I don’t know who the artist is – got this from social media….Amazing 3-D drawing…With these creative folks around, one day they will get our Periyava back from a paper!!!! What a brilliant drawing…
As usual, big thanks to Sri BN Mama for the translation…
Sree Ra.Ganapathy (Anna) has reproduced verbatim, a long discourse by MahaPeriava, on why nobody should come in between Him and the thousands of people who come to see Him with their difficulties, thinking that PERIAVA’s health will be affected by the constant meeting with them and thus losing on resting. He has aptly captioned it as “MY STRENGTH” (என் பலம்).
I have tried to translate this in English. Having read this article many times, I will find it an uphill task to put the whole thing down in English. I pray to PERIAVA to give me the strength and guidance to do this job, without any flaw.
MAHAPERIAVA THIRUVADIKAL SARANAM.
Publishers—-Divya Vidhya Pathippakam.
Yes, it is the voice of Guru Paramaathmaa.!
“Adhvaitha Vedhantham says that there are no two separate entities as Paramaathmaa and Jeevaathmaa. But the present world is conducting itself with the notion that , the one who has no faults, no sorrows and no attachments is Paramaathmaa and the one with never ending sorrows and is never content is Jeevaathmaa, and those Jeevaathmaas full of faults and sins, have to pray to the Paramaathmaa for ridding themselves of those faults and sins.
Amongst them, prayers for getting rid of the real sins such as Lust and Anger are very minimal. If those sins are wiped out, we also can become the faultless
Paramaathmaa Himself. Instead, praying for removal of the worldly difficulties such as Desease, Poverty etc. seems to be more.
Generally, people get solace by opening out their difficulties to the Paramaathmaa. Whether Paramaathmaa listens to their prayers and solves them is another point. But they get a big sense of relief and solace, by telling the Paramaathmaa their difficulties, instead of locking them up deep inside their hearts. Even though they do not know whether their prayers have been heard by HIM, even if their difficulties do not vanish,—-This may happen at a later time only, isn’t it?——- now itself, when they open out their hearts to HIM, they achieve some peace of mind. Even when the difficulties do not vanish for some time but prolong further, they keep praying continuously, and by doing so they get a relief. For the mental agony which constantly keeps prying at their hearts, the act of speaking out itself becomes an antidote, though temporarily. But at least, in that moment it relieves the mind, is it not?
“Even the Great Neelakanta Dheeksithar, while narrating his problems during his prayer to Goddess Meenakshi, says, ‘ Am I crying out my difficulties to you, as if you are not aware of them? No! But doing so gives a great relief to my mind which is constantly being irritated; that is why I am crying out to You!’
ஆவேத்யதாம் அவிதிதம் கிம் அதாப்யதுக்தம்
வக்தவ்யம் ஆந்தரருஜோ: உபசமாய நாலம்.
“ஆந்தரருஜா” means ‘the wound deep inside the heart’. “வக்தவ்யம் உபசமனம்’ means ‘ speaking aloud in order to heal that(wound).
People visit Divine ‘kshethrams’ and Ashramams where they find Divinity, and pour out their prayers to the Gods and Great Men there, in order to put down their sorrows which are weighing them down.’
“Paramaathmaa is omnipresent. There is no place where He is not present. Therefore, there is Divinity in every particle in the universe. But since it remains hidden, it is visible only to the Knowledgeables (wise men) and not to the ordinary people. Ordinary people cannot ‘know’ IT, cannot ‘Realize’ IT. It seems that In their vision — in their thoughts,— they see Divinity only in certain places, only in certain persons.
In reality, even if that ‘somebody’ doesn’t possess those Divine qualities/ Traits—-called Divine Nature—, the exalted position He occupies, the living status, and accordingly, the various thoughts he expresses (whether he follows them is another matter!), [ laughs ], the disguise he wears—-or is compelled to wear—-, his age, by seeing all these things, the people give him a Divine uplift..
The way people keep coming to me , whether it is day or night, and pour out their problems is also similar to that. By doing so, it doesn’t mean that they are aware of my real qualification (to deserve it). As I told you, by knowing my background, they put me in a high pedestal, and believe that through me, they can easily ‘catch hold’ of the God, and find solutions to their problems. They do not come and seek me thinking that I am great,, but believing that I possess some Divine Power ,in a small or big measure.
Take the case of a famous professor, a great Vidhvan in Music, a great political leader, an expert doctor or the many experts in their respective fields such as cinema, and cricket; If people hold them with high regard, respect and love, have so much ‘attachment’ towards them as to be called ‘fans’, it is all because of the personal abilities or achievement of each of those persons and not because they find any Divine nature in them. Some times, if that ‘attachment’ goes overboard, a cinema star or anybody is given a Divine stature and eulogized.
That is not the case with me; people do not come to me because of any personal greatness, or ability in me. The stature of SriMatam and my personal stature are two different matters. Personal stature means the particular person’s qualification, ability etc. Then why so many people are coming to me? It is because of my background known outside; after hearing about it, they think that ‘there must be some Divine Power’, and come here for the sake of the God, and to get HIS blessings. Hoping to get the blessings of the God through me, they come here. Hoping that all their prayers and appeals will reach the ‘Paramaathmaa’, they come here and pour out their problems to me. Those who seek solace, believing that I possess some Divine Power, come here in big numbers and open their hearts and minds to me.
Like opening the windows of a hot and humid room locked up for long, when they openly tell me their pent up worries which they were not able to share with anybody, they get a satisfaction, and peace of mind……
Many of you eulogize me saying that there is nothing that I don’t know, that I am ‘all-knowing. But in reality, what we learnt is only a miniscule. Even the song says that Goddess Saraswathi Herself thinks that what She knows is only a miniscule, is it not? Then what can you say about others?
But in one subject, no one knows as much as I know. I can say that In that subject I am ‘all—knowing’! What is that subject? In this world, how many kinds of worries and difficulties, people undergo!—that is the subject!
To be continued……….
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