Sri Maha Periyava once visited Madurai. He was staying in a school in North Masi Street. It was raining heavily, and the rains lasted for three days! ThamizhVel P.T. Rajan, who was a resident of Madurai, had a desire to take Maha Periyava to the Meenakshi Amman temple. He brought the car he had purchased recently and parked it in front of the building where Maha Periyava was staying. “It is raining heavily. If you get inside the car you may go and alight near the temple. I have great happiness to take you in the car”. P.T.Rajan told the Sage politely.
Periyava asked him, “A new car?”
“Yes, but no other person has sat inside it; only you should sit first!”
Periyava smiled at these words. Then he called his disciple who stood nearby and said, “Go and have a look at the path that leads to the Meenakshi Amman temple.”
That disciple carefully walked over the path to the temple and came back.
“How is the path?” asked the Mahan.
“It is all dirt and mud, and bear the tyre marks of the vehicles that went to and fro.” He continued, understanding the purport of Periyava’s question, “And in that mud, creatures such as worms and snails are crawling unsteadily.”
Periyava said, “A Sanyasi (ascetic) has three dharmas. The first dharma is that he should have no possessions; that is, he should not keep anything for himself. The second is brahmacharya (celibacy). He should know how to control and rule over his senses. And the third dharma is ahimsa. He should ensure that no jeevarasi (living creature) suffers because of him. In the present situation, if I go on foot or either in the car, there would be countless jeevarasis that would be trodden over. Hence there should be no temple program for the time being. Postpone it. We will go later.” Thus Sri Maha Periyava avoided going to the Meenakshi Amman temple at that time.
Later, when the rains had stopped completely and the situation improved, He went on foot for darshan at Meenakshi Amman temple.
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