I have done Girivalam at all times of the day. One day I started at 10 p.m. Just after midnight, I saw lights in the temple of Sri Rajarajeswai which is before Adi Annamalai. I went in and saw two persons. One is the priest and the other is a devotee, a white man at that. The devotee had sponsored a particular Pooja and the priest was doing it. It was past midnight. I did not stay for the whole Pooja.
|Easanya Lingam in Tiruvannamalai|
I said, “Yes.”
One day the ashram manager asked me to take some three visitors from Chennai to Skandasram and then to Virupaksha cave and then down to the main road. Their car will be waiting to take them back to Chennai. I told them what I know about the Skandasram, Virupaksha cave and a few other caves and small shrines. One of them said, “Next time we will spend a few days and learn as much about the Hill as we can.”
She replied, "You see that HILL. There is only one HILL of this kind. If you want to have sight of this HILL, you must come here." She also said, "This is my first visit and I have already been here for three months."
Nearby there was Frenchman. He said that he has been here for 15 years. Looking at the Hill with folded hands he added, "I hope I will die here at the feet of Arunachala."
Some years ago, I would go to the ashram around 6 p.m. feeling very tired. But once I started walking, somehow I could finish Girivalam as usual and not feel tired. I can say with certainty that for me, at my age, to be able to take care of myself without outside help and without major medical problems, it is because of Arunachala and all the Girivalams he has allowed me to do. There are innumerable medicinal plants on the Hill and breathing the air full of these herbs, has had a very positive effect on my body. Different people, different ages, doing Girivalam at different times have had different experiences. I can’t pinpoint which Girivalam had what effect on me. All I can say is I am as healthy as I can be for my age. I do have problems which is to be expected. So many body parts have worn out which cannot be replaced. If major problems crop up, all I can say is what Bhagawan said, “This body needs an excuse to go. Hence this problem has come.”