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

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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!

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

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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.

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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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The GOS 214 – Perumal & Adiyen 14 – The plan of Kali

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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Kali was disappointed with the way his plans were devastated. He began to think deeply about a strategy through which he can establish himself strongly. He chose a mountain in the southern side of Tirumala, went deep in a jungle and began to think. The incidents of Varahamithra, how his plan was defeated in killing that Munivar, in case of Vrushabasura – all came to his mind.

His objective was to create chaos, make people deviate from the dharmic way of life, to make them fight with each other and finally, the total destruction of dharma and establishing adharma. He realized that as long as the women’s thought process of freedom can be disturbed, he could turn around the situation to his favor. If the women start thinking that freedom is ‘doing whatever and whenever they please, to think of chastity and being truthful to their spouses is an act of suppression, and doing the very things that the shastras calls derogatory in an expression of they being free, Kali’s job will be easily done as the women are the powerful species who can make or break the humans.

Though it is not a big task to uproot a tree, making a hole or infect it with deadly insects is a simpler route as the tree will fall by iteslf then. Kali knew that he cannot go to direct combat with the Lord Almighty, but the humans are mere mortals and it made more sense to infect them to achieve his objectives. He thought he should get closer to them and know their weaknesses and manipulate it.

If their thought process is disturbed, they naturally will deviate from being devoted. He liked the concept of the jungle bees who put a hole in such a big tree. While he was thinking all these, there flew a number of ‘Garuda’s, united yet independent, majestic. He was frustrated at that sight for some reasons. Then he devised a plan to meet Garuda, the personal vehicle of Lord Vishnu and to corrupt him. If this is done successfully, thought Kali – his work is half done in winning Vishnu.

He went directly to Garuda’s house in disguise. Garuda’s wife enquired who he was and where he is from. He said he was a guest and that he does not have a shelter of his own or a family.

Garuda’s wife said, “While your appearance is of an old man, the way you talk has some evil motives!”

“O! If my words have hurt you, I apologize..”

“You haven’t done any crime or anything. But I felt within that your speech does not reflect the wisdom of a Gnani or the humbleness of a guest. May I know the reason why you came here?”

“You are the wife of Garuda himself, who is the personal vehicle of Lord Vishnu.”

“Yes”

“Lord Narayana protects everybody. But your husband protects Lord Narayana himself.”

“What are you bloughing?”

“It will indeed sound like bloughing now. You will know the truth in it eventually.”

“Old man, you are a guest.”

“Yes.”

“My task here is done after I gave you food, some clothes and a few grains.”

“It is true”

“But you are interfering in unnecessary things. You are talking ill of my husband and the Lord who protects everybody. These are not good qualities of an Athithi (guest)”

“O Lady. I pledge in the name of my creator Brahma, I did not come with any evil intentions you mentioned. You know everything. But in spite of it…” – paused Kali.

“What are you saying?”

“It is a practise to welcome an Athithi, wash his feet, offer him fruits and vegetables and show hospitality right?”

“Who said no?”

“You said everything about Athithi in your words, but you haven’t shown any of those in action.”

Garuda’s wife began to laugh.

“Why are you laughing?” – asked Kali.

“I somehow felt in my mind that you are not an Athithi. Your actions were confirming it too. Hence I did not give you the respect and hospitality that is normally given to guests. But since you have mentioned yourself, I have to show you some hospitality. Please come in.”

Kali went inside the house of Garuda, the mightiest bird who is considered to be equal to Indra in the bird kingdom. Garuda’s wife did not notice that along with Kali, Shaneeshwara entered her house by residing in Kali’s feet. Her mind however felt that a large dark form entered her house majestically. She also felt that Dhairya Lakshmi telling her ‘We have surrendered to Lord Narayana himself. The Lord of Tirumala will be with me and I do not have to fear anything.”

Kali ate food at Garuda’s house. To show the respect and hospitality, Garuda’s wife fell at his feet for Ashirwad. Kali said:

“O noble one! Let all the auspiciousness happen to you. I however would feel guilty if I don’t say what I felt. If you permit, I shall say.”

“You are an aged guest. You are like my father in age. You aren’t going to say anything ill minded, are you? You can say what you want to say without fear”

“Where is Garuda? He is not to be seen?”

“Why, will you say it only when he is here?”

“No no! I have to tell this only to you. Do you know where your husband is now? He is enjoying himself in the private chambers of Indra Loka with the Yuvarani (princess) there. How will you know it?”

Garuda’s wife felt the last few words like a cut from a sharp sword.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 213 – Perumal & Adiyen 13 – the second hill, Vrushabadri!

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

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As Agastya sprinkled the holy water on Vrushabasura, he was surrounded and consumed by Agni, he struggled so much in the fire and what remained there was his ashes. Lord Shiva was looking at it quietly as Agastya Muni was weaving his beard with a smile. Right then, ten Vrushabasuras came out of the ashes! Agastya did not expect this but the Lord knew it, He also knew that the demons might jump at Agastya anytime. Hence He pulled Agastya to His side and thought of Lord Venkatava for a moment.

The Lord Venkatava stopped all the ten demons with His Sudarshana Chakra to prevent any disaster caused by him. Lord Shiva thought that the demon’s end has come and the earth will be saved. The demons jumped from earth to sky with the only intention of crushing Agastya Muni. The demons were happy that they were not harmed by Lord Shiva and that Lord Venkatava came in front of them Himself, they roared out of happiness. They threw the rocks and mountains, uprooted the trees and made the place like a battlefield.

The wild animals ran for their lives. Agastya has never seen such a site, but Lord Mahadeva was quietly witnessing all these. Lord Venkatava stopped their every wild actions. Now the anger of all the ten demons fell on Venkatava and so they began to attack him. There ensued a fierce battle and just as a snake shows it ferociousness many times before it bows its head down, the demons became very tired at the end where Lord Venkatava used His Sudarsana Chakra. All ten fell down and within seconds, the nine others disappeared. The one Vrushabasura in his last breath, bowed to Lord Vishnu.

