Author: Shri M.Natarajan, IPS (Retd DG Police, MP)
One unique instance of Mahaperiyaval's psychic power comes to my mind. In the year 1985, late D.N. Ahuja, who was my dear friend and colleague, was posted as Executive Director (Security) in ONGC at Dehradun. In the course of an official tour, he along with his wife happened to visit Kanchi looking for silk sarees. Their escort informed the couple that Mahaswamigal attracted a much larger number of people who came to have His darshan. Not being religiously inclined, Ahuja brushed aside the idea when he learnt that he would have to wait in a hall and wear a dhoti after discarding his upper garments. However, on the insistence of his wife, he gave in and took his place in a congested hall. The air was thick with the smell of perspiration emanating from the bare bodied gathering, causing much discomfort to Ahuja. After a lapse of 45 minutes, he saw a frail old man slowly moving up to the dais, taking His seat and raising His hand to bless the congregation. On beholding the Saint, Ahuja had a strange sensation all over his body and found that the air had turned fragrant. He felt elated and the realization dawned that he was in Divine presence. As he walked past the Saint, he was still in a trance and felt that God himself was present before him clad in a single piece of ochre clothing.
The strange experience of Ahuja who was not a devotee and joined the assemblage after initial misgivings convinced me that Maha Periyaval proffered His divine grace to different people in His own inimitable way to turn their minds towards God.