Sri Malayala Swamy
Sri Malayala Swamy (1885-1962) was born in Kerala. He was a Hindu religious leader, great scholar who mastered all the Sanskrit scriptures, a great social reformer and a spiritual revolutionist. He did severe penance for 12 years in the Gogarbham of Tirumala from 1914 to 1926. In the year 1926 he established the Sri Vyasashram at Yerpedu in Andrapradesh to spread the spiritual knowledge with everyone.
From 1905 – 1914 he travelled all over India and visited several important shrines and ashrams from Kanyakumari in the south to Brahmakapala in Himalayas. While doing penance he wrote several books and one of his Telegu book “Sushka Vedanta Tamo Bhaskaramu” (The sunlight of truth, dispelling the darkness of empty metaphysics) became very popular. Swamy started a monthly magazine called “Yadartha Bharati” to spread the spiritual wisdom with everyone. He is considered as Charaachara Sukhabhilashi as he encouraged every men and women irrespective of their caste, creed and society to read all the vedas and scriptures and gain the spiritual knowledge. He travelled extensively in and out of Andrapradesh to spread the ancient Hindu wisdom and conducted Sanatana Vedanta Jnana Sabhas, Omkara Satra Yagas for a week, Chaturmasya Vratas lasting for four months at a stretch, He also consecrated idols at temples, laid the foundation for various constructions, opened monasteries, inaugurated ashrams and Gita mandirs, performed commemorative rites for seers, attended religious feasts and annual meets.
He worked tirelessly in the service of God. He attained Samadhi on the night of 12th July 1962.