Experiences with Maha Periyava:
Spend money by doing Ishta Poortham- You are only a Trustee for the wealth you possess!
A man was the miser of all misers!He was of course a wealthy man - but would not spend a penny. He had come for Sri Maha Periyava's darshan. With his right hand over his... mouth, he started speaking emotionally. I have blood pressure and diabetes for a long time. Now, I have been diagnosed with cancer too. I am suffering a lot. Periyava must please suggest a parikaram (remedy).
"Will you do as I say", asked Periyava.
"Certainly", said the man.
"It might be difficult...".
"Never mind. I want to just get rid of these diseases. I will do whatever Periyava instructs.
All I want is to be cured of this BP, diabetes and cancer......", saying this, he wiped his eyes.
Generally, Maha Periyava had compassion towards everyone for no reason at all, and now,
this man was in tears. Could Periyava let him down?Periyava said, "In the well, there is water. But the well never drinks up the water claiming ownership over it".
Trees bear fruits, but they never say, “This fruit belongs to me. Only I will eat it"."The cow gives milk, but never drinks up its own milk. Several trees and plants yield vegetables, but they keep nothing for themselves".
"As you can see, plants and animals themselves are doing so much paropakaaram (service to others). They say man has got six senses. So, how much more paropakaaram must he do?”"You have a lot of money - but you are neither spending it for yourself, nor are you doingany dharma (good deeds) from it. The sins from your last birth have befallen you in the form of diseases. If you have to get rid of the sins, you must do a lot of good deeds".
"Have you heard about the dharmam called 'Ishta Poortham?'. Money must be spent in good deeds such as digging a well, temple renovation, helping the poor, helping relatives, etc. Also, buy medicines for poor orphans who are sick. When someone asks for something, he must not go empty handed. Is this all clear?""You are only a Trustee for the wealth you possess. Never think that you are its owner".
The man started weeping uncontrollably..."He lived for many years thereafter doing a lot of dharma.
Source: Maha Periyavaal Darisana Anubhavangal - Part 6