A very stout devotee came to Periyava with a complaint. He said that he suffered from blood pressure,diabetes and excessive cholestrol and other such chronic problems. No matter how much of medication he took and went on a strict diet, he just could not lose weight. The gentleman was a Nattukottai Chettiar.
"It is good that you to go to Tiruvannamalai. Stay there for a mandala. Circumambulate the hill. When you cannot walk take an auto or go by car,but somehow complete the circumambulation. Walk one kilometre,then take an auto.. what do you say?"
The Chettiar did as he was told. A week later his weight began to go down. At the end of the mandala,he had lost so much weight that he was almost normal. When the mandala was completed he came to Periyava and prostrated.
"Why!. You are able to prostrate without difficulty.!" Periyaval told the devotee.
The gentleman glowed in happiness.
From In the presence of the divine
copyright- Sujatha Vijayaraghavan.