துக்க நிகழ்வு

This dharma was told to me by a Sastrigal in Chennai, who is a staunch Periyava devotee. But I didn’t know that a portion of a sambavanai should go to Sivan Kovil kainkaryam. Although I dont see any Sastrigal saying no to such incidents their expectation on sambavanai is beyond words. Hope they all remember what Periyava said and follow.


(Source – Twitter feed of Anbezhil)

காஞ்சிப் பெரியவரைத் தரிசிக்கத் திருவண்ணாமலையில் இருந்து ஒரு புரோகிதர் மாதம் தவறாமல் வந்து விடுவார். ஒருமுறை அவர் பெரியவரைத் தரிசிக்க வரிசையில் காத்து நின்றார்.

அப்போது பெரியவர் தன் சீடரை அழைத்து, “அந்த திருவண்ணாமலை புரோகிதரை வெளியே போகச் சொல்” என்றார். சீடருக்குக் காரணம் புரியவில்லை. அவர் தகவலை புரோகிதரிடம் சொல்ல அதிர்ந்து போன அவர், தயங்கியபடியே வெளியேறி, ஆனால் மடத்து வாசலில் நின்று கொண்டே இருந்தார்.

விஷயம் பெரியவர் கவனத்துக்கு வரவே சீடரை அழைத்து, “அவன் ஊரிலிருந்து கிளம்பும் போது, ஒரு வீட்டில் இருந்து வந்தவர்கள், தங்கள் வீட்டில் ஒரு இறப்பு நிகழ்ந்து விட்டதாகக் கூறினர். காரியங்கள் செய்வதற்கு அழைத்தனர். அவனோ அதைச் செய்யாமல் மறுத்து விட்டு மடத்துக்குப் போவதாகச் சொல்லி வந்து விட்டான். அவனை உடனே ஊருக்குப் போய் அந்தக் காரியங்களை உரிய நாட்களுக்குள் முடித்துக் கொடுத்து, ‘சுபநிகழ்வு’ முடிந்த பின் தரிசனத்துக்கு வர வேண்டும் என சொல்லி விடு,” என்றார்.

இதைச் சீடர் அவரிடம் போய்ச் சொல்லவே, ஊரில் நடந்த விஷயம் இந்த மகானுக்கு எப்படித் தெரிந்தது என்று ஆச்சரியப் பட்டார் புரோகிதர்.

பெரியவரின் உத்தரவுப்படி ஊருக்குப் போய், நடந்ததை அவர்களிடம் சொல்லி, அந்தக் குடும்பத்திற்கு தேவையானதை செய்து முடித்த பிறகு ஒருநாள் மடத்துக்கு வந்தார். அவரை அழைத்த பெரியவர், “சுப காரியங்களைக் கூட நீ மறுக்கலாம். ஆனால் இது போன்ற ‘துக்க நிகழ்வுகளுக்கு வரமாட்டேன்’, என, புரோகிதரான, வைதீகனான நீ, மறுக்கக் கூடாது. மேலும் இந்நிகழ்வுகளுக்கு சம்பாவனையும் (பணம்) கேட்கக் கூடாது. அவர்கள் கொடுப்பதை வாங்கிக் கொள்ள வேண்டும். அப்படி வாங்கியதிலும் ஒரு பகுதியை சிவன் கோவிலில் தீபம் ஏற்றும் செலவுக்குக் கொடுக்க வேண்டும். அப்போது தான் நீ படித்த வேதங்களுக்கு மரியாதை,” என அறிவுரை கூறி பிரசாதம் கொடுத்து அனுப்பி வைத்தார்.

இதைக் கேள்வியுற்ற மற்ற புரோகிதர்களும், வைதீகர்களும், ‘இனி துக்க நிகழ்வுகளை மறுக்கமாட்டோம்’ என்று சங்கல்பித்துக் கொண்டார்களாம்!

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  1. We wake up everyday seeing and listening to things, auspicious. रोचनं चन्दनं हेमं मृदङ्गं दर्पणं मणिम् । गुरुमग्निं रविं पश्येन्नमस्येत् प्रातरेव हि ॥ We even look at our palms where Lakshmi, Saravati and Gowri reside.

    The word “Shubha tithau” is suffixed to the day’s tithi everyday. If the yogam/karanam for that day is not auspicious; some people even substitute the words to “shubha yoga, shubha karanam”. (not wanting to hear words like shakuni, etc!)

    Deepavali is an auspicious occasion, a festival of lights; a day when we get up much earlier than other days to have abhyanga Ganga snanam and wear new clothes. We draw wonderful rangolis, light lamps, light sparklers, visit temples, eat sweets, etc.

    There is a period of isolation (asoucham) involved for both Birth and Death. We refrain from doing auspicious things that are generally done on normal days as well as festival days (as above) on such “ashubha”(?) days because of asoucham. For karma relating to death, the word “shubha tithau” is not used. Only “tithau”. Since “Shubham” means auspicious; indirectly it means it is not an auspicious time for the people involved.

