Thank you Professor Raman for kindly sharing these divine incidents with us! Periyava pratyaksham!!
Experience shared by Parthiban
There is a temple dedicated to Lord of Tirupathi in Goa functioning under the graceful guidance of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. When a hall was constructed for conducting functions , we wanted to adore the walls with pictures of deities and gurus. One of my students in Chennai suggested the name of Gurubaran Imported Framing Works having shops in Mylapore and Adyar, who are specialists in printing and framing high resolution pictures of large sizes. When I met V Parthiban, the owner of the concern, a 30 year old man, for placing the orders, he narrated the following incident in his life.
Parthiban’s family elders have been ardent devotees of Mahaperiava. But Pathiban was somehow not convinced of the divinity. He has belief in God, but used to question as to why should one worship a human being. One evening he was winding up the shop and was busy with the accounts. Nobody else was in the shop. It was past 9 pm. His shop has 7 steps and there is a heavy glass door. An old man in rags slowly climbed up the steps, opened the glass door and entered the shop. Parthiban thought of him as a beggar and so was ready to dispose him with some alms. The old man told him that he wanted to give him some picture. He was holding a sheaf of papers in his hand. Parthiban, being impatient ,quickly picked one of the papers at random from the hand of the old man , put it in the drawer of the table without looking at it and gave a 10 rupee note to him. He got this reply from the old man : “ do you think I have come here to do business with you ? “ Parthiban assumed that the old man wants more money. So he took back the 10 rupee note and leaned down to get a 20 rupee note from the drawer. When he raised his head to give the note to the old man, lo behold, there was nobody there. If the old man had to go back the same way as he had entered it would have taken another 5 minutes for him to do so. Parthiban immediately went out to the street to look for him. To instill faith in this young man, Mahaperiava had kept an otherwise busy street totally empty. Parthiban went back to his shop and looked at the paper he had taken from the old man. Should we say anything more, it was Mahaperiava’s picture. From that moment onwards Parthiban’s life has been a blessed one.
I would like to share one more incident narrated by him. A hotel owner having shop somewhere near Mylapore tank had a large picture of Mahaperiava at the entrance of the hotel. One of his friends wanted that picture and without second thoughts he gave it to him. From that day onwards almost all customers asked him about the missing picture. Some of them told him that they visited the hotel to have darshan of Mahaperiava. Fearing that he might lose customers, he immediately placed an order with Parthiban. Days rolled by and there was no news from Parthiban. Customers had been asking about the missing picture almost every day. So the hotel owner went to Parthiban and demanded about his order. Parthiban had a different experience to tell. Whenever he tried to print Mahaperiava’s picture, the printer malfunctioned. The paper used to get stuck or get torn ;power supply used to fail; the operator hurt his finger, etc. The printer worked well with any other order. When the hotel owner heard this, he could realize his mistake. When he handed over the picture to his friend, he thought to himself that he could get 100 pictures like this printed. So he did not mind giving that picture to his friend. Out of remorse, when two drops of tears rolled down from his eyes, the miracle happened ! The same printer now rolled out the picture in all its glory.
Divinity is there for the faithful knocking at our doors. Only we should have done good deeds to realize it.
Prof K E Raman,
Former Director & Professor Emeritus
BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa campus
Categories: Devotee Experiences