What does Dirgha AyushmAn bhavah mean?

When Periyavaa was giving darshan, four or five Vidwans who had come for darshan, were sitting on the floor.

In the course of his conversation (with the devotees), Periyavaa asked them, “When Bhaktas do namaskaram to me, I bless them with the name ‘Narayana, Narayana’. What do you people who are samsAris say for blessing?”

“We say, ‘[b]dIrgha AyushmAn bhavaH[b]’; only that is the custom.”

“What does it mean?”

“Remain in saukyam for a long time’ is its meaning.”

Periyavaa asked all the Vidwans present there, one by one. Everyone said the same meaning.

Periyavaa remained in silence for sometime. Then he said, “The meaning you all said is a wrong one.”

The Pandits were taken aback. Everyone of them was a bade bade Vidwan, and had earned the Siromani title.

For the Samskrta Vaakyam ‘Dirgha AyushmAn bhavah’ even those with a little knowledge of Samskrtam can tell the meaning. Such simple words! Yet Periyavaa says the meaning is wrong?

“Shall I tell it myself…..?” The Pandits sharpened their ears.

“Of the twenty-seven Yogas, one is named AyushmAn. Of the eleven KaraNas, one is the called the Bhava. Among the week days, the Saumya Vaasaram falls on a Wednesday. When all these three–on a Wednesday, the AyushmAn Yoga and the Bhava KaraNa–occur together, that day is said to be shlAgya. Therefore, if these three occur together, whatever good phalas would be got, I bless that you may get all those fruits…”

All the Vidwans got up in together and did namaskaram to PeriyavaaL.

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16 replies

  1. Is it true that Mahaperiava said this? From the comments I observe there are some doubts.. Who can clarify that?

  2. A person without Samskruta jnAna built this story. Though the intention was to praise Periyaavaa, it is actually insulting to Peryaavaa. Bhava in the benediction is a verb. If it is taken to mean the name of Karana, where is the verb? In the benediction in this story, it is mentioned as “Bhavah”. It is not so. It is “Bhava”. There is no “h” at the end. There is also “Dirgha sumangaLI bhava”. What about that? What is the purpose of benediction? The person who receives must also understand that. I don’t understand why people come up with this kind of false stories.

  3. Excellent

  4. To the question of Parasuram,I am enclosing Durgha Pancharatnam by SRI MAHA PERIAVA with Meaning.But I am unable to fish out the Back ground .Some one else can help.Please read daily and get blessings

  5. Periyava’s interpretation is really true. All the karanas like bhava have phalams in life. Those phalams be of good ones eliminating bad or evil ones. What is the use of living long with evil in life and invite suffering? Wednesday, Pon us dayskidaithalum Bhudan Kidaikkaadu, is an auspiceos day. Periava was brilliant. Ther is no other go but to worship himsince all the Gnanis become God While living and after death. i

    • I still feel that this interpretation has not been given by Maha Periava. Some astrologer is weaving stories. We need to trace the origin of this story. Otherwise. this has to be taken only with pinch of salt.
      V Govindan

      • I asked the people how yesterday(26/08/2015) ,a wednesday and said to be AyushmAn yogam and bhava Karanam was different than any other day?Have not got any response yet!
        I agree with vgvindan that Mahaperiyava ,a jnani would never have said such a thing.These days ,a lot of invented stuff is attributed to Mahaperiyava and it is better to keep one’s critical faculties active to take it for what it is.
        “Only that Day dawns to which one is awake”-Henry David Thoreau

  6. ‘dIrgha AyushmAn bhava’ is a complete benediction – like ‘ciranjIvi bhava’. ‘bhava’ is the verb. Assuming Mahaperiava did indeed give the interpretation as stated in the article, the word ‘dIrgha’ seems to become meaningless and there would be no verb. While we mortals make such benedictions (dIrgha AyushmAn bhava etc.), truly great people like Mahaperiava do simply utter ‘nArAyaNa’ etc in keeping with the dictum ‘sarva dEva namaskAraH kESavaM pratigacchati’. Though guru stands on a totally different footing, it is their humility that they invoke ‘nArAyaNa’ etc while blessing devotees.

    Therefore, I have serious doubt whether this interpretation is really true or whether it is an interpolation by some clever Sanskirt scholar. If I am wrong, I sincerely apologise for my transgression. However, if what I say is correct, then I can only say that people of indulging interpolations in the name of Mahaperiava.
    V Govindan

  7. I seek help Maheshji.I understand that Maha Periavaa has composed one sloka and one kriti-Maitreem Bhajatha and Durga Pancharatnam.While a lot of articles are there on Maitreem Bhajatha,I am looking for more details on Durga Pancharatnam-sloka itself printed correctly,the meaning,any background on when it was composed and in what context.
    Thought of reaching this message and seeking help thru your far reaching blogsite
    Never a day is complete without logging onto this site.Experiences that you have recorded and made available creates a deep imprint and creates continuous introspection,Each of the video not only leaves one dazed , surrendered , joyous and tears in eyes about Mahaa Periavaa,it also provides great lessons and inspiration on how a disciple should be-ekaagrata,shraddha ,total surrender ..which are demonstrated by many disciples as expressed in the videos is also a learning for the generation to come.

  8. Only MAha Periyava can give such interpretation.


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