Life of Swami Venkatesananda

26. Homage to the Birthday Child

The Divine Life Trust Society

Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namah Venkatesaya

Sri K.S. Ramawamy Sasiri

I regard my contact with Swami Venkatesananda as one of the high-lights and special joys of my life. He has done yeoman's service for the succes of the Sivananda Mission and the production of th3e Sivananda literature. Many venerable Swamis have done such work for many many years and he has steadily and surely and successfully borne his past in such a work. To mention only a few of his activities: he is the author of the excellent work 'Sivananda Lectures : All-India Tour' which is a magnificent record of His Holiness Swami Sivananda's great purifying and spiritualising march all over India and Ceylon in 1950. He is the editor of the 'Yoga-Vedanta Forest University Weekly', published at Ananda Kutir, week after week. His 'Bhagavad Gita for Students', which was published in 1952, is an admirable clear and concise and comprehensive presentation of that great scripture.

He is the life and soul of the Ananda Kutir activities and he is a loyal and devoted disciple of His Holiness Swami Sivananda, and has helped very much to popularise and broadcast and spread the gospel of that unique spiritual genius.

Swami Venkatesananda was born in a prosperous Erahmia family and held a high office after receiving high education. But he felt an inner call to renounce everything and go to the great Master. Immediately he left his office and all the comforts of life, and went to his Master and assumed the geraa robe and merged his personality in the radiant spiritual personality of his Master. His parents are blessed in having such a spiritual son; and the world is blessed in having such a young and devoted brother who lives only for its welfare. May he live long and serve his Master and Motherland and Mankind.