Life of Swami Venkatesananda

8. A Benediction

The Divine Life Trust Society

Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namah Venkatesaya

Sri Swami Venkateswarananda, Arogya Asramam, Adyar, Madras

We have had the pleasure of knowing Swami Venkatesananda from the date of Sadguru Swami Sivananda's visit to Arogya Asramam. Swami Venkatesananda is a worthy son of a worthy father and his motto is 'service above self'; and 'There is no religion higher than Truth.' He is a fulfillment of the saying: 'Be old when young, if you want to be young when old.' He is also a rare specimen giving meaning to the proverb: 'Affected simplicity is refined artfulness.' He is in the considered opinion of persons like us 'Young in age, but old in wisdom.'

Divinity must have been his heredity. One should be surprised if such a good soul has not made remarkable progress spiritually and morally too. His writings on varied subjects and his editing the 'All-India Tour' volume of Swami Sivananda bear ample testimony to his industry, intellect, intelligence and intuition. Sadhus like Venkatesananda are in fact iron pillars of the Divine Life Mission in general, and dissemination of spiritual knowledge in particular. He, after graduating himself brilliantly, has made considerable sacrifice for one thing, when compared with which, everything on earth is nothing. He has remarkable enthusiasm for work, and he is a Nishkama-Karma Yogi, in the strict sense of the term.

May he live long, and may all his goodwill become God-will!