It is normal human tendency to have darshan of Mahaperiyava, to try to converse with Him and be blessed by Him.
However, it is best to be in the vicinity of Mahaperiyava when He is in Kaashta Mounam (Observing silence akin to the state of a log of wood), for then the Power and Grace from Him is much more.
I went to have His Darshan along with my close friend. Turned out that Periyava was observing Mounam that day. Not the Kaashta mounam, but the regular one wherein He used to communicate using hand and facial gestures. Swamigal’s gestures were so graceful that it would put a dancer to shame!
All these years my friend was being constantly piqued by her sister in law (husband’s sister), and hence her mind was in an agitated state.
Just a few days prior to our Darshan, her sister in law and her husband had to relocate to England to pursue the latter’s career there.
When our turn came before Him, Swamigal, who was in Mounam, put His hand on His nose with a gesture of closing the nostrils and then made a ‘waving away’ sign with His hands.
What He had conveyed so beautifully was this:
“Has your sister in law gone away?”
In Tamil it meant “Has your நாத்தனார் Naathanar gone away?”
The reason for His closing the nostrils is நாத்தம் Naatham means ‘bad smell’, referring to her sister in law, and the waving the hands is ‘gone away’! :)))
Such was His sense of Humour, even in silence!
The others present there did not understand this, but like it always happens with Him, His message surely reaches the intended person!
My translation of a part of Smt Padma Subramanyan’s talk on Him.
In the picture Swamigal is seen observing Mounam in Kanchipuram in 1957!
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