THE UNFOGETTABLE GREAT SAINTSPosted on:5/13/2006
Written By: c.a.sanjeeva murthy
recently I went thro' the site Super Indian.com .It is very nice. Here is the article of pujya Sri Satchidanandendra Saraswathi swaamiji of Holenarasipur who has done marvolous research work on Shankaraas Philosophy which has helped many people in east & also in west to realise the real path of Shankara . Kindly go thro' the facts.
shubhamastu, Sakala Sanmangalaani Bhavantu.
His Holiness Paramahamsa Sri Sri Satchidaanandendra Saraswathi Swamiji, the founder of Adhyaatma Prakaasha Kaaryaalaya at Holenarasipur (Hassan Dist., Karnataka State ) and its branches in Bangalore (T.R.Nagar, B-28 ) , Mysore- 570012 , the author of over 250 reputed works on ADVAITA Philosophy in English, Sanskrit & Kannada , blessed the earth with his presence for ninety six useful & richful years ( 1880 – 1975 ).
In the year 1915 when he was only thirty five years of age he noticed the accretions that had crept into SHAANKARA SIDDHAANTA by the commentators and he felt the need to rediscover the real SHANKARA
free from these accretions.
He strove single – handed to propogate and popularize PARISHUDDHA SHANKARA VEDAANTA SIDDHAANTA. Age and ailments did not detr him. His works born out of intuitive experience are characterized by vast and deep scholarship, clear and precise perception. His authentic interpretation of Shankara has been greatly recognized in the East and the West. He was not just a rare and accomplished individual but a mighty and magnificient institution.
His sayings based on real Shankara are universal in appeal. For example – 1. Vedanta is a Science of Reality. 2. Anyone who is eager to know the true nature of the self can understand the teachings of Vedaanta. 3. Vedaanta is a positive SCIENCE founded on reason, intuition and universal experience, etc..
He was initiated in to Vedaata by the then pantiff of SRINGERI Sri Shivaabhinava Nrisimha Bharathi Swamiji, at Kaaladi and he had come under the influence of saintly Scholars such as Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj of Gondavali and Kurthukoti Mahabhavatar.
The Karyaalaya founded by revered Swamiji in his former ashrama is a registered public charitable institution. His Highness Sri Jayachamarajendra Odeyar Bahaddur of Mysore was the Paripalaka of the Karyalaya. Their Holinesses The Shankaracharyas of Sringeri, Dwaraka and Kanchi encouraged the institution by graciously granting some monetary help as a token of their recognition of the activities of the Karyalaya.
Vedantic classes and Lectures of PRASTHAANATRAYEE are regular daily routine. Swamiji has constructed a Digvijaya Rama Temple at Holenarasipur to which daily services are rendered even today.
The Karyalaya is publishing -1.Monthly magazine in kannada called ADHYAATMA PRAKAASHA since 1932 without any break successfully. 2.Tri-monthly magazine in kannada- SHANKARA BHAASKARA since1988.
Thus the institution is spreading the essence of Vedanta to all human beings which is irrespective of caste, creed, sex, nationality , age, etc.. which is every ones birthright to know the real self or MOKSHA as stated by great Shankara- " anubhavaavasThaanatvaat bhUtavastu viShayatvaaachcha Brahmajnaanasya ".
The sole purpose of his life was to spread the real TRADITION ( Shaankara Sampradaaya ) of Vedanta i.e.
“ ADHYAAROPA APAVAADA PRAKIYA “ as pointed / recognized by Shankara in Bhagavadgeeta Bhaasya.
Swamiji is the first person to notice & discover this in Bhagavadgeeta Bhaashya.
He explained its significance and importance in understanding the messages of Prasthaanatrayee. His approach to the subject is analytical. He made a comprehensive and comparitative study of all the Vedantic thinkers who lived prior to Shankara as also those who lived after Shankara. Even to-day his sayings are vibrant and living which are being spread thro’ his lectures in English, Sanskrit and Kannada by his direct and intimate disciple Bramharshi , Adhyaatma Vidyaa Praveena Ved.Br.Sri K.G. SUBRAAYA SHARMAAJI, an equally energetic vibrant pundit of the Bangalore Branch who traveled in U.S. also in 1995.
His sole aim is to spread the messages in Shaankara Bhaashya and keep alive the sacred memory of the revered Swamiji through lectures , books etc. He is also the editor of the popular Kannada trimonthly magazine – SHANKARA BHAASKARA. He has also written SHAANKARA SAMVATSARA , VEDAANTA SAMVATSARA,( both books in dairy form ,405 articles ) PRABODHA CHINTAAMANI ( published in kannada, sanskrit, hindi, tamil, telugu,malayalam) etc. in Kannada .
Swamiji lived a full life engrossed in VEDAANTIC thoughts , always right from morning till he slept and till he shuffled off his mortal coil, in accordance with the saying AASUPTERAAMRUTHEH KAALAM NAYEDVEDAANTA CHINTAYA.- quoted by H.H. Paramaachaarya of Kaanchimutt in 1945.
By the blessings of SHANKARA and Swamiji let us also live our life fully in the same way, so that we can enjoy the everlasting bliss of AATMAN.
OM TAT SAT
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Ved. Br. Sri K.G Subraya Sharmaji, Pujya Chinmayananda with Swamiji