Sravana Sukravaram – Key to God’s Grace is Mother’s Compassion!
God conveyed this secret to us both in Vedam and during the course of his Incarnations.
Aagama scriptures say,
‘మమాపి హి మతం హ్యే:తత్ నాన్యథా లక్షణం భవేత్ లక్ష్మీహి పురుషకారత్వే
నిర్దుష్ఠ మహర్షిభిః హి … మత్ ప్రాప్తిమ్ ప్రతి జంతూనాం సంసారే పతతాం అథః లక్ష్మీహి’
God also mentioned in the 9th chapter of Bhagavad Githa,
‘అపి చేత్ సుదురాచారో భజతే మాం అనన్య భాక్
సాధురేవ స మంతవ్యహ సమ్యక్ వ్యవసితో హి సహ’
No matter how sinful one is, if he seeks refuge of ‘మాం’ with utmost perseverance, then I will consider him as a good person. ‘మాం in the above sloka refers to the mother’, a secret revealed by great acharyas!’
God’s greatest quality of ‘compassion’ takes a form called ‘Lakshmi Devi’. She takes the responsibility of protecting all of us. There is absolutely no way that anyone can become prosperous in wealth, health, power or even attain the state of eternal bliss without her recommendation to God.
Let’s see what episode in history shows the importance of Lakshmi Devi in protection. During Sri Rama avatar, Devathas wanted to see when he gets angry because he was quiet peaceful no matter how many hurdles he came across. They sent Jayantha (son of Indra, also named ‘Kaka Asura’) to hurt Sitha Devi and Rama’s anger went up to the skies. He saved Jayantha only because he fell at the feet of Rama when Sitha Devi was around. Sitha Devi recommended to Sri Rama that he forgive Kaka Asura because he did not hurt Sitha Devi upon his choice, but agreed to do so as Devathas ordered him to. However, Ravana was killed because he did not follow Sitha Devi’s advice.
It is very much possible that God may not be ready to protect us if we approach him directly because he is a follower of ‘rule book’ – with all the sins or karma, he might just ask us to go through the route of paying for our wrong doings. In that case, it is only Lakshmi Devi who is there for us. She is very compassionate. And she has the courage and ability to convince Lord on behalf of us. She knows that there is a chance that everyone commits one or more sins, be it a simple lie or a cruel thought in your heart against someone..!
On this auspicious last Friday of Sravana Ma:sam, an E:kadasi, which is Hari vasaram, May our mother bless us with all that is required to do the right deeds! It is also the Bhagavad Ramanuja’s monthly birth star, Ardra today. How fortunate are we take the opportunity of this nice coincidence and pray for the well-being of everyone!
– From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami on Sravana Sukravaram at Divya Saketham