Glories of Lord Varadaraja - Part 1

7th Jul 2019
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

By now many of us would have heard about the glorious rising of Lord Athivaradar in the temple town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu which is also known as Vrindavan of South. In yesterday's offering titled,"The Glory of Bharatavarsha", we were seeing how demigods also hanker for taking birth in Bhuloka and when we hear all these glorious appearances of Lord and His many sweet pastimes with His devotees, we can only appreciate how the words of Bhagavatam are 100% true. 

Once Lord Brahmaji desired to see the caturbhuja form of Lord Vishnu and performed severe penances. At that time he heard a divine voice instructing him to do 100 Ashwamedha sacrifices. When Brahmaji was wondering how to do 100 Ashwamedha yajna, the all merciful Lord instructed Brahmaji to perform 1 Ashwamedha yajna in Kanchipuram and that will be considered to be equal to 100. So Brahmaji decided to perform the sacrifice in Kanchi. But by divine arrangement, his consort, Goddess Saraswathi could not come on time to perform the sacrifice along with him. 

Out of eagerness to have darshan of the Lord and in order to perform the yajna on time Brahmaji began to do the sacrifice with Goddess Gayathri. Not pleased with this decision, Goddess Saraswathi tried to stop the yajna by transforming herself into a fast flowing river - Vegavathi. At that time Lord Vishnu in order to protect the yajna done by Brahmaji appeared in shayana pose across the river. Lord's appearance pacified the anger of Mother Saraswathi and She withdrew her plans of obstructing the yajna. Thereafter yajna was successfully completed. And Lord Vishnu appeared from the sacrificial fire. By His merciful darshan, He not only pleased Brahmaji, but He also blessed all the devatas present there with whatever boons (varam) they requested and so the Lord is glorified as Lord Varadaraja King of all Benedictions

Some of the nice things which we can observe in this pastime is the sincere desire of Lord Brahmaji to have Lord's darshan, the austere penances he underwent for the same and devotion and the loving reciprocation of Lord to His dear devotee. Right from instructing Brahmaji to do the sacrifice, helping him to choose the place where he could do sacrifice and later protecting the successful completion of the yajna, Lord helped Brahmaji in every step. This reminds us of the verse 3.9.38 of Srimad Bhagavatam wherein Lord says to Brahmaji

 yac cakarthaanga mat stotram / mat kathaabyudhayaankitam
yad vaa tapasi te nishthaa / sa esha mad anugrahah

"O Brahma, the prayers that you have chanted praising the glories of My transcendental activities, the penances you have undertaken to understand Me, and your firm faith in Me—all these are to be considered My causeless mercy."

 In his short and sublime purport to above verse His Divine Grace very nicely says, "When a living entity desires to serve the Lord in transcendental loving service, the Lord helps the devotee in so many ways as the caitya-guru, or the spiritual master within, and thus the devotee can perform many wonderful activities beyond material estimation. By the mercy of the Lord even a layman can compose prayers of the highest spiritual perfection. Such spiritual perfection is not limited by material qualifications but is developed by dint of one's sincere endeavor to render transcendental service. Voluntary endeavor is the only qualification for spiritual perfection. Material acquisitions of wealth or education are not considered."

Many a times we start some service with lot of enthusiasm - but influenced by lower modes and our anarthas we lose the fire or eagerness to serve. But the above pastime of Lord Brahmaji shows us how if we remained fixed in our goal to serve the Supreme Lord and hold on to His lotus feet, then we will not be baffled by the obstacles that keep coming in our way. Lord who is glorified as "Samanjas" - Lord of all opportunities - not only gives us service, but also mercifully gives the strength to carry on - if we sincerely seek His help.

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate on Lord's glories in the subsequent offerings.

Hare Krishna.

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,

Sudarshana devi dasi.