Let us Start
Traditional belief based on scriptural details and astrological calculations gives the date of Krishna’s birth, known as Janmashtami, as 18 July 3228 BCE and departed on 3102 BCE. Krishna belonged to the Vrishni clan of Yadavas from Mathura, and was the eighth son born to the princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva. Mathura was the capital of the Yadavas, to which Krishna’s parents Vasudeva and Devaki belonged. The king Kansa, Devaki’s brother, had ascended the throne by imprisoning his father, King Ugrasena. Afraid of a prophecy that predicted his death at the hands of Devaki’s eighth son, Kansa had the couple locked into a prison cell. After Kansa killed the first six children, and Devaki’s apparent miscarriage of the seventh (which was actually a secret transfer of the infant to Rohini as Balarama), Krishna was born.
Since Vasudeva believed Krishna’s life was in danger, Krishna was secretly taken out of the prison cell to be raised by his foster parents, Yasoda and Nanda, in Gokula. Two of his other siblings also survived, Balarama (Devaki’s seventh child, transferred to the womb of Rohini, Vasudeva’s first wife) and Subhadra (daughter of Vasudeva and Rohini, born much later than Balarama and Krishna). According to Bhagavata Purana it is believed that Krishna was born without a sexual union, by “mental transmission” from the mind of Vasudeva into the womb of Devaki. Hindus believe that in that time, this type of union was possible for achieved beings. In one story, Kansa sent an ogress named Putana to poison baby Krishna with her breast milk. She approached him and suckled him. Instead of her poisoning him, he sucked the life out of her, revealing her true form.
Childhood and youth
Krishna holding Govardhan hill as depected in Pahari painting
Nanda was the head of a community of cow-herders, and he settled in Vrindavana. The stories of Krishna’s childhood and youth tell how he became a cow herder, his mischievous pranks as Makhan Chor (butter thief), his foiling of attempts to take his life, and his role as a protector of the people of Vrindavana.
Krishna is said to have killed the demons like Putana, sent by Kansa for Krishna’s life. He tamed the serpent Kāliyā, who previously poisoned the waters of Yamuna river, thus leading to the death of the cowherds. In Hindu art, Krishna is often depicted dancing on the multi-hooded Kāliyā.
Krishna is believed to have lifted the Govardhana hill and taught Indra, the king of the devas and rain, a lesson to protect native people of Vrindavana from persecution by Indra and prevent the devastation of the pasture land of Govardhan. Indra had too much pride and was angry when Lord Krishna advised the people of Vrindavana to take care of their animals and their environment that provide them with all their necessities, instead of worshipping Indra annually by spending their resources. In the view of some, the spiritual movement started by Lord Krishna had something in it which went against the orthodox forms of worship of the Vedic gods such as Indra. In other versions,Lord Krishna sensed that the rain came from a nearby hill, and advised that the people worshiped the hill instead of Indra. This made Indra furious, so he punished them by sending out a great storm. Lord Krishna then lifted the hill and held it over the people like an umbrella.
The stories of his play with the gopis (milkmaids) of Vrindavana, especially Radha (daughter of Vrishbhanu, one of the original residents of Vrindavan) became known as the Rasa lila and were romanticised in the poetry of Jayadeva, author of the Gita Govinda. These became important as part of the development of the Krishna bhakti traditions worshiping Radha Krishna.
Krishna with his two principal queens. (From left) Rukmini, Krishna, Satyabhama and his vahana Garuda.
On his return to Mathura as a young man, Krishna overthrew and killed his maternal uncle, Kansa, after avoiding several assassination attempts from Kansa’s followers. He reinstated Kansa’s father, Ugrasena, as the king of the Yadavas and became a leading prince at the court. During this period, he became a friend of Arjuna and the other Pandava princes of the Kuru kingdom, who were his cousins. Later, he took his Yadava subjects to the city of Dwaraka (in modern Gujarat) and established his own kingdom there.
