If we’re asked whether we’ve heard about ‘Nostradamus’; all of us would be quick enough to raise our hands and unanimously say, “Yes, Sir!” But how many of us would say “Yes”, if we’re asked whether we’ve heard of any such person from India? Probably none, or one, or few! And then, if we’re given a small introduction about a person from India whose predictions are actually working; then wouldn’t we be interested to know about that person in much more detail? If the general psychology says the answer would be ‘Yes’, then I must say that - that was the reason why I came up with this book today!
Let me take this opportunity to introduce a saint of India, ‘Sri Veerabrahmendra Swami’, who lived 700+ years ago.
He was not just a prognosticator; in fact he was a great Yogi, a great Saint, a philosopher, a preacher of ‘Advaita’ (Non-Dualism), a rational thinker, and a ‘Sadguru’ (True preceptor) in real sense. During his lifetime he traversed through various states of the country and rationalized the thinking of many ignorant people. He preached Vedic knowledge to many people who were submerged under the ocean of ignorance, false beliefs, superstitions and atheism. When people were suffering from the tortures of caste system, he rationalized their thoughts and preached them that, ‘Caste is not by birth, it’s decided based on the Karma of an individual’. He taught many secrets of Yoga like – ‘Sankhya’, ‘Taraka’, ‘Amanaskha’; meditation techniques like ‘Lakshya Triambakam’; and method of self realization through ‘Kundalini’.
His life history also speaks about many miracles that he did in his life like, making a dead man become alive, giving life to a murdered woman, curing a long term leprosy patient instantly, drinking molten iron as water when offered by a rude person, lighting lamps with water instead of oil when tested by a Nawab and many more.
It’s worthwhile to mention what he stated in his Kalagyana about himself. He said he would come as ‘Sri Veerabhoga Vasantaraya’ and would be popularly known as –Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. His life history speaks about his divinity and tells that he was the precursor of Kalki and came to set the stage for his future incarnation!
Today we find few contemporary writers, blogs, and internet websites calling out Swami's date of birth as 1610 CE. But this information is incorrect since there is no reference which would give such an absolute estimate of his date of birth. I have read Veerabrahmendra Swami’s life history in Telugu language written by three different authors of yesteryears; but in none of their works I could find any exact mention of Brahmamgaru’s date of birth. Based on the aforesaid references of Vemana and Tamarind Tree, definitely Swami dates back to somewhere around early 13th CE. Apart from these two points, another logical reasoning can be drawn which contradicts the possibility of 1610 as Swami's birth year; that is, East India Company was already formed in 16th century which established its trading points in Surat, Madras, Bombay and Calcutta; and a Kalagyana verse which talks about 'British Rule on India', was believed by people as a 'Prediction' (a foretold prophecy). Had Swami been born in 1610 then surely Swami wouldn't have gained so much respect and popularity because people wouldn't have believed his verses as ‘predictions’ since, living among British, to say British would rule the country would be an absurd statement rather than being a prediction. If till date people from all the generations respect Swami as a 'forecaster' then it becomes evident that he wasn't born in 1610. Nevertheless, these trivial differences shouldn’t matter in front of his teachings, his blemish less life, and his Kalagyana.
His life history & teachings are very influential and establishes the importance of rational thinking, Dharma, renunciation, detachment, yoga and Vedic understanding of the scriptures. His ‘Kalagyana’ was a book of “predictions” which never failed, and that’s probably the reason why people who know about him, venerate him and always look forward with alacrity to see the future events happening.
10th December, 2010