When Paul Brunton (a foreigner who came to India seeking a spiritual Master and author of the famous book, A Search in Secret India) sought an upadesa from Maha Periyava, Maha Periyava offered him the wonderful advice – ‘Be humble. You will find what you seek.’
Nama Yoga makes a ordinary person Yogi
During his yatra Bhagawan Nama Bodhendral once went to a village called Thirukokarnam for propagating the Divine Name. He was initiating everyone in that village with Rama nama. A daasi came there to him and asked if she could also chant Rama nama and if he would initiate her. Bodhendral initiated her with Rama nama without any hesitation. Those days sanyasi’s were not even allowed to speak to women and when he directly initiated a women that too a dassi, the villagers started speaking ill about him. After some days Bodhendral left the village. The daasi was chanting Rama nama religiously and would chant though out the day. Bodhendral happened to come back to that village after some time. By the time Bodhendral came back she had finished chanting crores of Rama nama. The dassi came to have a darshan of Bodhendral and after prostrating to him she left this world through Kabala moksham in front of her guru like how a yogi leave this world. The villagers were surprised seeing this and realised their mistake.