Sunday, December 20, 2015

Pejavara Swamiji's 5th Paryaya

The countdown begins. The 2016  paryaya when our own Swamiji Sri Sri Vishwesha Teertharu assumes paryaya, his turn to worship Udupi Shri Krishna for the next 2 years, is on 18th Jan 2016, just a few days away. As many of us know, Sri Sri Vishwesha Teertharu will be assuming paryaya for the record 5th time. This is a great moment for all the Madhwas, and we should try our best to be present in Udupi on the day of Paryaya.

Why should I attend Paryaya?
       The great swamiji, who is revered by one and all, is going to assume the temple responsibilities for the record 5th time. Only Shri Vadiraja Teertharu has assumed 5 times before. This is a once in a lifetime moment and a proud one too, we may not witness any such in future. It is a great occasion for us. We should consider ourselves blessed if we can be there in Udupi and take Swamiji's blessings on that day.
          Most importantly,  the Swamiji is going to do Pooja in the Shri Krishna temple for the next 2 years, which was created by none other than our gurugalu, Sri Madhwacharayaru. And this paryaya system was introduced by one of the highest Madhwa saints, Sri Vadiraja Teeratharu. By attending events like these, we get an opportunity to show our respect to the temple and the system which our saints have created. 
        By the way, God likes these saints a lot.  God wants devotees to give equal respect to saints if not more. This message was aptly conveyed during a discourse by Velkudi Krishnan Swami : "God likes his devotee when the devotee approaches God through the saints. After all, it is these saints who tells God's greatness to the world. So, God always likes when devotees first worship his saints before approaching the God himself. This is the reason why when visiting a Vishnu temple, one should first get the blessings of the Alwars and the Ramanujar before reaching the Moolavar, the Lord. " On the same lines, it is Madhwacharyaru, the Lord's disciple, who showed us the Udupi Krishna. And in this century, it is Sri Sri Vishwesha Teertharu whom we look up to as the Lord's disciple. We all pray God. And we do count on his blessings a lot to succeed in todays world. And the Lord himself wishes that first one takes the blessings of his saints before going to the Lord. Hence, before even going to Shri Krishna, we should have the blessings of the Vishwesha Teertharu. And the paryaya is one of the biggest days for Vishwa Teertharu. And we should try to be there on that day to take his blessings.              
      Finally, at times, Karnataka government tries to meddle with the temple affairs, raising talks of taking over Shri Krishna temple administration.  Such talks happen when the government looks at us as a small crowd without  unity. It is during events like these where we can show our unity by coming in large numbers. Let us gather in large numbers in Udupi on 18th.  Let the temple city  be decorated with kache/shaalu & sarees in thousands on the day of Paryaya.  Let us make it a day like never before. When the government sees big numbers gathered, they will think 10 times before contemplating anything regarding the temple.
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