(Teaching of Krishna and Rayar towards the power of Daana - Part2)
Date Nov 2, 2023
BackgroundDear Devotees : Namaskara.
| Sri MannMoolaRamastu Mannmathe Moolamahasamsthhaana Mantralaya Sri Rayaramathe||
|| OM SRI RAGHAVENDRAAYA NAMAHA||
SATYAMEVA JAYATI NA ANRUTA
of Krishna and Rayar towards the power of Daana, Donation and
Mantralaya contribution to society is described in two parts of
Mantralaya(1063). Part 2 of Mantralaya(1062)
our visit to Mantralaya in 1062, we witnessed the selfless service
provided by the Mantralaya Mutt. To appreciate the significance of
Daana (donation), we delved into a captivating story set during the
time of Mahabharata.
To recap , a Brahmin Priest resided in a
picturesque town graced by the daily presence of Lord Krishna and
Arjuna. The priest would ascend the hill each day as part of his
religious ritual. Arjuna had been observing the priest's daily routine,
and after a heartfelt conversation, he understood the priest's
hardships. A deep sense of empathy washed over him. One bright morning,
as Arjuna stood atop the hill, he confided in Sri Krishna, saying,
"I've decided that the priest need not make this arduous trek to the
temple anymore. I shall provide him with the means to lead a more
When the priest arrived, Arjuna handed him a
substantial bag filled with gleaming golden coins, urging him to live a
life of ease from that day forward. Arjuna turned to Sri Krishna, his
confidence shining through as he declared, "I have resolved his
troubles." Sri Krishna, with his characteristic simplicity, remarked,
"The humble priest will return here tomorrow, my friend." Arjuna was
taken aback, insisting, "That can't be possible."
day, Arjuna returned with renewed confidence and assured Krishna, "As I
predicted, the priest will not visit today." However, much to his
surprise, the priest once again made his way to the hilltop, wearing a
Arjuna rushed to the priest, inquiring,
"What happened? I provided you with a generous amount of gold for the
well-being of your future generations. Why have you returned here?"
priest, with a sad countenance, recounted that on his journey back to
the town, he had fallen victim to thieves who had looted him of the
precious gold. Arjuna felt a deep sense of sympathy and walked over to
Krishna, who was peacefully reclining beneath a tree, observing the
Arjuna confided in Krishna, saying, "I am determined to resolve the priest's predicament."
responded calmly, "Consider, Arjuna, that his time has not yet come.
Regardless of what you provide, he will surely return here tomorrow."
accepted the challenge and handed the priest a valuable ring he had
been wearing, a ring worth a fortune. He assured the priest, "This ring
may be small, and it will go unnoticed. Safeguard it at your home and
sell it whenever you need it."
The priest's face lit up with joy as he received the precious ring, grateful for the unexpected turn of events.
priest hurried back home, concealing the valuable ring so that no one
would notice. Once he arrived at the hut, he looked for his wife but
couldn't find her. In search of a secure place to keep the ring, he
noticed a metal pot they rarely used. Placing the ring inside, he went
off, filled with joy, eager to share the news with his wife.
to the priest, his wife had gone to fetch water from the river. She
filled a mud pot but, while walking halfway home, she slipped, and the
pot shattered. She hurried back to get another container as they needed
water for their daily chores. This time, she noticed the metal pot they
seldom used. Contemplating whether to buy a new mud pot or utilize the
metal one to save money, she opted for the metal pot. Once again at the
river, she filled the metal pot with water, oblivious to the precious
ring hidden inside.
As she collected water, a curious fish
grabbed the ring and swallowed it. With a cheerful demeanor, the wife
filled the pot with water and began her journey back home. The priest,
growing increasingly anxious, had been searching for his wife and, when
he saw her, was relieved to find her carrying the very metal pot.
heart raced as he urged his wife to hurry home. Upon returning, the
priest eagerly searched the pot for the ring, but to his despair, it
was nowhere to be found. He cried out in anguish, realizing the ring
was lost. His wife, with an innocent expression, explained that she had
been unaware of its presence.
