Gurudev is most kind in his or better His Expressions of Appreciation showered on this humble Jiva, one of His Revered Holiness's Kindergarten pupils. My efforts are inadequate to the magnificence of my subject, thy practical, polifaceted, sublime and enduring philosophy, laden in the library of thy masterpieces from thy prolifin pen.
Swami Omkarananda is a most scholarly and wise Jiva.
Gurudev's inspiration seems to be upon me. I am working hard in professional duties to be able to be of financial assistance to Gurudev's Glorious Work of Jnana Yagna. It is a shame that so many of thy manuscripts are still unpublished and I, for the moment, am incapable of rendering assistance. As soon as I start collecting my fees, I will send you enough to publish one of your unedited manuscrips.
—Dr. Edward Bittencourt, Santiago, Chile.
My admiration is great for Siva's servants : Chidananda, Omkarananda, Krishnananda and VeVikatesananda. Their mental brilliance brings me wonder. One never finds such young men in the West. Swami Omkarananda especially shows an amazing capacity for the assimilation and expression of the wide range of philosophy and knowledge. There is no reason why I should not assume that these four Swamis would keep alive for the future the torch lit by the Great Sivananda.
—Lady Florence La Fontaine, Dillsboro, Indiana, U.S.A.
I receive all your books and Prasada regularly. Need I say they are ever a source of consolation and happiness. As often as possible, I turn to some book or other of yours for solace. Quite often I look up to your photos in various books and derive great peace.
I have received your kind letter dated 16th March, containing some of the most important instructions ; also I have received a registered parcel in which some of the most valuable literature were enclosed. Really I am very very
thankful to God and to your Holiness because you are giving me an opportunity to study your teachings which the devotees are propagating among the people of the world. Thy teachings are very essential for the modern age, to establish peace between nations and communities. I am praying to the Lord that the devotees of your Holy Ashram be enabled to propagate your holy teachings in the best possible manner, for the cause of humanity and oneness. According to my faith, Self-realisation and tolerance are the essence of every religion. So I am very glad to know that you have no distinction between Hindus and Muslims. I have studied in the Holy Quran that the Prophets, Munis and Rishis are from one God and that they descend into the world according to the need of the people and times.
I wish to come to Ananda Kutir to see the Holy place where the God's Mission has been started for the unity of the people of the world.
— Wall Ahmed Chowdhrj, Qadian, East Punjab.
All Glory be to thee. Mrs. C. is cured now by Thy Healing Grace, of her mental trouble. She is bright and cheerful. Really we have no other Adhar (support). Thou art our Saviour, our Protector, our Doctor, Father, Mother, our all-in-all. We are wholly Thine. Thou art our Support. Thou knowest everything. Thy blessings we need, to feel Thy Presence and thy Power, to remember the name of God at all times, to see and serve Him alone in all.
—Dr. H. J. Chhatrapati, Junaaad.
It is with great joy I now place at Thy Lotus Feet, the long cherished ambition of my parents as well as mine to become a medical practitioner to do selfless service to the suffering humanity without any desire for fame, name or money, the noblest ideal preached and achieved by Thee.
I was denied admission in the Medical College at Tri-vandrum (M.B.B.S. Degree Course) thrice. On that occasion Thy Holy Self soothed me with the Divine Balm of hope " that everything happens according to His will." I clung tenaciously to Thy above lines of Hope.
Lo! that hope and blessings then overflown spontaneously from Thy ocean of Divinity now miraculously took form. " Inexplicable, Unfathomable and Invisible are Thy Grace."
Now at Trivandrum a new course of study in Medicine was started two years since wherein both Allopathy and Ayurveda are taught side by side. The portions in Allopathy are similar to what is taught for the M.B.B.S. course. Additionally Ayurveda and a comparative study of the occidental and oriental (B.A.M. & S. Degree Course) Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery.
I now applied and got a seat without anybody's recommendation and I have the firm faith that this is due to Thy Invisible recommendation from Ananda Kutir the Abode of
Our whole family is held up above, from all calamities that come like the Himalayas, but melt like the snow in Thy rays of Divinity. —R. Ramachandran, Thycaud, Trivandrum.
