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The Man Who Sold The World!

September 4, 2009

Swami, seekkarama kondu vaa (Bring it faster)” shouted PT from a distance.

Ajit quickened his pace and poured the clear liquid carefully into the bucket. It was one of the hot and humid days that Sabarimala was famous for. The line was long and serpentine but the men patiently waited for their turn; all for a glass of the precious commodity called “water”, which was relatively hard to find on top of “Karimalai”, which was incidentally also the highest peak on the entire Sabarimala trek.

Ajit had been doing this for a past four hours, but he did not and could not, entertain thoughts of exhaustion. Each time he got thanked or was greeted by a smile; he felt his legs quicken to bring in more water for all the “swamis”, who had undertaken the 45 kilometer pilgrimage from Erumeli to Sabarimala.  It was November, and the Sabarimala rush had not yet even started. Ajit could only marvel at the work done by the “Akhila Bharatiya Ayyappa Seva Sangam” (ABASS) who served the millions of people who did this trek.

Currently, he along with his uncle/guruswami PT, were stationed atop “Karimalai”. ABASS had setup its water counter right next to the trail, so that the people could quench their thirst as soon as they reached the summit of the mountain after the steep arduous climb and the waiting line only kept growing in length as the sun reached its zenith. The only source of water on top of “Karimalai” was the remarkable fresh water well, known as “Nazhikkinar” which legend had it, was created by Lord Ayyappa himself.

All around, Ajit could only see men with beards, unkempt hair, dressed in black and this was what he loved about Sabarimala. He kept telling himself, that there was something called “Utopia” on earth; then this probably came close to it.

“Why do you say that?” a close friend had asked him before he started on this trek and he did not know what to say.

The truth was that, it appealed to his fledgling twisted ideological mix of “Fabian Socialism”, “Proletariat Rights” and his notions of “Bharat”. He loved it coz the feeling of “I” disintegrated and the feeling of “We” took precedence.

And so Ajit took life, one (barefoot) step at a time. The hard rocks became cushion for his feet. No other thoughts were running through his head and his legs remarkably obeyed every single command sent its way. It was like a continuous rhythm; a constant motion from the big vessel that had the “treated water” to the buckets in the stand. His only concern was maximizing speed and minimizing spillage.

After about half an hour, PT told him, “Swami, Let us rest for sometime. Others can take over now”.

And so, Ajit and PT stepped into the temporary tent that ABASS had setup there for a badly needed break.

The great man PT (who Ajit looked up too) continued, “Swami, in some time, we need to start on our trek to reach Periyanni Vattam which is four kilometers away, our next stop where we are providing food to all the pilgrims. Our services are required there, this evening”.

The legendary enthusiasm of PT was infectious and Ajit could not wait to resume their trek and see the Pampa but there was one burning question that he had always wanted to ask PT and the settings was just perfect for him to ask that.

P mama, you have been doing this trek for 30 years now. You quit your job at IDBI, and have setup an ashram in Chennai for Vedic study. You go on long pilgrimages to all parts of India and spend a lot of your time in Thiruvanamalai. You are a Brahmachari. I just cannot understand why. We all live our life in a specific pattern; the famous herd mentality. Why did you go against the grain?

PT flashed his famous smile and his face radiated of “kurumbu” (mischief) and he had only one thing to say, “Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa”!!!

Ajit wanted an answer, hence persisted, “Come on P mama, I am dead serious here. Please tell me”.

With an expansive wave and with a deep voice, PT said, “Payya, we are what we are meant to be. I am, the man who sold the world!!!

And the young Ajit, was left with more questions than answers……………………………


PS: It has been five years since I last visited Sabarimala. Shesh! Need to go there soon with PT, my dear uncle. I jotted this post down on the spur of the moment.

