As it Strikes Me

Once while Lord Sri Rama was in 'vanavas' (itinerant days in the forest) with Sita Devi, Rishis who were tormented in that forest by the demons there surrendered at the feet of the Lord. Lord Sri Rama immediately took his bow and started walking towards the demons to vanquish them. Sri Sita Devi, being the very embodiment of compassion, was not in agreement to this act of her Lord. She said, ‘My Lord! We have no direct quarrel with these demons. When you have adopted the guise of a rishi, your hand should hold the japa maala and not bow and arrows!’

A person takes a relaxed stroll from the station to his house eating some snack. He is relaxed almost to the point of lethargy. Suddenly a stray dog begins a wild chase after him. He musters up all his energy and runs for his life. Had it not been for the dog he would not have done that. Likewise as we are talking this lazy stroll on the highway called life, troubles arise. Only then do we shift gears and reach maximum efficiency. But for the troubles, we would not have woken up from the slumber.

We generally find that the cine field wields a powerful impact in the society. The most popular personalities usually come from the field of cinema.

There was a person in a village who had acquired occult powers through intense penance. He was a close friend of a merchant in the village. Whenever the merchant had any problems or troubles in his business or personal life, he would approach this person and have his issues instantly resolved by virtue of the divine powers acquired through penance.

When we go to a temple, we offer flowers, fruits, betel leaves and camphor to the Lord. When the tray returns from sanctum sanctorum, the only artifact missing from the tray is camphor.

It burns with a bright flame and disappears without a trace. In the same way, we should too, some day, merge ourselves into the divine effulgence without even leaving a trace.

The great Master Adi Sankaracharya propounded the Advaita School of philosophy and established monasteries based on the same. Later, Sri Ramasubba Dikshithar of Thiruvisanallur, in his interpretation of Adi Shankara's teachings concludes that Adi Sankara is a Vishnu bhaktha beyond par. However, the great Mahatma Appaiya Dikshithar gave a different interpretation to Adi Sankara's works and formulated the school of philosophy known as 'Shivadwaitha'.

Who is the Guru for 'Dasya' Bhava? Verily Anjaneya!

Rama always gave only the highest (kingdom) to everyone. All others got duped by Rama by accepting the kingdoms. Bharata refused Ayodhya Rajya but later accepted the Padhuka Rajya.

Sugreeva accepted Kishkinda Rajya and Vibhishana accepted Lanka kingdom.

The great Tamil poet Kambar who penned the Kamba Ramayana in Tamil, first rendered the epic in Srirangam Temple. Why so?

Lord Sri Ranganatha was the family deity (kula devata) of Raghu Vamsa and hence was the witness of all that happened in the life of Lord Rama and every other king of the Raghu Vamsa. It is only in the intention of verifying the correctness of Kambar’s Ramayana that he recited it first at the Srirangam temple!

The greatness of Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Mahatmya) is beautifully outlined in six chapters of Padma Purana. In that, it has been said that Bhakti had its roots in the Dravida Desha and spread to other states. This was a representation of the fact that the first three Azhwars were the foremost of all the devotees. Only after them came the other Azhwars and devotees across the country.