Part 2 – Chapter 3 – Encounter with Palaniswami – Sripada Srivallabha Charitramrutam

Part 2 - Chapter 3 - Encounter with Palaniswami - Sripada Srivallabha Charitramrutam
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Chapter 3 – Encounter with Palaniswami – Visit to Kuruvapuram

The theory of atoms propounded by Sage Kānāda

I said, “Swamī, please excuse me. I know very little about Sage Kānāda and his theory of atoms.” Whatever I said in Vichitrapuram came out of my mouth without any effort from me. Swamī also knows that,” I replied.

Compassionate Srī Palaniswami explained in the following manner: “The entire Creation is made up of superior atoms. Due to the existence of particles much finer than atoms, electrical current flows get generated. Just as the various planets rotate in different orbits around Sun, these finer particles rotate with incredible velocity around their central point in their respective orbits. All the emotional vibrations of living creatures are much subtler than the finer particles. Nothing will remain constant in this pulsating universe. Change is its nature. Changing every moment is its natural trait. The consciousness of Lord Datta is much finer and subtler than the above vibrations. Obtaining His grace is easy and also difficult. When each atom or particle is divided ad infinitum, each part of the atom becomes equivalent to a void. The combination of infinite Maha Sūnyās[1] results in this Creation. Just as matter is created, anti-matter, which is entirely opposed to matter, also exists. When these two get mixed, the anti-matter is extinguished. Matter can change its qualities and properties. The idols of worship become alive and active after the ritual of initation of life force is performed. Then they are rendered capable of fulfilling the desires of devotees. All mantras originate in kundalini. The Gayatri mantra also manifested in it.

“People think that Gayatri mantra has three lines, but there is a fourth line for the Gayatri mantra. It is ‘parorajasi sāvadom’. This four-lined Gayatri mantra indicates formless Brahman[2]. Kundalini shakti[3] creates this universe with 24 traits. There are 24 letters in Gayatri as well. Number 24 is also called Gokulam. ‘Go’ stands for 2 and ‘kulam’ stands for 4. The form of Brahman is beyond all changes and therefore, it is indicated by the number Number 8 is a form of Maha Māya[4]. Srīpāda Srīvallabha was asking people whom He liked, ‘Do Chowpāti Dev Lakshmi.’ Parabrahma is the Lord of all. He is the Pati of all. So, the Lord Patidev stands for number 9, Lakshmi stands for number 8, Do stands for number 2, and Chow represents number Instead of asking for two chapāthis[5], He was asking strangely in a non-grammatical manner ‘Do Chowpāti Dev Lakshmi.’ In this manner He was reminding the living beings about the mysterious number 2498. The Parabrahman and the Parāshakti[6] of the Gokulam reside in the form of Srīpāda Srīvallabha. Please note that Lord Srī Krishna is Srīvallabha Himself. We recognise that the Gayatri mantra took the shape of His formless sandals.

“My son Shankarā, twelve kinds of variations exist in the gross human body. The gross body, which can be experienced by all, is subjected to the influence of the gross Sun. Through the practice of the kriya yoga discipline, one can obtain bodies with more and more subtler variations. These bodies of twelve different variations are under the influence of Dwādasa Ādityas[7]. However, as Srīvallabha is far superior to Dwādasa Ādityas, His divine gross body is endowed with wonderful divine vibrations.

“Even before His descent with a human body in Pīthikapuram, Srīvallabha arrived in this place 108 years ago. He blessed me. He came here in the same form as He is now in Kuruvapuram. Where is the end to His divine plays? Sometime after Srīvallabha came here, great sages of the Himalayas worshipped Srī Badari Narayana in the great holy place Badari with Brahmakamala flowers[8]. I observed that all those Brahmakamala flowers were falling on the auspicious feet of Srīpāda. He is beyond time and space.” Srī Palaniswami concluded his narration.

I had an undefinable experience on hearing the sacred sayings of Srī Palaniswami. I requested him, “Swamī, what are Brahmakamalas? Where are they available? I gather from your words that Lord Datta would be elated if worshipped with them. Kindly clear my doubts.”

Description of Brahmakamala flowers

Srī Palaniswami in reply to my query extended his merciful looks on me and said, “Srī Maha Vishnu worshipped Sadashiva with Brahmakamalas. That which was mentioned as the lotus springing from the navel of Srī Maha Vishnu is also Brahmakamala. If Srī Datta is worshipped with lotus flowers, material and spiritual wealth will be achieved. As replicas of the Brahmakamalas in the celestial world, Brahmakamalas are found on earth in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,000 feet. These blossoms bloom once a year. My son, they bloom only during midnight. This is another wonder. When it blooms, an excellent fragrance wafts over the entire area. All the great spiritual aspirants in the Himalayas eagerly wait for days and months to witness this rare spectacle. The flowers remain buried in snow from autumn to spring season. In the beginning of Chaitra[9] month, the flowers spring out of the snow. The process of blooming takes place during the entire summer. The flowers fully bloom during midnight by the time of Sravana Suddha Pūrnima[10]. It is at this time that the snowy Shiva linga of Amarnath becomes visible. My dear Shankarā, this wonderful miracle takes place now and forever for the benefit of spiritual seekers, great sages and siddhas living in the Himalayas. All sins get destroyed by looking at the Brahmakamalas. Obstacles to yoga cease. This miracle confers instantaneous results. Therefore, yogis and ascetics attain higher status in their respective paths. After it blooms, the Brahmakamala flower disappears; after all, those who were destined to see it had completely seen it.

