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But the day has a special significance to me as it was on this day in the year NINETEEN SIXTY ONEas a final year college student in Alagappaa CVollege, Karaikudi that I stopped taking tea/coffee!!



NO KAPHY- Totally a tea to-taller!!!!!

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Taking coffee or tea  is not bad; yet not taking coffee or tea has its own significance and advantage. Here is an account of how I said “Good Bye to coffee” exactly 60 years ago  on the Sankaranthi day in the year 1961. This was published in the CENTENARY SOUVENIR brought out fifteen years ago on the occasion of Centenary Celebrations of Maha purusha His Holiness Chandra Sekara Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham       

  Good Bye to Coffee!

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HH Mahaperiyava Chandrasekarendhra Saraswathi

A spiritual leader of the highest order, who came down to mundane world of things and as ‘obiter dictum’, dwelling on a subject for a few minutes made an addict to coffee / tea till nineteen years of age ,turn into a teetotaler ,in its strictest meaning!

Yes. His Holiness Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal who adorned the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam for 87 years, was a beacon light of spirituality and devotion, an embodiment of grace and simplicity and an incarnation of love and compassion. It was that great spiritual leader who brought about the change.

I was one of the few hundreds of devotees, who had the good fortune of having heard him on that divine evening, towards the end of December 1960 at Karaikudi ( Tamilnadu ), where I was doing my final year of graduation. His Holiness, while delivering His Anugraha bashan for about an hour ,descended to the mundane matter like the people getting into the habit of taking coffee / tea and described how the habit affects the individual, family and society!

While dealing with this topic for about ten minutes He emphatically made it clear that the perceived benefit of taking coffee is not based on scientific basis and in fact it brings more woes than benefits. He was lamenting how the present day society has fallen into the habit and even the poor who can not afford to go in for coffee, borrow and drink even though they have no rice to eat. Coffee, in the name of modern civilization is taken in the bed even without brushing the teeth!

He went on quoting the case of a factory engaging 1000 workers – taking a couple of cups of coffee a day- waste about 4000 man minutes! He was expressing His anguish as to how and when the good sense will prevail in the people and give up the habit in their own
interest and that of the family and the society.

This made a deep impact on me and I decided to give up coffee / tea immediately but bid good-bye on the Sankaranthi / Pongal day of 1961 and to this day, when I have crossed 80, I have not sipped a spoon of coffee or tea, even though I had to spend a few years in places like Ooty in Tamilnadu or Bikaner in Rajasthan, where the mercury touches at times as low as 0 or -1 / -2!

I could experience the efficacy of not falling a prey to the habit when I was in Audit and Inspection department of a nationalized Institution for about four years. During that period I had to go to different States of the country on tour. In some of the places in the interest of economy, we, a team of three or four used to stay in the R and B bungalows where coffee/tea may not be available when one needs!!!!
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With this we end this Pongal Post!

How and Why to Give Up Coffee - Kristen Hewitt
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