Experiences with Maha Periyava: Give grass, the sins will go away!
A rich devotee sent a friend in his car to an outstation on an errand of his. Unfortunately, there was an accident on the way causing heavy damage to the car, and the friend passed away immediately.
There was no end to the grief this caused to the devotee. His remorse that a family lost its head because of him did not let him rest in peace. He donated plenty of cash to the family, but then how would the cash compensate their loss?
The devotee was in doubt if the Brahmahatya dosha (the sin of killing a Brahman) had befallen him.
There was no way to share his mental anguish with anyone and seek shastra pramana (scriptural authority) consultations.
So he came to the supreme authority.
Sri Maha Periyava patiently listened to everything the devotee told him. Then he said, “The car accident was predestined. There is no bad intention in your thoughts. Somehow, your mind is now burdened with restlessness. Besides, you are also at the receiving end of the society’s accusation.
“To start with, you do Sethu snanam (bathing in the sea waters at Rameswaram). Get up before the sunrise and give grass to a cow that goes in the street, have daily Shiva darshan and do pradakshina in the temple, eat only one meal a day. Do all these things, and the guilt and sin will go away from you.”
Satisfied, the devotee received the prasadam, but stood hesitant.
Periyava’s look asked him “What other doubt you have?”
“All the other things can be done, but it does not seem possible to give grass to a cow. I am in a city where cows don’t go around the streets in the mornings.”
Pat came the reply. “So what? There will be a goshala (cow shed) somewhere around? You have a car. Get up at five in the morning, go by car to the goshala and feed all the cows in the shed with grass.”
The devotee was fully consoled, his sorrow giving way to peace.
Source: Maha Periyaval Darisana Anubhavangal
Compiled by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya
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