(Sri Rayaru's devotion towards Lord Kirshna and Chapter 8 of Geeta - 1)
: July 13, 2023
BackgroundDear Devotees : Namaskara.
| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||
|| OM SRI RAGHAVENDRAAYA NAMAHA||
SATYAMEVA JAYATI NA ANRUTA
RaghavendraTeertharu’s affectionate devotion towards Lord Kirshna and
Chapter 8 of Geeta, Akshara Brahma Yoga are described in
RaghavendraTeertharu held a deep reverence for the Bhagavad Gita
because it was imparted by Sri Krishna, whom Rayaru cherished as his
beloved Lord in all incarnations. An interesting familial connection
exists between Sri Krishna and Prahalad Rajaru, the first incarnation
of Sri RaghavendraTeertharu. Let us explore this lineage:
renowned for his unwavering devotion to the divine, was the son of
Hiranyakashipu. Prahalad’s son was Virochana, and Virochana's son was
Bali Chakravarthi. Bali Chakravarthi, in turn, had a son named
Banasura. Banasura had a daughter named Ushe.Ushe captured the heart of
Anirudha, Krishna's grandson, and their love led to Anirudha's
abduction by Banasura. However, Krishna, in his divine grace, rescued
Anirudha by vanquishing Banasura. In a beautiful turn of events,
Krishna arranged the sacred marriage between Ushe and Anirudha.
lineage traces back to Krishna's wife, Rukmini, who bore sons named
Pradumnya, Charudeshna, and others. Anirudha was the son of Pradumnya,
making him Krishna's beloved grandson. Thus, the great-granddaughter of
Prahalad and the grandson of Krishna were united in holy
matrimony.While the family of Hiranyakashipu carried a demonic nature,
Krishna recognized Prahalad as the pure lotus amidst the mire. It is
for this reason that Krishna bestowed his cherished grandson to the
great-granddaughter of Prahalad, symbolizing the triumph of divine
purity over darkness.
This intricate lineage serves as a
testament to the divine interplay and the intricate connections woven
throughout the cosmic tapestry. It highlights the divine wisdom of Sri
Lord Krishna, who discerned the pure devotion residing within
Prahalad's lineage and brought forth the union between the two families
in a divine union of love and spirituality.
incarnated as King Bahalika Rajaru, he displayed unwavering devotion
towards Lord Sri Krishna and Bhimasena Devaru. During the grand Raja
Suya Yagnya, King Bahalika Rajaru presented a magnificent Golden
Chariot to Lord Krishna and Bhimasena Devaru as an offering. Filled
with deep reverence, King Bahalika Rajaru himself walked barefoot,
leading a splendid procession where Lord Krishna and Bhima were invited
to grace the Golden Chariot. Immersed in devotion, King Bahalika
Rajaru's heart overflowed with the purest intentions. His selfless act
of offering the Golden Chariot stirred the depths of Sri Krishna's
divine heart. In his boundless grace, Sri Krishna bestowed a profound
blessing upon Bahalika Rajaru: In the Kaliyuga, when Bahalika Rajaru
would be reborn as Sri RaghavendraTeertharu, a daily procession of the
resplendent Golden Chariot would grace the Earth, showering devotees
with divine blessings and celestial bliss.
Today in Mantralaya,
as the golden sun casts its radiant glow upon the Earth, the sacred
tradition lives on. The Golden Chariot, a symbol of transcendent
devotion, gracefully glides through every temple of Sri
RaghavendraTheertharu, accompanied by jubilant chants and the fragrance
of devotion. The sight of Sri Rayaru, seated upon the resplendent
chariot, evokes a sense of awe and reverence, captivating the hearts of
all who behold the divine spectacle.
Following in the footsteps
of Bahalika Rajaru, the next incarnation, Sri Vyasarajaru, dedicated
himself to the daily worship of Lord Krishna. He revered the divine
deity known as Sri Moola Gopal Krishna Devaru. Additionally, Sri
Vyasarajaru crafted an idol of Santhana Gopal Krishna Devaru,
symbolizing the divine child form of Lord Krishna.
