The Mystique of ‘M’
His Master had also told him that Krishnamurti was to be the last of the many teachers whom he was to meet. M did not then understand the implication of the prophecy. Now, he understands. It was at the Foundation that he met his future wife, Sunanda, a Saraswat whose family hails from Udipi. He now understood the significance of his Master’s words: “Be in the world but not of the world.” To be in the world, one has to fulfil the duties of a householder as well. M married Sunanda; token apprehensions of such a marriage were easily overcome. They remain happily married and have a son and a daughter.
After marriage and leaving the Foundation, he and his wife ran a free school for the poor and backward people of Rayalpad, a small village in Karnataka. Under the Foundation’s aegis, the school ran for nine years. By then, he was being sought by many for guidance in their spiritual journey and he began to find it an onerous task to manage the school and, at the same time, attend to the needs of his friends. If there was a choice, the decision to choose put him in a quandary. Not for long. His Master, as ever, came to his air—his forte in this world was decided. (He gave up the school, but not without making arrangement for handing it over to a new management.)