KANCHI MAHA SWAMI
In the year 1924, at Tiruvaiyaru Town,
Maha Swami did Vyasa Puja then
Near the bank of Cauvery River
In a specially erected hut there.
The river was running in flood.
People on the river side vacated,
And to a higher place they moved,
But the Puja went on unaffected.
It gave a surprise to everyone,
How the flood water had gone,
Without damaging the hut area,
Where Maha Swami did puja?
Many poor families suffered
Without proper shelter or food,
And their pitiable condition
Maha Swami realized then.
He immediately ordered
For the supply of good food,
On behalf of the Kanchi Mutt,
As immediate relief to their plight.
His timely relief operation
Was praised by everyone,
Saying, he showed his concern
To the suffering people-in-pain.
Next, he stayed at Vallam Town,
Where the local Harijans, Christians,
Muslims led him all the way,
Celebrating his arrival that day.
It revealed their close unity then,
Irrespective of caste or religion,
And Maha Swami appreciated
Well for their universal attitude.
Mr. Hoot, Collector of Tanjore,
Who came personally there,
Praised him well for helping all
Those flood affected people.
Maha Swami was so generous,
To those people in difficulties,
By extending them his services,
Or, giving them proper advice.