Thanks to Sri Guruvayurappan, NJ for sharing his experience in FB on how Mahaperiyava anugraham helped to end his 30-year long coffee addiction. With His anugraham anything is possible. It is great to know that you had a fantastic opportunity to have a Darshan of the Parameswaran up close. Thanks for sharing! I wish you had any photo of you with Mahaswami too.
Out of curiosity – I keep getting corrections from my friend on “dheivathin” vs “deivathin” – I always thought that “dheivathin” is lot closer to how we say in Tamil. Is it not?
It was a very nice Darshan during April 1990, that was the last Darshan I had with my Amma by accompanying her to Sri Matam for Darshan when she was a Sumangali at that time! When we entered the Darshan area, we saw MS Amma with her husband conversing with Sri Maha Perivaa. HE signaled by hands to come near Him after staring at me for a very long time while HE was conversing with MS Amma. Devotees gave way & I did as per tradition four Namaskarams. HE was keenly looking at me bending down & up while doing Namaskarams. My mentor, one of the trustees of Guru Vara Sadas asked me to stay until we get an opportunity to see HIM still closer privately. After a few hours of normal Darshan, one of the Sishyaas brought temple Prasadams & was waiting near the well (we used to have it in Sri Matam those days). I got almost pulled by my mentor & PujyaSri Maha Perivaa & I were standing facing each other Face to Face to be more precisely Eye To Eye! We prepared so much to converse with HIM, but when we had the greatest blessed opportunity to have Darshan with nobody around at such a close proximity but not a single word was spoken by either of one. After HE was satisfied at looking at me for some short time, (must have made a complete reading of what’s after all I was upto!) HE took the Prasadams on His forehead & gave me that whole plate of Prasadams, which was accepted by me with the trembling hands with tearful eyes! That’s it, HE must have been very happy that HE has achieved what HE wanted (instead of the other way!). Returned back to USA, my mustache, long hair style, gold minor Chain alongwith a nice pair of Tiger nails all gone one by one very quickly at short intervals. I guess that HE was not satisfied with those alone AND made sure that I stop “Once And For All” my “coffee drinking addiction” – Just only about 12 cups minimum a day – all in a sudden abruptly!
How did HE make it happen, so easily which wasn’t possible by many of my family members? I used to read “Deivathin Kural” everyday during those time even while traveling! On one of those days of travel, I happened to read the attached page (which was actually a second round after a few years of first round) while traveling in Amtrak train from NJ to Boston after having just bought my last doze of coffee that night! Coffee was waiting to be consumed soon after I finished the page & while eating my dinner! “என்ன புண்ணியம் அந்த கப் காப்பி பண்ணினதோ, என் வாயினால் பலி ஆகாமல், அதற்கு ஶ்ரீ மஹா பெரிவாளின் வாக்கினால் மோட்சம் கிடைத்தது!” Without even sipping a drop of the coffee from that cup, it was trashed!
It’d have been a major catastrophe for me suddenly by stopping 12 cups of coffee a day to nothing, but since it was ordained by HIM I could survive with a very minor setback & since then for the last almost 30 years had not consumed a drop of coffee, a piece of coffee toffee or even a spoon of coffee Ice cream! That was the Grand Power Of HIS Blessings!
While I was back to normal day to day routines, HE started HIS job (I guess after cleaning me externally & internally) during my next trips of Darshan until November 1993. Remarkable changes happened in between until my last Darshan in Nov 1993, before HE attained Mukthi in Jan 1994!