Sri Chinmaya Satgurave Namah!
Br. Kutastha Chaitanya, from Chinmaya International Foundation, Kerala has sent this thought from his smartphone. He is serving far away in a village, from where he is unable to access the Forum and requested this be posted here:
"This introduction is very inspiring. Truly, great is the devotee whose devotion can never be explained adequately.
This has been beautifully explained by the great Tamil poet saint Avvaiyaar many many centuries ago in a beautiful poem, that – greater than Bhagavan's glory, is Devotee’s glory...
Avvaiyyar was a female poet of the ninth century, who lived in the southern parts of India. She was a great poetess and a revered saint. The term 'Avvaiyyar' means ' respected old woman' or 'Grandmother'.
Avvaiyyar brings this out in a step by step beautiful logic. Reading this note brought to mind her poem.
This is a gist of Avviayar’s poem:
The devotion of the devotee is actually the biggest, greatest.
What is big ?
The world is big.
Who created this great world?
Brahma. Brahma is bigger than the world - meaning greater, for, the creator is greater than the created.
But Brahma is born in a lotus from Bhagawan Vishnu’s navel. So Bhagawan Vishnu is greater than Brahma.
Then again, Lord Vishnu is sleeping upon the Ocean. So the Ocean is greater.
But the whole Ocean was gathered up in the palm by Sage Agastya, which he drank up (to empty the oceans to reveal the asuras).
So Sage Agastya is greater than the Ocean.
Now, Sage Agastya himself was born in an earthen pot .
But pot is just a small portion of the earth.
Therefore earth is bigger than Sage Agasthya;
But the whole earth itself is being held on one of the thousand heads of Adishesha!
Therefore Adisesha is bigger than the earth.
Mother Uma Devi wears Adisesha as a ring on her little finger. Therefore Uma Devi is bigger than Adi Sesha.
But then Uma Devi is part of the Lord.
Therefore the Lord is greater than Uma Devi.
And finally- the Lord Himself is residing in the heart of the devotees.
Therefore devotee is greater than all these.
Indeed, the devotee’s glory is not easy to comprehend."