An archive of the works by and on Chattampi Swamikal. Chattambi Swami’s religious quest and discovery, his austere simplicity and great self-denial, his humble sharing with others the light with which he was. ABSTRACT. Sree Vidyadhiraja Parama Bhattaraka Chattampi Swamikal, shortly known as Chattampi. Swamikal was a Hindu sage and social reformer.

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He was equally happy in the houses of the affluent as in the huts of the poor. Govinda Pillai was stricken with terror.

But they are not to be used as a measure of his spiritual greatness. Inspired by Swamikal, he prepared many works interpreting Advaita for the common man.

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Swamiji made him play on the instrument and later he himself played for some time. He had again an 44 astonishing control over the animal world.

The silver jubilee of Swami’s Mahasamadhi was celebrated in M. Genius manifests itself in a space-time context expressing itself in its own idiom and local dialect. My friend and I prepared ourselves for our last journey, and we called out to Swamiji.

He himself would not speak about them. He stayed at Shertallai, Thuravur and Parur. He was the eldest son of his parents. He questioned the legitimacy of the supposed supremacy of the upper caste Hindus and strove to cure them of their superstitious beliefs and customs.


His wanderings among the corn fields and on the shore of the majestic sea filled him with a sense of beauty and of awe and evoked a sympathetic response in the poetic heart of the young man. Kunjan Pillai attended on him for several days. Swami Vivekananda introduced the topic of Chinmudra and asked Swamikal to unfold its esoteric meaning and its role in achieving higher levels of consciousness.


In poetic composition, vedantic discussions and physical exercises the convivial group fleeted their time. He himself learned the sastras of Thanthra and Manthra of which no one had heard, and he helped others to enter these realms of new knowledge. One day the master and the disciple were crossing the ferry at Arukutti in a small canoe. But he left the service after a short while as it curtailed his freedom and prevented his wanderings for spiritual exploitations and research.

Chhattampi, ants and squirrels used to gather round him. The Dewan therefore sent for him and put him to a severe test.

Swamiji then went to his rescue and holding him with one hand swam back to the swamkial place. That evening he called Sanku Pillai and asked him. The absence of a complete copy in the author’s possession made it difficult to publish the series of chapters that make up the whole work.

The Yoga path primarily concerned with bodily purification practices which tranquilize the mind and discipline the body. When the leaves were laid and the food served, a pack of stray dogs entered as though in obedience to the Swami’s instructions, and sat before the leaves and commenced their meal. Hunger could not be dispelled by vedanta. Tenfold order of Sannyasins.

EngvarB from August Use dmy dates from December Articles with hCards Chattami having same image on Wikidata and Wikipedia All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October Articles with unsourced statements from May Commons category link from Wikidata. In spite of these swamikzl Chattmabi Swamigal master- ed many branches of indigenous learning and acquired skill in music and arts. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Towards the end of his life, he revisited places like Thiruvananthapuram as if bidding farewell to them.

He worked as a casual labourer and carried headloads of bricks and mortar for the construction of the Secretariat building in Thiruvananthapuram. In spite of the narrow and restrictive conventions that existed in his times, he mastered many branches of art and learning.


He would organize impromptu programmes that would stimulate their intelligence and cbattampi cise their bodies- They would dance on his back or swing on his beard.

He was invited one day to dine at the house of an officer. This book is the authoritative history of Kerala and that of chattwmpi Nair swamikaal. To the officer’s enquiry his host replied that his disciples were waiting outside, and he asked the meal to be served. He also learned Siddha medicine, music, and martial arts.

He slept on a simple cot or on the bare floor. It was at such a time that Paramabhattara Sree Chattampi Swamikal incarnated as the saviour of Hinduism. When Kunjan Pillai followed him, he quickened his pace.

Wherever he was, he would share his food with ants, dogs or cats, and they would somehow gather round him at meal- time. His lucid and facile exposition in Malayalam entitled Tharkarahasyaratnam was well known to many of his disciples, but it is unfortunately lost to us. At the end of the sadas Kunjan Pillai was overwhelmed with joy and 8 gratification when the Tamil savant invited him to accompany him to his birth place Kallada- kurichi.

He therefore insisted on going to Panmana.

In a short time he made the C. From swzmikal hill top, looking around, they saw Swamigal facing a terrible tiger in the southern valley. To pose for a photograph, to speak at public meetings, to write to the press, to acpept the leadership of any movement — these were distaste- ful to him.