Thanks to Sri Shivaraman for the article. Hope Shivaraman will remember to post Brahmasri Chandramouli Srouthigal’s 5 mts video clipping on Periyava as “Thapas Kamakshi” experience soon! I’ve been reminding him for the past 2 years 🙂
It is beyond words how difficult is to walk in hot sun in Tamilnadu without slippers in gravel road, kovil praharams etc. Recently, I experienced this during my India trip – that too when the summer was not even at its peak Imagine Periyava walking without padhukas in peak summer – Smt Padma Subramaniam also talked about a similar experience – these are not humanly possibly things. Only mahans can do this. We (excluding me!!!) are blessed to have witnessed a mahan in our lifetime itself.
Sri Mouli Mama came rushing to Periyava… Mouli mama was in tears. How to bear it? Just how to bear it?
Even after 30+ years, he is still in tears while recollecting it. Ho Periyava!
Why did it even happen? How do we perceive such happenings ?
For that, we must recollect what happened in Thindivanam during the first decade of 1900. Sri Krishnamurthy Iyer , after analyzing a young boy named Swaminathan’s ‘Jadagam’, understood that this ‘அவதார முர்த்தி’ (‘Avatar’) descended to ‘regularize’ the world. He touched the foot of that young kid, washed it, wiped it and looked at it very closely and said “Very soon, even the king of the kings cannot touch HIS FEET ! He saw so many Chakras in the young boy’s feet and said, HE is going to be a ‘JagadGuru’…
It was during Udayarpalayam camp. Periyava was a young sanyasi. While HE does HIS ‘anushtanam’, the Raja of Udayarpalayam was having ‘darshan’. He was a learned man. He was keenly observing what Periyava was doing. Raja expressed with surprise, “You are God – Svaroopa… You have Chakras in Your Feet”…
Ever since then, the palanquin bearers for the Sri Matam were from Udayarpalayam Zameen only. They were all paid by the Zameen.
“In line with what Sri Krishnamurthy Iyer said, Raja saw the Chakras in Periyava’s Feet, but couldn’t touch them!”, says Sri Kannan Mama.
It was the year 1974… Around April 14th or 15th… Periyava started His Yatra from Thenambakkam. Interestingly, it was not only that nobody knew where/when the Yatra will end… Nobody even knew that it was a ‘Yatra’!. Periyava (at the age of 80) was walking along with just three Sevaka(s). Sri (‘Kulla’) Chandramouli Mama, Sri Vedapuri Mama and Sri Srikantan Mama were serving. By early morning 3.45 am, they reached Theosophical Society at the outskirts of Chittoor. Gates were open. Nobody was there. Periyava sat under a mango tree for the Pooja.
Sri Mouli Mama and Sri Srikantan Mama went to the Agraharam about 2-3 kms away for collecting Biksha for the Sevaka(s). After sometime, perhaps by 11 am, when they came back, they couldn’t even enter that place. There was such a huge crowd of people… People in large number approached and surrounded Periyava and even started to touch Periyava’s feet! No one knew who this ‘Sanyasi’ was, but how does it even matter?
The two Sevaka(s) left behind couldn’t control the crowd. Periyava quickly began to walk away from the Theosophical society and went to the highway in that hottest summer without even wearing His Paduka! That was it! Both the Sevaka(s) rushed with Periyava. Sri Mouli Mama and Sri Srikantan Mama who came to the spot in the last minute had to just dump what they had collected as ‘Biksha’. They quickly took the Rickshaw , put sundry materials they possessed and rushed to Periyava. But by then….
It was the month of ‘Chithirai’ (hottest season) and they were entering into Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh (hottest region). Periyava was walking without His ‘Paduka’ during the middle of the hot summer day !!!
That ‘Padma-Paadham’ of a young boy, which the Lawyer-Josiyar Sri Krishnaswamy Iyer predicted that nobody could touch thereafter…
That ‘Kazhal-AdigaL’ that even the Kings and Queens of the world were able to ‘only see’…
That ‘Unreachable but the ultimate – Guru-Padham’ that even Yogis can only meditate…
That Paadham (Holy Feet) were roasted in that Asphalt Road and Periyava’s feet had boils all over!
They reached Chitoor town. Periyava walked into a factory. They stayed there for some period.
That night, Periyava, “Vedapuri, Call Kulla Mouli…”.
Sri Mouli Mama came rushing with the nicely crushed paste of ‘Kadukkai’ for those ‘Unreachable Padma Paadham’… “Periyava was sitting with His feet stretched open… And, HE said, Apply Kadukkai On My Feet … ” – Sri Mama couldn’t even complete his sentence, and is in tears even today.
BrahmaSri Vedapuri Mama said, “dai, You got that Bhagyam… You Got it…” . Sri (‘Kulla’) Chandramouli Mama recollects, “It is all because of my father’s Punyam, I got that Bhagyam!”.
Not sure what these Divine-Sevaka are made up of?
By offering one ‘pushpam’ (flower) to Periyava, we have a big wishlist for Periyava to bless us… But here, these Sevaka(s) think it is their blessings and ‘Punyam’ to serve Periyava!
Anantha-Koti-Koti-Namaskarams to those Sevakas!
Anga-pradikshina Namaskaram to those Sevakas!
Oh Periyava, Bless us with a fraction of such Bhakthi!!!
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