The Holy Stream

The Inspiring Life Story of Swami Chidananda

by Dr. Sarat Chandra Behera, M.A., Ph.D.,
Professor of History,
Sambalpur University

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Hardcover: 240 pages
Book Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 350 grams

Table of Contents

About This Book
Dedication (3)
Letter by Swami Chidananda (4)
Humble Submission (7)
CHAPTER ONE : Cradle of Culture 13
CHAPTER TWO : In Quest of God 24
CHAPTER THREE : Twenty Years of Discipleship 58
CHAPTER FOUR : Epochal Tour with the Master 96
CHAPTER FIVE : In the New World 107
CHAPTER SIX : Global Tour 120
CHAPTER SEVEN : In the Company of Saints 140
CHAPTER EIGHT : Friend of the Downtrodden 160
CHAPTER NINE : The Great Awakener 173
CHAPTER TEN : Rare Divine Personality 185
CHAPTER ELEVEN : Treasure House of Teachings 211
CHAPTER TWELVE : The Life Divine 225
The Universal Prayer 230
Select Bibliography 238

About This Book

In the lap of the Mother

This very interesting and extremely readable Biography of H.H. Most Revered President Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, containing rare pictures of Worshipful Swamiji Maharaj even from his childhood, is now available after a lapse of nearly 23 years. The book was first printed and published at Kolkata (West Bengal) by the devotees of the Eastern Zone. They did this as a loving selfless service to the Headquarters at Shivanandanagar. They made it clear that All Rights are Reserved by The Divine Life Trust Society (Headquarters). Now, after more than two decades, the book has been printed at the Y.V.F.A. Press of the Ashram. Sadgurudev’s Delhi devotees have generously provided the necessary funds for its printing.

This book contains 240 pages, 35 photos, and spans a time-period of over 60 years of Parama Pujya Swamiji’s Life, right from Swamiji’s childhood.

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our, lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.




“At the end of many births the wise man comes to Me,
realising that all this is Vaasudeva (the all-pervading
One); such a great soul (Mahatma) is rare, indeed.”
Bhagavadgita: VII-19

Rishikesh, U.P.

Radiant Divinity!
Beloved Friend,

Homage Unto the Divine! May God bless you! Peace be unto you! Gurudev Swami Sivananda’s choicest blessings grant you highest spiritual Illumination.

Your life here is a gift of God. It is a golden chance to attain Divine Perfection which is your birthright. Do not miss this rare opportunity. Attain Divine Perfection and thus fulfil your life’s mission.

Purify your heart through selfless service. Control your mind & steady it through devotion and daily worship. Go beyond the darkness of ignorance through intense meditation. Realize the Divine Reality and attain Bliss, Peace and Illumination.

Link yourself with God. His Divine qualities will flow into your nature and transform it into Godliness. Become a centre of Divinity and benefit all mankind by your Divine Life of Love, Compassion and Service!

All success to you!

Swami Chidananda

Humble Submission

The author presents this life-story as a votive offering at the lotus feet of Gurudev Sri Swami Chidananda Saraswati. He is deeply grateful to the compassionate Master without whose kind blessings he could not have brought the work to its present shape. It is only through the Master’s grace that this humble servant could venture to tackle the overwhelming task of capturing the myriad-sided, radiant effulgence of a grand divine life in the small compass of a volume such as this.

The author is grateful to Sri Swami Krishnanandaji, Sri Swami Venkatesanandaji, Sri Swami Pranavanandaji of Malaysia, Sri Swami Aseshananda, Mother Paula Cornely and Mother Yvonne Lebeau whose writings he has freely utilised in the present work. He owes a special measure of grateful thanks to Sri Swami Dhyanananda who inspired him to write this life-story by narrating some of his experiences with Swamiji.

The author is grateful to all the Purvashram relatives of Swamiji–particularly to the late Mother Gopi Bai of loving memory, Sri Venkat Rao, Sri Raghavendra Rao, Sri N. S. Rao, Dr. B. N. K. Sharma, Srimati Malati Bai, Srimati Padma Bai, Srimati Sudha Bai and Srimati Vatsala Bai–for supplying him information about the early life of the saint. They all belong to that great family which is distinguished and generous in more than one way. Their loving co-operation will ever be a cherished memory with the author.

Grateful thanks are due to Sri Devidas Girdharlal Chandarana, Sri V. R. Chakravarthi, Dr. Ramdas, Sri P. Chentsal Rao, Sri G. M. Manjunathayya, Sri Mizar Govind Pai, Sri K. Balkrishna Rao, Sri S. Shanmugam of Malaysia, Sri Swami Satchidananda and Brahmachari Karmananda of Trinidad, Mother Shivpremananda of Worishofen-Dorschhausen, Sri Hans Franke of Porz Eil, Sri N. Balachandran and Sri M. Sivarasa of Ceylon, Dr. V. S. Mani, Sri N.S.V. Row, Sri Subbaramayya Naidu, Sri H. D. Sharma, Srimati Gopalraj Urs, late Sri S. C. Deboji of loving memory, Sri D. C. Choudhury, Sri C. R. Mohanty, Sri C. S. Das, Sri H. H. Mahapatra, Sri Mahesh Tripathi, Sri Kiran Shankar Tripathi, Mother Kamala Chopra, Mother Savitri Nilakanthan and Mother Nirmala Natarajan who have provided various informations and some rare photographs, which have been utilised in the biography.

The author is deeply beholden to all the gracious Sadhaks of Sivanandashram–particularly to Sri Swami Vimalananda, Sri D. Nagarkar, Sri Narasimhulu, late Sri Ramanna Rai and Sri Ramaswarup–who furnished various informations and extended kind co-operation in more than one way. He is specially grateful to his Gurubhai Dr. M. S. Pati, who lovingly joined this servant of Gurudev in the holy service of composing the present work.

Sri Ram Niwas Gupta, the esteemed President of the Divine Life Society, Eastern Zone, and worthy son of the late Revered Sri Kashiram Gupta, has all along been a great source of encouragement to the author. But for his devotion and dedication, the present work could not have seen the light of the day so soon. The author expresses his heartfelt thanks and gratitude to this distinguished patron of the Divine Life Society.

The work belongs to the Holy Master Swami Chidananda, my revered preceptor. May he be gracious to accept it in his loving hands. This is my prayer and humble submission.

17th July, 1981

Sarat Chandra Behera

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