I have known Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj for many years and have entertained the greatest respect and admiration for him and his work. His simple living and presence inspire those who meet him even casually. His dynamic and attractive personality has created interest in and enthusiasm for ancient Hindu culture and religion throughout India and abroad. His writings are as remarkable as thev are numerous. On the one hand they deal with the pro-foundest problems of religion and philosophy, interpreting them in the simplest language ; on the other day they are so surprisingly practical that aspirants find in their pages helpful solutions of personal difficulties which they may encounter in their Sadhana. For instance, I find Swamiji's book Japa Yoga of much practical help and it answers several questions which had been in my mind for long. This is only possible when the writer is a complete master of practice as well as theory. I have myself read many of his books with joy-and profit to myself. It is for this reason, too, that many who have not had the privilege of meeting him in person hold him in the greatest affection and respect. —-Dr. Pannalal, M.a., в.sc., ll.b.. d.litt., c.s.i., сл.е., i.c.s..
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me on the evening ofthe 23rd instant, I felt I was in a sacred temple and in the presence of a Godly Personage. Your high spiritual attainments and your devotion to serve and save Humanity are really praiseworthy. May the Almighty bless you with long life, health and happiness. May your noble efforts to lead humanity to its spiritual goal be crowned with success. You are a living example of a Karma Yogi. The world today is in need of persons like your noble self. May your wor.hy disciples follow your footprints and fulfil
I am 23 years old and come from a respectable family, but was led astray and by my address you will see I am now serving my time in prison. I am a Christian.
I had (he pleasure of reading your book entitled Sivananda the Apostle of Peace and Love. This book inspired me and I felt myself carried away to your shrine at Rishikesh. I was extremely happy and content. I know you are only interested in the uplift of humanity and do not worry about castes and creed. Therefore, I take this opportunity to ask you to favour me with some good advice that will help me in life as I hope to obtain my freedom from this prison within a period of 21 months.
I have explained your Divine Life Story to some of the Prisoners here and they were delighted at the chance of having heard of your divine life story, and they asked me to write to you to send some of your publications for the Prison Library as you send for other Libraries. We have two libraries here, one in English and another Hindi and Marathi. Therefore I request you to spare some of your publications for the sake of nearly 2500 inmates of this place. I assure you that those who will read your publications will never commit any offence after their release, on the contrary they will follow your Path.
:—John David D'Souza, Teravada Central Prison, Poona.
I do long daily to take shelter at the Ploly Feet of our Living Lord Sivananda. May He enable me to run up to Him and spend the rest of this retired life of mine in His service. I am reading and re-re-re-reading Sivanancia's lectures during His All-India Tour. He is indeed a living God in our midst. May He inspire the rest of the world, too, by a World Tour:
— V. Raghavachari, Retired Professor, Xagpur.
I arrived here safely yesterday after completing my tour in Kashmir and other parts in Northern India. Let me express my sincere and grateful thanks to your noble self for all the kindness, hospitality and blessings extended to me. In the interview which you were pleased to grant
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Congratulate Sri Omkarananda on his interesting book just received and read.
—Dr. Edward de Bittencourt, Santiago, South America.
When I read the book Shakespeare on Sivananda my heart began to develop wings and fly toward the Sacred Sivanandashram. In the real sense of the word, I am now living there. I made for myself a perfect mental picture of the Ashram situated on the sacred banks of the Ganges and am dwelling in it. —Miss Kamalam, Madras.
How young is Swami Omkarananda, and yet so learned, so cultured, so wise ! Unmistakably, he bears the mark of the Grace of Swami Sivananda, our Guru. For this reason, it is my wish that many more sixteen-year old boys should go to the divine Master with the hope of becoming, as the years roll by, like Swami Omkarananda. ■—Mrs. Gita-Schnieder, Editor, ' Synthese Universelle ', Geneva.
Swami Sivananda and the .Modern Man and Shakespeare on Sivananda : Swami Omkarananda poses questions that occur to a scientist arid enlarges on the philosophical retort ofthe saint, higher than Plato and Hegel, Bergson and Bradley and deeper than Kant and Herbert Spencer. Swami Sivananda has his own views about God and Matter. He feels the presence of the Creator and lives up to his high conception of universal religion. What Shakespeare would have thought of Swami Sivananda is brought out by clear and apt quotations from the great English poet and the author has no hesitation in asserting that Swamiji has a " wonderful sweet air, with admirable rich words to it," and that Swamiji is "so perfect and so peerless." There is no doubt a study of the publications emanating from Ananda Kutir would tend to a better understanding of ancient Indian culture and religion.
