Preface We have, with reverence, pleasure in placing before ourreaders of the notings of Sri Mettur Swamigal. They are nota mere recording of events, but a pilgrimage by us, along with Sri Mettur Swamigal, in the pursuit of purity, as shown by SRI SRI MAHA SWAMIGAL.One needs a lot of blessings to write about great saints likeHH Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal.He was the simplest of simple in person. His requirements were the smallest of the smallest – eating, sleeping, walkingetc. so to call Him ‘big’ was too small. If He were to be calledso, it is for his foresight, thoughts and knowledge. He wasarranging to feed those thousands who visited Him to witness the daily poojas but He Himself used to take thatsaltness morsel. The places he used to stay – cattlesheds,roadsides, even sometimes near railway gates.During His Pada Yatra in 1970’s at His seventies, persons who used to accompany Him wondered at the speed at whichHe walked, slept during shorthours at nights and the pace at which He got up and wentabout His sojourns, unmindful of who follow and how! Henever needed a place to stay and all that He wanted was toknow the route! That was perhaps for our sake, since Heknew the unknown. A frail ﬁgure of an Engineer was the one to cycle ahead and locate the route, plan, roads etc. It is hard to conceive how this bachelor engineer in his forties (who left his lucrative joband other worldly comforts) was locating places to lead HH! Yes, but that was the way of HH. After all, He had to show to us that He was ignorant and no miracle can be performed by Him. We intercept here, to solicit your attention to note that – ‘
’ can be multiplied a million-fold. But to set an exampleof austerity, coupled with a naturalness in following it everymoment, is a lesson to us to follow to have a meaningful life,rich in righteousness.