Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Swami Sivananda was Unique
by Sri Swami Krishnananda
Swami Sivananda was a unique person, and we are all unique disciples. We lived with him; we rubbed shoulders with him, I should say. Mighty stalwart was Swami Sivananda. His teaching was his being, his message was his gesture. He did not give lectures. If any one of us would go there, “Please instruct us, speak to us,” he will say, “What are you asking me? You see what I am doing from morning till evening. See what I am doing. That is my lecture to you.”
Very large-hearted person, very compassionate he was. Always he will give. He will not take anything. Anything you offer, he will distribute: give, give, give, give, give. Humorously, local people used to say: “It is not Sivananda, it is Givananda.” Give, give, give, give, give. His only one teaching is give, give, give, give. The more you give, the more you will receive. This philosophy must be borne in mind. In giving, we don’t lose anything, though people think that they are going to lose certain things: “If I give something, part of my property goes away.” No, it is not like that. Part of the selfishness goes away, really. It’s not money that goes, because the possession is part of the selfishness of the individual, so when you give something, a little bit of the selfishness goes. Then immediately it is filled in by the cosmic powers, so blessing comes.
Give, give, give. If anybody brings some baskets of fruits to him, he will give to everybody – distribute, distribute. He was a genius. Utter renunciation – he does not want anything. He had no house to stay in also. Though the Ashram is so big and he could have stayed in any of the buildings, but he did not want to occupy any building here. He wanted to stay in a small, cave-like room on the bank of the Ganga, which they call Gurudev’s Kutir nowadays. There is no sunlight also, and there is no proper fresh air entering. Only he can see Ganga, that’s all. He said, “I want to see Ganga only, Ganga.” “I will go to Ganga only,” he will say. Want nothing, but give everything. This is like God Himself. God will not expect anything from anybody, but He will give everything.
With such a great master we lived long, long years. He passed away in 1963, leaving a vacuum in the Ashram because a person of his stature is difficult to find. You cannot find a person like him easily anywhere. There are so many ashrams – everywhere ashrams, ashrams – but they will not give anything. They will only receive offerings from devotees. They will not give anything.
September 8th is the 136th Birthday Anniversary of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
The Mighty Godman of Our Age
By Swami Krishnananda
This book is a compilation of eighteen discourses on Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj that Swami Krishnananda gave over the years. Swamiji discusses the circumstances that necessitated the incarnation of Sri Gurudev on Earth at that period in history and the spiritual renaissance that arose at the beginning of the twentieth century. Swamiji also talks about Gurudev’s early days in Rishikesh and his austere tapas, various aspects of Gurudev’s nature, his mission in the world, and the founding and purpose of The Divide Life Society.
When Swami Krishnananda speaks about Sri Gurudev, it is from direct experience as a disciple who lived closely with the holy Master for decades, and along with this personal viewpoint Swamiji brings everything to Universality in a totality of vision.
For more information, please see: The Mighty Godman of Our Age
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