Thanks Shri Venkatesan for the article….Amazing incident that shows the intensity of Periyava’s nethra-anugraham!
Maha Swamigal’s mukham–camp, in Karnool. I went there for kshetradanam and darshanam.
Young age (we were of). Owing to circumstances, some of us (including me) were caught in the bad habit of smoking tobacco. I was praying to God for a long time that the habit should leave for ever. But then I did not give it up and continued to smoke.
We went for darshan of Maha Swamigal at Karnool. He was seated at a distance. Looking at Swamigal, I did a manasika prarthana–mental prayer, deeply, and with tears. He blessed me. Neither did I speak to him about my mental worry nor did he ask anything about it. But then his very compassionate look rattled me.
When I was returning to Tiruppur, I had intense fever and body pain. Was admitted to a hospital after I reached my place. I became a new man within the ten days I stayed there! I got the yogyata–propriety to say of myself as a bhakta of Maha Swamigal whose bad habit was gone. Even today, our family is praying to that deity who changed me as a man.
Today’s youth who are afflicted with a bad habit, if they go round the brindavanam of Maha Swamigal at ShriMatham, Kanchipuram, and do an Atmarta prarthana, falling at his feet with tears and a melting heart, they would surely be relieved of the habit and live a good life.
author: Venkataraman, Tiruppur
compiler: T.S.Kothandarama Sarma
source: Maha Periyaval darisana anubhavangal
publisher: Vanathi Padhippaham (May 2005 Edition)
Categories: Devotee Experiences