On a day some fifteen years ago, we received the paripUrNa kaTAkSa of Kanchi ParamAChAryAL — Paramaatma.
My wife, daughter and I went to Kanchipuram and had darshan of ParamAChAryAL, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi SwamigaL and Sri BAla PeriyavAL; we also had darshan of the night puja. And then we had the early morning viSvarUpa darshanam of ParamAChAryAL and witnessed the go pUja.
We had purchased at Kamakshi temple two copies of the first-time-published Guru pictures that had all the three AcharyaaLs together. We went to Sankara MaTham to give the pictures to ParamAChAryAL and get his anugraha. We had PeriyavAL’s darshan and gave him the pictures praying for his blessings on them. Receiving them, MahA SvAmigaL inquired, “Where were these bought?” It seemed that he was having a glance at that publication for the first time.
He called an assistant, ordered him to get the pictures framed, and on receiving them framed, hang the pictures in two places in the MaTham.
We had boundless ecstasy that the pictures we gave were going to adorn the MaTham. That is the grace of ParamAChAryAL! How many devotees are waiting for an opportunity to hang gold-framed pictures on the walls of the MaTham! This being the case, it was our parama bhAgya that he gave us the opportunity. We were reminded of Sri Krishna Paramaatma voluntarily asking and taking aval (flattened rice) from Sudaaman.
We went back to MaTham around one o’ clock with the two framed pictures and another copy of the picture (we bought for us).
ParamAChAryAL came and sat around 3:30 hours. We gave the three pictures to the assistant for handing them over to PeriyavAL. He ordered the framed pictures to be hung on the MaTham walls. He was keeping the third picture with him. We came to know the reason for this act only later. We understood that it was PeriyavAL’s saMkalpa to grace us with a holy scene resembling the one in which Adi Shankara and his disciples sat and did vedanta vicAra.
We had that eye-overwhelming sight very soon!
ParamAChAryAL came and sat like Adi Shankara. BAla PeriyavAL sat before him, two vedic pundits sitting beside him. The vedanta vichAra started. And we witnessed the scene of Adi Shankara teaching his disciples! BAla PeriyavAL uttered some verses on brahmAtmAnanda anubhava from the Taittiriya Upanishad and MahA SvAmigaL did the vyAkhyAnam for them.
Don’t we say “gurostu maunam vyAkhyAnam” about Sri Dhaksinamurthy? Here it seemed to us as “gurostu lalita vyAkhyAnam”. One particular sentence recited during that vedanta lesson comes to mind even now: “tat brahmana: parimara ityupAsita.* BAla PeriyavAL’s vyAkhyAnam for this verse was “parimariya te iti parimaraH – vAyurityartaH”. He said that the term parimaram meant vAyu.
The two pundits who sat beside BAla PeriyavAL participated in the spiritual debate. The three of us exprienced this brahmAnanda for an hour. Then ParamAChAryAL gave BAla PeriyavAL and the others curd-filled, seeded coconut halves as prasAdam.
We had limitless joy when we understood that it was only to give us this brahmAnanda darshan that he kept us in the MaTham under the guise of ordering the pictures to be framed.
Then he returned to us the third picture (that had the three Acharyas, ParamAChAryAL in the middle with joined palms) with the mantrAkSata and his blessings.
My complete faith about this incident is:
1. ParamAChAryAL took chittam to give us karuNa kaTAkSa. That was why (though there were many devotees waiting to give him gold-framed pictures) he took the two pictures from us by voltuntarily asking for them.
2. He gave us the immense fortune of ordering that the two pictures we gave be hung on the walls of the holy Sri Sankara MaTham.
3. He also made us experience the brahmAnanda of the vedatana vicara scene that could be had nowhere else.
*The verse is:
tat brahmana: parimara ityupAsita|
paryenam mriyante dvishantas spatna: |
pari ye (a) priyA prAtruvyA:||
We should (also) worship Him as the destroying force. The person doing so would conquer and destroy all His enemies, haters, and bad persons.
— The taitrIya brigu valli verse 10.4
kaTAkSa – a glance or side look, a leer, caught by glance, an arrow-like look of love, a sidelong glance
vyAkhyAnam – explanation, gloss, commentary
Paramacharya’s paripUrNa kaTAkSha
author:….. Dr. S. Ramakrishnan, Chennai-92
compiler:… T.S. Kothandarama Sarma
book:……. MahA PeriyavAL – Darisana AnubhavangaL vol. 2, pages 89-92
publisher:.. Vanathi Padhippaham (May 2005 Edition)
translated by: Shri Saidevo
Can one fathom the blessings showered upon the family of Dr Ramakrishnan by our Compassionate Mother! Shankara. Have a blessed life you all.
Categories: Devotee Experiences