“My son Shankarā, I want to remain in complete penance for ten days. If any distressed people come here, yourself and Mādhavā have to arrange for their dārshan without causing disturbance to my deep meditation. If any dead one bitten by a snake is brought here, tell the people who brought the body as my order that they should leave the body in the waters of a river or that they should bury the corpse in the earth.”

Srī Palaniswami seated there went into a samādhi through penance. Mādhavā and I were arranging his dārshan to distressed devotees in a calm manner. Some of the devotees supplied us with food materials.
Mādhavā said that he would start cooking with the fallen branch of a co-conut tree nearby. I agreed. Mādhavā went with another person. As irony of fate would have it, a cobra hiding behind the bough of the coconut tree had bitten Mādhavā when he lifted the coconut branch to carry it. Three persons brought Mādhavā to the cave.

As the command of swami cannot be violated, I buried the body of Mādhavā. People of that place cooperated with me. I sobbed. Mādhavā’s pure heart, pure devotion and unshakable faith on Srīpāda Srīvallabha came to my mind and I became very much perturbed. I consoled myself that destiny could not be avoided. After this sad incident, I witnessed another unfortunate incident. The relatives of a young eighteen year old person brought his dead body. They were crying and shouting with sorrow. The youth also died of snake bite. I informed that swami was in yoga samādhi and that they should bury the body in accordance with the orders of swami. The devotees there informed the visitors that my friend also died in a similar manner and that his body was also buried following the orders of swami. The distressed people became crestfallen and were blaming their misfortune in many ways. Under the unavoidable conditions, they buried the new youth.

Every day three or four people used to visit swami. They used to see swami who was in a state of samādhi in a calm manner and were leaving without any disturbance. Ten days passed like this. On the eleventh day, in the Brāhmi Muhurtha[11], Srī Palaniswami became fully conscious and called for Mādhavā. I narrated to him all that happened, sobbing and crying.

Then Srī Palaniswami consoled me and looked at me with his yogic power. That yogic look caused a great movement in my spinal cord and created an unbearable pain. Srī Palaniswami saw me again with placid
looks. My pain disappeared. He said, “My dear, Mādhavā does not have the fortune of seeing Srīvallabha with his physical body. For the last ten days his subtle body is in Kuruvapuram in the presence of Srīpāda. His desire is fulfilled irrespective of what had happened. The sportive plays of Srīvallabha are unimaginable. No one can comprehend the mysteries of time, fate and causes. That is possible only for Srīpāda. Srīpāda has entrusted me the responsibility of introducing life of Mādhavā into his gross body. We must perform that task immediately.”

All the grief which gripped me until now disappeared in a moment. What more did I want than Mādhavā regaining his life? We came to the place where Mādhavā was buried. The corpse was exhumed. I was assisted by two other persons. Srī Palaniswami asked us to move towards the group of palmyra trees on the southern side and cry aloud, “Oh king cobra that had bitten Mādhavā! It is ordered that you should come to the presence of Srī Palaniswami. This is the command of Srīpāda Srīvallabha.” We followed the instructions of Srī Palaniswami carefully.

Srī Palaniswami took four tiny sea shells from his loincloth. They were placed on four sides of the corpse. After some time, they rose from the ground to some height. Afterwards, they flew into the sky speedily in four directions making a fluttering sound. Later, we saw a hissing cobra crawling on the ground. That snake was very restless. The four sea shells of Srī Palaniswami were fixed as if glued on its hood. Srī Palaniswami asked the snake to remove the poison from the body of Mādhavā. The snake sucked
out the poison from the point in the body where it had bitten Mādhavā. Chanting the name of Srīpāda Srīvallabha, Srī Palaniswami sprinkled water charged with the mantra on the snake. The snake kissed at the feet of Srī Palaniswami, circumambulated thrice and retreated peacefully.

Word References

[1] Great voids
[2] The absolute God; the highest Lord
[3] Power of Kundalini (serpent power)
[4] Great illusion
[5] Cakes made of wheat flour
[6] The supreme primordial force
[7] Twelve sons of Āditi, the highest light; solar gods
[8] Saussurea obvallata, Nightblooming Cereus, Indian species
[9] Nakshatra constellation in the month of Aries
[10] The full moon day of the first fortnight of the month Sravana, the 5th month of the Indian year beginning around the end of July and ending in the 3rd week of August
[11] Wee hours i.e. early hours of the day between 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m

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