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Māgaḍi Lakṣmīnarasiṃha Śāstri--Pāṭhaśālā and Guru

In 1931, Lakṣmīnarasiṃha Śāstri joined the Pāṭhaśālā in this Maṭha for higher studies. He was then eighteen years of age. The background of this Pāṭhaśālā requires mention.

शुद्धाद्वैतपथस्य पालनकृते पूर्वं त्वया स्थापित-

स्थानेष्वन्यतमस्थशिष्यततिगस्तत्कार्यकृत्यक्षमः।

अज्ञानां धुरि कीर्तनीयचरितो नाद्यापि विद्यालय-

स्तस्मात्स्थानमिदं गुरूत्तम कृपावार्धे त्वमेवाश्रय॥

यद्वा दुर्मतभेदपाटववतीं मेधां नवोन्मेषिणीं

D.V.G: The Unrivalled Expert on the Problem of the Princely States

The Rule of the Maharajas

The situation in the states ruled by the Maharajas were not really praiseworthy.

Bhopal was a Hindu-majority state as long as it was under the suzerainty of the Gonds – until Mohammad Khan captured it. By the beginning of the 20th century, the situation had declined so badly that not even one percent of key administrative posts was in the hands of Hindus.

Paṇḍita-pravara Māgaḍi Lakṣmīnarasiṃha Śāstri

The following incident happened in the 1930s, when Śrī Candraśekhara-bhāratī Mahāsvāmi adorned the Śāradā-pīṭha at Sringeri. The Mahāsvāmi’s liking for and support of scholarship is well known. He took great interest in the development of Gīrvāṇa-prauḍha-vidyābhivardhinī Pāṭhaśālā that is housed in the Bengaluru Śaṅkara-maṭha. Back in the day, this Pāṭhaśālā was one of the greatest centres of traditional learning.

The Nationalism of D.V.G and the Problems of the Princely States

DVG practiced journalism for an unremitting seven decades; from the beginning, he fiercely upheld the nationalistic spirit in both speech and writing. From 1913-1920 when D.V.G. was editing the English biweekly Karnataka, this was the tenet that he declared: “The newspapers of our country need not imitate their counterparts in America or other foreign countries. Our papers need to conduct themselves in a manner that is consonant with our social circumstances and the nature and traditions of our people.”

ವೇದಮೂರ್ತಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಶೇಷಣ್ಣಶ್ರೌತಿಗಳ ಶ್ರದ್ಧೆ-ಸಿದ್ಧಿ—ಉಪಸಂಹಾರ

ಶೇಷಣ್ಣನವರ ಜೀವನದ ಕಡೆಯ ದಶಕಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದೆರಗಿದ ಆಘಾತವೆಂದರೆ ಅವರ ಧರ್ಮಪತ್ನಿ ಶಾರದಮ್ಮನವರ ವಿಸ್ಮೃತಿರೋಗ. ಎಷ್ಟೆಲ್ಲ ಸಂಪ್ರದಾಯದ ಹಾಡು, ಸ್ತೋತ್ರ, ಗೀತಗಳನ್ನು ವಾಚೋ ವಿಧೇಯವಾಗಿ ಇರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಅಕ್ಷರವನ್ನೂ ಮಾತನಾಡಲಾಗದಂಥ ಭೀಕರವಿಸ್ಮೃತಿ ಬಂದೆರಗಿತ್ತು. ಅವರಿಗೆ ತಮ್ಮ ದೇಹದ ಮೇಲೆಯೇ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣವಿರುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಹೊರಟರೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಬರುವ ದಾರಿ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಅನುದಿನದ ಗೃಹಕೃತ್ಯಗಳಿರಲಿ, ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾದ ಕೆಲಸಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಲು ಕೂಡ ಅರಿವಾಗುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಇದೊಂದು ಬಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ಮಗುವಿನ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ. ಇಂಥ ಅನಾರೋಗ್ಯದ ತೊಂದರೆ ಎಂಥದ್ದೆಂಬುದನ್ನು ನಾನು ಆ ಬಳಿಕ ನನ್ನ ತಾಯಿಗೆ ಇದೇ ರೀತಿಯ ಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಬಂದಾಗಲೇ ಅರಿತದ್ದು, ಅನುಭವಿಸಿದ್ದು.

K.P. Puttanna Shetty (Part 4)

Creating Happiness

I’ve already told that the main aspects of his ingenuity were his wisdom and his conduct. One of his key principles was the prominence he gave to the capability of creating happiness. He wanted to interact with everyone in a way that would gladden them. None of his words have caused bitterness in anyone nor have they tarnished anyone’s image; in essence his policy was to ensure happiness in everyone as far as possible.

संतोषं जनयेत्प्राज्ञः

तदेवेश्वरपूजनं॥