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Experiences with Maha Periyava: Worship the Saligrama
A Vaishnavite lady had come for darshan. She prostrated to Sri Maha Periyava according to her tradition and stood in front of Him. The place was not very crowded. One could detect yearning, anxiety, expectation and faith, all in her eyes.
Her family was burdened with problems. Sickness and disease, a daughter who had been married for seven or eight years and who had not been blessed with children, another daughter now going past the marriageable age for whom a good match could not be found, a son who did not apply himself to study seriously, monetary difficulties and so much more. She had gone to a Nambudiri in Kerala and sought his advice through astrology and learnt that it was because of disregard of her ancestors, pitru dosha. The rituals for the ancestors had not been done properly. So she was advised to go to Rameswaram. She was a Vaishnavite and her tradition did not accommodate a pilgrimage to Rameswaram and rituals of atonement there.
“I do not know what to do. I am not able to give up the rules of my tradition. All the same time, the problems have to be solved. Periyava must show me a way out.”
“Do you belong to the Tenkalai community?” asked Periyava.
“Salt-water, cow-dung extract and water from the matted locks are not acknowledged by your community.”
“Yes, my mother would refer to these, waters of salt, cow-dung extract and water from matted locks!”
“The same! A holy dip in Rameswaram in the ocean is salt-water, panchagavya prasanam is dung-water and a dip in the Ganga is water from the locks of Paramasiva. You need not go to Rameswaram if your tradition does not allow it. Every morning the saligrama must be worshipped in the prescribed manner and tirtha prasada must be taken. Fast on Ekadashi. Milk, fruit and boiled roots may be taken. On that day your husband must wear twelve Namas upon his person and then perform the puja. The next day, on Dwadashi, the worship must be concluded at an early hour and after taking tulasi tirtha as prasada, paranai must be completed. Every day, give at least a handful of grass to a cow. If you do all this, it will be atonement enough for all lapses.”
As Periyava spoke the words one by one, the lady listened pursing her lips, her eyes glistening with unshed tears.
“It is as if the Lord Narayana himself has instructed me. I was perplexed. I thought Periyava you wold instruct me to go to Rameswaram. Periyava’s heart is as pure as crystal. You have shown me a fine way out.”
When the lady received prasada and left, her face was clear, very clear, like crystal.
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