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From: Srinivasa Raghavan N R (raghavan_at_csa.iisc.ernet.in)
Date: Thu Feb 22 1996 - 16:59:36 PST
On Wed, 21 Feb 1996, shashikanth wrote (reg. Sri Srinivasa): > There are different stories that are narrated by many. But it is > said that a person belonging to the yadava sect who used to take care of > the cows for the king saw the Gomata emptying her milk into a ant hill. > He by curiosity started dinging the ant hill and accidently hit Lord > srinivasa who was in meditation. Being disturbed he cursed him. This is > the story I heard. > I would like to slightly modify the above version as follows (according to a similar incidence that is said to have occurred during PerumaaL's thiruavathaaram): The yadava did hit the Gomata, not accidentally but under the orders of his king (Thondaman chakravarthi if i am not wrong). The Lord, who was in deep meditation on the Divine Mother (Mahalakshmi), whose Company He felt missing in Bhooloka, (ref: "Srivaikuntha viraktaaya Swaami pushkarini thate...) immediately came out of His meditation and took the hard hit that was to fall on the innocent Gomata (an avatara of Caturmukha Brahma). He also came to know who sent him. Thus, He decided that it was not the fault of the cowherd boy, but that of the King (ref:"Yatha raaja, thathaa prajaa"). Sri Srinivasa goes ahead and curses the king to wander as a ghost, but on pleading guilty from the King, out of His Infinite Compassion, gives the king an Invaluable boon : that the king will be born again as Akasha Raja and will give Sri Padmavathi Thaayaar in Marriage to Srinivasa and thus cleanse his sin. The yadava also got a priceless boon. The Lord told Him: "You are the first person on Bhooloka to see My Srinivasa Avathaara. You were the first one to wake Me up from My meditation. Henceforth only a person from your lineage shall wake Me up (i.e, get the previlege of seeing the Lord first at Suprabhatam time)." Even to this day, it is a person from the so called "golla" caste who is given the privilege of first Holy Darshan of Sri Venkateswara at Suprabhatam time. Even the Koil Archakaas enter the Garbha Griha only after this person does and has the Lord's Darshan. vaachaka doshah kshantavyaha. "arivonRumillAda aikulathu".... sriman Narayana prithyarthamidam. Navalpakkam R. Srinivasa Raghavan.