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


"Freed from attachment, fear and anger, absorbed in Me, taking in Me, purify by the fire of knowledge, many have attained MY Being" says Bhagavan Krishna in the fourth chapter of the Srimad Bahgavad Gita.

This statement of the Lord Krishna verily applies to Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj. This is not an exaggeration. But those who have seen Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj and lived with him for sometime will surely corroborate this truth.

Swami Krishnanandaji has served the great Guru Swami Sivananandaji Maharaj and His Mission for more than 28 years in various capacities and now he is functioning as the General Secretary of this great Mission. He will be completing his 50th year on the 25th April of this year. We thought to observe this joyous occasion in a befitting manner.

Until recently we had no plans of any celebration as Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj is averes to all such honours and recognitions. During the recent tour of worshipful Swmai Chidanandaji Maharaj, (our venerable President of the Divine Life Society Headquarters) in Gujarat, we approached him and gave a hint about our plan to celebrate Swami Krishnananda's Birthday at the Headquarters. Revered Swamiji Maharaj gave his consent and his blessings. Then immediately we wrote to all devotees and informed about this happy event.

Swami Krishnananda will always be regarded with respect and gratitude because of his spiritual service to the Mission of his great Master Swami Sivananda and the humanity at large. Swamiji has done great service to the spiritual world by his unique writings. His writings reveal the soul of a man, and his actions speak of the qualities of his character.

In this present volume a number of contribution from his admirers have been included on the "Life and Work" of Swami Krishnananda and every one of the article will speak for itself.

Sivananda Adhvaryoa
April 16th, 1972