One of our readers asked me a question why Periyava would approve a kovil for Himself when He had always avoided any kind of recognition? He never approve us saying that that He is a mahan, always put an innocent face before us as if He is one among all agnanis like us – why would He approve this?? Interesting question – clearly, I am not as knowledgeable as others in this forum. I am going to give my comments – it may or may not be correct. So I am opening up this question for wiser folks to answer.
The question came from an elderly person, who is a very great devotee of Him. So no criticism is needed. If you want to answer, please do so – otherwise, just read.
My list of thoughts::
(1) Temples are not decided by humans – Periyava/Parameswaran has to decide if a temple should come or not – it is their Sankalpam – people who build are just tool – including great kings. If you look at all sthala puranas, almost all the temples are built after Iswaran has decided to be there to bless all of us at the requests of devas, devotees, devis etc. Whether a temple is to be built by a king or a poor is also determined by Him.
(2) Bagawan does not need anything from us. We need a lot from them. It is their karunyam that they are in every temple to help us in sailing through the cycle of births and deaths. He blesses us all and draw us towards Him so that we understand the purpose of life (to end this vicious cycle).
(3) In order to succeed guru bakthi is the need of the hour. Periyava had said that you don’t need a god and all you need is a guru. Guru is Bagawan. Ramana Maharishi says the same. Having a temple for those gurus are genuinely needed, in my opinion.
(4) Bakthi is always bigger than money in building a temple. Sri Pradosham mama is a great example – he had absolutely nothing in his hands when he wanted to build this great temple for Periyava. How it happened ? All because of deiva sankalpam. One who has seen Orikkai temple can understand the power of Periyava’s blessings to Sri Pradosham mama. Same is the story with this mami in Nochiyam. She has absolutely nothing in her hand….The temple is coming up very nicely. I am sure Periyava will “paathuppa”!
(5) I do know that Periyava never wanted new temples to be built and rather wanted old, abandoned temples to be renovated. Here we are talking about a temple for gnana guru, jagad guru, the parabrahmam who is an ocean of karunyam, without His blessings, we all will be clueless.
(6) Let some more Periyava temples come; let people go there and do all the aradhana to Him as a first step in the path of self-realization. With His blessings, we sure will progress.
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