Maha Periyava’s Humour!


Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Shri.B. Narayanan Mama for sharing this incident. Ram Ram

Maha Periyava’s Humour!

Once, an overweight lady came for Maha Periyava’s Dharsan. She was not able to do ‘Namaskaaram’ to Periyava. With mixed feelings of Bhakthi and Embarrassment, she just stood there with folded hands.

“I am a diabetic. Doctor has told me that I should reduce my weight and for that I should walk for one hour daily. But, I am not able to walk even for ten minutes.” —she complained to Him. Then she continued, “ Periyava should tell me an easier way”.

“ All these doctors are same. They will only repeat what is written in medical books, but will never look from the practical point of view…”

The lady brightened up expecting that Periyava was going to tell her an easy way!. Her eyes showed a lot of expectation.

“ If one wants to be healthy without any disease , one requires Bhagawaan’s compassion….”

The lady’s heart started beating fast.

“ Is there a temple near your house?”

“Yes Periyava! A big Shiva temple.”

“Good! Do six ‘Pradhakshina’s daily in the morning and evening. And clean the temple with broomstick for 100 feet daily..”

The lady was very happy and returned home with Prasaadham!

A disciple who was assisting Periyava, was struggling to control his laugh!

“ Did I tell her wrongly..?” asked Periyava!

“ No Periava! The doctor prescribed ‘ walking’ , and Periava prescribed ‘Pradhakshinam’……”—answered the disciple!

‘Oh! Do you mean that the medicine prescribed by both of us is ‘Adwaitha’ and the names are ‘Dwaitha’ ..?”

That is a sample of Periyava’s subtle humour!

Source—–Mahaperiaval Dharisana Anubhavankal——–vol. six.
Narrator——-A close assistant of Periava.
Compiler——T.S.Kothandarama sarma.
Publishers——Vanathi pathippakam.

Categories: Devotee Experiences


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