Light of Wisdom

Experiences with Maha Periyava: Jnana Deepam (Light of Wisdom)

Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava is the God who took form and walked and lived among us in our times. He lived, spreading his inner light and poured on us the insatiable nectar of Ananda (happiness) for the welfare of this world.

Maha Periyava’s power of memory is incredible. It was his speciality to keep every little thing keenly in his mind and express it at the right time. We shall recollect one such incident here.

This sage was a cherisher of nature and solitude. He liked staying in places such as open sheds and choultries, shade of trees, and roadside places during his yatra.

He was touring in the state of Andhra Pradesh once. He stayed in a shed by the roadside. A devotee came in a car to have a darshan of Sri Maha Periyava.

“My name is Kalyanam. I am appellate authority in the customs department. I belong to the Thanjavur district. There are lots of problems in my family; there is no peace of mind. Only Periyava should solve them. This is the reason why I have come for darshan.”

Periyava asked him to sit down and heard his family problems. Then, raising both his hands, blessed and sent him, giving him a fruit.

One or two years passed. Spring came up in the life of Kalyanam. His problems were solved and peace returned. He came back to thank the sage, who was in his yatra at that time too. The man had darshan of Periyava on the way, lowered the burden of his mind on the sage’s feet and stood happily.

“Because of Periyava my family lives in peace. I want to submit some offering to the Sri Matham.” Periyava laughed and said, “You need not offer anything now” and sent him. Kalyanam returned half-heartedly.

Several years passed. Maha Kumbhabhisekam arrangements for Thillai Peruman were being made.

I was asked to come to Sri Matham one morning. Thiru T.N.Krishnamoorthy, who was the Sri Karyam of Sri Matham at that time, and I went and stood before Maha Periyava. Sitting inside his palanquin, he was giving us orders on the tasks to be done at the time of Kumbhabhishekam, which included Tirumurai Music, Tirumurai Seminar, reciting Tiruvasakam completely, and the children of dikshitas reciting Sambhu Natana Stotra.

A man came. Periyava asked him to sit with us. The man who had come was Kalyanam, the arbitrator.

Maha Periyava asked him, “You met me on this day at this place (giving him the details), you remember it?” The man was astonished. When reminded of his second darshan, the man somewhat recollected the details and nodded his head.

“Are you fine now? You wanted to give money to the Matham! Can it be given now?”

“I shall give it now, definitely, no problem,” said Kalyanam.

“That money is not needed for the Matham. It is Kumbhabhisekam time at Thillai for Nataraja. I have instructed these people about the tasks needed to be done there. You give your money for those tasks and get them done. Let that money go to Nataraja. You discuss with them and come back.”

The three of us came out, discussed the details and went back to him. Maha Periyava was also happy and bade us farewell with a smile.

To bring to memory in those few minutes, the details of a meeting that took place many years back, and fulfil at the right time a man’s wish made long back, chanelling it for the service to Nataraja Peruman — it only brings amazement to think about the loftiness of such act of blessing such divine welfare and divine feeling.

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  2. it is true.MAHAPERIVA lives with us and does what is required for us.if only we go to HIS adhishtanam and pray thinking of HIM SINCERELY and pray with tears HE will definitely show the way for us to solve our problems. faith is needed in everything we can also HIS PADHAPOOJA.MAHAPERIVA TIRUVADIGALE CHARANAM.

  3. Haven’t seen the above Periyava Photo earlier. Thanks for sharing this experience and photo too.


    I reproduce below the commencing sentence of Shri Sai Srinivasan.
    “Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava is the God who took form and walk”ed” and liv”ed” among us in our times. He liv”ed”, spreading his inner light and poured on us the insatiable nectar of Ananda (happiness) for the welfare of this world.”

    SRI SRI MAHA PERIYAVA, the IMMORTAL walks and lives with us every moment. So I beg to correct the past tense used in the commencing sentence to the Present tense.


  5. Wonderful episode and thanks for sharing. I did not have the bhagyam to have darshan of Mahaperiyava before 1994. I now compensate it by going to adishtanam

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