Experiences with Maha Periyava: Half an hour later!
One day Sri Maha Periyava’s feet were swollen as if he suffered from elephantiasis. An elderly sumangali performed arati to Periyava. She was very upset when she saw Periyava’s swollen feet. She asked, “Is there no one to attend to Periyava who cures the devotees who throng to him?” She submitted her prayer to Periyava in a tearful voice. “It would be good if Periyava paid some attention to his health” …Please take medicines prescribed by a good doctor.”
Periyava had to only laugh… He knew that the lady was referring to his feet. “Come and have a look half an hour later.” He said to the lady.
After the lady left, Periyava sat in the padmasana for fifteen minutes and did his japa. The elderly lady returned a short while later. Periyava’s feet had returned to normalcy and the swelling had vanished. The lady was not able to understand how the swelling had gone down without taking any medication.
It was always a leela (divine play) for Periyava to incur a disease on himself and then cure himself of it. He would take on a devotee’s disease and suffer it himself to exhaust the devotee’s karma without contradicting the Shastras.
In any case, there is no place for any logic when it comes to the divine play of grace.
Compiled by: Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya FB
Hara Hara Shankara Jaya Jaya Shankara
Categories: Devotee Experiences