Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-5. Part -8.
Swami Sivananda Asramam-
Chapter 5: Sivananda – The Fire of Sannyasa
One of the pilgrims who happened to go to Badrinath, and who was a lover of saints, heard of the name of Swami Sivananda.
He was a teacher in a high school in Nagpur, and his name was Hari Ganesh Ambekar.
He later on joined this Ashram and took Sannyasa.
He was our gurubhai, Swami Hariomananda Saraswati, and he was one of the earliest disciples, if we could call them disciples.
They were disciples not in the sense of students who sat at the feet of the Guru, but in the sense that they admired the saint and wanted to keep him in their memory.
Swami Hariomananda Saraswatiji—Hari Ganesh Ambekar in his purvashrama—used to send a money order of one rupee per month.
That is what we have heard from Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj himself.
In those days, one rupee was a very big amount.
Those were the days when one kilogram of rice used to cost only one and a half annas or nine paise.
So, you know the value of one rupee.
He was one of the donors.
To be continued ....