Vyasarajaru, in his literary endeavors, adopted the pen name "Sri
Krishna." He composed 18 verses of the Bhagavad Gita as Kannada poems,
a remarkable contribution to the sacred text's translation and
dissemination. His poetic renditions of the Gita enriched the Kannada
language and deepened the understanding of its profound teachings.
successfully completing his divine mission of writing the Bhashya in
Udupi, Sri RaghavendraTeertharu experienced a blessed vision of Lord
Krishna himself. This divine encounter left a profound impact on Sri
RaghavendraTeertharu, inspiring him to personally sculpt the idol of
Lord Krishna. This sacred idol, known as Santhana Venugopala Swamy,
holds immense significance.
Even to this day, the current
pontiff of Mantralaya, Sri SubhudendraTeertharu, reverently worships
the Santhana Venugopala Swamy idol. It is believed that those who yearn
for offspring and desire to have children can seek the blessings of the
deity. As a part of this devotional practice, a sacred artifact called
"tayata" is placed at the feet of the Santhana Venugopal Swamy idol,
invoking the divine grace and blessings for fertility and the gift of
Sri RaghavendraTeertharu, in his literary endeavors,
chose the illustrious pen name of Dheera Venugopala. This distinguished
title reflected the valor and divine connection with Lord Krishna that
Sri RaghavendraTeertharu embodied.
When the time came for Sri
RaghavendraTeertharu to enter Brindavana,it was during the Krishna
Paksha. This beautifully symbolized the eternal connection between Sri
Rayaru and Lord Krishna, as Lord Krishna was intricately woven into
every aspect of Sri Rayaru's existence.Through Sri
RaghavendraTeertharu, Lord Krishna's divine presence flowed like a
gentle breeze, permeating every breath and imbuing every incarnation of
Sri Rayaru with the essence of the beloved Lord.Sri
RaghavendraTeertharu held immense love and reverence for the Bhagavad
Gita. He dedicated his profound wisdom and knowledge to writing
extensive volumes on the teachings of the Gita. Some of these notable
- Geeta Bhashya Prameya Deepika BhavaDeepa:
Sri RaghavendraTeertharu authored this illuminating commentary, delving
into the deeper meanings and insights of the Bhagavad Gita. It serves
as a guiding light, shedding clarity on the profound philosophical
concepts expounded in the Gita.
- Geeta Tataparya Naya Deepika BhavaDeepa:
In this work, Sri RaghavendraTeertharu provides a comprehensive
analysis and interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita. Through insightful
perspectives and profound reflections, he unveils the practical
applications of the Gita's teachings in one's spiritual journey.
- Geeta Vivruti or Geeetartha Sangraha:
This work by Sri RaghavendraTeertharu encapsulates the essence of the
Bhagavad Gita in a concise and comprehensive manner. It presents a
condensed summary of the Gita's teachings, allowing readers to grasp
the fundamental principles and messages of the sacred text.
writings by Sri RaghavendraTeertharu are a testament to his deep
understanding and reverence for the Bhagavad Gita. They serve as
invaluable resources for spiritual seekers, offering profound insights
and guidance on the path of self-realization and enlightenment.
Chapter 8 of the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna emphasizes the importance
of always remembering him. He explains that those who can remember him
at the time of death will attain liberation from the cycle of birth and
death. Sri RaghavendraTeertharu further elaborates that it is not an
easy task to remember the Lord only at the final moments of life. It
requires dedicated practice over a long period of time.
RaghavendraTeertharu warns against the misconception that one can live
as they please throughout their life and simply remember the Lord
during their last moments to attain salvation. Such an approach is
misguided. It is crucial to cultivate a continuous remembrance of the
Lord throughout one's life, as it shapes our thoughts, actions, and
devotion.The story of King Bharat, the son of Lord Vrushabha, serves as
a powerful example to illustrate this principle. We will explore this
captivating story in the upcoming series, where we will witness the
significance of unwavering remembrance of the Lord at all times.
The devotion towards Sri Raghavendrateertharu is
the ultimate truth and is the most simple and effective way to reach to
Sri Hari - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE GURUGALA"!
|| BICHALI JAPADAKATTI SRI APPANACHARYA PRIYA MANTRALAYA
SRI RAGHAVENDRATEERTHA GURUBHYO NAMAHA||