Who is Chidananda


Sri Swami Venkatesananda

This article is a chapter from the book Chidanandam: The Joy of Knowing Him.

Chidanandarupa Sivoham Sivoham
Chidanandarupa Sivoham Sivoham

Glorious children of Siva,
Forget all that you have heard.
Listen to your darling Krishna.
All that others have said about Chidananda is not true.
Chidananda cannot distinguish between cat and dog
And makes them eat together.
He can neither keep money nor accounts;
Yet he is the General Secretary of the Divine Life Society.
He is a practical saint;
Yet, he is made a Professor.
Even by chance vice cannot touch him;
Yet, he is a Vice-Chancellor.
To him dog and God are same;
Yet, he is called a man of discrimination.
He always wants to hide himself;
Yet, he is called the Light of Divine Life.
He is the greatest servant of humanity;
Yet, he is called a Swami, Master.
He is always worried about other people’s happiness;
Yet, he is called Chidananda.
He himself says he is nothing;
Yet, you call him a Mahatma.
He is bound by the strong rope of our love;
Yet, he is called a Jivanmukta.
I have imprisoned him in my heart;
Yet, you call him a Liberated Soul.
I will tell you the truth.
Who is Chidananda?
Chidananda is……………
Don’t try to describe him.
You will fail.
Silence is God’s Name.

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