A Shortcut to Happiness Tirumala Tirupati Lord Venkateswara Swamy Darshan
There must be a hundred ways in the literature to describe God. But the most endearing is the description that brings a sense of bliss, Ananda in the heart of reader or listener. The following description of Lord Sri Venkateswara, taken from Skanda Purana, may be one such thing. It not only thrills the mind with the joy of knowing God, but also piques the spiritual curiosity to seek ways of finding Him.
Taken from Chapter 18 of the venkatachala Mahathyam, Vaishnava Khanda, Skanda Purana, this is a description of the greatness of Lord Sri Venkateswara, as related by the sage Sri Sutha and gives the reasons why one should resort to the God of Venkatachala.
It is argued that people of Kali Yuga, the present time, can achieve salvation more quickly than people who live in other times. This actually multiplies their one moment or deed of devotion by many times, providing them with the advantage of worship a hundred, thousand times more than what they might have actually performed.
Moreover, for those who cannot travel even once, there is an alternative, just remember God devoutly and get the benefits of visiting the Temple. This takes into account those devotees whose financial or physical state may not allow them to undertake the journey.
It is important to note that such simple and easy measure of devotion were suggested even though temples, like all places of worship, survived mainly on the patronage of devotees.
The sage Sri Suta states that there can be no doubt that those who come to the temple of Lord Sri Venkateswara to see the image of God not only get moksha, salvation but also attains oneness with Lord Vishnu.
The same advantage which can be earned by people in ten years in the Krita Yuga (dasha varshesthu yathpunyam kriyathe thu kritey yuge), can be achieved by people in one year in Treta Yuga (tretayam eka varshenam tath punyam sadhyathe). In the Dvapara Yuga, the same intensity of punya can be earned in five months (dvapare pancha maasena), and in the Kali Yuga, in just one day (dineya kalo yuge).
So, the Punya, the advantage of doing good deeds is multiplied by a crore times every moment (tat phalam kotiguintam nimishe nimishe), especially by those who come to have a darshan of Lord Sri Venkateswara where one can get the benefits of going to all the pilgrimages, meeting all the sages, finding all the gods, and knowing all the ancestors.
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