Thursday, January 3, 2008


We see ourselves in mirrors. But for the Lord, these ordinary miirors can not reflect His enchanting beauty. It is only the Vedas act as mirror and show to us His beauty. King of birds, Garuda, also called as Vihageswara, is an embodiment of all Vedas. That is why, just like a mirror is in front of us to view, Garuda is in front of the Lord in all temples. He is able to see His own beauty and Majesty in Garuda. Normally, in all temples Garuda is seen with folded hands. But the Garuda in Vanamamalai temple is different. Here Garuda, in front of the Lord outside the Garbagruha, is in a meditation pose. Kashyapa prajapati had two wives Kadru and Vinata. Vinata had two sons - Garuda and Aruna. Aruna was the chariot driver of the Sun. Garuda was the vehicle of Sri Narayana. Kadru had snakes as children and among them Adisesha was the foremost and he served the Lord as mattress. Once Garuda visisted Nagaloka, the abode of all snakes. THere he was scoffed by the snakes saying that while Garuda occasionally only had contact with the Lord, their leader Adisesha was always in contact -as bed, as throne and as sandals. Garuda became angry and he wanted to be associated with the Lord always and so he came to this Kshetram.
[due to power breakdown I could not listen further and so we will satisfy ourselves with the 7th sloka as in the web]

jitatmanah prasantasya
paramatma samahitah
tatha manapamanayoh

For one who has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached, for he has attained tranquility. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same.

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