09. The Passing of Margatham Ammal

Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Seshadri’s mother, Maragatham Ammal, observed silence after this incident. Seshadri’s uncle, Sri Ramaswami Josiar had said:

Seshadri’s horoscope had a Parivrajaga yogam

and hence he would become a sannyasi.

From then on, Maragatham totally lost her interest in the worldly affairs. She stopped eating completely, and went on a staunch fast. She ailed from high fever for about a month, and became extremely weak.

On the Dasami day, of the waxing moon, in the Tamil month of Karthikai, she called Seshadri and told him:

My dear child, I shall be departing by tomorrow evening.

Do not leave me.”

The next day, on Ekadesi, she called Seshadri close to her and sat up and patting him on his chest repeated three times, the following slokas:

Sathsangathve Nissangathwam,

Nissangathve Nirmohathwam,

Nirmohathve Nicchala thathwam,

Nicchalathatve Jeevanmukthi”

Darsanaath Aprasathace, Jananaath Kamalalaye,

Kasiyanthu Maranaan, Mukthi Smaranaath Arunachale”

She asked Seshadri to sing the song “Ambasive” and sang with him.

Finally, three times, she called out:

Arunachala! Arunachala! Arunachala!”

and laid herself down on Seshadri’s lap.

Witnessing this, Seshadri also lost his consciousness and swooned. He quenched the fire of his sorrow with his jnana.

Seshadri was 17 years old at the time of his mother’s demise.

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