Mandya: FEBRUARY 27-28, 2012

Jagadguru Graces Mandya

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji reached Mandya on the evening of February 27th, had Darshan at the Ganapati temple and inaugurated “Guru Nivas” constructed by devotees for His stay. The following day, the Jagadguru had Darshan at the Shankara Math in Mandya and graced the Brahmana Sangha. Later, in His Anugraha Bhashanam mentioned that Sri Adi Shankaracharya has emphasized everyone must have steadfast devotion to God, shed pride and unwarranted desires, and cultivate the attitude of compassion. It would be wrong to expect to follow these teachings when one does not practice it himself. The Jagadguru pointed out many in the present days unfortunately are examples of the saying, “स्वयं नष्टः, परान् नाशयति” (one who has wrought doom upon himself, and then brings doom to others). The Jagadguru stated that one must instead strive to be an example of the saying, “स्वयं तीर्णः परांस्तारयति” (one who has crossed the ocean of Samsaara thus fulfilling life’s purpose, and help others to do the same). The Jagadguru praised the efforts taken to construct the Guru Nivas, and commended the devotion of the gathering led by Sri Narayanaswamy and blessed them all. The Jagadguru also released an English book on the famous devotees of Shiva who lived in Tamil Nadu, titled “Nayanar Saints” authored by Smt. Anantalakshmi of Bangalore who had originally penned it in Kannada. The opportunity was used by the residents of Mandya to felicitate Sri V R Gowrishankar, Administrator & CEO of the Peetham for his exemplary services.

Enroute to Bangalore on the afternoon of 28th February, the Jagadguru had Darshan at the Ishwara temple in Chennapatna and Rama temple in Ramanagara.