Two weeks ago, I went on a spontaneous two-week South India tour with a group of 5 seekers to many kshetras (sacred energy fields of Hinduism) – where I always wanted to visit but never could find time previously. I had originally registered for a December spiritual retreat but it was postponed. Nevertheless, I was unperturbed by the news, instead I was guided by my Guru, HDH Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam (fondly known as Swamiji) to embark on a pilgrimage to his birthplace, Tiruvannamalai and Tamil Nadu. I know everything is auspicious – Shivam, so I decided to just flow with life!
The moment the change of plan happened, everything just fell in place by Guru’s grace from making the arrangements of itinerary, places of interest, hire of private vehicle, accommodations and the travel mates. It was as if everything was designed by Divine’s plan and all we had to do was just to take a leap of faith into the adventure of the Unknown!
One friend of mine recently started a business on inner beauty, I was very curious about the concept of beauty in Vedic tradition. So, I decided to do some research to get a better perspective on this subject.
I remembered my Guru, HDH Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, a living incarnation (fondly known as Swamiji) once told us that Lord Sadāshiva explains about beauty in Agama (ancient scripture). Who is a beautiful person? Many places Lord Sadāshiva does not use the gender because we believe in 11 genders, He just says ‘beautiful being.’ There are three qualifications He gives.
First, the moment you see, that being is so stunning that your eyes should just pop up, that is automatically the eyes should dilate. Second, the grace should flow in every action, from the moment of waking up, to the moment of falling asleep, grace should permeate in every action in that being. Third, every bhāvanā (attitude) that person assumes or every aspiration he assumes whether he wears jewels or not, anything should fit and it should radiate beauty. These are the three qualifications He gives for a beautiful being.
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.