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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


It  is common knowledge now  that  a spate of  data  on Maha Periyava is flooding  emails and  face book  nowadays to the extreme joy of  Periyava devotees.   It  does not matter who wrote  what and which was the source of the information, inasmuch as the contents of such messages speak of the supreme  soul who lived with us and there is  rich  and rewarding benefit ensues to the readers

I  have  summarised  the  information fitting  conversation wherever  needed to make it easy to follow:

 Once  four foreigners visited Kanchi Mutt to have dharshan of Maha Periyavaa.   They were  an Israeli, an Italian, a German and a British. They had come to do their Ph.D., in Philology on the topic of 'the most ancient languages in the Occidental and the Oriental world'. They were studying Latin, Hebrew and Greek languages in the Occidental part and Sanskrit and Tamil in the Oriental part.

Periyava  was in his private quarters,  performing  his  nithya karma and anushtanas and  elaborate poojas ; they had  waited and  desired to  take a photo of Him but His kaingaryams refused permission to photograph the Periyavaa.  They were heartbroken that they could not take a picture. All the four of them were standing near a tree since morning  waiting  for the Periyava to finish his poojas  and  give  dharshan.  Many were already waiting  like them  

Some one  asked them  '' how come you all have been standing for the past 6 hours? One of them looked at his  watch and exclaimed, 'oh my God, has it been 6 hours? He is a Man of Certainty and is Beyond Time!'

Periyavaa came in after 10 minutes.  All went and prostrated to Him. Looking at the man (who had the camera hanging on his neck) who had wanted to take the photos, Periyavaa gestured with His hands indicating  that  he can  take pictures now. He posed for  three photos and stopped him before the fourth.  

''Whey have  you all come here and  with  what  purpose? " asked  Periyavaa.

''We  have  visited  many  places  regarding  our  research on  the most  ancient  language''

"Oh  I  see.  Did you arrive at any  conclusion as to which is the most ancient language?"

The Israeli replied, "Hebrew is the most ancient in the Occident; but in the Oriental, people say that both Sanskrit and Tamil are the oldest, we are confused and that is  why we are here for Your opinion".

Periyavaa  added  "There is another language which is the most ancient than all these, it is the Vedic Language. It is the Source of even Sanskrit and Hebrew.''    Periyavaa thought  for  a while and  then  added 

"There is a verse about Rebirth in Hebrew, can you recite it completely?" HE asked the Israeli by giving the man the first two words.

The Israeli recited it for 3 to 4 minutes. Swamigal looked around and asked some  Mutt  student  boys, and  addressed them 

" You have all learnt Rig Veda, can you recite this particular verse? he suggested  certain  manthras to the boys."

Those boys recited the  vedha manthra for  about  5 minutes.

Periyavaa  then  addressed the Israeli  ''Did you understand what these boys recited now?"

The four men remain quiet.

Maha Periyava  smiled  and   turned to the boys and said   "you all will definitely not understand what this man had recited in Hebrew!"

He  then  turned to the Israeli and said, " what  you have chanted before is the same as what these boys chanted!"

The  4  foreigners  were stunned and  did not know  what to  respond.   Periyavaa  told them  that   he will prove it and asked  for a paper and a pen.

"In Vedas it is mentioned that the world has been classified into 32 portions/regions. And in each of the 32 geographic regions, Vedas say how the Veda Aksharas have  changed/pronounced in those places!"

He asked each of them which region they came from and then explained  how a  particular Veda Aksharam has  been  changed in the individual places! He asked the boys to recite the  particular verse from Rig Veda again and told the men how each Aksharam in Rig Veda in that verse
will sound in their Regions!

"I will now say this verse with some difficulty as it has been  a long time since I had Abhyasam. and  the  Mahan  started to chant the manthra slowly,  slightly  differing  from the basic sloka aksharam  so that it  matched how  it will sound in Hebrew.   After he recited the aksharams he asked the Israeli  if  he understood  the  recital of the manthra and aksharam and observed any  familiarity.

To the Vedic  boys He said, "I  said  the  slokas in a slightly different form based on how each Aksharam  will sound in Hebrew. Please do not think it is wrong; there is this injunction  in the Vedas that it can be recited this way also."

 To everybody's  astonishment and  surprise,  the Israeli started  to recite in Hebrew  what  exactly Periyavaa  chanted  the aksharas in a modified form, as it resembled Hebrew language.  The Israeli therefore chanted it  together with Him!!! 

After this demonstration  Periyavaa  addressed  all  assembled there  "I told you earlier, the same verse in Rig Veda is present ditto in Hebrew, but the Aksharas  have changed slightly. (like we say "Yamuna" but in the North it is "Jamuna", "Va" in the south  is "Ba" in West Bengal, "Paa" in Tamil is "Haa" in Kannada etc) 

Therefore, the most ancient language in the world is the Vedic language!"  Swamigal asked the the paper and pen  to be  supplied to the  four men to prepare a table and fill it with how the Rig Veda Aksharams  sounded in their language. This was completed in 15 minutes.

The Israeli was shocked and exclaimed, "this is something unimaginable!"

He asked him, "what do you think now?   Do you now agree that everything has sprung from Vedas?"

The look on the Israeli was not convincing. 

Periyavaa  interpolated    ''what are  you thinking.  May be  the Vedas could  have  originated from Hebrew?"

The man  nodded  his head   "yes, it could have been the other  way also,   may  be  the Vedas could have come from Hebrew".

Periyavaa replied  smilingly  "you have only the lock, whereas we have both the key and the lock! It is even mentioned in the Vedas as to which Maharishi from here in India went to your  region and spread/taught Vedas in Israel!"

The man seemed to be convinced in the end that  the Vedic  language is  the oldest and  time honoured''  

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