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". By causeless mercy of Lord we heard yet another sweet pastime of the Lord which we would like to share with all of you. From July 1, Lord Athivaradar has been showering His mercy by rising out of the Ananta-saras pond and showing His merciful darshan to all. Lakhs of people crowd the small town of Kanchipuram to take a glimpse of their dearmost Varadar - who has His own pastime of giving darshan once in 40 years for 48 days. Sometimes it takes just 20 minutes for people to have Lord's darshan - whereas there are many occasions when people stand for more than 13 hours - just to have a moment's glance of the Lord. And there are yet others - who inspite of standing in the queue for many hours could not have a very satisfying darshan - due to heavy crowd etc. One devotee said, "I couldn't have Lord's darshan properly - but am sure that Lord would have seen us." So Lord Varada has His own way of giving darshan as per His desire. Sometimes He gives very less darshan - just to increase our hankering to see Him again and again.
People from different parts of India as well as the world have been coming to see Lord Varadar. To streamline the process - the Govt authorities has made arrangements - separate queues for senior citizens, wheel chair facility for elders, VIPs, VVIPs. Those who go by VIP Queues are allowed to have closer darshan of the Lord. We heard a sweet pastime of how Lord Athivaradar showered His mercy on two tribal children.
Ever since this transcendental darshan began - the parents of these tribal children have been selling out pictures of Lord to the visiting public in the streets of Kanchipuram. The brothers (aged 9 and 7) who used to accompany their parents daily were wondering how is that so many people are coming to see this Lord. They decided that some day they must also go inside the temple and have darshan. On July 31st - the last day of shayana darshan - there was heavy rush even in VIP queue. Not knowing anything about the rules of VIP Queue etc, these 2 innocent children some how got into this queue and went inside the temple - But they were later caught by police official - who found out that they don't have VIP ticket and so sent them out. With tears in their eyes, the children came out of the temple. Seeing them crying, one devotee approached them and when they expressed their disappointment of not being able to have darshan, the devotee took him to yet another police official, who kindly allowed the children in VVIP Queue. So by transcendental arrangement of Lord Varadaraja they had much more closer darshan. The children ran with joy towards the Lord. With raised hands they chanted the Holy Names - "Govinda" and took out 10 Rupee note from their pocket and offered it as dakshina to the Lord with great love.
So the nice lesson we can learn from these transcendental darshan is that bhakti is unconditional. It doesn't matter if one is rich, poor, literate, illiterate, from aristocratic family or tribal family - Lord is Supreme Father of all. And by His inconceivable causeless mercy He chooses to give His darshan according to the level of surrender and eagerness of the individual soul. His Divine Grace very nicely says in one of his lectures on Nectar of Devotion - "Laulyam means just like we become very much greedy in achieving some success or receiving something sometimes. We become mad. That is required. Laulyam eka mulyam. To achieve Krishna consciousness perfectly, this ecstatic eagerness or greediness, to serve Krishna, that is the only price to achieve success in devotional service. That is the only price. Not money, not anything. Not prestige, not good parentage, not beauty—nothing. Simply this ecstatic, intense desire, "How I shall get Krishna?" Then you'll get Krishna. He'll take you."
Lord Athivaradar ki Jai ! Srila Prabhupada ki Jai ! Srila Gurudev ki Jai.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,|
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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