:

“O Vayu, come on here. Sit beside me. Have you witnessed such a beautiful dance? It is rare to get such a sight.” – He began to enjoy the dance by even clapping to the tunes. Vayu was restless. As the Lord did not turn towards him for a long time, Vayu went straight to Agastya Muni.

Agastya went to the kitchen at once and checked if there was poison in any of them. Surprisingly, they were very tasty with no trace of any poison.

“Vayu, the food is delicious. There is no trace of poison in it?” – asked Agastya.

“No, the foremost of Siddhas! I saw with my own eyes. Kali stood here in this place and was mixing it. The dense odour of the poison made even me gasp for breath.”

“I am not mistaking you, it is only through air that all fragrances come out. But how did all the poison go out? Someone must have done a miracle then.” – Agastya began to think and Lord Venkatava appeared in his Gnana-Drishti (eyes of wisdom). The moment Kali walked out of the assembly, He has been closely watching his actions and saw him mixing poison in the food. As he went mixing the poison, the Lord added a petal of Thulasi plant on them. The Thulasi leaf broke the poison that Kali mixed.

Not just that, He made His Sudarsana Chakra revolve around the place so no further harm can be done. As the Chakra revolved around the place with so much of radiance, Kali ran away from Tirumala notwithstanding the heat and light. Agastya knew all these through his Gnana Drishti. Having done all these, this real ‘thief’ is enjoying the festival around Him. He indeed is the thief of hearts, Agastya smiled to himself.

Vayudeva was puzzled, “Swami, why do you laugh yourself, if I may know?”

“O why not? All these are the play of Lord Venkatava.” – Agastya explained what happened. Vayu was immensely pleased saying, “if this celebration goes on well, it is enough.” They both walked in to the main hall where the celebrations were happening. Lord Narayana did not have the Sudarsana Chakra in His hands. Agastya went straight up to Him and asked as if not knowing, “You are referred to as Shanka Chakra Gadha Dhara. Why is the Chakra missing now?”

“My Agastya is observing all these it seems” – said the Lord lovingly and called him closely, explaining everything, as if He is not aware of what others know or not. Agastya happily listened to the whole thing from the Lord Himself. After a while, food was served to all those present. Kali was thinking that everyone should have reached the abode of Yama by this time. But when he came to know that the feast was wonderful, he lost his peace once again.

He clearly knew that as long as Lord Narayana is in Tirumala, none of his plans will work out. He could not turn Sesha, Garuda or Shani or any rishi-munis. He therefore decided to show his tricks to the public and animals. The person whom he chose was wrong again. It was Anjana. Her devotion had surprised everyone. His father wanted her to marry the bravest of men. He announced that the would be groom should kill a mad elephant with just a spear.

No one came forward for this crazy task. Her father waited for a while and took rest to a nearby jungle for a break. There indeed was a mad elephant destroying everything that came in its way. People ran for their lives. He himself wanted to put an end to the elephant’s atrocities but what he saw was a young man threw a spear on the forehead of the elephant, killing it. Anjana’s father knew that he has found the man he was in search for. He approached the young man and knew that he is the king of a small town nearby. He spoke to him about his daughter and sought his preference for a marriage. He agreed.

They got married. Since there wasn’t any offspring for a long time, Anjana set forth to Tirumala with her husband as somone said that the Lord there will bless them for an offspring.

~ to be continued…!

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The title is from the mantra of Sudarsana Chakra fondly called as Chakarathazhvar in the southern India. One of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu, Tirumohur, this enchanting mantra of Chakkarathazhvar is said:

 

The GOS 223 – Perumal & Adiyen 24 – The Celestial Reunion!

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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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Though Kali was furious, Shanishwara did not pay attention to him at all. He even forgot the assurance he gave to Lord Brahma that he would trouble people only to drive them towards the path of Gnana. Even if Lord Brahma gets furious, I wouldn’t forsake Lord Venkatava, he thought.

“Only because of him my wife left and hasn’t returned yet. How long will I be able to live without her when everyone is living happily with their spouses, why should I suffer?” – he thought, plus Kali does not have a family life. When Shani took this decision, Lord Vishnu was pleased.

He announced the transformation of Shani to all the rishi munis and devas. To honor Shani, He said:
“Hereafter, those who come to Tirumala to have my darshan, all the effects that is happening and will happen through Shanishwara will disappear at once. Particularly, those who visit here on Saturdays, wait and have darshan, their three janma’s Shani dosha will ward off.”

“Not just that, those who visited thus, their heirs will be born without any disability, without any issues in their mental ability, even if they had committed a hideous crime in their previous births, if they visit Tirumala on a Saturday, even the dangerious Brahma Hathi Dosha will disappear. This is a respect we give to Shanishwara.”

