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Mahaswami and the Nation were inseparable: a unique advaita!

According to Hindu calendar, the star Anuradha (Anusham) falling in Vaikasi (May-June) is the janma nakshtram of Kanchi Mahaswami (Shri Chandrashekarendra Saraswathi—1894-1994).  This year June 2 is the birthday of that great saint. Following are a few reminiscences reflecting on his concern for society, Hindu consolidation and points of national honour;
·      Two castes of Hindu society were in conflict and violence erupted in the year 1953 at Mudhukulathoor, Ramanathapuram District.  Many houses were damaged and people of both castes suffered much. On reading the news about the sufferings of families belonging to both the castes, Mahaswami dispatched relief material to the village. He could not bear Hindu society being violently divided. 
·      Last week Supreme Court sought the opinion of the Centre and the states on whether our country should be called India or Bharat, while dealing with a petition on the subject.  Once, a senior RSS pracharak posed a similar question to the Mahaswami: ‘some people say that India was born on 1947; a few call this nation a sub-continent and refuse to call it  a nation; what is the fact?’ The Mahaswami recited this sloka from Vishnupuranam which is 3000 years old: ‘Uttaram yad samudrasya, himadres chaiva dakshinam, varsham tat Baratham naama, Barathi yatra santatihi’  (The land south of Himalayas and North of the ocean is Bharat. The people are Bharatis).
·     The Constituent Assembly of India was in the process of drafting the Constitution of India. Mahaswami invited a few members of the Assembly known to him and engaged them in a discussion. At the end of the discussion the members were convinced that Go-mata worshipped by crores of Hindus who believe that all the deities of the Hindu pantheon  reside in the cow and therefore killing of the cow should not continue in independent India.  It is in this background that we find total ban on cow slaughter as part of the Directive Principles of  State Policy in our Constitution.

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