For one who severed all relationships at the age of thirteen, Sri Maha Periyavaal did many things that made one wonder how that yatiraja (king of ascetics) could have that sort of knowledge in child psychology. One such example.
During the Navaratri Kanya Puja, our Deiva Mahaguru would do puja, considering as the Navadurgas, nine girl children aged from one to nine years, treating them as Kaumari, Tripura, Kalyani, Rohini, Kamini, Chandika, Saankari, Durga, and Subhadra.
One such Kaumari Puja. The one year old child, selected as Kaumari started crying non-stop. The cry did not subside whatever the pacifications. The child did not relent for its mother's coos and cuddles, the fruit she dabbed to its mouth or any such gifts.
Periyava came. And saw the relentless cry of the child.
Since it was Navaratri time, it was mauna vrata (vow of silence) for him. With the abhinaya caturam (dexterity of gestures) unique for him, he gestured that a silver coin of half a rupee of those days be given to the child.
They did as directed.
What wonder! The moment the coin fell on its palm, Kaumari's weeping stopped! Its eyes and nose still oozing, it opened its mouth widely in a laugh, displaying only the few teeth (though we can't call it a mouthful of teeth) it had in its mouth!
author: Raa. Ganapathi
source: Maitrim Bhajata