Salvation request from a great devotee
(This is based on two postings by Halasya Sundaram Iyer under the title “Kurai ondrum illai”. The devotee/priest mentioned here was “Pillai Perumal ayyangar “ who was the disciple of “Parasara BHattar “and who was engaged in the worship of Lord Ranganaha of Sri Rangam. He was a very great poet himself and a very staunch Vaishnavite , who refused even to utter the name of any other God except Lord Ranganatha. )
A priest of the temple of Lord Ranganatha ,
One day kept down , the plate containing materials for worship,
And requested the Lord with great devotion,
“Please grant me salvation Oh Lord Ranganatha”
The Lord started talking to his very dear devotee ,
And asked, “Why do you want it today?”
And the devotee replied ,”I feel that I should go today.”
And then the lord with a very serious tone asked.
“Have you done Karma yoga?” and he said “No”,
“Have you done Jnana Yoga?” and he said “No”
“Have you done Bhakthi yoga?” and he said “No”,
“Have you attempted Saranagathi*? And he said “No”
The God continued “Have you given food to my devotee?”
“Have you given my devotee shelter at any time ?”
“:Have you heard my story being told by a Pundit?”
And the devotee said “Not at all ” to all his questions.
Suddenly Lord Ranganatha got up and sat ,
With great anger and shouted at his devotee,
“your answer is “No” to everything I ask,
Making that devotee only one who saw lord sitting up.
The Lord continued.”Perhaps you think that,
Salvation is a very easy thing to get ,
Had you answered “yes” to at least one question,
I would have possibly thought of giving you salvation.”
It was the turn of the devotee to get angry,
And he said , “Had you not given salvation ,
To a pot along with Dadhi Panda ,
Who both helped you to hide from angry Gopis.”
He continued , “did the pot know “Karma Yoga”,
Or “Jnana Yoga” or “ Bhakthi yoga” or “Saranagathi”?
Did the pot gave any food to any devotee,
Or did it give home for any devotee of yours?”
He said further “Did the pot have hands to worship you?,
Did it have any mind that could salute you?
And in spite of all that , you gave it salvation,
And I do not understand, why you hesitate now.”
Lord Ranganatha who was sitting to talk,
Was shocked very greatly by these questions,
And decided to lie down then and there,
And has never got up to sit and stand ever since.