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Experiences at the Land Of Divya Desams - 6

From: Anand K Karalapakkam (anand_at_engr.uconn.edu)
Date: Thu Jul 09 1998 - 18:57:16 PDT

                                  Sri :
          
             Srimate  Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Para Brahmane Namaha

                  Srimate Sri Kanakavalli nAyikA sametha Sri-
                       VeerarAghava Para Brahmane Namaha

                       Srimate  ShatagopAya Namaha                                    

                  Srimate  Bhagavad   RAmAnujAya  Namaha      

                  Srimate NigamAntha MahAdesikAya Namaha 

             Srimate Sri Lakshmi - Nrusimha Divya PAdukA Sevaka - 
         Srivan  Shatagopa  Sri NArAyana Yateendra MahAdesikAya Namaha      
             
     Dear  bhaktAs of Sriman NArAyanA,
    
     Namo NArAyanA . kindly accept adiyen's pranAmams. 

     --cont--

    Adiyen was obviously very happy after the performance of "Prapatti" on
VaikAsi Sravanam. That day's Ubayam for thadi ArAdhanam (ie. bearing of  
the  expenses met out that day to serve bhAgavathAs ) was taken by
adiyen's father Sri K.G.Krishnan .     

   Adiyen was highly surprised when some of them told that Srimad
AzhagiyaSingar mentioned about adiyen in the UpanyAsam  (while adiyen was
in another room performing sankalpA etc) in regard with the sraddhA
towards following sampradAyam even while present at USA, samAsrayanam
article etc.

  SrikAryam swAmy kindly enquired about the performance of adiyen's
thiruvArAdhanam to sALagrAma PerumAL. It was Sri kAryam swAmy who made
arrangements to look out for the blessings of a sALagrAma perumAL at
Hrusheekesh ( during sanchAram) , after the request of adiyen's father.
This happend an year ago when adiyen was preparing for the journey to US.
At that time , Srimad AzhagiyaSingar performed ThiruArAdhanam at
Husheekesh for the SALagrAma PerumAL for four days & thereby blessed
adiyen . PerumAL came along with a relative of Sri KAryam swAmy to chennai
. It was amazing that Sri KAryam swAmy still rememberd it & was very kind
in enquiring about adiyen's anushtAnams. 


   Srimad AzhagiyaSingar was merciful in ordering adiyen to have the
Abhigamana ArAdhana prasAdam ( dhodhyOnam ie. curd rice) from the thiru
madap paLLi , since the Ijyai ArAdhanam would take a long time (special
Thirumanjanam is also there ). Eventhough adiyen wasn't hungry ,
adiyen went to the madap paLLi to honour the prasAdam ,for obvious
reasons that, the words of AzhagiyaSingar are the divine commands &
never in one's dream also can one dare to violate the words of one's 
AchAryA. Anyway adiyen didn't dare to enter the madap paLLi ( Kitchen 
area for cooking prasAdam) since one needs  high degree of purity
(physical + mental) to be there . Just waited outside of it. One of the  
 kainkaryaparAs kindly came out & gave the prasAdam .

   Adiyen was still thinking about AzhagiyaSingar. H.H.Jeeyar wakes up by
4 A.M. or so & till Ijyai ArAdhanam is over , not even water would be
consumed by the H.H.Jeeyar ! The ArAdhakAs for the Ijyai also don't drink
even a drop of water . Where is the question of being hungry when one is
deeply involved in many kainkaryams ?

   The kainkaryaparAs at Madap paLLi are literally being roasted by the
fire. Already , the summer heat was around 40 degree Celcius. On top of
this they were cooking according to the sAStrAs ( usage of wood etc for
fuel since anything processed is unclean & can't be used in the service of
MAlolan  ie. natural substances like wood are always pure ). If they were
to become lowkIkAs & cook for marriages etc , they would earn in lakhs !
Since they are sincere devotees of MAlolan , they perform kainkaryam only
to Him & Srimad AzhagiyaSingar . From early morning the cooks have
tremendous amount physical strain etc. Those who know the value of purity
( AchAram) in serving Sriman NArAyanA , can appreciate these things. The
more one lacks the devotion , the more he swifts away from AchAram .
Anyway , if AchAram is followed mechanically, instead of arising out from
deep love  towards Sriman NArAyanA to keep up with the good standard of
serving , it is also not a good stage. 


    Sri Narasimhan , the cousin of adiyen's father was present that day.
He was very much moved by the divine sevai of MAlolan & other perumALs  &
was very happy about adiyen's SaranAgati (ie. prapatti). Adiyen can never
forget the highly moving words of Sri Narasimhan , which came from the
bottom of his hearts & his eyes being filled with tears told " Enna
AshcharyamAna sevai ! Ipperpatta sampradAyathla porakkiradhukku evvaLavu
bhAgyam pannirukkomO ; evvaLavu bhAgyam ...<his voice got choked> "  
( What a wonderful sevai < referring to the archA thirumeni's of MAlolan &
other perumALs > !  What a great bhAgyam to be born in such an illustrious
sampradAyam ! What a great bhAgyam ...<his voice got choked> ) . Everyone
can imagine the situation that prevailed there with the pastimes of our
AchAryAs (avatAra purushAs) flashing in our minds .


   The sweet pAdukAsahasram pArAyanam by strIs got over . Thirumanjanam
for all the perumALs started to the delight of all the devotees . It was a
very grand day indeed ! Veda & Divya Prabandha goshams were excellent .  
Afterwards ,all the devotees honoured the most precious Nrusimha prasAdam
( Thadi ArAdhanA ) .  

   Then , adiyen proceeded to get the blessings of Srimad AzhagiyaSingar &
receive the MantrAkshadai . AzhagiyaSingar with his characteristic sweet
smile enquired : " ThrupthiA IrundudhA ? EvvaLavu dhooram ankendhu
idukkAkaththAne vandirukka . sandhOshamA ? " ( " Are you satisfied ? You
have come all the way for this right ? Are you happy now ? " ). Adiyen as
usual replied : "adiyen  adiyen " for each question (this conveys
everything ). Then AzhagiyaSingar told with great emotion : "Enna
AscharyamAna perumAL !! Ipperpatta EmberumAnukku nAma dAsanA
irrukkaththukku evvaLavu kuduththu vechchirukkom ! ella ? " ( "What a
glorious ( Ascharyam) Lord !! We are highly fortunate for being a dAsA of
such a great EmberumAn . Is'nt it so ? " . Adiyen was in all smiles .....

     Then , adiyen alongwith adiyen's father & Sri Narasimhan went
straight to prostrate unto Sri Purushai swAmy . The time was aroung 3.30
pm or 4.00 pm . Adiyen's father recollected the times of Srimad Injimettu
AzhagiyaSingar during which it would take around this time for honouring
prasAdam & taking leave from AzhagiyaSingar . Purusai swAmy was very happy
& kindly conversed with us for a while . 

  --- to be cont---

   Namo NArAyanA

   Adiyen

   Anantha PadmanAbha dAsan  


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