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Caption: Mysore Anantharama Sampath Iyengar

Mysuru, Mar. 6- M.A. Sampath Iyengar (97), Senior Advocate and former President-Emeritus of NIE Group of Institutions, passed away here this morning at his residence in Lakshmipuram.

He leaves behind two sons — M.S. Anantharam, an industrialist in Bengaluru and Dr. M.S. Ranganath, Chief Urologist at Vikram Hospital, Mysuru, — daughters-in-law Dr. Jayashree Ranganath, a Gynaecologist and Pushpa and a host of friends, well-wishers and relatives.

His wife Vaidehi (86) had predeceased him on Dec. 19, 2013.

Sampath Iyengar was serving as the President of Sri Lakshmi Venkataramanaswamy Temple Trust (Vontikoppal Temple) for the past 30 years.

Last rites were held this afternoon at the foot of Chamundi Hill.

MLAs Tanveer Sait and M.K. Somashekar, Industrialist R. Guru, former MLC D. Madegowda, Ramakrishna Ashram, Mysuru Head Swami Mukthidanandaji, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), Karnataka, Chairman N. Ramanuja, BVB My...more

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My Coimbatore serendipity !

[Continued from yesterday]

The previous evening of our visit to Isha Yoga Centre, we were having dinner at the apartment of George and his ever affable, cheerful wife Ammu George, over a long convivial conversation on subjects that simply floated into our dining table. Enabled by the golden liquid in our glasses, I asked George if he could suggest some questions related to religion and spiritualism. He looked at me and said, “Not my cup of tea.” I said, “But you are not having tea right now.”

George asked if I had any questions in my mind. I said, “Yes. Only two questions. One, ‘Why, in spite of having 33,000 Hindu Gods and Goddesses apart from many spiritual masters like him (Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev) our country is still backward and steeped in poverty, except for islands of affluence?’”

George gave a sly smile and asked what my next question was. I said, “My next question is — What is the difference between an enlightened person and one who is not? Is there any physical change or change in the manner one spoke and behaved?”

Surprisingly, when we sat before the Sadhguru, our conversation flew at a tangent so much so I forgot to ask the only two questions I had thought of. However, in retrospect, I have no regret because I got the answer for my questions from a book by Sadhguru titled “Enlightenment — an inside story,” a book of questions and answers given to me by Shweta Vyas. The question in the book was about why India is still poor despite there being so many Gurus, including himself. The Sadhguru’s answer in the book was quite convincing for me. Let me quote:

“India is the way it is right now because it is still in God’s hands. Unless you take it into your hands and do something meaningful, it will remain this way or get worse. Now, if you are really concerned about the national or the social situation, it is very important that you take it into your hands in a committed way and really do some...more

     Feature Article  

By Dr. K. Javeed Nayeem, MD

My last article for the SOM special edition about how I started my schooling at a blacksmith’s workplace has been continuing to draw many responses from readers even three weeks after it was published. Readers want to know what happened to my childhood friend, Kaggu, the blacksmith whom I befriended before I started my schooling. Well, here are the bits and pieces that can answer some of the questions that have arisen in the minds of my readers along with some additional anecdotal information that may prove to be of interest.

Kaggu was born in our coffee estate where he lost his mother and continued to live with his father for a few years after I left the place to start my schooling at Mysore. One day I got the news from my parents who came down to see me in Mysore that Kaggu’s father had passed away while he was on a visit to his native place in South Canara. It appears his younger brother, Kaggu’s uncle, had come to the estate with Kaggu soon after to collect their meagre belongings and wind up their establishment. I was heartbroken over the loss of my dear friend but there was nothing I could do about it.

While visits to our estate during the holidays, however brief, had many things that fascinated me, the loss of Kaggu’s company and the opportunity to watch him and his father at work was very painful. At every such visit I would never fail to visit the now dilapidated smithy and stand there, gazing at the now cold heap of cinders that once used to exude a warm orange glow. It was perhaps a strange kind of homage to my own childhood, which unnoticed by me, was slowly but steadily bidding adieu to me.

A couple of years later the crumbling smithy that was once my playpen was pulled down to make way for the expansion of our labour lines and was gone for good. It appears Bassappachari, Kaggu’s father was actually the second resident blacksmith we had in our estate. He had come with his wife long before I was bo...more

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