Simple Saint with a complex Activity
by Prof. K T. Pandurangi
I have the good fortune of being associated with Sri Swamiji of Pejavar Mutt over last sixteen years. I have discovered in him a lucid orator, a keen debater, a rapt teacher a profound scholar, an enquiring critic, a farsighted educational organiser, a compassionate spiritual preceptor and pontiff who is true to his ashram life both in its personal aspect of spiritual attainment and the public aspect of giving a moral and spiritual lead to the people at large.His sweet but sweeping the heart oratory is a matter of common experience all over the country. Most of us have heard of him several times with refreshing charm and delightful instructions.I had the previlege of watching his keen debates in Sastras several times. Within a few seconds the point is started to be made by the other party he himself puts the point in clearer terms and answers in un-ambiguous terms. The stranger the argument of the opponent the sharper the reply offered by the Swamiji. It is a thrilling experience to watch the shastic debates of Swamiji. I quote only one example viz. His debates with Mahamohopadhyaya Veera Ragha vacharya at Madras in 1965. I have watched him teaching Tatparya Chandrika to advanced students at Poorna Prajna Vidya Peetha several times. The teacher is more absorbed in the passage on hand than the Students. The value of the spoken word of a devoted teacher can be best realised here. The richness of the meaning of each passage is infinitely unfolded by this great teacher. While preparing the edition of Vishnu Tattvanirnaya and Sheshachandrika which are being printed now, I had occassions to discuss the readings, criticism, counter criticism etc. with Sri Swamiji. I was asto nished to find Swamiji settling even the most complicated problems of texts ond criticism within a minute or offering most satisfactory explanations for apparently conflicting points. Not even a most disinguished modern scholarcan claim better mastery over the methodology of textual criticism etc., in guiding organising research.The Poorna Prajna Vidya Peetha, the Poorna Prajna reserach trust, publications of Vedanta classics; establishment of hostel, educational loan scholar ship fund, organisation of Vidwat Sabhas. Adhyatma Sibiras of Spiritual camps, Publication of Tattva vada in three languages and his discourses on Vedanta classics are solid examples of his educational organisations.Shri Pejawar Swamiji is one of the living saints who is accepted as a moral and spiritual leader by all sections of the society in our country. In the long history of our country, we have a list of distinguished saints who were accepted as spiritual leaders by all sec(21) P Matha W ebsitetions of society even though they primarily belonged to some or the other sect. It is these saints who have moulded the common culture of our country without prejudice to the metaphysical differences in scholastic circles. Shri Pejawar Swamiji is one of such great saints and is bound to add his own chapter to the socio-spiritual history of our country following the lines of Sri Vidyaranya, Sri Vyasaraja and many others.Lastly, I have observed him with devotion when he was at his Pooja Mantap. The Pontiff who is so much involved in public life both educational and social has in no way slackened his Ashrama rituals, meditations etc., When we see him at his Pooja Mantap we not only forget his other involvements but forget our own other involvements and we are face to face with a spiritual preceptor and are led into the “Path way to God’. I am wonder struck by the simple personality with such a complex activity and such a spiritual personality with such a social involvement and consider it a good fortune to serve the cause which is so deer to his holiness.