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Experiences with Maha Periyava: Manifest Thyself and be Gracious, O Guru! (Guruvaai Varuvaai Arulvaai Guhane)
I had the habit of chanting the Kandar Anubhoothi everyday. For some reason or the other, I never prospered financially. A friend of mine who also had the habit of chanting Kandar Anubhoothi, prayed to Sri Maha Periyava to guide him to chant some other shlokas (hymns) or perform some other religious activities so that he could get rid of his poverty.
“You are doing the parayana (chanting) of Kandar Anubhoothi? What more do you need? That is sufficient to remove poverty.” Periyava said in reply.
The devotee argued, “I read the Kandar Anubhoothi because of my devotion to Murugar. What I need now is money! Please tell me some way to get it.”
In the last verse of the Anubhoothi which begins with the words, ‘Varuvaai Arulvaai’* ‘Guruvaai Varuvaai Arulvaai’ are also included, are they not?” Sri Maha Periyava remarked.
Sri Maha Periyava mentioned that the verse invoked the grace of Muruga who is seen in this verse as the Guru himself! Besides, Periyava punned on the word ‘Varuvaai’ which means both ‘Manifest Thyself’ and also ‘income or money’. So Sri Maha Periyava made him realize that Muruga would come as the Guru and grant the devotee the blessing of wealth, Varuvaai (income or money).
Is this not a lesson for all devotees of Lord Muruga?
I was also relieved of my yearning!
*Uruvaai Aruvaai Ulathaai Ilathaai
Maruvaai Malaraai Maniyaai Oliyaai
Karuvaai uyiraai gathiyaai vidhiyaai
Guruvaai Varuvaai Arulvaai Guhane stanza 51
With form and formless, what is not and what is,
Flower and fragrance, gem and radiance,
Body and soul, Salvation and rules of righteousness,
O Lord, Who comes (as all and) as Guru! O Guha! Bestow Thy Grace.
“O Almighty Lord Guha! O Supreme Being, Who comes (as all these which are) with form and without form, as what is and what is not, as flower and (its) fragrance, as gem and (its) radiance, as body (universe) and soul (universal spirit) (that pervades and animates it), as the rules of righteousness and Moksha (that is attained through them) (i.e., as the means and as the End), and as the Guru! Bestow Thy Grace (on all).”
Author: Mailattur S. Ramachandran, Tanjore
Source: Maha Periyaval – Darisana Anubhavangal Vol. 2
Compiled by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya fb
Hara Hara Shankara Jaya Jaya Shankara
Categories: Devotee Experiences