On the Path of Righteousness….



Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara Hara Sankara – Sri Maha Periyava is Saakshath Dharma Swaroopam as seen in this great incident. We have million other incidents where Periyava does not given an inch to adharma. Let’s pray to Periyava that he guides us in the path of dharma and not go astray. Thanks to Shri Shyam for the share. Ram Ram

Experiences with Maha Periyava: On the Path of Righteousness

Sri Maha Periyava was camping at Kalavai. One morning an advocate from Thanjavur came for darshan by car. There was a lot of fanfare. His wife wore the saree in the traditional manner, the sons, dhoti and upper cloth, the gentleman himself a dhoti in a traditional manner, upper cloth and a gem studded gold chain around his neck.

He held a large plate on which were fruits, flowers, sugar candy, grapes, cashew nuts, honey and with all these, money, packed inside a cover. They placed the plate in front of Sri Maha Periyava and prostrated to Him. Periyava gently probed the plate with His eyes.

“What cover is that?”

“Just a little… money…”

“By little do you mean ten or fifteen rupees?”

The lawyer’s ego was probably hurt. He was known to be the best criminal lawyer in his district. “Why did Periyava estimate of him so low?”

With an excessive display of humility, he said in a honeyed voice, “Fifteen thousand rupees”.

Periyava was silent for a while and then asked, “How did you come here?”

“We came by car”.

“Put away this cover safely in the car. The fruits and flowers will do”.

The advocate was shaken. He carried out Periyava’s instructions. Periyava conversed with him in a peaceful manner for a long time and then sent him away with prasada. The sound of the car leaving was heard. Did not Periyaval know that the attendants were disappointed because Periyaval refused fifteen thousand rupees?

“He argued a false case and won it. The fifteen thousand rupees he offered was a portion of the money he got for that. It was tainted money. That is why I refused it”. The attendants understood and accepted.

There were times when Sri Matham went through dire circumstances. The Manager would be worried. Even then Periyava never accepted money anxiously, disregarding righteousness.

“A tiny drop of salt is enough to curdle a pot of milk. If dharma is slackened for the sake of one man, it will become a habit,” He would say.

Narrated by: Sri Matham Balu Mama
Source: Maha Periyaval Darisana Anubhavangal

Categories: Devotee Experiences


2 replies

  1. Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara.Janakiraman. Nagapattinam

  2. Some professions are inherently unclean or unholy. The legal profession perhaps tops them.. Even to establish the truth, one has to adopt devious ways. Nowadays, the layer has to ‘feed’ the judge.
    The medical profession is considered noble, but it is plain business now. Over 60 years ago, most family doctors would not demand money as consultation fee before attending a patient; nor would they accept money in their own hand: the money would be kept on the table or given to the compounder, who would keep a running account. Today, it is money first , and last.
    Most legal and medical professionals from the Brahmin community, especially from orthodox backgrounds, were by and large aware of the moral infirmities of their professions and took some remedial measures like giving free treatment to the poor, doing social work, giving for charity, etc. The more conscientious lawyers usually cared to verify the truth of a case before accepting the brief. They also took up some personal upasana. But the fact could not be erased that these “professions” were intrinsically ignoble.
    To these, today, one could add the professional accountant or financial consultant.
    The ‘professional ethics’ run counter to plain dharma.
    By a quirk of history, it was mainly Brahmins who took to the legal and medical professions in large numbers. The latter anti-Brahmin wave which denied them entry to these professions may be the hand of God indirectly forcing them not to enter fields which could not be entirely or even mainly moral!

    We read in the life of Sri Ramakrishna that he would not accept anything from lawyers and doctors! He would say openly that they earned their money out of the miseries of other people!

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