Power of Devotion

By Acharya Sachidananda on 17-07-2017

Guru Raghavendra was a 16th century South Indian Hindu saint. Venkitanatha (early name) was born in 1595 as son to a refugee family from Vijayanagar Kingdom.  He grew up to a very devoted religious scholar and skilled musician. Though he married a lady from a quite noble family, the family lived in utter poverty. He never demanded any fee for his. However, without any means to support his family, he had to endure a life of utter poverty. A description of the hardships faced by him might melt anybody’s heart. When other families observed Ekadasi (traditional Hindu one day full fasting) twice a month, his family did that several times every week. He could not afford a drop of oil to take an oil-bath even on a festival day like Diwali. His family did not see new clothes for years.

In spite of all these, he never wavered in his faith towards the Lord. He continued his self-study and free teachings, determined to be content with whatever came to him, unsought and unasked.  He later became a very powerful saint, who did many miracles in his life.

He once attended a wedding.  Seeing his poor cloths shabby appearance, the host mistook him for a beggar, who has come for free food. They asked him to grind sandalwood, to which he readily agreed. While working on it, he chanted Vedic Sukthas (verses). Further, those who used the paste on their body felt a strong burning sensation. On enquiry, they
understood that Venkatanatha was reciting Agni (Fire) Sukthas from Vedas, while
grinding sandal wood. The host immediately understood the saint’s magnificence and
begged him to make the paste again, chanting Varuna (Wind) Sukthas. He grinded
the salndal wood again, this time chanting Varuan Sukthas and when the new
paste was used, all burning subsided.

About The Author

Acharya Sachidananda Bharathi

Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.