He was the eldest of four sons. His early schooling was done in the Bhagavad gita for daily living by eknath easwaran pdf Board School at Kodavasal.
His father’s death when he was eight, meant Natarajan had to shoulder a significant portion of family responsibility along with his education. While in his absence his younger brother MG. Srinivasan took charge of the agricultural fields of the family household and made sure that the family had the income to survive and live peacefully off the income. Subramania Iyer, a retired Professor of English.
It was Iyer who introduced the mode of chanting the Gita verses that is still followed by Chinmaya Mission centres, Arsha Vidya centres and others as well. Swami Chinmayananda instructed Natarajan to set up Chinmaya Mission’s Madurai branch which Natarajan was able to fulfill. In 1955 Natarajan accompanied Swami Chinmayananda to Uttarakashi and helped him in the preparation of a Gita manuscript for publication. In Uttarakashi, he met Swami Chinmayananda’s Guru, Tapovan Maharaj, who advised him, ‘You have a duty to yourself which is also important.
Natarajan could not take up that offer at that point in time. However, he promised Swami Tapovana Maharaj that he would be able to come after one year and he did. Natarajan returned to Madras and took up the editorship of ‘Tyagi,’ a fortnightly magazine of Chinmaya Mission. During his stay there, Natarajan joined the Sanskrit College in Chamrajpet and had the privilege of studying one on one with Prof. I saw the Swami giving direct knowledge to the people he was teaching.