How Paramacharya is inspiring me
or how I am moving to a vedic lifestyle
In part 2, I mentioned about the various
activities I was involved in, trying to find
what keeps me happy.
Veda. Samskritam. Karnatic Music.
A computer engineering course.
Speaking regularly to a mentor at work.
The mentor left for another place within
a month. So, that never really took off.
I was going through the motion with the
course. At the end of the course, I decided
it would be futile to do any more of them.
I was enjoying the music and Samskrita
classes. The one that gave me the greatest
joy was chanting the Veda.
Be it at home practicing alone.
Be it at the classes. It was fun.
We once had a class on a beach facing
the Pacific Ocean ! Another time we
traveled to a redwood forest and had our
classes on the banks of a river. It only
added to the fun.
So, one fine day a thought occurred.
How about taking off from work for
one year and spend time learning Veda ?
I visited India six months before I
actually moved back for good.
During the visit,
I started exploring for a place to spend
a year learning Veda.
One day, an acquaintance of my parents,
Shri Mahadevan comes and says,
"Come, let us go meet, Bala Periayava". [+]
My parents were unhappy
about my taking off from work for a year.
They seem to have lamented to Mahadevan
And they were given to understand
by Mahadevan that he would take me
to meet Bala Periayava, who would
convince me against this move.
So, I travel to Kanchi along with Mahadevan.
We meet Bala Periayava for a few minutes.
The location ? The very place Paramacharya
spent last ten years of his life.
After listening to what I am looking to do,
Bala Periyava says,
"Wind up and come here. I will make
arrangements for your learning"
It has turned out to be defining moment in my life.
Here I was, not even remotely connected to Veda
for the first 28 years. Nor did I have any connection
with Shankara Matam in the past.
Neither did my family have any significant connection
with the Matam.
And then I end of in Shankara Matam and spend
a year learning Veda and Samskritam.
I attribute it to the grace of Paramacharya.
The inspiration and guidance of his Tapas.
(to be continued)
[+] Shri Shankara Vijayendra Sarasvati -
70th Acharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
for Indian Heritage