Some decades ago, Paramacharya stayed at Sri Kalahasthi, a great pilgrim center in the country. On one night at about 9 p.m. He started walking fast in one particular direction, without informing anyone. His disciples who followed Him, were actually running. After walking a few miles, they came to a place covered with thick and thorny bush. He asked the volunteers to remove the shrubs, and that was done with great difficulty. To the surprise of everyone, they saw a Panchamukha Siva Linga there. What prompted the preceptor to go to that busy area on that night is still a mystery. Perhaps, Brahma prayed to have a Darshan of the Guru and the Guru answered the prayers of his devotee! According to His direction, after sometime, a temple was built there, which can be seen even today.
Sri Chembai Vaidhyanatha Bhagavathar, the revered guru of the famous singer Yesudas, lost his voice due to throat cancer. He took a vow to Lord Guruvayurappan, stating that he will donate all his earning from his music concerts if he was blessed enough to regain his voice. He was cured and regained his voice and he adhered to the vow he made to the Lord. When he called on the Paramacharya, he made a fervent appeal to bless him so that he would die only when he was performing at his home town. As he wished, the singer departed from this world when he was singing in his birth place. There is no parallel to the overwhelming compassion of the great Guru.
It was in the early 1960s that there was a war between India and China. The family members of an army officer in Triplicane did not get any communication for months, despite repeated requests to the Defence Department. They were unable to assure whether the concerned officer was alive. So the family presumed that the officer was dead. The wife was provided a place on the veranda and a date was fixed for performing the ceremony to tonsure her head.
The Paramacharya visited Triplicane at that time. All the buildings wore took a festive look, decorated with mango leaves, plantain trees etc, except the army officer’s. His Holiness and His disciples, including my friend Sri A.T.Raman, walked through all the streets. When He came in front of the officer’s house, He stopped for a while and asked the inmates to send the Sumangali. It was a shock for them. However, the officer’s wife came out and prostrated at His feet. He gave her kumkuma prasadam and asked her to adorn her fore-head with it. Saying this, He told her that she need not worry and assured her that her husband will return safely within five days.
Maha Periaval’s utterances have never been made in vain.
A couple was in great distress as they could not get a suitable job for their well-qualified son, despite strenuous efforts. They called on the Paramacharya and expressed their predicament. His Holiness asked them to call on the General manager of a State Bank and tell him that they were told to do so. Accordingly, they met him and gave the details. There was a photo of the Paramacharya on his table, well-decorated with fragrant flowers. This was a very great surprise to him, as he had not met the Guru before. Immediately, he stood up and paid obeisance to the Paramacharya with great reverence. How His Holiness could refer his name was not understandable. He immediately issued an appointment order to the candidate, giving inexpressible joy and happiness to the frustrated parents. Soon the General Manager went to Kanchipuram for the first time to have darshan of the Paramacharya, and received His blessings.