|Radhe Krishna All,|
this occasion of Guru Purnima week we are sharing the discourse of
H.H.Sri Sri Muralidhara swamiji about certain Great disciples who were
deeply devoted to their Guru's.
Guru Bhakti - 2: Madhurakavi Azhwar
descent of saints (Mahans) on this earth is indeed a boon conferred
upon us by the Lord in order to uplift us from the clutches of samsara
(Family life). The stories depicting the lives of such Mahans are as
Holy as the scriptures such as Ramayana and Srimad Bhagavatam.(Life and
The association of such sages purifies the
tainted mind (which is akin to impure water) and makes it devoid of all
the vileness (and thus made pure like the Holy Ganges). Having carried
far away from the Lotus Feet of the Lord by the strong currents of
samsara the grace of the Mahans is the only thing that takes us back to
the proximity of the Lord. During the lifetime of such Mahans, many
cross the ocean of samsara by adhering to their teachings (Upadesa). In
order to elevate the men of the world, Mahans attract them by their
speech, gait, gestures and virtues. Having taken refuge at the Lotus
Feet of such great souls and having enjoyed their immense grace, many
people worship them as their very Lord and are bound to them by love.
The mind (of such people) which is enslaved to the Guru (and bound by
love), refuses to be attracted even towards God! They experience
inexplicable bliss in serving and celebrating their Guru.
Madhurakavi Azhwar was one such guru Bhakta (devotee of guru).
Azhwar is one among the twelve Azhwars. The word Azhwar means -"One
immersed in the thought of Lord". But Madhurakavi Azhwar differed from
this general description! This was because he was forever contemplating
on the Lotus Feet of his Guru. He demonstrated the greatness of Guru
Bhakti. He says:-"The Lord Damodara (one bound by chains to the mortar)
is indeed my God. But the very thought of my Guru and the utterance of
His Name alone gives me bliss." He considered serving his Guru and
singing His glory to be his livelihood.
Once Nammazhwar was
singing (Thiruvaymozhi) on the Lord. Madhurakavi Azhwar was scribing the
'pasurams' recited by Nammazhwar. At one point while Nammazhwar was
describing the 'Damodara Leela' of the Lord, he shed immense tears of
love at the thought of Lord's compassion and grace and went into ecstasy
remained absorbed in
that state for six months. At the end of six months, he came out of
ecstasy and continued the recital of that pasuram. All the six months,
Madhurakavi Azhwar did not stir from the place. Keeping his eyes fixed
on the Lotus of his Guru's face, he awaited patiently for his Guru's
next word. The Vaishnavas thus exclaim: -
"Nammazhwar was steeped
in ecstasy and was unaware of surroundings, space and time. But
Madhurakavi Azhwar, who was thoroughly conscious of his surroundings,
space and time, sat without stirring before his Guru for all the six
months. Great indeed is his guru Bhakti!"
teaches us through his pasuram (a type of song, usually religious,
specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer of
lord) thus: -"It is
needless to worry that 'I am not literate', 'I
am not shrewd enough' or 'I lack devotion'. For, immaterial of all
these, our Guru will correct us and will bind us with His
compassion and love." Thus, Madhurakavi Azhwar proved to be the pioneer
amongst the Vaishnava Acharyas to show the greatness of Guru Bhakti.
!!!!More Glories of Guru's will follow!!!!
http://youtu.be/e1EAye2XwoM - (18-6-12)
http://youtu.be/63QIBp48AhI - (19-6-12)
http://youtu.be/d4I67OEQb4c - (20-6-12)
http://youtu.be/9eBzcWxt_jU - (21-6-12)
http://youtu.be/lEp2GxWQAPc - (22-6-12)
2nd April - 2012, Sri Swamiji's new discourse series "Azhaikkindraan
Arangan" is been telecasted on STAR VIJAY TV from Monday to Friday at
7:15 AM.... For live telecast - http://livetvchannelsfree.in/starvijay.htm
Don't miss it!
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Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
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