Saint Vallalar prays for the company of the right people. He
does not want to be associated with gossips, liars or those
who argue all the time. He wants nothing but to sing the
praises of Lord Shanmukha, who resides in the temple of
Kanda Kottam, in the city of Chennai, elaborated M.A.
Manickavelu in a discourse. Vallalar’s unshakeable faith in
the Lord is evident in every verse of his Deiva Mani Malai.
Such faith comes naturally to the jnani.
Vivekananda saw an idol of Lord Krishna being taken in
a procession. “Look! Krishna is walking towards us!”
Vivekananda exclaimed to the man beside him. But the
man was skeptical. So Vivekananda put his hand on his
shoulder and the man immediately saw Krishna walking
towards them! But the moment Vivekananda took his
hands o the man’s shoulders, he no longer saw Krishna,
but only an idol. That is because only jnanis can see God.
When Vivekananda met Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, he
had a question for him. Vivekananda asked him if he had
To this Ramakrishna replied: “Yes, I have seen God. I
have seen Him as clearly as I now see you.” No one had
ever made such an assertion to Vivekananda and he was
amazed at the statement. Ramakrishna further said that
one can even talk to God.
People shed tears over their relatives. But how many
shed tears to have a glimpse of God? If one cries for God,
one can see him, assured Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna
himself used to weep when he worshipped Goddess Kali.
Saint Manickavachagar says in a verse that if one cries, one
can reach Him.
Sundarar says that even if he forgot Lord Siva, his tongue
would go on chanting His name.