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Monday, April 28, 2014

Word of Lalitambika

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

The jewels and money vanished on their own. The dhotis and sarees tore mysteriously. It was clear that all this was the result of a malevolent force. So the family sought the help of a wizard and performed rites of exorcism and expiation. It did not help. The head of the family came to Periyaval who is the very embodiment of all mantras. Periyaval listened to him patiently.

A devotee named Ravi was seated at a distance performing the Lalita Sahasranama parayana. With a snap of his fingers, Periyaval stopped the reading. Turning to the devotee he said, "Ask him which sloka he is reading now. You may chant it a thousand times".

The devotee learnt the sloka that Ravi was reading at that moment and chanted it a thousand times. There was no more disturbing events, such as articles vanishing from the cupboard.

It is human nature to be curious about that particular sloka. Ofcourse, each sloka in Sri Lalita Sahasranama has immense potential, and they take their time to manifest results. But if it is to bear fruit at once, the command, "Chant this sloka", should issue forth from Periyaval's own lips. For, that is the very word of Lalitambika!

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