Raghavendra Swami —IS* 32

*Indian Saint 32

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Raghavendra Swami[36] (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.

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Pujyaya Raghavendraya Sathya Dharma Rathayacha Bajatham Kalpa Vrukshaya Namatham Kamadehnave

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Gopala Bhatta Goswami IS 29

Closeup of Vishnu, seated in the lotus position on a lotus. From depiction of the poet Jayadeva bowing to Vishnu, Gouache on paper Pahari, The very picture of devotion, bare-bodied, head bowed, legs crossed and hands folded, Jayadeva stands at left, with the implements of worship placed before the lotus-seat of Vishnu who sits there, blessing the poet.

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 SARASWATHY- I S 27

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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.

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CHINMAYANANDA SARASWATHY IS 25.

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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!

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ALAUL HAQ PANDAVI -IS 24

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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..

 

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Chandrashekarendra Saraswati – IS 22

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Chandrashekarendra Saraswati (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994)

Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal
Born as  Swaminathan on twentieth May, Eighteen Ninety Four
And attained siddhi on Eighth January nineteen ninety four
Reverentially called the Sage of Kanchi or Mahaperiyava
The sixty eighth Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.
Mahaperiyava’s discourses in fact, magnum opus based on Hindu
Philosophy titled – “Deivathin Kural”was indeed great
Kanchi peetam established by Adi Sankara in person-

At the age of eleven on ascending the Peetam ,Acharya
Visited Thanjavur- big people used to call on him,
Being a Fellow of Theosophical Society he was,
My grand father one of the leading High Court Advocates did not.
Despite Acharya’s desire to meet, he budged not!
Acharya said , if NKR Iyer* is not coming, he would go to
Nagari Mahal and meet my grand father. At last Shri NKR Iyer agreed
On condition when calls on Acharya, he will not sit on the ground,
Nor bow to Acharya and so on. Acharya agreed and arranged
For a chair to NKR Iyer. Young Acharya, by his wisdom and intelligence
Made my grand father revise his resolve and he bowed to Acharya
And the Peetam in the traditional practice! Greatness of Acharya
Jagat Guru indeed is great as all know. Acharya in nineteen sixty three
At Akkagaripeta described to me this event-though I knew earlier!
On this holy and auspicios ADI FRIDAY, let us seek HIS grace!

 

Nagari Mahal is the name of the  house where he lived.

_* NKR Iyer referred to is  Shri N K Ramaswami Iyer B A B L F.T.S High court Vakil and also a staunch Congress member in 1941  who was my father’s father!__________________________________________________________________________________                          Register of Delegates, Indian National Congress, Madras, 1914.

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49 Madras Madras Provincial  Committee  N. K. Ramaswami Aiyar, B.A.B.L; Tanjore

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Kanchi Shankara Mutt established by Adi Sankara whose 68th Peetadhipathi was Chandrashekarendra Saraswati.

SRI AUROBINDO – IS 21

 

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Sri Aurobindo (15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950)

When my better half was alive till  twenty second July in Two Thousand Fourteen
She found solace, at her brother’s instance, for woes in  faith in a great Saint
Sri Aurobindo of Auroville-Pondicherry and used to visit quite a few times
He indeed a great Saint who attracted disciples from different countries!

Sri Aurobindo Ghose born on Fifteenth August Eighteen Seventy Two and alive
Till fifth December Nineteen Fifty- philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nice
Nationalist joining Indian movement for independence from British rule,
For a while was an influential leader who became a spiritual reformer pure,
Introducing his visions on human progress and spiritual evolution.

Studied for the Indian Civil Service at King’s College, Cambridge, England
Took up  civil service works under the maharaja of the princely state of Baroda
And became increasingly involved in nationalist politics and  revolutionary
Movement in Bengal. arrested in the aftermath of a number of bomb outrages
Linked to his organisation, but in a public trial where he faced charges of treason
Could be convicted and imprisoned only for writing articles against British rule.
Was released , following the murder of a prosecution witness.
In the jail, he had mystical and spiritual experiences,  moved to Pondicherry.

Leaving politics for spiritual work. developed the spiritual practice – Integral Yoga.
Central theme of his vision was the evolution of human life into a life divine.
Believed in spiritual realisation that  liberated man and transformed nature,
Enabling a divine life on earth. In Nineteen Twenty Six, with  his spiritual disciple
Known to us today as “The Mother”, founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Auroville!

As a person of letters,he wrote The Life Divine, which deals with  aspects of
Integral Yoga; Synthesis of Yoga, which deals with guidance to Integral Yoga;
And Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol,epic poem. Thousands stay in Auroville and Spend their lives in nobility which is Divinity. We invoke HIS grace and blessings!

 

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Aurobindo Ashram at Auroville