R09. THREE FOLDED FINGERS

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

SRI RAMANUJA

Ramunaja by his own intuition
Found out Yamuna’s intention
To fold his right three fingers
Even after his final departure.

1.“Remaining in the Vaishnava fold,
I should write commentary
On Nammalvar’s Thiruvaimozhi
And start preaching on self-surrender.”

2.“I should write a commentary
On Badarayana’s Vedanta Sutra
And also deliver lectures on this
Ideal subject to the devotees.

3.“In the memory and honor
Of Parasara, the great Sage,
Who wrote the Vishnupurana
I should be a true Vaishnava.”

As he told these three points
The dead opened three fingers,
One by one, to confirm his views,
To the surprise of all the devotees.

With due respect and honor,
The funeral ceremony was o’er.
And back to Kanchi he returned,
With a grief stricken mood.

At Kanchi he spent less time,
With his family at home,
And more time he served
Varadaraja, the temple Lord.

Raksambal, his orthodox wife,
Was upset with his way of life,
Spending more time in the temple,
And breaking freely the caste rules,

At this point, he was in search
Of a competent Guru to teach
The essentials of Vaishnava Dharma,
And he approached Guru Kancipurna.

Kancipurna from a lower caste,
Who was reluctant to accept,
Directed him to Mahapurna then,
A great Guru, for his initiation

R08. BACK TO KANCHIPURAM
SRI RAMANUJA
R10. RAMANUJA TOOK SANYAS

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