He was an
unmatched and unparalleled gem. Born in unknown corner of
He was an ideal
monk. He was able to do everything through his thought vibrations. Never did he
become a head of any institution or association but a number of heads and
presidents of socio-religious and political institution came to him for his
guidance, grace and blessings.
Sivananadaji Maharaj never toured to the west but people from all corners of the
world came to him after being inspired by his writings. He preached by his
exemplary life. His life was embodiment of teaching. His mere sight elevated the
minds of thousands. He was a living assurance for others for the realization of
the absolute. Many drew inspiration from the sight of him during his holy
presence and even today many more get inspiration from his holy Samadhi shrine
from his holy abode at Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh.
He was beautiful
within and without, ever absorbed in His inner being and beyond the realm of his
thought vibrations yet controlling everything with it. He was strong indeed; His
divine thoughts transmitted to the long distance & purified the world and
enter the minds of thousands. The world will rejoice his memory for a long time
He healed by suggestion. In spite of being a
doctor, He gave drugfree treatment. By powerful suggestions, he cured many
people in the east & the west who sought refuge in him. He cured a
variety of diseases. After having learned this great science of healing in his
austerity, during his Tapasya, He always preached about the power of
sincere prayer, prayers for peace and prosperities of mankind. He prayed for
them, those who needed his prayer. He used to say, allopathic, homeopathy,
ayurvedopathy or unanipathy may fail but NAMO PATHY- the holy name of the Lord
will never fail. Sooner or later all prayers are answered. Such indomitable was
his faith in prayers and power of the absolute with which he could move the
His mission of
Divine Life stands for service and love to the mankind for charity, purity for
meditation and finally the goal of self-realization. His
very life itself was his message. He lived and breathed only for the good
of the known and unknown countless people not only on this planet earth but
perhaps also many other distant planets.
He lived through
his physical and mental presence in small little thatched hut and most of his
penance days hardly had square meal to satisfy his need but he has taken very
tender care of each of his devotees & visitors providing them with the
served sick and poor, cows and dogs, known and unknown, far and wide. His name
was Sivananda but widely he was known as Givananda and SEVANANDA (having bliss
Sivanandaji’s compassion was boundless. The scorpions, lizards, mice or
snakes, used to scroll around fearlessly in his room in front of him. He would
not disturb them and they would not bother Him. What an understanding! What
compassion! What a care! To him everything was Brahman! He used to say, “Sarvam
Braham-mayam re-re ladaka Brahman! Ladaki Brahman! Gadha Ghadhi
bhi Brahman!”. Everything is Brahman, Boys or Girls, donkey or
monkey, everything is bliss bliss bliss! Absolute!!!
were not merely funny words or attitude, but these were his very realization of
the ultimate truth.
life was a life of illumination and light.
Divine qualities such as fearlessness and purity of the heart conferred
liberation to him. The effect of Sattwa Guna made him established in
truth and made him understand & distinguished between what is real and what
Swami Sivananadaji Maharaj was an embodiment
of pure Sattawa. Total purity. From head to foot he was heart, oozing
with love and only love to serve and love, give and purify, meditate and
realize. Though he breathed last on
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