Krishna married Rukmini, the Vidarbha princess, by abducting her,at her request, from her proposed wedding with Shishupala. Krishna subsequently married 16,100 maidens who were held captive by demon Narakasura, to save their honour. of which eight were chief—collectively called the Ashta Bharya—including Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravrinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra and Lakshana. Krishna killed the demon and released them all. According to strict social custom of the time, all of the captive women were degraded, and would be unable to marry, as they had been under the Narakasura’s control. However Krishna married them to reinstate their status in the society. This wedding with 16,100 abandoned daughters was more of a mass women rehabilitation. In Vaishnava traditions, Krishna’s wives are believed to be forms of the goddess Lakshmi—consort of Vishnu, or special souls who attained this qualification after many lifetimes of austerity, while his queen Satyabhama, is an expansion of Radha.
When Yudhisthira was assuming the title of emperor, he had invited all the great kings to the ceremony and while paying his respects to them, he started with Krishna because he considered Krishna to be the greatest of them all. While it was a unanimous feeling amongst most present at the ceremony that Krishna should get the first honours, his cousin Shishupala felt otherwise and started berating Krishna. Due to a vow given to Shishupal’s mother, Krishna forgave a hundred verbal abuses by Shishupal, and upon the one hundred and first, he assumed his Virat (universal) form and killed Shishupal with his Chakra. It is said that the blind king Dhritarashtra also obtained divine vision during this time to be able to see the Lord’s form. Essentially, Shishupal and Dantavakra were both re-incarnations of Lord Vishnu’s gate-keepers Jaya and Vijaya, who were cursed to be born on Earth, to be delivered by the Lord back to Heaven.
Kurukshetra War and Bhagavad Gita
Arjuna Wijaya statue in Central Jakarta depicting Krishna and Arjuna riding a chariot.
Once battle seemed inevitable, Krishna offered both sides the opportunity to choose between having either his army called narayani sena or himself alone, but on the condition that he personally would not raise any weapon. Arjuna, on behalf of the Pandavas, chose to have Krishna on their side, and Duryodhana, Kaurava prince, chose Krishna’s army. At the time of the great battle, Krishna acted as Arjuna’s charioteer, since this position did not require the wielding of weapons.
Upon arrival at the battlefield, and seeing that the enemies are his family, his grandfather, his cousins and loved ones, Arjuna becomes doubtful about fight. He lost all his hopes and put down his Gandiv(Arjuna’s bow). Krishna then advises him about the battle, with the conversation soon extending into a discourse which was later compiled as the Bhagavad Gita.
Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universal Form) to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Krishna had a profound effect on the Mahabharata war and its consequences. He considered the Kurukshetra war as a last resort by voluntarily making himself as a messenger in order to establish peace between the Pandavas and Kauravas. But, once these peace negotiations failed and was embarked into the war, then he became a ruthless strategist. During the war, upon becoming angry with Arjun for not fighting in true spirit against his ancestors, Krishna once picked up a carriage wheel and converted it to a Chakra (discus) to challenge Bhishma when the latter injured him. Upon seeing this, Bhishma dropped his weapons and asked Krishna to kill him. However, Arjuna apologized to Krishna, promising that he would fight with full dedication hereafter, and the battle continued. Krishna had directed Yudhisthira and Arjuna to return to Bhishma the boon of “victory” which he had given to Yudhisthira before the war commenced, since he himself was standing in their way to victory. Bhishma understood the message and told them the means through which he would drop his weapons—which was if a woman entered the battlefield. Next day, upon Krishna’s directions, Shikhandi (Amba reborn) accompanied Arjuna to the battlefield and thus, Bhishma laid down his arms. This was a decisive moment in the war because Bhishma was the chief commander of the Kaurava army and the most formidable warrior on the battlefield. Krishna aided Arjuna in killing Jayadratha, who had held the other four Pandava brothers at bay while Arjuna’s son Abhimanyu entered Drona’s Chakravyuha formation—an effort in which he got killed by the simultaneous attack of eight Kaurava warriors. Krishna also caused the downfall of Drona, when he signalled Bhima to kill an elephant called Ashwatthama, the namesake of Drona’s son. Pandavas started shouting that Ashwatthama was dead but Drona refused to believe them saying he would believe it only if he heard it from Yudhisthira. Krishna knew that Yudhisthira would never tell a lie, so he devised a clever ploy so that Yudhisthira wouldn’t lie and at the same time Drona would be convinced of his son’s death. On asked by Drona, Yudhisthira proclaimedAshwathama Hatahath, naro va Kunjaro va
i.e. Ashwathama had died but he was nor sure whether it was a Drona’s son or an elephant. But as soon as Yudhisthira had uttered the first line, Pandava army on Krishna’s direction broke into celebration with drums and conchs, in the din of which Drona could not hear the second part of the Yudhisthira’s declaration and assumed that his son indeed was dead. Overcome with grief he laid down his arms, and on Krishna’s instruction Dhrishtadyumna beheaded Drona.
