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Date: Tue Oct 26 1999 - 23:13:57 PDT
Dear Sri Sheshadri Ranganathan On your questions of souls getting liberated, I have a small anecdote from the life of Sri Thyagaraja the saint musician who lived two centuries ago and had given us a wealth of songs on raama bhakthi. Once Sri thyagaraja visited the house of Kovoor sundara mudaliar in ThiruvoRRiyoor (now on the outskirts of Chennai). After staying and singing five songs on thirupurasundari the presiding amman in the thyagarajaswami temple in thiruvoRRiyoor, he returned to his native place viz. thiruvaiyaaru [the songs are sundari nee divya roopamu in raaga kalyani, dharini in raaga saveri etc]. While coming back, it so happened, he had to cross a forest area in the night. Some thieves tried to attack the swamy travelling in a palanquin through the forest. So Swamy gave a call to Raama by way of a song "munthvenuga" in raaga darbar to escort him to safety during the travel. Raama and his anuja lakshmana appeared on the scene with kothandam and escorted swami to safety. But raama also gave darshan to the theives who tried to attack the swami and they had the bhagyam of seeing rama and lakshmana. Where as swamy learnt he was saved by his ishtadevatha next morning but could not have the darsanam of raama. After much sweating and hard raama naama japam only, could he have the darsanam of raama later. Whereas the thieves who had the intention of attacking the baktha without knowing that he is a bhaktha, had the bhagyam of raama darsanam. The story goes on to say that they later became the sishyaas of the saint. So it NOTHING but SHEER GRACE of the lord, that he grants all to one bhaktha for a small attempt. But for the other bhaktha, he gives a lot of tests and then only grants the darsanam liberation etc. What we can do is TO ATTEMPT with all sincerity, a way to receive his GRACE, that is thru prapatti, which is the way shown to us by our aacharyas. Daasan Vasudevan M.G.