(Sri Raghavendra Swamy 352nd Aradhana Special part 1)

Date : Aug 31, 2023


Dear Devotees : Namaskara.

| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||

Sri Raghavendra Swamy 352nd Aradhana Special part 1 is described in Mantralaya(1053).


On this auspicious occasion of the Sharvana Masa, we are joyfully commencing the celebration of Sri Raghavendra Teertharu Aradhana. This marks the 352nd Aradhana Mahotsava of the revered Kaliyuga Kamadhenu, Kalpavruksha Sri Raghavendra Swamy. The festivities will grace Mantralaya Sri Kshetra from August 29th to September 4th, 2023, in the divine presence of His Holiness 108 Sri Sri Subudhendra Teertha Swamiji, the esteemed Peetadhipathi of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Mantralayam.

Sri Raghavendra Teertharu Aradhana day marks the day when Sri Raghavendra Teertharu entered Brindavana while still alive. Rayaru continues to reside in Brindavana with his body, blessing devotees from all around the world, without any distinction of caste, creed, gender, or nationality. It has been 352 years since Rayaru entered Brindavana alive, and Rayaru will continue to bless us from there for a total of 700 years, all thanks to the blessings of Lord Narayana.

As many of you may already know, Sri Raghavendra Swamy is believed to be the divine incarnation of ShankuKarana, Sri Prahlada Rajaru, Bhalika Rajaru, and Sri Vijay Rayaru.

During the Prahlada avatara, when Lord Narasimha Devaru came to defeat Hiranyakashipu, He extended an invitation to Prahlada to join Him in Vaikunta. In a humble response, Prahlada declined this divine offering. He expressed his desire to remain in the human realm during Kaliyuga to serve humanity, helping people elevate their spiritual consciousness through devotion to Lord Hari.

Touched by Prahlada's selfless wish, Lord Narasimha Devaru blessed him. Lord assured Prahlada that his noble aspiration would be fulfilled.Indeed, the Lord Himself would accompany Prahlada in his future incarnations as Sri Vijay Rayaru and Sri Raghavendra Teertharu.

Sri Raghavendra Teertharu, being both Vayu and Shesha Amsha, possesses a divine nature that allows him to reside comfortably in Brindavana alongside the presence of Sri Narasimha, Sri Krishna, Sri Rama, and Sri Vedavyasa. Sri Rayaru himself elucidated that in accordance with the divine wish of Sri Lord Hari, he would remain in Brindavana alive for a span of 700 years. He explained that Brindavana was the perfect abode to assume multiple forms and fulfill the desires of people. Rayaru believed that refraining from entering the Brindavana would turn him into a kind of superhuman, which wasn't his intention. He wished to maintain his humility and foresaw the changing times. Therefore, he consciously chose to enter Brindavana while still alive, embodying the essence of his spiritual wisdom and devotion.

It has been 352 years since Rayaru entered Brindavana alive, and Rayaru will continue to bless us from there for a total of 700 years. Naturally, one might wonder how someone can remain alive with their physical body for 700 years. Let's delve deeper into this intriguing topic.

According to our Vedic texts, the concept of a "day" is defined by the number of breaths that a living being takes. In the "HariKhatmruta Saara," Sri Jaganatha Dasaru has provided a clear explanation of this breath count. In his widely acclaimed Kannada composition, "Nambide Ninna Paada Guru Mukhya Praana," Sri Guru Vijaya Vitthal, Dasaru, elaborates on this concept.

| Ippattu omdu saavira aidondunooru |
Apratima hamsa mantara |

ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತು ಒಂದು ಸಾವಿರ ಐದೊಂದು ನೂರು | ಅಪ್ರತಿಮ ಹಂಸ ಮಂತರ |
ತಪ್ಪದೆ ದಿನ ದಿನ ಒಪ್ಪುವಂದದಿ  ಜಪಿಸಿ | ತಪ್ಪಿಸೋ ಭಾವವ ಸಮೀಪದ ಜೀವಕೆ |

This implies that within every human being, there exists an internal clock that tallies the count of their breaths. According to this inner clock, one day of human life is considered as 21,600 breaths (as mentioned in the song, which specifies 21,000 + 500 + 100). In all living beings, it is believed that Lord Hanuman recites the Sri Rama Japa with each breath we take, a sacred practice known as Hamsa Mantra Japa.In total, the maximum number of breaths allocated to a human life is 100 years, equivalent to a total breath count of 788,400,000. How each individual manages this "breath bank balance" is a matter of personal choice and responsibility. Within the renowned Chidambaram Nataraja Temple in Tamil Nadu, there are 21,600 golden tiles, each inscribed with the Na Ma Shi Va Ya mantra, symbolizing the daily count of breaths. Additionally, the temple's Ponnambalam features 72,000 nails, representing the number of nerves in the human body.

If a person breathes at a rate of 15 times per minute, they will take in 15 * 60 * 24 = 21,600 breaths in a day, which equates to a lifespan of 100 years according to this calculation. However, by learning to manage and control their breathing, an individual may have the potential to extend their lifespan accordingly.

You're absolutely correct. Controlling one's breath is a skill that requires training and practice, typically through yogic breathing techniques. Attempting to forcefully control one's breath without proper guidance can indeed lead to health-related issues.
It's well-known that yogis, especially those in the Himalayas and other regions with a strong tradition of yogic practice, have developed remarkable control over their breath and have achieved extended lifespans through their dedicated practice of meditation and yoga. These individuals serve as examples of what can be achieved through disciplined and mindful approaches to breathing and well-being.

