Who is London Swaminathan- 7, Personal Meetings with Shankaracharyas (10,354)

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Post No. 10,354

Date uploaded in London – –   18 NOVEMBER  2021         

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Though we had the darshan of Sringeri Mahasannidhanam and Kanchi Shankaracharyas several times from a distance, we brother’s met them personally a few times only.  My father V Santanam, News Editor, Dinamani, was close to all Sadhu Sanyasins. We invited Sringeri Mahasannidhanam to our house for Pada Puja and he blessed us all. When he stayed in Madurai, we all go to his daily puja at the Kalyana Mandapa inside Meenakshi temple. In those days the temple was less crowded, and anyone can walk in at any time. We brothers were interested in the Veda Parayana at the end of his daily Puja. We used to go with Veda Sukta texts and follow the 30 to 40 Vedic pundits there during recitation.

Swamiji Krishna of Ayakkudi near Tenkasi used to tell us

‘You must believe in only two Swamijis-  Kanchi Shankaracharya and Sringeri Shankaracharya’. We brothers nodded our heads ritually and faithfully to acknowledge his advice. But he won’t leave us there. Repeat what I said, he would command us.

Then all of us in chorus would say

‘We must believe only two Shankaracharyas in the world -Kanchi and Sringeri.

Swmiji Krishna wouldn’t stop there. He would sarcastically say

‘For Santanam, that is my dad, all that is white is milk. He would go to all Samiyars/saints!

That is very true. I already wrote about the fraudulent Sanyasins who my father believed. He can be fooled easily . The moment you say something about GOD he would believe you and do extra mileage to support you.

Swamiji Krishna used to boast, ‘Kanchi Paramacharya would send all the people who wanted to know about Ganapathi’to me.

He was a Brahmachari who did Ganapathi Homam from his young age and developed miraculous powers. I would write separately about the miracles we witnessed. Even before V V Giri became the Governor of Kerala and later President of India he used to frequent Ayakkudi, a small village.

Coming back to the darshan of Kanchi Shankaracharya, we three brothers met him somewhere in Andhra Pradesh. One of my brothers was in a dilemma regarding becoming an R S S Pracharak. So after having mottai, shaving and offering all his hair, to Lord Balaji, he went there with two of us. But there were transport problems. We went to Kalahasti and tried to take train at Renigunta . There was heavy rain and we are choked in water. We threw away all the bus tickets from Kalahasti to Renigunta?

We brothers jumped through different carriages and crossed railway lines illegally. A police man who watched us caught us and asked to follow him to the station. We begged and begged telling him all our sufferings because of transport problems. He asked us to give some proof. Each one looked at another and blinked. We told him the truth. We threw away all the used tickets. But lack of evidence made us big suspects.

Following to all gods we know of and all swamijis we heard of somehow, he released us without any charge. Probably we would have told the police that we are on our way to see Kanchi Shankaracharya.

Honestly, I don’t remember it now.

We came to the camp of Sri Paramacharya. He gave us immediate audience when we told his ‘Parivara Devatas’ that ‘We are the Sons of Great V Santanam’. That worked well. We were taken to Him. We sought his blessings. My brother slowly opened the subject and asked whether he could become an R S S Pracharak.

Shankaracharya said emphatically “If You have STRONG conviction, you may do it.

The way Swamiji emphasised the word STRONG made my brother to take a negative decision. All this happened at least 45 years ago.

After coming to London in 1987 I had an occasion to visit Kanchipuram and had the darshan of Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Sarasvati . I asked him what should be my research topic for PhD:

Origin of Tamil coins in India and Sri Lanka

Or

Subjects, Language and Style in Kanchi Paramacharya’s lectures.

He said to me not to touch Sri Paramacharya’s talk for research.

I chose the coins for research

Doing doing doing still doing the research.

Probably I would get a Ph D in my next birth!!

The reason may be people who should have supported me did not do it.

I went to another newspaper man, who is a pioneer in coin research and President of Numismatic Society etc. My intention was to get his blessings. But he became red faced when I said to him, I am registering myself for coin research at the University of London (Department of Archeology) . He said we have done everything. What else is there for you to do? He said it in raised voice. Then I changed the subject and praised his newspaper and got out of his room.

This happened at the university also where I was teaching Tamil. My Professor happily signed my Ph.D. request letter. But next day I received a letter saying ‘pay 1500 pounds withing 24 hours because the dead line is fast approaching’. I expected a big concession as a Part Time Tutor at SOAS. But my professor told me I have not got enough hours of teaching to qualify for concession. All went against my ambition. All for good! Omnia in bonum! Amen!

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Third meeting

World Hindu Conference was held in Madurai for three days. Though I was Senior Sub Editor in Dinamani, I went as a special correspondent there and covered speeches of Sri Jayendra Sarasvati, King of Nepal and other scholars.

Next day I met Sri Jayendra Sarasvati, Shankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt, I showed him Dinamani news paper and my coverage of the conference. He happily asked me how did the people receive his speech. I told him Dinamani readership is always supportive. The meeting went on for 15 minutes only.

That is all about my personal meeting with Paramacharya and later Sri Jayendra Sarasvati.

Next I will tell you the miracles done by Swamiji Krishna.

(SWAMIJIS, SCHOLARS AND MUSICIANS; SWAMI DAYANANDA SARASVATI MEETING WAS ARRANGED BY ME FIRST TIME. ONLY 75 PEOPLE ATTENDED. DURING HIS NEXT VIST A SWAMINI APPRAOCHED B.V.BHAVAN AND A GOOD CROWD TURNED UP. SWAMI SUKABODHANANDA VISITED LONDON MANY TIMES. CHENNAI DOSA FOUNDER ASOKAN, TREASURER OF LONDON TAMIL SANGAM , USED TO SPONSOR HIM. I PROVIDED AUDIENCE. EVERY TIME TVG VISITED I ARRANGED HIS CONCERT.. SEKKIZAR ADIPPODI DR T N RAMACHANDRAN INAUGURATED OUR WEEKEND TAMIL SCHOOL AT CANONS HIGH SCHOOL IN LONDON )

FUTURE PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN AT No.10 DOWNING STREET; IF RISHI SUNAK AND PRITI PATEL CAN HOLD KEY POSTS IN the MINISTRY, WHY NOT LONDON SWAMINATHAN ?

–subham–

who is lndon swaminathan 7, Shankaracharyas

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  1. Kannan B

     /  November 19, 2021

    Wishes for knocking No.10, Downing Street!!
    B.Kannan
    New Delhi

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