Paramahansaji’s and Sw. Sivananda’s Mutual Love ~ SRF magazine

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“Though Paramahansa Yogananda and Sri Swami Sivananda never met, they loved each other. 

“In a speech in 1947 Yoganandaji said:  “The life of the great rishi Swami Sivananda serves as a perfect example of selfless activity.  He blesses India and the world by his presence.”  At the time of Yoganandaji’s mahasamadhi in 1952, Sivananda wrote:  “A rare gem of inestimable value, the like of whom the world is yet to witness, His Holiness Sri Paramahansa Yogananda has been an ideal representative of the ancient sages and seers — the glory of India.” 

from  SRF memorial tribute to Swami Sivananda on his mahasamadhi in 1963 (see below)

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from Finding the Joy Within You by Daya Mata

Daya Mata with Swami Sivananda and Ananda Moyi Ma, India, 1959…[Caption]:

   “The greatest lovers this world has ever known are those who have loved God.  Down through the ages they remain an inspiration to all mankind.  To produce true lovers of God, true knowers of God, is the purpose of India’s teaching; this is what her scriptures have proclaimed to mankind.”

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Tribute from Swami Sivananda

[to Paramahansa Yogananda on his mahasamadhi]

(Sri Swami Sivananda is a great spiritual leader in India, one whose words of wisdom are revered in all parts of the land. He has sent the following beautiful letter to the SRF headquarters.  It was written from his Himalayan ashram, “The Divine Life Society,” in Rishikesh.)

25th March, 1952

“He is eternal, all-pervading, stable, immovable, and ancient.”

“A rare gem of inestimable value, the like of whom the world is yet to witness, H. H. Sri Paramhansa Yogananda has been an ideal representative of the ancient sages and seers, the glory of India.  He has rendered yeoman service in the field of spirituality.   He has greatly contributed towards the spiritual progress of one and all by setting in action the spiritual dynamo that is latent in men.   Sri Yogananda has made it possible for all His children to taste the nectar that flows in abundance from the eternal source, the Vedas and the Upanishads.

“Today the eighty-four centres of the Self-Realization Fellowship and its affiliates (in India) represent Paramhansa Yogananda in action.   They will soon multiply themselves, making a closely woven magnetic net of spirituality that will shower peace and bliss on the world.

“Bhajan, sankirtan, and special prayers were conducted here for the peace and bliss of the departed soul.   May the Self-Realization Fellowship prosper well, shedding divine light all over the world!”

SIVANANDA

Self-Realization, JULY-AUGUST, 1952

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Swami Sivananda — In Memoriam (SRF mag. 1963)

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The beloved world teacher Sri Swami Sivananda entered mahasamadhi on July 14th at his ashram in Rishikesh, India.  A fortnight earlier he had had a cerebral thrombosis.  He was approaching his seventy-sixth birthday.

The life of the great saint was a long paean of love and service.  He founded the Divine Life Society in 1936 in Rishikesh, to which came thousands of disciples from all parts of the world.  He established a General Hospital and an Eye Hospital in Rishikesh, and wrote 300 books that shine with the light of holy inspiration.

Though Paramahansa Yogananda and Sri Swami Sivananda never met, they loved each other. In a speech in 1947 Yoganandaji said:  “The life of the great rishi Swami Sivananda serves as a perfect example of selfless activity.  He blesses India and the world by his presence.”  At the time of Yoganandaji’s mahasamadhi in 1952, Sivananda wrote: “A rare gem of inestimable value, the like of whom the world is yet to witness, His Holiness Sri Paramahansa Yogananda has been an ideal representative of the ancient sages and seers — the glory of India.”

Daya Mata visited the great sage in Rishikesh in 1959.  She wrote in her Travel Notes, published in this magazine: “How warmly Sivanandaji greets us! as though we had met many times before.  He is so jovial it is impossible to feel shyness in his, presence.  There is a bubbling quality in him, as though he drinks constantly from a deep inner fountain of joy and love.  Our party came away with profound admiration for this great spiritual teacher and for all that he has accomplished in spreading the universal message of The Divine Life Society.  We will always remember with warm affection this man of God — his childlike simplicity and purity of heart.  He truly radiates the Life Divine.”

Self-Realization, July-August 1963

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See also~

ARTICLES including SWAMI SIVANANDA on YSITE

H. H. SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA SARASWATI (Divine Life Society)

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