Maha Periyava came to the peeta (of the Kanchi Mutt) at the young age of 12. Maha Periyava took sanyasa at the young age of 12. He came to the Peeta at this tender age. Just as we say a father should behave like a father, a mother should behave as befitting her status, so was Maha
Periyava as a ‘Peetadipathi’ (Head of a Religious Mutt). He was an example of how a Peetadipathi should be. He was so in all aspects – as a Sanyasi, as a Guru, as a Vidwan and as a Tapasvi. He possessed highly exceptional qualities that are beyond description (‘anirvachaneeyam’ ).
He was an adept in Mantra Shastras. Once, a poor boy came to MahaPeriyava in deep anguish. He had none to call his own except a sister whom he had married off. But she had become mentally deranged and her in-laws were pressuring him to take her back. He had no permanent
earning or place of stay, and so was perturbed about bringing his sister back. She used to behave abnormally. Periyava asked the boy to bring the sister while He performed Lord Chandramouleeswara puja. Periyava said that after the puja He would do japa with the sandal
paste (‘chandan’) which He would splash on her; and, she will react violently and run to a mango tree. Periyava instructed that none should follow her or stop her. She was very restless when she was brought in and would not stand there. Maha Periyava did as He had said. She ran
out and hit against a tree and fell. She then became all right as the ‘brahma rakshas’ that had caught hold of her had left her. No allopathic medicine can cure such troubles. They will call it nervous weakness and at the most put the person to sleep using sedatives.
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