60 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2009 1:55 am

    Let me get on the bandwagon – Yipeee! I’m the 1st. at least I think so…
    OG: ROFL Bones………….. you are first ! YAY!!!!!!!! 😛
    Sabarimala is Utopia? What kind of utopia has no women in it? Sheesh…First not interested in marriage and now likes a place without women…
    OG: err……. I never expected this comment 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 hehehehehe I caleld it utopia becoz, there was no differences between the people on the trek……………. 😛

  2. September 4, 2009 2:43 am

    me second! 😛

    Will come back in leisure and comment! 🙂
    OG: wokays 😛 😛

    • September 5, 2009 8:19 am

      Pixie Copy-paste on blogs too 😛 I see this comment of urs @ most of them nw ROFL 😆

      • Pal permalink
        September 10, 2009 1:55 pm

        ROFL!! Good spot , Swaram!

  3. September 4, 2009 3:31 am

    ” we are what we are meant to be”…so true!!! and we keep running behind what we can never be!!!
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 so true 😛

  4. September 4, 2009 3:40 am

    P.S. “…we are what we are meant to be….”
    so true but unfortunately most people are not satisfied with who they are…If they were, they would be a lot happier…
    OG: that list includes me as well 😛

  5. September 4, 2009 5:04 am

    we are what we are meant to be ,that single sentence say everything.Everyone is born with a destiny and purpose for their lives.What i believe is if you enjoy what you doing,then you don’t have to ask anything more …….
    OG: hmm, I dont believe in destiny and purpose………………. 😛

  6. September 4, 2009 5:35 am

    “Ajit wanted an answer, hence persisted, “Come on P mama, I am dead serious here. Please tell me”.”

    OG: ROFL! ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!! Don sols!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Loved this account, Ajit.
    OG: thanku Thanku
    BTW you mentioning Swami Ayyapan reminded me of a hilarious episode. Couple of years back I was at a party in Wisconsin. A friend introduced her friend’s parents and as usual I made small talk. Upon asking their native, the lady said that they are Ayyappan’s relatives. I thought hmm…who is this Ayyappan. Do we have a common friend?

    Then the lady goes on “we belong to the Pandalam royal family.” (for the uninitiated, Lord Ayyappan was born to a Royal King from Pandalam, Kerala.) I couldn’t control my laughter. Gosh! some people.
    OG: OMG, do people still do that…….. interesting 😛

    • September 4, 2009 5:53 am


      The profound line was “PT said, “Payya, we are what we are meant to be. I am, the man who sold the world!!!”

      Not the one I quoted above. Ha..ha..ha.. 😆
      OG: ha…ha….ha 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

      • September 4, 2009 7:15 am

        😛 even i was confused for a min..thnking how wil the former appear profound 😛
        OG: same here 😛 😛 I was thinking that sols found something in that line, which I might have missed 😛

      • September 5, 2009 8:20 am

        Ha ha ha! I read that line again n again to see why ws I missing something profound Sols 😉

        • September 5, 2009 8:51 am

          Hey bhagwan! one typo and everyone is after my life. Swami Saranam Ayyappa! 😆

  7. September 4, 2009 6:27 am

    😀 😀 😀

    this is just to say YAY U HAVE A POST UP!!!!
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 YAY!!!!!

    u’ve beeen to Sabarimala EOG??? soooper!!!
    OG: yes, been there and loved it
    me got MUCH MORE to say (like u dn’t know that already 😛 )
    OG: hehehehehehehehehe 😛
    more questions than answers??
    me got some of my own! 😀

    me to be back!!! (Indyeah Style)

    just cudn’t resist when i saw ur post up!
    OG: wokays madam 😛 take your time 😛
    ur net is back?
    so did u use the mallu dialogue i gave to vimmuuu? 😉
    OG: net is still not back, but we are stealing our neighbors connection, so net very very slow 😛

  8. September 4, 2009 6:39 am

    **scratches his head vigourously**

    never mind… !! no clue..

    I was here… !! 😀

    and i was 9th !! 😀
    OG: ROFL dude 😛

    • September 4, 2009 2:54 pm

      Why are you and Vimmu scratching head? Dandruff or Lice? Yuck! yuck!

      kabhi kabhaar naha liya karo yaar 😆 😆

      • September 4, 2009 4:34 pm

        unlike you our brains are in the head… so trying to stimulate it… 😀 😀 😀

        its ok… no need to reply… or your knees will ache… !! :mrgreen:

        OG: i like this comment :mrgreen:

        • September 4, 2009 4:43 pm

          So you scratch to stimulate it, Edison? Ha..ha..ha..

