Sri Subramania Yatheendraal’s Great Sense of Humour(1927)
When Sri Maha Periavaa was camping at Tiruchi, Sri Subramania Sastrigal and his brother
Vembu Iyer went there to have Darshan of Acharyal. One day Sastrigal sat before Maha Periavaa (It is to be noted that NOBODY
was allowed to sit before Maha Periavaa EXCEPT SRI SUBRAMANIA SASTRIGAL, THE GREAT "LIBRARY'
or "ENCYCLOPEDIA OF KNOWLEDGE" as called by Maha Periavaa , many a times).
Sri Subramania Sastrigal placed
before Maha Periavaa a Topic called as "NAGAICHUVAI". Sastrigal started talking about the combination between SANYASI, SARMAN and THIRUDAN. His Holiness laughed a while and wanted to know the TALENT of Subramania Sastrigal. This was how the Sastrigal went on to explain:
Sastrigal described that when one becomes a SANYASI , his dresses will be removed
and is offered " KASHAYA VASTRAM". His head hair is shaved off and is then offered "THANDAM KAMANDALAM". SANYASI should not stay in one place permanently and should
travel to all places. His food habits are changed and the daily "NIYAMANGAL"
is also changed.
Next, Subramania Sastrigal went
on to talk about SARMAN. After “UPANAYANAM"
his activities are changed. He has to perform
"THRIKALA SANDHYAVANDANAM", "VEDA ADHYAYANAM", "GURUKULA VASAM" etc. When
he attains "GRIHASRAMA DHARMA", his habits are controlled.
Then with regard to 'THIRUDAN' , the Sastrigal said that his dresses are changed
and his Head hair is shaved off(including his araignan). Thus he is confined
to the jail, using the Jail dressings. His food habits are also changed completely. His activities are fully controlled. He
is not allowed to go anywhere without permission of competent Authority !!
On hearing this speech given by Subramania Sastrigal, Maha Periavaa was laughing
for a while and the audience assembled there applauded and enjoyed the "NAGAICHUVAI".
Maha Periavaa immediately blessed our Subramania Sastrigal and garlanded him.