life period : 1894 - 1994 | place of birth : TamilNadu, INDIA
parents : Subramanya Sastri | siblings : Sadasiva Shastrigal
nationality : Indian | occupation : Saint
teacher/guru : Adi Shankara, H.H.Jayendra Saraswati, H.H.Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati
education : Arcot American Mission High School, Tindivanam
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
Shri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal or the Sage of Kanchi was an Indian Saint is usually referred to as Nadamadum Deivam (The walking God), Sage of Kanchi, Maha Periyaval or Paramacharya.
Chandrashekarendra Saraswati was the second son of Subramanya Sastri, a District Education Officer. The child was named Swaminatha, after the family deity, Lord Swaminatha ofSwamimalai, near Kumbakonam. Swaminatha began his early education at the Arcot American Mission High School at Tindivanam, where his father was working. He was an exceptional student and excelled in several subjects.
Chandrashekarendra Saraswati stressed the importance of a Guru in one's life. He repeatedly preached about the importance of following the Dharmic path. His various discourses are available in a volume of books called 'Deivathin Kural' (Voice of the Divine) which have been compiled by R. Ganapathi, a devotee of Periyava, and published by vaanathi publications. These books are available both in Tamil and English. A condensed form of these books is also available in English. These are available in any branch of the Kanchi math. He was a pure Gnani - (Sanskrit - he knew every thing happening in the world). He had proved this several times. So many devotee's mentioning this in there experience accounts for this. His advice to Paul Brunton is a classic example. He treated all religions equally and with respect. He guided the devotees by spiritual means.
He remained active throughout his life, the sage of Kanchi twice undertook pilgrimages on foot from Rameshwaram in the far south of the Indian peninsula to Benares in the North. He provided support through Veda Patashalas (schools teaching Vedic lore) through the Veda Rakshana Nidhi which he founded and honoring Vedic scholars, he reinvigorated Vedic studies in India. He organised regular sadhas ('conferences') which included discussions on arts and culture—these led to a renewed interest in Vedic religion, Dharma sasthras, and the Sanskrit language. His long tenure as Pitadhipathi is considered by many to have been the Golden Era of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.