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Friday, November 16, 2012


Swami Ranganathananda
1908 - 2005

``One day we came to know that Maharaj (Swami Ranganathananda) was very sick and was admitted to the I.C.U. of a nursing home. I, being a doctor, was permitted to go inside. He was having drips for treatment of diabetes. The same evening he was to release a book written by somebody. I requested Maharaj not to leave the hospital and cancel the book-release that day, as he was very sick. But to my surprise, though he could not sit properly, he took permission from the doctors, went to the venue of the function and released the book, then went back to the nursing home. This showed his determination to serve the cause and keep his commitment. It also showed that he had no body consciousness.`` 1


  1. The Monk without Frontiers (Reminiscences by Dr. Shunila Malik), Swami Ranganathananda Birth Centenary Celebration Committee. Page No. 513-514
  2. Photo courtesy – Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, Hyderabad – 500 029 

A life with a mission

Swami Ramakrishnananda
(1863 - 1911)

`One afternoon it was drizzling and the sky was overcast with clouds. A hackney carriage came in time to take the Swami (Swami Ramakrishnananda) to his class. The swami asked a brahmacharin [probably Shankarananda himself] to accompany him that day. The carriage arrived in George Town, where the swami used to hold on of his classes. …. There was no one else in the room. The swami waited for about a quarter of an hour but no one turned up. He then opened his Upanishad and began to read and explain with all ardour and amiability. After an hour he stopped, closed his book and said to the brahmacharin, ``Well, let us go.`` The brahmacharin followed him to the carriage which was waiting. On the way he asked the swami, ``How is it that you gave the class for fully one hour though nobody turned up.`` The swami replied, ``I have not come to teach anybody. I only fulfill the vow I have taken.`` 1

1. Reminiscences by Swami Shankarananda (God Lived with Them, Swami Chetanananda. Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata 14. Page No. 284)