WRITTEN BY R. NANJAPPA                        

Post No. 8381

Date uploaded in London – – – 22 July 2020   

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                                                   R. Nanjappa


Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni, whom Bhagavan addressed as ‘Nayana’ out of regard for his learning and accomplishments, was a strong believer in and advocate of Mantra upasana. He once told Bhagavan that he was telling the highest truth to everyone regardless of their qualifications and that it would be better if people were first taught simpler methods like puja japa, etc. Bhagavan replied that he could teach only what he knew personally! But this question he has answered in the first few verses of Upadesa Saram!

Lessons in daily life


Whatever may be the spiritual instruction, there were certain worldly lessons that he always imparted, but in his own subtle way, not using words at all!

The first thing that one noticed about Bhagavan was how scrupulously clean he was, in his person and  habits. He was of course simple in what he wore! We worldly people cannot go to that extent, but there is great scope for

greater simplicity in what we wear!  In the old photographs of the Asramam, we notice how simple those people were who came to see Bhagavan! The Classical Tamil texts speak of how man just needs to eat what his stomach would hold and two pieces of cloth (vunbadu naazhi, vuduppavai irandae-உண்பது நாழி, உடுப்பவை இரண்டேPurananooru) 

The Beautiful Form of Boundless Bliss!

(Ellai illada paerinba ezhil vadivu! -Sri Muruganar)

எல்லை இல்லாத பேரின்ப எழில்வடிவு

தொல்லமரர் காணாத் துரீயச் சுடர்வடிவு!

Bhagavan as he used to sit in the ‘old hall”
Another famous Welling portrait. 

Avoid Waste

Bhagavan completely avoided wastage in anything he used or did. He was very particular on the point of avoiding wastage. When he used to work in the kitchen, he would use every possible part of the vegetable. South Indians would normally throw away stem from Brinjal, but Bhagavan would use that too- he had his own recipe. He would use the peelings of vegetables too. Once, some one had given the asramam a large supply of brinjal. Bhagavan was away, and the kitchen volunteers quietly removed the stems and buried them, hoping to avoid notice by Bhagavan. But was Bhagavan to be fooled? On his walk, he found a spot freshly dug up and covered! He became curious and on enquiry found out that it was where they had buried the stems! He had them dug out, got them cleaned and used them!

But there were occasions when he was strict when his instructions were not followed and things wasted. He never wasted food. Whatever was left over in the evening would be put to some use the next morning. Once, the elderly Brahmin ladies working in the kitchen felt that it was somewhat polluting or less pure or clean ( ‘Madi’) to use some left over item-it would detract from their “acharam”. They did not use them. When Bhagavan came to know it, he didn’t say anything but stopped going to the kitchen! Nothing on earth could persuade him to go back! Thus the practice of many years, when he had been the head worker in the kitchen, came to an end! The poor workers lost an opportunity to be with Bhagavan early in the morning, observing his work and listening to his conversations! Bhagavan would never tolerate wastage!

Consideration for trees and plants

Once when the workers came to collect the mangoes from the trees, he found them removing many leaves also. And something more annoying! They were beating the branches with sticks to make the mangoes fall. Bhagavan got visibly upset and had it stopped. He said the tree was giving us mangoes and was this the way to show our gratitude?

Once on a griripradakshina, with a party as usual, they came to a spot where there was some beautiful flower tree, full of flowers in full bloom. One lady could not resist the temptation and started collecting a very large number of the flowers. Bhagavan got annoyed and said sharply: ‘Yes, yes! Pluck every thing and make it bare! It is you who planted it! You watered it and protected it! And now take all the flowers!’

to be continued


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