Excerpts taken from Dr Padma Subramaniam’s speech by Shri Shivaraman.
Peak of bakthi! Role-moel for all of us!
The daughter of the RajaMata (queen) of Greece is now the Queen of Spain. Her name is Sophia. She had aparimita bhakti (limitless devotion) towards Kanchi Periyavar like her mother. The entire Royal family had surrendered to our Periyavar, considering him their divine guru. When the sage was in Uttara Chidambaram Satara for many months, Queen Sophia had come and stayed there for four days and had darshan. When we visited Spain some years after for a dance programme, Queen Sophia called us to her palace. We were immersed in a reception mixed with love and respect.
“How could a Chakravartini (Empress) like you stay in a hotel that did not even have a room with an attached bath?”
“We would even stay in a hut to have darshan of Kanchi Periyavar. I would walk on the street! Only when I have darshan of him, I really live my days. At other times, somehow I just breathe. All this environment is not permanent; only the joy of having his darshan is real and permanent.”
It seemed to me more appropriate to call him JaganMata, rather than JagatGuru!
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