In addition to his experiences with MahaPeriyava, Sri Krishnamurthy reveals details about Sri Narayana Thirthar.
Video Courtesy: Mr G Sivaraman
Brahmasri Mullaivasal Krishnamurthy Sastrigal narrates an incident about Periyava and quotes Bhagavad Geetha – Chapter 3, Verse 22
Lord Krishna is using Himself as an example citing that fact that as the creator of all the worlds He has nothing to gain as He controls everything and yet He still performs His transcendental pastimes completely in line with the Vedic scriptures to benefit the welfare of all beings and the world.
Maha Periyava has lived among us for 100 years reflecting this verse of Bhagavad Gita! Mullaivasal mama nicely says it all here:
We all know Kannappa Nayanar and the story that describes the height of his devotion to Lord Parameshwarar…
Here is a staunch devotee of MahaPeriyava who even in excruciating pain and mental agony felt “கண்ணு போனா கூட பரவாயில்லை, பெரியவா எனக்கு வேணும்”…
Unconditionally surrendering to Him, MahaPeriyava who is Saksath Vaidhyanathaswamy cured Smt Meera in her dream. She is immensely blessed to be in His holy grips… She is one of a kind devotee who defines “Unconditional Bhakthi” and makes us awe at her staunch belief and faith!
Sri Kalyanakrishna Dikshithar and his wife share their experiences.
MahaPeriyava is Parameswara for them……
Periyava darshanam and Kamakshi Amman pooja sankalpam,
‘Therattu paal and Deepavali Marundu,
Milagu Rasam and more!!
Brahmasri Parasuramachar , a Nithya Agnihothri whose every breath was Vedham merged with Maha Periyava today. He lived in Sirugumani and managed the Sirugumani Patashala as directed by Maha Periyava.
To Him, Periyava is Prathyaksha Deivam. Being a Madhwar, when he utters such statements from the bottom of his heart, we are at loss of words to describe his devotion towards Periyava.
Veda Rakshanam has been Periyava’s very life breath. And, no doubt that Periyava chose Brahmasri Parasuramachar to reinvigorate Madhwa Rig Vedic Tradion. In Sirugumani, he has prepared over 100s of Rig Veda Madhwa Vidhyarthis. He had lived a very simple life as prescribed by Maha Periyava and also has inspired and insisted his Vedapatasala vidhyarathis to lead simple and true brahmanic way of life.
He conducted Soma Yagam in Feb 2012. His experience with Maha Periyava, Soma Yagam Pictures and more information about his father can be viewed here.
He would continue to live forever through his Patashala and the precious Madhwa Rig Vedic Vidhyarthis who come out of it.
Jaya Jaya Sankara, Hara Hara Sankara
Here in his own words Sri Lakshminarayanan’s experiences… (No elaborate introduction!)
This article by Sri Swaminatha Athreyan (elder brother of Srirangam Sri. S.V. Radhakrishna Sastrigal) who passed away recently, has come in the Kanchi Kamakoti Matam Souvenir. Maha Periyava teaches what is Priceless and gives His Anugraham to all.
A video experience of Sri Swaminatha Athreyan can be viewed here:
The Sour Pomegranate Fruit (PuLi MaathuLai)
It was in November 1963. His Holiness Sri Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham stayed for 25 days at Kalyanapuram, a tiny village on the northern bank of Kaveri near Tiruvidaimarudur.
One morning. K.S. Gopalaswami Iyer of Ananda Lodge, Thanjavur came to me and asked if I would join him and a gentleman from Madras to go to Kalyanapuram to have darshan of Paramacharya. I jumped at the offer and went along with them.
When our car crossed a bridge over the river Virachozhan at Tiruvidaimarudur at about 3 p.m., the giant lame tusker of the Math was feeding on coconut branches and leaves on the roadside. The cows of the Mat were being taken to the river for the wash. The Puja attendants were taking a nap. There was not much of an activity. We were greeted by the Matam manager and taken to the Office of the Matam, in a nearby house.
There our Madras gentleman gave a sheaf of hundred rupee notes to the manager and got it exchanged to one rupee coins, and put them in a big wooden tray. He had also brought some baskets of fruits, some jaggery, some small bottles of pure saffron, a large piece of Sandal wood, and some packets of pure camphor. We arranged all of them in two bamboo trays. He changed to an improvised panchakaccham and wore the holy ash in his forehead, chest and hands. All this betrayed his inexperience.
