Experiences with Maha Periyava:
Sri Maha Periyava, who is the omnipotent
Parameswara Himself, was camping in Sri Kanchi
Matham, Kumbakonam. The Vyasa Puja was being
held there in all glory.
The ChandraMouleeswara Puja being over, all the
devotees were in a hurry to get Sri Maha Periyava's
darshan, who was distributing the abhishekha
tIrtham (holy water of ablution) with his holy hands.
A devotee's turn came in the line formed by them to
receive the prasadam. After giving him the
prasadam, the Mahan looked at him raising his
He told the devotee, "You come early tomorrow for
the Veda parayanam (recitation)."
What alternative is there to the Mahan's orders?
As ordered by the Mahan the devotee came up
early the next morning and participated in the
occasion of Veda parayanam. When the
parayanam was going on, Maha Periyava made a
surprise visit, which was unusual.
He noticed that the bhakta (devotee) who got his
anugraha the previous day was reciting the Vedas
with sincere devotion. When reciting the Veda
mantras, however, the bhakta was having
breathing problems, so he faltered as he recited the
shlokas (verses) with difficulty. Kanchi Mahan
realised that the devotee should be having some
problem in his throat or lungs
When it was time to distribute prasadam after the
recitation was over, he called the devotee and
asked him to wait.
The devotee seemed to have sanchalanam
(trepidation) in his mind that he did not recite the
Vedas properly and the Mahan had found out
some errors in his chanting.
After sometime, a physician came and examined
the devotee thoroughly as ordered by the Sage.
Later when he took the devotee to his hospital and
conducted more tests, the physician found out that
the devotee had a heart ailment, which caused the
falter in the Vedic chanting.
The physician cured the devotee with good
treatment that involved no surgery, in accordance
with Sri Maha Periyava's orders.
Some ten days later, the devotee came to have
darshan of the Mahan who ordered him, "Now you
do the Vedic chanting for sometime." The devotee
was able to do the chanting without any falter or
Thus Maha Periyava saved the devotee from an
incoming setback of health.
Know what the devotee said about this? "As
mentioned in Thevaram, when we do sincere
prayer and worship to Bhagavan, any setbacks
and difficulties that are to reach us melt away
Compiler: R. Venkatasamy (in Tamil)
Source: Sakthi Vikatan issue dated Sep 28, 2004