Arulmiku Soottukkole Mayandi Swamigal earned a number of disciples in his spiritual journey. Among his devotees, Thiru. Irulappa Konar alias Sundararasa Ramanujadasar, a philanthropist of dharmic path, occupied a significant place in the heart of Swamy. He remained an embodiment of all virtues – Good culture, honesty, compassion, constructive intelligence, tolerance, total surrender to the Guru, awareness of the ultimate secret of life, clarity of thought and perception, oneness with the Almighty, Spiritual acts – that would go to define an ideal disciple as prescribed by Thirumoolar.
In a way it will not be out of place to compare the relationship between Irulappa Konar and Mayandi Swamigal with that of Sadayappa Vallal and Kambar and in fact Mayandi Swamigal has become the spiritual Kambar to Irulappa Konar. As Mayandi Swamigal, through his divine intuition was well aware of the mythological and spiritual significance of the Kagabujandar hillock, he chose this place for his yogic life and spiritual activities. Hence, he arranged to purchase this place through Irulappa konar and performed many spiritual and other acts of grace from this place.
The mythological incident that Kagabujandar, the divine son of Saraswathy, goddess of knowledge, performed deep yogic meditation in the mountatin might be the valuable reason for the significant growth of many premier educational institutions in and around the mountain. Let us see a historical incident to prove this viewpoint. In the year 1916, when Mayandi Swamigal chose a place away on the east from the mountain for the Jeevasamadhi of Mookiah Swamigal, a disciple of Kattangudi Reddyswamy and Mayandi Swamigal, Irulappa Konar asked him as to why they should go away from the mountain and why not choose a place near the mountain. For this query of his disciple, Mayandi Swamigal gave a prophetic answer that in that place “a Sarvakalasalai” (Institute of Higher Learning) would be established in future by a philanthrophist and that Mookiah Swamy will provide the divine protection for all those connected with the institution – Management, staff and students.
True to his divine vision and prophesy, today a number of premier institutions of Higher education – Thiagarajar College of Engineering on the East, Thiagaraja school of Manangement on the South-East, Kendhriya Vidhyala on the South – East and Honeywell Software Company on the North – have come up in and around the mountain and they have become increasingly popular in the service of the people. It is significant to record here that the family of Irulappa Konar has given 20 acres of land for the establishment of Thiagarajar College of Engineering.
Today the devotees of Arulmigu Mayandi Swamigal are aware that the prophetic and divine announcement made by swami are coming into fruition and have become a reality one after the other. Hence it is evident that the Jeevasamadhies, temples and educational institutions have all come up as per the divine plan and the yogic powers of Arulmigu Mayandi Swamigal and Arulmigu Somappa Swamigal. Hence there is no doubt that these educational and other institutions will continue to grow and become more popular in the service of the public in the years to come. It is also true that many more educational and other related institutions will come up in and around this place and become popular in future.
Talking about the objective of education, Swami Vivekananda says that ideal education is not the amount of information that is put into the minds of the young children that remain undigested for a long time. On the other hand, ideal education is a man-making endeavour. Bagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba says that in order to become a perfect human being, students should be given effective training to gain knowledge of the Self and the Atmic reality in addition to the academic input. Students should realize that it is only maya to identify oneself with the body and that the reality of human consciousness is his Atma, which is imperishable. Once students and the youth gain this important knowledge of the Self and the reality of human consciousness, they will certainly develop as potentially powerful and constructive human beings as prescribed by Bagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Swami Vivekananda. Such students and youth will certainly have humaneness at the core of their hearts. It is only those students with compassion and sympathy for fellow human beings can develop into medical professionals, engineers, technocrats and scientists with constructive social commitment. It is only because of the above spiritual significance and truth that the students and employees of these institutions in and around this divine hillock are quite fortunate and blessed by god. They are all so blessed to have a congenial and spiritual atmosphere for gaining Self knowledge and Atmic realization. They should all remain thankful to God for His blessing.
– Dr. S. Shanmugaiah, M.A.,Ph.D.,