Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – Here is the translated version of this nice incident. Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Shri Kumar for the share. Ram Ram
Experiences with Maha Periyava: The Photographer’s Devotion!
A photographer from Trichy was an ardent devotee of Sri Maha Periyava. He owned a small studio. In the puja room of his house Kanchi Sri Maha Periyava’s picture would be prominent!
Every morning, after taking bath, he would keep some offering in front of the picture and pray, and only then would he commence his daily work! His lips would be always chanting Periyava’s naamam.
Once Periyava visited Kurnool in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It was a hot region, and the sun was radiating intense heat.
This photographer from Trichy got the desire to have Periyava’s darshan. Before he boarded the train that morning, he poured hot milk in a tumbler and kept it as offering before Periyava’s picture.
The crowd of devotees at Kurnool exceeded the capacity of the place where the Sage was staying. Multitudes of people were to be seen wherever one turned. Our photographer couldn’t make it in from any of the sides. He got up on a heap of sand at some distance and tried to have darshan of Periyava. The intense heat of the sand scorched his legs. He started to move away thinking that he would have darshan in the evening after the crowd became lesser in number. He had the feeling that he could not have darshan of the Sage after having travelled this far.
He would have walked a small distance, when it seemed to him that somebody was calling him from behind; he turned to have a look.
A disciple came to him running. “Have you come from Trichy?”
“Periyava asked me to bring you to him.”
“Bring me?” The photographer was surprised.
“Are you a photographer?”
“In that case, you come with me.”
The disciple took the man with him and produced him before Periyava. His palms folded, his eyes watering, the photographer stood before the sage, forgetting his outer self.
Looking him over, the Mahan said, “You have come this far to see me. What is the meaning of going away without seeing me?”
The photographer stammered: “The crowd was heavy. Thought I could come after it lessened…”
“Alright, did you have a meal?”
“Yes, I had.”
After pausing for a few seconds, the Mahan said, “Did you have a look at my mouth?”
He showed His tongue out. It looked red, as if affected by heat! Then He said: “Even my lips have got blisters, you know why?”
The photographer could not understand.
“You kept the milk very hot and came away in a hurry, that’s why.”
The man from Trichy only then remembered about his hot milk offering to the sage. He fell at the sage’s feet, prostrating on the ground and wailed, “Maha Prabhu, kindly pardon me!”
The wealth of devotion that the photographer had and the immense grace of the sage who took the devotee’s offering forthwith! It was a bhakti that was Satvikam (good and gentle), a bhakti that considered God as everything by the devotee!
Source: Sakthi Vikatan issue dated Nov 26, 2004
Compiled by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya fb
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