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With a great sadness I want to share that HH Swaminatha Indra Saraswathi Swamigal (“Shri Balu Swamigal”) reached the Lotus feet of Sri MahaPeriyava today.
Royapuram Balu fondly called as “Balu Mama” has served Sri MahaPeriyava for many many years. Our eyes can’t skip the sight of Shri Balu Mama (in Purvaasharama) in most of the pictures of Sri MahaPeriyava. That symbolizes his journey with MahaPeriyava for decades and decades. He has been one of the Shiva Ghanas in human body serving our Periyava who is Saksat Parameshwaran.
One can create a separate blog for anukka thondars like Sri Balu Swamigal for their kainkaryams to Mahaswami. His selfless service to Mahaswami is beyond words. I still recollect when I met Him for the first time. He was the one who blessed me with Mahaswami’s padhukas through Shivaraman. A friend of mine from Chicago who brought those Holy padhukas to Chicago. It was a very rare coincidence of having all 4 of us in the same room couple of years back. I still remember the conversation with Him that night.
I was supposed to meet Him in December and bought a blanket for Him. Due to floods, my trip got canceled. I was hopeful to give it to Him next time when I meet Him. It is evident that I am not blessed for that! The red blanket is still with me!
We are indebted to Sri Balu Swamigal for his kind anugraham and given lots of his experiences with us through interviews etc.
Let us pray Mahaperiyava and Balu Swamigal to bless us with a bakthi and an opportunity to serve Mahaswami in whatever way we could!
Hara Hara Sankara Jaya Jaya Sankara!