170Birthday of Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj
- Apr 25, 2000Krishnananda: The Purest Crystal
By Swami Venkatesananda
Gurudev Swami Sivananda used to call it battlefield pratyahara. It is
the ability to live right in the middle of the intense, multifarious and
fiercest activity and yet be able to direct one's attention to the
desired objective. He himself used to sit in a crowded office,
surrounded by clattering typewriters, chattering children, contemplative
sadhaks and chanting pilgrims and carry on his conversations and
communicate his instructions as calmly as if he were alone with just the
other person in a cave.
Almost the same is the case with his illustrious disciple, Sri Swami
Krishnanandaji Maharaj. The ashram has grown enormously since 1963, and
so have the duties and responsibilities of the General Secretary.
However, these have not diminished the spiritual radiance of Swami
Krishnanandaji or his readiness to make himself available to spiritual
Seated in the courtyard outside his kutir, under a tree with a few
seekers in front of him, he reminds one of Dakshinamurti (though the
seekers at his feet may not all be aged sages). Interruptions are
countless and unpredictable. They may be routine--cheques to be signed,
bills approved, leave granted and so on; or they may be bothersome
problems relating to Ashram administration, personality clashes or
complaints and quarrels. Suddenly his discourse on a transcendental
mystery is interrupted. For the next ten minutes another universe arises
around this mysterious being. That which arises soon ceases; Swamiji
returns to his original discourse and continues as if nothing had
happened. The interruption, too, had been satisfactorily dealt with.
Each one approaching Swamiji gets the appropriate treatment! One day a
young Japanese lady approached Swamiji with some problem. Swamiji curtly
silenced her, apparently indifferent to her problem which he was
unwilling to listen to. A few minutes after she had left, a young man
asked: "Swamiji, why were you not sympathetic to her?" Swamiji quickly
answered: "She is all right." Of course, she was. Later she came and
prostrated herself before Swamiji and confessed: "You have saved me. I
am perfectly all right." No one returns without receiving his or her
deserts. Even if one is not immediately "satisfied" one is sure to
discover that that was precisely what was needed then. Swamiji alone
knows it; he alone can administer the right remedy who sees the malady
without the least distortion.
People who come to him are not only seekers and ashram officials. One
day a few missionaries had come; their mission was mysterious, perhaps
known only to themselves! They were plying Swamiji with questions
provoking him to pronounce unfavourable judgements on religious or
spiritual leaders they did not approve of. The way Swamiji handled them
was classic. It is said of Lord Krishna that "He was a friend of the
cats, who at the same time was guarding the milk pots." Swamiji would
not pronounce any judgement and he did not annoy the missionaries
either! He had indicated the truth which is beyond all these polemics
Swami Krishnanandaji is the purest crystal which reflects whatever is
placed near it. He has placed this crystal close to God, Brahman or the
Self: therefore this crystal is ever in communion with the Supreme which
is reflected in his very personality. In his vision there is no
division, in his thoughts there is no vagueness and in his words there
is no ambiguity.
Spend a few minutes at his feet. He will make you crystal clear to
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Today (April 25) is the holy ocassion of the 78th birthday anniversary
of our beloved and worshipful Swami Krishnanandaji Saraswati Maharaj.
In celebration of Swamiji's birthday, a newly redesigned website of
Swamiji's has been uploaded. A book by Swamiji titled "Spiritual Import
of Religious Festivals" has also been uploaded. This books is a
compilation of different lectures delivered on various occasions
throughout the twelve months of the year highlighting the significance
and importance of the concerned occasions every month. This book is a
highly religious compendium and deeply philosophical. Swamiji's site is
Let us all offer the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (below) to Lord Siva for
Swamiji's good health and long life.
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
MAHA MRITYUNJAYA MANTRA
Om tryambakam yajamahe
mrityor mukshiya maamritaat.
We worship the three-eyed One (Lord Siva) Who is fragrant and Who
nourishes well all beings; may He liberate us from death for the sake of
immortality even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage (to the
1. This Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a life-giving Mantra. In these days,
when life is very complex and accidents are an everyday affair, this
Mantra wards off death by snake-bite, lightning, motor-accidents,
fire-accidents, cycle-accidents, water-accidents, air-accidents and
accidents of all descriptions. Besides, it has a great curative effect.
Again diseases pronounced incurable by doctors are cured by this Mantra,
when chanted with sincerity, faith and devotion. It is a weapon against
disease. It is a Mantra to conquer death.
2. It is also a Moksha Mantra. It is Lord Sivas Mantra. It bestows long
life (Deergha Ayus), peace (Santi), wealth (Aisvarya), prosperity
(Pushti), satisfaction (Tushti) and Immortality (Moksha).
3. On your birthday, repeat one lakh of this Mantra or at least 50,000,
perform Havan and feed Sadhus, the poor and the sick. This will bestow
on you long life, peace and prosperity.
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