Glories of Lord Varadaraja - Part 8

14th Jul 2019
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Glories of Lord Varadaraja" wherein we were meditating on the glorious rising of Lord Athi Varadar in Kanchipuram and the pastimes with His dear devotees. Now we shall see try to meditate few more.

Kuresh or Kurathaazhvaar is a dear devotee of Lord Varadaraja. He is dear disciple of Sripada Ramanujar. He is known for his Guru-bhakti. Once there lived a Shaivite king in Kanchi who could not tolerate the growing popularity of Ramanujar and his disciples. So he made a plot to kill Ramanuja by inviting him for a discussion. Knowing the evil plans, Kuresh requested Sripada Ramanujar to go to Melkottai and he went to meet the king. In the assembly of that Chola king, there was a minister by name Naalooraan who made lot of false complaints against Kuresh to the king. So the king declared that he would pluck out his eyes, if he failed to accept the philosophy of impersonalism. Kuresh blinded himself with a sharp instrument saying that after seeing such a personality as king, there was no longer any use for his eyes. After this incident, the king contracted severe illness because of the offence done to pure devotee like Kuresh and he passed away. Later when Ramanujar returned to Srirangam, Kuresh met him. Pained to see the loving sacrifice done by his dear disciple, Ramanujar urged him to talk to Lord Varadaraja, requesting him to give back his eyesight.  

As instructed Kuresh went to meet Lord Varadaraja. But instead of asking for eyesight, he asked for the following boons.

1. To liberate all those who were connected with him, to Vaikuntha  at the end of their lives.

2. To grant entrance to Vaikuntha even to the sinner Naalooran who poisoned the minds of king of Kanchi against them.

Though Lord eagerly waited for Kuresh to ask for his eyesight, he did not ask anything for himself. Sripada Ramanujar became very ecstatic saying that Vaikuntha was guaranteed for him, as he was also connected to Kuresh, being his spiritual master. Such is sign of humility of that exalted Guru. Later he again insisted Kuresh that he should ask Lord for restoring his eyesight. So this time Kuresh requested Lord Varadaraja - "Please bestow me with eyesight just to see You and my spiritual master. I do not wish to see anything material." Pleased with his request, Lord Varadaraja bestowed him with whatever he asked. 

yasya prasadad bhagavat prasado yasya aprasadad na gati kutopi. - "If one pleases guru then one pleases Krishna. When one does not please his guru, even if one can make all wonderful grand arrangements but Krishna will never be pleased." Lord is very pleased when one serves His devotees nicely. Infact Lord Varadaraja even instructed Kanchipurna that although he was his dear devotee, since he had not yet served a pure devotee, he would not be able to come to Vaikuntha after this birth. Upon hearing this Kanchipurna immediately engaged himself in menial service to pure devotees and won the Lord's love.  

So from the life of all these wonderful acaryas we can understand that simplest way to please the Lord is by serving His devotees. May we always remember this and try to serve the devotees of the Lord to the best of our capacity. The glories of Lord Vardaraja and His devotees are unlimited. Krishna willing as and when we get to hear more pastimes, we shall try to offer them.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi