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HIS MISSION AND MESSAGE
Table of Contents
Dedication 5 Publishers’ Note 7 Guru Vandana 8 Ode to the Master
—M. Ramakrishna Bhatt, M.A
10 Golden Era is at Hand
14 Salutations to Siva
—A. Venkararama Sastri
25 Swami Sivananda: A Siddha Jnani
—Sir. C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar
29 Mission of Swami Sivananda
—Justice N. Chandrasekhara Aiyer
33 Sivananda on Education
—R.K. Joshi, B.A.
34 Yoga in Denmark
41 My Visit to Ananda Kutir
—P.N. Janakiraman, B.A.
43 Dynamic Missionary
—K.R.R. Sastri, M.A., M.L.
45 Perfect Guide
46 A Tribute
—Mohanlal Saksena, M.P.
48 Impetus to Evolution
—B.S. Mathur, M.A.
48 Light of the Himalayas
50 Champion of Jnana Yajna
—Capt. V.S. Mani, L.M.S.
53 Living Example of the Eastern Lore
55 Service to Humanity
—Somnath Dhar, M.A.
56 Divine Savant
58 Bear Insult: Bear Injury
—Shantilata Duara, M.A.
60 Spiritual Historian of our Age
—Nalini M. Bhatt, M.A.
63 The Spiritual Dynamo
—Duncan Greenless, M.A.
66 Sage of Ananda Kutir
—Dr. P. Govindarajulu
67 The Universal Teacher
—S. P. Jain Nasim
70 The Connecting Link between East and West
—Saroja Nayar, B.A.
71 The Doctor of Doctors
—Dr. M. C. Davar
72 Saviour of our Age
74 Sidelights of a Saintly Life
—Dr. V.V. Narasingh Rao, B.A.
75 Some Notes on the Horoscope of Swami Sivananda
77 Teachings of Sivananda 80 Light of Twentieth Century
90 Homage from Varanasi
91 Outstanding Features of Siva’s Personality
93 Master of the Masses and His Message
95 Master’s Magnanimity
100 Apostle of Peace
—Hussain K. Iranshahr
101 As I Saw Him in My Dream
102 Vision of My Gurudev
103 When the Educated Sang and Danced
104 Long Live Sivananda
—Dr. Ramjas, L.C.P.S.
110 Miracle of Personal Service
—R. Narayanswami, M.A.
113 Grace of My Master
114 Birthday Prayer
116 The Point Within the Circle
117 Swamiji Has Rekindled My Inner Light
—Dr. Madhusudan, M.B.B.S.
119 Make Me Thy Flute
120 Saviour Supreme
121 I Found My Gurudev
122 Saint Sivananda
—Rajani Mohan Chakravarti, B.A.
124 Realisation Through Service
125 Siva Can Show the Light
126 Knight of the Himalayas
—P.V.R. Krishna Rao, B.A.
128 Princely Seer
—Indrajit Sharma, M.A.
129 The Universal Message
—L.V. Van Beest
132 Sivananda the Doctor
—Oscar G. Pfaus, Ph.D., D. Litt.
133 Hymns to the Saintly One
136 Guru Bhakti Yoga
—Govinda Krishna Iyer
140 Practical Ascetic
141 Sivananda an Analytical Study
—Lt. Col. A.N.S. Murthi
142 In Humble Homage
—A.V. Raman, M.A.
151 Siva Has been a Crystalising Influence to Me
154 The Saga of a Renascent Spirit
157 In the service of the Common man
—Jagannath Kaul, M.A.
160 Mystic of the Himalayas
166 Greetings from the National Leaders 169 Echo of Sivananda 171 Approaching the Guru
175 The Divine Life Movement 184 Garland of Vedanta
185 Modern Saint with a Message for Modern Man
196 Sivananda’s Career and Mission in Life 199 Sivananda’s Services to the Common Man
—Dr. M. Hafiz Syed, Ph.D., D. Litt
202 Grand World Teacher
—A.K. Sinha, M.A.
205 The Giver of Light
207 A Living Krishna
207 Jnana Yagna on a Global Scale
—Dr. D.G. Londhey, Ph. D.
208 A Study of Sivananda
209 Writings of Siva
—R. W. Cornwall
215 Apostle of Indian Culture
—National Cultural Organisation
217 Siva’s Disciple 219 Highest Culture of Upanishads
220 The Universal Guru
228 A Miracle-Healing
—Capt. Subramaniam, D.P.H.
231 Letters of Sivananda 233 The Sage: His Mission and Message
238 Yoga in Scandinavia
244 The Light of the East
—William Hookens, MA.