“What do you want?” – asked Madhava.

“I pray to hold on to your holy feet at all times.”

“I shall give you Moksha right here.”

“No need Prabo! I would like your darshan every single time…for that…”

“Yes, say it”

“The Tirumala Venkata Hills that is becoming very famous now, I need a separate place. The devotees who come to have your darshan should step on my back and proceed. Please grant me this boon.”

“You are very different in all aspects. You prayed to Lord Shiva to get more powers, troubled the earth and deva loka for a long time. Now you are asking for Moksha to me.”

“You have granted Moksha to many a demons O Lord! I am desperate to join in that list.”

“You could have obtained the Moksha through devotion as well? Why didn’t you take that path? You were about to attack the son of Lord Shiva, Agastya the dearest!”

“It was the order of Kali Purusha, my Lord!”

“Where is he? If only I can subdue him, that should be enough!” – roared Agastya Muni.

“Have patience O Agastya! Kali has only began his actions. I know what all he is about to do. I pity the humans in Earth.” – said Lord Narayana and looked mercifully at the demon Vrushabasura who was struggling for life.

“I shall grant you Moksha to you who danced to the tunes of Kali Purusha.”

“No Lord! I would still like to have your darshan and to fight with you all the time.”

“What do you mean?”

“Please name one of the seven hills of Tirumala with my name. Till the end of Kali Yuga, every devotee who comes to have your darshan should say my name and come.”

“That’s all right? The second head of Adi Sesha hereafter will be called as Vrushaba. Enough?”

“What else do I want Swami? I will help those who come to have your darshan by having them step on my back. This is enough for me.” – Vrushabasura touched the holy feet of Lord Narayana and breathed his last.

Lord Shiva was pleased at the mercy of Lord Vishnu. Agastya Muni bowed to Lord Vishnu who looked at Lord Shiva and said with a laugh…

“O Three Eyed One! You have been so merciful as always and granted him the boon and thereby pulled me here. Now I ended up doing your aspect of work (destruction). Please grant me a boon that no one should think that ‘Vishnu will also do Samhara (the destruction)”

Lord Shiva replied, “How could I? Who knows what else will Kali do?” – smiled the Lord meaningfully.

~ to be continued…!

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வேதம் அனைத்துக்கும் வித்தாகும் கோதைத் தமிழ்

ஞானபூமி இக்கட்டுரையை அன்புடன் தந்தனுப்பிய திரு. ராமபத்ரன் அவர்களுக்கு நன்றிகளைத் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறது.

நம்முடைய மதம் ஹிந்து மதம். இது வைதீக மதம் ஆகும். இதன் பொருள், வேதம்தான் நம் மதத்தின் அடிப்படை என்பதே. வேதம் இந்த உலகம் தோன்றுவதற்கு முன்பிலிருந்தே இருக்கின்றது. மற்ற மதங்கள் ஒரு குறிப்பிட்ட காலத்தில், ஒரு குறிப்பிட்டவரால் உருவாக்கப்பட்டது. உதாரணமாக புத்த மதம் புத்தரால் எற்படுத்தப்பட்டது. புத்தர் காலத்துக்கு முன்னால் அந்த மதம் இல்லை. ஆனால். நம் ஹிந்து மதமானது யாராலும் எற்படுத்தப்படவில்லை. காரணம் என்னவென்றால் வேதம் அபெளருஷேயம் (“अपौरुषेयम्”) – யாரும் வேதத்தை உருவாக்கவில்லை. ரிஷிகள் தங்கள் த்யானத்தில் வேத மந்த்ரங்களை உள்ளே தரிசித்து மக்களுக்கு கொடுத்தார்கள். ஆகவேதான் ரிஷிகளை மந்த்ர த்ரஷ்டா (मन्त्र द्रष्टा) அதாவது, “மந்த்ரத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள்” என்று சொல்வார்கள். வேதத்தை யாராலும் அழிக்கவே முடியாது. அவை ஒலி ஒளி அலைகளாக ஆகாயத்தில் எப்போதும் உள்ளன. எனவே தான் ஹிந்து மதத்தை அறிவியல் சார்ந்தது, ஆத்ம அறிவியலாவது என்று கொண்டாடுகிறார்கள்.

வேதம் மூன்று பிரிவுகளாக பிரிக்கபட்டுள்ளது. அவை கர்ம காண்டம், உபாசன காண்டம் மற்றும் ஞான காண்டம். வேதத்தின் சிகரம் என்று எடுத்துக்கொண்டால் அது ஞான கண்டம் ஆகும். மற்ற இரண்டு காண்டங்களின் நோக்கமே ஞானத்தை அடைவதுதான். உபனிஷதங்கள் என்று சொல்லப்படும் வேதாந்த்ங்கள் எல்லாம், ஞான காண்டத்திலேயே உள்ளன. அத்வைதம், விசிஷ்டாத்வைதம், த்வைதம் போன்ற பல்வேறு தத்வங்களை விளக்கிய, ஶ்ரீ சங்கரர், ஶ்ரீ ராமானுஜர், மற்றும் ஶ்ரீ மத்வர் ஆகிய மூவருமே, வேதத்தின் சாரம், உபனிடதங்கள்தான் என்பதில் எந்தவித கருத்து வேறுபாடும் இல்லாமல் இருந்தார்கள்.

இப்படிப்பட்ட வேதத்தின் சாரத்தை பகவான் ஶ்ரீ க்ருஷ்ண பரமாத்மா மஹாபாரதத்தில் பகவத் கீதையாக கொடுத்தார். இதனை ஶ்ரீ ஆதி சங்கரர் பரம்பரையில் வந்த ஶ்ரீ மதுசூதன சரஸ்வதி, கீதா த்யான ஸ்லோகத்தில் கூறுகிறார்.

