MISCELLANEOUS

Ever-watchful eyes of God

CHENNAI NOV.14 . Anyone, who presumes he can commit any type of misdeed without being seen by any other person, particularly when he had indulged in it within the four corners of a room and can get away with it, will be sadly mistaken. Such a foolish man fails to realise that there are two "ever-watchful eyes" witnessing the act of all individuals. They are those of God from whom no one can escape. There is a story of a king who with bad intentions asked a woman attendant to come to his chambers alone and asked all the windows to be closed. Having done this she still hesitated and when she was questioned, her reply was that she was unable to shut two more, viz. the eyes of the Almighty. In the Mahabharatam, Krishna once sought to know from Kunti whether she had done any wrong unnoticed by anyone in her life. She then owned the responsibility for having deserted a child procured out of spiritual powers granted by a sage, when she was young.

It is to be remembered by all that no plan, however scrupulously drawn up, can succeed unless it has the approval of God. With Divine Grace any scheme can be executed. Likewise it should be the characteristic of a true follower of Saivism to shed tears on seeing another suffer. Differences there may be between the two, but when one is in distress quarrels should be forgotten and the victim should be encouraged to come out of it, by both offering prayers to God. From the life of Thirugnanasambandar one can learn how he had prayed to God to help a girl, whose bridegroom died of snakebite. Her decision to come out of the house was only to save the honour of her family and her plea moved him and his heart was full of mercy.

In a lecture on "Thirumandiram", Sri M. Sivachandran explained how its author, Thirumoolar (one of the 63 Nayanmars), had a mission to learn from Sage Agasthya, but he was led to perform an entirely different compassionate act. The lives of our forbears bring out the fact that only an educational system based on religion can properly shape a man's future. Thirumoolar was a student along with seven others (including Patanjali and Vyagrapda) in Lord Siva's abode and then he came down south to seek guidance from Agasthya. His work consists of three parts dealing with Mantras, Tantras and Yantras. What should be culled out from his teachings relate to the management of the household, efficiently and secondly, how a country could register progress by the ruler taking steps to correct the erring persons.