Imagine an institution that is 2500 years old. Imagine a philosopher genius just 32 years old who set it up 2500 ago. Imagine if you can , an unbroken lineage of 70 heads of the institution, his followers, who have managed it through the years. Imagine an illustrious head of the institution who held the august position for 87 years and lived to be 100 years. Imagine his worthy successor who has been its head , serving the cause of dharma and the people of this country for 55 long years.
The institution is none other than Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. The philosopher genius Adhi Sahankara Bhagavadapa. The centenarian head of the Peetam, our revered Mahaswamigal. The Peetadhipathi who has been at the helm for 55 years is our own PERIYAVAL His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, the 69th Acharya of Sri kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam is the moolamnaya peetam established by Adi Sankara, to spread the message of dharma.
Jawaharlal Nehru says "Adhi Sankara imbued with compassion which exerted him in the direction of providing enlightnment to the ignorant and suffering humanity. He blossomed into a moral leader, a mentor of mankind and the spiritual ruler of the world. he typefied the triumph of soul-force, which is undying, everlasting. He became the world Teacher the Jagadguru for all time."
He was no escapist retiring into his shell or into a cave in the forest. A man of amazing energy and vast activity, Sankara, was a curious mixture of a philosopher and scholar, an agnostic and a mystic, a poet and a saint, and in addition to all this, a practical reformer and able organizer.
On August 7, 2009, the celebration of the Amritotsavam to mark the begining of 75 years since the advent of His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal was commenced in this mother earth of ours.
He was initiated into Sanyasa Dharma as laid out by Adhi Sankara himself. The Guru who initiated him into Sanyasa Dharma was one other His Holiness Sri Chandrsekharendra Saraswathi Swemigal of the Kanchi kamakoti Peetam himself a saint extraordinary, some one worshipped as God by millions of his devotees all over the world.
For 55 years, since his ascension to the pontificate of the Kamakoti Peetam, His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal has been following the tents of his Sanyasa Dharma. t the same time he has reached out with compassion, succour and help to the millions of poor and needy. His bold initiatives are built on solid foundations laid out by Adhi Sankara and then strengthened by his venerable Guru. His genius has been in adapting modes of modern technology, travel & communication to reach out to people without diluting the core values.
"That I have been there for 55 years is of no consequence. What is more important is what has been done for our people." - His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal.
One can realise the importance of this simple statement, only when one looks at the impact of His untiring work over the last 50 years.