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

 

 

 

 

 

Miracles of Mahaperiyava – Nigerian Miracle

Mahaperiyava

On this Mahaperiyava Jayanthi day, 8th June 2017, I try to Recall His immeasurable Compassion to Save me from a Certain Death, that too in Nigeria!

I was working in Phonodisk Nigeria, Ijebuode, as its CEO, a Nigerian – American collaboration, for manufacturing Gramophone Records, Cassettes. It was started by Allahji Haruna Ishola, who was like our Yesudas, whose records were sold all over Africa within no time! I was replacing a set of Americans who were Looting the co. As it happens in many cos there were many locals who did not like my disciplined way to make Phonodisk profitable, catching many of the culprits Red handed!

Sankara Jayanthi – NIGERIA Souvenir 1985(Printed in Phonodisk)

My factory was 35 KM from my Bungalow in Ijebuode and I had a Peugeot 505 and 504 and drivers had to come all the way from Ijebuode  to drive me to the Factory. So I asked them not to come all the way and I started driving myself everyday to the Factory in the Mornings!

With Phonodisk Staff

Those days in 80s,Nigeria was so rich with Oil Money that almost every one drove a Peugeot or a Benz! Traffic regulations had to be brought in Lagos by Stipulating Odd Cars on Odd Days and Even Cars on Even Days! That is why almost every CEO used to have 2 Cars!

My  Faith in Mahaperiyava was so Strong, I used to always keep His Picture on the Dashboard!

Nigerians, for that matter, most Africans,  believed in Witchcraft! Some of my Security Guards, and Cooks, living in our Premises used to be afraid of us, as we used to light the Deepam everyday in the evening and used to pray, thinking,  we also practise Witchcraft!

Phonodisk Staff

Haruna Ishola’s own brother, called Baba was the most affected financially after my arrival, as he was living next to the Factory, Looting all the time!

So his aim was to Finish me somehow!

One day when I was driving my 505 to the Factory, I was experiencing a wild wobbling in the front tyres. I was driving at 100 KM but somehow managed to reach the Factory!

When the Factory Security Guard opened the Gates and when I parked the car, I saw Baba with his close Assistants looking at me with Amazement! He had told most of them ‘I wd never ever enter the Factory again!’ 

When I closed the car door, to my utter Amazement, I saw the Front Right Side Wheel,  falling down and rolling! Someone had loosened the Bolts, when the car was parked  in the Garage !

Benjamin, my Security Guard!

Some of my Ghanian Staff, my  well Wishers like Bernard, came running and literally lifted me!

I was saved on that day purely because of my Faith in Him. On hearing this Allahji Haruna Ishola came from Lagos and hugged me! He, not educated in English, conveyed through his Daughter, a Director of Phonodisk  “Your Witchcraft is more Powerful than Baba’s. He will now run for his Life!”

A really wonderful innings I had in Nigeria thereafter, all because of His Grace!I printed and Released Fela’s First Album which crossed a Million Records in just 3 Days! Ofcourse, every time I used to print a Record of Allahji Haruna Ishola’s, we used to sell a Million Records, in a Music Crazy Country! Can’t believe I was also a part of those Celeberations ! 

Incase you want to hear a similar incident,  earlier to this one,  please listen to this video taken by Shivaraman for Sage of Kanchi :

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!

 

Sadasiva Brahmendrar Adhishtanam, Nerur.

Me & my wife started the New Year with a peaceful Prayer at the Adhishtanam of one of the Greatest Yogis of the 18th Century, Sadasiva Brahmendral.

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

We were wonderstruck by an unbelievable miracle while we were driving to have the Darshan at His Adhishtanam on January 1st!  GPS, sometimes, doesn’t clearly show by passes or probably, I was not able to read the Highway near Velur properly and I saw me driving, suddenly, on the opposite side on express way!

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

Luckily I realised the folly when a Bus was head on and I had a leeway on my right side! After a UTurn I went to a Bunk near by and sought guidance to Nerur. One attendar gave us the  directions!  When I was on the expressway, someone, in a bike chased me & when I stopped by, he, having seen me asking for guidance to Nerur in the Bunk, volunteered to take me there as he was going there with his wife on the pillion. In fact but for him I wdnt have reached Nerur on time for a morning Darshan . Guidance! 

Dakshinamurthy

Dakshinamurthy

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

On reaching we found,a family was celebrating their father’s Sadabishekam & many visitors had come!

Nerur Sathabishekam

Nerur Sathabishekam

Nerur Sathabishekam

Nerur Sathabishekam

Then, When me & my wife were praying in Kasi Viswanathar’s Sannidhi, another miracle happened! For quite some years now, we do not buy archanai coupons & instead prefer to donate whatever in the Hundi! When we were praying an old man in front of us did archanai  & he said his Nakshatram is Mirigaseerisham, same as mine!I was pleasantly surprised when he mentioned his wife’s Nakshatram as Uttaradam to the pleassntest New year surprise, as my wife’s is Uttaradam too! What a surprise!

One nice unknown couple escorts us here & Archanai in our Nakshatram! Nice feeling for the New Year!

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

Sadasiva Brahmendral Adhishtanam, Nerur

About Sadasiva Brahmendrar :
Sadasiva was born to a couple Moksha Somasundara Avadhaani and Parvati. His initial name was Sivaramakrishna. He was married at the age of 17. Sadasiva lived in Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu in the 17th to 18th century. Two other prominent Hindu saints Sridhara Venkatesa Ayyaval and Sri Bodhendra Saraswathi were his classmates in the veda school.

He left his home in search of Truth. After taking sannyasa, he is said to have wandered around, naked or semi-naked, and often in a trance-like state. He was reclusive and often meditated, and was described as being in a “supremely intoxicated state”.He is said to have performed many miracles whilst alive. His jiva samadhi site is briefly mentioned in ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahamsa Yogananda
Every year in Nerur and Manamadurai, music festivals are conducted in His honor.

In Manamadurai his samadhi is located at the Somanathar temple, which was identified by Sri Sivan SAR, Purvashrama Bratha (Brother) of the Paramacharya of Kanchi.

Sri Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrusimha Bharati, pontiff of the Sringeri Saradha Peetham had visited Nerur and composed two slokas in praise of Sri Sadasiva Bramhendra – Sadasivendra Stava and Sadasivendra Pancharatna.

PLEASE LISTEN TO ONE OF SADASIVA BRAHMENDRAL’S FAMOUS SONG WITH MEANING :

 

 

 

 

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!