245 Our Great Spiritual Leader and Guide
—V.K. Erady, B.A., B.L.
249 How Best to Celebrate the Sivananda Jayanti
—A.T. Mulla, B. Com.
251 I Found My Way to Life-in-Spirit
—Dr. Erling G. Madsen, M.D.
252 A Holy Day
—Dr. W. Luftig, M.D.
256 My Visit to Uttarakhand
—C R. Pattabhi Raman
256 Secret of Popularity of Sivananda’s Works
257 Divine Life
—Vinoy Vihari, M. Sc.
258 Voice of the Himalayas
261 Happy Birthday Greetings
269 Blessed Ananda Kutir
—Lt. Comm. J.J. Burman
270 A Sacred Day
272 Sivananda Tara Haram
273 Modern Messiah
276 Master and the Ashram
—S. Bihari Lai Varma, M.A.
279 A Birthday Flower
283 My Vision of Sivananda
—V.R. Subbarayudu, B.A.
284 To the Sadguru
—Suryakanta B. Shah, B.A.
289 Fountain of Eternal Bliss
—Maj. Gen. A.N. Sharma
290 Swamiji Has Created History
—N. C. Ghosh, M. A.
291 Need of the World
—Dr. B.L. Atreya, Ph. D.
292 Manna for the Western Mind
—Florence la Fontaine Randall
293 Obiter Dicta
294 The Path to the Abode of Bliss
—Dr. Hetram Agarwal, M.D.
296 Our Greatest Good Fortune
301 Voice of Sivananda 303 A Glorious Missionary
306 Hail to the Rajarishi
—Gopi Chand B. Sadhwani
308 A Divine Emissary
—Rishal Singh Verma
309 Birthday Greetings
311 Swami Sivananda as Marga Bandhu
—Y. Mahalinga Sastri, M.A.
312 Jnana Pushpa
315 Truth is Stranger than Fiction
317 Miracles of the Maharishi
361 A Great Riddle
377 Prarthana Ashtakam
417 Homage to Swami Sivananda
—F.G. Natesa Aiyar
419 The Tamer’ of Worldly Men
425 Seven Self-Cultures
426 Sivananda: A Portraiture
428 Place of Sat Guru in Sadhana
433 Sivananda: Day-to-Day
435 Never Hurt Others 436 Siva’s Ambition 437 The Place Of Ambition In Sadhu’s Life 438 Never Rest On Your Laurels 439 Song of a Jnana Yogin
440 A Disciple’s Outpourings
441 Distinguished Visitors at Ananda Kutir 442 Sermon on Sannyasa Initiation
449 Landmarks in the Progress of Sivananda’s Mission 451 Obstacles to Meditation
456 The Siva Avatara
—A. Venkatarama Sastri
458 A Letter to an Aspirant
459 The Message of the Master
—A. Rama Rao
460 Sublime Thoughts from Upanishads
462 Successor to Mahatma Gandhi
463 Twenty Spiritual Instructions
465 Swami Sivananda’s Works In Foreign Languages 466 Prayer for World Peace
468 The Advent of a World Teacher
—Institute of Life Science
468 What is Samadhi
470 A Peep Into Swamiji’s Previous Birth
—V S. Krishnaswamy, M.A.
473 The Call of Sivananda
475 The Two Birthdays
—Dr. M.S. Natarajan, Ph.D.
477 Song of Sadhana
478 Song of Upadesamritam
478 Swamiji’s Appeal is Universal
—Dr. D.G. Londhey, Ph.D.
479 The Heart of Sivananda 479 Enrichment of Humanity
480 Glory to Guru
—Pushpa Anand, M.A.
483 Sivananda and the West
—Dr. Max Borkman M.D.
483 Spiritual Leader of the Modern Times
485 Arise! Awake! Plunge In Selfless Service
488 Sivananda’s Contribution to Indian Culture
—Dr. W. Knutsford, Ph.D., D. Litt.
492 Practical Vedanta
495 India’s Spiritual Leader and Guide
—V.K. Erady, B.A., B.L.
497 Prophet of Practical Philosophy
—Dr. Brij Behari Lal
503 Foremost Among Spiritual Leaders
504 How I Chose My Preceptor
—Dr.V. Ramadas, M.B.B.S.
505 Birthday Choir
—Santananda, M.A., L.T.
507 My First Visit to Ananda Kutir
—S.G. Ramalingam, B.A.
508 Victory to Siva
510 An Estimation of the Inestimable
511 A Homage from South America
—Dr. Edward ...Bittencourt, D. Litt.
