(Reason behind material Poverty and Inner Richness of Sri Venkatanatharu before becoming Sri RaghavendraTeertharu)

Date Oct 17, 2023


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||

Reason behind material Poverty and Inner Richness of Sri Venkatanatharu before becoming Sri RaghavendraTeertharu is described in Mantralaya(1060).


We are all aware of the profound poverty that Sri Venkatanatharu endured before transforming into Sri Raghavendra Teertharu.

Let's delve deeper to comprehend the underlying reasons for this.

Daaridrya Devi, the Goddess of Poverty, had an ardent desire to seek refuge with Prahaladru. However, since Prahaladru was a King Prahalad Rajaru. Daaridrya Devi understood the importance of roles and responsibilities of a King. She patiently postponed her quest, waiting for his next rebirth. This pattern repeated when Prahalad was reborn as King Bhaleeka Rajru, and once again when he emerged as Sri Vysa Rajaru during the Kali Yuga – a sage king revered among sages and scholars.

As time rolled on, Daaridrya Devi continued to bide her time, anticipating the next life of Sri Vysa Rajaru. Sri Vysa Rajaru was born as Venkatanatharu. Daaridrya Devi foresaw that Venkatanatharu would be the forthcoming incarnation, destined to become the esteemed Sri RaghavendraTheertharu. Yet, she was also aware that, once he attained this elevated status, she could no longer find refuge with him. With this knowledge, Daaridrya Devi made the decision to seek shelter in Venkatanatharu, thus embarking on her journey to transcend her state of poverty.

Goddess Daaridrya Devi approached Sri Venkatanatharu and spoke with gentle longing, "I've patiently awaited your presence since your Prahalad avatara. Now, please grant me refuge." Sri Venkatanatharu, with a warm and gracious smile, welcomed Daaridrya Devi, responding, "If Sri Hari wills me to provide you shelter, who am I to say otherwise? Please make yourself at home in our abode." Daaridrya Devi couldn't contain her joy, as she looked forward to finding sanctuary in Venkatanatharu's home, where she could bask in the nectar of his profound wisdom.

When Daaridrya Devi crossed the threshold into the house, wealth seemed to evaporate, ushering in a state of materialistic poverty. The moment Venkatanatharu extended his gracious welcome to her, the pangs of poverty hit them hard. Yet, for Venkatanatharu, his spiritual connection with Lord Hari grew stronger with each passing day, and he paid little heed to the challenges of poverty.

The financial constraints were so severe that Venkatanatharu and his wife could no longer afford the simple items like serving food on plates; they resorted to eating on the bare floor. While most of us observe Ekadashi fasting once every 15 days, for Venkatanatharu, it felt like an extended Ekadashi, day after day.

Venkatanatharu, who had a handsome son, watched as poverty equally affected his family. In their household, the guiding principle was to adhere to the Dharma of accepting only the necessary goods and raw food items for a single day. They believed that taking more and storing it would deprive others of their share. Venkatanatharu never sought monetary assistance or an excess of food items from his students; if they offered, he would graciously accept only what was sufficient for a single day's sustenance.

One night, some bold thieves broke into Venkatanatharu's house and took whatever they could find. After the robbery, Venkatanatharu sat quietly, lost in thought. His wife noticed and tried to comfort him, saying, "Don't be upset about the robbery."Venkatanatharu responded with a smile, "There's no need to be sad. Our home had very little of value, just some old and broken things. I actually feel sorry for the thieves. They must have been in a difficult situation to steal such meager things."Venkatanatharu wasn't angry or resentful; instead, he felt compassion for the thieves. He believed they must have been struggling with poverty to resort to stealing. In his kindness, he prayed silently that they would find the financial help they needed.
Venkatanatharu's response to the robbery showed his deep understanding and kindness. His words and actions revealed his extraordinary character, leaving a lasting impression on those who had the privilege of knowing him.

The greatness of the godly figure Sri Venkatanatharu shines through in his unwavering commitment to his meditation on Sri Hari, even in the face of materialistic poverty. His determination and faith remained steadfast, unaffected by the hardships he endured.In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna teaches that those whom He holds close to His heart, He may strip away material pleasures from, as a test of their devotion. This truth is beautifully exemplified in the life of Venkatanatharu.

Venkatanatharu enduring commitment to spiritual pursuits, even in the midst of material challenges, stands as a testament to his profound faith and inner strength. Venkatanatharu's life story continues to inspire many, demonstrating that true wealth lies not in material possessions, but in the richness of one's connection with the divine.

Goddess Daaridrya Devi felt a deep sense of gratitude towards Venkatanatharu for offering her shelter and the privilege of listening to Madhavacharyaru's teachings daily through him. This connection brought her a sense of solace and spiritual nourishment.

However, as Venkatanatharu transformed into Sri Raghavendra Teertharu, Daaridrya Devi recognized that her time in his presence had come to an end. With a heart full of appreciation and understanding, she gracefully departed from Venkatanatharu's abode, leaving behind a legacy of spiritual wisdom and resilience.

Sri RaghavendraTeertharu, in eternal meditation within his Brindavana, watches over us to ensure that we are spared from the clutches of materialistic poverty. Rayaru understands our individual capabilities and strives to prevent us from enduring undue hardship. Through his divine blessings, he wishes for all of us to enjoy good wealth and health, as he knows that a secure and content life leads us closer to Sri Hari, fostering spiritual growth.

The Sri Raghavendra Teertharu Mutt, present across various parts of India, is a beacon of compassion and equality. Within its walls, free, high-quality meals are served, transcending barriers of caste, creed, gender, and nationality. Every day, millions of people partake in this nourishing free food, emphasizing the principles of unity and charity.

For those who seek Sri Raghavendra Teertharu's guidance and pray with devotion, he extends his benevolence in ways they may not even believe they deserve. His divine grace touches the lives of countless individuals, instilling faith, resilience, and spiritual enlightenment in all who turn to him.

The devotion towards Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple and effective way to reach Sri Hari  - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE GURUGALA"! “Those who have complete faith in this Guru will never be disappointed.”