KANCHI MAHA SWAMI
At Thirupathirippuliyur, a devotee,
Asalambikai Ammal, came to see
Maha Swami, well known to her,
As a young school boy earlier.
As a student under his father,
Who was then her class teacher,
She was very happy to meet
Him as the Head of Kanchi Mutt.
When his father’s same resemblance,
She, with a wonder, saw in his face,
This increased her respect for him,
As if she saw them both at a time.
A few stanzas from his poem
On Mahatma Gandhi’s life history
She happily recited before him,
And he listened to her very keenly.
As he was observing silence,
He blessed her thru’ his eyes,
For her devotion and respect
To him as a Head of the Mutt.
Next he went to Pondicherry,
That was then a French territory,
And the French Government,
Entertained him as their guest.
Beautiful arches were erected
And colourful banners welcomed
His arrival, as if their Royal Head
Came there as their spiritual Head.
Local people and French officials,
They paid him their due respects,
Without any kind of differences,
Between their high or low status.
At Erode Town, a Muslim came
With a few of his Sanskrit poems
For Maha Swami to read them
And with his views, bless him.
His forefathers’ knew Sanskrit
And from his father he learnt
This language well by heart,
And similar poems to write.
Maha Swami, in appreciation,
Advised the Muslim to learn,
More on the Sanskrit lessons,
Blessing him for his success.
At Mettur Dam construction site,
He had a chance to pay a visit,
Where the workers prayed him
For his divine blessings to them.
He did puja there for their success,
And gave them a long discourse,
On the spiritual subjects for their
Safety as well as the dam forever.