Is Divine, Share It with Others” - Ishwara Sarma
[Updated :: 2010-10-24 17:06:07 Hours]
World’s existence depends on Love, something you get more and more
when you share it with others. Love is preached by all religious
leaders born on this earth, and it is considered divine. Cause for
all conflicts in the present world is that man refrains from practising
giving love to others. However, CIMIC TEAM met one such personality
dedicated to giving love throughout his life span of eighty years.
By name, he is Sabaratne Iyer Ishwara Sarma of Nallur.
Would you like to flashback your memory as to how you turned a person
of spiritual practices.
A: Well, from my birth I was brought up in an environment full of
love and kindness. My father, Sri S.Sabharatna Iyer was my first
Guru and my mother espoused his course of teaching. Father taught
me Manthra and Sanskrit in addition to general school work.. I was
blessed with opportunity of having company of great scholars like
Dr.T.M.P. Mahadevan, Swami Shivananda and Swami Rengananatha of
Ramakrishna Mission who all were very eminent Scholars in India
in my school age and later life. I completed my education at Jaffna
Hindu College and at Jaffna College under eminent teachers from
England and India and also from my own country. I gratefully remember
my VIDYA GURU Brahmasri T.K.Sitharama Sasthrigal who taught me Sanskrit—The
Vedas and also Sanskrit Language and Literature I was really fortunate
in learning love and life from HIM..
Q: You served in the government sector for some time.
A: I joined the
public service in 1950 as a clerk at the Department of Inland Revenue
and served in Matale, Kandy and Badulla, Jaffna and finally in Colombo.
I got many experiences working under foreign Administrators. I retired
in 1961 to serve in the field I liked ,Religion and Philosophy.
I am student of Comparative Religions.. My pension allowance was
Rs. 196 at the time of my retirement. Thanks to God now it has risen
to Rs. 9000.00 And that is my main income other than a few coins
earned through private teaching.
Q: You have lectured on spiritual development in foreign countries
too. Would you like to mention a little about that.
A: Yes I worked with charity associations in countries like Malaysia,
Holland and Australia and paid brief visits to London for the same
Q: If I say you are now living a secluded life away from the society,
would you agree with me ?
A: Not totally. There are righteous and loving elders who understand
my ways of life and love me. However I am poor today and many keep
me away. I trust in Lord MY MOTHER and She, I am sure will open
a door always. I HAVE NO ILL FEELING TOWARDS ANY ONE AND I LOVE
ALL EVER AND EVER. Giving, giving without expecting anything is
what I learnt from my father and I will adhere to this till my death.
Q: How do you feel the difference between the period of war and
A: My answer is short. We then received attacks of guns. Now we
have frequent attacks of smile. Sincere Smile this is the need today.
Q: You are 81 years old. Would you kindly elaborate the secret behind
a healthy life.
A: Simple way of life. I get up at 3.30 early in the morning. Engage
in meditation and prayer from 4.30 to 7.00. Then have a light milk
coffee instead of breakfast. My next meal is lunch and I have early
dinner. Totally vegetarian I love all. No ill will, jealousy anger
and hatred. I am always grateful for all that God and Society give
me. Gratitude gives us more..
Q: Any message to younger generation.
A: Young and old to all my humble appeal. Let us all live in love.
Respect all. Never even for a moment forget that A Supreme Power
of Love—God-is there to look after us always. Thank You.
long life to Mr. Sharma.