Thursday, August 28, 2014

541. I owe Him Immeasurable Debt of Gratitude for being on Earth.

The moment I step down from my bed every morning my foot can step on something hard that can support me from sinking further. Yes, I have got this hard Earth to support me when I place my leg down. Whom should I owe for this grace none other than Sri Varaha Swamy. His kindness is unlimited and unimaginable. Maha Vishnu came down in the form of a wild boar and lifted the entire earth which was submerged in ocean and unfit for any form life to survive. He restored its fitness to be the substratum for all the life forms. It is because of His mere gentle touch She is overflowing with the life sustaining ability.

This earth was submerged under the ocean by the demon Hiranyaksha, “Golden-Eyed” to challenge Maha Vishnu for a combat. The demon knew that Maha Vishnu would come to the rescue of any woman in distress and so he hid mother earth in the deep ocean. When He (Maha Vishnu) placed all the planets in the solar orbit and positioned Himself as Sun, He was the sole saviour to them. When one of the members was harassed He assumed the form of a wild boar and lifted Earth out of the deep ocean by His tusks and placed it safely among other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. While thus placing the Earth, His tusk gently rubbed the Earth which caused the nutation axis (23 ½ degrees tilt off its axis) which the mother Earth experiences even today. Science has no answer to this but our puranas recorded it when it happened. 

    Varaha Restoring Earth in the Milky Way Galaxy

One of the most mysterious forms of Maha Vishnu is Varaha Avatara. And this incarnation does not have a lengthy span also as it was short just to save the Earth from the wicked demon. Symbolically, Varaha represents the knowledge. Taking the form of the Boar considered the lowest of creatures among the land animals; he helps remove the ignorance and provided knowledge to the seeker. In the iconography of the Lord we can find Bhudevi (Mother Earth) sitting on his snout. She represents giver of knowledge, the Lord executes the knowledge through Her. She is also referred to as Varahi and is one among the Saptamatrikas.

                      Emblem of Vijayanaraga Empire.

Varaha represents a mighty spiritual force that manifests in the unconscious mind of a serious seeker. It is mystically symbolized as Varaha, the spiritual force will takes on Hiranyaksha representing the mind that is focused primarily upon the material values of life, ignoring the ethical and spiritual values. One of the primary reasons for worshipping Varaha is indefeasibility. As Varaha is the mighty incarnation which does not have a defeat and which has not fought many wars, it was only one war and which was won. In ancient times when Kings ruled this land they kept Varaha Yantras to be victorious. The valiant Vijayanaraga Empire under Sri Krishnadevaraya had Varaha in their emblem.
Before the Charama Sloka (Ultimatum) of Sri Rama (Lord’s assurance to Sugreeva in Yuddha kanda of Ramayana) and Sri Krishna (Lord’s assurance to Arjuna in Bhagavad-Gita) this is Varaha assuring Bhudevi (when She expresses concern for the well being of all Her children) thus: 

Sthithay manasi Suswasthay sareeray satiyonaraha |
Dhaatusaamye sthithay smarta viswaroopam chamamajam ||
tatastam mriyamanantu kashta paashaana sannibham |
aham smaraami madbhaktham nayami paramam gathim ||

If anyone thinks of Me, with sound mind (Sthithaymanasi), with the body in good health (Suswasthaysareeray), and with all mental and physical faculties working perfectly and intact (Dhaatusaamye sthithay) thinks that I am indeed the very cause of this universe (Vishwaroopam), that I am without birth (Ajam) then I assure (Bhudevi) that I will remember (Aham Smaraami) this particular devotee of Mine (Madbhaktam) who he is on his deathbed (Mriyamanantu) lying helplessly like a stone or a log of wood (Kashta Paashaana) in a position unable to remember Me, I personally take him to the My Abode (Nayami Paramam Gathim).

Today is Varaha Jayanthi. Lets us surrender ourselves without an iota of doubt to that Mighty Sole Savior....!

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