During many difficult times in our life or rather during most helpless times,we offer many prayers to our beloved Lord Sri Venkateswara and request Him to help us come out of it at the earliest..
We also promise that if He solves our problem or cures our disease we would drop some valuables like jewelry or cash or some other precious items belonging to us in the Hundi of the holy Tirumala Temple the next time we visit the Tirumala hills..
There’s nothing wrong in doing so and I know you agree..But honestly how many among us are actually keeping up those promises and are offering the Lord what we have promised to offer..I don’t think even seventy percent among us are doing that..
However,the Lord knows well about our wandering mind and vacillating thoughts which is why He also knows well how to collect the offerings from us…This incident,about which I read a few days ago in a Telugu book,is a standing testimony to the Lord’s shrewdness..
Once,a lady belonging to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu had landed in a great crisis..Just after ten years of her marriage her husband met with an accident and ended up in a serious condition on a hospital bed ..
After some initial treatment,the doctors had given up all the hopes saying,”We have done our best and there’s nothing more that we can do now..With multiple injuries to vital organs all over his body,the chances of your husband’s survival are now almost zero..We are sorry…It’s only a miracle that can save him now..”.
The heart broken lady had fallen down with endless tears..But she could still quickly console herself and immediately offered her soulful prayers to Lord Sri Venkateswara and begged Him to save Her husband and save her life as well..She said,
“.Perumaley..Right from my childhood you are my everything..Please save my husband and cure all his problems..Once he’s perfectly alright both of us will certainly come to Tirumala and walk all the sacred seven hills to have your darsan..”.
“Perumaley..Both of us also get our heads tonsured and offer our hair..Additionally Perumaley..I shall also drop my golden ‘Mangal Sutra’ in the hundi of Your Temple..Please Perumaley..Please help us..”.
Lord Sri Venkateswara smiled and quite miraculously the husband of that lady survived and as promised both the wife and husband went to Tirumala; mounted the seven hills walking; got their heads tonsured and finally had the darsan of the holy Lord..
At the time of darsan,the lady found a great smile on the Lord’s face..However,she didn’t understand,at that moment,that the ever smiling holy Lord Venkateswara was actually smiling foreseeing something funny about her..
The happy lady and her husband were all smiles with so much of new found happiness in their life and so much of happiness all around them..Unfortunately,they were not aware at that moment about what is in store for them in the next fifteen minutes..
Later,they slowly came out of the Sanctum Sanctorum and reached the sacred hundi chamber..Firstly, the husband dropped some money in the hundi and walked out..Later,after her husband came out,the great lady,who brought her ‘Mangala Sutra’ wrapped up in a hand kerchief,reached the hundi,..
She then offered her prayers..Took out the “Mangal Sutra’ from her bag and took her hand close to the Hundi top to drop it in the hundi..And there she hesitated..Standing still,she paused for a few seconds.. Then thought for a few more seconds and finally had withdrawn her hand from the hundi without dropping the ‘Mangal Sutra’ in it and walked out..
And this was what the lady thought while standing near the hundi..”..Why drop this ‘Mangala Sutra’ which my parents gave me..My husband is alright..God anyhow blessed us..Then why lose this precious item which is so dear to me…My Perumal is a nice God and He shall certainly understand me and I know that..”
As the lady thought,Perumal – the sacred name the devotees of Tamil Nadu gave Lord Venkateswara – is certainly a nice God which was why He saved the lady’s near dead husband’s life..But unfortunately what the innocent lady doesn’t know is that “Perumal is also a shrewd God who knows well how to collect His dues from His devotees..”
And the lady realized this truth the harshest way when she,after walking a few paces from the hundi chambers and just before crossing the Maha Dwaram of the Tirumala Temple,found her new ‘Mangala Sutra’,she was thus far wearing safely in her neck,missing..PEACE
Finally,A Very Important Point
After reading about this incident someone among you may think “How can the Lord be so harsh..”..Let me quote here a small incident from the ‘Maha Bhagavatha’..
Fed up with her naughty son Krishna’s pranks and His stealing habits,Yashoda once asked Him..”..Dear Krishna..We have everything in abundance in our house..Then why do you steal butter and curd from the villagers’ houses and cause so much of embarrassment to me..Is it fair to do so..??..”
Krishna smiled and said,”Mother..I understand your pain but do you know what in turn am doing to these villagers..Come I will show you..”
Holding His beloved mother’s hand,Krishna took Yashoda all around the village and started showing her the rich Paddy fields and fruit gardens belonging to those villagers..Showing them,He turned to His mother and said,
“..Mother..Did you see how fertile and rich these paddy fields are..Do you know to whom these paddy fields belong..??..At least do you know who is giving them all these riches..??..”
“Mother,all these rich fields belong to our villagers from whose houses am stealing a little butter and curd..By stealing so little from their houses am in return giving them so much in abundance..Without charging something from them how can I give them so much and how can I do justice to Nature my dear Mother..”
“You need to know everything in Nature comes with a specific price without paying which nothing can be extracted from it..If I do not know how to maintain a balance in Nature who else would then be knowing it Mother.. ??..So never worry about anything I do..I know the importance of poetic justice and I also know how and when to execute it to perfection..” ..PERIOD
I don’t know whether or not you all are aware my beloved readers,Lord Sri Venkateswara is the holy reincarnation of Lord Sri Krishna..
‘..Kamalayatha Lochana Lokapathey..Vijayeebhava Venkata Sailapathey..”
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