Relishing the Venkatesha Vaibhavam Series
Celebrating the arrival of Sri Aishwarya Srinivasa Perumal in Houston, Sri Ramanujamji, disciple of Sri Swamiji, is taking us on a journey to His divine abode by reminiscing the greatness of Lord Srinivasa and Venkatachalam, based on the divine work – ‘Divyadesa Vaibhavam’ by Paranur Mahatma Sri Sri Krishnapremi Maharaj. This is an ongoing series filled with immense rasa.
This series is available to listen on our Namadwaar E-Satsang YouTube channel at this playlist:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znQQJKwzl7k&list=PLf2GTja1Pr3P0Yr_AsYTOi9KnzUBlI1sE&index=12
We shall now enjoy a few divine droplets from the fifth episode of this series.
Krupa Samudra Srinivasa – Lord Srinivasa an Ocean of Mercy
‘kripA samudrA shrInivAsa’ is Sri Swamiji’s Madhurageetham expounding the bountiful compassion of Srinivasa Perumal in Senganur (Sankapuri). The ocean, ‘samudram’ is so deep and vast. One can never measure its boundary or behold it entirely. Bhagavan is an ocean of grace and compassion. His grace is immeasurable. In this Madhurageetham Sri Swamiji calls Lord Srinivasa as an ocean of mercy, for archavataram indeed is the most merciful of all avatarams.
The five manifestations of the Lord namely, param, vyuham, antaryami , vibhavam and archa are generally compared to water in different forms. For instance ‘vyuham’ is like the water contained in the clouds, ‘vibhavam’ is compared to that of rainwater and archavataram is like the water from the rain that is gathered and collected in a pond or reservoir. It is the latter form of water that serves the best purpose because it is readily available at times of need especially during the non-rainy days of the year. Similarly archavataram is Bhagavan with all His 16 auspicious qualities and most importantly His abounding grace. It is in this form that He makes Himself most accessible for the sake of His devotees. All kinds of people, be it devotees, atheists and even thieves are all blessed with the darshan of His divine form. Completely tolerating and pardoning all mistakes committed right in front of Him, the all-compassionate Bhagavan remains totally insentient, yet is ever ready to bestow grace and answer all prayers. And for Mahatmas, like the alwars and acharyas, His divinity is so evident that He is verily there listening and conversing with them. This episode of Sri Venkatachala Mahatmyam talks of this grace and compassion of Bhagavan.
Sri Narada Maharshi entered the milky ocean with the sweet notes of Narayana Nama in his lips and his fingers gracefully stringing the veena. Bhagavan, shimmering as a bright blue gem clad in golden yellow and rocked by the gentle waves of the white milky waters with Sri Mahalakshmi Devi gently caressing His Lotus Feet, was resting on His bed, the thousand headed Adi Sesha. Witnessing Bhagavan, Narada Maharshi in awe eulogized Him and the immense grace He showered through each of His various incarnations.
Narada Maharshi beholding Bhagavan’s grandeur further implored saying, “I don’t desire to be the lord of the universe nor desire to acquire the role of Brahma, I do not seek to attain yogic powers nor do I even want liberation. Let me only remember Thy form and Thy name and intensify my devotion towards Thee! ”
(na nAkaprishTam na cha pArameshTyam na sArvaboumam na rasAdipatyam |
na yogasidhir apunar bhavam vA vAnchAmi bhaktim sudhruDhAm prayacha ||)
Like the chakora bird awaiting the rays of the moon to satiate its thirst Narada Maharishi surrendered to Bhagavan praying, “Oh my savior! May I always remember, rely and await Thy grace alone!”
Bhagavan with a charming countenance, rose in Utthana shayana, eager to address Narada Maharshi. Bhagavan’s lotus-like lips bloomed expressing His desire to perform a leela of descent on bhuloka – to descend as archa on earth and stay forever until the sun and moon exists.
Hearing this divine will of Bhagavan, Narada Maharshi was exhilarated. He was touched seeing this causeless mercy of Bhagavan who wishes to leave His abode of bliss for the sake of the jeevas suffering in this material world.
Narada Maharishi suggested a land in Jambudvīpa, near the river ‘Swarnamukhi’ for His divine descent – a parched, famine-stricken land, bereft of rain and with people heavily afflicted with mental and physical ailments. In Mahabharata, the barren land of Khandavaprastha that was given to Dharmaputra was magically transformed into the flourishing Indraprastha by the mere cast of Bhagavan Sri Krishna’s graceful eyes, and which to this day is the capital of Bharata varsha. Therefore, Narada Maharshi, absolutely aware that Bhagavan’s divine presence would transpose this land into a lush serene terrain, suggested Bhagavan to descend here.
Thus, with tremendous love and affection, to awaken all the bounded souls from the deep slumber of transmigration and to bless the rishis and bhagavatas awaiting His darshan, Bhagavan along with Sri Rama Devi incarnated as Sri Srinivasa Perumal in the holy kshethra of Tirumala.
Based on Sri Ramanujamji’s Venkatesha Vaibhavam Series of Discourses
To listen and enjoy the complete episode 5 of Venkatesha Vaibhavam series, please click here –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znQQJKwzl7k&list=PLf2GTja1Pr3P0Yr_AsYTOi9KnzUBlI1sE&index=12
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