“सर्वोपनिष्दो गावो ;दोग्धा गोपाल नन्दन:”

पार्थो वत्स: सुधी: भोक्ता दुग्धम् गीता अम्रुतम् महत्”

இதனுடய பொருள் என்னவென்றால், “எல்லா உபனிஷதங்களும் பசுக்கள். பால் கறக்கும் இடையன் கோபாலன். அர்ஜுனன் கன்று; நல்ல புத்திசாலி; பால் குடிக்க இருக்கின்றது. கீதை, சிறந்த அமுதமயமான பால்.” ஆக, இதில் இருந்து கீதை, உபனிஷதங்களின் சாரம் என்று தெரிகிறது. கண்ணன் கீதையிலே பதினெட்டு அத்யாயங்களில், 721 ஸ்லோகங்களில் வேத ஸாரத்தை பிழிந்து கொடுத்துள்ளார். அதில் மூன்று ஸ்லோகங்கள் மிகவும் முக்கியமானவை: முதலாவது,

“मत्त; परतरम् नान्यत् किन्चिदस्ति धनन्जय!

मयि सर्वम् इदम् प्रोतम् सूत्रे मणिगणाविव !!  (7-7)

இதன் அர்த்தம் என்னவென்றால், “எனக்குமேல் எந்த பரம்பொருளும் இல்லை அர்ஜுனா, இந்த உலகம் முழுவதும் என்னுள் ஒரு கயற்றில் மாலை போல உள்ளன.”

நமக்கு முதல் வாக்யம் முக்யம். அதாவது கண்ணனே பரம்பொருள். கண்ணன் நாராயணின் அவதாரமாதலால், நாராயணே பரம்பொருள் என்று கூறுகிறார். வேதத்திலும், நாரயண அனுவாகத்தில், “नारयण परम्ब्रह्म तत्वम् नारयण: पर:”  என்று கூறப்பட்டுள்ளது.

இரண்டாவதாக

“दैवीह्येषा गुणमयी मम माया दुरत्यया!

मामेव ये प्रपध्यन्ते मायाम् एताम् तरन्ति ते !! (7-14).

இதில் கண்ணன் என்ன சொல்கிறார் என்றால், ”இந்த மாயையை கடப்பது மிகவும் கடினம். என் ஒருவனை எவன் சரண் அடைகின்றானோ, அவன் இந்த மாயயை கடக்கிறான்.”

மூன்றவதாக, சரம ஸ்லோகம் என்னும்படியான (கண்ணன் அர்ஜுனனுக்கு கூறிய) கடைசி உபதேசம்).

“सर्व धर्मान् परित्यज्य माम् एकम् शरणम् व्रज!

अहम् त्वा सर्व पापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुच:  !!” (18-66)

கண்ணன் உரைப்பது என்னவெனில்,” அர்ஜுனா, நீ எல்லா தர்மங்களயும் விட்டு விட்டு என் ஒருவனை சரண் அடை. நான் உன்னை எல்லா பாவங்களிலிருந்தும் விடுவித்து உனக்கு மோக்ஷம் அளிக்கிறேன் கவலைப்படாதே!”.

இந்த மூன்று ஸ்லோகங்களும், வைணவ சம்ப்ரதாயத்தின் மூன்று அங்கங்களான தத்வம், ஹிதம், புருஷார்த்தம் இவைகளை விளக்குகின்றன.

  1. ஶ்ரீமன் நாரயணே பர தத்வம் (முதல் ஸ்லோகம்)
  2. அவன் ஒருவனை சரணாகதி அடைவதே உய்ய வழி (இரண்டாவது ஸ்லோகத்தின் இரண்டாம் பகுதி மற்றும், மூன்றாவது ஸ்லோகத்தின் முதல் பகுதி).
  3. அடையவேண்டிய லக்ஷியம் மோக்ஷம். அதை கொடுப்பவன் ஶ்ரீமன் நாரயணனே. (மூன்றாவது ஸ்லோகம் இரண்டாவது பகுதி).

வேதம் நம் மதத்தின் மூலமாக இருந்தாலும், அதை அத்யயனம் செய்வதற்கோ அல்லது அதன் அர்த்தத்தை தெரிந்துகொள்ளவோ நியமங்கள் இருக்கின்றன. எப்படி ஒரு அறிவியல் பரிசோதனைக்குத் தேவையான உபகரணங்கள், சீதோஷணம் இன்னபிற தேவைகள் எல்லாம் அவசியமோ அது போல. வேதங்களை எல்லாரும் அறிந்துகொள்ள இயலாது. ஆனால் நம்மைப்போன்ற சாமான்ய மக்களும் வேதத்தின் உட்பொருளை அறிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்று ரிஷிகளும் முனிவர்களும் விழைந்தனர். ஆகவே, இதிஹாச புராணங்களை இயற்றினர்.

உதாரணமாக, தைத்தரீய உபனிடத்தில் குருவானவர் கல்வி முடிந்து வெளி உலகுக்கு செல்லும் சீடர்களுக்கு அறிவுரை கூறும் முதல் பகுதி “சிக்ஷா வல்லி”. ஆதில் ஒரு இடத்தில் “सत्यम् वद”  “सत्यात् न् प्रमतितव्यम्”. என்று சொல்கிறார். இதன் பொருள் “ உண்மை பேசு”. “உண்மையில் இருந்து வழுவாமல் இரு”. இதை உலகுக்கு உணர்த்த, வ்யாச பகவான் மஹாபாரத இதிஹாசத்தில் ஹரிசந்த்ர கதையின் வாயிலாக நம் அனைவருக்கும் உணர்த்துகிறார். இதை எதற்காக சொல்கிறேன் என்றால், எல்லா புராணங்களும், இதிஹாசங்களும் வேதத்தை ஒட்டியே அமைந்துள்ளன.

