King Veerasikhamani was one of the disciple of Swamy Parasara bhattar . He used to personally come to Srirangam and have darshan of Lord Ranganathar and his Acharyar Swamy Parasara Bhattar .
Due to preoccupation with the state matters , he arrived to Srirangam after few months .
He was feeling guilty and sad for he could not progress in his spiritual endeavors like listening to discourses , worshiping the Lord , seeking satsangh etc .
He humbly submitted to Acharyar about his poor commitment in spiritual progress . The King pleaded Acharyar to advise him a simple method for Lord realisation .
Swamy parasara bhattar out of abundant compassion , advised him to carry the image of LORD RAMACHANDRA always with him in his heart and cherish the divine pastimes . The King was curious to know that incident of Lord Rama which swamy cherished .
Swamy Bhattar replied about that time when Lord Ramachandra and the army of vanaras camped on Suvela mountains the sun was about to set .
The army of vanaras assembled and were discussing about their next plan .
One leader announced , dear friends !!!
You know we are very near to Lanka and as the night approaches the Rakshasas become stronger and possess enormous strength to attack our Lord Rama .
Hearing the leaders words ,the vanaras were very confused and upset as they knew that the Rakshasas will somehow create illusions and may create problems to Lord Rama and Lakshamana .
The leader suggested that they will take all measures to protect Lord Rama and Lakshamana . For this they had to be awake shielding Lord Rama and Lakshmana . The vanaras decided that they shall take turns and be on the sentry duty thus protecting Lord Rama and lakshmana whole night .
They alloted the time and were guarding Lord and Lakshamana. However due to the gentle cool breeze from the ocean and their tiredness all the vanaras fell asleep .
As soon as all the vanaras fell asleep, Lord Rama and Lakshmana got up , took over the duties and ever on alert with their bow and arrows .
They created a magical illusion around vanaras thus the Rakshasas were able to see only Lord Rama and Lakshmana and the vanaras were invisible .
The Rakshasa seeing Lord Rama tejas were terrified and fled away without any trace . Thus the army of vanaras were protected by the Karunamoorthy .
Lord Rama is an ocean of mercy when protecting his devotees in distress . Lord Rama saved the very army which had formed only to save Rama .
One must never loose direction even in his thought about the abundant mercy of Lord always protecting us and ever to be with us as Antaryaamee .
So the best way is to hold him in our thoughts and deed always .
Jai Sree Ram
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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Video clip : Courtesy : vikrantchugh 1987