All of us trouped into the Puja premises. His Holiness was in the cowshed, in the backyard of the house, I went ahead of my group and announced the visitor to His Holiness.
His Holiness just nodded. K.S.G. and the Madras gentleman arrived and placed the offerings before His Holiness and all of us prostrated. His Holiness recognized K.S.G. with a smile and carried on with the conversation He had with Y. Mahalinga Sastri (the great grandson of the reputed Mahamahopadhyaya Raju Sastrigal of Mannargudi). His Holiness was speaking about a work of Raju Sastrigal Durjanoktiniraasa (damnation of the words of wicked men) Y.M.S. contributed to the conversation with relevant quotations of the work. This went on for about thirty minutes.
I was a little nonplussed. K.S.G had taken me in his company simply because he thought that I was close to His Holiness and that I would be able to present his Madras friend to His Holiness without delay with all pomp and get rich dividend of blessings for him. But it now looked as if we were completely ignored. K.S.G. was prodding me from behind. I was helpless. The Madras gentleman tried to make his presence felt by laughing aloud at the light remarks of His Holiness. We were all embarrassed.
Somebody peeped in from the entrance of the cowshed. “Vedapuri! Who is it?”, His Holiness asked. Vedapuri who was fanning His Holiness went and brought the Sroutigal of Vallalar Street, Mayuram. The Sroutigal held in his hand in small bamboo tray. Two coconuts and a bunch of plantain fruits were there. He recited a long hymn of Sama Veda and prostrated. He submitted with all humility that the marriage of his daughter had been fixed with a Vedic student and prayed for the blessings of His Holiness.
His Holiness remarked, “You have told me that your daughter was studying in a High School. Did she agree to the alliance?”.
“Because of Periyaval’s grace my family is still following the traditional style of life”.
There was another peep in the entrance. Vedapuri rushed there, talked to somebody and returned. He announced “It is the old lady of Villianur. She has brought sour pomegranate fruits (Puli Madulai in Tamil) for Periaval. Here they are”.
“Bring her here”. Vedapuri went and returned saying, “She says she would prostrate before Periaval from there and go”.
“Ask her to come here.” She appeared at the gate, prostrated and stood trembling.
His Holiness took one of the fruits in His palm and rolling it, began to speak to Y.M.S.
“You know Vaitha!”. Reference was to Vaidyanatha Swami Iyer of Illianur. “Once in those olden days I had some trouble in the stomach. the famous Natesa Sastrigal of Venkataramana Ayurveda College, Madras, advised me to take the juice of sour pomegranate. It is a rare variety. Because it is sour, nobody loves to have it planted in his gardens. This Vaitha had listened to this prescription, ran hither and thither and brought some fruits the third day”.
“Then he planted it in the open yard in the middle of his house and nurtured it carefully. He did not plant it in the backyard, because the tree would be contaminated by the pollution of food left-overs and thought I might not accept them. All the fruits borne by the tree are brought to me. If I were in a different place this lady (His Holiness mentioned her endearingly “Amma”) dries the fruit in a particular way, so that they would be taken after a long time. Vaitha is no more. Now his wife is bringing me these fruits frequently”.
“Rarity is its value. Archaeological finds, though very old for any practical use, gain in value. Older the date of the find, greater is its value. This fruit has no value nowadays, because many remedies have sprung up for stomach disorder. Yet it is a rare thing. Very valuable. In this context, a passage in Ramayana comes to my mind. Hanuman is going round the palace of Ravana. The palace is replete with treasures of rare gems, and rare art pieces. He differentiates between the two kinds of wealth in a remarkable way.”
His Holiness here spends some moments recollecting the passage.
“Yes, it is thus.
Ya hi vaisravane lakshmi!
Ya ca indra harivahane”!
Ravana has accumulated the wealth of Kubera as well as Indra. Kubera’s wealth contains gold, silver and gems which can be valued and totaled but the accumulation of Indra’s treasury contained invaluable, rare and old commodities, which were beyond the value of valuation. This is indicated by the word `Harivahana’. His horses were of green hue in color, a very very rare species. They cannot be purchases in the market for any price. They are unique. Not even an imitation of them would be available. Such a rare thing is this fruit.”
