GURUJI NAADHAMUNI NARAYANA
He was a
Guruji who never claimed that he was one. He always said he
was an ordinary human being. Yet, he was a Yogi, a Master,
an ascetic, a sage, a seer, a saint, a mystic, and above
all, a humanist to the core.
Naadhamuni Narayana Iyengar was an extraordinary boy in his
youth. When his cousin Raghavan (who was to become Kaarai
Siddhar later) learnt some magical feats from a musa in
Thiruvananthapuram, the Musa offered to teach them to young
Narayana Iyengar, who was not interested in it. Yes, even
at that young formative age, he was aiming at something more
lasting, more permanent. And, he got what he wanted. Yet,
he exhibited several superhuman capacities later in his
life. He saved an old Iyengar from the jaws of death when a
gang of robbers near the Tirupathi hills waylaid the
latter. This incident was reported in The Hindu. Guruji
Naadhamuni Narayana Iyengar saved at least two middle aged
persons from the verge of suicide. One was a Magistrate and
the other, an employee of a Jewellery shop.
He was tall and handsome and had a
natural gift for the fine arts, especially devotional music.
He worked for the Railways and for the Immigration
Department before he joined the Accountant General’s Office
where he worked for several decades and retired.
Naadhamuni Narayana Iyengar can be compared to his favourite
monk, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Though married, through
the initiative of a Siddhar, he was not inclined towards
married life. Like the Paramahamsa, he saw his own mother
in his wife. Day by day, the intensity of his spiritual
inclination increased. He lived a life of an ascetic in
search of truth, as did Gautama Buddha. He would listen to
monks with rapt attention. He taught ceaselessly to his
disciples through parables, metaphors, songs and above all
by his own life the basic truths of life.
He was interested in knowing more of
the unseen that of the things seen. He found God in His
creatures and in the action of His providence in the world.
He knew that Love is the motive power of the soul. And
therefore he rose above religion, caste or creed. He
arranged the funeral of a Christian beggar in the true
Christian way. He allowed a French lady to assist his
mother in her household chores before he got married. One
of the three Siddhars with whom he had links is a Muslim.
He was an orthodox Brahmin. Yet, he was extremely
progressive. And there was no contradiction in these two
aspects of his life.