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Extreme Responses
« on: January 28, 2009, 04:42:07 PM »
It is said that extremeity of emotions or lack of emotions on extreme
situations, extreme actions or total inaction or extreme reaction to events or total passiveness -- all these are displayed by devotees
for merging with the Godhead.  Srimad Bhagavadam says about nine types of bhakti.  Even extreme fear towards Krishna, made Kamsa
merge with Him.  We know Sri Ramakrishna.  With extreme passion to see Kali,he took upon the sword to kill himself and he had a darshan.  Appoothi Adigal, in the stories of 63 Saints, kept quiet to
complete feeding of Saint Tirunavukkarasar, even when he knew that son had died due to snake biting, in the backyard.  Saint
Manikkavachagar says in Tiruvachakam:  Can I not get you by weeping?  This display of extreme emotions in a devotee makes him
see God.  Saint Tyagaraja chanted Rama nama, 96 crores times to have a vision of Sri Rama.  Saint Poet Vemana and Leela Sukar
were passionate womanizers, before they realized the Godhead.

Even though such things are not  pre requisite for vision of God,
some saints who had the vision, were displaying such extreme emotions. 

Bhagavan Ramana says in Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai:

1. You melted me like a snow flake that melts in water.

2. You tonsured me and made me dance in you, naked.

3. Were you not there, when the five thieves came to my house to
rob me?  I think, this is also your game!

4. I am like a ripe fruit. Please consume me, lest it becomes over-ripe and rotten.

5. Please take my garland and give me your garland. 

Arunachala Siva.