Humble devotee of the Lord

nambuValue- Right Conduct

Sub Value-Humility

Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri was a devotee of Guruvayoorappan- Lord Krishna. He composed the 1034 verseNarayaneeyam, a summary of the Bhagavata Purana in 1586 AD. Melpathur Bhattithiri was a student of Achyuta Pisharody, who became ill. As a student of the guru, Melpathur Bhattithiri took the disease upon himself as part of Guru Dakshina. The disease was incurable, and he was instructed by Ezhuthachan to become a devotee of Guruvayoorappan. Being a Sanskrit scholar, Melpathur Bhattithiri composed a verse every day for the Lord, and after the final verse was complete, he was cured of his ailments.

Poonthanam Namboodiri was a humble devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan. He wrote a Malayalam lyric “Jnanappana” in praise of the Lord. He was not erudite like Bhattathiri but his lyrics were noted for their simplicity and devotional fervour. He requested Bhattathiri to revise it, but the erudite Bhattatiri lacked humility and looked down upon Poonthanam’s knowledge of Sanskrit. A saddened Poonthanam went home and wept bitterly before the Lord.

That night a boy appeared at Bhattathiri’s house as he was preparing to recite Narayaneeyam. Seating the boy at his side, he started to recite. The boy pointed out an error in the very first verse. The poet admitted it and proceeded with the next verse, and the boy pointed out two mistakes. In the third verse, he pointed out three mistakes and so on. After the tenth verse, Bhattatiri realised that the boy was the none other than the Lord himself, and understood that Poonthanam’s bhakti was far more pleasing to the Lord than his own superior knowledge of Vibhakti (Sanskrit grammar) and learning. He rushed to Poonthanam and sought his forgiveness; later as  he read the Jnanappana, he found that it was flawless.

Learning

Faith and devotion is more important for Lord than the accumulation of knowledge without love and humility. Humility is the hall mark of character building.

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