Swami Chidananda

Gurudev Swami Chidananda - Disciple of Gurudev Swami Sivananda and President, Divine Life Society

Pranams at the lotus feet of Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. Pujya Swami Chidanandaji is the current President of International Divine Life Society headquartered at Rishikesh. He is a direct disciple of Gurudev Swami Sivananda. At a very young age, Swami Chidananda met his Guru and dedicated his life to serving the Master and spreading His message of divine life throughout the world.

Swami Chidananda is a personification of saintliness, purity and compassion. He has influenced the lives of countless people all over the world through his mere presence.

Swamiji’s purvashram name was Sridhar Rao who was born in 1916 into a wealthy family in Karnataka. From childhood he had the positive influence of his uncle, his grandfather’s friend and his own parents. He was a brilliant student in school and completed his Bachelors degree in Arts.

He was naturally inclined towards a life of penance and service. He led a life of seclusion, service, intense study of spiritual literature, self-restraint, simplicity in food and dress, abandonment of all comforts and practice of austerities inspite of being in a wealthy family. He served the sick as though they were personifications of the Lord Himself. He had huts built on his vast lawns for lepers and served them as deities. He was deeply influenced by spiritual figures such as Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Sri Gurudev himself.

The final decision to renounce came in 1943. He was already in correspondence with Swami Sivananda and obtained his permission to join the ashram. In 1949 he was initiated into the holy order of Sannyasa and given his name of Swami Chidananda Saraswati.

Since joining the Ashram, Swamiji has relentlessly served the humanity in many ways – by Jnana yagna in the form of lectures, writings and spiritual tours expounding the secret sciences of Yoga and Vedanta; by guiding Sadhakas; by Nishkama Seva – serving the inmates, the sick, the lepers without any feeling of separation between him and the person he was serving. He was the General Secretary of the Sivananda Ashram from 1948 up until 1963 and then was made the President. He carried on the duties of maintaining the big ashram most efficiently.

Most Worshipful and Revered Guru Maharaj, Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj has attained Mahasamadhi and merged into the Bliss Absolute at the age of 93 years on Thursday, 28th August 2008 at 8:12 PM. Though Beloved & Worshipful Holy Master H H Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj may not be with us physically, but through His Virat Swaroop, He will be inspiring, guiding and protecting His countless devotees and disciples who are busy serving the Mankind and struggling to achieve the realization of the absolute. OM Shanti !

9 thoughts on “Swami Chidananda

  1. I bow down at the sacred lotus feet of Swami Sri Sri Sri Chidananda Saraswati. He is the president of International Divine Life Society. He is the president of the people aspiring to lead a path of penance furl of love, service to man i.e. service to God, purity at heart speech and deed, and all the good qualities. He is a saint of this age. He is a Rsi and is endowed with all the divine qualities required by a man in order to freem himself from the bongage of this mundane world and free others who come and surrender at his sacred lotus feet. He is a past master of spiritualism. His message to the world is very practical. He does not only teach the philosophy of emancipation from the fetters of illusion but also exemplifies in his deeds. He is a real acharya of this age. I bow crores of times at his sacred lotus feet. He is no more in the corporeal frame as I got the news yeasterday at 4 P.M. he passed away at Derhadun. But I feel his presence in my heart. I feel his presence in the dust and air of this sacred Land Bharata Varsha. I feel his presence everywhere. He is immortal. I have seen him in my dream. During His last visit to Cuttack for addressing a conference I could visualize him in my dream. In the dream I just surrendered at his sacred feet just by prostrating myself solemnly. He asked me to get up. I got up. He touched my head and a great spiritual power like electrice current was transmitted to myself. I owe him through out me life here and hereafter. Let Swamiji be in my mind, heart and spirit ever and ever. With deep devotion at his sacred feet.
    Pandit Padmanav Tripathy
    President Samskrutayanam
    Orissa, Prajnaprakasa, Cuttack-753001

  2. Just now I heard the news from the Durban DLS Chairman Sri Reddy. Oh! A wonderful personality the great Swami Chidanandaji was. I remember to have met him at Rishikesh in 80s when I visited DLS headquarters. He was so kind and arranged accommodation for my stay and during my taking noon prasad, he came personally and supervised the serving. A graceful monk, to see him, to be with him and to talk to him was all peace. He is at the holy feet of Gurudev.
    Swami Vimokshananda
    Durban

  3. Swamiji Maharaj Gurudev Chidananda saraswati has attained mahaprayan on 28th august 2008 at Shanti Niwas at 08:20 hrs. therefore i request this website for quick updation of their records.

    hari om tatsat

  4. gurudev swami chidananda ji maharaj was a great and wonderful personality kind person.i cant explain i lost my father i shocked when i know gurudev was mahaprayan on 28th august 2008.28th aug.is my birthday these day i lost a great personality.
    hari om tatsat

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    • I was a disciple of Pujya Gurudev and was following him for over 25 years. Pujya Swamiji changed me entire life

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