It was a practice of Swamy Ramanuja as a Yati to visit seven houses daily and collect biksha for the day’s offering and consume it as prasada . This act is enjoined on the divine principle that the ascetic has nothing to call or ought to own any worldly goods as belongings to him as such owning begets a series of attachments necessarily and weds him again to worldly interests .
Swamy Ramanuja’s main en devour was to establish the UNITY OF GODHEAD in the world .
It is said once when Swamy Ramanujar was so engaged in the throughfares of srirangam a few boys form mere frolic waylaid him and pointing to a figure which by their toes they drew on the dust. They said innocently !
Swamy Look Here is our Perumal . Swamy Ramanuja was delighted to hear the little boys sermon to him .He immediately prostrated himself before the figure and blessing the boys proceeded on his way.
Swamy Ramanuja’s stewardship in the temple necessarily gave rise to bickering on the part of the local priests . They were jealous of his large number of disciples and the growing power . The administration of the Srirangam temple was done by sthanikar a local group .
They decided … Why not eliminate him !! to continue our own dictum’s .
To one of the seven houses where Swamy Ramanuja used to frequently approach for biksha , they reached and traced a greedy person . They gave him some money and command him to offer poisoned bikshai when Ramanuja comes .
The person’s wife being a religious lady out rightly refuses to carry out the atrocious deed . The husband somehow forces her to obey his order for their own survival .
The pious lady is confused . She devises a plan to overcome their arrangements . Sincerely praying Lord , slightly altering her general practice of offering directly into the bowl she keeps the biksha near a corner at the entrance . When Swamy Ramanuja arrives , she with somewhat trembling hands and tears , prostrates at his lotus feet and moves away . Her mannerisms was peculiar . Swamy Ramanuja understands the reason for her tears . He moves way politely without seeking the bikshai and fasts the whole day .
Soon the news reaches his Acharyar Nambi at Thirukoshtiyur . Upset ,the Acharyar rushes to Srirangam . It was mid afternoon and a hot day .
The banks of cauvery was too hot to walk . Swamy Ramanuja knowing about Acharyar’s coming rushes to welcome him at the banks of cauvery with his disciples at the dry river bed . Due to the scorching heat the sand was very hot . Swamy Ramanuja looking at his Acharyar just falls at his lotus feet like an uprooted tree unmindful even in the burning sand . The Acharyar does not respond asking him to raise up The scene is watched by all his disciples
Suddenly , a disciple takes courage and comes before Acharyar Nambi . Finding the suspense in supportable and provoked by impatience he raises his voice and submits ! Acharya Is this the way to treat a disciple ? Won’t your holiness ask him to get up ? Are these exactions of civilians between teachers and disciples ? Is this a code of submission without any humanity I will not care for this absurd regulations , He swiftly raises his guru Swamy Ramanuja and hugs him to his body to take away the heat from the body which was lying in the burning sand .
The disciple was none other than Kidaambee Acchaan (Pranatharthiharan)
Nambi feels glad that the sheer moment of the most painful anxiety and suspense to look for a confidant had arrived .He looks at the deep devotion of the disciple to Swamy Ramanuja and replies , My child !! I was searching for such a person who would look after Ramanuja with this dedication .
Looking now at KidaambiAcchaan ! With eyes beaming with approbation , Nambi declares … My son !! Now I appoint you as Swamy Ramanuj’s body gaurd and no one but yourself shall cook for Swamy Ramanuja and serve him all times . .Nambi blesses Ramanuja and advises him not to go for bikshai from that day.
Kidaambhi Acchaan, thenceforth was called Madappalli Acchaan and learnt all the esoteric truths along with the thaligai preparations for Swamy Ramanuja and his disciples. Kidaambhi Acchaan used to get many of his queries answered due to his close association . Swamy Ramanuja blesses KidaambiAcchaan with the rahasya meanings and initiates him with Hayagreeva upasana.
Knowing the series of events , the shocked sthanikar rushes to Swamy Ramanuja’s ashram .He understands the greatness of Acharyar and feels ashamed for his cruel act. He falls at his feet and asked for pardon. Swamy Ramanuja , magnanimous in his heart forgives him .
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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