          I don’t reply with my knees. 😆

        • September 5, 2009 4:46 am


        • Pal permalink
          September 10, 2009 1:59 pm


  9. September 4, 2009 6:57 am

    I have never been to Sabarimala OG… And your mama’s answer defines all and also leaves us with lot of questions…
    OG: you should try the trek machi…………. you will love it 😛

    • September 5, 2009 8:24 am

      yes machi… I love trekking but the fasting period makes me to think as many times as possible 😛 😛

  10. September 4, 2009 7:17 am

    I loved ur PT’s first ans – we are what we are meant to be..
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛
    bt dint understand – im the man who sold th world 😦 😦 wht does that mean?
    OG: maybe, PT meant that he did not have a care in the world………. by selling the world, maybe he signified his dissociation with all materialistic things………………… I still dont know 😛

  11. September 4, 2009 8:19 am

    ** scratches Hitchys head vigorously **

    No clue either !!!

    Take care.
    OG: ROFL aliyaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 😛 ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and whats with the new profile snap? Showing your bad side, I mean, back side to us ? or were you…err…mm…you know…p****ng ??? 😀 😀 😀
    OG: dai dai…….. we are decent fellows you know 😉

    • September 4, 2009 2:37 pm

      @ Vimmuuu If onyl u had eaten Chywanprash in childhood you wouldn’t be scratching ur head or anybody else’s too 😛
      OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahaha

    • September 4, 2009 4:44 pm

      OG: Why? Don’t decent fellows pee? 😐
      OG: if you want a decent answer to that question, then let me tell you that decent guys dont pee with their hands on their hips :mrgreen: haha 😛 and they certainly dont take a photo of their good deed of providing nutrition to plants around!!!!!! 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

      • September 4, 2009 6:34 pm

        LOL. Don Sololiya asked the question of the millennium !!! C’mon OG, answer…answer ….!!
        OG: answered 😛

        • September 5, 2009 8:27 am

          LOL… 😆

          and something wrong with don’s keyboard :mrgreen: 😛 😛

      • September 5, 2009 3:00 am

        You get 0 out of 5 for writing an essay when it was needed one word answer. 😛
        OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

        • September 5, 2009 3:01 am

          all it needed* 😆

        • September 5, 2009 4:47 am

          For once Don Sololiya… has been beaten black and blue… !!!
          OG: I sooooooooooooo agreeeeeeeeeeeeee

        • September 5, 2009 6:55 am

          OG : What do you agree? 😡 and Hitchy! oye chu kar! 😆
          OG: I agreed that I won the battle this time :mrgreen:

        • September 5, 2009 6:56 am

          *chup kar.

          What is with OG’s blog. Typos. 😐
          OG: What is with your keyboard!!!!!!!!! 😛

  12. September 4, 2009 9:09 am

    Payya, how come PT mama sold the world? 😀
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 he did not 😛 you know 😛

  13. September 4, 2009 10:52 am

    Is this OG’s post ??? Very serious and interesting episode !!!

    Liked it very much !!!
    OG: Thanks!!!!!!!!!! and I do write serious stuff as well 😛
    Hv u been to sabarimala ?? How many times ??? Its such a wonderful experience, right ??
    OG: yes, been there only 2 times…….. should make it more often in the future 😛

  14. September 4, 2009 12:45 pm

    We are what we are meant to ya this includes all ours cribbing etc 🙂
    OG: good one dude 😛

