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The Lord's accessibility

CHENNAI, APRIL 9 . Absolute surrender to God is identical with the acme of devotion. The devotee after surrendering to Him acknowledging his inability to adopt any other means for his redemption must remember Him in all his actions and accept everything that happens in his life as God's will. Chanting the Divine names and surrendering the fruit of all actions to God will insulate the devotee from the afflictions of the world and also help him to progress spiritually. The Lord also is beholden to such a sterling devotee. In fact, it is said that the Almighty who is difficult to be attained by even Yogis, who are adept in practices like meditation, makes Himself accessible to His devotees because only devotion matters to Him.

In his discourse, Nagai Sri Mukundan said there were instances in the lives of devotees to prove that God was indebted to His devotees, so much so, that they were considered to be greater than God Himself in the spiritual tradition. A priest who conducted the daily worship at the temple in Tirukannapuram was caught red-handed by the king for his misconduct but the Lord did not let him down because he had been performing the rituals properly. In the case of Sundaramurthy Swamigal the Lord went as a messenger to the house of Paravai Nacchiar.

The Pandavas were dear devotees of Lord Krishna and each one had a special quality, which endeared them to Him. But Sahadeva's devotion was exceptional as he bound Krishna with the cord of devotion and He could free Himself only when he allowed Him to. The special grace showered on Yashoda when Krishna allowed her to tie Him with a piece of rope thereby earning the name, Damodara, is an oft-quoted theme in the hymns of many mystics and saints.

Madhurakavi Azhwar's hymn praising his preceptor Nammazhwar opens with a reference to this gracious act of the Lord. This divine deed also offers insight into His nature. When Yashoda attempted to tie Krishna to a mortar as a punishment for breaking the pot of curds and offering the butter to a monkey, the rope fell short every time she added more and more pieces to it. And, finally when Krishna saw her becoming exhausted by her efforts with her hair becoming dishevelled and the flowers decorating it falling down, and beads of perspiration appearing on her forehead, He allowed Himself to be tied. Commentators interpret this episode as highlighting the Almighty's easy accessibility to His devotee.

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