22. Tiruppavai Stories
When Narayana comes in the guise of a Brahmin boy seeking Biksha (donation), Rakshasa-GuruShukra warns King Bali not to give anything to Him. But Bali says many kings come and go. They do not take the wealth with them to a different world… I will give and retain a permanent place in the history. A small king slaps sedition case against BhakthaPothana for not dedicating his Bhagavatham to him. None knows now who that king was. Pothanahasremained eternal. Any king who slaps false cases on knowledge and education or art and poetry with Royal heavy Egos will not remain or remembered forever.
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If a king thinks that it was his achievement, God will not botherabout it. As long as it is comfortable, the King will enjoy his pride. Once the fall starts, God will just watch the fall of that King along with his possessions. If the King thinks that it was given for a purpose as a matter of service, he will not have any problems. Annamayya had similar experience when he joined the royal court. He was happy when he left those egoistic rulers.
Kingdom goes, Pride remains.
Once a king, after ruling and enjoying the pleasures of Royal life, lost all his wealth and found it difficult to get food twice a day. Though kingdom is lost, his ego remains. He feels ashamed to beg in the day fearing that people might identify him. He picks up a piece of pot and starts begging in the night. While he walks under the extended roofs of houses to avoid someone identifying him, he steps on a dog which just gave birth to puppies. It bites the former King. Crying, the King drops the pot making big noise. People around come out with lamps and recognize him. His prideis affected again. You get ego when you get kingdom. Kingdom goes but not the pride. You try to hide the pride, get disappointed, depressed, and defeated. Desire for kingdom is a disease, for which you do not hesitate to lose wife, brothers and friends, and there is no medicine to cure it. Kingdom destroys your knowledge about yourself. Surrender to Him, shedding ego, says Nammalwar.
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The women generally feel to go to men on their own. They have shed such feelings and reached out to Sri Krishna. And they say, we came like those kings who surrender at your bedside, near your feet.
Bharatha never desired Kingdom. He was not interested in it. Once,Kaikeyi addressed him asRajan.
Unable to bear it, he fell unconscious. Guha and Bharadwaja suspect his intentions when Bharatha went to Rama in exile.
He had to take pains to let them know his disinterestedness in the kingdom and his desire to take Rama back to Ayodhya.
Lakshman never felt any need to explain to anyone. Because, he has great nidhi with him, that is His sannidhi. He is nearer to Rama, serving him and enjoying it.
Why Jaya, Vijaya stopped Sanaka brothers?
There is an incident similar to that Gopikas wanted Krishna to open His eyesgradually and spread his blissful looks. The door keepers of Vishnu in Vaikuntham knew that like Gopiakas the Sanaka and Sananda brothers may not bear the powerful first looks of Vishnuwhen he awakes from the Yoga Nidra, and hence they try to prevent their entry. Gopikas are like the field starved of water. They need small shower and not heavy rain. His lotus eyes pink in color, are half-open, like ankle’s trinket. Krishna’s eyes are like Sun and Moon. His fiery looks are supposed to punish those who prevent people from reaching Him. And His cool looks would bless the devotees reaching Him. Even then, Goda thinks it is not proper to compare the eyes of Krishna with Sun and Moon who are eclipsed frequently. She concludes finally, His eyes can be compared with His eyes only.
God gets angry whenjeevas approach him with the burden of several wrongs. He will not open eyes fully. Neela keeps a hand on Him and pleads for his generosity, then He opens the eyes. His eyes get closed as Jeeva commits mistakes. Jeevi has to have a strong desire for His blessings, and that effort forms basis for Neela’s recommendation and finally the blessings of god.
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Gopikassay we have no alternative to pursue. You are the only way for our salvation. We are not fighting with you or with any other. Kings were defeated in wars. Sometimes they were defeated by your arrows. We are defeated by your glory. We may not need any Jnani to guide us. We are Ajnaanis. We are lucky enough to reach your feet. We cannot go anywhere.
Vibheeshana left Ravana when he was kicked out.He did not even visit his family to take them along. He flew with his followers to Rama’s camp on this side of the ocean. He stood in the sky and wanted to visit Rama. He says even if Rama does not accept him, he cannot go back and had no other go. It is called Ananya Gathi, total lack of alternative route.
How you do you benefit if I look at you, asks Krishna. They say: we will be relieved of the pangs of separation from you. Separation from you is an inevitable curse.