“In fact, those who make a visit here on Saturdays, if they attempt anything new on Saturdays, it will get completed smoothly. There will be a priority given to Saturdays.” – said Lord Narayana. Everyone were pleased on hearing this. Adi Sesha was very troublesome hearing all these.

“Did I mistake such a merciful Lord? No one will ever forgive me for what I did. Why did I listen to Kali and Shani? I lost the ability to think on my own. Is this fate or is this a mere play of the Lord?”

“O Sesha, what is the confusion? You may get many a solution if you speak out.” – said the all knowing Lord.

Adi Sesha stood up with respect.

“Whatever it is, it is a grave mistake to have gone against you. Please forgive me. I surrender myself to your holy feet.” – said Sesha. Then he suddenly fell down at the Lord’s feet who lifted him up and embraced him against His chest and rubbed his back with love.

“Look here Sesha. Neither I get separated from you or you get separated from me. I will wait for you. You will be here in my feet forever. Is this enough?” – the Lord kissed Sesha on his forehead. Everyone clapped on seeing this. Sesha’s eyes was tearful. He rolled his tail out of happiness and banged it on the ground.

Garuda, as if was waiting for a time, came running and embraced Sesha saying, “All those snakes who were killed by the Garudas will come back to life through the grace of Lord Narayana. We shall serve Him just like before but with more unity and love.”

Everyone looked at this rare sight of Garuda embracing the snake Sesha with pleased hearts. One person however seldom liked the proceedings and it was no doubt our Kali Purusha. He was frustrated as all those whom he believed have forsaken him. The Lord looked at him straight in his eyes.

For a split second, Kali Purusha felt what is called fear. What we all yearn for for birth after birth, that all pervading Lord is looking straight in to his eyes and Kali felt that he might surrender himself to this Lord with this sight. Hence he swiftly turned his glance away.

“Kali, you lost to me for the third time. If you stop your deeds, you shall be forgiven as well. What do you say?” – asked Sriman Narayana who does not have an enemy qualified to fight Him.

“Thanks for your kind gesture. At the same time, I have to fulfill Lord Brahma’s orders. The earth is going to be under my rule till the Maha Pralaya. It is not appropriate for you to try blocking it in any way.” – answered Kali with frustration.

“Fair enough! Even after so many defeats, you talk with the same energy and self confidence. I appreciate your courage.”

“I am not going to be deceived by your sugar talks like others. I am neither Shanishwara, Sesha or Garuda, to fall at your feet. You may have won today. But there is 7000 human years where Earth will be under my clutches. No Venkatava can stop me.”

“Why are you so angry Kali? Brahma Deva is right here. If I say a word, all your activities will cease to exist. Isn’t it Brahma Deva?”

“Please forgive me O Lord! It is important to have the avatar of Kali in Earth. When his deeds ripens, Pralaya will happen. Only then I can create new worlds. Hence Brahma is not in a position to accept your queries.” – Brahma answered swiftly, but Venkatava did not take it offensive.

“Very well. Continue what you have to do. If those who are affected by you come to my shelter, I won’t forsake them. But one condition though, if your deeds affect the devas or those who have surrendered to me, I will swiftly act against you. Think before you act therefore.” – the Lord warned Kali.

“Thanks for your suggestions. I wouldn’t come to you for I have the humans at earth for me to go to.” – laughed Kali.

Then there appeared Neelothumbika, the wife of Shanishwara who came with her friends with Purna Kumba Maryadha and fell at Lord Narayana’s feet. She said, “I came to know that my husband has changed his mind for good. This is all your grace. I will never forget this.”

The Lord was pleased. He ordered Shani with love, “Hereafter, you both should never leave the other.”

Kali stormed out of the place with no one trying to stop him. The Lord said, “Now we should celebrate even for Sesha and Shanishwara, not just Garuda.”

“If the Lord permits, very well shall it be.” – said everyone in a pleased voice. Sesha was immersed with bliss. Shanishwara’s joy knew no bounds. Garuda was blissful too. The next day, there were pompous celebrations with Lord Vinayaka doing the Vedic Yagna. Auspicious instruments were played everywhere. Everyone were chanting Narayana, Narayana with very pleased faces. Everyone were celebrating with dance, music and festivals.

Kali wanted to take revenge on Garuda, Shani and Sesha and to stop these festivals. He could not understand how. Then he slowly entered the kitchen where delicious food items were kept. He began to poison every one of them slowly.

~ to be continued…!

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

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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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!

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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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…!