I Live To Serve


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Paperback: 32 pages
Book Dimensions: 7.0 x 4.8 x 0.05 inches
Shipping Weight: 30 grams

Intimate glimpses into
Gurudev Sivananda’s Last Days


How the Holy Master Lived
a Life of Unremitting Service
to the very End

Recorded by

N. Ananthanarayanan

Table of Contents

The Universal Prayer (Back Cover)  
Dedication 3
Publishers’ Note 4
Prophecy That Became True 5
The Master Did Give Many Indications, But ……
The Devotees Didn’t Want To Believe
When Generous Gurudev Began To Tighten His Purse-String 7
The Transition From Pada-Puja To Paduka-Puja 8
The ‘Calendar’ Episode 9
How Much Have I Given? How Long Will It Run? 9
A Flood Of Inspiring Articles 10
A Statement And A Glance: Gurudev Gives One More Indication 11
The Last Satsang 11
“I May Be Ill, But I Cannot Stop My Work!” 12
The Holy Master’s Last Dictation 12
Gurudev Fondles A New Book From His Sick-Bed 14
Gurudev Displays Dual Consciousness 15
Swamiji Finds Out The Doctor’s Ruse 16
“Our Children! Our Children!!” 17
His Body Was Sick, But His Spirit Was Cheerful 17
The Master’s Mysterious Upadesh On Holy Guru Purnima 18
Gurudev’s Lasting Interest In
The Welfare Of Each Individual Disciple
“Serve. Love. Give. Purify. Meditate. Realise.” 20
The Picture Of A Sage In Sahaja Samadhi 20
Gurudev’s Genteel Manners And Inborn
Kindness Last Till His Last Breath
A Mystic Utterance 22
Swamiji Silently Enjoys A Nadasvaram Recital ….
Wants His Thanks To Be Conveyed To The Artiste
Gurudev Receives The Union Health Minister 23
The Master’s Love For Ganga Darshan 24
The Last Written Words Of The Holy Master 25
Silk Saree For The Nurse 25
Swamiji’s Concern For The Ashram Workers 26
A Last, Lingering Look …. And Farewell To Ganga! 26
At Dead Of Night …. Gurudev Writes 27
Self-Consciousness Or Super-Consciousness? 27
He Knew His Condition Better Than All Doctors 28
Enough, Enough! 28
All Is Done …. For Once Let Me Relax 29
Love Unto The Last 29
“I Have Many Things To Do!” …. And So He Lives Even Today 30

Give Me My Last Drink!
The Master’s Eternal Love For Mother Ganga



In Loving Memory
of the Most Holy One


When the Holy Master Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj discarded his physical sheath in July, 1963, letters came pouring in from devotees everywhere desiring us to convey to them details of Gurudev’s last days. At that time, preoccupied as we all were in the Ashram with diverse matters of immediate consequence, we could not meet the wishes of the devotees in full measure. We did publish details of Gurudev’s illness, the treatment given to him, his Mahasamadhi and the ceremonies which followed; but we could give only an outline of his last days.

Now we present in the following pages a more detailed account of the touching incidents which filled the Master’s life during the period immediately preceding his Mahasamadhi. Through a critical portrayal of these incidents, the author, an inmate of the Ashram, has vividly brought out many of the characteristic traits in Gurudev’s personality which captured the heart of his wide circle of devotees.

We have pleasure in releasing this small booklet in the New Year in hallowed memory of Gurudev.

January 5, 1965



O Adorable Lord of Mercy and Love!
Salutations and prostrations unto Thee.
Thou art Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.
Thou art Satchidananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss Absolute).
Thou art the Indweller of all beings.

Grant us an understanding heart,
Equal vision, balanced mind,
Faith, devotion and wisdom.
Grant us inner spiritual strength
To resist temptations and to control the mind.
Free us from egoism, lust, greed, hatred, anger and jealousy.
Fill our hearts with divine virtues.

Let us behold Thee in all these names and forms.
Let us serve Thee in all these names and forms.
Let us ever remember Thee.
Let us ever sing Thy glories.
Let Thy Name be ever on our lips.
Let us abide in Thee for ever and ever.

                                                        Swami Sivananda

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