I love reading some of these true experiences of the saints and enlightened beings as they are so inspiring! Here are 3 beautiful accounts of how one’s sincerity can literally move God!
Story of Ramanuja and his Lord Vishnu deity.
This is an interesting happening in Ramanuja acharya’s life, a south Indian philosopher who helped to consolidate the Visistadvaita Vedanta (qualified non-dualism) School of Hindu philosophy and is renowned as a saint by the Sri Vaisnava branch of Hinduism. According to Hindu legend, his parents prayed for a son, and it is said that the Hindu god, Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as Ramanuja. As a child, Ramanuja demonstrated an aptitude for philosophy.
One day, one of the Mughal Kings had come to Ramanuja’s small village and had completely pillaged everything in it, including Ramanuja’s favourite deity of Lord Vishnu. Ramanuja went to the Mughal King and managed to convince him to give it back to his deity. The Mughal King agreed and took him to a vast storage area where hundreds and hundreds of deities were stored. Ramanuja just called out “Chellai Pillai” (meaning ‘Come back, My Beloved’ in Tamil) and immediately his beloved deity of Lord Vishnu came into his arms from the piles of deities in the storeroom.
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Today is the auspicious day of Shivaratri. ‘Shiva’ means causeless auspiciousness, ‘ratri’ means night. Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is also known as Mahadeva (Lord of all Lords – the ultimate Divine Cosmic Consciousness). The Cosmic Consciousness is reasonless, continuous auspiciousness; it is Nithya Mangalatva (eternal auspiciousness) without any reason, causelessly. Hence, Shiva is considered as the supreme being within Shaivism, one of the major traditions within Hinduism.
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“Let go of anger” says Lord Krishna “He who is without anger shall reach me!”
If you go by the literal understanding of this verse in Bhagavad Gita, none of us can reach Lord Krishna because all of us at some point in life, would have expressed anger. What is anger?
The truth is anger is neither positive nor negative. Anger is an energy, just like money, it depends on how you handle it. For example, if somebody does a $10 job, you will not pay him $1000. If you are paying him $1000, you will become bankrupt very soon! Same way, if somebody does $10 worth of mistake, don’t pay him with $1000 worth of anger! For any negative emotion, whether it is anger, lust, greed, fear, when you pay more than the situation requires, you will be depleted.
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