This is one of the thousand incidents that we have read where things go south by not listening to guru. It is sad that even today, people do not listen to our current acharyas!
Thanks to Shri Venkatesan for this article…
Sabarimala (Ayyappa) devotees in two buses came to have darshan of PeriyavA. He asked them, “What places did you visit until now? And what are in your plan to visit?”
They told the names of places they had visited and said that they had plans to visit Vaikkam, Guruvayur and Chottanikkara in Kerala.
Periyava ordered them to have darshan of Trichy Mathrubhudeshwara (Shiva at the Rockfort Temple, Trichy), Akhilandeswari of Tiruvanaikka, Ranganatha of Srirangam, Madurai Meenakshi, Tirupparankunram Murugar, Tirunelveli Nellaiyappar and Kutralanathar at Tirukkutralam en route.
But then it was not possible for all the devotees to take this route. So, one bus went through the route they had planned earlier and the other through the route Periyava had advised.
News came after ten days.
The bus that went in the route Periyava advised came back home safely (after darshan at Sabarimala). The other bus met with an accident en route, many people were injured (one or two dead) and never reached Sabarimala.
The troupe of people whose lives were saved on that day visited Shrimatham every year during the Ayyappa season. They made it a custom to do sarana gosham–hymns on Ayyappa, before Periyava and prostrate to him. Till the long sarana gosham was finished, Periyava would immerse himself in Atmanandam–bliss of soul, closing his eyes in meditation.
Periyava would always support devotion and the devotees.
Author: A srimath disciple
compiler: T.S. Kothandarama Sarma
source: Maha PeriyavaL – Darisana AnubhavangaL
publisher:…. Vanathi Padhippaham (May 2005 Edition)
Categories: Devotee Experiences