Isn’t it interesting to know that there were people who showed their hatred to Mahaswamy Himself even in those days? How Periyava did a self-analysis of those criticisms and found out how He could have handled differently! See mahan’s compassion towards them as well…..
SOURCE: MAITHREEM BHAJATHA
AUTHOR : Ra .Ganapathy
Publishers : Divya Vidhya Publishing House.
This episode highlights how The two great qualities of HUMILITY (VINAYAM) and WISDOM (GNANAM) co-existed in Mahaperiava.
Ra.Ganapathy (anna) writes:
Proof that a person is always immersed in LOVE ( MAITHREEM) is when that person treats even his worst adversary with love. I experienced one such demonstration , with SriSaranar.
For some people, the song “Maithreem Bhajatha”, fueled their hatred towards Mahaperiava and the hatred burnt with fury. I didn’t know, initially ,that such people existed, and that the song drew such a hateful response from them.
I felt that all were very happy and pleased with the song when M.S sang it in the U.N. and told HIM so.
He asked: ” how do you know that ALL were happy?”
What else is there for any body to feel otherwise—I thought and told Him so.
He called manager Sri Viswanatha Iyer and talked to him in Kannada. I just understood that He had asked him to bring some letters.
Iyer, with the strength that a person possesses due to his sincere, unfailing service to Mahaperiava, refused His order! I have witnessed on many occasions, how both of them used to argue on certain issues and enjoyed them too!
In the end, He asked him, showing some traces of anger, if he had fed the letters to Agni.( agnayae swaahaa pannittiyaa?). Iyer said “no” and went and brought a bunch of papers and gave it to Him.
He sent him away,and said,”Three letters have come expressing the same opinion. If three people have written that way, it means, three thousand people may have the same opinion. You may see one letter. I will give you the most interesting among the three.” Thus saying, He examined them and picked out one and gave it to me. ( Ganapathy anna had used the word ” rasam” for “interesting”).
I started reading that letter.’ Can there be anything more vulgar than this?—-was what I thought when I read . ‘Can a great Soul/Mahan be accused of , in such a way?’. From head to toe, I felt disgusted.
The letter was written in small letters on both sides of a foolscap paper. I only read the first page, folded it and returned it to Him. My hands were itching to tear off that letter into bits.
” Calm down! Calm down ” ( santhap paduththikkoppa! santhappaduththikko appa!”)—He told me with extreme kindness and sympathy. Who, other than HIM, can calm a person that way?
Then He told me with great kindness and calm,” There are different kinds of people in this world, and so there will also be different opinions.It is good for us to look at all these different opinions calmly. We should practise and develop this outlook if we want to protect our Atma. We don’t gain anything when others simply accept our opinion and praise us. It will lead us to undeserved pride.
. If we train ourselves to listen to such opposing opinions, and examine them with an impartial, unbiased mind, we stand a chance to realize our mistakes, if any, and try to correct ourselves..Those who express a totally different opinion may say that in a vulgar language..We should ignore that vulgarity or bad temper from that and examine if we can get a good point from that to correct ourselves.
I should not have made you, (who came here to tell me a glad news) perturbed, with this matter. Why I talked to you on this matter is, to impress upon you that you should train yourself to treat another’ contrary opinion as your own, which will do you a lot of good. Not only that, it also tells you that there is another view just opposite to yours. If you feel very perturbed, do not read further, give it to me back!”
When this Mahan tells me all this from the depth of His heart, for my good, I cleared my mind and told Him,” Let me see if there is any new point on the back side!”
He said,” Nothing new there. : he has only extended the point written in the first page and ended it by emphasising the same some more. Now that you have calmed a bit, you will again become more perturbed , if you read further. You will also scold the poor person who wrote this.” I returned the letter to Him. He was as kind to that person as He was to me during this dialogue.
Let us see some more of that KIND, LOVING SOUL.
For this, I have to tell you the gist of the letter. I will remove all the poison, and mischief from it, coat it with gold and tell you.