When Arjuna was fighting Karna, the latter’s chariot’s wheels sank into the ground. While Karna was trying to take out the chariot from the grip of the Earth, Krishna reminded Arjuna how Karna and the other Kauravas had broken all rules of battle while simultaneously attacking and killing Abhimanyu, and he convinced Arjuna to do the same in revenge in order to kill Karna. During the final stage of the war, when Duryodhana was going to meet his mother Gandhari for taking her blessings which would convert all parts of his body on which her sight falls to steel, Krishna tricks him to wearing banana leaves to hide his groin. When Duryodhana meets Gandhari, her vision and blessings fall on his entire body except his groin and thighs, and she becomes unhappy about it because she was not able to convert his entire body to steel. When Duryodhana was in a mace-fight with Bhima, Bhima’s blows had no effect on Duryodhana. Upon this, Krishna reminded Bhima of his vow to kill Duryodhana by hitting him on the thigh, and Bhima did the same to win the war despite it being against the rules of mace-fight (since Duryodhana had himself broken Dharma in all his past acts). Thus, Krishna’s unparalleled strategy helped the Pandavas win the Mahabharata war by bringing the downfall of all the chief Kaurava warriors, without lifting any weapon. He also brought back to life Arjuna’s grandson Parikshit, who had been attacked by a Brahmastra weapon from Ashwatthama while he was in his mother’s womb. Parikshit became the Pandavas’ successor.
Krishna in Balinese Wayang form
Temple car carving of Krishna playing flute with Radha , suchindram ,tamil nadu
Krishna had a total of 16,108 wives, out of which eight were his princely wives and 16,100 were rescued from Narakasura, who had forcibly kept them in his harem, but all of them are considered to be incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi.
The first son of Queen Rukmini was Pradyumna, and also born of her were Charudeshna, Sudeshna and the powerful Charudeha, along with Sucharu, Chharugupta, Bhadracaru, Charuchandra, Vicaru and Caru, the tenth. Pradyumna fathered the greatly powerful Aniruddha in the womb of Rukmavati, the daughter of Rukmi. This took place while they were living in the city of Bhojakata.
The ten sons of Satyabhama were Bhanu, Subhanu, Svarbhanu, Prabhanu, Bhanuman, Chandrabhanu, Brihadbhanu, Atibhanu (the eighth), Sribhanu and Pratibhanu.
Samba, Sumitra, Purujit, Satajit, Sahasrajit, Vijaya, Citraketu, Vasuman, Dravida and Kratu were the sons of Jambavati. These ten, headed by Samba, were their father’s favorites.
The sons of Nagnajiti were Vira, Candra, Asvasena, Citragu, Vegavan, Vrisha, Ama, Sanku, Vasu and the opulent Kunti.
Sruta, Kavi, Vrisha, Vira, Subahu, Bhadra, Santi, Darsa and Purnamasa were sons of Kalindi. Her youngest son was Somaka.
