Mahaperiava (“Gurunathan”) with mischief in His eyes and a smile on His lips, asked the person sitting before Him, ” what is the name of the person who just went from here, do you know?”

The person replied ,” Srikantan”

” No! If you say that way, it will be against the government’s opinion.”——-This is Periava.

The person simply blinked without understanding.

Periava enjoyed his perplexity for some time , and said,” you should say, ‘Thirukkandan’, only then government will agree

The devotee understood it now and laughed along with Him . “wherever the letter “Sri” comes, the same should be replaced with “Thiru”. The govt. had decided that way, and it had appeared on that day’s news paper!

Names such as ‘ Srirangam’, Sriperumpudur’ etc. should be written as ‘ Thiruvarangam’ Thirupperumpudur’ etc. In that case how can we say ‘Srikantan.?

Periava continued,” but, it is a fallacy if we say ‘Thirukkantan’ instead of ‘SRIKANTAN’. You know why?”—He asked and continued to explain the reason.

“Thinking that ‘Sri’ means only ‘Lakshmi’, the govt. is asking to change ‘Sri’ into ‘Thiru’. But the word ‘Sri’ has many other meanings. It denotes snake, snake’s venom etc. Like Tuesday , which is not suitable for Mangala karma, is named ‘Mangalavaram’, snake is also called ‘Sri’. ‘Srikantan’ does not mean ” the one who keeps Lakshmi in nis neck” indicating Mahavishnu. Mahavishnu does not keep Lakshmi in His neck, but keeps Her in His heart ( VAKSHA STHALAM) only. The correct meaning of ‘Srikantan’ is ” the one who keeps snake or snake’s venom ( He means the Aalahaala Visham) in His neck, and He is Parameshwaran or Neelakantan.”

After this wonderful ‘vyaghyaanam’, He said again with a mischievous smile, ” whether Srikantan is Thirukkantan or not, he is a thief! All of you are thieves!

He continues,” you didn’t understand? what are “seemaan” “Seenivaasan’ ? They are ‘SRIMAAN’, ‘SRINIVASAN’, converted as per this suggestion!’ Sri ‘ has become ‘ SEE’ in Tamizh. So, ‘SEE’ also should, herein after be called as ‘Thiru’, right?
” You have named me as “Jagath Guru”, and all of you are my ‘SEEDARKAL'( meaning Disciples), which means ‘Thirudarkal’ ( meaning Thieves).

We all had a hearty laugh, including Him!

But look how He has pointed out the fallacy in such decisions.

Thanks a ton to Shri Venkat Subramani who had posted this in Sage of Kanchi group in Facebook. He in turn is grateful to the post in Kanchi Periva forum
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7 replies

  1. Paropakaram Idham Sareeram – Please also see SR

  2. now that you say this, i remember an incident while walking from Hubli to Dharwad there were many lighter moments. one was when he was passing through the hospital suddenly he looked up and up and when i said ‘that is where odachari swamigal is admitted with fracture’ he smiled and said yes i have visited him!!! after walking some distance he asked about the same Sri decision of T.Nadu. He laughingly said we should not call sri sridhar and we should call thiru thiru darrr!!!!! none can beat HH in his humour. we will never feel the distance while walking with him. of course if he is mownam or in the morning, we all have to recite only vishnu sahasranam and he walks while we run!!!! n.ramaswami

  3. Similarly, coconut is also called as ‘Sri-phalam’ in Sanskrit. This was mentioned by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Vishwa Nirmala Dharma.

  4. no one would have thought abt this. amazing

  5. Amazing. HIS lighter side too gives us knowledge.

  6. An enlightening statement and an eye opener to everyone who reads this about the importance
    and sanctity of the word “Shri”. Pranams to Maha Periyaval.

    Balasubramanian NR

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