A Souvenir released on Swami Krishnananda's 75th Birthday
I appreciate what Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj has done for the Holy Master, H.H. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and I also know in what great esteem Sri Gurudev held Swami Krishnanandaji.
I wanted to study the Brahma-Sutras and I told Gurudev about this. Gurudev told me to go to Krishnananda Swamiji to know what the Brahma-Sutras are. But, I did not know where to find Krishnananda Swamiji. Gurudev told me: "Stand near the post office at Four O'clock in the morning. A young Sannyasi will pass by to have his bath in the Ganges. That is Swami Krishnananda. You can tell him: 'Gurudev has asked me to learn the Brahma-Sutras and other Scriptures from Krishnananda Swamiji'." I did what Gurudev told me and Swami Krishnanandaji readily agreed to teach me. That is how I learned many things from Swami Krishnananda.
Gurudev used to say: "Real Perfection can only come when service and devotion can be combined with Jnana. Words must come from the heart, then everything will be Perfect. Man can only serve man if he sees God reflected in the one he serves." According to Sri Gurudev, service to the poor was not just human compassion but it was service to God. This we could see from the life of Swami Krishnanandaji.
"You must love humanity with purity, nobility and magnanimity. Learn to cheer the suffering. To have perfect faith in God, to love your neighbour as your own self, to love God with all your heart and soul, is Divine Life. You must serve and do your duty to all the people. As long as the world exists for you, there will be suffering individuals also there. Only through service and renunciation we can remove the evil qualities of egoism. Forget yourself when you serve others." This is the teaching of our Holy Master and this is what Swami Krishnanandaji did all his life. Gurudev appreciated this so very much.
A true Sannyasin is one who does not hate, does not reject and does not want anything from others. This is exemplified in Swamiji's daily life.
I know for certain that Gurudev's blessings are always on Swami Krishnanandaji, because Gurudev told me what He thought of him and how much He appreciated him.
May the life of Swami Krishnanandaji be a source of inspiration to one and all.