Chapter 5: Sivananda – The Fire of Sannyasa
From the year 1924, after he received Sannyasa, Swami Sivanandaji started a rigorous life of tapas, or
People who had the blessedness to see him in those days described him as a fire of renunciation.
There was an old Swamiji in the Kailas Ashram, who is now no more, who used to come to our hospital for medicine.
He was a regular patient.
Every day he used to come with some trouble or other.
He had seen Swamiji in those days—1924 and onwards.
He gave us an idea as to what Swamiji looked like, in what esteem he was held by people in Swargashram, what was the type of tapas he was performing to the astonishment of the other sadhus, and the great reverence which he commanded from all the mahatmas in Swargashram.
The only two centres in Rishikesh which had a little population then were the Swargashram on the one side and the Kalikambalivala Kshetra in another place.
There was nothing here where The Divine Life Society is situated now.
This place, known as Muni-ki-reti, was an uninhabited forest.
They say wild animals used to roam in these areas.
When the land was dug up for some construction, they even discovered bones and skulls.
No one knew exactly what the situation or condition of this area was.
It was completely deserted, uninhabited by human beings.
Such were the days when Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj entered the life of austerity in the Swargashram.
To be continued ....