Glories of Lord Varadaraja - Part 10

10th Aug 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 some of the sweet pastimes performed by Lord Varadaraja in Kanchipuram. 

In yesterday's offering we were discussing about how when we don't realise the transcendental form of the Lord, then we will feel the service as galagraha. But to those who lovingly serve the Lord, He mercifully speaks with them, walks with them, serves them by holding umbrella to protect them from rains and many more. Even now - all those who took darshan of the Lord share how each of their darshan is a great miracle. If anyone sincerely desires to see the Lord - He somehow or the other makes it possible - in spite of heavy rush, heavy rains etc. Such is His causeless mercy.

Today we shall share the sweet pastime of Lord Varadaraja with the British general Robert clive. During the British rule in India, the Britishers not caring for the sanctity of temples did all sorts of atrocities. So during the period when Robert Clive was in India, he used to place all the army - within the premises of the temple. So horses, elephants, soldiers and Robert Clive were all staying within the temple premises with all their weapons, on their way to wage war with Nawab of Arcot. Out of fear, the temple authorities could not make him realise that Lord's home should not be misused in this manner.  At that time Lord Varadaraja enacted a pastime. As a result, including Robert clive - the elephants, horses, the soldiers all began to suffer due to constipation - They were neither able to pass urine or stool. When Clive was suffering due to stomach pain and was becoming very doubtful about how could he even participate in the Arcot war - the priests in temple took that opportunity to make him realise the offence of misusing the temple premises. They told Clive that if He surrenders to Lord Varadaraja, repents for his mistake and renders heartfelt prayers, then he would be alright. Robert Clive agreed and sought forgivance to the Deity. The priests offered him the tulasi water offered to the Lord and immediately after honouring that he became alright and moved out of the temple. 

From the pages of history we know that Clive in fact defeated the Nawab of Arcot and was returning with lot of wealth. On the way back when he was crossing Kanchipuram, the famous festival of Garuda sevai was happening in the streets of Kanchi - wherein the utsav deities of the Lord comes out in procession seated on Garuda. Seeing the army of Robert Clive approaching, the priests stopped the chariot. When there was some delay in Robert Clive to come and take darshan, the priest said, "Why does this British General not come soon? How long will my Lord wait in this hot sun? Will Lord not feel scorched?" When this message reached the ears of Clive, he commented  - "After all He is just a Deity. Is it going to sweat for Him?" As he uttered these words, the devotee took a small piece of cloth - climbed the chariot, wiped the Lord's transcendental face and then squeezed out the cloth. To the surprise of Clive - the transcendental sweat from the Deity's face poured out of that cloth like a river. Realising the greatness of Lord Varadaraja and his mistake, Robert Clive immediately bowed down before the Deity and offered a special expensive jewellery called "Makara kandi" with love and devotion. Till date whenever the Lord comes out in Garuda seva, He wears the Makara kandi which is famously called as "Clive Jewellery".

All glories to Lord Varadaraja who showers His mercy on all.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Sudarshana devi dasi.