” There was no need for Mahaperiava to make a place for Himself in the international organization, by showing Himself as a world Preacher through a musician” ——This is the central point of that letter.
He continued,” ok! now tell me what is your opinion about the point expressed in that letter?”
I said, ‘ some how It doesn’t look right to me”
” But, for me, it looks very much right”—-Periava.
All of you must have been taken aback by His above answer.But, as He had prepared me well for this, I took it calmly. I was eager to hear His reasoning for this statement, as He used to logically explain other things.
He did not disappoint me!. He continued thus:
“Did I pen this song and give it to the U.N.organization, after they respected me as a Master and requested me to do so? They may not even know that we are sitting here as spiritual heads, calling ourselves as Sankaracharyas. May be, our country’s representative, or those of Pakistan or Ceylon, might be aware of that. That is all!. That being the case, why should I sprinkle Akshatha on my own head, assume myself as a preacher for the whole world, and pen a song for that purpose? What is mentioned in Saastraas? “Do not preach to any body other than a Disciple!’ ( ASISHYAAYA NA DHEYAM) Is it not? Even Bhaghavan says the same in GEETHA,’
We may take credit and be proud of this, but, those who heard this song in the UN assembly would have taken this as one among the various other songs sung there, and may not as an Advice ( Upadesha) and follow that. ”
He immediately saw what was in my mind and continued: You may ask,’ if that be so, whatever advice /upadesham we give you, does every body follow the same?”. This is considered as ” sishya lokam ‘ and we do this in general as a Duty. That is a common world ( sishya lokam). we have been made ” Jagath guru”s , and we have a duty to preach good things to them. But if the same thing is an organization, we may say anything only if they ask for it. That is the correct thing to do for an Achaarya peetam. At the least,if a representative of the UN organization had asked for a message, then there is justice in it. But if some unconcerned person asks and you give it and later somebody criticises, you have no right to say that the criticism is unwarranted. We should accept their opinion as right and be careful in future.”
What else we can call HIM except “Sathya devatha”, “Dharma Vigraham”, ” nyaaya devatha”?
Still I told Him what I reasoned: ” But the musician is one who is devoted to Mahaperiava, and when she is going to perform in a world organization, and wants to present her Guru’s upadesha as a song, what is wrong in fulfilling that genuine desire?”
Hearing this with a smiling face, He answered,: ” A lot of things will come to the minds of devotees, due to their devotion. We also should make them happy as much as possible. Note, only as much as possible!. Not fully. For a mind full of Bhakthi, there is no place for thinking. At that time, we ,sitting as gurus, should be alert and apprise them and advise them appropriately.
When they asked me ( to pen a song) I should have thought about it. Even if I had to fulfill their desire, what I should have done? In this concert ,there were a lot of other songs, Thyagaraja’s, Deekshithar’s and similar composers’ krithis. About Sri Rama, Sri Krishna and on various other Swamis.Composed thousands of years ago. None of them is an Upadesha for the UN. I should have told them , ” to satisfy your wish, I will try to compose some song in praise of Kamakshi, Meenakshi etc. For your satisfaction, I can pen some thing as a prayer to Ambal, but not for addressing the UN assembly”
I started from another angle: ” The song was penned because she requested Periava. Without enquiring and understanding the truth behind it, how can they accuse Periava in that manner? ”
” How do they know all this?. Look ! suppose some other ‘Samiyar’ had composed a song on the request of His devotees, we ourselves will criticise Him. Nobody will think of inquiring a matter that does not concern somebody close to him.”
I persisted,” ok! be it so! But , why should they convey it in such an indecent way?”
Sri Saranar answered thus,:” They are already very furious with me.At that time, if you expect them to be decent, and write in a way that doesn’t hurt me, then they have to bury their fury even deeper in their heart, and do so. Do you realize how difficult it would have been for them?
” It is good that , when the fault is on my side, they didn’t undergo that turmoil but poured all that was in their minds, and I am happy about it”
Can any body else climb higher than this in their LOVE for others?
It is because of this’ Kalyana Ghunam’ of Mahaperiava, that song has spread all over the world and loved by millions!
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