Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
The Great Awakener
by Dr. Sarat Chandra Behera
Cheer up. Be bold. I am by thy side. I dwell within thee as part of the eternal Antaryamin, the Supreme Indweller, with whom I am ever one in spirit. This is the thrilling assurance of Chidananda to the countless devotees all over the globe struggling to move in his care from the unreal to the Real, from darkness to Light, from the mortal to the Imperishable. He is a cosmic friend, a world teacher, a unique inspirer and a dynamic divine messenger, improving the lot of humanity through his infinite compassion, radiant purity, soulful Bhajans, and the solemn admonitions which constitute a sort of electrifying shock-treatment to the materialists of the modern age.
Right from 1949, when he donned the ochre garb and assumed the office of the General Secretary of the Divine Life Society, he has given himself entirely to the colossal task of awakening the masses from inertia and heedlessness, and making them develop the right resolution and tread the right path for attainment of Self-realisation. The story of his epic efforts as a great awakener began rather innocently. As has been told earlier, Sivananda one day sent for him and asked him to proceed to Patna in Bihar to inaugurate a Branch of the Divine Life Society. It was only a simple mission incidentally thrust on his shoulders. But his visit had such electrifying impact on the masses that thereafter he was to have no respite. As the years went by, more and more people began vociferously demanding his gracious attention and he has continued to remain an itinerant messenger of God ever since.
Swamiji’s Patna visit, which ended as an extensive tour of Bihar, was followed by the epochal All-India Tour in the company of the Master. Seekers all over India soon realised Chidananda’s greatness and came to look forward to hearing his sermons and instructions as priceless things. At the Parliament of Religions at Rishikesh in 1953, he played the role of the prime mover on all the sessions. Through the persuasive power of his logic and intense spiritual fervour he brought home to the listeners the fundamental message that religion alone can unite humanity. Observing the impact he registered on the masses, the Holy Master felt the necessity of sending him out more and more frequently to do spiritual service of the people. He was the one to be always deputed as his personal representative to preside over the various Divine Life Conferences.
September 24th is the 105th Birthday Anniversary of Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
The Holy StreamThis 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.
by Dr. Sarat Chandra Behera
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.
For more information, please see: The Holy Stream
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Someone once asked Swami Chinmayananda, the founder of Chinmaya Mission: “Is the ideal Jivanmukta of the Bhagavad Gita a mere scriptural representation or a living reality? Is there anybody today who may fittingly be called a Sthitaprajna?” He answered, “Yes. There are such great ones. One is Ma Ananadamayee and the other is Swami Chidananda. One should behold them and get sanctified.”
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