Experiences with Maha Periyava:
Spend money by doing Ishta Poortham- You are only a
Trustee for the wealth you possess!
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 doing any
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
"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
Source: Maha Periyavaal Darisana Anubhavangal - Part 6