Veena Gayathri shares her experience

Maha Periyava’s message!

rAbove is a crown made of Tulasi beads, cardamom and ‘lavangam’ strewn around and shaped as “OM” (in sanskrit) on it. This is the crown which His Holiness, Pujyasri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi asked me to wear on my head while I performed in His Divine Presence (in Orikkai village, while He was observing Silence) when I was 11 years old.
Kumudam Bhakti magazine (Issue:-April 16-30,2010) carried my photographs and interview. The interview though well presented had a few gaping holes (obviously due to a communication gap) which I thought I would fill up here.
The interview states that I had been to the Ashram of Paramahamsa Yogananda in Encinitas and I also had His darshan!!!! He had attained liberation in the year 1952,even before I was born!
The article also states that I do not go abroad due to my belief that Hindu Dharma is opposed to flying overseas. This statement is partially true. There was a long period of time (through the best part of the 80s and all through the 90s) when I had simply refused to go abroad as I firmly believed that my living God, Paramacharya was against Hindus crossing the high seas. In the bargain I had even rejected plum offers from abroad inviting me to perform veena. In the latter half of 80s to the best part of 90s, I was frequenting Kanchipuram, involving myself (for a brief period during mid-90s) in the fund raising of the temple that is being constructed for Paramacharya in Orikkai village, near Kanchipuram. In the bargain I had the great fortune of meeting and interacting with renowned vedic scholars and close associates of Paramacharya. In all our conversations, the one thing that struck a chord in me was His objection to Hindus crossing the mighty Oceans. I wondered whether the rule (not to go abroad) applied only to vedic pundits and sanyasis. I even knew of a few staunch devotees who not only travelled abroad frequently, but also raised funds abroad towards the construction of Paramacharya’s temple. I was genuinely confused and no matter how much I discussed about this, I could never get a clear and concrete answer whether women and artistes could go abroad. After much introspection, I decided not to accept concerts abroad. My trips to Muscat in early 90s and Berlin, Germany in 2002 for unavoidable reasons were the only exceptions. I had rejected many offers all through till last year, when the mother got the better of the aritste in me.
2009 was the year I rushed to San Diego to be with my daughter, Haritha who works for Qualcomm.
In my interview I had mentioned all about the dreams I had while in San Diego. From day one in San Diego, I had dreamt of saints and great sages. The prophetic dream about Paramahamsa Yogananda got me trailing the path to His ashram in Encinitas (a half-an-hour’s drive from San Diego).
I had semi-visions of Sri Vidyaranya Swami while in San Diego and Houston. I was taken aback that all these divine things were happening to me in the US!!!! While I was posting articles on Soundarya Lahari (mantras,yantras and text) in my blog, ‘Jasmine Strings’ while in San Diego, I had curious dreams of ‘Kundalini’ rising like a serpent!
The ultimate dawning (that I was all along wrong in believing that Paramacharya was opposed to Hindus going abroad) ascended on me in the form of a prophetic dream!
In my dream, Paramacharya, in His saffrons,smiled gently as He beckoned to me. I was pushing back my two plaits and more keen to play in the sand (which means I was a child of 6 or 7 when I used to wear two braids and loved to play in the sand!) I slowly walked towards Him and He smilingly made me sit on His lap. He started chanting a famous and most powerful mantra and asked me to repeat it. I repeated it and word by word He made me repeat the entire mantra. In between, when I mispronounced a verse, He smiled and asked me “Idu yaaru solluvaa?”. I corrected myself and repeated the whole mantra to His satisfaction. I asked Him in english,”how many times should I say this everyday?” He smiled widely as though to a child and told me the number, allowing me to run towards the sand.
When I woke up the next day, I understood the implication of Paramacharya appearing in my dreams while in San Diego. His appearance in my dream not only reaffirmed the fact that He was “Sarvaantharyaami” (Omnipresent), He also let me know through the dream that He was not against Hindus travelling anywhere under the sun! He actually sought His child (myself) in the US to preach me the mantra! I also realized that while I was in India I had never had such powerfully divine dreams almost everyday! From the next day of my dream till today, I recite the mantra everyday as instructed and guided by Paramacharya in my dreams in San Diego.
The Kumudam Bhakti interview mentions my dream without mentioning the crux, that Paramacharya IS NOT opposed to Hindus crossing the oceans to go abroad.


