Se:va:ka:lam / Theertha Ghosti
Today, the 10th day of Jeeyar Satha:bdi Mahotsava coincided with Nrusimha Jayanthi. Swamiji explained the reason why Lord Srimannarayana took the incarnation of Narasimha. It was to show the ‘Bhagvath thathvam’ (Nature of God). Although, ‘Bhagavath tatthvam’ is present everywhere, nobody can see it with the naked eye, including Lord Brahma. Nevertheless, it can be experienced by the Buddhi (consciousness) that is pure and clear due to sanctified ‘manas’ having firm faith in the “Sastras”. Swamiji said, the only abode where one can see god in a specific form is vaikuntam, i.e. as Parava:sudeva (para = supreme; vasu = who stays; deva= ever glowing). HH said, the Supreme is not limited to a particular “roopam” (form) but he accepts a specific form for the sake of his devotees.
The Supreme God manifests in a particular form in only three places
2) Suryamandalam and
3) In the hearts of people who love him
Swamiji narrated the seating arrangement of Parava:sudeva in Vaikuntam starting with Kurma (holy tortoise) forming the base on which A:disesha lies down as the bed hosting eight different demi-gods on 8 sides namely, Dharma, Adharma, Aiswarya, Anaiswarya, Jnana , Ajnana, Vairagya and Avairagya (each with three heads namely, Satva, Rajas and Tamas) and 12 different Ganas holding various weapons. All of these demi-gods hold a Lotus that hosts Simha Mukhas (Loin Faced demi-gods) on four corners and Sada: Siva with 25 heads in the middle holding Bhadra:sanam on which, Vaikuntanadha is seated with Sreedevi, Bhudevi and Neela devi. Vaikuntanadha holds a mudra with his right hand extending an invitation to all the souls to come to him. His left hand is placed on the ‘Bhadrasanam’ giving it the needed support. In the other two hands he holds the divine conch and the discuss like ornaments to assure his devotees that he is not exposed to the evil eye.
Later on, Swamiji sang a bhajan – ‘Bhajayathi rajam …. Bhajayathi rajam……’ in which all the assembled devotees participated with great jubilation.
Also, Swamiji explained the protocol that needs to be followed by devotees attending Ghosti at temples and insisted on all the devotees to follow the same.
1) One should not enter or leave temple premises while ghosti is in progress
2) One should be humble enough to occupy a place in the temple whichever is available than pushing or jumping over people.
3) Take what is given instead of asking for more or less or different kinds
4) One should not talk about mundane subjects, instead should participate in any Bhajan /puja taking place or meditate or inquire about the supreme.
5) Ensure that everyone is served with Prasadam – including maids and the people who clean the temple
6) One should remember that all people are equal in front of the lord in temple; there is no difference based on caste, creed or financial status or job since everyone is a devotee of the lord.
Today’s Ishti are “Vasudeve:shti” that blesses one with good intentions and grace him with success in their accomplishment and ‘Nrusimhe:shti’ that eradicates the ill effects of the planetary positions in one’s life.
Today’s pooja is Lakshmi Ashto:ththaram:
Tens of thousands of people participated in today’s puja. HH patiently distributed Lakshmi Pratima’s (coins) that took more than an hour. While Swamiji distributed pratimas Sriman Ramachandra Swami (Bhaktinivedana editor) and Sriman Samudrala Ranga Ramanuja swami talked about the significance of Goddess Lakshmi and her Pooja that
Just by visiting saintly people, one’s sins get dissolved. So what to speak of performing a pooja under their able guidance? Swamiji said that each of the participants is very fortunate to perform such an auspicious pooja on Friday at one of the world’s unique temples.
It is Divine Mother Lakshmi who listens to one’s wishes and it’s only her who makes the Supreme Lord grant those wishes. Where as, when directly approached, there is a high chance that God might reject our requests.
Lakshmi is ‘purushaka:ra swaroopam’ (one who recommends us to the lord to be accepted). This nature holds good for ‘Acharya’ too. So, Lakshmi takes the position of an Acharya too.
Most importantly, note that mother Lakshmi can be approached alone but not God because she is our compassionate mother.
The holy names of the Lord purify everyone inside out.
After participating in the pooja, the assembled devotees learned how to perform Lakshmi pooja
1) Two pamphlets on cow were released, where in Swamiji advised devotees to spread the word about the benefits of cows to the near and dear to create awareness.
2) Venkateswara Saranagathi Deeksha book in Hindi was released
a. Swamiji narrated how Swami Ramanuja gave ‘Pancha Samskarams’ to Balaji,
b. How Ramanuja Charya reformed the standards of Tirumala temple rituals, and
3) Divya Suri Sukthi Sudha written by VA Singaracharya was released as the 30th offering at the lotus feet of HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji.
Evening, HH narrated a few past incidents of Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji related to Badrinath.
Pedda Jeeyar swamiji took 300 pandits to Badri in 1954 soon after his Asram sweekaram (total renunciation).
Performed 10 crores of ‘Ashtakshari Japam’ in 40 days.
Performed “Swa:dhya:ya Jna:na Yagnas”.
During 1954-58, Swamiji constructed Ramanuja Kootam in Badrinath, with the intention of providing accommodation to people visiting from all over the country. Also, provided free food services (specifically rice to those coming from South India, as their staple food is rice).
The same Ramanuja Kootam was used by the then President, Babu Rajendra Prasad, who once visited the shrine.
