|| Hari Sarvothama Vayu Jivothama ||
The below article is written by my Guru Dr.B.Basker Rao, who is also called as Upanyasa Chakravarthy. My sincere thanks to him for presenting such a nice article on power of Gayatri mantra.
Sri Gopala Daasaru and the Grace of Gayatri -By Dr. B. Basker
Namaskaara to all Haribhaktaas.
Bhaganna lived along with his three brothers with his mother venkamma since his father had expired exposing them to great difficulties. An accounts officer of a neighbouring village arranged for the thread ceremony of the children free of cost and the priest who conducted the function emphasised the power of gayatri as under:
na gaayatriyaa param mantra na matuh para devataa
(There is no other greater god than mother and there is no equal mantra
that is greater than Gayatri). Bhaganna took the adivce to the heart and formally took permisssion from greatest god for a person viz.his mother started to sincerely chant the greatest mantra gayatri and by the repeated chanting and purascharanah of the sacred hymn for a period of two years under a vata vraksha(banyan tree)Bhaganna was endowed with the gift of telling the bhoota,vartamanah and bhavishya of a person(the past,present and future). Fame,name,glory and riches began to pour upon Bhagannaa who was languishing in penury previously.
Even the Gadwal king came to him and got prediction from him and gifted with him with lot of wealth. A dramatic change took place in his life when bhaganna happened to go to see thimanna at adoni (thimannan was a minister at the court of baslad jung,nawab of adoni and a good friend ofbhaganna) . At that time Sri Vijayadaasaru had camped there and bhaganna was captivated by the great saint and Bhaganna left the practice of foretelling and fell at the Lotus feet of the dasaru and requested him to kindly initiate into daasa koota which the latter did so in the manga rayara devastana at adoni and gave him the ankhita name of Gopala vittala and henceforth He was known as Sri Gopala Dasaru.
This incident must be an eyeopener for those who are unaware of the efficacy Gayatri mantra that forms an important part in the sandyavandana and inspire them to do sandya vandana even if they have not yet started.
Sri Gopala daasaantargata Sri Gopalavittala preetyartam
Yours in the Service of Sri Harih.
Venkatesh Rajendra Rao