The planet in third to any house is known as vedhak . But when a malefic is in third it mitigates the evil , ie it acts as vedhaka to the evil itself .
LORD NARAYANA is complete omnipotent and without any defects . This knowledge should be steadfast . With such a knowledge in mind, the kind of Love that emanates for LORD is known as DEVOTION [BHAKTI]
One must have immense devotion to the Lord . We all love our family members [ father mother brothers wife children ]. But Love towards Lord must exceed the love towards Family members infinitely . It should increase manifolds day by day . EVEN when 1000s of obstacles or difficulties arise , devotion should not fade or decrease .
Our GURU Shri RAGHAVENDRA Swamiji has shown us this path of devotion, in his previous birth as PRAHALAD . Prahlad had intense devotion towards Vishnu , more than the Love he had towards his family [ father Hiranyakashipu] EVEN under severe stress from own Father , He did not budge to any difficulties and torture . ON the contrary he conevrted all the Daitya balakas [ demons ] into Vishnubhakthas . Hiranyakashipu determined to put an end to his school of VISHNU devotion himself perished . Let shri RAghavendra ‘s blessings be always with us in this path of devotion .
Pandavas were in EXILE . Usual understanding or picturisation of this state of PAndavas by Popular serials or books is such that The five brothers and their wife were leading a lonely life in mid of jungle going about their daily course of life wandering through forests with fatigue and aimlessness .
This is not so ! when Pandavas went to exile ,crores of Munis and sanyasis and rishis followed them . In the forest when it was difficult to get food for the self , YUDHISTHIR had additional burden of looking after crores of family of rishis . SO Pandavas worshipped NARAYANA as present in SURYA [ surya antagat NARAYANA ] and were blessed with AKSHAYAPATRA .
In the forests , at the break of the dawn , whatever possible was collected from the forests for preparation of food . Then after finishing ahnik and food cooked was offered to LORD as naivedya and after vaishvadeva and baliharana , The same was put in the Akshayapatra and was served to all the people. Once Pandavas ate after everyone was fed , DRaupadi Devi took whatever left and then the day was closed after the utensil was washed . After the meals nothing would be left for the day . The next days meal would be collected again .
Duryodhan jealous of such a huge following to YUDHISTHIR and his lifestye , bit his teeth everyday and waited for a moment to humiilate Pandavas. Just then DURVASA MUNI came by with his 20000 sanyasi followers . DURYODHAN showed extreme devotion [ dhambhik bhakti] . And impressed with Suyodhan, Durvasa asked him to seek boons . Duryodhan asked that DUrvasa must visit Pandavas only after they had finished their meals . His intention was after the Akshayapatra has been washed , there would be nothing in the camp . But DUrvasa if not given proper food and welcome , he would definitely curse them and that would trouble Pandavas .
Durvasa though aware of his intentions goes to PAndavas as his boon would not go waste . He informs Yudhisthir that he would like to take meals and would be back from the river after ahnika .
Yudhisthir calls draupadi to cook something, but nothing is there in the camp . Looking at the miserable position Draupadi meditates on Krishna . Krishna appears at her request and asks for something to eat . Draupadi tells Lord that nothing is available and worships HIM to save from the anger and curse of Durvasa .
Krishna insists to bring Akshayapatra and there a leaf of the vegetable [greens] still remains in the patra . Krishna takes this offerings from PAndavas and says HE is satisfied with it . HIS satisfaction leads to completeness and fullness of stomach to DURVASA and his team of 20000 followers . when stomach is full to the brim , one cannot eat even a morsel . HAVING instructed PANDAVAS to cook and not even eating a morsel would invite ire of BHEEMSENA and more so if they come to know of the EVIL designs of the DURYODHAN and DURVASA being party to it . DURVASA and others choose to flee the river and forests without attending to the INIVITE .
YUDHISTHIR after finding prolonged delay in appearance of rishis from riverside , asked BHEEM to search for them . AS BHEEM did not find DURVASA muni ,. PANDAVAS were relieved at the evil mitigated .
- Worshipping SURYA antaragata NARAYANA helps to attain means of feeding family and dependents .
- Poverty and helplessness is always a part of life . one must not fear them .
- EVEN Greats face such helplessness on a given day , owing to absence of material wealth .
- EVEN in difficulties brave[ YUDHISTHIR] do not shy away from supporting the people who believe in Him, abide by him and show dependency on him .
- If you have faith in LORD and good education and capacity supporting many is never a problem even under odds .
- WHen in diffciulty never leave faith in LORD .
- Remember LORD and look for his HELP , and HE definitely responds.
- EVEN a small offering to LORD with devotion gives infinite results .
- Phalam pushpam patram toyam , whatever is given to him with devotion he accepts it and saves his devotees . HE grades devotees only on the basis of DEVOTION and not by quantity of naivaidya and offerings .
- Devotees never face evil all evil gets mitigated even before it strikes .
What was the necessity for LORD to look for a leaf ? He could have averted the mishap of DURVASA without such inspection !
The answer lies in the verse
“patram pushpam phalam toyam ye me bhaktya prayachchati |
tadaham bhaktyuphrutmashnami prayatatmanaha|”
Bhakta whatever he gives I shall accept and keep the offer and make it remain always in my service .
Such an act of GOD is also adhered to by our Guru Raghavendra swamy . Once many years ago a money order came to MANTRALAYAM from a devotee from Vijayawada . The money was of RS 15 /- and a note said that “I had a dream the previous night to donate Rs 15/- for the repair work of the pooja samagri[ material used for pooja ] I do not know which material , kindly look into the matter and accept my offering to RAghavendra swamiji . ”
The manager was astonished at this request and reported to current[ then ] swamiji . On inspection they found that a bell[ GHANTA] used for SHriRAMA’s Pooja was broken and was duly replaced by a new one . But the old one was not repaired and was relegated to the old stock .
Immediately a goldsmith was summoned to know about the repairs and he after inspection announced it would cost RS 15/- for the repair . This surprised everyone .what was necessary to learn from this event was ,
- why RAGHAVENDRA swamiji who is in brindavan[ samadhi] required to repair the bell and not be happy with replacements
- why should the payment be made through a unknown face in Vijayawada
- the same payment could have been made by MUTT itself
- perhaps a new one better one could have been purchased or created .
The answer lies in the fact that one who might have donated this bell should have done so with immense devotion and faith and love . Lord wants this to be used forever in his pooja . So that devotee gets the punya of serving the LORD even in his absence and in coming era . The punya of continuing this effort was granted to Vijayawada devotee . It was also a warning[ to management] to correct the procedures of handling the goods offered by devotees , however small they may be and insignificant they may be !!!!!!!! . As Krishna says ….
|||| tadaham bhaktyuphrutmashnami prayatatmanaha ||||