Unfortunatley, in 1962 this kootam got destroyed due to Glacier. Immediately Pedda Swamiji reconstructed the kootam by next year. This shows how much dedicated Pedda Swamiji was in serving the devotees.
The Controller, the Ruler of the Universe is in Your Heart….
Incident from HH ‘s life.
HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji used to have a big bus. It was called “Rama Dutha”. The bus was very attractive to look at with namas and hanuman idol on the top. Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji came to know that Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji used the bus to tour various places. In those early years, HH Sri Chinnaj Jeeyar Swamiji wished that HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji took Him too in the bus, so that He could visit different places.
HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji asked Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji (In purva:sramam) “Will you come with us to Badari?” Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji who was too eager to travel along with HH was very excited and immediately said “yes” to the opportunity. Then Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji took him to Badari in 1976 . in a flight – which was the first flight for Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji.
A yagna was conducted in Badari and HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji consecrated a Sthupam. After the program, Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji instructed Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji saying, “We are going to Sri Rangam for Cha:turmasyam. You stay in Badarika:sram for 44 days and meditate on Astakshari Japam” However, then Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji was not aware of the whole process of meditation. Then Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji wrote all the steps and the process and gave it to him. HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji while handing over the instructions to Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji said, “Complete the japam carefully. In the kshethra there is a person by name Hari Prapanna Charyulu. He will take care of what ever you want. Also, Seshdas, a sadhu, an administrator will also take care of the place. Do your japam and then come to Sri Rangam.”
Saying so, HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji left for Srirangam from Badarikasramam. Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji commenced his meditation. It was the second visit of Chinna Swamy to Badari. First time HH visited Badari in 1975. Second visit was in 1976.
In 1976, the second time, HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji gave the manthra again to Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji and asked him to do the meditation and left for Rishikesh and Srirangam. As fifteen days passed since Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji has left, Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji received a “SriMukham” (letter ) from HH. It was the time of July when it rains a lot in Badari. Tourists decline. People will not be around. There will be no one to talk to. In that isolation, a strong feeling arose in Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji’s mind to go back home, to go back to HH which is the most natural feeling one would get. The letter read like this:
“in the Badari Ashram, we are sure that you are continuing your meditation very well. Perhaps now there might be a decline in tourists. Hence there might not be people to even say hello. Then, you might get the feeling that “I am alone” which is natural.
You don’t need to feel that way. Sri, Bhu, Neela Sametha Sriyah pathi along with His thousands of Nityas and Mukthas parivaram will be in your heart only. Hence talk to Him and converse whatever you want to with him and complete your anushtanam happily and come back soon.”
What a great surprise it was for Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji! How happy he was, could not be explained. This shows how HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji gave courage, spirit, enthusiasm and energy, to complete the task by rekindling the jnanam (knowledge) required. Thus HE graced Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji to gain realization.
HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji said, “That gave us unbelievable strength and we continued the program without any support, without any trace of trouble. 44 days of program went on very well in great happiness. As per the instructions, we did japam in the morning and by the time it concluded it was around 2 PM in the afternoon. Then as per Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji’s instructions, we read Manthra Artham. Then we used to take bath in the evening. Then while going thru the books in the library, saw a small book “Learn Tamil in 30 Days” We practiced those letters and got them in 2 days. On the 3rd day we wrote a letter to Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji in Tamil and within 15 days received another letter from HH Pedda Swamy which was very neat, beautifully written. We were very excited to receive the letter, read it and gained courage and completed meditation.”
When ever a person encountered uncertainty, low feeling or incapacity Sri Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji would – sometimes in direct presence and sometimes indirectly – would bring back the needed confidence in them, make them retain it and complete the task. This is not the only case of Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji but is the experience of all the devotees of HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji.
Swamiji continued, “We are doing Pedda Jeeyar Mahotsavam –
If we compare the activities we are doing today with Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji’s activities it is a peanut. These don’t even count. In those days, in 1976, HH conducted a huge program with 2000 pundits and honored them. In those days HH took 300 Pandits to Badari and did a huge program, Compared to that what activity are we doing today? It is literally nothing I guess, but we are trying to do a little. That’s it.
Acharya’s love – not our love for our Acharya – we don’t know if we love our Acharya or not, with Acharya’s preeti on us we are able to do a little, remembering the path HH has shown us and experiencing HH’s grace in our heart. It is our total faith. However, the Acharya Krupa will not stop here. Acharya Krupa can do miracles. It can do anything. No matter what it is, how big it is, how great it is, it can accomplish things well. We have that faith. We have our Acharya Anugraham – we never doubt whether it will happen or not .
Many people come to us asking “Swamiji do you think I will pass in the exam? Do you think I will have good future?” That is a wrong question, Such questions should not be asked. Ask that it should be good. Make it positive. Don’t entertain suspicions. Be sure of the greatness of the grace of Acharya. Improve your faith on it. We always remember the saying told by our Acharya – the Sri Sukthi written by Sri Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji. The ruler of the whole Universe that Sriyah-Pathi is there in your heart! Remember it!
The ruler of the Universe is in your heart. Then you too become the ruler of this universe right! You have to remember that. If you remember that, you become that great.
Let us all have faith in our Acharya’s Sukthi. For HH ‘s satha:bdi, our show of gratitude to HH is to have faith in the Sri Su:kthi and always implement it in our lives. That”s all we can do. That is all the gratitude we can pay to our Acharya, Our Acharyas should bless us to get that strength, we pray to the Lotus Feet of our Acharya and do Mangalasasanams to you all.”