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Glorious Fifty Years of Wisdom and Service
A Souvenir released on Swami Krishnananda's 50th Birthday

The Dynamic Saint in the Sivananda Ashram

by Hans Franke and Mother Margret

Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj is one of the main supporters of the Sivanada Ashram and the Divine Life Society. When we were led before him during our stay at the Sivananda Ashram, Swamiji received us most cordially and welcomed us. He was well informed of our Branch in Cologne-Porz and we had the feeling that we were before the most loving and tender person. This was what we felt in the presence of Swami Krishnanandaji. Sri Krishnananda is always engaged with the affairs of the Ashram. The room where he works is always frequented by visitors, Swamis, secretaries and seekers. They come and go without interruption. Swamiji dictates letters checks invoices, welcomes new arrivals and gives advices. Most of the time he is seen with his secretaries giving dictations by turn. Brahmacharis, who serve him, provide tea, confectionery and sweets to the visiting guests who come to see him. If Swami Krishnanandaji knows that a visitor likes coffee, he gives order to serve him with a good coffee.

When you are with Swami Krishnanandaji in his office, you get the impression that you are in the office of a director of a large company and who manages it with an utmost ease. But at the same time, you feel strongly that there is something much more than this behind this dynamic saint, a capacity to guide mankind to their highest destiny. Notwithstanding the overburden of work particularly with regard to the intensity of work, Swamiji is kind to everybody and always ready for a joke. He is an example of a Karma Yogi. In fact, he lives what he teaches. In the course of the conversation with Sri Krishnnandaji Maharaj, we witnessed the tremendous intuitive power of his mind. The modest Karma-Yogi changed into a great Yogi and a famous philosopher of India and its culture.

We bow before H. H. Sri Krishnanandji Maharaj filled with admiration and humility, whose life is a unique sacrifice to Sri Gurudev, the Divine Life Society and the Sivananda Ashram. On the occasion of his 50th Birthday we pray to the INFINITE ONE that HE may bestow upon our beloved Sri Swami Krishnanandaji always the very best health and infinite number of years to come to guide and inspire humanity in general. Hari om Tatsat. Om Shivadandarpanamastu.