*Indian Saint 32
Raghavendra Swami (1595 – 1671)
Among the great Indian Hindu Saints gifted by our holy
Barata Matha, one is Srī Rāghavēndra Tīrtha born in
Fifteen Ninety Five and reached HIS feet in Sixteen Seventy one
Hindu scholar, theologian and saint. known asSudhā Parimaḷācārya
His diverse commentaries on the works of Madhva, Jayathirtha
And Vyasatirtha, interpretation of the Principal Upanishads as a Dwaithic
And a treatise on Purva Mimamsa. served as the pontiff of
Shri Kumbakonam Matha- Raghavendra Matha for half a decade.
An accomplished player of the Veena , composed several songs
Under the name of Venu Gopala. His shrine is at Mantralayam.
He was born as Venkatanatha in the town of Bhuvanagiri, Tamil Nadu
In a Kannada family of musicians and scholars. great-grandfather
Krishna Bhattar a tutor to Vijayanagara king Krishnadevaraya
His father Timman Acharya scholar and musician.
Venkatanatha was ordained as a monk in Sixteen Twenty one
After death of Sudhindra Tirtha in Sixteen Twenty Three
Succeeded him as the pontiff the mutt and became
Raghavendra Tirtha.took a pilgrimage to Udupi, Kolhapur and Bijapur.
And settled down in Mantralayam, presented by the Governor of Adoni.
Pujyaya Raghavendraya Sathya Dharma Rathayacha Bajatham Kalpa Vrukshaya Namatham Kamadehnave
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Gopala Bhatta Goswami (1503–1578)
South and North, West and East-equal for Mother India for her grace
Great Saints and Seers- of Hindu or Sufi gifted for the peace and joy
Of all the children of Bharatha Matha! We are grateful to you Mother.
Born in a Sri vaishnava family of Tamil Iyengar origin in Srirangam, Tamilnadu.
Gopala bhatta goswami was a great devotee of Laxmi-Narayana
Born in Fifteen Hundred and Three and lived upto Fifteen Seventy Eight
The foremost disciples of the Vaishnava saint,Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,
and a leading figure in the Gaudiya Vaishnava school
A part of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan, who influenced its philosophical basis .
His first meeting with Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was in fifteen hundred and ten
During Mahaprabhu’s tour of South India. At young age he met Chaitanya
And served him for some months.Such was his love for the saint, that when
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was about to leave,Gopala Bhatta became upset,
And for his sake, Chaitanya agreed to stay a few more days.
He had a spiritual vision where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu revealed Himself
As an avatar of Krishna, the supreme God.In the vision Krishna told him that
In the town of Vrindavan He would meet two devotees, Rupa and Sanatana.
Goswami who would guide in the finer details of devotional service .
Gopala Bhatta wanted to leave for Vrindavan at once,
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu told him to stay and serve his parents.
After Chaitanya’s departure, Gopal Bhatta took guidance from his uncle
Prabhodananda Sarasvati. Gopal Bhatta took care of his parents in their old age,
After their death he went to Vrindavana. and met Rupa and Sanatana .
They accepted him as a brother. Gopal Bhatta helped Sanatana
Compile the book Hari Bhakti Vilasa. Let us invoke his grace and blessings.
Dayananda Saraswati (Ärsha Vidya) (15 August 1930 – 24 September 2015)
Of the great Indian Saints and Seers gifted by our Holy
Mother BHarathamatha, Dayananda Saraswati born
In Tamilnadu indeed was a great Gita exponent-prime
Disciple of Chinmayananda Saraswati of Chinmaya Mission.
Manjakkudi village in the then Thanjavur district is Swamiji’s
Birth took place in Nineteen Thirty. Yes;he was known as “Natarajan”
In his ‘purvashrama’ starting his career as a Steno in the Lucas group.
in Chennai.Attracted by Gita and teachings joined Chinmaya Mission.