Madra’s sons were Praghosha, Gatravan, Simha, Bala, Prabala, Urdhaga, Mahasakti, Saha, Oja and Aparajita.
Mitravinda’s sons were Vrika, Harsha, Anila, Gridhra, Vardhana, Unnada, Mahamsa, Pavana, Vahni and Kshudhi.
Sangramajit, Brihatsena, Sura, Praharana, Arijith, Jaya and Subhadra were the sons of Bhadra, together with Vama, Ayur and Satyaka.
Diptiman, Tamratapta and others were the sons of Lord Krishna and Rohini.
At a festival, a fight broke out between the Yadavas who exterminated each other. His elder brother Balarama then gave up his body using Yoga. Krishna retired into the forest and sat under a tree in meditation. While the Mahabharata narrates the story that a hunter named Jara mistook his partly visible left foot for a deer and shot an arrow wounding him mortally; while Krishna’s soul ascended to heaven, his mortal body was cremated by Arjuna.
According to Puranic sources, Krishna’s disappearance marks the end of Dvapara Yuga and the start of Kali Yuga, which is dated to February 17/18, 3102 BCE. Vaishnava teachers such as Ramanujacharya and Gaudiya Vaishnavas held the view that the body of Krishna is completely spiritual and never decays as this appears to be the perspective of the Bhagavata Purana. Krishna never appears to grow old or age at all in the historical depictions of the Puranas despite passing of several decades, but there are grounds for a debate whether this indicates that he has no material body, since battles and other descriptions of the Mahabhārata epic show clear indications that he seems to be subject to the limitations of nature. While battles apparently seem to indicate limitations, Mahabharatha also shows in many places where Krishna is not subject to any limitations as through episodes Duryodhana trying to arrest Krishna where his body burst into fire showing all creation within him. Krishna is also explicitly described as without deterioration elsewhere
A Harley biker is riding by the zoo in Washington , DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage.
Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.
Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.
A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.’
The Harley rider replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.’
The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page…
So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?’
The biker replies, ‘I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican.’
The journalist leaves.
The following morning the biker buys the paper to see news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:
U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS
AND STEALS HIS LUNCH
That pretty much sums up the media’s approach to the news these days.
(contributed by:mohan rao on 06.07.2011)A Harley biker is riding by the zoo in Washington , DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents. The biker jumps off his Harley, runs ...
Day 1: Dhanteras
The first day of Diwali is Dhanteras. It is also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantari Triodasi and sometimes spelled Dhan Teras. The name originates from Dhan which translates to Wealth. The day of Dhanteras is considered an auspicious day in Hinduism. It is a day for buying precious metals such as gold or silver for good luck, a day for worshiping Laxmi (the Goddess of wealth) with Lakshmi Pujas and diyas of clay. It is also the beginning of a new accounting year for many businesses.
Dhanteras falls on the 13th day of the Lunar month of Ashvin in the Hindu calendar on the dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha Ashvin). Houses and business properties are being decorated with Rangolis. Lamps are kept burning during the night in adoration to God Yama (the God of Death) who did not manage to take the life of King Hima. He was doomed to die by a snakebite according to the legend. That’s why this day is also called Yamadeepdaan.
Also, Dhanvantari (the physician of the Gods, an incarnation of Vishnu) is said to be born on this day during Samudra manthan, the churning of the ocean by the gods and demons. Hence people also celebrate his Birth Anniversary (Jayanti) on Dhanteras.
