Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – How to treat others if someone commits a mistake unintentionally? Sri Periyava teaches us a lesson of the highest order.
Anantha Jaya Jaya Sankara to Smt. Padma for the share. Ram Ram
On a shiny, windy day afternoon Sri Mahaswamigal went and sat under a tree at Tenambakkam (near Kanchipuram) where he had been camping for a long time. He had rested his ‘dandam’ at the root of the tree and was looking at the skies. A strong wind blew and the ‘dandam’ fell to the ground. A cowherd who was grazing cattle nearby came running, took the ‘dandam’ and placed it before swamigal and said, “Sami ! Sami ! your stick has fallen. I picked it up as you need it”, and ran away.
[A little note here: The ‘dandam’ is a staff which sanyasi behold always. It has a folded up cloth at the top which is very sacred and cannot be touched, taken or put down as one wishes. No one should touch it as it contains the concentrated power centre of that sanyasi. The folded cloth is called “Brahma sutra” which can be made ready only by a few pundits specially trained in it.]
Sri Swamigal went into a “Kaashta Mouna” (no speech, no movements, no signals or signs and not looking at anyone; like a statue). Sri Matam sent for three pundits who knew how to prepare a new ‘dandam’. It so happened that one of them had performed “Pitru Karma” that day and hence cannot join the other two, till the next morning. Sri Maha Swamigal was stationed motionless unaware of anything.
On the next day, the pundits prepared the new ‘dandam’ with reverence and brought it to the presence of Sri Maha Swamigal in the afternoon. He broke his “Kaashta Mouna” and accepted it after laborious rituals. On completion, Sri Swamigal’s first words after 30 hours or so, to the pundits were, “From early morning you all have not taken anything. Go and have some food first.”
“We have not eaten from morning but because of that stupid maatukara payyan (cowherd) you have not had anything from yesterday,”
exclaimed in agony one of the pundits.
“Why scold an innocent boy? Maybe he was a Yogi or a Rishi in his previous births. He has taken away all my ‘Tapas’ with a single touch of the ‘dandam’”, replied Sri Swamigal.
How are we to interpret this statement?
“Religion begins where reasoning ends”. ‘Aacharam’ and ‘Anacharam’ become redundant with Sri Maha Swamigal’s blessings. It appears that we should take the lesson not to reprimand for any ‘Anacharam’ caused without intentions. We are at least not hurting another ‘Atman’ for an act already done.
Hara Hara Shankara Jaya Jaya Shankara
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