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Mahalakshmi Amma - 9
« on: April 25, 2009, 02:43:56 PM »
Once she arrived back at the Asramam, after a long time.  There was
a noticeable difference in her appearance.  With the loss of her husband, she had adoped the attire of a widow, white saris with a small coloured border at the bottom.  But now her long hair was gone and she was dressed in the strict orthodox garb of a widow -- we saw a plain white sari with shaven head.  The only ornaments were a
'rudraksha mala' and a 'spatika mala'.  She looked the picture renunciation.  I asked her why she had resorted to such an extreme step of self-abnegation.  She explained what had happened.

When things took a turn for the worse, she had needed spiritual reassurance to steady her inner peace which was seriously threatened.    The Paramacharya of Kanchipuram [Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswati Swamigal] and Abinave Vidya Teertha of Sringeri Math,
were both then touring Andhra Pradesh separately, camping at various places.  The high esteem in which she had held the revered Acharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Math made her decide to meet him, but strict orthodoxy stood in her way.  Brahmin widows with unshaven heads [in those days] could view him only from a distance. To have a private audience with him or to get the 'prasad' of holy water from him, she had to shave her head.  The prospect of distant darsan did not satisfy her.  Her tenacity of purpose and her eagerness not to let the opportuntiy slip away, decided the issue.  Her hair, that was till luxuriant, was cut off and her head shaved.  Now she sought and got the longed-for private interview with the Sage.  The outcome was very positive.  Her inner poise was restored and she followed him thorughout his tour in Andhra.  Thus reassured she was at peace as never before, with all the composure of still waters.

(Source: As indicated in Part 1 )

Arunachala Siva.