Vanathi Thirunavukkarasu was an ardent Devotee of Mahaperiyava..
Hailing from Devakottai,Thirunavukkarasu,after his return from Burma,was highly influenced by Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan!He started a Publishing House as ‘Vanathi Pathippakam’ because of his great admiration for Kalki !He even named his 3rd Daughter as Vanathi !He published many books for Kalki ,Rajaji(His Ramayanam and Mahabaratham were quite famous) ,Arthamulla Indumatham of Kannadasan,when Raa Ganapathi’s “Deivathin Kural” was about to be published…..purely because of his devotion for Mahaperiyava.
Initially the first volume of Deivathin Kural got published without much fanfare and Thirunavukkarasu took the first copy to Mahaperiyava.Mahaperiyava saw a huge,one page portrait of Himself in that book and jokingly enquired :
“Will it sell as high a Volume as you have estimated?”
Thirunavukkarasu was not forthcoming with proper answer,as he had already printed a sizeable qty but orders were not forthcoming!
Understanding his delicacy,Mahaperiyava asked
“Shall I arrange to buy these copies for the Mutt ?”
“No No Mhaperiyava..Time will come this will start breaking Huge Volumes..”
When Thirunavukkarasu released the 3rd Volume of Deivathin Kural,under the Presidentship of the then VP,R.Venkatraman,he was narrating that “Now we are unable to meet the Demands…More and more orders are pouring in mostly from Middle East and USA!” with Tears in his Eyes!”All His Grace…There is No Other God I know of in My Life”
I used to meet him often in Mylapore Fine Arts during Music Season or on 9th September Bharathi Rememberance Day at Rani Seethai Hall,where usually there will be more people on the Dais than in the audience. I got this autograph of him..in Asthika Samaj function for a Bharathiar Day on December 5th!
Thirunavukkarasu was one of the Speakers in 1993 Sathabdi Function for Mahaperiyava at Eros Theatre,LB Road,Adyar,where,Sri Jayendrar opened a Photo Exhibition of Vignesh Photo Studios on Mahaperiyava.There were many Learned Speakers like Soundara Kailasam and whenThirunavukkarasu spoke..he narrated this miracle incident..
He said his sister,Meenam,was having some Health problems and was unable to speak properly and Thirunavukkarasu consulted many doctors but cdn’t get her cured.He decided to take her to Kattupalli,near Ennore,where Mahaperiyava was camping in an Island.People had to cross only through a Boat to reach that place.
He said :”When we reached that place Mahaperiyava was so kind enough to enquire all about my sister,Meenam..He gave Prasadams and asked us to take food first(there was hardly any cooking facility but He made arrangements)and come back..When we returned ,looking at our worries,fondly enquired again about my sister,” Is she the One?”
“Yes Mahaperiyava”..tears in my eyes!After a brief silence,He asked her to Read “Thirumurukatrupadai”(11 th Thirumarai by Nakkeerar)daily..I told Mahaperiyava,she is not in a position to read or write or do anything..Then Mahaperiyava asked my wife or myself to read it out for her every day when she goes to Bed..Exactly on the 45th day of our reading the Thirumurukatrupadai..she recovered completely all right and now she is married and well settled..All His Grace..”Collapsed an uncontrollable Thirunavukkarasu..!
Nadamadum Deivam indeed..
Please listen to His sweet voice singing..on this Happy Tamil New Years Day!