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Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #54

Shrimate Shri Lakshmi Nrusimha Parabrahmane Namaha:
Shrimate Shri Seetha Ramachandra Parabrahmane Namaha:
Shrimate Shri Ramanujaya Namaha:
Shrimate Nigamantha Maha Desikaya Namaha:
Shrimate Shrivan Satagopa Shri Narayana Yateendra Mahadesikaya Namaha:

"SrimAn VenaktanAthArya: kavithArkika kEsarI!
VedAnthAchArya varyO mE sannidhatthAM sadhA hrudhi"!!

The next KalyAna guna of our Lord as described by
Shri Alavandar is 'mrudu'.

There were many miraculous and mystical incidents
in Swami Desika's life -  Sriya:pathi's leela;
Swami was the most revered AchArya of his time,
yet he was humility personified. Pomp and Anger were
unknown to Swami. Swami was easily approachable to
one and all.

Swami Desika was extremely simple and even when he
had authority, Swami refrained from using it.
In spite of his Great knowledge, Swami moved freely
with one and all and this exemplifies Swami's unique

Various miracles in Swami's life are highlighted in
the Sapta Ratna Maalika,  Desika Vaibhava Prakasika,
and in Guruparamparasaram.

Let us look into one such incident which will help
us enjoy Swami's soft-heartedness - 'mrudu'.

This miracle happened when Swami Desika was residing
in Kanchi. A SanyAsi with mystic Powers challenged
Swami to enter into a dispute with him.

Our Swami respects every devoted soul. Swami extended
his respects to this sAdhu and refused to enter into
any controversies.

This sAdhu, not knowing the greatness of our Swami
tried some taunts with him. He drank the water
from a nearby tank. He had some tantrik powers
through which he tried to make this water enter into
Swami Desika's thirumeni. This he thought would create
unbearable pain to our Swami.

Swami Desika visualised the problem and as a solution
scratched the wooden pillar near by. Alas! the water
started flowing out through it.

Later the sanyAsi, confident of the damage inflicted on
Swami Desika was happy to see the quantity of water
in the pond reduced.

To confirm his victory, he came to Swami Desika's gruham.
But he was baffled that no untoward incident had happened.
He saw the water flowing freely through the pillar.

He was ashamed and repented the apachAram committed
to Swami.

The reaction of our Swami to this incident, makes
us enjoy Swami's Kalyana Guna. Our Swami's quality
one among many is "pagaivanukku arul seivAi nan nejE".
With this quality, Swami rightfully did not want the
sanyAsi to feel let down. So, before the sanyAsi could
think of apologising, our Swami thanked him for the
water as it was used to clean up the Lord's city.

This quality of Swami removed any embarrassment
on the sanyAsi. Our Swami stands out here too -
"InnA seithArai oruthal avar naana nannayam
seidhu vidal" fits our Swami's quality straightaway.

"Kavi Taarkika Simhaaya Kalyaana guna SaalinE!
SrimatE VenkateshAya VedAnta Gurave nama !!"

...To be continued!

dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi