Sri Balal Ji
Devotees go on pilgrimage to different holy places and have darshan
of various deities. After one or two trips to the same place there
is a sense of satisfaction. But the darshan of Sri Balaji is different.
The more the number of visits to Him the more one wants to see
Him. The momentary satisfaction derived from the fleeting glimpse
of the Lord intensifies the longing to see Him again and again.
Words are a poor medium to express the feelings evoked by the
Darshan of the Lord's icon in its most onginal form on a Friday
morning without the Alankaram. The grace, the beauty and the majesty
of the Deity are palpably felt. One may drink in the form of the
Lord with a thousand eyes, yet remain unsatiated. If the devotee
looks upon the Lord with the ideas of Saguna (form, qualities
and attributes) He appears so. For one with an advaitic outlook
the experience is transcendent.
Among the devotees the Lord brings relief to the afflicted, divine
wisdom to the seeker, prosperity to the materialist and peace
to the Jnaani. All these benefits flow spontaneously and automatically
out of the boundless grace of the Lord. The eternal charm of Balaji
is exemplified in a Slokam in the Suprabhatam: 'Tvadgopuraagrasikharaani...".
The Slokam says that even people aspiring for Swargam or for Moksham
give up their goals and wish to be reborn in the mortal world
to serve Sri Venkateswara when they look peaks of the towers of
the Tirumala Temple.