Dr. Raja Ramanna’s Experience

Our 24th Anusham programme on 2nd August 2017 at Madampatti,Coimbatore,was made memorable by the Spiritual experiences of Mrs. Chandra Janakiram and Savitri Viswanathan. 

Anusham programme Aug’17

Chandra Janakiram’s Experience

Every Indian must have heard of the great Nuclear Scientist, Head of BARC, Dr. Raja Ramanna.I narrated his experience with Mahaperiyava from an article on Mahaperiyava appeared in a Bhavan’s Journal, which I reproduced in my Sankara Jayanthi Souvenir in 1985 in Nigeria :

Narrating Raja Ramanna’s Experience

Raja Ramanna was more westernized in his younger days with a sort of hatred towards anything ritualistic! He as an young lad, had an argument with his neighbour, a 60 yr old highly Orthodox Brahmin who wanted to teach Vedas to this young lad but Raja Ramanna was not at all interested when the old man told him :”You will one day realise the real Treasure of our Upanishads!”

Savitri Viswanathan’s Experience

Raja Ramanna,describes in this article that he realised after several years the Greatness of our culture as an Astrophysicist, with a good knowledge of Sanskrit, when he was nearing 60!Though he was a great Piano Player,his world changed as he started taking interest in Upanishads!He however didn’t believe in Sages/Seers/sentimental Indians but he had a Manager in Kalpakkam Reactor Research Unit ,an Iyengar,a great devotee of Paramacharya,who constantly insisted that Dr.Raja Ramanna should oneday visit the great Seer at Kanchipuram,which Raja Ramanna constantly refused to do so!One fine morning Raja Ramanna ,during a visit to Chennai,had told Iyengar:”OK This time I will try to see “Your Seer”for your sake.Fix up a time!”

Raja Ramanna writes in this article :

“As soon as I landed in Meenambakkam,I asked Krishnamurthy who was supposed to take me to Kanchipuram,’Have you fixed an appointment with Kanchi Paramacharya?”

Krishnamurthy was silent for a few minutes and Raja Ramanna,being impatient,repeated the question.Krishnamurthy,answered :”Sir None fixes appointment with Paramacharya!We have to take a chance!Incase He is on mouna,we cant even discuss anything!”which infuriarated Raja Ramanna further !

On reaching Kanchipuram,Raja Ramanna was surprised to see the seer living in a small room,belying all his imaginations of a great Seer ,living  in all luxury! There were several devotees waiting for hours to have His Darshan.

‘Suddenly’ Raja Ramanna writes:’I saw a set of security personnel entered saying that the Governor of Tamilnadu was coming.Raja Ramanna says:”I realised in a few moments,the atmosphere made me realise that this place is beyond the realms of vastness of the Material world and my darshan at the Age old Adi Sankara temple inside the Ashram made me very simple and purified.I understood to what extent I was ignorant when I asked for an appointment with the Acharya!”

I saw the Acharya,on a raised platform,adjoining the room through a small window,barely a square foot wide,through which devotees peep into get His darshan!I also peeped in,and saw in the somewhat dim light,the Acharya,deeply engrossed turning the page of a book.At this moment the Governor arrived and we all moved back.The Governor also went to that Window for a short time and left soon after,but all the while the Acharya continued His search among the books,irrespective of what was happening outside!

A little while  later a strange  peace seemed to envelop us and I felt as though we were in a space where the devotees,the temple and everything around us were some minor objects in a great enactment.Everything around was simple to the extreme,and while I was meditating about why we-an odd assortment of people-were there at all,it began to appear that the strains of the Rg Veda was the only material thing of Value in that atmosphere!

Suddenly one of the aides of the Swamiji called us to the window,as the Acharya wanted to see us.He then asked His aides in a very weak voice in Tamil to open the pages of a book.After selecting the page with the finger from a distance,He asked me,if I knew enough Sanskrit.I was happy that I had Krishnamurthy,who teaches Vedas,with me!

During the discussion with the Acharya,a miracle happened.He asked me :”Have you read the philosophy of Nagarjuna?’I told Him, that is the very philosophy I am reading right now on my way by Prof Hiriyanna  of Mysore University on Indian Philosophy!I said Nagarjuna is the greatest scientific philosopher at all times.The Swamiji nodded His head and asked me to send Him a copy of this book.The discussions veered around “Katyayana”.

(Kātyāyana was born in a Brahmin family at Ujjayini (Ujjain) and received a classical Brahminical education studying the Vedas. Katyayana studied assiduously under Asita, who had predicted that Prince Siddharta would become either a chakravartin, a great worldly ruler, or a Buddha. With a group of seven friends he invited the Buddha to visit, and gained enlightenment (bodhi) while listening to him preach. He was ordained, and made numerous converts in the state of Avanti.[1] He is known as Phra Sangkajai in Thai Buddhism and portrayed as extremely portly.