அப்படிப்பட்ட இதிஹாசங்களுள் ஒன்றான இராமயணத்தில் இராமன் விபீஷணனுக்கு அடைக்கலம் கொடுக்கும்போது இவ்வாறாக சொல்கிறார்.

सकृतेव प्रन्नाय तवास्मीतिच याचते ! अभयम् सर्व भूतेभ्यो ददामेतत् व्रतम् मम !!

“எந்த ஒரு ஜீவன் “நான் உன்னுடயவனாக இருக்கிறேன்” என்று என்னிடம் சரண் அடைகிறனோ, அந்த ஜீவனுக்கு நான் உடனடியாக, அபயம் அளிக்கிறேன். இது என்னுடய வ்ரதம்” என்று ஶ்ரீ இராமசந்த்ர மூர்த்தி கூறுகிறார்.. இதுவும், கீதையின் சார ஸ்லோகம் போல உள்ளது. ஆகவே, வேதத்தின் ஒரு முக்ய கருத்து, இறைவனிடம் சரண் அடைவதே.

வைணவ சம்ப்ரதாயதில் பெரியவர்களை உ.வே என்று அழைப்பார்கள். இதன் பொருள் “உபய வேதாந்தி”. அதாவது, இரண்டு வேதாந்தங்களையும் அறிந்தவர். வட மொழி வேதாந்தம் (உபனிஷதங்கள்) மற்றும் தமிழ் வேதாந்தங்கள் கற்றவர்கள். ஆழ்வார்கள் இயற்றிய திவ்யப்ரபந்தங்கள் தமிழ் வேதாந்தங்கள் ஆகும். பன்னிரண்டு ஆழ்வார்கள் நாலாயிரம் பாடல்கள் கூறியுள்ளார்கள். அவர்கள் அனைவரும் பல்வேறு காலத்தில் தோன்றியவர்கள். ஆனால் மேலே கூறிய, கீதையின் சாரத்தை தெள்ளத்தெளிவாக சொல்லுகிறார்கள். 1) ஶ்ரீமந் நாரயணனே பர தத்வம்.2) அவனிடம் பக்தி செலுத்துவதே நம் கடன். 3) மோக்ஷத்தை அடைவது நம் குறிக்கொள். அதை தருவதும் அவனே.

இந்த பன்னிரெண்டு ஆழ்வார்களிலே பெண் ஆழ்வாராக இருப்பவர் கோதையாகிய நம் ஆண்டாள். இவருடய இயற்பெயர் கோதா. வடமொழியிலே “கோதா” என்றால் பூமியால் கொடுக்கப்பட்டவள் என்று பொருள். இந்த கோதா நாச்சியார் அயோனி ஜன்மத்தவர். கர்பவாசம் செய்யாதவர். பெரியாழ்வாரால் நந்தவனத்தில் கண்டெடுக்கப்பட்டு அவரால் வளர்க்கப்பட்டவள். இவள் பூமி தேவியின் அம்சமாக பிறந்தவள் என்று கூறுவர். ஶ்ரீ வேதாந்த தேசிகன் தம்முடய “கோதா ஸ்துதி “ என்ற க்ரந்தத்திலே முதல் ஸ்லோகத்தில் கோதா தேவி சாக்ஷாத் பூமி பிராட்டி என்று சொல்கிறார்.

“साक्षात् क्षमाम् करुणया कमलाविव अन्याम् ! गोदाम् अनन्य शरणम् शरणम् प्र्पद्ये !!

வராஹ புராணத்தில் பகவான் வராஹ உருவம் எடுத்து பூமி தேவியை ஹிரண்யாக்ஷனிடம் இருந்து காப்பாற்றி பூமி பிராட்டிக்கு உபதேசம் செய்தார். பூமி தேவி கோதாவாகத் தோன்றி மக்களுக்கு 143 பாசுரங்கள் கொடுத்தார். அந்த நாச்சியார் திருமொழியிலே முக்யமானது திருப்பாவை. என்ற முப்பது பாசுரங்கள். எம்பெருமானார் ஶ்ரீ ராமானுஜர் இந்த முப்பது பாசுரங்களை எப்போதும் அனுசந்தானம் செய்து வந்ததனால் அவரை திருப்பாவை ஜீயர் என்றும் அழைப்பார்கள்.

பதினைந்தாம் நூற்றாண்டில் வாழ்ந்த வேதப்பிரான் பட்டர் தென்கலை ஆசார்யர்களில் ஒருவரான மணவாள மாமுனிகளின் பேரன் ஆவார். அவர் ஆண்டாளுக்கு “வாழி திருநாமம்” பாடியுள்ளார். அது மட்டுமல்லாமல், ஆண்டாள் பிறந்த ஶ்ரீ வில்லிபுத்தூரையும் மற்றும் திருப்பாவையையும் உயர்வாகப் பாடி உள்ளார். திருப்பாவையைப் பற்றி கூறும்போது,

“வேதம் அனைத்துக்கும் வித்தாகும் கோதை தமிழ் ஐந்தும்
ஐந்தும் அறியாத மானிடரை வையம் சுமப்பதும் வம்பு”

என்று சொல்கிறார். இந்த முப்பது பாசுரமும் வேதம் அனைத்துக்கும் வித்து. நமக்கு நியாயமான ஒரு ஐயம் தோன்றுகிறது. “வேதம் அனாதி காலத்தில் இருந்து உள்ளது. திருப்பாவை இந்த யுகத்தில் இயற்றப்பட்டது. அப்படி இருக்க, அது எப்படி வேதத்துக்கு விதை ஆக முடியும்?”.

