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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! We have uploaded several talks by Sri Swami
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 14, 2003
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We have uploaded several talks by Sri Swami
      Krishnanandaji Maharaj that appeared in "What is
      Enlightenment?" magazine in 1995. They are:

      "The Call of the Absolute":

      "Do you aspire for God Realization?":

      "May the Bell Ring" Swami Krishnananda recounts a
      classic Indian tale:

      "Dare to give up the Illusion of Time" A dialogue
      with Swami Krishnananda:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      CARE OF LEPERS: Visitors to Sivananda Ashram would
      have invariably noticed that a number of lepers from
      the neighbourhood assembled outside the dispensary
      every morning and evening. The Master's special
      instruction to the aspirant managing the dispensary
      was that he should pay the utmost attention to this
      class of suffering humanity and treat them with the
      feeling that they were forms of God.

      Thus, whereas the aspirant might omit to salute with
      folded palms a sick Sadhu, he would never forget this
      when a leper approached him. The Master himself
      always took the keenest interest in the treatment of
      even dangerous and infectious cases. The Sadhus of
      Rishikesh would often relate with amazement how, in
      his early days at Swarg Ashram, he slept with cholera
      patients and served them in every possible manner,
      without the least thought of his own safety.

      Rev. Taylor of the American Leprosy Mission arrived
      with a U. P. government official. He requested the
      Master's assistance in the matter of leprosy relief
      in Rishikesh.

      The Master readily agreed to assist and later
      explained, "The government officials and also the
      State's Health Minister, Dr Gairola, have always
      sought the assistance of Sannyasins in this work.
      Why? Because these helpless victims of their
      Prarabdha Karma are neglected by all other sections
      of the community. A practising doctor would refuse to
      treat lepers, for his practice would then cease, and
      with that his earning, too. People are afraid to
      approach lepers. Only a Sannyasin who has renounced
      worldly life and who has no fear of death even, can
      boldly undertake such humanitarian service."

      Arrangements were made in the evening to visit the
      leper colony in the morning. As usual the Master was
      able to determine not only the main issues but also
      all the side issues connected with it.

      "Dr Subramaniam will accompany us. We will make a
      list of the lepers and classify them. We should
      isolate the children who are not yet affected by the
      disease and take care of them. We should also render
      proper treatment to the patients who are in the
      initial stages of the disease and try to save them.

      "Dayanand Swamiji, please arrange for a horse-cart at
      six o'clock tomorrow morning. Please get Rs. 10 worth
      of sweetmeats for distribution there. Go and tell the
      people in the colony that we will be coming at six in
      the morning. Take some money also with you for

      The party started soon after the morning university
      class. The Master enquired if there was sufficient
      paper for taking down the names, how many pens had
      been taken, and if there was ink in them. He was
      always particular about minute details. As soon as
      the horse-cart began to move, Kirtan of Jaya Ganesha

      At the leper colony the people were assembled and a
      list was prepared. The Master took keen interest in
      each case and was quick to detect the cases of
      children unaffected by the disease.

      As soon as a patient had given his name, Dayanandaji
      would hand him two sweetmeats.

      Two hours were thus spent in taking down all the
      details. When everything was over, the Master called
      two educated lepers who were compounders and
      instructed them to obtain from the Ashram charitable
      dispensary whatever medicine they needed for local
      application and injection, etc. After making them all
      sing Kirtan the Master left.


      "You can fight against external conflict only after
      you have attained victory over yourself. Hence it is
      said: Physician, heal thyself. Reformer, reform
      thyself." - Swami Sivananda

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