Satpurusha sahavaasaa (association of a great soul) is spoken of as one of the surest means to spiritual enlightenment. The term Satpurusha refers to an enlightened soul (Knower of Truth). The Jagadgurus of the celebrated Sringeri Sri Sarada Peetam have all been Satpurushas.
In this illustrious line of Preceptors, we now have Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji as the Sankaracharya. He is a great sage characterized by astonishing spiritual attainments, an incisive intellect, winsome simplicity, innate compassion and undeviating dedication to Dharma.
Thousands throng His abode for various reasons — spiritual, religious, personal and social - and His Holiness guides everyone strictly based on scriptural dictates; This book presents a compilation of some of those enlightening moments enjoyed by the devotees from their association With this great Acharya There is no doubt that the readers of this book will find the content immensely beneficial.
Sri V.R. Gowrishankar, C.E.O. & Administrator, Sri Sringeri Math and its Properties.
His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji has been adorning the sacred Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada peetham, Sringeri, as its 36th Pontiff.
His Holiness is known for His great spiritual eminence and unmatched scholarliness in the sastras. He is an ocean of compassion and no words are sufficient to explain the supreme joy that one experiences in His presence. Interactions with Him have benefitted thousands of devotees.
Sri, K. Suresh Chandar, an ardent disciple of his Holiness, has compiled fifty such enlightening interactions of devotees with His Holiness and gracefully presented them in the form of this book titled. ‘Glimpses of Grace’. I would like to record my appreciation for this sincere efforts. To mark the 52nd Vardhanti Mahotsava of His Holiness, we are pleased to publish this elegant book which also contains many photographs of His Holiness.
In line with the objective of propagation and sustenance of Sanatana Dharma, Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri, is making this book available at a subsidized price. It is hoped that astikas will read this book and derive great benefit from it.
(Ignorance is destroyed and great tranquility results. Even a single conversation yields fruit here and in the world attained after death. Close association bestows some form of greatness. The words of the pure ones give rise to limitless fruit.)
Association with His Holiness Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, the Jagadguru of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham confers, as the experiences of His innumerable devotees stand testimony, the great benefits outlined in the above verse. The words of His Holiness never fail to help the devotee tide over his troubles and to set his doubts to rest. His deeds become beacon lights that guide devotees on the righteous path.
Countless are the edifying experiences of devotees with His Holiness. It has been my ardent desire to compile at least some of them and present them in the form of a book so that devotees may have a glimpse of the workings of His boundless grace. I am blessed to have this opportunity now, with this compilation of 50 such anecdotes.
Ms. Meenakshi Lakshmanan has provided invaluable help to me in the preparation of the text. My sincere thanks to her. I am also thankful to Sri G. Ramasubramanian and Sri ER. Ravikumar for their valuable guidance and contribution to the publication of this book.
I pray that His Holiness accept this book as a flower of devotion offered with utmost reverence at His sacred lotus feet.
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