திருப்பாவைதான் வேதத்துக்கு காரணம் என்பது இதன் பொருள் அல்ல.

விதை சூக்ஷ்மமாக மரம், கிளை, பூ, பழம் எல்லாவற்றையும் தன்னுள் அடக்கிக்கொண்டு மரதின் சாரமாக உள்ளது. அதே போல, திருப்பாவை, வேதத்தின் சாரமாகவே உள்ளது. இது எப்படி என்பதை கீழே பார்ப்போம்.

  1. நாம், வேதத்தின் சாரமான கீதையில், பரத்வம் ஶ்ரீமன் நாரயணன் (நான்) என்று கண்ணன் சொன்னதை மேலே பார்த்தோம். அதை கண்ணன் ஏழாவது அத்யாயத்திலே கூறினான். அனால் கோதா நாச்சியாரோ முதல் பாசுரத்திலேயே, “நாரயணனே நமக்கே பறை தருவான்” என்று ஏகாரத்துடன் பரத்வத்தை நிர்ணயம் செய்கிறாள். கண்ணனே நாரயணன் என்பதையும், முதலில் உள்ள விசேஷணங்களால் நந்தகோபன் குமரன், யசோதை இளம் சிங்கம், போன்ற சொற்களால் விளக்குகிறாள். ஶ்ரீமத் பாகவதமும் “कृष्णस्तु भगवान् स्वयम्” அதாவது கண்ணன் ஶ்ரீமன் நாராயணனே என்று அறுதியிட்டு சொல்கிறது.
  2. அவனை சரண் அடைவதே நாம் செய்யவெண்டியது. (கீதை ஸ்லோகம் 7-14 மற்றும் 18-66). ஆண்டாள், 24 வது பாசுரத்திலே, “அன்றி இவ்வுலகம் அளந்தாய் அடி போற்றி. சென்று எங்கும் தென்னிலங்கை செற்றாய் திறல் போற்றி” என்று, பகவான் திருவடிகளில் சரண் அடைகிறாள்.
  3. அடையவேண்டிய லக்ஷியம் மோக்ஷம்; மோக்ஷத்தை அளிப்பவன் ஶ்ரீமன் நாராயணன். முதல் பாசுரத்திலேயெ ஆண்டாள், “நாராயணனே நமக்கே பறை தருவான்” என்று சொல்கிறாள். இதில் “பறை” என்ற சொல், நோன்புக்கு தேவையான இசைக்கருவி ஆகும். அனால் இதன் உள்ளர்த்தம் “ மோக்ஷம்”. ஆண்டாள் “நாரயண” நாமத்தை மூன்று பாசுரங்களில் உபயோகித்துள்ளாள். முதல் பாசுரம், ஏழாம் பசுரம் மற்றும் பத்தாம் பாசுரம். இதில் முதல் பாசுரம் மற்றும் பத்தாம் பாசுரத்தில், “நாராயண” நாமம் வரும் இடத்தில் “பறை” என்ற சொல்லையும் பயன்படுத்தியுள்ளாள். ஆகவே “மோக்ஷம் தருபவன் நாராயணணே” என்று தெள்ளத்தெளிவாக உரைக்கின்றாள்.
  4. வைணவ சித்தாந்த்திலே மோக்ஷம் என்பது ஶ்ரீ வைகுண்டத்தை அடைந்து பகவானுக்கு தொண்டு புரிவதே ஆகும். இதை ஆண்டாள், இருபத்தொன்பதாவது பாசுரதின் இறுதியில் பகவத் கைங்கர்யத்தை விழைகிறாள் “உனக்கே நாம் ஆட்செய்வோம்”.

வேதங்கள் பல்லயிரக்கணக்கான மந்த்ரங்கள் மூலமாகக் கூறிய கருத்துக்களை, கண்ணன், பல நுறு ஸ்லோகங்களில் சொன்னார். அதை மேலும் சுருக்கி கோதா நாச்சியார் முப்பது பாசுரங்களில் திரட்டி கொடுத்தாள். ஆகவே வேதம் அனைத்தும் மரம் என்றால் திருப்பாவை, விதை ஆகும். அது மட்டுமல்லாமல் வேதங்கள் (மறை) மறைமுகமாக கூறியவற்றை உள்ளங்கை நெல்லிக்கனியாக உரைத்தாள் ஆண்டாள். ஆகவே, தமிழ் கற்ற நாம் அனைவரும் திருப்பாவை கற்று அதன் பொருளை அறிந்து பிறவிப்பயனை அடைவோமாக. அவ்வாறு செய்யாவிட்டால் வேதப்பிரான் பட்டர் கூறியதுபோல்,” கோதை தமிழ் ஐந்தும் அறியாத மானிடரை வையம் சுமப்பதும் வம்பு”; அதாவது நாம் பூமிக்கு பாரமாகிவிடுவோம்!

~ ராமபத்ரன்

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The GOS 212 – Perumal & Adiyen 12 – Testing time for Agastya Himself!

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 Lord had taken avatar in Tirumala like that of Kalki avatar, it was indeed Kali Purusha who gave a lot of tests to the Lord himself. He desperately wanted people to forget devotion and to have the dominance of demonic qualities. But all his efforts towards this mission was scattered in to pieces. He tortured an innocent yet best of the rishis as much as possible. But it became beneficial for the rishi himself where he was highly recognised when the Lord named one of the seven holy hills after the rishi’s name Virushachala.

Narada had a desire!

He wanted to know how the lord is going to name the rest of the hills. It will anyway take some time, so Narada wanted to roam around the earth and he wanted a company. Who will be the rightly qualified one for this he thought and Agastya Muni flashed in his mind. He approached Agastya.

