I knew nothing about Sri M until I got a call from a colleague at work – Venky Natarajan. He was living somewhere within US and he called me one day to let me know that he will be in Chicago and wanted to meet me. Normally, all business meetings, I do in Starbucks! Get a good coffee and talk. I suggested a Starbucks but he wanted to meet me at my place to talk about Periyava. I was curious and I gladly welcomed to my place.
He came and did a namaskaram to Mahaperiyava at my puja room. We talked about general topics about my workplace and general enquiries..Then he mentioned about how he got to know about Mahaperiyava through the blog and started reading – not just him but his wife also. He is lot into practicing kriya yoga. At that point, he mentioned about Sri M. I asked “Who?”. He gave me a small intro about Sri M and mentioned about his background, his training with Himalayan masters, his guru and his principles etc. He also mentioned about his upcoming padha yatra from Kashmir to kanyakumari where Venky was planning to accompany Sri M. Venky was going to give up his job for this yatra. That made me wonder how serious he is about his guru etc. Before he left, he mentioned about Sri M’s interaction with Mahaperiyava. In fact Venky came to know about Mahaperiyava only through that! So he got curious on who Mahaperiyava is etc – finally landed up in this blog…Venky is a great person – blessed with great wife. Based on an article here in the blog about Sri Musiri Mahan/Dikshitar, he went to Musiri to do namaskaram to him!!
After he went back home, he sent me this book over mail. Although Sri M’s interaction was very short, one could see that Mahaperiyava planted the seed of thought “satsang”, which finally made Sri M to name his organization as “satsang”. Nothing gets done without His blessings!!!!
Check out Sri M’s foundation in this site. Born as a muslim, pulled into various studies in Hinduism – upanishads, vedanta etc and trained by Hindu gurus, Sri M focusing on unity among religion and helping people via his organization. Recently, I saw a news in the daily newspaper where PM Modiji was helping Sri M’s padha yatra etc. Here is a small video of Modiji publishing a book by Sri M:
I dont know where Venky is now – not sure if this yatra is over or still under way. Wherever he is, I wish him all the bests…
Now comes the interaction and blessings of Mahaperiyava…
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