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170Birthday of Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj

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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Apr 25, 2000
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      Krishnananda: 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
      and conflicts.

      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,




      Om tryambakam yajamahe
      sugandhim pushtivardhanam
      uurvarukamiva bandhanaan
      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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