day it so happened that Annamacharya gave a sublime tune to one of
his compositions on Balaji and submerged the assembly in the ocean
of bhakti. It was a royal banquet to the ears; and everyone turned
oblivious of time. Soon alter completion, the king rose up from his
scat and hailed the Sankirthanacharya in loud tone and exclaimed
praising him in words such as - "Superb! Marvellous! Hour
mellifluous!!!." The audience joined him with equal fervour.
But the Acharya attributing it to Balaji's divyanugrah remained as
calm as sea after storm. Then came a bolt from the blue. The king
being presumptuous by nature lost his mental poise and asked the
Acharuya to sing in praise of him in the selfsame style - similar
tune and tone.
was unbearable for the Sankirthanacharya, who dedicated himself
mentally, soulfully to Balaji. Closing his ears and eyes at once, he
regretted his mistake of singing before him and remained mute. The
king grew red in face and reiterated his bidding to sing in praise
of him at once. "Having dedicated my tongue to Tirumala
Srinivasa, I cannot use it for anyone. I always sing Gods praises,
but not of humans however exalted they are". So saving he left
the hall abruptly. The court was awe-struck and the officials feared
severe consequences to Acharya for incurring king's wrath.