Experiences with Paramaacharya – “Madras – 80 is which place?”
The year was 1980. Me and my three Engineer colleagues in Lucas TVS had been to Ahmed Nagar on an Official trip. We stayed there for 4 days. On thursday evening we visited Shirdi. Work got completed one day earlier. My friends wanted to avail the free time by visiting Bombay. I decided to spend that time in Poona.
In Poona I heard that Swamigal was camping in a Rig Veda Patashala in Satara. In the morning I immediately hopped on to a bus for the 4 hour journey to Satara.
There was just three/four devotees for Darshan that day. Two of His Kainkaryams Shri Sreekantan and the other could be Shri Vedapuri were there.
When my turn came for Darshan, I told Swamigal, “I had come to Ahmed Nagar on an official visit. I came to know that Periyava was in Satara and hence came to have your Darshan!”
Then He went Silent for a few seconds. Then He looked at me Eye to Eye. His Vision Bored (making a hole) into me like a Laser Beam. I could not bear to Look in His Eyes, hence I lowered my head downwards!
“Which place is Madras 80?”, asked that Sarveshwaran.
I thought desperately for a while but it was invain, I told Him that I did not know.
Periyava turned to the other devotees and after the Darshan was completed, He Himself closed the windows and went inside to take rest.
I returned home to Madras and started on a big Hunt to find out what Madras – 80 was. Check diaries for pincodes, went to Post office too, but did not know the answer for two weeks. One evening I checked with my colleague at Office. He said, “Mani, don’t you know this? Korattur is Madras – 80, which is where I live!” The most interesting fact was the area adjacent to Lucas TVS was MAdras 80 and by then I had worked at Lucas TVS for 16 long years. And I did not know what Madras 80 was! It was Swamigal’s kind way of asking me not be Egoistic and Be Humble!
Six months rolled by and now it was 1981. I had applied for HIG Flats built by Tamil Nadu Government in these locations: Annanagar, Korattur, Ashok Nagar, KK Nagar. In the lottery system that followed, I was alloted a Flat, guess where, in Korattur only!
Swamigal had given me a Permanent Address in Korattur, Madras – 80!
“Then He looked at me Eye to Eye. His Vision Bored (making a hole) into me like a Laser Beam. I could not bear to Look in His Eyes, hence I lowered my head downwards!”
Narrated by the supremely blessed Shri V. Mani. He is the father of our Uma Ram. She tells me that they used to live in a 2 bedroom 720 square feet apartment. And in one of the rooms, the entire three walls would be covered with Swamigal’s pictures, showing Him in different stages in His Avataram!
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