This incident happened about 35 years ago. Paramacharya was staying in Chennai for a few
months, blessing people and giving discourses. From Chennai, he continued his yatra out of
the city and stayed for a few days in a brick tiles manufacturing factory at Noombal in the
Poonamallee high road past the city border.
I went have a darshan of Paramacharya one evening, accompanied by a Sethji from Calcutta
who was a wealthy philanthropist. In the usual way I prostrated to the Sage, my eight limbs
touching the ground. Sethji also prostrated in a similar manner. I joined my palms and
Looking at us once and raising his head, Paramacharya asked, "You told me earlier once…
was it about this man?" He was matchless in his powers of estimation and retention. I
agreed to his words and said with humility, "This man was pestering me for a long time to
take him for darshan, which is the reason I brought him here."
I need to tell you a few things about this man. This Sethji is very pious. He used to come
daily to my upanyasas on Mahabharata and Ramayana, which I held in Calcutta. Since I was
giving explanations in Hindi also, a number of North Indians used to come to my discourses.
Before I started my discourse, I would always talk about the greatness of Sri Kanchi
Paramacharya for some time, after the initial prayers. My speech would be about Acharya's
immense knowledge, power, tapo shakti, and his greatness with examples that highlighted
them. Only then, the actual discourse would commence. This is a principle I have been
following for a long time.
Though God has given the Sethji all sorts of fortunes, He had also left him with a large
deficiency. It was the misfortune of not being able to take food through the mouth: his
gullet was not functioning. His regular food was supplied to his digestive system artificially
through a hole in the stomach. With this intense suffering he was living his days.
There was no treatment that he did not take to get this deficiency rectified. He had met all
the world experts in the field of medicine. There was no count to his temple darshans,
prayers and the efforts using mantra and tantra. Still there was no cure in sight. Since he
had heard about the greatness of Paramacharya from my daily discourses, he desired to
have a darshan of the Sage and check if at last that would cure his malady.
During a recess in the discourse, he held on to it firmly that he and I should go to Chennai
and have a darshan of Paramacharya.
I was apprehensive about taking him without the prior consent of Paramacharya. I told him
that I would go to Chennai and get Acharya's consent and then take him. He immediately
got me a plane ticket to Chennai.
On reaching Chennai, I informed Paramacharya about this Sethji at an opportune time and
asked for his consent to bring the man for darshan. Though he discussed with me about the
satkarya (good deeds) in Calcutta, he did not say anything about my request. When I
reminded him again after sometime, he curtly said, "Not now". Since Sethji might be
shocked at Paramacharya's reply and lose hope in the ultimate cure, I simply told him that I
would take him when I left Calcutta after my discourses.
In a way it was a mistake to have brought him, though I did it as a service. All the good and
bad that happen in our life are due to our punya and paapa spread over many births. Man is
bound to face them. The sins can be reduced only by suffering their effects. If there is
continuous suffering, it only shows the quantum of accumulated sins. If the sufferings are
faced with faith in God, their effects will be felt less, and good things would reach us when
the sins are exhausted. With his foresight, Paramacharya is clear giving such explanations
for the good and bad that we face in our life.
One of the reasons that he would not encourage meeting such sinful people who suffer now
is that they would simply look for pariharas without realising that they have to suffer for
I stayed a little distance away from him and kept on reminding him about giving darshan to
Sethji. He did not give a positive reply. It was getting late at night. I approached him with
an intention of taking leave and coming the next morning.
He sensed my thought and said, "Nothing can be done in his matter! Take him away. Ask
him to be devoted to God, do good deeds and God will save him!"
I became a little bold and said, "He is doing such good things for years together now. Is
there no parihara at all? Everything should have a parihara! Don't our Dharma Shastras
provide vimochanas for curses and sins? In God's creation, should there not be a parihara
for everything? You should kindly give him your anugraha." I argued strongly in favour of
Paramacharya listened to me carefully, kept silent for some time and then asked me to
come near him with the words, "If that is so, come nearer."
"Will he do what I ordain for him?"
"He will do it; I shall ask him to do it."
"If he doesn't do it?"
"If he does it, let him get prosperity; or else let him suffer."
"It would require a large amount of money for what I ordain for him. Can he make it?"
"He is a millionaire. He would even spend all his wealth to get well."
"He should publish in Sanskrit the eighteen Puranas in our Veda Shastras in separate
volumes on good paper in good print and distribute the volume sets free to eligible Vedic
Pundits. Will he do this? Can he do this?"
"He can. I shall ask him to do it."
"You know the eighteen Puranas? Give me their names."
I told him the names in this order:
1.Sri Matsya Purana
6.Brahma Vaivarta Purana
I was happy that my act had a happy ending.
I called Sethji and told him the matter. He was immensely happy and said, "Yes, I would do
this", as he prostrated to the lotus feet of Paramacharya, shedding tears. Paramacharya
blessed him profusely and asked his assistants to give him prasada.
As soon he reached his place of domicile, Sethji started this task as the first thing. He
allotted an entire floor of his large building as office for this venture. He called Vedic
Pundits and scriptural experts from many states, consulted them, and printed the Puranas in
good print on high quality paper in large-sized books, spending a fortune on the task, and
distributed them free to eligible Vedic Pundits as ordained by Paramacharya. The word
prem (love) was mentioned in the part of the book that mentioned its price.
Without checking if his disease was lessening and without even worrying about if it would
reduce, or feeling skeptical about it, he was totally and fiercely engaged in the publication
of the Puranas as ordained by Paramacharya. Seventeen Puranas came out as books, but
there was no ease in his condition! Even during the days of this Dharmic activity, he took
food only through a hole in his stomach.
As the work on the eighteenth Purana, the 'Skanda Purana' started, Sethji had suddenly
started eating with his mouth as everyone did! His tongue got back its tasting capabilities!
He got the bhagyam of his birth that was not in sight all these days. The cruel disease that
gave him untold suffering every day and minute was at last cured and gone with
When I got the news, I met Paramacharya and told him, "Acharya's Shakti is the Shakti!
Sethji has come alive due to the boon, the anugraha you gave him! Only Paramacharya's
anugraha saved him, after he resorted to all kinds of measures. Only you are the God!" I
stood before him, drowned in gratitude, shedding tears.
The words that Maha Shakti spoke at that time gave me a darshan of him as the God seen
with my own eyes (Kankanda Deivam).
"It is the Shakti of Dharma Shastras of our country that has saved him, is it not?" he said.
Neither I nor has anyone ever heard him declare at any stage that it was his or was done by
him. After knowing about this miraculous incident, the experts from the Western countries
started crowding to seek His darshan.
This rare incident was narrated by Mukkur Srinivasa Varadacharyar Swamigal, the man
responsible for Ashtalakshmi Temple in Chennai.
Source: Book Paramacharyar pages 142-151, 1992 edition
Author: 'Paranthaman' (V.Narayanan)