Thanks to Sri BN Mama for the translation.
When Sree Saranar was camping in Chennai for nearly one year and a half, from the 1957 Navarathri , we witnessed and experienced how amazing was this ‘STRENGTH’ of His.
But we should admit that as compared to the ‘Strength’ with which He wandered ,on foot, in forests and hills, in neighbouring states, for four continuous years even at that ripe age, what I am going to mention here is nothing. But then, this writer (Sree Ra.Ganapathy) has only heard and learnt about that ‘Yatra’ (through others). But during that Chennai camp, this fragile self, who got attracted to Him a little before that camp, witnessed and was amazed at the various duties He performed without any rest, and at the ‘Strength’ which supported Him and all that personal experience had etched itself deep in my mind.
Visiting and camping in each and every part of the city, The Saint visited hundreds of organizations; talked to thousands of devotees; chatted with them and poured His Anugraham. What He talked to them, He also spoke during various discourses.
Waking up at the ‘unearthly’ hour of 3 A.M till the following midnight, Sree Saranar, was deeply involved in His daily routine for days, weeks and months on end.
In between, there used to be elaborate Poojas, sitting ( really back breaking sittings, for us also!) for hours together!
We used to wonder how this ‘fragile’ body of His was able to withstand all this!
No ! I think the word withstand is not suitable here as it implies some struggle in managing that tight schedule! But He involves Himself in all those activities with a fountain of enthusiasm. Yes Sirs!! Involvement, Commitment! His is the real meaning of ‘Involvement’, or ‘Commitment’.
Be it a silly matter or a knotty problem, the involvement and commitment He showed in solving each of them that is brought to His attention, has no parallel!
Yes! How much ‘Sakthi’ or ‘Strength’ one should possess to perform this!
It will be a misnomer if we call it ‘Asura Bhalam’ (strength of a demon); we should call it ‘Hanuman Bhalam’ (strength of Sree Hanuman)—the most apt word!
Boundless ability, and utmost Humility, these two opposite poles joined together—- our Mahan is another ‘avatar’ of Sree Hanuman.
During that Chennai camp, it was a day when Sree Acharya was staying in Mambalam.
Plenty of people came that day to seek His Anugraham. After seeing all of them, He also performed the elaborate Pooja. He Himself went to neighbouring area in search of devotees.
Work, work, and work; no rest even after ‘Bikshai’.
Visit to outside places again after the night Pooja. It was 10=30 P.M when He returned to camp; people were waiting with ‘petitions’.
With the pinnacle of patience, Gurunaathar, listened to all of them, gave remedies.
When all the people dispersed, it was 12 midnight!
Did He go to sleep at least then?
Ever in thoughts of Duty! Never ending duty! He said that ‘Development of Dharma is one of His duties, isn’t it? That duty was waiting!
Sree Saranar, who was always thinking about ways of development of Veda Dharma, showed more vigour in that, at that time and was preparing huge plans to prevent its deterioration and save it for the future generation.
That day, Vedic scholar Sri Agnihothram Ramanaujathathacharyar, who was giving untiring service to Veda Dharma development had come to Sree Matam.
At that time (midnight), Sree Saranar had called for him to come and see Him. He started pouring out His thoughts and plans which came out like a fountain, to him.
To be continued………
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