This is my attempt to bring you some of the glimpses of the temple town of Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu and the famous Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple. Please do take a look at it.
“Varadharaja Perumal Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the holy city of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu believed to have been visited by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. One of the greatest Hindu scholars of Vaishnava VisishtAdvaita philosophy, Ramanuja is believed to have resided in this temple. The temple along with Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam (abode of trio), while Srirangam is referred to as: ‘Koil’ (meaning: “temple”) and Tirupati as:‘Malai’ (Meaning: “hill”). Among the Divya Desams, Kanchipuram Varadaraja Perumal temple is known as: ‘Perumal Koil’. This is one of the most sacred places for Vaishnavites. The fourth of the Divya Desams that completes this series is Melukote–which is known as Thirunarayanapuram. “
Seeker 2: Throughout our life we are not at all independent…depending
on so many people and other species of our life for survival and other
needs…when we are in good health or when things go our way. We take so many
things for granted…we make ourselves so busy that we don’t even acknowledge…we
think as if these good times are forever…and then one day out of the bolt from
the blue…things happen that makes us realise we have surrendered to something
that is material…that is impermanent…that gives some minute joy for the time
being…just like the taste of honey drop on the edge of the bottle…not realising
what is the thing that gives everlasting peace…we try to inquire…but it’s too
late…we have lost the prime of life…our youth…the power of our senses to
comprehend things…and so we are getting trapped in material existence
forever…we just live to die…and die to live again…
Seeker 1: Thank You SO much for that. For many, that may be true. For
myself, I was NEVER interested in material things, and never sought them,
except what was necessary. I always sought God, or whatever word you like to
use. Something more spiritual is what I mean. But for all of us, it is a
lifelong process of surrendering. To Whatever. I never ever surrender myself to
PEOPLE. I will love them, have friends etc. but never surrender my inner self
to them. It is a constant path. For some people, they might just call it Fate,
or Nature. For me, it is God, and by that I do not mean an old man in the sky.
But a God Who suffers WITH us. I don’t know how that sits with you in your
religion. Thank you so much for giving us your own insight.
Seeker 2: It gives me so much pleasure to read what you have written…
the true nature of a soul… the longing to be in union with the Supreme… that’s
possible only through surrender… only when the soul’s covering with the
material nature ceases… that’s achieved…
Seeker 1: Thank You so much. Your insight is amazing!
Seeker 2: This clearly shows one’s faith or religion hardly matters. Your words clearly indicates the oneness of the thought process and concludes that all paths leads to the same goal as long as one follows their prescribed path earnestly and zealously… (Conversation 021 – A Philosophical Chat)
Seeker 1: I totally agree with you. I am honoured to know you…
Seeker 2: Your words resonates with the very same thoughts I had a few
days earlier and I feel privileged to share it again here… I am sure you will
for Surrender …
Seeker 1: I will read that in a few moments. Thank you!