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Sub Registrar Narayana Iyer
« on: February 07, 2010, 09:49:33 AM »
Sri Narayana Iyer, who was a Sub Registrar for long years, with
good career record, was suddenly transferred to Tiruchy, by his
senior officer, who had some for no reason, developed some
grudge against him.  Devotees were wondering why Narayana
Iyer should have this misfortune for no fault of his.  Devaraja
Mudaliar asked Bhagavan:  "Bhagavan!  Why should such things
happen even to your ardent devotee?  How can you keep quiet?"
Bhagavan, as usual, kept silent.

Devaraja Mudaliar decided to sing the famous Vel Vaguppu, of
Arunagiri Nathar next morning in the Hall.  This song sings about
the glories of Vel, the Javelin of Skanda, in removing the obstacles of the devotees.  He wanted to sing to invoke the grace of
Bhagavan for Narayana Iyer. 

When Devaraja Mudaliar was singing in the Hall, the famous
lines from Vel Vaguppu:

"When a devotee prays to you with intense love,
And if anyone wants to harm such a devotee,
You shall vanquish him along with his lineage.
You are ever my support..."     

As he was singing this line, Narayana Iyer suddenly appeared in
the Hall to leave for Tiruchy.  He prostrated to Bhagavan and left
with heavy heart.  But Devaraja Mudaliar found this as good omen.

After a few days, Narayana Iyer returned to the Hall, with happy
news that his transfer had been cancelled after he reached Tiruchy!
He quickly visited the temples in and around Tiruchy and returned
to Tiruvannamalai, for rejoining his job.

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You have taken hold of this slave, with your love,
This dog, lowlier than lowly dog, at Your own will,
This birth, which is Maya is ever in your control.
Who am I to investigate?  What is my right?
You give me another birth or place me
At Your anklet-wearing feet, O Lord with eye on the forehead!

  -  Kuzhaitha Pathu, Decad on Melting, Verse 8, Tiruvachakam.
    Manikkavachagar.

(Source:  My reminiscences.  Devaraja Mudaliar.)

Arunachala Siva.