विद्यातीर्थजगद्गुरवे नमः| Anecdote on Sri Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji . . .


His Holiness had a prodigious and photographic memory. Many people were pleasantly surprised that even after a lapse of several years, His Holiness not only remembered them but also the particulars of their families. He was able to do this in spite of the fact that thousands of people flocked to have His darśana.

As He passed into His seventies and His health deteriorated, there was some deterioration in His retention, which, nevertheless, continued to be above par. Regarding this, He humorously commented, “Earlier, my mind was like a camera. When an object came before it, it was registered and the negative was permanently stored. Now, it is like a mirror, which reflects only what is in front of it.” In 1984, a person, who came to Sringeri for darśana, asked His Holiness, “I would like to do Śiva-pūjā. May I have the liṅga that I submitted to Your Holiness earlier?” His Holiness immediately fetched the liṅga concerned and handed it over to the devotee. As He did so, He remarked, “It is twenty-seven years since you submitted the liṅga to me. At that time, you did not tell me that you would like to have it back someday. Hence, there was every chance that I might have given it away to some devotee in response to his asking me to bless him with a liṅga. - From the Multifaceted Jivanmukta

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