While speaking on this incident, Sree Thathacharyar says, “He explained all the minute principles found in the ‘Grantha’s, speaking as if He is explaining the ordinary worldly matters to be done! This interesting experience was unique by itself! I was immersed in an ocean of Bliss, without being aware of the passing of time! As He is a phenomenon which was beyond Time, We will not be aware of the passing of time, while talking to Him.”
The discussion stretched and stretched , and it was past 3=30 A.M , the time Periava usually wakes up!
He started for the secluded place in the back yard, in order to take some rest, before starting the next day’s duties. Agnihothram Swami says, “ when I looked at Him walking, holding the Dhandam and Kamandalam , It was as if the ‘Dharma Devatha’ himself was walking! I followed Him!”
At that ‘unearthly hour’, a lady came in His way, holding a child, followed by another young lady.
Agnihothram thought, ‘ this lady has come to trouble Him, who is just going for a small rest after being awake throughout the night, talking non—stop till the tongue got dry’ and rushed to stop her; but before he could do that, that lady placed the child at the feet of Periava, prostrated before Him and started talking!
Agnihothram Swami could not digest this; and asked her, “ Oh lady! Does Periava need some rest or not?”
The lady ignored his intervention , asked her daughter also to prostrate before Periava, and started talking animatedly! She said that her daughter recently gave birth to that child and was proceeding to her husband’s home in Bombay (present Mumbai) by the morning express. A she was very particular about proceeding only after getting Periava’s Anugraham, she had to come at this untimely hour and trouble Him.
Karunamoorthy said, “Born you are as a lady, you, in the midst of your hurried programme to start your journey, have come with your child in this untimely hour; you are the one who has taken a lot of trouble!”
Periava looked at Agnihothram Swami with a meaningful smile! It revealed His appreciation for Agnihothram Swami’s care for His health, as well as the intensity of her devotion, without minding Agnihothram Swami’s effort to stop her.
He sat down there and then.
He asked Agnihothram Swami himself to go inside and fetch the prasadham for them.
Agnihothram Swami says, ‘ He made the time to bless the devotees, unmindful of my intervention”.
At that hour, it would take some time for the attendant to prepare Prasadham and bring it. When it came, He gave it to the devotees with His usual kindness. They took leave with their fulfillment showing abundantly on their faces.
After this, Periava explained to Sree Agnihothram Swami, why they should not consider it as a trouble given by the devotees, that they should not stop people coming to see Him to seek His advice and kind words, what seems to be a trouble for Him is in fact the strength He gets out of it. And He also explained in detail how it gives Him the strength.
After listening to Periava’s explanation , Agnihothram Swami says, “ I cannot explain my feelings with mere words. I was immersed in the ‘ Brahmaanandham of the ocean of love’ for some time.”
TO BE CONTINUED………………………
Categories: Devotee Experiences
I have already shared with readers instances of how HHSri Paramacharya
is the same as Adi Sankara and HH Sri Jayenndra Swami and HH Sri Bala Periyava are the same as Maha Periyava.
After reading the above instance how Sri Maha Periyava who is
Avasththtrayateeta:, Kaalatrayateeta:, Dehatrayateeta:..considered the devotees take more trouble in coming and seeing HIM, and He should not
think they are troubling Him at odd hours. I reproduce an incident with
Sri Bala Periyava.
After retirement I went to Kanchi to have blessings of Their Holiness.
After prayers in Adhishtanam, we had blessings of HH Sri Pudhu Periyava. I was waiting to have Darshan of Sri Bala Periyava outside.
I informed the anukka thondar that we have come from Bombay and wish
to have Darshan and blessings of Periyava. He denied permission and stated that Sri Bala Periyava was taking rest and should not be disturbed. I requested him to convey our arrival to Periyava, and if He wished we would wait and if Periyava felt that we should come later…we would act accordingly.. We said, we had to return the same evening to Bombay….He said. “So, you want to trouble Periyava,, You dont want HIm to take rest even for a short while. Your comfort is more important to you…etc. and asked us to come at 5pm. It was then around 2 pm. At this, Sri Bala Periyava came out of His
room, raised His hands and blessed us. We placed our humble offerings
a Rudraksha mala from Jakarta (famous for real and quality Rudraksha) , and usual kalkandu, draksha and fresh fruits, a Lemon garland, tulsi garland etc. He asked the Anukka Thondar to collect all the offerings and come to His room with us.. He did not appear to be tired . He was Jyothi swaroopam…appeared as bright and fresh.. I dont want to waste your time further….This is only to prove and reiterate my point…Hara hara Sankara…..Vedanarayanan and Kamala.