Day 2: Choti Diwali / Naraka Chaturdashi / Kali Chaudas
The second day of Diwali is Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali (Small Diwali). It is being celebrated on the 14th day of the dark half of the Hindu month Ashwin. This day is also known as Kali Chaudas in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Kali (meaning dark) is the “Goddess of Time, Change and Death”. According to the legend, on this day Krishna (an incarnation of Vishnu) killed the demon Narakasura, an evil yet powerful overlord of the earth and the heavens. Krishna beheaded him after a long lasting fight with his Sudarshana Chakra, a powerful weapon in the form of a rotating disc. For this reason, the day celebrates to victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
To celebrate this day, many people perform Poojas for Lakshmi and Rama. They offer different foods to their Gods and wear new clothes after taking a fragrant oil bath. The next morning women make beautiful Rangoli in the house and in backyards. In South India this is the most important day of the festivities. People wake up before dawn to take a bath while the stars in the sky are still visible. It is said that this is equal to taking a bath in the holy river Ganges. This is the day where families and friends meet to get together for a hearty breakfast or lunch and singing songs.
Day 3: Diwali / Lakshmi Puja
The third day of Diwali is the most important day for people in North India and West India. This is the 15th day of the month Krishna Paksha Ashvin, the new moon day (Amavasya). Hindus devote this day performing Lakshmi Puja, worshiping the Goddess of wealth, prosperity and beauty. Also Ganesh as the God of auspicious beginnings and remover of obstacles is being worshiped. Diya lights (clay oil lamps) are lit in houses and streets to light up the path for Lakshmi who brings prosperity and wealth. All houses must be kept clean and pure during Diwali. It is said that Goddess Laxmi visits the cleanest house first as she really likes cleanliness.
Day 4: Padwa / Bali Pratipada / Govardhan Puja / Annakoot
The fourth day of Diwali (1 Kartika) celebrates the victory of Krishna over Indra, the god of heavens and the rain. When lord Indra tried to submerge Gokul, it is said that Krishna lifted Govardhana Hill with his little finger to save the people and cattle from the floods. In North India this day is also known as Annakoot (mountain of food). People cook huge amounts of foods during the night that are being piled up before the deities, symbolizing the Govardhan hill, as an offering to Krishna. In South India this day commemorates the victory of Vishnu over the demon-king Bali. It is also the first day in the Vikram Samvat calendar, marking the coronation of King Vikramaditya. Some men give little presents to their wives on this day.
Day 5: Bhaiduj (Yama Dwitiya)
The fifth and last day of Diwali is Bhaiduj, celebrated on 2 Kartika (Hindu month), the second day after new moon (“Dooj”). It is also known as Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Duj. The words Bhai or Bhaiya mean brother. It is based on a story when Yama (God of Death) had a feast with his sister Yami. She put an auspicious tilak mark on his forehead for his well-being. Yama gave her a gift in return. That’s why this day is also called “Yama Dwitiya”. Until today, the same tradition is still being followed. Sisters pray (perform pujas) for their beloved brothers to protect them from harm and evil and also for their welfare. The brothers in return give gifts to their sisters as a sign of appreciation. Both often also enjoying meals together on this day. Bhai Duj is celebrated to strengthen the love between brothers and sisters.
(Source : http://www.diwali2012.in/diwalidays.htm)Day 1: Dhanteras The first day of Diwali is Dhanteras. It is also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantari Triodasi and sometimes spelled Dhan Teras. The name originates from Dhan which translates to Wealth. The day of Dhanteras is considered an auspicious day in Hinduism. It is a day for buying precious metals such as gold or ...
(coversation between a husband & a wife)
Husband : Aaj khane mein kya banaogi?(coversation between a husband & a wife) Husband : Aaj khane mein kya banaogi? Wife : Jo aap kaho. Husband : Dal chawal bana lo. Wife : Abhi kal hi to khaye the. Husband : To sabji roti bana lo. Wife : Bacche nahi khayenge Husband : To channe puri bana lo. Wife : Mujhe heavy heavy lagta hai. Husband : Eggs bhurji bana ...
Wife : Jo aap kaho.
Husband : Dal chawal bana lo.
Wife : Abhi kal hi to khaye the.
Husband : To sabji roti bana lo.
Wife : Bacche nahi khayenge
Husband : To channe puri bana lo.
Wife : Mujhe heavy heavy lagta hai.
Husband : Eggs bhurji bana lo.
Wife : Aaj guruvaar hai.