“You are a Triloka Sanchari (the one who roams around all the three worlds – tri – three, loka – world, sanchari – the one who roams). Wherever you go, you have the skill to escape out of any situation. I don’t think I can do so. I am thinking of going to Podhigai hills and do tapasya for some time.” – said Agastya.

“Oh you didn’t know? There is a place called Sri Sailam near Tirumala. I heard that Lord Shiva is going to stay here with Parvati Devi for some time.” – said Narada.

“Is it?! This is a great news!” – said Agastya.

“Instead of going to Kailash, we could get a beautiful darshan of Lord Shiva right here in Sri Sailam. I am thinking of going there. I would be very happy if you come along.”

“One must be blessed indeed to have His darshan.”

“Then why wait? Let’s have the Shiva Darshan and go in proceed with our paths thereafter.”

“Fair indeed. My mind wants to stay in Tirumala for some more time and witness the divine play of Lord Narayana. As the spring has come, I also want to witness the beauty of Podhigai hills.” – said Agastya.

“I am calling you to Sri Sailam. Now your condition is like the ant which is in the middle of a fire burning in three sides.” – said Narada sarcastically.

“I have heard this proverb usually as ‘ant with fire on both sides of the stick’. What is this three sides? Can you explain?”

“Sure! You came to Tirumala to have darshan. You want to go to Podhigai hills to witness its beauty. You are restless without Shiva Darshan also. When such a Maha Purusha like you can have this swaying of mind, what can others do?”

Agastya thought for a while.

“What is there to think? Let us first go and have the darshan of Shiva-Parvathi, the rarest of all darshans. Then you may stay in Tirumala or go to Podhigai, up to you.” – Narada was determined. Agastya agreed thinking that whatever Narada says might be correct indeed. As they proceeded, a thundrous voice was heard:

“Who is it? Stop right there!”

“Who are you? Where are you talking from?” – they responded back. But that Mayavi (one who is well versed in magical tricks) put his iron hands on both of them. Though they were able to release themselves from that iron hold through the power of their tapasya, they were shocked to see that Rakshasa who stopped them in the Sri Sailam jungle. They figured out that fighting this demon is next to impossible.

That demon ‘Vrushabachalam’ laughed aloud which echoed across the jungle, causing terror to those who heard it. Agastya got very frustrated at Narada. He had pulled myself to have Shiva Darshan but what I am having is the darshan of a demon! Narada looked at Agastya with a meaningful look which said, “I am not the reason for this mess.”

Agastya could have sprinkled a few drops of holy water from his Kamandalu and burned that asura. But he could not do so!

“Who is this kulla (dwarf) muni?” – asked the demon.

“Not Kulla Muni, but refer to him respectfully as Kumba Muni (read the story of the origin of river Kaveri) O Asura!” – warned Narada.

“What’s the need? Why should I?”

“He is the son of Lord Shiva. He is the foremost of all Siddhas. You may have heard about the holy trinity (Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva). Consider him the fourth. Be careful and be respectful.” – said Narada.

“O Narada, do you know to whom you are talking to?” – asked the demon.

“I do, very well. You are the embodiment of all the evil in the world.”

“That is enough for me. You are saved because you are Narada. Not a single insect comes in to this place without my permission. You have but come here with this dwarf.”

“Why can’t we enter this place? Did Maheshwara give you the power of attorney to this place? This is Earth. We will go where we please to. You cannot stop us.” – Agastya muni said angrily.

“O dwarf muni! You are talking way too above your limits. Just see there on what happened to such munis who spoke beyond their limits.” – the asura laughed alound and pointed a place where many a Rishis were tied to trees, deeply wounded. The huts made by them were burnt down. Some of the rishis were being bitten by wild animals such as fox, tiger and cheetah, even dogs, all these were supervised by a few demons.

Some of the rishis were hanged upside down with fire burning right beneath them. The humans who walked there by mistake were thrown in to huge vessels with boiling water inside them. The demons were enjoying all these.

Agastya could not control himself!

He took some water from his kamandalu thinking that this asura should not be spared even for a second, and he began to do his mantra japa with the water in his palm. Narada got scared on seeing this for Agastya can do anything! But this demon had to be destroyed by Venkatava. So he began to speak.

“Vrushabasura!”

“What?!”

“It is indeed our mistake to have walked in without your permission. Please forgive us, we shall go our way.”

“Very well! Now you understood me right. But what is this dwarf doing with water in his hand, murmering something?”

“He is praying to Lord Shiva.”

“Why?”

“To give you the right mind. To show you that the rishi munis who came to this holy land to pray can be saved through prayers.”

“Narada. I shall spare you for you openly asked for an apology. But I won’t spare this dwarf. He has to undergo the tortures.”

“It is not possible Vrushabasura!”

“Why not?”

“You are underestimating Agastya who is the son of Lord Shiva himself, who is the right hand of Venkatava. It is safe for you if you do not go near him.”

Vrushabasura laughed aloud on hearing this.

“I was thus sparing him all the while because of you. Now I am going to swallow him.”

The asura grew enormously. He looked dangerous with his teeth growing sharp and shining. He picked up Agastya with his little finger and took Him near his mouth. Right then…

“Vrushabasura!” – a thundrous tone was heard which even scared the asura himself!

Lord Shiva Himself stood there with flashing eyes and His trident. Narada’s joy and devotion knew no bounds. Agastya’s eyes were filled with tears on Lord Shiva’s darshan. He folded his hands in devotion.

“We came to have your darshan, but got stuck in between.” – said Narada.

“O Three Eyed Lord! Many many thanks for giving us your darshan. I can simply destroy this asura. Why do you have to trouble yourself? To tear a grass, there is no need of a tiger’s claws!” – said Agastya.

But surprisingly, the asura was not moved or shaken by these conversations. He asked Shiva, “What, the Three Eyed One! Have you forgotten the promise you made?”

