The 67th Acharya adorned the Sri Kamakoti Peetam for seven days. Having served his Guru during his illness, he unexpectedly contracted the illness as well and attained siddhi after seven days. Before attaining siddhi, in accordance with his Guru’s wishes he took a mental sankalpa appointing young Swaminathan as the next Peetathipathi. Swaminathan was later formally initiated into the sanyas ashram. This holy event took place on the second Wednesday of the lunar month of Maasi in the Prabhava year (February 13, 1907) when he was just 13 years old. He took the name of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswathi and became the 68th Shankaracharya to grace the Sri Kamakoti Peetam. An incident happened before Swamigal took sanyas which was an unforgettable and heart warming in nature. It is not an ordinary task to take upon one self the discipline of an ascetic with restrictions on food, rigors of religious schedule, daily pujas and meditation at such an early age of 13. The mother and father could not bear to let ther most lovable son take up grueling lifestyle of a sannyasi nor could they bear to part him. On the other hand, the mutt’s administrators were persuading them to give their permission saying “When you have three other sons, what is your hesitation to give up one son for the sake of goodness of this world and to bless the devotees and followers of this mutt? They were perturbed and could not come to a conclusion immediately. At this time, Swaminathan prostrated to them and politely said “Please do not hesitate. I have the complete blessing of my Gurunathar and I will preserve this. Please give your permissions wholeheartedly”.
There is no doubt that his words melted his parents hearts and made them give their approval for the change but never saw him again. Swaminathan who was transformed to appear like Adi Sankara with shaved head, kamandalu, saffron robes and staff was never seen by his parents. Traditionally relatives keep their distances from sannyasis as they are required to give up all emotional attachments. We wonder if our Swamigal’s parents were proud of their son for taking up the task of eradicating the sorrows of the people of this world or if they were miserable that they cannot see their own son while the rest of the world praises and adores him. But one thing was certain. In future, whenever somebody came up to them and enquired about Swamigal, both of maintained silence.
My mother with myself and other children started to Kalavai to console her sister on her son assuming sanyas ashram. We travelled by rail to Kanchipuram and halted at Sankaracharya Mutt there. I had my ablutions at the Kumara-Kosa Thirtha. A carriage of the Mutt had come there from Kalavai with persons to buy articles for the Maha Pooja on the 10th day after the passing away of the late Acharya Paramaguru. But one of them, a hereditary Maistri of the Mutt, asked me to accompany him. A separate cart was engaged for the rest of the family to follow me. During our journey, the maistri hinted to me that I might not return home and that the rest of my life might have to be spent in the mutt itself. At first I thought that my elder cousin having become the head of the mutt, it might have been his wish that I was to live with him. I was then only 13 years of age and so I wondered as to what use I might be to him in the institution.
"The Antidote to Sorrow”
If we think deeply about the several reasons we may find that all of them are true. It is certain that the original cause is only the deeds of our previous birth. That alone brings about several results. Rain is only one but how many things result from it. The earth becomes wet, small insects start flying. The frogs start making noise. Some plants took more green and show fresh life, while some others perish. All these follow from one thing i.e. rain. In the same manner, Karma is the cause for the disease which has to be cured by chanting of manthras or through astrological remedies or through medical science. In life there are several other problems apart from disease. Problems which have to be tackled with money power or official status or physical strength by using intelligence etc., are countless. The cause for these problems and sufferings is only karma. According to science any effect must have a cause.
For all the occurrences in the universe the only cause is the Great Power (Parashakthi). It is according to the directions of the Lord that the world operates. He creates a relationship between several things. Nothing occurs in this world which is totally unrelated to something. What appears to us to be unrelated are intrinsically related by the Lord, who then enjoys just looking on. The deed of a person and its effect are the prime reason for the joys and sufferings of human life. The movement of planets, offence to gods, diseases etc., are secondary reasons. One may seek remedy through horoscope or magical chants or through medical treatment. When the effect of the past deeds gets exhausted then these remedies will give the beneficial effect.
3. Mahaperiyava Miracles
Discovery of Atma-bhodendral Adhistanam by Mahaperiyva
Before we read the miracle we should know about who is Atma Bodhendral. The details of which are given below.
Sri Atma Bodhendra Saraswati (1586 – 1638)
Discovery of Atma-bhodendral Adhistanam
In the year 1926 while on padayatra Mahaperiyava was crossing Vizhupuram. Periyava got a divine call and suddenly entered a Village called “Vadavambalam” along with his sishyas. Mahaperiyava then enquired the elderly people in that village whether they know about any Sannyasi who lived in that village? Unfortunately no one was aware of any such sannyasi. However one old person in the crowd came forward and told Periyava that he heard that some few hundred years back there lived a Sannyasi who later attained samadhi in that Village but unfortunately there is no trace available currently about the exact place where the Sannyasi attained Samadhi.
One Kumaramangalam Sambamoorthy Shastrigal was supervising the activity. When the digging was in progress suddenly there was a huge crying voice from Sambamoorthy Shastrigal “Don’t Dig…. Don’t Dig” and fell unconscious on the filed. The sishya who was was digging shocked and stopped digging. He then gave water to Shastrigal who woke up to reality after a long gap. Shastrigal then told the following which is breathtaking.
· Kanchimahanin Karunai Nizhalil – Ananda Vikadan Publications
· Voice of God – Volume – 1 – Kanchi Mahaswami Peetarohana Shatabdi Trust