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From: M Srinivasan (m_srinivasan_at_qmgate.anl.gov)
Date: Mon Jan 27 1997 - 06:28:48 PST
Vaarttai 183 of Vaarttaamaalai Sri Bhagavad Ramanujar (Udaiyavar) was talking to the congregation (goshti) about the episode of the Granting of Refuge (abhayapradaanam). PiLLai URangaavilli Daasar who was in the congregation got up to leave. (When asked why he was leaving), PiLLai URangaavilli Daasar explained: "Sri VibheeshaNapperumaaL gave up all self-love (svaabhimaanam) and took to PerumaaL's feet (tiruvadigaL) as his sole refuge with the words, `sarva loka saraNyaaya Raaghavaaya....' (Please let Mahaatma Raghava, the Refuge of all the worlds, know of VibheeshaNa's coming). Yet Sri Rama's lieutenants (PerumaaL parikaram: Sugreeva etc. of the monkey army) grabbed rocks and sticks to attack him. I am fearful how I would fare (if this could happen to such a one as VibheeshaNa)". Udaiyavar told him (aruLich cheythathu), "When gardeners irrigate their areca palm trees, the plantain trees nearby also drink that water and thrive. In a similar fashion, PerumaaL will show His grace (kataaksham) to me on account of my connection (sambandham) to Periya Nambi and to you on account of your connection to me. Therefore the flood of PerumaaL's grace will rush up towards us and save us."