Author: RamaNi ANNA
Source: Sakthi Vikatan issue dated Sep 15, 2008
Type: magazine, fortnightly, Tamil
Publisher: Viketan Publications
One Friday, midday time. In Sringeri, Jagadguru SriSriSri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Maha Sannidhanam, finishing his s, and after the was over, sat in (privacy) and was conversing with the MaTham disciples.
The students studying in Veda PAThashAlAs in Tirunelveli, Madurai and Ramanathapuram that had Sringeri as their Guru PiTham had then come there to have darshan of Sri SharadambaL and the Jagadguru. SwamigaL had directed them to stay for some days and then return home. Those students also were listening to SwamigaL's conversation.
The talk then turned about the s (speakers) who give (spiritual expositions). A student called Sankara Subrahmaniyan, of the Veda PAThashAlA, Thallakulam, Madurai got up and prostrated to Jagadguru. Then he said, "About this , I desire to do with Gurunathar, something in my mind." Looking a little up and down at him AchAryAL directed, " (what's it, why not tell me)!"
Forthwith in a low tone he said, "Nothing else GurunathA! These days some s who do leave the (essential truth) and talk much only about other subjects! By this, the gets forgotten, (whereas) the other subjects stay well in memory. We don't get the (satisfaction) of listening to a good ! Is this a shortcoming of those who do the or those who listen to it? Only Maha SwamigaL should favour us with a clarification!"
Others who heard this, said that they too had this doubt. The Jagadguru smiled. Sitting upright in (majesty), he inquired with compassion, "First, have all of you done your (meal)?"
They all rose up, joined palms and said, "Done Swami."
" (happy)", the Jagadguru smiled and continued: "Wherever, whatever we listen to, we should only absorb the good in it and leave the rest. For this, we should do of our mind. Only that is the lofty (personality). Those who do , doing of the time and audience, at the same time without leaving the 'subject', complete it. Only we should absorb from it like the (the swan bird). What, you understand?" he asked and laughed loudly.
His reply created amazement among the disciples. Looking at Jagadguru, they discussed something secretly among them!
A by name Suryanarayanan got up and prostrated to Maha Sannidhanam. Then he asked with (reverential devotion): "A (prayer) to Jagadguru! We all desire to listen to Srimad Ramayanam. Only Jagadguru should show ..." Before he finished, " (why not, very well) we can arrange it. I shall get well-read s (puranic exponents) from Mysore and ask them to narrate it," said SwamigaL.
Hearing this, the s looked at one another with yearning. A named Yagyanarayanan got up hesitantly and prostrated to Jagadguru. Then he beseeched with humility, "To do of Srimad Ramayanam through Jagadguru's (nectarine speech) is our longtime desire. Gurunathar should do ."
SwamigaL went supple. Still, laughing with a rattle and not showing out his feeling, he said, "Oho! So much (bush-beating) only for this?! Let's see, let's see," and went inside. Disappointment for the disciples!
Days passed by. That day was Friday too. The time of (sunset). At Sri SharadambaL's temple, the crowed filled up and swelled. Suddenly... SwamigaL came to have darshan of AmbaaL. It would have been eight o' clock when he came out finishing his darshan! The disciples waiting readily at the temple entrance, on seeing SwamigaL, fell flat and prostrated. AchAryAL stood transfixed.
Looking at them and smiling, he said, " (whatever way, seems you people will not leave me)? Alright, alright. It can be held it as desired by you! Selecting an auspicious day, we shall have the ", and moved away quickly.
That auspicious day too came. It was decided that AchAryAL would do exposition of the Sundara KANDam for seven days. The news, 'Maha Sannidhanam himself is going to do ' spreading, the crowed was heavy. It had just finished drizzling!
Those who had darshan of the Jagadguru who came and sat in on the (wooden plank), felt as if Veda Vyasa Bhagavan himself had come and seated himself. The started in a majestic voice. Half an hour would have passed. SwamigaL halted his suddenly and called an assistant of the MaTham. To him he ordered, "Was to tell you in the beginning itself... forgot! What you do, on my side at a small distance you lay a wooden plank. Spread a silk cloth over it. Then, in a silver plate, keep two guava fruits before the seat. (Quickly)!" His orders were carried out and he continued with his .
The fifth day was also completed. SwamigaL, who elaborated well in a way the students could understand, also explained them the nuances of dharma s.
A student named Venkatesan belonging to the Tirunelveli Veda PAThashAlA came up slowly, prostrated to Jagadguru and said in hesitation, "I have a doubt, Gurudeva."
"What doubt, ask it", said SwamigaL.
He stumbled as he asked: "GurunathA! From the day the was commenced, you ask them to place a plank near you and also keep the guava fruits in a plate before it! Can't understand what is it for..."
Hearing this and laughing rattlingly, AchAryAL said, "Shall tell you, listen... ''--'wherever Sri Rama's greatness is talked about there will readily come Sri Anjaneya Swami' is a belief. Here we recite Srimad Ramayanam itself. So Swami would come certainly? Can we make him stand? He is the 'nava vyAkaraNa pandita'! The is for him to sit on. Then... this is like doing with fruits, (savouries), coffee to a guest who comes to our home. Swami likes (guava fruit) very much. Have understood now?"
Venkatesan nodded yes. Didn't that Deivam (God) know that this tender fruit wasn't clear yet!
Heavy crowd on the sixth day too. Jagadguru completed that day's in a way that moved everyone.
After everyone prostrated to SwamigaL and went away, the PAThashAlA students also, one by one prostrated and moved away. At the last of them was the Tirunelveli PAThashAlA student who prostrated and stood with joined palms. SwamigaL glanced at him with a smile and asked, "What's your full name?"
"Prasanna Venkatesan, GurunathA!"
"Which place is your (native)?", SwamigaL asked.
"A hamlet near Tirunelveli Kadayanallur, GurunathA!"
"What is (your) (father) doing?"
" (Vedic occupation), GurunathA!"