Author: P.N.Parasuraman
Images: K.Sathishkumar
Posted Date : 06:00 (24/04/2018) Sakthi Vikatan 
002திருவருள் செல்வர்கள்
திருவருள் = Divine Grace
செல்வர் = Starets

செல்வர்கள் = Staretsy (Plural)
"staretsy" is a plural form of "starets":

Starets = spiritual leader(s) whose wisdom stems from God as obtained
from ascetic experience.

திருவருள் செல்வர்கள்!  =  (தொடர்ச்சி)    திருவருள் =   Divine Grace   செல்வர் =  Starets. 
SrīguruDhakṣiṇāmūrthy Swamigal: Author: P.N. Parsuraman

Sivasithambaram Piḷḷai, having realized his child was an Avatar of God, did his deeds after checking with the child. From now on the child will be called ‘SrīSwāmigaḷ.’
One day, Sivasithambaram Piḷḷai announced to him he must make Ārudrā Darśan, SrīSwāmigaḷ opposed his proposal and gave an explanation. The reason given caused a shock to Piḷḷai.
SrīSwāmigaḷ: “At 2 p.m. tomorrow, your mother will take a journey out of this world.” Sivasithambaram Piḷḷai after a moment of startle, responded, “My mother is in good health. There is no cause (for alarm or impending death). How could that be?”

SrīSwāmigaḷ: “She will experience suffocation and hiccup, and for that reason, she will die.” Piḷḷai wondered whether his father will follow his mother. He stopped his plans for the journey. Next day, as SrīSwamigaḷ said, the mother of Sivasithambaram Piḷḷai’s mother shuffled off her mortal coil. 

School Attendance For Three Months Only!
The parents enrolled him and his brother Namasivaya in the school. There too, SrīSwāmigaḷ’s unique nature and wisdom were manifest.

One day, the teacher’s child fell off Thiṇṇai (raised platform) accidentally and broke the hand. The teacher was in school. SrīSwamigaḷ told the teacher, Ayyā! Your child broke his arm. Leave immediately to attend to him!” The teacher, having known about SrīSwāmigaḷ a little, left for home in a hurry. As he exited, news came authenticating the veracity of SrīSwāmigaḷ’s narrative. After administering proper treatment, the teacher returned to the school. Since then, the teacher’s regard, respect, and devotion grew. As SrīSwāmigaḷ entered the school, the teacher stood up. The teacher sat only after permission from SrīSwāmigaḷ. Seeing such conduct from the teacher, SrīSwamigaḷ gave up attending the school. He attended the school for only three months.
Maladies Cured By Sight
SrīSwāmigaḷ went on a pilgrimage to a multitude of sacred temples and offered his grace and blessings. His next visit was Tiruvoṛṛiyūr. He lived by the seashore near the Samādhi (gravesite) of Pattinaththār. A Brahmin girl possessed by evil spirit behaved like a lunatic. She wandered the streets, not knowing her sari falling off her shoulders. She scolded and attacked the road users. Though she was corralled in a room, she escaped and ran on the streets.


The heart-broken parents had her treated multiple times. As a last resort, they sought the help of the Māntrica Meisters. Catastrophic events hounded the meisters who developed fever and headache. From then on, no one came to treat her.
The distressed father went to Siva Sannidhi in Tiruvoṛṛiyūr and supplicated to him, “O the Dweller in Voṛṛiyur! Have compassion and confer your grace! You must cure my daughter of her demonic possession in three days. If you do not help me, I will kill her by administering poison. The sin incurred by the murder, I will invoke upon you. That is a promise and a truth.”

The father went back home and slept. Tiruvoṛṛiyūr Sivaperuman came in the guise of a Tapasvin and told him, “A Jñāṉa Siddha is walking around the Pattinaththār grave site. Tomorrow morning you will find him in Niṣṭai (meditation). You take your girl, and stand her in the line of his sight! Her disease and the demon will flee at his sight. Besides, her sins will be washed off.” The father did what he heard in his dream. When the Swami’s eyes fell on her and cured her of her disease. She was healthy. On the eighth day, she attained Mukthi.

Eating the coconut flesh and seeing the sin melt away…
Mahāṉs have neither likes or dislikes nor pets or pests. They are all equal in his eyes. An event in SrīSwāmigaḷ’s life will illustrate it.


SrīSwāmigaḷ kept the accouterments for Siva Pūja performed by his father. One day the father told the younger son Namasivaya, “When you go to Piḷḷaiyār Koil floral garden, do not pick up and eat the stray coconut or mango (Rhymers: தேங்காய் – மாங்காய் =Thēṅgāi or Māṅgāi) from the grounds. If you do that, Siva will inflict a penalty on you.” Namasivaya was only a small child. One day, on his way to pick flowers at the floral garden, he picked up the coconut from the grounds, broke it, ate the flesh, picked up the flowers and came home.

SrīSwāmigaḷ called his brother and questioned him, “What did you do in Piḷḷaiyār Koil flower garden? The sustained sin will not be expunged unless you bath in the Ganga River and get a Darśan of Visvanāthar. He further scolded him saying, “Hereafter, you do not pick the flowers. Ayyā himself will take them.” Though he was of tender age, Namasivayam was sorry and grieved to have committed the minor wrong. After a few days, to expunge the sins he went on a pilgrimage to Kāsi. No matter who it is, the scale will not tilt. It will remain at a neutral point. This is the attesting event.

SrīSwāmigaḷ who confers cure not only for diseases of the body and mind but also for the disease of birth (sins from previous births), attained Siddhi in Tiruvārūr in Maṉmada year, Āvaṇi month, and Uttara Nakṣatra. Mahāṉ’s body disappears but Manmatha not their flood of grace. It does not cease to flow. You can experience the flow of grace even today in Tiruvārūr Madappuram SrīDhakṣiṇāmūrthy Swāmigaḷ Mutt.
Images: K. Sathishkumar