KANCHI MAHA SWAMI
At Kerala Nallichery Town, Maha Swami,
Met the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi,
And spoke to him, sitting on the floor,
In a cowshed, with none nearby to hear.
Gandhi liked his simple appearance,
And his neat saffron khadar dress.
While Maha Swami, in Sanskrit, spoke,
Mahatma Gandhi, in Hindi, spoke.
Their close conversation went on,
On spiritual subjects, in common,
Like this, for more than an hour,
Mutually respecting each other,
Rajaji, in between, came there.
He reminded, it was the hour
For Gandhi to take his food,
And if late, he remained starved.
Maha Swami’s talk was food,
That day for him, what he said,
In reply to Rajaji, who then stood
There dumbfounded, like a wood.
At Kerala State, Maha Swami,
Visited temples at Guruvayoor,
Alapuzhai, and also Tiruchur,
Giving lectures to devotees there.
As Adi Sankara was born,
In Kerala, at Kaladi Town,
They took Maha Swami for
Adi Sankara reborn there.
After reaching Kanyakumari,
He went to Thiruvedagam
And did Vyasa Puja there,
In a very grand manner.
That place became famous
Was arguing with Samanars
On the importance of Saivaits.
When he threw a bit of paper
With words “Vazhga Andhanar,”
Meaning, “Long live Brahmins,”
It swam against the flow of river.
The then Maharaja of Mysore
Welcomed Maha Swami there
And gave him a female elephant
As his humble offer of gift.