Tribute to H.H. Shri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj
Swami Adhyatmananda

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It is said that before departing from this planet earth Lord Krishna had seen that all his near and dear ones should leave this planet earth for the heavenly abode. We are experiencing it that in front of the most worshipful and revered Guru Bhagavan Shri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj one after another the most of his beloved spiritual brothers are departing in last two decades, to name a few, revered Shri swami Venkateshanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Nadbrahmanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Yagnavalkyanandaji Maharaj  (Bapuji), Sri Swami Chinmayanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Dayanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Devanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Vishnudevanandaji Maharaj, Dr. Hridayananda Mataji and Dr.Kutti Mataji and so on. And now we have lost a stalwart, a great son (Sun) of mother India as well as a shining star of Sadgurudev Sri Swami Shivanandaji Maharaj’s divine family. 

            In turbulent times of early sixties when United State was undergoing major cultural upheaval, the youngsters were drawn to him for lasting peace and it was revered Yogiraj Shri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj gave comfort to the innumerous thirsting souls. He brought them in confidence, shared his love and affection. He taught them yoga, pranayama, meditation and gave them a new hope of renewed refined life. His ashram became a center of universal Love and brotherhood. Satchidananda ashram is known all over the world as an abode of interfaith harmony. 

            Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj was the founder of the Integral Yoga Institute. He was a leader in the interfaith movement. His motto, "Truth is One, Paths are Many," was an integral part of his teachings. LOTUS (Light of Truth Universal Shrine) in Yogaville, VA, where all people of different faith come and meditate,  is a prominent landmark of interfaith movement.

            For forty years revered Shri Swamiji Maharaj has been one of the most respected international ambassadors of Hinduism, meeting and sharing the advaitic vision of mutual harmony and mutual love with world‘s statesmen and leaders of other faiths. In recognition of a life time service to dharma, yoga, harmony among men and spreading the teachings of Atma Jnana, Self- knowledge, Hinduism today selected him as 1994 Hindu of the year. 

            He was one of the foremost disciples of Sadgurudev H.H. Shri Swami  Sivanandaji Maharaj and twin spiritual brothers of H.H. Shri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, because both of them ordained in order of monastic life on the holy Guru Purnima day, some 53 years ago. 

            Practically every alternate year he used to visit India and he was very kind and generous to grace and bless the Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad on the eve of the New Year 1999. We will ever cherish the sweet memories of His Holy Presence at the ashram. 

            Revered Shri Swamiji Maharaja’s contribution to the mankind in the field of betterment of health is remarkable. It is he who inspired a well-known cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish who is well known for his work in the field of reversal of coronary artery disease. Because of Swamiji’s constant guidance, Dr. Ornish utilized Integral Yoga System to bypass the bypass. This sublime knowledge of yore has become a boon and blessings to cardiac patients around the globe. 

            To meet Rev. Swamiji Maharaj used to be memorable event. He was like a magnet that attracted young and old, known and unknown and showered all of them with his love divine. He was like a honeycomb. From head to foot he oozed   nectar only. Though physically he may not be with us but he will remain active and alive in the hearts of his disciples and devotees. He will keep on functioning through each brick which he has soiled and toiled with his sweat for establishment of his mission for the mankind – the Lotus, all faith temple, the Integral Yoga institute, Sivananda hall, numbers of brothers and sisters of Swami Satchidanandaji order and finally the Chidambaram. 

Om Shanti, Shanti , Shanti

                                                                                                         -Swami  Adhyatmananda

Shodasi of H. H. Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj


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