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Experiences with Maha Periyava: Compassion towards all creatures
Once when Periyava was camping at a place called Puchamalaikkupam, the shed where Sri Matam’s elephant was kept caught fire and the elephant broke its chain and ran away. Next day morning the employees of Sri Matam noticed that the shed where the elephant was kept had burned down fully and the elephant was missing.
Later it was found that the elephant was near a tank some five miles away and the mahout went there to fetch the elephant but the elephant refused to accompany him despite his best efforts.Then Periyava went there and the elephant slowly got up from the tank and came near Periyava and saluted Him. There were a few burns on the body of the elephant. Periyava patted the elephant with His own hands and ordered proper treatment for burns to be carried out.
Like all human devotees, Sri Matam elephant also had abundant faith and Bhakti towards Periyava. Maha Periyava was always kind towards animals and they in turn loved Periyava as human beings did. Even animals who have only five senses, unlike men with six senses, were perhaps aware of the greatness of Maha Periyava!
That is why Periyava is called Karunamurthy!
Source: Ganni (Book on Paramacharya) by Sri Sudarsananda
Compiled by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya/Fb
Categories: Devotee Experiences