On the lines of his Guru Chinmayanandaji he propagated
The message of Gita through his Gita Gnana Yagnas in English
All through India and countries several away. Founded his
Arsha Vidya Peetam in Aanaikatti in Coimbatore District.
Among the great Saints and Seers gifted by our Mother Bharathamatha
Across the North and South, East and West, great lady Saints are many
One was in the deep South in Tamilnadu in a holy place called
Srivilliputtur! We have to be reverentially remember!
Andal or Godadevi only female Alvar among the twelve
Alvar saints of South India. known for their devotion
To the Srivaishnava tradition of Hinduism. Born to Periyalvar
A great Alwar being worshipped by all devotees all over.
A great Saint she is, out of sincere devotion to Lord Vishnu
She wrote epical THIRUPPAVAI having thirty songs sung in the
Early morning of December middle to January middle in every temple
Home and school waking up the Lord and bless the whole world!
Thiruppavai and Nachiar Tirumozhi are her great and noble
Thoughts enshrined in these religious literature for all to read
Sing, Chant and invoke HIS blessings and her grace for peace and
Harmony in the society and the world! Let us learn and recite.
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Chinmayananda Saraswati (8 May 1916 – 3 August 1993)
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive but to be young was very heaven
To be the Secretary of Chinmaya Mission Thanjavur was indeed a bliss
At the young age of twenty two-it was all HIS blessings still green memories!
Attended Geeta Gnana Yagnas-great spiritual experience and hence the bliss!
More than Geeta- MY six thirty means six thirty neither six twenty nine
Nor Six thirty one! My eight means neither seven fifty nine nor eight zero one!
Such a punctualist to the core not to come across any longer
My refrain in my training classes used to be a subject of discussion on this
With a quiz “Can you tell me a Barrister turned spiritual head?”
As a clue poorvashrama name started with ‘B sanyashrana name started with ‘C”!
Chinmayananda Saraswati born as Balakrishna Menon born on Eight May
Ninteen Sixteen- and entered God’s feet on Third August Nineteen Ninety Three
A Barrister at Law turned spiritual leader and a teacher who inspired the
Formation of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organisation,
And spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual system of thought
Found in the Upanishads, which epitomise the philosophical teachings of Vedas.
Swami taught Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other ancient Scriptures
For four decades and more, led a global Hindu spiritual Cultural renaissance
And popularised the religion’s esoteric scriptural texts, teaching them in English
All across India and abroad His greatness indeed! Had the pleasure af attending ..
Inspired formation of Chinmaya Mission program by his disciples
And led by him, a spiritual, educational, and charitable nonprofit organization
In more than three hundred centres in India and internationally. authored
Ninety five works including commentaries on the major Upanishad and Gita.
Visiting professor of Indian philosophy at American and Asian universities-
Conducted university lecture tours in many countries. India’s greatest son!
Alaul Haq Pandavi
Great and kind gifts of the Almighty-Omnipotent, Omniscient
Omnipresent to our Motherland Saints and Seers of all religions
Society would have been impoverished spiritually, morally
And ethically but for the guidance and nobility of the Saints!
Among such Saints and Seers of religions here is one Sufi Saint
Shaikh Alaul Haq Pandavi a thirteenth Century eminent saint of Bengal
Belonging to the Chisti spiritual order. disciple of another prominent
Chishti Sufi of Bengal Khwaja “Akhi Siraj Aainae Hind”
His major shrine at Pandua Sharif Dargah, of the ruined city of “Pandua, Malda”
Alaul Haq Pandavi an erudite saint who served as a member of the elite in
The government of Shamsuddin Ilyas Shah, the Sultan of Bengal.
Two of his notable disciples are his son Shaikh Noor Qutbe Alam Pandavi
And the illustrious Sufi saint Ashraf Jahangir Semnani His URS- is
Observed on the Twenty third, fourth and twenty fifth Rajab in Sharif Dargah..