Experiences with Maha Periyava: Take Goli Soda

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    Speechless world New Member

    A devotee named Sivan was a resident of Tirunelveli (one of the towns of Tamil Nadu). He used to visit Kancheepuram regularly to have the darshan of Kanchi Paramacharya but whenever he did so, he would neither go near Him nor try to talk to Him. He would simply sit before Him, sometimes for days together and would feel happy by merely seeing Him. This Sivan was a puritan both physically and in his eating habits and always wore the Saivite symbol of 'vibhoothi' (holy ash) on his forehead and anyone seeing him could perceive that he was a man of complete devotion both by his looks and deeds.

    One day after the darshan, he reached 'Maha Swami' as usual to take leave of Him and get His blessings which was usually given by Him by waving His hand. But on that particular day, Sri Maha Periyava opened His divine mouth and asked, “Started for the journey? At least take Soda (aerated bottled water popularly known as 'Goli Soda') …On the way you can...”

    Sivam started for his home town, came to Chengalpet and then started for Tirunelveli. In the same bus, four boys were travelling making noise, troubling the co-passengers. Sivam kept quiet and continued with his journey. When the bus was about to reach Madurai on the way to Tirunelveli, it stopped at a small village. Sivam was sitting in the bus, watching a small shop, having soda bottles arranged neatly in a row, and he remembered what Maha Periyava had told him and besides he also felt thirsty, and so got down and went to the shop to drink one Goli Soda.

    When he came back to the bus to his seat, he was shocked to find his bag, which he usually carried that contained his meagre belongings and money missing. But the four boys shouted at him without respect and said, “We have put your bag in one of the seats at the back. Go there. We want to travel sitting in that seat”

    Sivam meekly went to the seat where his bag was kept and travelled. Immediately after exactly an hour, the bus he was travelling met with an accident, and the two boys who were travelling in his previous seat died on the spot.

    Sivam was shocked and dazed, started thinking why Periyava had asked him to take Goli Soda, which was unusual, why the bus stopped there, and why he saw the shop and the Goli Soda, and why he felt like drinking a Soda.......... and all.

    When the gentleman who narrated this incident to the writer, met Maha Periyava and told him as to how Sivam escaped from the accident, Maha Periyava said, “Oh Sivam thought I saved him, it is the great Lord who has saved him”

    Such is the divine humility of the great Sri Maha Periyava.

    Source: Sri.Saarukesi, Sakthi Vikatan, dated 22/10/10

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