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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Parama Ousadam

Source: In the Presence of the Divine
Narratives of Experiences with Maha Periyaval - Volume 1
Translated by: Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

Periyaval returned from his bath in the river. He began to run a high fever. His body seemed to be blazing a high temperature. The doctor came and had a look. “Some milk must be taken and then the tablet,” he said.

It was ekadasi day, a day of absolute fasting. Not even a drop of water would be taken, what to say of milk?

“Neither milk nor tablet is necessary,” said Periyaval firmly.

The Manager came and literally pleaded with Periyaval. He argued, “One does not have to fast when one suffers from fever. This is after all medicine. Not food.” The last argument was the strong point in his case.

Periyaval told the attendant who was near him a in a low, quivering voice, “What the doctor prescribed was medicine. I have given myself the supreme medicine, parama ousadam.”

The Manager did not understand. Periyaval himself explained to clarify the matter.” It is said that fasting is the most supreme medicine.” 

The next morning before dawn, Periyaval got up as usual, bathed in cold water and followed it with anustana and puja as usual in his own perfect manner. The fever vanished as rapidly as it had come on. 

A thousand and eight instances can be quoted to show that Periyaval’s body functioned according to his will.

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