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Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri
« on: January 02, 2009, 11:03:06 AM »
Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri was a man of astounding scholarship
and learning.  He had learnt Rig Veda, Ayur Veda, Indian Astrology
and what not.  He composed Hara Sahasram when he reached Tiruvannamalai in the first few weeks.  This manuscript was taken
by his disciple and this has been lost for posterity.  He composed
Uma Sahasram, and the last 300 verses were inspired by Bhagavan
Ramana at Pachaiamman Kovil.  He defeated Ambika Datta in Nava
Dweepa suymposium and earned the title of Kavyakanta.  His wife
Visalakshi, who was initated into Tara Mantra by Ganapati Sastri,
was an authority of that mantra and the underlying philosphy.  His
son Mahadeva was one of the questioners in Sri Ramana Gita.  He
composed Sad Darsanam which is a Sanskrit rendering of Ulladu
Narpadu of Bhagavan Ramana.  Later many many scholars like
Kapali Sastri, Lakshmana Sarma and Dr. T.M.P. Mahadevan wrote
commentaries on Sad Darsanam.   

Bhagavan Ramana had a high regard for Kavyakanta and He used
to call him affectionately as Nayana.  Kavyakanta called Bhagavan
Ramana as his younger brother Subrahmanya!  Ganapati Muni had
a lot of sankalpas or wishes like making India as the centre of Jnana
bhoomi, obtaining independence through peaceful means of chanting
mantras etc., He started a group called Indra Sabha for this purpose.

After reaching Kharagpur, where he was staying during his last
months, he was in correspondence with Bhagavan Ramana.  These
letters used to be in Sanskrit.  And at the end of each letter, he used
to add a poem in praise of Bhagavan Ramana.  Such poems were
desgined to make a Ramana Satakam, but Kayakanta breathed his
last before its completion.  Bhagavan Ramana arranged the available
40 verses into Sri Ramana Chatvarimasat later.

Kavykanta Ganapati Muni also planned a detailed biography on Bhagavan
Ramana.  Even this remained incomplete with only three chapters written.
He used to extempore say some slokas and when disciples asked what
these were, he said that these sloaks would be a part of Maha Ramana
Gita, which he said, would be complete in a few years!  This Maha Ramana
Gita was also not completed. 

He wrote the famous Sri Soundaryamba Ashtakam, after Mother's
Maha Nirvana.  He only called the perennial well that is between
Bhagavan's Mahasamadhi and the dining hall, as Sri Soundarymba

We should always remember Sri Ganapati Sastri and Muruganar, for
their wonderful writings on Bhagavan Ramana.  They are the
Appayya Dikshita and Manikkavachagar for Ramana Siva.   

(Source:  Bhagavan and Nayana - S. Sankaranarayanan.
                  Kavya Kanta Ganapati Munivar - Kripanandan, (Tamil)
                  Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.