A Messenger of Peace and Wisdom
A Souvenir released on Swami Krishnananda's 75th Birthday


My Obeisance

by Swami Sivachidananda

I had no opportunity to have Darshan of Worshipful Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj either in 1958 (when I got Mantra Diksha from Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj) or in 1962, Gurupurnima Day, which I attended here at the Sivanandashram Headquarters. But in 1964, during Gurudev's first Punyatithi Aradhana observations, I first listened to Swamiji Maharaj and concluded that my beloved Gurudev had proved his last Gurupurnima message (1963) true. The message read thus: "Forget and remember. Forget the body and remember I am the all-pervading Immortal Self." – that he is manifesting himself as Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, His heart and as Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj, His head (brain). I was consoled to see my Gurudev in His transformed, rather transmigrated spiritual personalities.

When Parama Pujya Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj replied to my prayer saying, "If Krishnananda Swamiji will approve, I have no objection to grant you Sannyasa Diksha tomorrow, the Gurupurnima Day, 24.7.1983." I went to Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj. After much hurdles when I met Swamiji Maharaj and prayed for granting me Sannyasa Diksha, Swamiji Maharaj graciously and instantaneously said, "You are the fittest person for Sannyas." I got Sannyasa Diksha from two luminaries of the present day spiritual world.

I am indebted to Swamiji Maharaj. I am learning everything at everytime from Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj, the Vedanta Kesari, the moving library and the custodian of the Virat-Svarupa of Gurudev, the Divine Life Society.

As an insignificant humble servant I feel blessed to contribute my hearty obeisance to the Great Spiritual Hero, the Bhakta, Jnani and Karmi together, and pray on this sublime Amrita Mahotsava Day to Sri Gurudev and Lord Jagannath to grant Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj perfect health and long life to guide us all till we are elevated to his stature to further Gurudev's Mission of spiritual service to mankind.