513 Scintilla of the Acorn Sprout
515 Birthday Song
—Kamala and Gita
527 Sixty-sixth Birthday Celebrations at D.L.S. Branches 527 Greetings from Far and Near
—Cables and Telegrams
532 As the World Beholds the Sage 534 APPENDIX 540
To the World-Teacher
To raise the fallen,
To lead the blind,
To share what he had with others,
To bring solace to the afflicted,
To cheer up the suffering,
To serve God in all humanity,
Was his life’s mission.
The present work owes its origin to the Souvenir Number of The Divine Life, published in commemoration of Sri Swami Sivanandaji’s sixty-sixth birthday in September 1952. A large number of contributions were received from far and near, of which only a few could be incorporated in the journal. The rest are presented herein.
This publication is more or less a record of the various shades of opinion expressed by His Holiness’ disciples, admirers and associates, eminent and common. Here indeed is a study of the Master from different angles of estimation, some extraordinarily devout and ardent, while some others quite reticent and mellow.
The life story of a saint who has dedicated himself to the service of humanity rising above self-centred ambitions and tumults of earthly passions and pairs, is a perennial font of glorious inspiration, optimism and courage to the entire humanity. Thus the purpose of this compilation is amply clear.
No literary portraiture is complete unless it contains the enlivening touch of the subject himself. It is, therefore, quite a good many contributions from the pen of Sri Swami Sivanandaji have also been incorporated herein.
They will provide the reader with a first-hand knowledge of his teachings and speak for themselves his life’s mission.
20th January 1953
—The Divine Life Society
OM Namo Brahmaadibhyo Brahmavidyaa-sampradaaya-kartribhyo
Vamsha-Rishibhyo namo mahadbhyo namo gurubhyah.
Sarvopaplavarahitah prajnaanaghanah Pratyagartho Brahmaivaahamas
OM Naaraayanam Padmabhavam Vasishtham
Shaktim cha tatputraparaasharam cha,
Vyaasam Shukam Gaudapadam mahaantam
Padmapaadam cha hastaamalakam cha sishyam,
Tam trotakam vaarttikakaaramanyaan
Shrutismritipuraanaanaam aalayam karunaalayam,
Namaami bhagavatpaadam Shankaram Lokashankaram.
Shankaram Shankaraachaaryam Keshavam baadaraayanam.
Sootrabhaashyakritau vande Bhagavantau punah punah.
Ishwaro Gururaatmeti moortibhedavibhaagine, Vyomavadvyaaptadehaaya Dakshinaamoortaye namah.
OM. Prostration to Brahma and others, the great Gurus, the givers of knowledge of Brahman, through tradition [i.e., the line of Guru-Sishya Parampara], the Rishis of [our] line. I am that Brahman Itself, the Internal Substance, the Mass of Consciousness, free from all faults.
I prostrate myself to Lord Narayana, Brahma, Vasishtha, Shakti, his son Parashara, Vyasa, Shuka, Gaudapada, Govindapada, his disciple Sri Shankaracharya, his disciples Padmapadacharya, Hastamalaka, Trotaka, Sureshwaracharya, the commentator, and all other Brahmavidya Gurus.
I salute Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada, the bestower of peace and auspiciousness to the world at large, the ocean of mercy, and the seat of all learning inculcated in the Shruti, Smriti and Puranas.
I adore, again and again, the Lord Siva who is Shankaracharya and the Lord Vishnu who is Badarayana [Bhagavan Vyasa], who wrote the Sutras [Vedanta] and the commentaries.
I prostrate myself to Dakshinamurti who manifests himself in three different forms as God, Preceptor and Self, and whose body is all-pervading like the sky.
Ode to the Master
(Prof M. Ramakrishna Bhatt, M. A.)
1. I worship the unique Sage, who is pure both internally and externally, who has cast all self-interests to the winds with a laughter, whose body is as lustrous as gold, whose face resembles the full moon (whose mouth contains beautiful lores) and who renders significant, the name of Lord Siva, bestowing blessedness on the universe.
2. Recognizing him quickly as the Lord, consort of Parvati coming in another guise and remembering His power (penance) which had burnt down his own body, cupid ran away in fright and is now hiding himself in the ocean.
3. The intoxicated bees, peacocks and male-cuckoos sing sweetly on the forest trees, being taught, as it were, by this wise leader of ascetics, who sings the praise of the Moon-crested Lord, the causeless friend of all.
