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Friday, February 13, 2015

Mysore Pak and mango juice .periyavaa

SriMaTham camp in a village called Sethinipuram in the Thanjai district.
Periyavaa started the puja at three o' clock itself, early morning, completed it at nine and then took bhiksa. He also asked the shisyas (disciples and assistants) to have their meals.
The disciples and assistants were not accustomed to such an early lunch at nine in the morning. They were also not hungry. So they sat for their meal for the sake of it and got up.
Sometime later, SwamigaL started for a village, eight miles from that place.
Because of an insufficient early lunch, the disciples and the assistants were hungry (by the time they reached the village). But then, what could they do? Whatever they did, Periyavaa would come to know it! No one was sure about when they could have their night bhiksa.
When they were sitting outside, Periyavaa opened his kattuppetti (journey box). He took pieces of the delicacy Mysore Pak from it, held each piece in his hand and wrung it between his figures to break it into finer pieces and scattered them into a silver pela (a large cup). There were ripe mango fruits nearby. He took some of them, cut and squeezed their juice out and poured it over the Mysore Pak powder in the bowl. Thus he prepared a mix of Mysore Pak and mango juice with his own hands!
A snap with his fingers. A shisya came. "Now, everyone take this!"
They tasted like devamrutam (nectar of the gods)--PeriyavaaL's words as well as the new sweet dish!
So much love and affection, towards his shisyas!
author: Sri Matham Balu Mama
compiler: T.S. Kothandarama Sarma
book: Maha PeriyavaL - Darisana Anubhavangal

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