Compassion and forgiveness
Children! You all would have heard that in Ra:ma:yana, Ravana abducted Sita and kept her in Ashokavana at Lanka. Also that the demon ladies who were guarding her harmed her by their talks and actions.
Anjaneya did not forget those troubles caused by demons to Mother Sita. After Srirama killed Ravana, Hanuman approached Sita and sought her permission to punish those demon ladies who hurt her. Sita pacified him saying “virtuous persons show the same respect and affection to punya:tmas to pa:pa:tmas , and mercy to people who have to be killed also. No one is faultless in this universe.”
Six months passed away. One day while Ramanuja with Kuresa was passing through that area, that pigeon flew from the temple gopuram fell down on Kuresa’s feet. Kuresa put his foot back.
Being a all-knowing, Sarvajna, Ramanuja identified that pigeon as Tadiyasekhara. He ordered Kuresa to keep his hand on the pigeon and tell thrice “kshama, kshama, kshama” (means forgiven). Kuresa did the same.
At once, that pigeon had its last breath.
A divine light (jyothi) came out from its body and travelled up into the sky. A voice came from the jyothi saying, “I am the atma, soul of Tadiyasekhara. I became the pigeon and suffered due to my harmful act towards Kuresa. Atlast with the grace of Bhagavad Ramanuja, Kuresa forgave me and I am freed from my sin and have attained high abode.“ Saything this that jyothi disappeared into the space
This story tells us that worthy and respectable persons should have compassion towards others, especially people who have faults and have committed mistakes. Mother Sita had said the same. Bhagavad Ramanuja revealed it by following it. Compassion and forgiveness are the characteristics of good persons. People who want to be elevated in life should have these qualities.
Children! What do you say?
– By M. Krishnapriya, India, translated by T.
Amukta Malyada, Chennai