    From a vedantic viewpoint, there may be nothing wrong with the title, since life is a mixture of sukham and dukkham.
    But, definitely for a common man, seeing such a title on a festive day would have put him off. But, I guess, he would have stopped with just the title, and skipped reading the article, at least on that day! So, no worries! 🙂

    • Exactly! People who is afraid of death, will see happy and sorrow are two different things – Dwaitam! Let’s be Advaiti in all aspects!

  2. With due respect and humble let me share my opinion too on this (to Sri RajaGoplan Vardan Garu and the other visitors here).

    First, let us change narative and understanding that ‘death’ is inauspicious and ‘birth’ is ‘auspicious’. If you open Vedanta, it says ‘death’ is actually relief to the soul from this World which is mixed with happiness and sorrowfulness throughout one’s life. Every soul takes again and again Janma through mothers womb and enters to the World. When soul is getting shaped as human body in the womb, it undergoes several mental pressures and cries to the God for not anymore Janma. While in the womb it recalls all its previous Janmas and the Karmas it did in them. Vows to do only good Karma in this Janma and avoid anymore Janma. This is the reason why every child soon after takes birth in this World cries aloud that it is now to start a new journey of Karma. However, soon after taking birth, it forgets everything what it underwent in mother’s womb. This is the beginning of Maya by Vishnu. Only Spiritual Guru can remove us from the cycle of birth and death. When we leave this World, we leave all the relationships here itself and becoming free, is it not actual freedom?

    Next time when you see some natural death, think that the soul is free from clutches of all worldly hurdles. How this freedom taking occasion can be ‘inauspicious’? Request everyone to see the birth and death as equal, for more better understanding, birth is to undergo the Karmas we did previously and death is relief from this doing the Karma anymore. Remember doing only good Karma also attract another Janma to enjoy the consequences of that good Karma. The best way to get rid of benefits of good Karma is dedicate the these Karmas to Lord Krishna, everytime you do. ‘Title’ does not make any big change, until the change does not come from inner part of you. Hope you take my points positively.

    Sarvam Krishnaarpanamastu!

    Maha Periva Sharanam! Jaya Jaya Shankara……. Hara Hara Shankara……

  3. Sir, A very important message shared, Thank you for that. As much as this is a very important message to be posted and shared, I wish a bit more care had been taken on the title and the day it’s shared. Today (Deepavali) being an auspicious holy day celebrated with joy and positivity, for people (including myself) who get a notification with this exact title might immediately feel that something wrong (inauspicious) has happened somewhere. As much as I totally agree, that this is unintentional, I humbly request a bit more care to be taken on these small things, hereafter. Hope my message is taken in the right sense, and I mean no disrespect to the author. Namaskaram.

    • It was really a bad choice of words and in conjunction with the timing. My sincere apologies. It didnt occur to me that Deepawali wasn’t over in India (we finished deepawali a day before. It was so unfortunate that I realized that I made a mistake after I clicked the “Publish” button – it was impossible to undo at that point. It was truly not intentional (obviously). I will be very careful in the future.



      • Death is no big deal, Sri Mahesh. It is a part of our life as much as birth is. In fact, one should feel happy when one dies because he/she is rid of the pains that one had to endure when he/she was alive. In fact, with both my parents gone and their last rites done in full, now, me and my wife, we are looking forward to our own departure. We owe nothing no more to nobody. We want to go. We would like to float around a free spirit over vales, hills, rivers, streams and oceans [as Wordsworth has written]. Although we have begged Sri Periyavaa for Moksham, we don’t know. But then if at all we have to be born again, it will certainly be a time of our choice. In the meantime, I have a doubt: I don’t wish our bodies to be waiting in ice-box for the arrival of our boys from abroad. Instead, I wish to donate our cadavers [bodies] to Apollo Hospital, Trichy, to help them in medical research. I also wonder if we can sell our body parts of eyes, kidneys, liver etc. for the highest bidder and donate the amount to Veda Paatasaala, Ghoshaala, Temple maintenance, etc. They can give the money after they realize the body parts for which they had bid. It would be a gentleman’s agreement in word-of-mouth drawn before Samayapurathaal or Akilaandeswari. I know, there are many in this world, who have screwed up their healthy bodies, but would love to live longer with refurbished organs. Therefore, I request, I beseech, I entreat those who are knowledgeable on this score to advise me on how to go about it. Thanks in advance.

      • Dear Sri Mahesh, Am absolutely sure that it’s unintentional, and kindly please don’t apologise at all. For all the good work that you all do, my comment might have even come across as brute and unnecessarily critical. We live in a notification filled world, and it’s important to surround ourselves with positivity. Whether death is a positive or negative connotation is for one to understand based on their vedantic maturity. I for one, an amateur or less. My mother would scold me, if I cry “OUT” while watching a cricket match, and grandmother would ask me not to sneeze (yet to learn to hold it back) if she’s discussing something important. And I still feel, for the message conveyed inside, the title was a bit misleading. But how does that matter, anything in this blog is worthy of reading and multiple times in that. My sincere pranams to you and the team for the efforts you take, and if by any chance, I had hurt, I sincerely apologise. For all the comments apart from the author too, my heartfelt gratitude for their well meant explanations and clarifications.

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