author:..... Dr. S. Ramakrishnan, Chennai-92
compiler:... T.S. Kothandarama Sarma
book:....... vol. 2, pages 89-92
publisher:.. Vanathi Padhippaham (May 2005 Edition)
On a day some fiteen years ago, we received the of Kanchi ParamAChAryAL -- Paramaatma.
My wife, daughter and I went to Kanchipuram and had darshan of ParamAChAryAL, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi SwamigaL and Sri BAla PeriyavAL; we also had darshan of the night puja. And then we had the early morning of ParamAChAryAL and witnessed the .
We had purchased at Kamakshi temple two copies of the first-time-published Guru pictures that had all the three AcharyaaLs together. We went to Sankara MaTham to give the pictures to ParamAChAryAL and get his . We had PeriyavAL's darshan and gave him the pictures praying for his blessings on them. Receiving them, MahA SvAmigaL inquired, "Where were these bought?" It seemed that he was having a glance at that publication for the first time.
He called an assistant, ordered him to get the pictures framed, and on receiving them framed, hang the pictures in two places in the MaTham.
We had boundless ecstasy that the pictures we gave were going to adorn the MaTham. That is the grace of ParamAChAryAL! How many devotees are waiting for an opportunity to hang gold-framed pictures on the walls of the MaTham! This being the case, it was our that he gave us the opportunity. We were reminded of Sri Krishna Paramaatma voluntarily asking and taking (flattened rice) from Sudaaman.
We went back to MaTham around one o' clock with the two framed pictures and another copy of the picture (we bought for us).
ParamAChAryAL came and sat around 3:30 hours. We gave the three pictures to the assistant for handing them over to PeriyavAL. He ordered the framed pictures to be hung on the MaTham walls. He was keeping the third picture with him. We came to know the reason for this act only later. We understood that it was PeriyavAL's to grace us with a holy scene resembling the one in which Adi Shankara and his disciples sat and did vedanta .
We had that eye-overwhelming sight very soon!
ParamAChAryAL came and sat like Adi Shankara. BAla PeriyavAL sat before him, two vedic pundits sitting beside him. The vedanta started. And we witnessed the scene of Adi Shankara teaching his disciples! BAla PeriyavAL uttered some verses on from the Taittiriya Upanishad and MahA SvAmigaL did the for them.
Don't we say "" about Sri Dhaksinamurthy? Here it seemed to us as "". One particular sentence recited during that vedanta lesson comes to mind even now: ".* BAla PeriyavAL's for this verse was "