Irukkip piddi (grasp tightly!)
By Sri Skanda's Warrior of Light (Ranee Rajeswari)
August 16, 2005
This week has been very stressful to me as my son was going through a very difficult life-changing event while he was studying. He was living in London and was undergoing some difficult life's problems and out of frustration, saddness, and despair - He had given up on God. He stopped praying, stopped eating and all he would do is cry on the phone with me. I felt helpless and saddened that my son would let go of God at a time when God is the only one to help him. I conveyed my concerns to our ishta-deivam (family God) - Lord Murugan. In response to my prayers and to offer guidance to my son, Lord Muruga granted His darshan at our time of need.
Last night I had a dream. It was in a temple where a lot of devotees were gathered all not known to me. The only known person there was my son whom I recognized.
We (the devotees, myself, and my son) were all walking following a young saint dressed in a orange-brown robe (from the waist down to his knee not down to his ankles). From the edge of his robe were loose cotton threads (tussels). I spotted my son who was very anxious and determined to grab some of those loose cotten threads to keep with him as a sacred item. My son then silently walked very close to the young saint and without asking his permission, pulled a few cotten threads off the saint's holy robe. My son then carefully kept it inside his palms (holding them within both his hands).
But the young saint (?Murugan) knew and felt what my son did so He turned around. Then only did I have an opportunity to take a glimpse at the saint's face. I have never seen him before. However, he had a kind yet firm face. His facial expression was that of neither smiling nor stern-looking. It was like a strict teacher's face. Murugan looked at my son and ordered him to sit down. He, too, sat down with my son. I sat down, too, but at a distance all the while watching closely the events taking place between Murugan and my son. The rest of the crowd were standing behind my son.
Then Murugan started talking to my son, who still held the saint's cotton threads in his palm. Murugan asked in a firm voice [in Tamil], "What is in your mind?" I was shocked thinking that Murugan was very angry with my son who did not utter a reply to the question. Then His voice changed. He asked again firmly but in a softer voice [in Tamil], "What is in your heart?" Again, my son did not reply. Murugan this time, however, did not wait for a reply. He immediately said, "It is a Vel. Vel is in your heart. Isn't it?" My son nodded his head, in agreement.
Then with a calm face Murugan put his right hand on his chest, materialized an object from within and planted it firmly on the ground in front of my son (i.e. in between my son and Murugan). Then Murugan said [in Tamil], "This is what you need. Not the tussels in your palm. You don't need anything else when you hold this Vel firmly." Then Murugan pulled both my son's hands and made him hold the Vel tightly. He directed as if a child is taught to hold something firmly. My son's hands were inside His hands and both Murugan and my son were holding the Vel. Then he repeatedly said [in Tamil], "irukkip piddi! irukkip piddi! apediyE piddichi-kOl! [Grasp this tightly! Grasp this tightly! Do not let it go.]" He further added [in Tamil],"This [Vel] will do everything. This [Vel] will take care of you. You don't need anything else."
With these words I awoke. I couldn't believe it was a dream. I felt how real the incident was. Later in the evening, when I went to the temple, I thanked Lord Murugan. When I looked at His form, I was shocked because it immediately flashed back the memory of the face of that young saint. The face I saw of the Murugan statue was exactly the same as the one I saw in my dream. I thanked Bhagavan Sri Skanda and cried for His endless blessings and love towards my son.
Irukkip piddi (grasp tightly!) (continued...)
By Sri Skanda's Warrior of Light
January 15, 2008
Last night, I dreamt a nice dream that I was in the Thiruchendur Murugan Temple, standing in front of the mulasthaanam and glancing at my beautiful Murugan. As I was doing that, I noticed my lovely wife was also standing there behind me. As I was praying, the priest came and gave some prasadam (vibhuthi, coconut, fruit, etc.) to my wife. I didn't want any of that because Murugan already knows what I want in my heart His alagaana anbaana thiruvadi (his divine fragrant lotus feet)! I expressed my heart's desire through prayer and then my wife and I were getting ready to leave. As I was about to leave, the priest said, "Go over to that table [in front of Murugan with all the puja items..i.e. villakku, deepam, incense, etc.] and take something there that is for you."
I went over and to my surprise I found a gold, shiny Vel!!! I picked it up and glanced at it with awe and affection realizing it as no different from Murugan both are One my eyes were completely mesmerized by this magnificent divine instrument. As I picked it up, light shone from the divine instrument as I held it in my right hand. As I did this, I was reminded of the dream that my mother had in 2005 (see above). I held the Vel tightly and then touched my eyes with it and I awoke.
Thank you Murugaa for your blessings. ippidi adiyen unda darshan kedekka unda thiru-Vel piddikka...intha paavi mahan ennathu puniyum sEythavan???? Adiyen enna yen mun jenmam sEythanaan??? ennakku theriyaa...unda paavi mahan Oru puniyumum sEra-illayae....ithu ellaam unda asirvathaam...ithu ellaam unda arul...ithu ellaam unda anbu. :') :') :')
Unda thiru-paathathai unda kulanthaiyal epOvam dhyaanich-irrukka-vendum...unda atputha seer paatham-ku naangal epOvam thevaaram, thiruppugal, kanthar anubhuthi paadirukka vendum...unda thiruvadiki naangal epOvam thondu sera irrukka vendum. Dharma-valli nadanthu unda alagaana paathathai kaadchi-kedichu antha thirupaathathai thaan naangal ellaarumum cheravendum.
[English meaning: May your children always contemplate/meditate on your holy feet; may we always sing Thevaaram, Thiruppugal, Kanthar Anubhuthi hymns to your beautiful lotus feet; may we always serve that holy feet of yours; may you bless us to walk on the path of Dharma (righteousness) and by so doing, get the grace of your darshan of your that wonderful beautiful miracle-giving feet of yours and finally may we all merge into your holy feet!]
Om Jaya Jaya Mahavira Bhagavan Sri Skanda Namo Namaha!