The Source of the Rain
As the supporter of all beings Narayana is also the source of the rain. According to the ancient texts, rain is evolved by the sun and the sun is sustained by Dhruva. Dhruva is supported by love of Lord Narayana, eternally existent Lord seated in the heart. On Dhruva rests the seven planets, and upon the planets depend the clouds. The rains are suspended in the clouds and rain is the nourishment and delight of all beings, gods, humans, animals and plants alike.
The water which falls as rain is the means of maintaining life. Water is the element which sustains and nurtures and likewise Narayana is the force which pervades, sustains and protects all creation. It is no coincidence that the presence and appearance of the water element permeated the events of the yajna indicating auspiciousness and divine blessings.
On the first day of the yajna, the murtis of Lakshmi and Narayan were brought in ceremonial procession to the place of yajna. As the procession began, from out of the clear blue skys, raindrops began to fall, not everywhere, but only upon the figures of the Lakshmi and Narayana as they made their way to the yajna area. In the Vishnu Purana the different types of rain are categorized. The rain which falls whilst the sun is shining and without a cloud in the sky is said to be the water of the heavenly Ganga, shed by the solar rays in blessing and benediction. Those who are touched by this pure rain, are cleansed from the soil of samsara, purified and blessed by this celestial ablution. Later the same day, in the afternoon the fire of the yajna was kindled. Although there had been no clouds in the sky previously, at the exact moment of lighting the fire, the rain began as Narayana gave his blessings for the success of the yajna.
After the installation of Lakshmi and Narayan with mantras and ritual worship was completed, an eagle flew above the three stages of the yajna, circling three times in a parikrama of respect before alighting in a peepal tree. Not only is the eagle the form of Garuda, the vehicle of Narayana, but the peepal tree is also much revered in India as the tree chosen by Lord Krishna to be one of his forms in the manifest world.
On the last day of the yajna, again there was not a cloud in the sky. At 1.30pm the pandits entered Akhara to perform the final puja of Lakshmi in the form of the Sri Yantra and Narayana in the form of Guru. Just as they entered the grounds, the raindrops began to fall while the sun was still shining brightly. The rain fell only in Akhara. Not on the path outside, nor the gardens and grounds opposite. The rain fell only on the area of the three Peeths and on the pandits walking to begin the puja.
Beloved of Lord Narayana is Tulsi and no worship of him is complete without her. In the scriptures it is said that Naryana takes up abode in the village or the house where Tulsi is grown. In such a house no one suffers calamities like poverty, illness or separation. Tulsi is auspicious in all respects. Simply by seeing or touching her, praying and bowing before her, or even by remembering or hearing about her, there is auspiciousness. Anyone who comes in contact with her lives eternally in the Vaikuntha world.
A special ritual of the yajna was the Sahasarachan conducted by the offering of tulsi leaves during the chanting of the thousand names of Vishnu and Lakshmi. It is said that even offering flowers made of gold, jewels and pearls do not have one sixteenth of the importance of Tulsi. These tulsi leaves were given to all as prasad of the yajna, but such was the spiritual force which with these leaves were charged, that Swamiji himself gave an instruction that the leaves should be placed on the puja altar in each home overnight, so that the auspicious grace and benevolence of Lord Narayana could pervade every house in Munger.