I had a great opportunity to meet Sudhan – the man behind the daily dose of Periyava pencil art. Camera-shy, soft-spoken and humble personality is Sudhan. As I understand, he is normally very quiet but chose to talk to me for few hours.
Sudhan is doing a selfless job of drawing. To him, these drawings are pujas. He is doing work until midnight and he draws these at 3 AM etc. When devotees contact him, he spends his money to frame the picture and gives them so that they do not roll these drawings and keep it somewhere. He wants ummachi thatha picture to be worshipped. For that he had traveled to far away places to deliver these photos. I told him not to spend his money on this.
All he knows is Periyava – he did not learn Vedam etc. So he chose to do this daily painting of Periyava as his way of concentrating on Him. As we all know with His blessings, his drawings in his initial days were lot more simple and now he is focusing on lot more details and shading work etc, which are starting to give amazing look.
Great devotee, great blessings…We pray Mahaperiyava to bless him with health, wealth and more strength to draw!
Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara!
Periyava has been interacting with him through dreams. He narrated two incidents
Incident #1 (as posted by Sudhan in FB)
ஒரே கூட்டமா இருக்கே, பெரியவாள பார்க்க முடியுமா?….
மாமா கொஞ்சம் வழி விடுங்கோ ஓரமா நின்னு பெரியவால பார்த்துக்கறேன்…
ஆஹா என்ன அழகா இருக்கா பெரியவா…..இதுக்கு மேல என்ன வேணும்..
பெரியவா உன்ன கூப்புட்றா பா…
என்னையா? பக்கத்துல வேறயாரயாவதா..இல்லை கையசச்சு என்ன தான் கூப்புட்றா….
பெரியவா பெரியவா பெரியவா….
என்ன? படம் எல்லாம் போட்டுண்டு இருக்கியா?
ஆமா பெரியவா… எனக்கு அது ஒண்ணு தான் பெரியவா தெரியும்.
ஓ சரி போட்ர படம் எல்லாம் என்ன பன்ற?
அது பெரியவா பக்தாள்க்கு கொண்டு போய் கொடுத்துடுவேன் அவா பூஜை பன்றதுக்கு…
ஓ பூஜை பன்றாளா எல்லாம்..!!!
கை நிறைய விபூதி பிரசாதம் தரா பெரியவா….
When Sudhan woke up, the room was filled with viboothi smell.
One day he went to adishtanam to keep a new drawing at the feet of Periyava and few people around there reached out to him to look at the photos etc. While he was starting to do his pradakshanam, a small vidyarthi or a kid came running towards him and asked if he could do a drawing for him. Sudhan apparently nodded his head and kept moving. Subsequently, he forgot this whole thing. On that night or so, Mahaperiyava came in his dream and asked “Why didn’t you give that kid a drawing?”. Sudhan apologized to Him that he forgot. He pointed a specific photo and said “Give this to that kid”. Immediately he woke up and started drawing that image and called that kid, who happened to be living very close to Sudhan and gave it to him. His family members were so excited about Periyava’s anugrahams to their family.
Sudhan does not need any more approvals. He is truly blessed. He was kind enough to present me with two of his drawings. Out of that one photo was chosen by Mahaperiyava Himself. I felt blessed to receive this from Sudhan. Although he is camera-shy, I requested a photo with him so that I could say “I know Sudhan!”.
Here it is: (sitting outside of the Ayodhya mandapam).