CHAPTER – 27
A SUMMING – UP
I commenced writing this brief account of my life in compliance with the wishes of my friends and my devoted disciples. I have traced a few significant events and have elucidated a few incidents.
I must record a thrilling experience I had, when I was about 42 years of age. I was then in Guduvancheri and it was my habit there to sleep on the front verandah of the house. At once I sat to meditate, but only the form of Ramalinga Swami filled by mind. For 10 years from then onwards, all the verses I wrote were saturated with philosophical tenets. It is my impression that, using my humble self as a medium, Ramalinga Swami completed the work left unfinished by him. On many an occasion he has been my guide; and I treasure the events in my memory. Man alone has been endowed with the faculty of Reasoning. To him alone is it given to plan his life properly in full consciousness of the great Truth underlying creation. In the process of evolution, when senses develop in full, we have living organisms. But these living beings are limited in their functioning as they are endowed with only five senses. Man alone has the distinction of being endowed with the precious sixth sense. The sixth sense enables him to regulate his life, imparting to it orderliness, system and the clarity born ospiritual service. This message of light spread from the village of Guduvancheri and found its way by slow degrees into the rest of Tamilnadu.
At the same time, certain Conferences in which I took part made it possible for the good work to range further a field too; and the simplified course of Kundalini Yoga, which I made popular, won regard and recognition in places like Bombay, Cuttack, Bubaneshwar, Delhi and Nagpur. A Scientific Yoga Conference was convened in New Delhi, from the 19th to the 23rd of December, 1970. The convener was an Englishman of the name of Christopher of Great Britain. Delegates, as well as practitioners of Yoga, from all parts of the World, attended. I also received an invitation; and I accepted it. At 2.30 in the afternoon of the 21st December 1970 I addressed the Conference for forty minutes. My theme was Kundalini Yoga. About twenty five persons in all came to meet me after my Address was over and got themselves initiated by me in the practice of yoga. I had the opportunity of meeting practitioners of yoga from several parts of the world and discussing things with them. In short, all those who had been working in close cooperation with me, as well as myself, had every reason to be gratified with the measure of success that came our way then.
At the request of friends in Delhi and Nagpur, the ANBOLI journal became a bilingual publication from January 1971. It began to carry articles in English also, for their benefit.
On March 7, 1971, came our daughter Gnanambikai’s betrothal. I had often pleaded for simplification of the wedding procedure in the columns of ANBOLI. I had opposed the giving and taking of dowries and advocated elimination of needless superfluities in the wedding rites. I had clearly indicated how the function could be fully reformed, in keeping with the trend of modern times. I decided that our own daughter’s wedding should set the example and be a model for other such weddings thereafter for such reform as I preached. I spoke to the bridegroom’s father about my ideas of wedding reform and won his consent. The conditions were that the bride and the bride groom whole heartedly agree to the alliance, that the parents of both should give their consent and that society at large should approve and bear witness. My study of the institution of marriage had led me to this conclusion and the wedding scheme I drew up rested on this triple basis. The members of the World Community Service Centre themselves formed a committee of hosts and arranged for the celebration of the wedding of Gnanambikai and Anandan. This, they did in strict conformity with my ideas of reformation.