Thanks to Shri Raja Aiyer for sending this article. I think this was published in Tamil earlier – English version is a delight to all readers.
Today he is known as Ausuvai King.
But this simple man started his career as a cleaner boy in Kumbakonam.
He himself narrates in his Biography as how as a 7 yr old Boy,he used to carry all the leftovers in Kanchi Mutt at Kumbakonam, on his shoulders to the garbage bins..all liquids slowly falling on his face and body.. a very dirty ,detesting ,disgusting job, he was doing..
He was helping his father Vikramapandiam Narayansami Iyer , who along with Kapisthalam Venkatramaiyer,were the cooks in Kanchi Mutt, which was witnessing a huge rush during meals time every day as thousands used to throng to have the Darshan of a Living God..Kanchi Paramacharya!
Arusuvai was doing this job willingly as a sort of devotion for his Only God..Paramacahrya. He writes ‘that on many occasions there used to be so much heavy rush that ,we used to clear the Echalkalai ,that the left overs used to fall on our tongues and we used to taste the left overs due to our hunger,as we had not taken anything since morning and were quite hungry!’
Arusuvai Natarajan got married to Nagalaxmi when he was just 21 yrs old.Sooner he was having a boy in his hands and his hard fought life in Madras was so pathetic,that he was in debts on a daily basis.He was unable to meet his mounting debts!He and his wife Nagalaxmi had not visited Kanchi Mahan at Kanchi for a while.So they decided one day to have His darshan and End their life..the only option Arusuvai feels was left for them!
Both of them visit one evening the Kanchi Mutt and Kanchi Mahan smilingly asked him “You look so perturbed..This evening,you be seated only here,in Front of me”..Arusuvai Natarajan was taken aback as his intentions to end his life is ‘already known’ to the great Mahan.
Arusuvai didn’t have any other oprtion but to obey His Living God. Kanchi Mahan asked Mutt employees to take care of Natarajan, very closely and not to let him be away from Him thro’ out the Night!
Arusuvai had good meals and slept near Kanchi Mahan and next day he was given new dresses to wear.’
Then’ Arusuvai writes ‘I was near Kanchi Mahan and as usual thousands of devotees thronged to Him in the morning Darshan.One old gentleman speaking Telugu prostrated before Kanchi Mahan and Kanchi Mahan asked him
“How are you?How is your Business?”
He is from Tiruppathi and he said “By your Grace I am doing very well..all your grace.I came here only to talk about my Business,if Periyavaa can advise me!”
Kanchi Mahan said “What advice can a Mutt Head give in Business ?”
“It is only due to Periyava’s grace that I have succeeded in this Business and I have made enough money..It is all your grace!”
Kanchi Mahan “It is surprising for some one in Business to come and tell openly ‘he has made money.’ What is the advice you want from me?”
“I wish to hand over this Business to somone whom Periyavaa suggests as I have other Business Plans to take care of myself.”
‘Here it is noteworthy’ Arusuvai wtites ‘that this gentleman has made lots of money by hiring Vessels for weddings based on Kanchi Mahan’s advice years back and now he wants to hand over those Vessels to someone who is needy!’
Kanchi Mahan “You will handover tha Business to whomever I ask you to hand over ?”
“It is only Maha Periyava’s suggestion that I started this business and hence it Peiyava’s Kattalai I am bound by!”
Maha Periyava was silent for a few minutes.
He calls Arusuvai. “Ennada ivar kodukkara pathiraththai vachcu pozhaichippiya?”
( “Will you be able to ‘survive’with his Vessles?”)
Arusuvai doesn’t have any answer excepting a choke in his throat.He was about to break down when the Thiruppathi gentleman interfered and told Periyavaa “Let him not worry about orders as I am handing over the old vessels with my existing clients..so he will ‘always make money’!”
Arusuvai enters the Business world,thanks to Maha Periyava by hiring old vessels for weddings…H extends the vessels Business to cooking meals for Weddings.
Today everyone knows his standing in Chennai..thanks to Maha Paeriyavaa’s anugraham.
Arusuvai stays a simple man even today and says “It is only His grace.”
He also narrates ‘how after several years he meets that Thirupathi Gentleman and found him completely broke.I decided to help him and did whatever possible by me I did to make him OK!”
Arusuvai and all his family members ,always, hire a Kalyana Mandapam in Kanchipuram on Maha Periyavaa’s Jayanthi day and make Laddus and distribute to all in Kanchipuram since that day!You can find them on 25th of this May also!
I cannot think of a more appropriate anecdote on this Maha Paeriyava’s Jayanthi day,making a cleaner boy to a level unimaginable!
Categories: Devotee Experiences
தென்னாடுடைய பெரியவா போற்றி
எந்நாட்டவர்க்கும் இறைவா போற்றி
சர்வக்ஞா சர்வவ்யாபி பெரியவா சரணம்
மாயப்பிறப்பறுக்கும் மஹா பெரியவா அடி போற்றி
ஹர ஹர சங்கர ஜெய ஜெய சங்கர
ஹர ஹர சங்கர ஜெய ஜெய சங்கர
His anugraham is always bountiful, in measures which you even cannot thinkand imagine-
NV SUBRAMANI Bangalore
Shri Shri Shri Mahaperiyava pours HIS apaara karunai to all, HH is Para brumman and all should do Prapaththi, other than that what else we can do>
Great indeed is maha PERIYAVA’S BLESSING ,I WISH we could ask for the total eradication of poverty from this world starting with our bharata varsham as that along with greed is one of the causes of evil
Another great experience of a Bessed devotee! How Maha Periyava helped Sundararaman ‘that son of Doraiswamy’, comes to mind immediately. Dr. Sundararaman and Arusuvai Natarajan are blessed to be in close proximity to Maha Periyava. It is Punyam to read their Charithrams. Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara shankara!
service to guru is the essence of our life .bava sankara desikame saranam
It is nice to see that the Arusuvai King is so simple a person watch
at his great heights. Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara
இன்னிக்குத் தான் இந்தச் செய்தியைப் படிக்கிறேன். அறுசுவை நடராஜன் அவர்கள் பெரியவாளின் அருள் பெற்றவர்னு தெரியும். இந்தச் செய்தி தெரியாது. பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி.
In the photo available, the banana leaf, ‘NUNI ILAI’ has been placed and served food…keeping the NUNI …right side….?????? How was this left unnoticed…
Pl leave the ilai part – maybe he just posed for the photo 🙂 let us take the good thing from that experience!
Blessed ae those who ae GRACED BY HIM. ARUSUVAI HAD THAT BAGHYAM
He has served the food for some one and he is explaining. That is my interpretation.
apaara karunasindum gnanadam shantharoopinam
sri chandrasekara guro pranamami muthanvaham
enna oru karunai….. all of us are blessed to read this
there are many arusuvais now on the highways and all are not natarajans arusuvai. harahara sankara jaya jaya sankara. n.ramaswami
I am delighted to read this. Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara
Did not know earlier how Arusuvai Natarajan came up in his life.It is important to note that he is still a simple person .All due to Maha Periyava’s grace.
This is an incredible story. Only Mahaperiyava can make such things happen!!!!!!!!!