Chapter 5: Sivananda – The Fire of Sannyasa
He had no disciples, and he never said that he had any disciples.
On the other hand, he positively used to say, “I have no disciples.”
He also used to say that he had no organisation or ashram.
He was the same Swami Sivananda who came to Rishikesh in the year 1922 under the name of Kuppuswamy,
the same Swami Sivananda who lived through the life of Sannyasa and spirituality and service to mankind,
and it was the same Swami Sivananda who attained Mahasamadhi in the year 1963 without any change in his attitude to this world.
Such are the sparkling ideals that he set forth before us.
Every first of June,
we celebrate and observe the anniversary of this momentous event of his entering into Sannyasa, many years back.
And no greater homage could be conceived to this saint than a sincere determination to lead the life that he himself intensely led,
and to develop a similar attitude towards life as a whole : -
that the whole world is enveloped by the Presence of God.
The Isavasya Upanishad says,
“Isavasyamidam sarvam, yat kincha jagatyam jagat.”—
Whatever is moving or unmoving, sthavara or jangama, whatever is visible or invisible, all this is indwelt by the Supreme Being of God.
To be continued ....