Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – I listened this incident in one Shri Ganesa Sarma Mama’s Periyava Sathagam and wanted to publish this incident. Really moving!! Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Shri Ramesh for sharing this incident.
Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Shri Krishna Kanna for the translation. Ram Ram
Talking about Padha Yathra’s I will publish a separate interview from Shri Muthuraman Mama, an octogenarian, the camp and yathra organizer on how our gurus Maha Periyava and Pudhu Periyava used to do yatras. There are some interesting facts and observations from very close quarters that will really move us when we hear Pudhu Periyava never used any Padhuka’s, Mena, and barely a cloth for covering in severe winter. Will post that interview shortly. Ram Ram
இனிமே எனக்கு இந்த மேனா வேண்டாம்!
No need of palanquin for me!
Sri Lakshminarayanan, an elderly gentleman 76 years old, living at Maangadu, is blessed to have been staying with Sri Mahaperiyava and performing services to Him for over 40 years. Here is a share of his experience…
Sri Kanchi Maha Periyava was walking along with devotees. Near Luz, Cadres of Dravida Kazhagam were standing with sticks and woods to provoke Him and His devotees. People like T.T.K, Sadasivam were standing tensed and having palpitations thinking about that they would not be able to tolerate if something untoward were to happen to Sri Maha Periyava. They requested Sri Maha Periyava not to proceed. Policemen were there for protection. Inspite of this, worried about the safety of Him, they pleaded and requested Sri Maha Periyava not to proceed as they feared things might go out of hand.
Sri Maha Periyava smiled. “Why are you worried unnecessarily?’ They won’t do anything to me!, uttering this He prayed to the nearby Ambal temple with closed eyes for few minutes, then proceeded with his walk. Others, who accompanied Him for the walk, were really tensed. Worried about what would happen!
At that time E.V.R, Periyar came there. Looking at the cadres of the Dravidar Kazhagam he ordered in very strong voice “All of you drop your sticks and stay clear of the His path. Stopping or provoking Periyavar is strictly not allowed, my order! Wherever He needs to go, it’s all your responsibility to ensure his safe journey there without even a small hurdle!” ordered Periyar.His (E.V.R) captivating voice was heard to Him and all surrounding devotees. “Didn’t I tell you!” was seemingly the expression of Sri Maha Periyava’s gaze at his devotees with smile, He continued his course.
Taking Periyar’s orders with conviction, Dravida kazhagam cadres accompanied Sri Maha Periyava to His destination. Sri Laksminarayanan was there on the spot when this incident happened. When he detailed this incident same agitation and tension was there in his narration.
Few years before this incident, Sri Maha Periyava was using this kind of palanquin for his journey. Palanquin is kind of carriage. In olden movies one could have seen a carriage was used to carry princess with four men in the front and four men in the rear carrying it. Same way devotees carried Sri Maha Periyava during his journeys.
Once while Sri Maha Periyava was going in palanquin like that, Periyar (EVR) was speaking at a stage meeting in the way. “While others are toiling out and carrying him, He is sitting and going relaxed, is such a person a saint? Humans carrying Human, is how disgraceful! A saint means, he has to relinquish all pleasures. How can we accept (him), who is sitting and going in the shoulders of others?” this loud speech was heard in His ears.
That’s all. He instructed the palanquin to be place in the ground, there itself. “He (EVR Periyar) said something and let it be. Please don’t take that seriously! We are feeling very blessed to have been carrying you!” Pleaded and expressed devotees of Sri Matam to Sri Maha Periyava.
“No. What he said was right. One who has not relinquished pleasures is not a saint at all. No need of palanquin for me, hereafter. From now on, wherever I have to go, I will only go by walk” this was the final decision of Sri Maha Periyava.
Till his life, He did not change this decision. His legs were walking as long as it had the strength.
Categories: Devotee Experiences