The listeners wondered as to what all this exhortation meant. Nobody understood.
His Holiness now turned to Vedapuri: “Come here. This large-hearted gentleman from Madras (His Holiness mentions his name very casually) has brought so much for me (His Holiness uses the word `Aparimita’_ Let it go to a good cause. You need not count it. Pour it all in the upper cloth of the Srautigal. He may have spend countless (Aparimita) rupees for the marriage. This may fulfill his requirements”.
What a stunning finale to an apparently casual talk? The vanity of the Madras gentleman just vanished into thin air. By a singularly graceful gesture, His Holiness elevated him to a height, never imagined by him. The Srautigal got a windfall of countless heap of money for the marriage of his daughter.
That is His Holiness !
It was at the insistence of MahaPeriyava, that Sri Sivaramakrishna Sastrigal started his ‘Veda Adhyayanam’.The grateful Sastrigal,the winner of the President’s Award and many other awards narrates his experiences
On the occasion of Arudra Darisanam, it would be appropriate to present Jaya Paati’s visit to Chidambaram at the behest of MahaPeriyava .
Possibly, for many of us,details on ‘Chidambara Rahasyam’, the ‘Murthy of Lord Nataraja’ and others could be revealing.
Shri Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir – A Vision & Mission Of Maha Periyava
“Satara” – this name sure does bring Nostalgia to so many devotees of Maha Periyava who were immensely blessed to be with Him and/or have His Darshan during His stay there… We all know Shri Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir at Satara was a Divine Plan. And Maha Periyava executed that ordained plan with great patience and total personal involvement, guidance and dedication. Hence, the Mandir is rightly come to be known as MahaSwamigal’s Shri Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir. How?
Maha Periyava’s abiding devotion to Nataraja is well known. His visit to Chidambaram to have the darshan of His Nataraja in 1933 was a historic one.This visit also marked the end of a prolonged draught of visits by Shankaracharayas. Close associates were witness to a hair raising glowing radiance exhibited by Maha Periyava after He emerged once from an almost four hour closed door confabulation with the then chief priest of the Chidambaram,Shri Swarna Venkatesh Dikshitar.
Ardent devotees of Maha Periyava believe that The Nataraja Mandir, Satara is a completion of a long cherished inspiration of Him to replicate the Chidambaram Nataraja during His maiden visit to the Temple in 1933 …
Since then during His Padha yatra through various places, did Maha Periyava bore a searching mind to spot a site with significance for the construction of His Nataraja mandir. Or, did He already have Satara in vision but had waited for almost five decades till His last Padha yatra? Only He could solve this Rahasyam!
One nagging question has been, why did Maha Periyava select Satara? Was it because it is uniquely placed as the last Uttara point of South India as envisaged in the Shilpa Shastra of the Vedas? Or, was it because Satara is where the confluence of the holy rivers Krishna and Venna takes place before they turn eastward as Krishna-Venna? Again, only our “Nadamaadum Deivam” can solve this Deiva Rahasyam!!!
Back at Kanchipuram after His Padha Yatra, Maha Periyava did not for once lose sight of the Nataraja Temple at Satara. It was His continued involvement that brought the Governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to participate in the making of the Mandir. Also, it was He who took the initiative and solved the otherwise impossible “Chidambaram Rahasyam” ,taking into full confidence an expert team from Chidambaram that was vowed to total silence and absolute secrecy. Further, He conceived each and every one of the unique 108 Karnas that have become a hallmark of the Mandir.
With His immense Blessings, the first Mahakumbhabhishekam was traditionally and ceremoniously held on 9 June 1985 and the Mandir was declared as “Shri Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir”
“It is Periyava’s grace that keeps us going”, echoes reverently Ramesh Shanbhag, the eldest son of Late Shamanna, the founder trustee of the Mandir. Any wonder that the Mandir is etched in the minds of lakhs of devotees thronging it as Maha Periyava’s Nataraja Mandir? And thus the vision and mission of Maha Periyava lives on…
Here is a video footage of “Shri Uttara Chidambaram Nataraja Mandir”
Maha Periyava deputed one of his disciples Shri Jagadeesh Bhat, who has been entrusted with managing the day to day workings of the completed Mandir since 1985. Here is a video (published couple of years back) of Brahmasri Satara Jagadeesh Bhat who shares his experiences with Maha Periyava…