Kātyāyana is listed as one of the ten principal disciples of Gautama Buddha: MahākassapaĀnandaSāriputtaSubhutiPunnaMoggallāna, Mahākaccāna, AnuruddhaUpali and Rāhula. He was foremost in explaining Dharma.)

 

Katyayana,in one of the Vartikas,”sidham thu nivarthakathvaath also shows himself in favour of Advaitha.”said the Acharya.The meaning of the above Vartika is as follows:

“Truth is Brahman.Knowledge is Brahman and Brahman is Endless.We can understand Brahman by experience.So what is the use of the sentences taken from philosophy ,satyam gnanamanatham brahma etc.,which tell about God?

It is a repetition only.Is it not?

No.The scholars know Brahman well.Others will have confusion.In order to avoid it,these sentences repeat the same frequently.Even the Bhashyakara,Patanjali,while commenting on the Sutra opines,in favour of Advaitha.How can we see the mark of Asat?(Non existing)

Yes.We can see it.It is like Mirage!”

The discussion was educative that at places I was able to discuss with Him in my own Kannada Language and He cleared some of my doubts.

Then He blessed us by raising His hands when we prostrated for His asservatham!

I must have been in direct contact with Swamiji for less than half an hour,but in regions outside material time ,I must have been with Him always!Here atlast I knew I had been in the presence of a learned man and an Inspired Man!(coutesy Bhavan’s Journal)

My Classmates

 

 

 

 

 

Mahaperiyava Jayanthi on 8th June 2017

Mahaperiyava Jayanthi on 8th June 2017

This year, as usual, Mahaperiyava’s Jayanthi, brought so much Peace and Tranquility at Shenbagam, with Vedhic Chanting by Panchapakesa Sastrigal and his Gurukula Vidyarthis.

Vedhic Chanting

Panchapakesa Sastrigal

Vedhic Chanting

Dr.Usha Ganesh, a Great devotee  sang a few songs on Mahaperiyava

Mahaperiyava’s Songs

Dr. Usha Ganesh’s Songs

ALL HIS GRACE!

But for Him so many Vedhic Schools wdnt have survived! Devotees must encourage such Gurukulams,  as in a World, full of Materialistic Pursuits, such a Devotion by the Vidyarthis must be Encouraged!

 

Miracle of Mahaperiyava – Mathrubootham Ganapadigal!

View from Agni Theertham

Kanchi Mutt Rameswaram

When I am traveling to meet my precious old Engg College Classmates on our Golden Jubilee, tomorrow, I pen down this Miracle Experience,  on Mahaperiyava’s Lotus feet, as He has protected me from innumerable, impossible situations, like this one!

Mahaperiyava by Shilpi

Mahaperiyava by Shilpi

1967, was my final year Engineering in Alagappa College of Engineering and I thought I had done all my Exams reasonably well and was awaiting the results in Ramnad ! My close friend S. N. Subramanian from Bikshandarkoil used to be in touch with me over phone, as we were all eagerly awaiting the results. He was in the habit of regularly meeting our Staff Members like Kulathumani who was in Trichy, for updates on some Juicy Campus Gossips! One day, SNS, gave me a ring! He seemed perturbed! He enquired me how I had done my Mechanical Lab Practical! I said I had done reasonably well! SNS said “Kulathumani says they have Failed You in Mechanical Lab! I thought, as a True friend I must bring to your attention immediately!” 

I was shocked beyond words and became nervous too!

S.N.Subramanian of Bikshandarkoil

S.N.Subramanian of Bikshandarkoil

(I must give here a background of some incidents in our Final Year Class! There was a major dispute between our final year students and 2nd year students, due to some filthy language used by the Juniors against our well respectable Rank Holding classmates, which became a real war in the Campus with the irrational Principal, suspending, a large no of our Classmates from the Hostel! I happened to be the elected Representative of our Mechanical Branch! Tho’ I was not involved in this dispute, some of my classmates like Muthuvadivu  & the President of our Students Union, Tajudin, wanted me to talk to my father, who was a well respected MLC,  to come & help our classmates to get reinducted!My father did come the next day & the Principal was forced to withdraw the Suspension orders. Because of my father’s interference, the Principal had a grudge against me, which he openly expressed after my father left our campus by calling me in the midst of all Professors and warning me

When my father saw me highly depressed after the phone call, asked me ‘what happened!’ I cdn’t control my tears when I told him about SNS’ msg. He was equally disturbed because, he thought sooner, I wd be earning enough to support him & three unmarried sisters!

