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436) BHAGAVATHKRUTHASHANMAASAAVADHIKAAGASTHYAASHRAMAVAASA PRATHIGNYAA Padmaavathyanugo Devo Brahmarudraadikairyuthaha Suvarnamukharee...

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Maha Periyava's Maha Jayanthi (Anuradha Nakshathram)on June 4th, 2012.

First week of January, 1994:-Meditation became tough as my mind was disturbed by an inexplicable urge to rush to Kanchipuram for the darshan of my living God. There was no way I could go immediately due to my assignments. I had a row of concerts till January 9th on which day I had to perform in Sathguru Sangeetha Samajam, Madurai during the sabha's Annual Music Festival. I told myself firmly, "I am going to Kanchi immediately after returning from Madurai, I SHALL NOT  wait a moment longer than that''.
Each day till January 9th passed at a snail's pace. I developed high fever on Jan.8th, took a crocin and headed for Egmore Railway Station to board Pandian Express for my concert in Madurai on the next day. I was cut off from practically everything except for packing and changing my veena strings due to fever on 8th, maybe my impatience to rush to Kanchipuram made me feverish!!
On January 9th morning, I got off the train and shivered in the chill morning breeze, my fever not yet gone.
I dragged my feet behind the railway porter and the sabha's representative who had come to receive me.
As I weakly gazed around my attention was captured by huge blowup pics of Maha Periyava displayed outside the big book stall on the platform.
I stood rooted to the spot while my shocked gaze took in word by word and in slow motion headlines announcing Maha Periyava's departure from this world leaving behind all of us.

Initially I wanted to cancel my concert that evening, but well wishers advised me to perform as a homage to Maha Periyava.
Remebering that He liked Hindolam and Keeravani I rendered the same elaborately, apart from Maithreem Bhajatha, Bhaja Govindam and many many devotional krithis.
As years have rolled by, I am convinced that Maha Periyava is alive, with and within all His devotees.

6 comments:

alchemister said...

I was moved by your article.. I remember that day very well.. I was entering college that year and my father brought home an issue of the magazine shakti which read in tamizh " maraindhadhu mahanakshatram"

Recently, there has been a lot of activity in youtube: personal experiences with periyava. I shall give you a link!

Kannan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCUHBPFvIHA

I am so curious to know this: Did periyava recognize you on later visits after your first meeting as a child? Did you play veena after that in his presence?

E.Gayathri said...

Thank you very much for the wonderful link and appreciation of my article.
Maha Periyava did not reveal his recognition after my first experience of performing in His Presence. I never performed in His Presence after that.

Hari Akkavajhula said...

for the first time in my life, i attend his jayanti celebrations in sri sri sri kanchi kamakoti peetham branch in pune...it was a blissful experience...the veda pandits chanted totakashtakam at the end...unknowingly, tears rolled down my eyes...Mahaperiyava is a magic...HE is a experience! am blessed!

E.Gayathri said...

Very happy for your experience!

kahanam said...

Very moving. The Divine Presence is always there guiding us all!

Uma Shankar said...

could you go to Kanchi afterwards??