Without expectations

The Hindu, March 30, 2017
Faith
Without expectations*

In Her Tiruppavai, while talking of flowers offered in worship, Andal uses the word ‘thoomalar.’ Here She wants to indicate that the flowers should be offered out of bhakti, and not expecting a quid pro quo, elaborated Kidambi Narayanan in a discourse.
Suppose a man owns some property. His son cannot demand that his father should give him a share in the property. Nor can he lay down the quantum to be given to him. It is for the parent to decide when and how much he should give to each of his children. In the same way, it is not for us to demand things of the Lord. It is the Lord who will decide what each of us should be given.
Kooratazhvan’s sons were not married and Kooratazhvan, immersed in service to Lord Ranganatha and to Ramanuja, did not give the marriage of his sons a thought. But his wife was worried about their sons remaining unmarried. She wondered why her husband did not take steps to get them married. She urged him to do something for the future of his sons, and to ask Lord Ranganatha to help in the matter. Kooratazhvan, however, was determined not to ask the Lord for anything. When he went to the Srirangam temple as he did everyday, the Lord asked him if anything was the matter. Kooratazhvan, said that people were talking about the unmarried state of his sons. But Kooratazhvan did not pray for their early marriage. He did not put forward any request before the Lord. But the Lord took it upon Himself to see that the sons of Kooratazhvan were married soon. The Lord knew what Kooratazhvan’s family needed and He ensured that the sons of His devotee were married.
The Lord knows what our problems are; and when the time is ripe, He offers us solutions. Sometimes the solutions may not be what we looked for, but we must learn to accept them as His will.
*Please read the note below:
Prayers, wishes, goals

Bloggers generally prefer to post quotes and comments which are in alignment with their own thinking. Till sometime back, when daily average page views of his Blog did not go to three digits, I had the comfort that those who open my Blog are aware of my thinking. Now, I find, some days over 300 times my Blog is accessed and the Google statistics show that the readers are from different parts of the world. Though I am consistently pursuing the broad norms included in my first Blog (Jyotirgamayah), some explanation as to the mix of subjects covered may be in order at this stage.
Human Rights
This Blog takes cognizance of current thinking on human rights, universal healthcare, literacy and social security issues.
Financial Sector
As the best years of my life was spent in Reserve Bank of India, I try to respond to current policy issues affecting financial sector. To be precise, a couple of letters published in/addressed to, in mainstream financial dailies will find a place here in addition to an article which I contribute to The Global ANALYST, a monthly Business & Finance Magazine published by Iupindia (a part of IFCAI, Hyderabad).
Workers’ problems
I was associated with trade unions in central government and banking industry during 1960’s and 70’s. So, my responses on HR issues including career progression, wages and retirement benefits will be pro-labour.
Faith, spirituality, leisure
As my mail-friends are elderly people, many of them my ex-colleagues, occasionally I include subjects like the one in this post.
Many thanks for the support and encouragement.
Warm regards
M G Warrier


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