The Sage of Kanchi Spoke in Silence

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Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Smt. Gayathri for sharing the great incident. Ram Ram

The Sage of Kanchi Spoke in Silence

I cannot explain why, but I had the sudden overwhelming urge to see the Sage. However, I had learnt the previous day that the Vice-President of India, Honourable Sri Shankar Dayal Sharma was to visit Kanchipuram that day. That morning, as I sat for my prayers, I wondered how I would get to see the Sage, with the Vie President there. As I closed my eyes in prayer, the sage appeared in my vision.

At about 7 pm, that evening, I entered Sri Matam with my family. I stood bare-footed, against the wall between the two rooms. One was the room where Pooja to the Lord Sri Chandramouleeswarar is performed by the Sage every morning. We were waiting very anxiously and eagerly for the arrival of the Sage for the Rathothsavam and the opportunity to see him up close.

Then came the sage, staff in hand, hardly ten feet from the entrance. He stood at the corner to turn left, when a person of Sri Matam came holding high in the right hand, a thambalam full of fruits with his hands, turned left, and walked away.

I was immensely happy that in a few moments I was going to see the sage from close. He walked through and to my utter surprise and joy, the sage suddenly stopped. Facing me, from about 10 feet away, he pointed out to me and his assistant said, “Lakshmi Narayanan Swami”. I could not believe my ears. My arms folded at the waist were tucked in to the armpit, in high reverence to him.

As I stood frozen in awe and wonder, the sage stood in silence before me, his head tilted to his right, gazing at me, staff in hand, as if telling me, “you have been restless to see me since morning. Now you have seen me, is that alright?”. Then he walked on.

Even today, it is quite a wonder and mystery as to how the sage knew my name and the restless yearning that I had experienced since that morning to get his darshan. As he always observed total silence in those days, it is also a wonder and mystery as to how he communicated my name to assistant and silently expressed his understanding to me, of my desire to see him.

The science and technology of this century cannot explain the phenomenon as to how the sage had known my name without any previous encounter with him and how, despite his observance of total silence, transmitted his knowledge of my name to his assistant, by uttering it at that moment.

Author: Shri A.R.Lakshmi Narayanan, Chennai

(Source: Moments of a lifetime)

Categories: Devotee Experiences


4 replies

  1. Mahaperiyava is Omnipotent (Supreme), Omnipresent (Ever-present), Omniscient (all knowing). Only our small mind keeps forgetting that.

  2. Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara. Janakiraman. Nagapattinam

  3. There is nothing surprise with such incidents to Periyavaa like Mahan/ Thri kala Gnani.
    When Lord Siva himself comes in the form of Periyavaa, what is there to get surprise to know know one’s name or so?

  4. மஹா பெரியவா திருவடி சரணம்

    மகாபெரியவா திரு லட்சுமி நாராயணன் அவர்கள் பெயரை உச்சரித்த பொழுது, அவர் அடைந்த பரவசத்தை இந்த பதிவின் மூலம் உணர முடிகிறது. மகாபெரியவா முக்காலமும் உணர்ந்த பரமேஸ்வரன் அல்லவா….

    லோகா சமஸ்தா சுகினோ பவந்து
    ராம் ராம் ராம்

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