I am sure many of you, if not all, are enjoy watching Mahangalum Adisayangalum show in Vijay TV telecast from Monday to Friday every week at 6 p.m. I am not a big fan of soaps in TV but now my evenings are filled with a show “Shivam” at 5:30 p.m., “Mahangalum Adisayangalum” at 6 p.m. followed by “Mahabharatham” at 7 p.m. In order to accommodate seeing these three wonderful serials, I start the day early and finish my Yoga class very early in the morning. As the Yoga class is getting intense day by day, I have moved my Pranayama to evening after 7:30 p.m. and had to push my dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. But these three shows are worth making any adjustment in life. For those who have seen all 10 episodes of Mahangalum Adisayangalum, what I am about to say might be boring and of no interest. This serial is about Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamigal also known as Paramacharya. Right from the time he was born as a child, there were signs of extraordinary happenings in the house such as, the child crying nonstop until help reaches a cow that is strangulated in a rope, an astrologer predicting that he would not be at home and was born to teach right living to millions of people, etc. They passionately named him Swaminathan and his mother was very nervous throughout his childhood as he was showing unconditional love to total strangers and learned and repeated Vedic chants in a heartbeat. One day, the head of Kanchi Kamakodi Peedam visited their house and he was able to identify that Swaminathan was truly divine and would be a great successor for him. The parents keep resisting the child’s natural interest to learn Veda and go to Kanchi mutt. Instead, they decide to put him in a convent. He obliged his parents and showered a lot of love to his parents. He kept promising them that he would never leave them under any circumstances to alleviate the fear of his mother that one day he would become a Sanyasi. One day, he left for Kanchi Mutt without telling his parents and the head of Kanchi Mutt asked him to stay in the Mutt for 4 days. The parents kept looking for him all over and finally the Mutt sent information that Swaminathan was safe in the Mutt. 4 days later, the Mutt sent him in a Palanquin and that scared the parents so much. The mother again took a promise from the child that he would never be away from the mother. Finally, the Head of Kanchi Mutt reached the Lotus Feet of the Lord and the Mutt appointed Swaminathan’s cousin as the successor. However, a message was sent asking Swaminathan to come to the Mutt immediately. Knowing a successor was already appointed, the mother decided to take Swaminathan to Kanchi. The circumstances divide mother and son in two separate carts and Swaminathan reached Kanchi much earlier. He was shocked when he reached Kanchi that both head of Mutt and the successor (i.e. his cousin) reached the Lotus Feet of the Lord. Everyone in the Mutt told Swaminathan that he had to guide the people and take responsibility of the Mutt. After much thought, he decided to take the responsibility. Finally, the parents reach Kanchi Mutt and asked for him. He allowed his parents to come in. His mother cried and asked about his promise. Finally, he asked a question back to her, “If you get a life like me, would you like to please one mother or many mothers?” The parents quietly fall at his feet and leave without any further questions. Every one of us who watched the program at home was in tears and entered into a serious Satsang whether the decision taken was right or not. Both my wife and her mother strongly argued that the parents were the ones who were wronged (especially his mother). I understand the pain the parents went through. However, it is my humble opinion, every life is wired to do certain acts and in the absence of the knowledge of each person’s prior lives, there is no way we can come to the conclusion which is right or wrong. If Swaminathan was forced to stay back at home, the world would have lost one of the greatest teachers of 20[SUP]th[/SUP] century. Moreover, he had to take another birth to fulfill his obligations. The parents of Swaminathan should be proud that they were blessed to raise a child that came into existence to teach Advaitham to the world. I have written about free will earlier and I repeat it again. The only free will the body, mind and intellect have is whether to pursue the permanent and real Truth or pursue the transient and unreal worldly pleasure. Within this broad category, one can claim their actions as free will of each individual person. We are like a cow tied in a pole with our Karmas and we can only move around within a certain radius. Not a blade of grass moves without the Will of the Lord. At present I am reading “Theivathin Kural” the teachings of Paramacharya and I am able to understand what the world would have lost if he were to decide to pursue the worldly life instead of becoming a Sanyasi. This forum is full of young ladies, mothers and grandmothers and I leave the judgment to them.