The following day, Arjuna was
taken aback to find the priest's return. The priest rushed to Arjuna,
prostrated at his feet, and wept as he explained the unfortunate events
that had unfolded. Arjuna, at a loss for words and unsure of what to do
next, turned to Sri Krishna with a beseeching expression on his face.
Krishna, with a compassionate gaze upon the priest, comforted him,
saying, "Do not worry." Krishna then handed the priest a single coin,
the currency of the time, and advised him to return home.
priest, feeling utterly dejected and believing that even Lord Krishna
had abandoned him with just a single coin, thought he no longer
deserved to live. He visited a shop with that one coin and asked the
shopkeeper for rice. With only that solitary coin, he could only afford
a small amount of rice, hardly enough to sustain him. He considered it
too insignificant to take back home and made a heart-wrenching decision
to end his life.
Walking towards the river, his mind set on
taking a drastic step, the priest clutched the rice pot, preparing to
throw it into the water before plunging in himself. However, just as he
was about to discard the rice, a thought crossed his mind: "Let me
first offer this rice to the fish so they can enjoy it."
at the water's edge, he extended the rice to the fishes. A multitude of
them swarmed to partake in the unexpected feast, swiftly emptying the
pot. As he retrieved the pot from the water, to his astonishment, he
discovered the ring that one of the fishes had accidentally swallowed.
His cry of joy echoed through the air as he held up the ring, realizing
he had not only found the ring but also his lost gold.
to the priest, a group of thieves who had previously looted him were in
the vicinity. They mistook the priest's shouts of joy for a call for
help, believing they were about to be apprehended. Hastily, they
abandoned the bags they had stolen.
Upon arriving at the scene
and discovering the gold bag gifted by Arjuna, the priest was
overwhelmed with happiness, thanking the Lord for this miraculous turn
of events. Meanwhile, Arjuna and Lord Krishna, who had been watching
the entire episode from atop the hill, shared in the priest's joy and
witnessed the divine intervention in his life.
of Lord Krishna about the true events that transpired here. With a
smiling countenance, Lord Krishna began to speak to Arjuna. "Arjuna,"
Lord Krishna intoned, "behold this priest, a man who, in his entire
existence, never extended a hand in charity to another soul. His
preoccupation was singular, focused solely on the welfare of himself
and his kin. Remarkably, though he was a zealous preacher of the virtue
of donating and its boundless blessings, he remained a stranger to this
very righteousness. Thus, all that you had generously bestowed upon
him, Arjuna, slipped through his fingers like sand, as he perpetually
carried a heavy burden of negative karma.
However, when he
selflessly offered rice to the fish, devoid of any expectation, he
accrued an abundance of positive karma, and as a result, regained all
that he had lost. It was at that moment that he comprehended the
incredible potential of aiding others without any ulterior motives.
Henceforth, he has resolved to lead a contented and joyful life."
deeply moved, humbly knelt and touched Lord Krishna's feet, expressing
his heartfelt gratitude, "Krishna, you have imparted to me a priceless
lesson through a living example, and for that, Lord, I am profoundly
The concept of selfless donation and charity is
deeply ingrained in the philosophy of Sri Raghavendra Teertharu, and
this is precisely why the Mantralaya Mutt refrains from any
ostentatious publicity regarding their benevolent actions. Their noble
endeavors, such as providing food for countless millions, offering free
education to children, tending to thousands of cows, and numerous other
acts of compassion, are carried out quietly and selflessly, without
seeking recognition or acclaim.
Indeed, we are truly blessed to
be under the guiding umbrella of Sri Rayaru, whose divine wisdom and
teachings bestow upon us these noble principles and serve as a beacon
of inspiration for our lives.
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
|| BICHALI JAPADAKATTI SRI APPANACHARYA PRIYA MANTRALAYA
SRI RAGHAVENDRATEERTHA GURUBHYO NAMAHA||