Brother Bimalananda: Unfettered Emissary of Master’s Love and Joy ~ Monastics share

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BRO. BIMALANANDA ~ Childlike Simplicity, Love, and Purity of Heart

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Brother Achalananda:

After the war…in NY someone gave Brother Bimalananda a book (that mentioned Master) and he was very impressed with what he read and wrote his brother Angelo about it.  Angelo then sent him a copy of the Autobiography of a Yogi.  When Brother first looked at Master’s picture on the cover he said, “Oh, I know him.”  His brother Charlie looked at the book and said, “I know him, too!”  Angelo and Charlie took the Lessons with Brother, but Master later told Brother that neither of them would remain on the path, and this proved true…

Brother Bhaktananda taught him to say, “Aum Guru,” and the more he said it the happier he got.

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(l-r) Brothers Bhaktananda, Anilananda, Bimalananda

One day, Brother found a way to get into the restaurant after hours and eat ice cream, something he loved.  A few weeks later, Master came to visit and told the monks a story about a little boy who was taking things that didn’t belong to him.  Brother knew Master knew what he was doing.  He looked at Master and Master suddenly disappeared and became Light.  Brother stopped eating the ice cream!…

One of Brother’s duties at Hollywood Temple was to mix the plaster Brother Anandamoy applied on the walls of the towers.  After he’d mix up a bucket of plaster, Brother had to climb the ladder with the bucket in hand and give it to Brother Anandamoy.  It was a dangerous climb and Brother accidentally missed a step and lost his balance.  The entire ladder began to fall backward.  Brother Bimalananda shouted out “Aum Guru!” and an invisible hand pushed the ladder mid-air back against the wall…

In the mid ‘60’s Daya Ma would lead the All-Day Christmas meditations for the monastics and she would talk out loud to Divine Mother to inspire them.  At one point Ma began saying over and over, “Oh Mother, isn’t there anyone here who loves you like I do.” Finally, Brother Bimalananda jumped up and said, “I do, Mother!”…

Brother Brahmananda:

1536516_10202278738562629_1955803075_nBrother Bimalananda meant a lot to so many people.  As someone said to him in a recent email:  “He was a force of nature, an unfettered emissary of Master’s love and joy.  He made Master real to so many people.  It was a blessing to receive that love, and a joy to watch him feed other’s hearts.  He made us laugh.  He taught us a lot, and we are grateful.”

Once we got lost driving back from Cuernevaca.  Brother Bimalananda started to shout “Aum Guru!” and a car pulled up from the other direction, stopped, and gave them directions how to get back to Mexico City…

Brother often told the story of going to an amusement park with Master.  He tried to swing a hammer to make the bell ring, but couldn’t do it.  Master said to him, “Concentrate.”  This time when he swung the hammer, he made the bell ring…

Another story he liked to tell was about the time he was having problems with another monk and he had a lot of internal criticism in his mind about this monk.  He was in the desert with Master during this time and one night Master said, “Tell me about this monk.” Brother just looked at Master and said, “Master, I do not need to tell you about this because you know all about us.”  Again, Master disappeared and became Light.  From that time forward, Brother had no thoughts of internal criticism about anyone…

Brother Vishwananda:

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Bro. Bimalananda, first left, with Paramahansa Yogananda the day before his Mahasamadhi, March 7, 1952

We have the example of a perfect Guru; we also have the example of perfect disciples. Brother (Bimalananda) was one of these examples, as are Ma (Daya Mata), Brothers Bhaktananda and Anandamoy, Ananda Ma, Mrinalini Ma, and Mukti Ma

Brother Vishwananda was telephoned minutes after Brother Bimalananda passed and he got in the car and drove straight to Hidden Valley.  Brother Bimalananda was still laying in bed; he had the sweetest smile on his face and his skin was smooth and glowed just like a little baby.  The monks had put some flowers and a picture of Master on his chest.  The vibration in the room was peaceful and joyous. There is no greater way to honor Brother than to emulate his qualities of dedication and loyalty to the Guru…

Brother Vishwananda first met Brother Bimalananda in Ranchi when he took his first trip to India and he was in awe of him.  He always greeted all the monks with “How are you Dear Brother?”  Brother loved to sweep up.  One day Brother Vishwananda said to him, “Brother, you should not be sweeping up the ashram; you should be doing something more important.”  Brother Bimalananda said, “Master told me to keep it clean and keep it holy, and there’s nothing more important that I can do.”…

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Brother Vishwananda has an image in his mind of a big circle of devotees around Brother Bimalananda at Convocation … the circle would move a little bit, a few people would leave, but always in the center of the circle was Brother Bimalananda pronaming to the devotees, listening to other people’s stories, encouraging them to follow Master.  For Brother Bimalananda, it was always about Master, never about himself…

excerpts from Brother Bimalanana’s ascension ceremony, devotee notes

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