Nothing loftier than Sandhyavandanam!

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Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – The timing of this article could not have been any better than this great Aavani Avittam (Upaakarma) day. Let’s take a sankalpam to do our Trikaala Sandhyavandam without fail as desired by Periyava in the experience below. Thanks to Shri. Srinivas for the share. Ram Ram

Experiences with Maha Periyava: For a Brahmin, the Karmas such as Sandhya Vandanam are the most Important; there is nothing loftier than them.

It was in the year 1963. Sri Maha Periyava was camping in Marudanallur. The Tiruppavai-Tiruvempavai conference was held in a grand manner in the Kumbeswara Temple, Kumbakonam. Sri Bhatavatsalam was then the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. P.T.Rajan who did the Thiruppani (holy works) of Madurai Meenakshi Temple and the Tamil Nadu chief minister visited the place. It was the time of Sandhya Kaalam (dusk). I was sitting near Periyava with a desire to listen to his Anugraha Bhaashanam (blessed speech). When he was about to commence his upanyasam, Maha Periyava looked at me, folded his palms as if doing Achamana (drinking water as purification in a Hindu ritual) and gestured me to go out, thus making me realize that I should not skip my Sandhya Vandanam at Sandhya Kaalam for listening to an upanyasam. I went forthwith to do the Sandhya Vandanam at the holy pond.

At ten o’ clock that night, without our inviting him, he visited our home in the MelaKaveri (west of Kaveri) and did Paramaanugraham for more than an hour. He thus made explicit the truth that for a Brahmin, the karmas such as Sandhya Vandanam are the most important; there is nothing loftier than them. “If a Brahmin does his duties regularly, I shall call on him personally and give my anugraham (blessings). He who does not do his dharma properly need to come seeking me.”

Author: S. Panchapakesa Sastrigal, Kumbakonam
Source: Maha Periyaval – Darisana Anubhavangal Vol. 1, Pages 73-81

Categories: Devotee Experiences


2 replies

  1. Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara!

  2. Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara. The saying” There is no better mantra than Gayatri and so also there is no Deivam than one’s mother” Let us all follow Sri Holiness advices promptly and it is for our advantage only. Janakiraman. Nagapattinam

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