Miracle :

There was one Mathrubootham Ganapadigal, the Principal of the Sanskrit College at Rameswaram, who was watching all this, as he had come to see my father, who was the Trustee for that Institution! He asked my father what happened! My father explained about the phone call! Mathrubootham asked my father:

“Which college? “

On hearing Alagappa Engg, Mathrubootham said

‘My son is also a Lecturer there!’ My father asked him his name. Mathrubootham said : ‘Nagarajan. He was in US n now in Karaikudi! ‘

I shouted  “Pappa.. He was the very person as my internal examiner for Mech Lab!”

I wept uncontrollably. Mathrubootham said

‘Don’t worry. I will ask him!’He dialed Nagarajan in front of us. Nagarajan said very clearly ‘None has failed in my class & I will not lie down till I take it up even upto the VC!

He later on informed his father, some manipulations had taken place, with the connivance of the external examiner & Nagarajan had to warn the Principal “that if the mistake is not rectified, he will even take Legal Action!”

At last when I saw my No in the papers I thanked only Mahaperiyava, as such coincidences of planting a Mathrubootham, that too coming all the way from Rameswaram, when there was a call from SNS,is beyond belief!

I have faith in all my life only on One God!

Nadamadum Deivam!

 

Mahaperiyava Aradhanai 25th Dec 16 @Madampatti

Mahaperiyava Aradhanai 25th Dec 16

Mahaperiyava Aradhanai 25th Dec 16

For the II nd year running, we, Senior Citizens of Shenbagam Estate Madampatti COIMBATORE were able to observe Mahaperiyava Aradhanai on 25th December 16. Dr. Usha Ganesh gave a great concert on Mahaperiyava & Kamakshi Amman with a PP presentation on the background by Mr. Ramakrishnan!

Dr. Usha Ganesh's Concert on Mahaperiyava

Dr. Usha Ganesh’s Concert on Mahaperiyava

The hhighlight of the evening was the young Vedhic Students led by Sri Ganapathy Sharma Chanting Yajur Vedha from the Chandrasekhara Bharathi Chandrasekhara Saraswathi Vedha Patasala, Perur ably run by Sri Jambulinga Ganapadigal!

Like last year the Vedhic Students did this voluntarily refusing to accept any money, as a Dedication to Mahaperiyava, mentioning :”But for Him there wdnt have been so many Vedhic Schools and we are ever Grateful for Mahaperiyava! “Nadamadum Deivam 

A Guest from Canada appreciating

A Guest from Canada appreciating

 

Mahaperiyava Aradhanai

 

Kamakshi Amman

Kamakshi Amman

I have missed attending Mahaperiyava Aradhanai only in the last two years! The voluntary enthusiasm of Vidwans led by PS. Narayanasamy, Trichur Ramachandran n Co,  in singing Kamakshi Pancha Rathnas, the ever captivating Vittaldas Maharaj’s bhajans and a very very devoted Mandolin Srinivas’ concert  on that day are reminders of the ever embedded Devotion of the Bakthas for Mahaperiyava !

Mahaperiyava Aradhanai 11

Mahaperiyava Aradhanai 11

L.Subramanian invariably will be there with a concert and almost all NRIs coming for December season used to get refreshed by prostrating at His Brindavan, with their American kids!

The Sandur Maharaja with his family will be there, whose picture of Mahaperiyava, below, was given to me by Mahaperiyava Himself in Mahagaon which is in my Puja Room. 

Mahaperiyava in Sandur

Mahaperiyava in Sandur

 Kasi Raja used to come too, with  full family of young & old , with a Deva Gowda sincerely sitting in a corner! 

Vedhic Students Kanchi Mutt

Vedhic Students Kanchi Mutt0

The chief priest of Ananda Padmanaabha Swamy temple, Adyar brought a special Mandap for Mahaperiyava’s padukas fully decorated with Rudraksha malas, in 13!My family friend & Mahaperiyava’s அனுக்க தொண்டர், Viswanathan (see pictures below) from Sankara Mutt Rameswaram used to go around Mahaperiyava’s Brindavan 108 times!

VISWANATHAN with Mahaperiyava

VISWANATHAN with Mahaperiyava

VISWANATHAN with Mahaperiyava

VISWANATHAN with Mahaperiyava

Sad Viswanathan is no more. He along with my Chithappa Adi Narayanan were responsible for Sankara Mutt at Rameswaram!My father, M. Rajah Iyer was able to acquire the land from Sethupathis just in front of Agni Theertham,as desired by Mahaperiyava,  so that a devotee can have Darshan of the 9 feet tall Marble Statue of Adi Sankara after a dip in Agni Theertham. 

