Shri K.C. Subbaiah, writer of this commentary on Sat Darshanam, hails from a learned vaidika family in Andhra Pradesh. His father, Late Sri Laxmaiahgaru, was a great vedic scholar, having studied Vedas living in gurukul for over twenty years, and had trained his son from his childhood. Shri Subbaiah joined the Indian Meteorological Service in 1940, and after his posting in pune, Visakapatnam and Chennai, was finally posted in Delhi in 1954, from where he retired as an officer in 1980. From his Chennai days he was associated with Ramana movement and, after his arrival in Delhi, he has been associated with Ramana Kendra, Delhi, ever since its inception in 1963. He studied Vedanta under the great teacher Sri Vazuthoor Rajagopala Sarma, and has greatly benefitted from his lectures as well as the lectures by Sri ‘Anna’ Subramanya Iyer of Ramakrishna Mission at Chennai and Prof. K. Swaminathan, Ramana Kendra, Delhi. His weekly discourses at Delhi Kendra are highly appreciated. Besides his wide learning in Vedanta, he has studied Astrology from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi, Vaidika Prayogas from his father, Naturopathy, Reiki and Cosmic healing.
His versatility in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil languages, simple living, unassuming nature and ever-willing to help, unmindful of his personal commitments, are rare qualities that endear him to all those who come in contact with him. As one of the Honorary Vice Presidents of Ramana Kendra, Delhi, he is a great asset and tower of strength to the Kendra, despite his age, and we wish him all health, happiness and many more years of service by Bhagavan’s grace.
The text of this great work called “Sat-Darshanam” was originally composed in Tamil language by Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi and was known as ‘Ulladu Narpadu’. Later Kavyakantha Ganapathi Sastry, a great Sanskrit scholar and Tapasvi from Andhra Pradesh who came to Bhagavan Ramana at Tiruvannamalai and attained realization under the guidance of Ramana Maharshi, wrote the same ‘Ulladu Narpadu’ in Sanskrit for the benefit of the people who could not make use of the Tamil work and this Sanskrit work by Ganapathy Sastry is now well-known as “Sat-Darshanarn” and is well read and recited by Ramana devotees and others all over the country and abroad.
My good fortune was that at about my age of twelve when my family members, taking a special bus, were proceeding from my native place in Andhra Pradesh to Madurai in tamil Nadu for my uncle’s marriage there, we happened to visit several religious places and temples enroute and when we reached Tiruvannamalai my father said that a great sage Ramana Maharshi lives in a cave on the hill and we will have his darshan too. So we all of us went up the Hill and entered the cave to have Bhagavan Ramana’s darshan. The attendants there said that Maharshi will now come out of the cave and asked us to sit and wait. After about 20 minutes or so, sambrani dhoop was lit up and from out of the smoke emerged Maharshi Ramana blessing all the devotees waiting there. All of us felt very happy at having the darshan and blessings of that great sage and my father, who had a packet of sugar candy, got up and offered it to Maharshi and the famity members all of us also stood up. Maharshi took the pieces of sugar candy in his hand, gave some to my father and placed some in my hand next and blessed us. That was Bhagavan’s blessing to me and later in 1950 or so when I was transferred to Madras from Visakhapatnam, I secured a house in Mylapore end joined the office located on Mowbrays Road near Alwarpetjunction. From next week onwards a very close friend of mine Shri Kalyana Sundaram took me every Sunday evening to Ramana Satsang held at Prof Swaminathan’s house very close to our office. By Bhagavan Ramana’s blessings, I became a devotee of Ramana from then onwards. Whatever service I am able to render to the cause of Ramana is all because of his grace and the cooperation of the office bearers of Ramana Kendra, and the blessings of our seniors in Ramana Kendra, Delhi.
Item Code: NAJ376 Author: K.C. Subbaiah Cover: Paperback Edition: 2006 Publisher: Ramana Kendra, Delhi Language: English Size: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch Pages: 70 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 100 gms