The Lord Almighty rested His trident on His broad chest and breathed, “Yes, I forgot. I had granted some rights as a result of your tapasya. I am now under the spell of my son’s love.”

“You spoke right. You yourself cannot enter this place without my permission. How can I then allow this dwarf?”

“Vrushabasura! I came to remind you this – Vinasa Kale Vibareedha Buddhi. I will stay here. Not just these two, who ever comes here should not be blocked or disturbed by you. Else, my trident will separate your head from your body.” – said Shiva.

“O Lord! You had but promised me that you won’t kill me when you gave me the boons, remember?” – the asura laughed.

As Shiva stood silent, Agastya sprinkled the holy water from his kamandalu by chanting a mantra.

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~ to be continued…!

The GOS 211 – Perumal & Adiyen 11 – Virushachalam

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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A number of unexplainable miracles are still happening in the Tirumala till date. The Kali Purusha was working full swing in spoiling the minds of people. They do everything without the realization that they are under his spell. If they only stop and contemplate for a second, think of Lord Venkatava, they will come out of his spell. But is Kali that easy to give up? Before Tirumala was formed, there was a small town nearby with opulence of greenery. A king ruled it and its surroundings. His name was Virushachalam.

Though he was not a literate, he was naturally intelligent and devoted. But what surpassed all these was his mercy. His parents was worried about this very quality which doesn’t match quite well in being a king. How is he going to win his enemies and protect his kingdom, they worried. They called upon an astrologer to ask about Virushachalam who was an ardent devotee of Lord Narayana. He examined the horoscope of Virushachalam and said this:

“He would prefer ruling the jungle than the kingdom. It is not a good idea to have him rule this kingdom.”

The parents were shocked and asked if there is a way to have his mind changed towards being a king. The astrologer said that no remedial measure would help and its good to leave him as he pleases. The parents were reluctant, how can we leave all these wealth and these innocent people of our kingdom who believe in Virushachalam. Then the minister said:

“O King. Do not worry. Let the prince live the way he wants by doing service to the lord. If you wish, I shall rule this place as his representative.”

The king got angry, “How can a minister rule when Virushachalam is here?”

The minister gave a thoughtful look at the astrologer and asked, “Isn’t how it is mentioned in the horoscope?” The astrologer got scared and he nodded his head, never opened his mouth. The king said that he will counsel with other ministers, well wishers and in front of the Rajya Sabha and decide thereafter.

“O King. I am not after the post of the king. I am just concerned that your clan should not end with Virushachalam. Not only that, there is not going to be a brother or sister born to Virushachalam hereafter. Above all, I do have some rights over this kingdom.”

“How dare you, on what basis are you saying this?” – roared the queen.

“O Sister! You gave me this important role of minister in this kingdom. I am reminding you just that. Not just that, when the enemies came here, I saved your husband the King by taking him in to the jungle. You had then promised that you will give whatever I want. Plus, your son is chanting Narayana Narayana all the time. How can he be the king?”

“So you should be crowned as the king and Virushachalam is to be sent to the jungle?”

“That is up to you.” – said the minister.

“The first mistake is to appoint you as the minister. The second is to call this astrologer for a discussion.”

“Meaning?”

“From this second, I deprive you of this minister post. In two days, you should quit this kingdom.” – said the King.

The minister was not swayed by this statement. He took the astrologer whom he brought away, angrily. The next day, without no one’s expectation happened was the ceremony of Virushachalam anointed as the king amidst the Vedic chants by the priests.

“O Father. Why don’t you continue to rule this place while I go to places like Badrinath, Kailash, Rishikesh and pray to the almighty. Please allow me.”

The king did not consent. The news of the new king reached the public. Though they were very happy, they couldn’t understand why the king took this decision so soon. They thought that the king might have witnessed ‘Dhoomakethu’, a comet by which he must have hastened the decision to action. The ceremony which was supposed to happen in front of every public, why it happened secretly in the palace was not clear to the public though they didn’t express anything.

The King and Queen were relieved that their son has become the king. While they were lying down peaceful at night, the minister killed both with his men. The news spread like a wildfire the next morning. The King and Queen are killed by the minister! The public went rampage in front of the minster’s house. He knew that he cannot escape the public and so he ran away to a nearby hill. When he turned back, he saw a whole mass of public behind him and so he ran without control only to fall down from the hill. He never woke up again alive.

Virushachalam was frustrated with the happenings. He decided that he is not going to be a king in this material world. He called upon five of the loyal ministers and wrote a power of attorney for them to rule the place and made several welfare plans to the public, making them official. He went out on pilgrimage, visited many parts of India by foot, took holy dip in many a holy rivers. He naturally became a lovely devotee in Lord Narayana’s heart. Virushachalam reached Koneri river and lived as one among the other Munivars and became an ardent Tapasvi. This is when Kali Purusha spotted him.

We read what happened thereafter. After this incident, Lord Narayana named the first holy hills of Tirumala after Virushachalam, the king who is an ardent devotee of the Lord.

PS: This is different from the present day names of the Seven Hills. But the above is narrated by Agastya Muni in the Jeeva Nadi.

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~ to be continued…!

The GOS 210 – Perumal & Adiyen 10 – Kali Purusha’s Thandava!

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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When Narada asked Kali if Lord Narayana will spare him, he said, “O Narada, you have started your mischievousness. I am not going to listen to whatever you say. No one can win me either. I am going to push this rock down. If you can, save this Muni.”

Narada screamed, “O Munivar! Please come closer to me..” but he was chanting “Govinda Govinda!” and did not hear anything, he did not even open his eyes. Kali Purusha laughed aloud. With a great struggle, he was able to roll the rock which was hanging in the air because of Narada Muni. The huge rock fell with a great thud in the banks of Koneri whose dust covered the banks for a while. It destroyed all the garden, hermitages, ashrams etc in to pieces.

