R08. BACK TO KANCHIPURAM

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

SRI RAMANUJA

Ramanuja came back to his place
With no injury, not even a trace,
Escaping from the treacherous plot
Of his selfish Guru, Yadhava, at last.

Back to the same old school,
He went to the surprise of all,
His Guru took him back well,
As if everything was normal.

Once again the Guru started
Teaching afresh the same old
Advaita philosophy lessons,
Much against his personal views.

Guru said, “Things do not exist
Severally in the universe, in fact,
It’s like pearls strung on a thread,
They’re one and the same like God.”

When he told, ”God isn’t the same
Like all the things created by Him,
The Guru asked him to leave then,
Never to come back there again.

He took it as a God-sent-boon,
To find out another Guru soon.
By then Yamuna, the temple head,
At Srirangam was in the sick bed.

He called for Ramanuja at once,
To take o’er charge in his place
To lead the Vaishnava Devotees
As he was counting his last days.

It took nearly four days for him,
To walk and reach Srirangam.
While Yamuna breathed his last,
He saw only the dead body at last.

Also he observed the dead,
Folding three fingers inside,
That gave an idea of each finger
To say some purpose was there.

What was the message behind it?
To find it out he tried his best.
At last, he found out the intention
Of the folded fingers, one by one.

R07. ESCAPE FROM THE FOREST
SRI RAMANUJA
R09. THREE FOLDED FINGERS

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