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  1. Mahaperiyava is more interested in maintaining one’s swadharmam. Hinduism is really a motherly religion. It never punishes any one who does not follow rules (unlike other organized religions). It says…”do your best”. Mahaperiyava upadesham is for the tapas the author did during her early days and her sahityam. San Diego can also be written as Sand I Ego. “Sand” the “I” alias ego”…you get the gnanam. Great upadesham. America is a great place where native Indians did lots of tapas. I always consider it a holy place. There is a book called “sacred pipe” describing their philosophy. It is a small book but filled with deep meaning.

  2. The idea is that one should not settle down in foreign country since our way of life towards upliftment of Atmana is not ensured not to talk of the condition of descendents there later.

    There is no harm in visiting other countries for performance ,a good krma.
    This is the way i take maha paramacharya’s blessings ,even in dreams which i believe.
    K.V. Mohan/ V.parameswaran

  3. As per Dharmasastram, Brahmins are not suppose to visit videsham and Mahaperiyava had never advocated this issue. At the same time, if someone goes to HIM and informs about his/her going abroad, as with anything else, HE would never say ‘no’. One of my relatives went to seek HIS ok for carrying her puja along to USA, she did take the puja, but came back after getting divorced. My neighbour, after a trip abroad told me that he had once asked the current Periyava if he was still a ‘brahmin’ after his visit to videsham and I believe Periyava had told him not to take anyone else’s puja or agree to be am a ‘brahmin-representative’ for Bhojanam at someone’s house

  4. Sai’s Point is very correct as per Paramachariya’s view on this in DeivathinKural.

  5. Jaya Jaya Shakara Hara Hara Shankara,

    I’m sorry but I have to disagree here. Maha Periyavaa in his upanyasams has very clearly said that Brahmins should not go abroad, probably this does no apply to all the Hindus. In the same vein, he is not in favour of women studying/working. He sees more bad than good in modern education and hence his disapproval.

    There is a chapter in ‘Deivathin Kural’ volume 2, ‘Pengal Udyogam Parpathu’ where he condemns women working/studying. He rues Brahmin men working in corporate offices which is a result of British invasion to India centuries ago.

    There are a lot of chapters in ‘Deviathin Kural’ that explains the above said points very rationally and in detail.

    • What Sai says is absolutely correct. what veena gayatri describes may at best be expalined as Paramacharya’s karuna. Paramacharya has consistenly maintained that shastras are the pramanam in any yuga. So kali yuga cannot be any exception. As per the sashtras, brahmins should not go abroad. In fact in certain instances, he has castigated brahmins for giving up their traditional roles stating that this has resultedi in other sections immitating brahmins.

  6. Maha Periyava is OMNIPRESENT. Every ardent devotee is keenly and closely nourished by Maha Periyava with instant divine blessings. One such experience is highlighted by Smt.Veena Gayathri. She is really great to receive Maha Periyava’s blessings.

  7. In my Experience,Periyavaa has been most practical in this particular point..when my elder daughter got admission at the age of 15 after +2 with Full scholarship to go to Princeton(1992)I was worried ‘how to get Periyavaa’s Blessings’ as I dont do anything in life ‘without taking His blessings’..when I went to Kanchi,Balu mama,as usual,delicately put forth the point to Periyavaa..Instantly He, with all smiles took a Banana and gave it to my daughter and blessed her..
    For me He is God..God is never partial in His approach!
    That is the Truth..

  8. excellent post, thank you. mahesh

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