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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…”
“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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