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For the devotees of the God
That time the Sun that rose to drive away the illusions and enlighten the world in Shaivam - the prodigy Thirunyaanach Ampandhar came there. Holding his soft feet on his head and heart the devotee saluted him. The saint stayed in his place for some days and he praised the honest and whole-hearted service of Chiruththondar in the hymn he sang there.
The Lord who is independent of external enjoyment wanted to demonstrate that the great are capable of doing deeds which are terrific even to think of for others. In place of lightning like matted hair he took dark cloud like matted hair, in place of the young growing crescent - a crescent shaped stripes of Holy ash, in place of snake ear-ring - a floral ring, in place of the ornament of skulls - a shining string of white stones, in place of the fierce elephant skin cladding - clad in beautiful clothes, obscuring the black throat, with unlimited grace in the eyes, smile in the lips, beauty throughout the body, holding up the spear, the Kazal worn in the legs inviting everybody to salute that form of Mercy, the Supreme came in the form of a Vairaagee.
The God who feeds the entire world, acting as if he was terribly hungry came to the devotees house enquiring where it is. Only his wife was there in the house. The Lord in the form of Vairaagee asked was there the servant of Lord in the house who everyday gives food for the devotees. Realizing a sage had come the chaste Thiruvenkaattunangaiyaar came out and said saluting him that her husband had gone out and invited him to come inside the house. The Vairaagee replied he would not come inside the house where a woman is alone. Immediately the humble lady went to the other extreme of the house and told him that as her husband did not find any devotee that day to host, he had gone searching for one and would be really happy if he knew that a devotee had come on his own.
She asked the Vairaagee to sit inside the house. The Lord appreciated her that they followed in the right way the discipline of family life, but still he would not enter the house without the devotee present and would be waiting for him under a tree near the temple.
To the sincere servant who came back sad unable to find any devotee, his matched wife told that a devotee from the north in the form of Vairaagee came there and was waiting near the temple tree for him. With growing eagerness he went to the Vairaagee and saluted him. He asked him, "Are you the great small servant?". The great even though they consider themselves small would be acknowledged as great only by the Truth! The humble servant replied that he was not praisable in the group of devotees but out of mercy the devotees call him so. He told it was the effect of all the good deeds he would have done, for the Vairaagee to come to his house. The sage who claimed to come from the north, said the food he wanted was very difficult to prepare. He wanted a life to be cooked that too a human in the age not exceeding five (a 5-year child), having no physical impairments, should be the only child for the family and the child's parents should cook it happily! The devotee with incomparable dedication said there is nothing in the world that is impossible to achieve for the devotees." Saluting the Vairaagee he came back home.
The devotee told his wife the type of food the sage asked for. They decided to cook their loving young son for the devotee to have food. Father went and brought the child from the school. He bathed him, cleaned his body completely. With the mother holding the child's hands and legs, the child enjoying their great deed, father cut his head and did the unimaginable deed. The couple of synchronized thoughts were not sad but were happy about serving the devotee. Removing the head considering it would not be good for feast the loving mother cooked the rest with other food materials. Then the superior servant invited the sage to accept the feast, begging pardon for any delay he would have made in preparing the feast. Washing the feet that kicked the death to death, they sprinkled that holy water on themselves and throughout the house. His principled wife served the rice, meat and all the food materials in a plate over a white cloth. The sage asked them whether they cooked all the parts of the child. They replied in affirmative but said that as the head would not be good for the feast they did not cook it. The playful Lord said he liked that too. The worry of that wonderful couple vanished when a helper Chanda Naththaar came forward and said that she cooked the head too thinking that it would be useful when the devotee eats, and gave that part too.
Now the Lord ordered him to bring a devotee to eat with him. Chiruththondaa Perumaan searched but came back unable to find one. To the worrying devotee the Lord said that he himself was a good devotee and asked him to eat. When Chiruththondaa was about to eat from the food that his wife served similarly for him in order to make the sage accept the feast. The Vairaagee stopped him asking what was his hurry while he himself who ate once in six months had not started yet. He asked him to call his son. Shocked the devotee replied his son would not be helpful then. But the sage refused to eat without his son being present. Highly anxious the patient devotee went outside and called out his son loudly. His caring wife also shouted calling the child's name, "Oh! my dear child, Cheeraalaa! come fast to make the devotee have his feast!!".
Who knows the grace of God !! Their son came running as if he was returning from the school. The couple embraced him and kissed him thinking they could now be blessed by the devotee accepting their feast! When they came inside the house they were shocked at the absence of the Vairaagee as well as the meat that was cooked. Removing all their worries, removing their bonds, removing their source of birth, the Remover of pains the Lord who had disappeared, had appeared now as the form of grace with the Daughter of Himaalaya and the young beautiful son Murugan (Kaarttikeya) on the Holy Bull. Blessing the devotee, his beloved wife and loving son the Lord, his inseparable Shakti and the Son who destroyed the Soora took them giving place in their feet that is ultimate the price for great deeds. Let the marvelous dedication of Chiruththondar stay in the mind.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 11/09/12