KANCHI MAHA SWAMI
Maha Swami was on the thought,
Of selecting the next Head of Mutt,
From a family, the one most religious,
Who would manage well his duties.
He selected the 19 years aged son
By the name of Sri Subramanian,
Of Sri Mahadeva Iyer, who was
In the Southern Railway services.
He had learnt in the Mutt,
As a young boy, by heart,
All the essentials of Vedas
From the Mutt’s Senior Pundits.
In the year 1954, Month March,
For five days, they began to teach
The Junior Swami all the rules
To be followed in his Sanyasi role.
He was initiated with a new name,
Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swami,
In his another role of a Sanyasi,
Who began to wear saffron clothes.
As a newly initiated Sanyasi,
He toured visiting many temples
To receive the blessings of Deities
Of those temples for his success.
By the year 1954 Maha Swami
Completed his age of sixty years
And on a grand scale to celebrate it,
His devotees submitted a request.
But he refused for it first
But later on agreed to it
As a very formal function,
And a simple celebration.
On 18th May 1954, this function
Was celebrated with the recitation
Of Vedas and other sacred mantras
With special pujas to the Deities.
“Time and tide wait for no man,”
As this proverb dictates everyone,
He had spent sixty golden years
Out of his total hundred years.