  15. September 4, 2009 4:37 pm

    First of all!!!!!!!!!!
    EOG! U’ve been to Sabarimala??!! Swamiye Saranam Ayyapa!!!!
    OG: swamy saranam!!!!!!
    Each time he got thanked or was greeted by a smile; he felt his legs quicken to bring in more water for all the “swamis”, who had undertaken the 45 kilometer pilgrimage from Erumeli to Sabarimala.
    Okie EOG….. I got a bit senti about u on that! Don’t worry! I will soon recover! 😛
    But before I recover… ((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He loved it coz the feeling of “I” disintegrated and the feeling of “We” took precedence.
    I have only seen the place as covered by TV, EOG, but I tell u, the energy is just too much, u can make it out!!
    Have been seeing the live broadcast of Magara Jyothi on the hill and the opening of the nadda , that journey of the jewels from the palace to the temple…. Since last 8 years!!
    OG: I thankfully did not go during the makara jyothi time………. really really crowded!!!! not my cup of tea 😛
    The first time I saw this event was when I was 17… its has a story to it, will mail u…
    OG: wokays!!!!! will wait for it then!!!!!!!!
    but after that day, life was never the same, I just knew I will never be alone!!! And I never was 😀
    whatever I got with me till now, came into my life after that 14th Jan of 2002… and I never looked back after that day…
    OG: hmmm…… good for you seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And so Ajit took life, one (barefoot) step at a time. The hard rocks became cushion for his feet. No other thoughts were running through his head and his legs remarkably obeyed every single command sent its way.
    Just when I was getting over all senti feelings, now I am back to square one…
    😀 ((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))
    OG: heheheheheheheheheheheheheh
    U wrote it beautifully, and I am sure the experience was beautiful enough to have inspired this writing…
    OG: it certainly was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thanks!!!!!
    “Payya, we are what we are meant to be. I am, the man who sold the world!!!”
    When u do go again to PT uncle, a hug on my behalf! I hope u will get to go there soon EOG!

    I know this is suicidal….i will not be able to take this comment back once I post (sigh WP!), but am in suicidal mood now… so will do the unthinkable…. Will praise u! (drama queen crafty)
    This was one of the most heart warming post by u, and u wrote is just too well… and to know this side of u was great! 🙂
    god bless u EOG! (((((((((hugs)))))))))
    OG: heheheheheheheh 😛 this praise has been noted down………. next time, I will show this to you!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

  16. September 4, 2009 4:42 pm

    i told u EOG… i had a lot to say! 😛 😛 😛
    OG: like that is something new 😉

    • September 5, 2009 4:48 am


      these KRS sistah’s will get you… one day… and badly… !! lol
      OG: I did not mean it that way………..
      @ crafty, I meant that as a complement…………. :mrgreen:

      • September 5, 2009 3:54 pm

        @ EOG:

        *crafty tries hard to believe EOG… but that mrgreen face is simply looking two shaded greener that usual*

        😛 😛 😛
        OG: hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehhe

  17. September 4, 2009 9:01 pm

    Owww! I wanted to go too… but they have limitations against girls bah!
    OG: that sucks!!!!!!! seriously

  18. September 4, 2009 9:02 pm

    And the punch line of your uncle !!!! Very very interesting!!!!
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

  19. thethoughtfultrain permalink
    September 4, 2009 10:13 pm

    This post reminds me of the first time I stumbled upon your blog – the story of the priest and his son. You have very Chandama-esque style which I feel is just awesome!
    OG: hey Thanks!!!!!!!! so much!!!!!!!!!!
    I have never been to Sabarimala and it saddens me I need to be an old lady to see the handsome Lord Ayyappa! 😉
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!! i know, Shesh!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛

  20. September 5, 2009 6:52 am

    1. I am trying to resist repeating Sraboney’s question.
    OG: hehehehehe 😛 I know your views on this!
    2. Loved how you wrote this one, I was wondering what you were leading to, could feel the heat and the fatigue… and when the question was asked, I also wanted to hear the answer. But the answer did truly leave me also with more questions…
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 Thanks IHM!!!!

  21. September 5, 2009 8:29 am

    Wonderful account EOG!
    OG: Thanks!!!
    “the feeling of “I” disintegrated and the feeling of “We” took precedence” – If only ppl cud be like that n we hd a world free of selfish desired 💡
    OG: 😛 that is a nice thought!
    “The hard rocks became cushion for his feet. No other thoughts were running through his head and his legs remarkably obeyed every single command sent its way. It was like a continuous rhythm; a constant motion from the big vessel that had the “treated water” to the buckets in the stand. His only concern was maximizing speed and minimizing spillage.” – What a play of words! Its all in the mind na 🙂

    Nyaan sammaditherikkunnu 😀 😀 😀
    OG: AYYYOOOO 😛 Thanks!!!!
    ‘We are what we are meant to be’ – Profound!