The rishi munis who were doing tapasya ran here and there out of fear. When they gathered after a while, trying to understand what has happened, Kali Purusha said this in a horrendous voice:

“O Rishi Muni’s! Terrified huh? This is just the beginning of my play, which will continue for another thousands of years from now. Run away from here! I won’t allow anyone to do tapasya here. If you still would like, you must chant, “Kali Purushaya Namaha!” and nothing else. If you chant any other name, what happened to this Rishi who was seated in that rounded rock for hundreds of years in Tirumala will happen to you. This is my first warning.”

The rishi seated in the rock was not to be seen and the rock was broken. This terrified Narada and the rest of the rishi munis around. Narada prayed to Lord Narayana and opened his eyes, only to see Kali Purusha standing before him asking, “Narada, where is your Rishi?”

Narada did not reply as he was frustrated that Kali has killed an innocent hermit.

“Why aren’t you saying anything about my strength? Pity, you might have saved his life. Maybe you don’t have the power to do so. Nevertheless, whoever you call as Almighty, that Venkatava could have at least protected this Rishi, but he is just a stone here. How can he?” – Kali laughed.

“Kali! Do you know that you have committed a Brahma Hathi Dosha?” – asked Narada.

“How, how how?”

“You killed an innocent tapasvi. Whatever curse he might have said when he died will crush you, don’t you know?”

“Is it?! It is very interesting to know, can you say it again? That is this tapasvi, when the rock falls on him, crushing him to death will curse me and that curse will crush me? Very well. Ha ha ha! But he is just been made a paste and got dissolved in to the water. What is your take on it?

“It is fair to kill someone who does injustice. The almighty has punished those who destroyed dharma. Should you show your bravery and strength to such an innocent tapasvi? Aren’t you ashamed?” – asked Narada fuming at what happened.

“This is going to be my full time work now on. I will kill only the innocents, especially those who chant the name of Venkatava, their family, their clan, I will destroy. Let Narayana come and save them. I am not stopping him, am I?”

After a while, he said “I thought at least we shall get to see his body but nothing is left. Do you understand my strength now?”

“This is not strength. This is just a portion of Brahma Hathi Dosha. You have killed an innocent Tapasvi. This sin won’t leave you at peace!” – said Narada.

“Cursing me? Why didn’t you save that Rishi yourself with your divine powers then?”

“Even if my powers didn’t save him, his own powers of tapasya would have saved him. Had he really got killed, his body must have remained here. What it means that he must be alive. Moreover, there is no use in talking to you. I will go directly to Venkatava to tell what happened, not that he is not aware of it already. Then it is His will.”

While Kali Purusha was looking at Narada going towards Tirumala, the rest of the rishi-munis approached him with folded hands, fear filled. He looked at them fiercefully as if he asked what they want.

“We shall go away from this play right after the Chadhurmasya Vratha. Please do not harm us till then.” – they pleaded.

“How long is that for?”

“At least for three months.”

“What is this Vratha (vigil) for?”

“To pray to Bhagawan.”

“Which Bhagawan?” – Kali asked sarcastically.

The rishi-munis looked at each other.

“Not just Chathurmasya Vratha. You may keep any vigil as you please. But they all should be done in my name, towards me. Else, I will set fire to all these ashrams and will have this Koneri river flood all the places here.”

The tapasvis cried within themselves thinking of Venkatava, “O Lord! Why aren’t you keeping this fellow in his limits? Aren’t you protecting us? Why do we deserve these?” etc. Such a truthful prayer was indeed heard by the all pervading lord. The next moment, he took the form of wind and reached there with a speed that could not be measured. Kali Purusha was shaken to his base at the wind. He feared his life and disappeared from there. The tapasvis were jubilant. The Lord spoke to them in Asareeri (where the divine voice is heard loud and clear without one being able to see who speaks, sort of a close translation of what asareeri means).

“This is Kali Purusha’s rule. No one knows how he will manipulate others, what harm he will do. But those whe pray to me earnestly like you did, I will protect them for sure. His birth is just happened. I will let him grow as the total embodiment of sin and then only I will destroy him. This will take thousands of years. It is the need of the time where I will do just the right thing at the right time”

One of the rishis explained how an innocent tapasvi was killed mercilessly. The Lord laughed.

“I never abandon those who surrender to me! I just created an illusion of that Maha Purusha being killed by Kali. He just felt happy. That Maha Purusha was saved by Boomi Devi and he is safe. But one may think, why should he suffer so? There is a reason for everything. While he was praying to me, he prayed that one of these 7 hills should be named under him and that he is ready to bear any sort of difficulty for the same. I know about his devotion very well. But if I fulfill his request then and there, no one will have true devotion.

It is only after one gains the strength to bear difficulty, one gets real devotion.

I wanted to have him tested through Kali Purusha. He tested him through my spell (maya). The rishi overcame it through his real devotion. I had asked Booma Devi to protect him.

Fear not! I have come here to Tirumala as Venkatava only to protect those who surrender to me. I will come running for them.” – said Narayana!

The tapasvi’s joys knew no bounds. They wished to see that tapasvi and wanted all those gardens, hermitages to be restored as it were. The Lord knew it very well and he showed them the tapasvi through Booma Devi. The tapasvi was seen, still chanting “Govinda Govinda!”

Narada asked the Lord. “Thank you for protecting him. Will the lord fulfill the desire of this tapasvi, to name the hill after him?”

“Narada, I know your mischievousness. This hill will be named after this tapasvi after a while with a Mangalasasanam. As this is the first head of Adi Sesha, those who climb this hill to have my darshan, I will nullify all their sins and will have them attain moksha.”

Thus, the reason for why Narada came looking for Venkatava was fulfilled.

~ to be continued…!