Faith

Lotus eyed Lord

A distinguishing feature of the Supreme Brahman is that His eyes are like lotuses, said V.S. Karunakarachariar in a discourse. And this is seen in the episode in the Ramayana when Hanuman meets Sita. Hanuman, hidden in a tree, is witness to the goings on below. Sita has been threatened by Ravana. With no possibility of escape, Sita is grief stricken. She approaches the tree, in which Hanuman is seated, and contemplates hanging herself on a branch. But some good omens come Her way just then, like the sudden quivering of Her left eye, indicating that some good news is going to come to Her.

Hanuman is in a dilemma. Should he approach Sita and speak to Her? Will She trust Him? And yet, he knows that he has to speak. He decides to employ gentle, sweet words, so as not to frighten Sita. And he knows that the best way to win Her confidence is to speak of the glory of Rama and His illustrious family. Although the words are pleasing to Sita, She faints when She sees Hanuman. When She recovers, She narrates Her story. But Her doubts come back, and She wonders if this isn’t one of Ravana’s tricks. She cannot believe that Hanuman is Rama’s messenger, as he claims. She thinks it is Ravana, who has come disguised as a monkey, for a demon can change his form. So, Sita asks Hanuman to describe Rama’s form. While describing Rama’s appearance, the first thing that Hanuman says is that His eyes are like the petals of a lotus flower, for he knows that this alone is enough to convince Sita. Who but the incarnation of the Supreme One can have such eyes?

Sage Narada tells Padmavati that the One She is to wed will soon appear before Her. And soon enough, Lord Srinivasa appears but here again His lotus like eyes stand out.

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