ஞாயிறு, 29 ஜனவரி, 2012

22. பழனி இயற்கை நலவாழ்வியல் முகாம் - பயன் பெற்றோர் அனுபவ உரை - In trail of Nature… - திரு.K.நாகராஜன்.


திரு.கே.நாகராஜனின் அனுபவப் பகிர்வுகள்-இடுகை இரண்டு.

இயற்கையின் காலடித் தடங்களில்....

In trail of Nature… 
(தொடர்கிறது)

In trail of Nature.
கே.நாகராஜன்.

As the eternal wait continues, the monotony of existence in the backdrop of war cries around and general gloomy trend witnessed around the world had left a deep imprint on the human psyche and yielded a helpless wail from within.  It fuelled an ardent desire for a change of circumstance or at least, a change of environment to experience a taste of freedom and bliss.  The feeble signals emanating from the throes of the heart were picked up by fifteen human beings in unison and as ordained, they assembled to have a unique experience in a hamlet near Pulaiyamarathu Shed, a picturesque location situated at approximately twelve kilometres off Palani towards Kodaikkanal.  For yours truly, the seed for the trip was sown almost twenty years back when my senior colleague in Office, Shri A.T. Hariharan (a.k.a. Ashwinji) invited me for a visit to a Naturopathy Camp soon after his visit to Aaduthurai Camp.  Well, time and tide wait for none and destiny can never be overruled.  As circumstances would have it, I responded to the call at the fall of 2011 when the curtains for the year were to be drawn.

After a comfortable drive overnight in a sleeper bus from Chennai, we (my Cousin Bhaskar and I) alighted at the Palani Bus Stand on 26th December, 2011 and proceeded straight to Swami Dayanandha Gurukulam in Lakshmipuram (Palani) where we were received by Yogacharya Murugan Ji, founder, Yogapoornavidya, a scholar and teacher of Yoga and Vedantha, with a wonderful cup of water mixed with pure honey.  Thiru Iniyan of Bangalore had already arrived there with his family the day before.  All of us started for the Camp site, with Thiru Iniyan and his family in car, and three of us – Bhaskar, Hari Prakash, a school boy who acted as a guide, and me – in a motorcycle.  The weather was somewhere between pleasant and uncomfortable cold and braving the wind we proceeded along the Madurai-Dindigul Bye Pass Road and turned left towards Kodaikkanal.  What a sight!  Ornamented on both sides by lush green fields with mountains filling the gaps, the route towards Kodaikkanal had an ambience and was an experience in itself.  Abundance of water and lazy laid back demeanour amplified the enchantment and proved a visual delight to a connoisseur’s eyes and heart.  We crossed the Varadamanadhi Dam Site Arch and reached Puliyamarathu Shed.  The location of the Naturopathy Camp was opposite to Velan Vikhass Matriculation School (a Residential School).

The camp site encompassed a huge area belonging to Thiru Mani, a Samaritan and a philanthropist.  We entered the compound wall, proceeded straight for about hundred metres and after passing a typical village field well, we saw a hamlet with two rooms.  The room on the left was the store room and the one on the right was to be used as a living room.  There was a bath-cum-toilet adjacent to the hamlet.  In front of the hamlet were hibiscus plants with blood red flowers and soon we plucked the flowers for the Homa which was to be held sooner.  There was also a temporary covered shed nearby.  The entire place around was filled with plants and coconut trees.  I met my dear colleague, A.T.Hariharan, who had caringly come the day before along with his friends, Prem Kumar, a yoga exponent, Ramesh, a naturopathy cook and Panneer Selvam, a retired Headmaster from Chennai, for purchasing vegetables and fruits which are to be our source of our nutrition for the next few days.  The uniqueness of natural diet was that the stove was not lit throughout our stay, save for preparing hot water for bath on the first day of arrival! The environment is a perfect foil for a nature lover.  Rest of the participants also arrived on the scene.

We had a bath and soon, Murugan Ji arrived with Thiru Iniyan’s family and Shri Tiruchendhil Adigalar to the site.  Shri Tiruchendhil Adigalar, like Murugan Ji, was dressed in impeccable white and has a magnetic pull and charisma around him.  The aura of Divinity was visible around the atmosphere.  On completion of the Homa, we proceeded to Sai Sadan in Palani for a lecture by Thriu Ko. Siddhar.  Thiru Ko. Siddhar’s simple demeanour, considering his achievements in the field of naturopathy, is simply amazing and proved to be a humbling experience.  We have heard about the trashiness of our food habits, but his exhaustive presentation bringing out the need for adopting the natural food as a way of life was really sincere.  No doubt, his children are also following his footsteps.  We returned back to the hamlet and were amazed and pleasantly surprised to find that Ramesh had prepared the food single-handedly consisting of puffed rice (Aval) variants for about twenty persons.  Having had a filling supper, we were entreated by Senthil Adigalar with some beautiful anecdotes.  Being of a spiritual background, the topics he chose to speak on were well organised and came ex-tempore and blended perfectly with the situation.  He captivated the audience with his eloquence of the almost forgotten rich Tamil culture, heritage and literature.  His effortless quote of Sanskrit verses and his amazing command over English language and diction had the audience spell bound.  His humane nature came to the fore when he wanted Murugan Ji to ensure that the group of fifteen stayed in the Velan School across the road.  Personally, I would have preferred to stay in the hamlet itself after hearing the story of my Office colleague A.T.Hariharan (Ashwinji) that they heard the trumpeting of elephants!  We had fruits for dinner in the evening.  The early arrival and travel had taken the toll and we were smothered by Nidhra Devi soon.

The next day we had a few asanas and spent our time playing volleyball.  There were lectures on natural food by Thriu Rathna Sakthivel who enticed the audience with comic anecdotes and after supper we proceeded along a narrow path to another location afar for a banana leaf bath.  This location also belonged to Thiru Mani and had a small cottage.  While the ladies had their banana leaf bath there, we proceeded farther.  We saw a rare banyan tree (similar to one under which Lord Shiva, in the form of Dakshinamoorthy, the Eternal Teacher, sits in deep contemplation) there.  Soon, we were wearing only undergarments and were asked to lie on the floor.  The banana leaves were tied around us and we were left high and dry in the moderate heat outdoor.  The Banana Leaves absorbs the toxins, the poisonous fluids, which come out of our skin as perspiration and after about half an hour we removed the banana leaves.  We went to another location across and had a refreshing bath followed by tender Coconut.  We returned to the School and retired for the night. (to be continued...)

பொறுமையுடனும், ஆர்வத்துடனும் படித்து பாராட்டி, பின்னூட்டி, ஆதரவளித்து வரும் அன்பர்களுக்கு எனது பணிவான வணக்கங்களும், இதய நன்றிகளும். 
(கே.நாகராஜனின் பகிர்வுகள் தொடரும்)