4. Pleasant winds possessed of the three qualities blow always in the hallowed Anandakutir in order to comfort the Great World Teacher, who looks upon all beings alike and who brings solace to the entire world.
5. Having attained tranquillity from the Master who has attained the spiritual purity of the heart and who is ever tranquil, inborn enemies like the elephant and the lion, live happily with great mutual friendliness, as they are drawn by the special virtue of his company in the regions of the penance-grove.
6. The entire world has now become obedient to the great Sage without the help of the valour of massive-arms, on account of his teaching, righteous conduct (Dharma) and the Yoga of Synthesis and his loving the people as the Lord Himself.
7. In him, who is a great hero that has conquered the internal enemies, shines the creeper of learning which yields all desires, destroys sufferings, is bright with exceptional effulgence and hence flourishes by making the life of human beings worthwhile through the removal of their blindness, as does a sharp sword in the hands of a great hero who has subdued his foes. (The adjectives are common to learning and sword).
8. I Pray at heart to the Master, who is in the state of Sahaja Samadhi and who teaches us thus—"One who desires to progress along the path of spirituality that is resorted to by great men, should eschew ego and mineness and do deep discrimination as "Who am I ?"
9. I take refuge in Master Siva, who is ever performing his favourite sacrifice at the altar of the intellect of man with the sacred fire of knowledge burning bright with the oblations of the Upanishads and with the aid of a number of sacrificing priests in the form of excellent books.
10. Our Master nourishes supreme, having established his Ashram which is beneficial to the entire mankind, in the Abode of Sages called Rishikesh on the slopes of the Himalayas containing rarest gems inside, where many a sage had practised severe austerities.
11. Many a wise man, intent on finding out the Truth, wanders far and wide and comes at last by good fortune to the presence of Siva and crosses both sorrow and ignorance, the cause of mundane existence, in such a manner that there is no question of falling back again.
12. Should any person, whosoever he might be approach the Master but once with devotion, with the words, "Instruct me thy disciple", he would soon attain the Supreme Brahman, with all the dirt of his Bins dried up by his holy glances, for, our Master is a performer of such miracles!
13. May this "Nosegay of Twelve Verses to the Master" of mine offered with a devout heart on this occasion of the Master’s Birthday Festivities, lead to my spiritual beatitude by His grace!
Om Tat Sat.
Saviour of Our Age
(Sri Guhadasa, Sengalipuram)
The Gita assures us that the Supreme Lord manifests Himself in the darkest hour of crisis when the evil forces of falsehood and injustice have their complete sway over truth and justice. To dispel the darkness of Adharma He had manifested Himself as Sri Rama in Treta Yuga and as Sri Krishna in Dwapara Yuga. As saviours like Buddha and Christ He had appeared to bring into the fold of Dharma large masses of humanity. Sometimes these manifestations had the fullest expression of the Supreme Divinity, and sometimes there had been partial manifestations, which we call Poornavatara and Amsavatara, respectively.
Who does not know Swami Sivanandaji, the well-known seer of our age, who for the past so many years have been serving the great cause of the dissemination of spiritual knowledge all over the world? Having realised the Highest Truth through Karma, Bhakti and Jnana Margas, he is now always immersed in Adhyatmic Bhava and is ever engaged in selfless service of the suffering humanity. There is in him not a tinge of contempt, disregard or indifference towards any religion, any method of worship or any philosophy. In all faiths and beliefs he beholds the spirit, of oneness and advises others to look only to the essentials and disregard the non-essentials which may come in conflict with each other.
Swamiji preaches the Yoga of Synthesis, which alone can assure a harmonious development of the human personality. For the dissemination of spiritual knowledge he has published nearly two hundred books dealing practically on every aspect of religion, philosophy, ethics and medicine. The number of free literature distributed by him spontaneously in all parts of the world is inestimable. Suffice it to say that the audited reports of the accounts of his Ashrama show that books worth sixty to sixty-five thousands of rupees are distributed free every year.
The Sivanandashram serves the sick and the afflicted through an allopathic free hospital, an Ayurvedic Pharmacy and a homeopathic clinic as well. Numerous Sadhus and Daridranarayanas are everyday fed at the Annakshetra. Poor students are educated free with lodging and boarding facilities. There are many such activities directed by Sri Swamiji towards the service of humanity. The branches of the Divine Life Society in nearly all parts of the world are also following a similar routine of selfless service. Countless students are trained in different branches of Yoga. The spirit of Nishkamya Seva is always the driving force of all these activities.
I consider Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj as a saviour of our age, a Poorna Avatara of the Lord. May His teachings spread in every village, town and city in all parts of the world.
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