Faith

Double joy

Purusha Suktam says that the Supreme One has 1000 heads, and as many eyes and feet. One might be tempted to ask a question. If a person has thousand heads, then does it not logically follow that he will have two thousand eyes and two thousand feet? In Sanskrit, sahasra means not only thousand, but also infinity. So. the ‘sahasra’ used in the Purusha suktam, with reference to the Supreme One’s heads, eyes and feet, actually means infinity. We should not take the word sahasra literally and interpret it as referring to one thousand. Rather, we should take it to mean infinite, for infinity is a characteristic of the Supreme Being, explained V.S. Karunakarachariar in a discourse.

The Supreme One, with infinite auspicious qualities, incarnates to guide us towards Him. In Kali yuga also He came down as Lord Srinivasa, to fulfil His promise to Vedavati. Vedavati was the daughter of sage Kusadhwaja. Sage Kusadvaja and his wife were killed by an asura, when the sage refused to give his daughter in marriage to the asura. Upon her father’s death, Vedavati undertook penance to attain Lord Narayana as her husband, but that did not happen. So, the Lord came down to Tirumala as Srinivasa to marry Vedavati, who had taken the avatara of Padmavati.

Tirumala is already the abode of Varaha. Srinivasa asks Varaha for some space to do penance. Varaha says He can do so in Tirumala, but upon one condition. Devotees who come to Tirumala must first worship Varaha and only later should they worship Srinivasa. Srinivasa agrees to the condition. That is why even today, a Tirumala yatra is considered incomplete, if it does not begin with worship of Varaha. Of course, both Srinivasa and Varaha are none but Lord Vishnu. In Tirumala we have the double joy of worshipping both.

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