This is to inform our friends that Shri. Ra. Ganapathi has departed our world. The moment of his passing came around 7:30 PM on this auspicious Maha ShivaRatri evening. The family has stated that he was very conscious and aware at the moment of his passing. He started a japam as he started on his way.
He had been well aware of the forthcoming end for the last few days and has shared it with a few people close to him. As many of us are aware, he has written a number of books (over 35) and articles on Satvik matters. His career as we knew it, started with Jaya Jaya Shankara in 1962, which was published as a serial in the weekly, Kalki and was then published as a book. Over 10 in years in Kalki, and over another 25 years as a freelancer, he has written a number of books and articles touching on the life and words of Shri Kanchi Maha Periyava, as also Shri Satya Sai Baba, Shri ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekanada, Sharadamani and Bhakta Meerabai.
He was gifted in the area of music as well and some of his kritis and bhajans have been rendered by reknowned karnatak musicians. Shri Ganapathi never coveted any fame nor material possessions. A number of us have known him to never touch money and have watched his needs and legal obligations being miraculously met over and over for a number of years, long before he had acquired any name recognition.