In the footsteps of Sankara – Illustrated Weekly 1981

First, my sincere thanks to Shri Kannan mama from Ambathur, who contacted me about this rare book that he has been preserving for a long time and handed over to me by personally coming to my place during my stay in India. My sincere thanks to you, mama….

Here is the link of this in pdf (after enhancing the images/text for better readability)- Thanks to one of our readers for doing this…

Scribd Link is here

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The article was written by Shri R.G.K. Although these initials seem familiar, I am not sure about the author. However, his/her English is absolutely classy – rich choices of words and very carefully written to ensure there is not a slip while writing about Periyava. After reading such a great editorial English, I can see how much of an insult I do to public writing !!
Also the Queen’s experience (“Visit to the Sage”)  in her own words is so real – it is always interesting to westerner’s observation of our culture, environment etc – she has done a great job of narrating them so precisely.











Categories: Bookshelf, Devotee Experiences

22 replies

  1. Dear,
    My Hearty Thanks for all this postings. I have no words to say about my feelings, about this site. i am reqularly reading the posts which are posting in this site. My heart full thanks to the concern who is doing this great service to Pamara’s like me.

    Hara Hara Shankara…Jaya Jaya Shankara…

  2. I would like to have the two original articles of Aug 1963 referred by Sri Ratna Prasad . I have also converted the images of RGK article of 13-19 Sep 1981 into a pdf for ease of reading and portability .How to upload the same here ?

  3. Thanks very much. Have been safeguarding the original magazine the last few decades. It continues to be a source of inspiration.

  4. Thanks for the outstanding post.
    RGK was a wonderful writer in the Illustrated Weekly.
    He has written several articles on Hinduism but this one on Maha Periavaa is the crest-jewel of them all.

  5. There are two articles published In Illustrated weekly of India during the month of August 1963 on the name of Sri sankaracharya Speaks in two parts . I am having the original copy of second part published in the Weekly on 18 th August 1963. I am in search of the first part. Can any body help me in connecting the both parts so that I can connect and share with the others of this great interview by Editor of Illustrated Weekly Sri A S Raman who is also a great devotee of Mahaswamy.


    Ratna Prasad

  6. RGK mama and mami are no more. Mama translated the relevant sections of Daivattin Kural and it was published by Bhavans as Hindu Dharma. He has also published the Soundaryalahari – a compilation of Mahaperiyavals speeches on the subject and the Guru tradition, again containing the relevant excerpts from Daivattin Kural. He was a gifted writer who was lucid in English, Sanskrit and Tamil. He did all this as Mahaperiyaval’s utharavu.

  7. I remember, in my bachelor ship days I saw this magazine in the Guwahati Railway station stall and immediately bought it and went through the contents. Though this magazine is no more in print now, thanks for the nice posting.

  8. very fortunate to read the article.Indeed it is a precious collection/thanks to kannan mama.It is the ever best issue of Illustrated weekly as Kushwant Singh Chief Editor.kns

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  10. Great article about Sri Periyava

    What a great description about Sri Periyava in the following paragraph.

    Intensely Human

    It is remarkable that this saint who is a samnyasin twice since he relinquished his pitha is intensely human. This jivanmukta can laugh and joke with you. He delights in trivialities that means nothing to him but means so much to you. he wants to know all about you and your family because to rise you up he first descends to your own plane of existence. He exists on many levels and he exists on all levels at the same time and he exits beyond all levels existence.

    You discover a meaning in every little act of his. A syllable casually uttered, a glance, a smile, a gesture; all these acquire a timelessness and you remember them and constantly discover a fresh beauty and a meaning in them. In his presence you ego is banished, all pettinesses are forgotten. And, for a brief moment, the moment taken by a bee to flap its wings, you perhaps realise what it is to know the Brahman even if you have not known it. It is the feeling you have of being a particle of a ocean or of the ocean being the particle.

    (what is the meaning of the first sentence in the first para above?)

    The author how accurately described about Sri Periyava

    We are all blessed to have lived during the presence of Sri Periyava

    Sri Periyava Saranam

  11. Great article and such an old one. RGK or R. Gopal Krishna, the Senior Assistant Editor of the now defunct The Illustrated Weekly of India wrote this article with great devotion to Maha Periyava, Such a great treasure for Magha Periyava Devotees. Thanks for sharing. Great service. To know about RGK who is no more, Please check with these links:

    Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara!

    • RGK was a brilliant writer who was also a connoisseur of Carnatic Music. He had written a great article which also had excellent photographs on MDR whose music he almost venerated. If anyone has this article pl upload. Thanks.

  12. yes those were the days when periava was in miraj,sangli, ugarkhurd,etc. and then went to satara the most memorable trips when quite too many lumanaries visited. RGK (If i remember right it is R,Gopalakrishnan, a great writer who contributed to the illustrated weekly of India when Kushwant sing was there)has written a wonderful article though my memories fail me about this. i am glad you have done this great job, though i was very sanguine you would do it when you mentioned it to me during your visit.

  13. Remarkable article.JAYA JAYA SANKARA HARA HARA SANKARA !!

  14. The author of the article in Weekly is RGK
    His full name is Sri R Gopalakrishan native of Palghat, I believe.
    He was an ardent devotee of HH Mahaperiva. RGK’s articles in Times and Weekly had huge following, especially from Madrasis who loved his pristine English. He used to write articles featured under ‘Anti Column’ in TOI. He was the translator of Periva’s speeches/Tamil articles in English which Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan later published in a large volume.

  15. This copy was also with me.RGK had a very good darshan and Mahaperiyava even enquired about his subsect and traced his origin to Irinjalaguda,Kerala otherwise called as Koodal Manickam Kshetra where there is a temple to Bharatha. It revived lots of nostalgic memories in me as at that time Mahaperiyava was in Satara

  16. Thanks so much Mahesh . Wonderful scan !

  17. II am having this Illustrated Weekly… my rare collections……When my wife was reading the article , she
    quipped we have this Illustrtrated weekly… I searched my book shelf and immediately landed on it.
    Think of Maha Periyava….He is there. Besides Mahaperiyava, there are also reports with color photos of
    HH Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swami’s visit to Guruvayur.. En naatirkum Iraiva potri….
    Kamala & Vedanarayanan, Pune.

  18. Dear Mahesh,

    Thanks a million for sharing this treasure. Although most of us have read all these before from the pens of the virtuous devotees like Ra.Ganapathy anna, Bharaneetharan and others, it was nice reading them from another person, who is not ‘known’ to be a staunch devotee of MahaPeriava.

    Thanks again.

  19. Jaya Jaya Shankara!

    From what I have heard and learnt about Queen Frederika of Greece, His Holiness blessed on her the pure knowledge of the Self. Similar to the experiences people had with Sri Ramana Maharishi,the queen was blessed to have deeper meditative states of awareness, and finally the knowledge of advaita. We can deduce some of the experiences from her writings even in this article.


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