KANCHI MAHA SWAMI
Kanchi Maha Swami was born,
In the heart of Vizhuppuram Town,
To Mahalakshmi Ammal, his kind mother.
And Subramanya Sastri, his illustrious father.
They were Karnataka Brahmins.
Later on, settled at Tanjore Town,
And named this son as Swaminathan,
Who shined well like the bright Sun.
As a boy, his primary education
Was at Chidambaram Town,
But his father, as a Govt Teacher,
Moved to Thindivanam on transfer.
So during 1905 he had to join
7th class in the American Mission
School for his further studies,
But came as a topper in his class.
As an English medium student,
In English dramas he began to act,
And could speak English very well,
Earning a good name in the school.
He could speak Marathi, Tamil,
Kannada, and Telugu very well,
And from his mother he learnt
Many divine bhajan songs by heart.
As the 68th Kanchi Mutt Head,
On 13-02-1907, he was initiated,
From the material to spiritual world,
When he was just 13 years old,
There he learnt all the Vedas,
Besides the ancient scriptures,
Taught by well known Gurus,
Particularly on Advaita topics.
Advaita means, “Bodies are different,
But Souls are one with the Divine,
As everyone says “I,” that means,
"All are one-God,” that makes sense.”
Adi Sankara challenged Buddhists,
Who couldn’t face his arguments,
And were re-converted as Hindus,
To follow his Advaita teachings.
But Dvaita means, “God is one,
All Souls are different, not one,”
This is another form of worship,
By a different Hindu group.