Crore 9 of our Japam has barely begun and experiences have already started pouring in:
A new japam participant wrote to us:
I will tell you something that happened to me a very long time ago when I was a little girl. I was seven years old when I had this dream. I am with Lord Shiva in his abode, he is holding my hand and telling me that my life is going to change, my mother is going to her heavenly abode on the 5th of Aug 1970. The dream was so real that even today I remember it like yesterday.
After joining this japam group, I am no more scared of Him. I want that connection with Him. Since starting this japam, my sadhana is going well. Lord Shiva is slowly helping me have faith in Him again. I find myself constantly doing the japam in His name without even me realizing it. I am at peace and ready to take on whatever comes in my way. Thank you for your support and guidance.
Another new japam participant described his experience:
"Earlier this year, I lost my job with a multinational corporation and couldn't find another one for three months. Needless to say I was very anxious as I have three teenaged children and a wife to support. I remembered reading about the Nama Japam Group of Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva Temple's and sent an email.
You all were very reassuring and asked me to start japam immediately and to donate to the annadanam fund at the temple.
Then, a miracle happened:
The moment I posted my japam, I got a call from a major corporation asking me if I was available for an interview. I said 'YES.' The interview went well but they did not call me back immediately as they had promised to.
So I panicked and contacted the japam group again. I was asked if I had donated for the annadanam at the temple. I replied that I had tried to but my bank asked me for a password that I didn’t even know I had. I will donate later… whenever
I was told that I must create punyam for myself by donating to the annadanam. The call will come as soon as I do that. So I rushed to the foreign exchange mart and begged the man to allow me to send some money to a charity. Their policy is to transfer to individuals only. Much to my surprise he agreed to do it as a one time exception.
As soon as I got home, I got a call from a friend at the company saying the documents were ready and that I should expect a call from the President of the company at any moment. It seemed like a long wait and Lord Puthur Appan was testing my patience. So I repeated the mantra and waited some more. Just now I got a call from the President asking me to sign the documents and start tomorrow - Monday. That it is Lord Shiva's day has not been lost on me.
Thank you for helping me in my time of crisis. I will definitely visit Sree Vellat Puthur Shiva temple on my next visit to India and I promise Lord Shiva that I will donate a portion of my salary every month as soon as I receive it.
My wife and I thank you all once again.
All my prayers are for my family's welfare only. I never pray for any materialistic pleasure. I just pray for what I deserve.
There is a poem in Tamil. Vendathakkana arivoi nee. It means: Lord Siva you know what is my need. You know what is my desire. If you want to give me anything, let it be as per your desire. I like this poem. So I go along with this.
She replied “The story goes : there was once a great devotee of Lord Siva called Thirunavukarasar or Appar in the town of Thiruvaiyaru who wanted to have darshan of Lord Siva in Kailash. He walked and walked till his legs wore out. Then he tried to walk with his hands.
All of a sudden, a saint appeared and asked “Where are you going?”
Appar replied, “I am going to have Darshan of Lord Siva in Kailash.”
The saint smiled and asked “How it is possible to reach Kailash without legs and hands?”
Appar replied, “If Lord Siva wishes, I will reach Kailash.”
The saint told Appar to return to Thiruvaiyaru and Lord Siva will give him darshan there as in Kailash. The saint then disappeared.
With the grace of Lord Siva, Appar suddenly found himself in Thiruvaiyaru where he experienced many auspicious things happening including a herd of elephants walking merrily, birds chirping happily. He knew immediately that it was a sign that he would have darshan of Lord Siva as in Kailash.
Soon, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared on the Rishaba Vahana and Appar’s wish was fulfilled. This happened on Aadi Amavasya. Every year lakhs of devotees throng to Thiruvaiyaru to witness this event.
It is believed that only few fortunate people can witness this event and those who do will be blessed as if they visited Kailash itself.
My japam is going well and I am in great spirits. Each of my days is a blessing from MY Lord Shiva. I don't have any significant special incident to tell as I am only praying that He keeps me at His feet forever. I am in absolute bliss with my chanting and basking in the blessings He is showering upon me. I don't have any big wish as such but really small prayers which my Lord is answering all the time.