Thanks to BN Mama for the translation
There is no need to say ( in so many words), that Periaval is the Embodiment of Truth. He is one with the one and only Truth , isn’t it? But though it exists as one single entity , when it shows out in different ways, in many situations, and in many different mental status, it takes many many different shapes. Great scholars have shown that even BhagavathPadhal, has paved the paths according to these different manifestations of Truth, and leads us to the ultimate Truth! Maha Parameswaran manifested Himself as Periaval, as an avatar of Simplicity, into this world which we see. At that time, even as He knows that He is a phenomenon beyond this human world, for the outside world of Karma, He identified Himself as a simple being. In that state of Simplicity, in that status of simple mental status, Periaval says what is percieved as Truth.
‘Flawless person’ as He was, He was surrounded by two ‘faults’. One, He was surrounded externally by the various worries and problems put forth to Him by the people, and two, internally, He perceived Himself as a human with faults!
What He lectured earlier , was according to the latter status—as a human being with shortcomings.
Sri Sankara BhagavathPadhar has said, that what one person experiences cannot be denied by another. That way, what we, the innumerable devotees, —-although we cannot call our inner feeling by the big word ‘Bhakthi’—– experienced about our Acharyar, with our own eyes, cannot be denied even by Him. Therefore, we, with our feeling of Bhakthi towards Him, have to deny what He said about Himself!
When He says that, we go to Him because we think He has a Divine Power purely due to His background, we have to deny that with the truth of our own inner feeling, isn’t it? Those who approach Him because they think that He carries the name of Sankaracharyar, that He is the head of the famous Kamakoti Sri Saradha Peetam, will form a very very small number. The other majority of us approach Him purely for His sake! Although it cannot be explained in detail, some Greatness in Him only has attracted the lakhs and crores of people towards Him. The greatness of Wisdom, of Devotion, greatness stemming out of observing the daily rituals, intellectual excellence, and the greatness of Love and Kindness which excels all the previously mentioned ones, all these join together as one inexplicable and unique Greatness of His own , which radiates the magnetic waves, which in turn attracts the whole world! Unlike what He says, there are many people, who developed Devotion , respect and attachment towards Sankarar, and Sankara Peetam, ONLY because of His connection!
He says again that what He knows is a miniscule portion! If so, then, how come all these scholars in Sastras, wise men from other religions, scientists, political experts, historians, archeological experts, experts in law, musicians, dance exponents, great sculptors, business greats, and other experts in various fields are amazed at His wisdom , intellect, knowledge and expertise and say that they themselves have learnt a lot from Him—–Is it all exaggeration?
When He says sons who will hesitate to share some confidential matters with mothers and the wife with her loving husband, some times reveal their difficulties to Him ONLY because of His background, we should vehemently deny that, isn’t it? Are there not other saints with similar background? Why, then ,such ‘confidential’ persons do not go and flock there?
“I have not done any thing”—He says. We will come to this later.
We will look at His other statement, “ Except listening to them with these ears, I don’t do any thing”—-we will analyze this ‘ear—lending’ matter!
Who can go on lending an ear to this list of never ending worries? Even ‘Bhooma Devi’, who is supposed to be the pinnacle of patience, will get tired and fall down! Besides allotting a few hours specially for this ‘listening -to—the worries’ section, from 3=30 A.M to midnight, He accepts our endless ‘grievance petitions’ even during other times, obstructing His other duties, with patience and smile. Who else can do this?
How many absurd, silly, and meaningless ‘petitions’ we would have submitted to Him? Even by mistake, has He ever branded them as silly, or absurd or meaningless? Even when others brand them that way, He will say, “ They only know their worries! If we were to be in such situations, we also would have appealed the same way”. Yes! He was the heart—felt relative of those people, sharing their sorrows with them!
TO BE CONTINUED…………………………….
Categories: Devotee Experiences