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Residing once more in sri Rahgam, Yatiraja began to instruct the growing number of disciples who had taken shelter of him. One day his disciple Kuresa approached him and asked him to reveal the full meaning of the supreme  verse of Bhagavad gita :


sarva'dharman parityaja

mam tkam saranam vraja

aham tvam sarva'papebhyo

moksayisyami ma sucah


"Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I will deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.Ramanuja replied, "A person who gives up all independent desires and serves his guru absolutely for an entire  year can fully understand the meaning of this verse, and no one else.But life is so uncertain," said Kuresa, "how can I know whether or not I will live for another year? Please bestow your mercy upon me by making the meaning of  the verse manifest in my heart even now.Yatiraja considered this request for a while and then replied, "If you live for one month by begging alms from door to door, without knowing where your next meal will come from, will  begin to realize the meaning of full surrender. At that time I will instruct you on ail the meanings of this glorious verse.For one month Kuresa lived as his guru had instructed. When the month had passed, he learned from Yatiraja  all about the nature of surrender to Lord Krsna.