Animals such as elephants, tortoises, snakes, and others known for their exceptional longevity have a significantly lower respiratory rate compared to humans. Consider the tortoise, which can reach the impressive age of 300 years but breathes only four times per minute. In contrast, dogs, which breathe 40 to 50 times per minute, have a comparatively shorter lifespan of up to 25 years.

Given this extensive facts and information, it can be concluded that Sri Raghavendra Teertharu, with his expertise as a yogi and his unique Vayu Amsha and Shesha Amsha attributes, resides contentedly in Brindavana, bestowing blessings upon devotees worldwide.

Numerous accounts exist of Rayaru being witnessed in his physical form. One such notable instance involves the British officer, Thomas Munroe, who visited the Math for investigation purposes. Upon entering the sacred Mantralaya and respectfully removing his hat and shoes, Sri Rayaru miraculously emerged from the Brindavana. He engaged in a conversation with Munroe, discussing matters related to the resumption of endowments. Remarkably, the saint was visible and audible solely to Munroe, who received Manthraksha during this encounter. This significant event was documented and officially published in the Madras Government Gazette, specifically in Chapter XI on page 213, under the title "Manchali Adoni Taluka." It's worth noting that this historic order remains preserved to this day, both at Fort St. George and Mantralayam.

According to Sri Appannacharya Guru Stotra, it is said, "Apekshita Pradaatannyo Raghavendrannavidyate," which signifies that Sri Raghavendra Swamy has the unique ability to fulfill all the desires of mankind. The Aradhana celebration offers a special and invaluable opportunity to seek the blessings of this extraordinary mystic saint.

The selection of the name 'Raghavendra' by Moola Rama Devaru for Rayaru was a remarkably fitting choice, rich in profound significance. It encompasses a multitude of meanings: it directly alludes to Lord Rama, who reigns as the King (Indra) of the Raghu Kula lineage; it signifies Hanumanta as 'Raghavendra' implies the one whose Lord is Raghava, another name for Lord Rama, signifying Hanuman's devotion; and it conveys the idea of 'one who annihilates sins and bestows desired blessings.' In a lyrical verse, Sri Gopala Dasaru beautifully elaborates on the name: "Ra" symbolizes the eradication of mountains of sins, "gha" offers profound devotion that takes root deeply in the heart, "Ven" provides swift liberation from the endless cycle of life and death, and "dra" bestows the divine vision of the Lord.

Sri Rayaru resides in Brindavana, fulfilling the aspirations of every ordinary individual.

The following incident exemplifies the boundless compassion of Sri Rayaru.

In a humble village, there lived a devoted follower of Sri Rayaru who had made a solemn vow. He pledged that if his wife, gravely ill, were to recover, he would undertake the remarkable task of feeding one hundred thousand Brahmins as an expression of gratitude.

Miraculously, his wife's health did indeed improve. However, a daunting dilemma now loomed before him – how could he possibly fulfill such a grand promise when his own existence was marked by struggle and scarcity?

In his moment of despair, Sri Rayaru, known for his boundless compassion, took pity on this devotee. One night, in a dream, Rayaru appeared before him and offered a solution. "Go to the village tank tomorrow morning," Rayaru instructed. "You will find three Brahmins waiting for you. Feed them, and your vow will be fulfilled."

The following morning, the devotee, with a sense of faith and anticipation, made his way to the village tank. To his astonishment, he found three Brahmins eagerly awaiting him. Little did he know that these Brahmins were none other than Sri Gopala Dasaru and his brothers.
The night before, Sri Gopala Dasaru had shared a revelation with his siblings. "Do not worry about tomorrow," he had assured them. "Rayaru has arranged a grand feast for us!". Sri Gopala Dasaru was a profoundly elevated soul, very near to Sri Rayaru and Sri Hari. Rayaru, in his divine wisdom, recognized that Gopala Dasaru's spiritual essence equaled that of many thousands of individuals well-versed in Bhrama Gynis (known as Brahmins). This was precisely why Rayaru had guided Gopala Dasaru to accept the meal from this humble yet devout individual, who possessed a deep desire to feed others but was constrained by his financial circumstances. It was a beautiful demonstration of the compassion and divine orchestration that characterized this extraordinary encounter.

This touching incident serves as a testament to the profound connection between those blessed with direct spiritual knowledge and Sri Rayaru. It underscores the depth of their bond, characterized by love, trust, and unwavering faith, a connection that transcended the ordinary. Through this incident, we witness the immense Karuna (compassion) that Sri Rayaru bestowed upon his devoted followers, reflecting the extraordinary nature of their spiritual journey together.

The next time someone inquires and facts about Sri Raghavendra Teertharu and his connection to Brindavana, you can share this profound knowledge with unwavering faith: that he remains alive in his physical form, engaged in the meditation of Sri Nara Hari.Absolutely, sharing the profound knowledge about Sri Raghavendra Teertharu and his divine presence in Brindavana, where he continues to meditate upon Sri Nara Hari while being alive in his physical form, can inspire deep faith and devotion in those seeking spiritual understanding.

The devotion towards Sri Raghavendrateertharu is the ultimate truth and is the most simple and effective way to reach Sri Hari  - "NAMBI KETTAVARILLAVO EE GURUGALA"! “Those who have complete faith in this Guru will never be disappointed.”