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kAkAsura vruththAntham

From: VXMADHAV (vxmadhav_at_bechtel.com)
Date: Tue Oct 14 1997 - 02:13:13 PDT

Dearest sri vaishNavALs,
I happen to read a posting of kAkAsura vruththAntham of Vijay Srinivasan's.
(Oct 96).-Lovely post.
I would like to supplement some thing; But, first- please read the original
posting again -reproduced below for your ready refernce:
QUOTE
Dear Prapatti Group Members:

Recently, I was reading the Ramayana and that brought back some
recollections of the KakAsura story, the nuances of which was wonderfully
captured by Swami Desika and which I was lucky to hear from Navalpakkam
Swamigal.Swami Vedanta Desika wrote a work called Adaikalapattu which is
roughly the Tamil equivalent of his more popular Nyasa Dasakam in sanskrit.

In the very first verse of Adaikalapattu, Swami Desika compares the efforts
of a sadhaka before Prapatti with those of Kakasura  {Threen lokAn
samparikramya thamEva sharanam gathaha (Vide Ramayana),Yethdisaiyum
muzhandru odi ilaiththu vizhum kagam pol....}.  Kakasura ran in all
directions, but in vain, to escape the Rama Banam.  He sought the asylum of
all the Devatas including that of his father Devendra.  But no one could
offer him protection.  In the process of running, Kakasura accidentally
realized one thing.  When he ran in a direction away from the Lord the
arrow seemed to approach him closer and he could immediately feel the
ferocity of the Astram.  On the otherhand, the moment, he turned running
towards the direction of the Lord the arrow kept a distance from him
assuming that this fellow might after all seek the forgiveness of the Lord.
 Thus after having strayed far away from the Lord, Kakasura intuitively
realized the fortuitousness of running towards the Lord and finally
realizing his helpnessness he fell on the Lord's feet. Finally as the story
goes Kakasura got saved after a minor punishment.But what a great upakAram
Swami Desika has done for us.  A simple story from the vast ocean of
Ramayana suddenly strikes us with great truths that was latent in it.  May
our Acharya Sookthis continue to inspire us.  

Vijayaraghavan
UNQUOTE

Addition:

As heard from my paternal Grandmother(who hails from NavalpAkkam),
kAkAsuran fell almost dead and exhausted and that too with his legs
pointing towards RAMA; Our beloved mAthA, SitA pirAtti with full of mercy,
-who forgives everyone irrespective of what errors they have committed- ,
even after having been troubled by the same kAkAsura for which he is being
chased now(I suppose everyone knows the story)- gently touches the kAkAsurA
and turns his feet away from RAMA, without being seen by rAmA it seems- in
order not to aggravate His anger further and also to recommend kAkAsura's
case to the Lord.

Friends, Can you visualize our mother's mercy, compassion, kind heart for
even the evil ones (if only they have just the intent to surrender); 

AmmA, It's you again whom we talk about and admire. Please bless all of us,
ammA, We are all in our deep (samsaaric) troubles and in the course of our
life are committing lots of errors, apachArams- Please recommend us too to
(y)our Lord. (Are we not definitely better than kAkAsura?). All of us are
ready to perform all kinds of kainkaryA to you, ammA- Just order and we
will rush to you, ammA- no matter where we are, be it singapore, States or
anywhere.-uNmai verum vArtai illai, ammA-

Just a loud thinking. 

May SitArAmA bless us all!

Ram ram
adiyEn madhavadAsan