Husband : Paraanthe ?
Wife : Raat ko paraanthe kaun khata hai??
Husband : Hotel se mangwa lete hain?
Wife : Roz roz hotel ka khana nahi chahiye.
Husband : Kadhi chawal?
Wife : Dahi nahi hai.
Husband : Idly sambar?
Wife : Usme time lagega.pehle bolna chahiye tha na!!
Husband : Maggi hi bana lo, usme time nahi lagega.
Wife : Woh koi meal thodi hai? Pet nahi bharta.
Husband : Phir ab kya banaogi?
Wife : Jo aap kaho
Experiences with Maha Periyava: Revive the custom of keeping a Golu!
This is an incident that happened many years ago. It was a time when the construction work of Uttara Sri Nataraja temple was going on in accordance with Kanchi Paramacharyal’s orders in the Satara town of Maharashtra. People thronged daily to have darshan of Sri Maha Periyava who was camping in the town.
It was three o’ clock in the afternoon on a Sunday. A 30-year-old youth prostrated before Periyava and got up. Tears were seen in his eyes. Noticing it, Periyava asked him with affection, “Enpa, Who are you? Where are you from? Why are your eyes watery?” Without replying, he started crying. People nearby consoled him and made him sit before Periyava.
“Where are you from Appa?” Periyava asked him.
“You are coming all the way from Palakkad?” asked Periyava immediately.
“Yes Periyava. I am coming all the way from there.”
“Alright. What is your name?”
“Besh* (well) a good name. Right, what’s your Thagapanar (father) doing?”
“My father is not in jeeva dasha (living condition) now, Periyava. He was practicing Ayurveda in Palakkad. His name was Dr.Harihara Narayanan”
Before he finished, Periyava with kutuhala (interest) said, “Ada (I see), you are the son of Palakkad Ayurvedic doctor Narayanan? Very glad. In that case, tell me, you are the grandson of Dr.Harihara Raghavan! All of them earned very good name in Ayurveda!” Periyava looked at him keenly, raising his eyebrows.
The youth said, “Yes, Periyava.”
Smiling, Periyava said, “Besh! A lofty Vaidhya parampara (medical lineage). That is alright. You have not added any doctor title before your name?”
“I did not study for that Periyava. My father did not prepare me in that way,” said the youth, without any interest.
“You should not say that way! Did your father not prepare you, or you did not have the shraddha (sincere faith) in getting prepared in that way?”
There was no reply. “Taking birth in that Vaidhya parampara, you missed the chance to know things? Right, up to which class you have studied?”
“Up to ninth, Periyava.”
“Why? You had no wish to study further?”
“Somehow I did not have the wish Periyava. I feel for it now!”
“Your vivaham (marriage) is done?”
“Done Periyava. I have a daughter who is seven years old.”
“Right, what do you do now?”
Tears fell down from his eyes. “Since I had no proper education, I could not get any high jobs, Periyava. I am doing the work of a supervisor in a local rice mill. The salary is seven hundred rupees. My family is running only on that amount.”
“Oho… Is that so? Right. You have your own gruham (house) left for you by the Periyavaals (ancestors)?” Periyava asked him.
Wiping his tears, Harihara Subramanian said, “There is a house Periyava, built by my grandfather. The very purpose of my coming here is to ask Periyava about it. Many years ago, since her husband passed away, my father’s sister came over to Palakkad bringing her two daughters. During a Navaratri festival time, my father mortgaged the house to a local person, took twenty five thousand rupees from him, conducted the marriage of the two daughters of my aunt, and then suddenly passed away. My aunt too passed away.
“My grievance, Periyava, is that during the festival time of Navaratri my father mortgaged the house that was Lakshmikaram (prosperous, Lakshmi-given) and passed away. The amount has now come to forty five thousand rupees including the interest. It seems the house is going to sink!”
Periyava went into contemplation for a while. His silence ended and he said smilingly, “Alright, now you celebrate the Navaratri festival at home, keeping a Golu (an assembly of dolls) every year?”