Kanchi Mutt Rameswaram

Kanchi Mutt Rameswaram

Mahaperiyava has touched millions of hearts, young & old and Continues to Guide His Devotees!

Nadamadum Deivam! 

Scintillating Bhajans by Suryagayatri!

 

SCINTILLATING BHAJANS BY Surya Gayatri

A 10 year old Suryagayatri from Vadakkara, Kerala is already quite famous thro her Mudakaratha Mothaham and Hanuman Chalisa in the You Tube! Thanks to Sashi Kiran, Carnatica presented her Bhajans as a prelude to this year’s Carnatic Music Festival at COIMBATORE.
She enthralled the overflowing audience with some divine bhajans, from Ganesha Pancharatnam to Laxmi baramma, demonetising the ever memorable MS’ in every aspect, at such an young age of 10.
She was accompanied by her father Anilkumar on Mridangam, her uncle on Violin. Her father takes her 4 days in a week to Kozhikode, nearly 200km from her house for Music Training.
God bless this young Talent!

Andavan Pichai Tableau @Chintadripet Temple

Andavan Pichai Tableau @Kaliikambal Temple, George Town 

Her (Suryagayatri’s) உள்ளம் உருகுதையா made famous by TMS brought me memories of a great devotee of Mahaperiyava, Maragathambal who wrote many poems and உள்ளம் உருகுதையா being one of the most famous. She was an Ambal Upasaki.
Maragathambal was blessed by Mahaperiyava, giving her a new name Andavan Pichai,due to her Lyrical Talent.
She used to sing in Kalikambal temple, George Town where she sang this famous உள்ளம் உருகுதையா once in 52. When TMS went to Palani for Darshan, he saw a beggar murmuring this song and he copied it and made it a super hit!
You can see Andavan Pichai plaque with the Lyrics of உள்ளம் உருகுதையாeven today in Kalikambal Temple.(see the picture above) 

Proud of our Culture 

Miracles of Mahaperiyava – Narayana Sankar

Sankar's First Photo with a New Camera

Sankar’s First Photo with a New Camera

Narayana Sankar is a retired GM from State Bank of India. He is such an ardent devotee of Mahaperiyava, we invited him for our Oct 6th Anusham programme to share his rare experiences.

Narayana Sankar

Narayana Sankar

Sankar got the entire audience in a magical spell of magnificent magic of Mahaperiyava, starting with his young days with Sadguru Pujya Sri Gyananda Giri Swamigal  of Thirukoyilur and how he was named Narayana Sankar by Gyananda Giri. When Sankar’s father, a very honest Magistrate, was transferred to Kanchipuram, Sankar was surprised as a boy when he, along with his father went to get the Blessings of Mahaperiyava, he was taken aback when Mahaperiyava said “Sadguru Gyananda Swamigal knows you will ultimately come here, that’s why he named you ‘Narayana Sankar!’

Anusham Speech by Sankar

Anusham Speech by Sankar

Sankar went on to narrate his life long experiences with Mahaperiyava, who was his guiding force in every aspect of his life. Sankar narrated a Miracle which was beyond words to explain :

“As uusual when I got a new Camera, I wanted to take the first picture of Mahaperiyava. On that day, there was, as usual a long queue. A few heads,  ahead of me, was a very Senior Police Official with a Polaroid Camera on hand. Curiously I was watching him when he neared Mahaperiyava.

Police official :’I wd like to take a picture of Mahaperiyava with my New Polaroid Camera? ‘

Mahaperiyava :Have you already used this Camera or this is the First picture?

Police official :Swamiji’s is the First one! Mahaperiyava refused permission asking him not to Click Him!

Sankar was obviously disappointed as he also wd get the same treatment but since he was nearing Mahaperiyava, Sankar didn’t want to hide his Camera, hanging on his shoulder! Sankar wanted Mahaperiyava’s Blessings when his turn came, and didn’t talk about taking a picture! 

Mahaperiyava :Are you a Journalist? Sankar :No I am working in SBI! MAHAPERIYAVA :You are having a Camera hanging, on the shoulder, what for?

Sankar cdn’t control his emotions and added, ‘I saw Mahaperiyava refusing permission to that Police Official and that’s why I didn’t want to seek permission for a picture!’

Mahaperiyava :I refused to him, not to you. But you shd take Balu also with me as Balu says’ everyone takes pictures of me and not him! ‘

That was the picture as above By Narayana Sankar. Afterwards the Police official was seen telling others’ I shdnt have lied to Mahaperiyava as I had used it before!

‘NADAMADUM DEIVAM!