Thursday is the most auspicious day to worship Guru Raghavendra Swamy, who was a distinguished philosopher, saint and teacher of Dvaita philosophy. Let us seek His divine blessings today by recollecting a miracle performed by Him.
Once, Guru Raghavendra Swamy and his wife Saraswati Bai went to the town of Kumbakonam where they were invited to attend a function. His hosts did not behave in a respectable manner towards Him and asked Him to grind sandalwood paste for applying it as a tilak on the invited guests. Guru Raghavendra Swamy obliged and started grinding sandalwood while chanting Agni Suktam. When the paste was ready, the hosts applied it on the foreheads of invited guests. The guests immediately started complaining about a burning sensation on their foreheads and immediately questioned Raghavendra Swamy about it. The great Guru replied that He was chanting the Agni Suktam while grinding the sandalwood paste and the burning sensation is due to the manifestation of the mantra. The guests were shocked to hear this as a mantra will have its effect only when chanted with complete devotion and dedication. On coming to know about the incident, the host fell at the feet of Raghavendra Swamy and begged for forgiveness. The great Guru accepted the apology of His host and prepared sandal wood paste while chanting a mantra dedicated to Varuna Dev. When the guests applied this paste on their foreheads they felt the sensation of being drenched in fresh, cool rain water.
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