author:....... a devotee
compiler:..... T.S.KOthaNDarAma sarma
publisher:.... VAnathi Padhippaham (May 2005 Edition)
type:......... book, Tamizh
From Angkarai, in the year 1986, some people had come for darshan.
After inquiring them about many general matters, he inquired probingly about the ghat on the KavEri bank. Pointing to Angkarai ShrIKaNThan standing nearby, who was taking care of the --feeding the sage and his assistants, he said, "Whenever I ask him about Angkarai, this man says he doesn't know anything."
To that ShrIKaNThan replied, "It is since forty years I left Angkarai. So, I do not know anything about it."
The people who had come for darshan said, "Some people have encroached the ghat and erected huts there; only a small place is left there."
shrIPeriyavAL: Those are poor people. You don't need to drive them away. In the remaining place, construct a compound wall, plant two trees and and nourish them.
They assured him to do it as ordered.
Later, ShrIKaNThan took --renunciation, in the year 2003 and went to (shrIMaTham branch at) TiruvAnaikkovil, where he attained . When --efforts, were initiated to bury the --body, in the shrIMaTham garden there, since shrIMaTham remained within the --five courtyards, (of the TiruvAnaikkA temple), some people did---objected, that no buriyal should be done there.
With no other solution was in sight, based on the suggestion given by a man who built the compound wall at Angkarai, and in accordance with the --(Tamizh) orders, of shrIPeriyavAL, the body was taken there and the buriyal done.
For his --ascetic disciple, who was to attain in the year 2003, his getting ready a place in the year 1986 itself... did it happen accidentally? or by shrIPeriyavAL's --foresight?
shrIPeriyavAL was camping in the pumping station of the A.C.C.Cement Factory, on the banks of the KAgna river, in Hyderabad.
That --region, belonged to the Old Hyderabad SamasthAnam. Now it is a part of the KarnATakA state.
At a kilometer distance from that place, is the garden of a man named BhImasEnappA KiTTappA. He was the one who opposed the atrocities on the Razaks during the rule of the Nawab and won the battle. Accepting his wishes that PeriyavAL should visit his place, the sage went there one day.
In the time of --noon, a Muslim devotee came for darshan. When shrIPeriyavAL told him, "Your wife came in the morning with fruits and had darshan", he was surprised and said: "I am working in a shop. When I walked this morning holding the rickshaw, BAbA--your holiness, had a look at me. I had a feeling of seeing Allah in person. Further it seemed to me that you said something in Urdu, my mother tongue. I could come only now, after my work is over. At home, my wife told me of her having darshan."
The sage gave him fruits and did , when the devotee thus spoke to him and prostrated. It is not surprising that MahA-PeriyavAL who is --everything, not giving darshan as Allah.
The time when shrIPeriyavAL was in --camp, in the year 1978, at Hampi. The --prince, of SANDUr, had made Ramesh BhaTT, the assitant of the --royal priest, of SANDUr MahArAjA, stay in Hampi, in order to provide the facilities required for shrIPeriyavAL's .
During night, when shrIPeriyavAL's --assistants, were sleeping, Ramesh BhaTT alone would be awake, enjoying shrIPeriyavAL's singing with --the specific musical note, and many other --verses. Whenever PeriyavAL rose from his sitting, he would wake up the sage's--personal assistants.
One day after finishing singing a , calling him, shrIPeriyavAL asked, "All those who come to me seek something from me, whereas you don't ask me anything, why?"
Ramesh BhaTT: "PeriyavAL is god. His holiness knows everything. So, there is no --necessity, for any sort of prayer."
shrIPeriyavAL, at once: "Your --(Tamizh) father, has taken a --vow, to do --installation of shrI RAmA's image, in your --village. You do---fulfill it."
The native village of Ramesh BhaTT named KAlkatigi, is located at 130 kilometers in the --region, of DhArwAr/DhArwad city (KarnATaka state). Ramesh's father had never come for darshan of PeriyavAL. And Ramesh did not know that his father had taken such a .
Ramesh: "My salary is very low. How can I build a RAmadeva mandir?"
shrIPeriyavAL: Without any --exertion, in ten years, you are going to build the --temple, by your own earnings, and without getting any --donation."
With the next few days after the --camp, moved from Hampi, Ramesh got the opportunity of an --job, as a --drums expert, attached to the All India Radio Station at DhArwAr. He also got opportunities of performing in private concerts. With those earnings, in the tenth year thereafter, Ramesh built a RAmadeva temple and completed doing --installaton, of the --images, his father had bought.
Ramesh BhaTT would say, his gratitude welling up, "It was not with my money, only by PeriyavAL's , that I could build this temple."