    A blog-addict I am 😯

    OG: ROFL!!!!!!! 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 Thanks!!!!!

  22. September 6, 2009 8:58 am

    not sure what to say 😐
    OG: 😛 😛 hehehehehee 😛 you have nothing to say and you are saying it 😉
    lovely post… and good change coming from u, EOG 🙂

    my total respect goes to PT…
    and i hope u are able to soon put up a post of ur next visit to sabarimala… 🙂
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

  23. chewmysambhar permalink
    September 6, 2009 4:07 pm

    Very vivid:) I liked the way it flowed….And Sabarimala…My appa is a regular . Must ask my appa to read your post. He will enjoy this:)
    OG: did he read it?
    And yes, we are what we are emant to be:) 🙂

    Beautifully put-the entire package i mean:)
    OG: Thanks!

  24. September 7, 2009 7:50 pm

    That was very interesting OG. While I have mixed feelings about Sabarimala because of women not being allowed there , I have heard about this thing about Sabarimala.. How people do not feel fatigue or exhaustion on the trek.
    OG: yeah, ayyappa keeps us going on!!!!!!!
    My dad’s aunts used to do it every year. They were thin , frail ladies. I used to be scared of hugging them – just in case their bones get crushed.. but they used to happily make this trek – and without any help.. My dad says that there is something about it.. He does it now that he is in Kerala – I think he did it the last 2 years.
    OG: hmm… there is certainly something about sabarimala!!!!!!!!!!
    As for your uncle’s is profound..

    OG: 😛 😛 😛

  25. September 8, 2009 2:45 am

    *Soli Style*

    Crafty sits in front of EOG’s doorstep with Placard that says –

    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

  26. September 8, 2009 5:51 am

    Meena joins Crafty *placard says “NEW POST NEW POST!!!”*
    OG: hehehehehehehehehehe

  27. September 8, 2009 6:33 am

    Very nice post….I knew it was a story & wondered why u specifically put ur name there..

    And then realised it was ur story 🙂
    OG: 😛 😛 Thanks!
    There is another blogger…christian….I forget the url…he had written a superb account of his trip to Sabrimala.
    OG: hmmmmm 😛

  28. September 9, 2009 8:18 am

    You must ask your uncle what he meant….though your explanation about disassociation is quite likely the right one…


    Quirky Indian
    OG: yeah, dude 😛 will ask next time 😛

  29. September 9, 2009 3:28 pm

    Enna thambi..romba busy-o?


    • September 9, 2009 4:14 pm

      ROFL!!!!! not that busy…….. 😛 have to write something soon 😛 😛 was away for long weekend………….

  30. September 9, 2009 7:14 pm


    u haven’t posted yet… me too has to yet post CBT…
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 yeah, have to post one as soon as I can write something 😛
    Dei! romba feel pannavai!
    OG: means, “dont show emotions that much”…. or “dont act too much”………….. and last word is “pannadhai”
    ROFL! i have no clue what that means!! i picked it up for somewhere and i so so wanted to use it here! 😆 😆 😆

    do tell me EOG…. what did i just tell u in Tamil? 😛
    OG: yeah, as I explained above, I am not showing emotions that much 😛

  31. Happy Kitten permalink
    September 10, 2009 8:35 am

    Having lived on the way (enroute) to Sabarimala.. have seen the yearly trek of the Ayyappas.. I have also admired the way they keep the fasting.. it sure must be spiritually uplifting to have so many do it every year.. as for the women being kept out.. I think smaller girls and women who have stopped mensurating are allowed.. is it because in those earlier years it would have been difficult in the sanitation sense? even the Church has similar rules but the present generation does not follow it…

    hope I have not written anything sacrilegious….

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