KANCHI MAHA SWAMI
During the year 1927, Maha Swami
Visited the famous Tiruvannamalai
For the grand Karthigai light festival,
Celebrated by devotees in the temple.
For one month, he stayed there,
And went around the sacred hills,
As one of the religious duties,
Of any devotee visiting there.
He had the highest respect,
For Ramana Maharishi, the great
Sage of the sacred Annamalai hills,
For his silence most of the days.
He directed once Paul Brandon
To contact Ramana Maharishi,
To know more about Hindu Gods,
And their worship in simple ways.
Under the Hoganekal waterfalls
Maha Swami took bath many days
And also he saw that nice place,
Where, like a canal, River Cauvery runs.
Adaiyapalayam, a place near Arani,
Was then visited by Maha Swami.
Where Appaiya Dikshatar lived,
As a great follower of Saivats,
400 years back, he was in that place
Teaching well on Advaita principles,
But his reputation was less known
To people who lived in that town.
Maha Swami spoke high of him
And told many stories about him,
Thus insisting on all the town people,
To celebrate his annual day without fail.
He advised them to publicize
His most valuable creations,
And bring them to the notice
Of all the literary scholars.
He had a tumultuous welcome
When at Chengalpet he came,
Where he gave extensive lectures,
On various religious subjects.
People, in thousands, praised him.
And they all began to worship him,
As Adi Sankara, who was reborn
To show them the spiritual path again.