Date: September 24th 2013

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!

Namaste!

Today (September 24th) is the 97th birthday anniversary of revered Sri Swami Chidanandaji. In honour of this occasion we uploaded an article by Sri Kavi-Yogi Shuddhananda Bharatiar on Sri Swamiji Maharaj during Swamiji's 60th birthday anniversary. The title of the article is "The Faithful Apostle of Yoga-Vedanta" and is available at: http://www.dlshq.org/saints/chida_apostle.htm

Some excerpt from the article is attached below for our meditation.

Yours in the service of Gurudev,

Pannirselvam


"Become great. Become noble. Become magnanimous, large-hearted. Think in terms of giving, never in terms of grabbing or getting. Let not the mind think small, think petty, think mean. But let it think in a noble way, sublime way, large-hearted way, and I assure you, I promise you that you will never lack in any way whatsoever. Everything that is needed for your life here will be supplied to the minutest detail, and no mistake. The Divine takes all the responsibility of that soul which ceases to think of itself and gives of itself for the good of all, for the benefit of God's creation, God's great family." - Swami Chidananda


The Faithful Apostle of Yoga-Vedanta
by
Sri Kavi-Yogi Shuddhananda Bharatiar

THE large-hearted Sivananda during his last days listened to a melodious rendering of my magnum opus "The Bharata Shakti Maha-Kavyam", the grand Epic of Superman. He gave it a brilliant preface, and remarked: "Bharata Shakti is the richest legacy you are leaving to humanity. You must translate it into English". "Yes, I am preparing an English version of it and part of it was approved by Sri Aurobindo." "Bring it out soon..." said Swamiji.

"If God wills" I said, and demanded of him, "Swamiji, please tell me the immortal legacy that you would bequeath to humanity besides your books and buildings. Is it The Divine Life Society? Or is it the holy assembly of Sannyasins that you have trained?". Swamiji was serious for a few minutes. He saw his works piled before him. He heard the press working. Prayers were flowing from the temple. Shivananda Nagar, cradled in the music of the Ganga, was busy with multifarious
activities...But all these could outlive him only if there was a dynamic follower who could take up the onerous responsibility after him. Sivananda opened his mind after deep thought. "Of course, Chidananda-He is the living legacy I leave behind me to carry on, after me, the mission of Divine Life." But at that time Chidananda, Venkatesananda and others were not in the Ashram. "He is coming soon" said the Master. He did come; but his spirit of renunciation and God-love prevented him from undertaking any responsibility that would bind him down to worldly occupations.

He was resolved to go to Kedarnath for intense Tapasya. "I go" said he to the Master. The Master looked deep into his eyes and spoke seriously, "Chidananda, look here, it is for you that I have developed Shivanandanagar and you say now that you will leave all these and go away". This stunning remark transformed the mind of the faithful disciple. "Let Thy Will be done" said he and remained by the side of the Master and the Master's Soul entered into him and led him from victory to victory in his life dedicated to Divine Life. After the Mahasamadhi of Gurudev, Chidananda was elected President of The Divine Life Society by common consent.


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