“No, Periyava. I stopped the custom of keeping a Golu which my father used to observe after he passed away.”
Periyava promptly interrupted him and said, “You should never talk so disrespectfully of Aathu periyaval (family ancestors). They are all very great people. I know it well! They have all gone after doing excellent things! Keeping something in mind, your stopping the custom of celebrating Navaratri with a Golu every year is wrong! Navaratri starts in a week from now. You revive the custom of keeping a Golu in Palakkad from this year. All your afflictions will be solved and your will get prosperity!” Blessing the youth and giving him prasadam, Periyava bade him farewell.
Twenty days passed. It was a Sunday. There was a large crowd in Satara to have darshan of Periyava.
An assistant of the Matham made way parting people in the queue and brought a respectable man of 60 to 65 years of age, wearing a saffron jibba (tunic) over a panchakacham (tucked in dhoti), a number of tulsi and rudraksha garlands on his neck before Periyava. He prostrated to Acharyal and started conversing in Hindi. Periyava also conversed with him in Hindi and then asked the gentleman to go and sit on the stage opposite him.
After some time, Palakkad Harihara Subramanian came and prostrated before Maha Periyava. He had a small trunk box in hand.
With Artha Pushti, (wealth of meaning) Periyava looked at the youth and his trunk box. The youth opened the box slowly. Inside the box, wrapped in a silk cloth were ancient palm leaf scripts numbering 10 to 15. The Parabrahmam looked at him knowingly, yet as if he did not know.
The youth said innocently, “You gave me the orders to revive the custom of Golu from this year. When I climbed up the loft to retrieve the Golu dolls, I found this box there. I have not seen it so far Periyava! I checked its contents and found these scripts whose letters were incomprehensible to me. So I brought them straight here.”
Periyava laughed and beckoned to the gentleman in saffron tunic who was sitting on the stage opposite him. To the gentleman he said in Hindi, “The apoorva vastu (rare article) you asked me about only a little while ago has come here, look!”
The gentleman immediately sat down on the floor, took the palm leaves and started having a glance at their grantha letters using a lens he had with him. His face blossomed. Lifting those scripts and keeping them over his head, he grinned happily and said, “O Parama Acharya Purusha! I have been searching for this apoorva ayurveda grantha for many years. You are the Pratyaksha deivam (God present before the eyes)! Within half an hour you have brought before my eyes what I prayed to you for!” He prostrated to Periyava with happiness.
Harihara Subramanian stood amazed looking at all this. Periyava called him near and said, “This gentleman is a great Ayurveda Siddha research scholar of Pandaripuram. Only half an hour back he told me about his searching for such an apoorva suvadi (rare palm leaves). Something struck my mind, I told him to sit and wait for some time. And now you here and stand before me with this trunk box!” Periyava ordered the youth, “All these will be very useful to him. Thinking of your father and grandfather, you give all these things to that gentleman with your own hands.”
The youth did as he was told. There were tears of joy in the face of the gentleman who received the contents.
The gentleman looked at him and said, “I have come to possess an apoorva grantha by your grace! It would not be dharma to receive them without paying a kanikkai (an amount given as a token of gratitude).” Then he placed fifty thousand rupees along with some fruits in a plate and gave them politely to Harihara Subramanian. The youth looked at Periyava, who smiled and asked him to receive the money. Hands trembling, the youth received those fifty thousand rupees!
Calling him near, that walking God said, “What did I tell you when you spoke out your grievance about your family ancestors? I said they were all great people, they would have gone only after doing excellent things. It somehow struck my mind. You saw the excellent thing your people had done, on the loft where the Golu dolls were kept. You said your house mortgage loan had increased to forty five thousand rupees in principal and interest! Now Sri ChandraMouleeswara has given his anugraham for this. Get back to Palakkad with happiness. Let the money be safe with you!” and bid him farewell after blessing him.
(source : User mohan on 10.07.2016)