Kumar was a Bangalore-based journalist.
Sri Maharshi sits on the bank of time and watches it flow, unmoved and unaffected. He is ageless and therefore the birthday has no significance to him. He is full and complete and perfect.
What a strange crowd is this jayanti [Birthday] congregation? It contains people who propelled by the self-destructive urge of their egos, sit before Sri Maharshi in a trance, allowing the latter’s grace to bake their souls as much and as quickly as possible. It also has people who come to seek the Master’s grace for perpetuating the conquests in the merry-go-round of life and for getting more if that could be prayed for and got.
Sri Maharshi is the magnet of attraction, and people try to use him in the way they want, for purposes they want. He is the sun whose rays of grace fall and dance on the minds and hearts that are open.
Sri Maharshi is today the repository and reflector of the spiritual traditions of India. Those who read the Upanishads and the Gita and wrangle over the immediate and the ultimate can see in him a silent achievement of the highest. Those who dig their spurs into the sides of their race-horse-mind and keep it hurrying towards worry and discontent, will see in Sri Maharshi a God-man who has annihilated his mind and is therefore a perfect stillness and bliss.