Young or old, devotees of Bhagavan Ramana can always attain their
goals. For some the devotion and faith comes about at very young
age and for others, it comes later. Perhaps, only advantage is that
as one gets old, he invariably has got some ailments, and this if
properly understood, will help him to give up his body consciousness.
Bhagavan Ramana's direct devotees are a class by themselves. Apart from seeing Him personally, they have also heard His direct
teachings and have seen how He led His life for 54 years in
Tiruvannamalai. But at the same time, the Presence is important
than the bodily form. This, Bhagavan Himself, repeatedly told them.
There are today, many Bhagavan's devotees, who have come to Him
after 1950. It is the Presence which has attracted them.
Perundurai or Tiru Perundurai is a village in Pudukottai district,
and there is a Siva temple. It is here, Saint Manikkavachagar had
his first darshan of Siva, who came in the guise of a brahmin and
gave him pada-diksha, touch by the feet. Saint Manikkavachagar
who was a Minister in Pandya Kingdom, left his job and went to several temples in Tamizh Nadu, and finally merged with Siva in
Chidambaram. In between, there were many 'tests' for him. He stood the pains and miseries of these tests. Saint Manikkavachagar has written two groups of poems, one is Tiruvachakam, with about
550+ songs and then Tiru Kovaiyar, a continuous set of 400 poems. Saint Manikkavachagar was to Siva, what Muruganar was to
Bhagavan Ramana. Muruganar followed the style and pattern of
Saint Manikkavachagar's pomes in his works.
Estoerically Perundurai = Periya [Big] turai [Shore], means the
Heart, where the Self is realized, where the ego becomes quiescent and rests with the Self.