Coming to the guru here, Brahmasri Vengalathur Mani Ganapadigal is nearing 90 and started learning Vedas since he was 5. Due to his very large family size, he ended up spending a lot of his early days at Kanchi mutt and have a great Bhakthi to Mahaperiyava. It seems that he is very popular in Chennai area. He enjoys great respect from other pundits.. Unlike lot other commercially driven people, mama has been teaching Vedas to kids for free – this has been going on for a very long time….But he doesn’t accept students easily and he is very picky in that process. I took this as a great opportunity to clarify some doubts etc and do a namaskaram….
Only when watching how advanced they are in learning Vedas, I realize how many years I’ve wasted and feel so little in front of those kids….This doesn’t mean that all Brahmin kids in India are like this….Not at all….In fact I know several kids there who dont even do Nithya karma…only when you live outside of India, you know the value of such thing….