—A. B. j\. Sinha, ' Sunday Searchlight', Palna.
I feel glad to see the pearl of a book, Shakespeare on Sivananda. The depth of the spirit of Swami Sivananda is
A masterly work from the pen of Sri Swami Omkarananda. Select Opinions and Reviews
The beauties of the supernal character of our beloved Master Sivananda, are happily blended into the felicitous lines of immortal Shakespeare. The wonderful brain of Swami Omkarananda, considering his age, is in itself the phenomenon of a miracle : to sip the celestial wine of his genius is to quaff the draught of bliss ; it is an intellectual-cum-aesthetic experience as rare as drinking champagne in the scorching Arabian desert.
Swami Sivananda must be proud of Swami Omkarananda, a gem of youth among the pearls of the divine Master's little string that accompanies him along the rugged road of a life of service and manifold spiritual activity. It provides us a great delight to know that in Sivanandashram, genuises are doubled by Yogis. I have digested every word in the writings of Swami Omkarananda whose nimble intellect seems to leap, day after day, further and further.
—Lady Florence La Fontaine, PH.D.,Dillsboro, Indiana, U.S.A.
I was specially interested in the brochure entitled Shakespeare on Sivananda.
—Dr. C. P. Ramaswami Ayyer, Vice-Chancellor,
Benares Hindu University.
How I enjoy Shakespeare on Sivananda by Swami Omkarananda. —Dr. William Luftig, Brighton, England.
Omkarananda's small volumes convey in a very easy form a good impression of the practical side of Swami Sivananda's teachings. —:Dr. Frederic Spiegelberg, M.A., PH.D.,
Stanford University, California.
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unfathomable. The grand and ever-smiling face of His Holiness is reflected in every syllable of the book.
— V. R. Subbarayudu, в. a., Principal, City College, Hyderabad.
I read the book Shakespeare on Sivananda. I was simplv stunned and astonished to witness the massive erudition of Swami Omkarananda. He is a great genius.
—Pandit Chaman Lai, Principal, Chandausi.
The book is from the pen of Swami Omkarananda, the scholar-disciple of Swami Sivananda who is well-known in India and abroad. Were the world-famous English poet living today, he would have discovered in Swami Sivananda, an embodiment of all excellences, a model hero for his immortal works. In order to depict this the author has taken great pains in selecting from the dramatic works of Shakespeare, several appropriate quotations that delineate the greatness of Swami Sivananda. This book, in brief, from the view-point of the writer, presents a beautiful portraiture of the personality of Swamiji in the words of Shakespeare.
—' Bombay Samachar' (Gujarati Edition), Bombay.
Shakesbeare on Sivananda attempts to present both Shakespeare's morals and Swamiji's characteristics in a nut-shell.
—' The Hindu Organ,' Jaffna.
I felt impelled to write to congratulate Swami Omkarananda on the high literary excellence attained by him in the production of that tiny grand book entitled Shakespeare on Sivananda. Indeed, he has amply exhibited the novelty and originality of his genius. The book is truly an altogether different and delightful approach to Guiudev Sivananda. I have been greatly inspired by a perusal ofthe book an dwish the author the best success in his spiritually inspired literary career. The whole treasure of knowledge lies imbedded in his spiritually illumined brain. I wish the author could bring out more volumes of the like-nature.
Shakespeare on Sivananda is an angle from which he has viewed the Master critically. His fertile brain alone could have conceived of such a brilliant work that would afford genuine pleasure to all those who are lucky enough to go through the wisdom-studded pages of this spiritual thriller.
The ' brilliant genius ' of Swami Omkaranandaji has discovered the ' many-faceted greatness ' of Sivananda in the scattered gems of Shakespeare in his works. I always wondered whether the spiritual Shakespeare could not be separated from the literary Shakespeare. That task Omkaranandaji has done admirably well. We should be thankful to him for this unique research service. It is my fervent hope that a thorough study of the portrayal of Sivanandaji in Shakespeare may bestow on us wisdom and peace.
—D. S. Krishnaiyer, в.a., b.l., Matunga, Bombay 19.
The author considers that Swami Sivananda fulfils the highest peak of perfection of personalities which Shakespeare has portrayed. The extracts from Shakespeare are well chosen to illustrate the points. It should prove interesting to those who are acquainted with the works of Swami Sivananda. ■ —' Hyderabad Gazette.'
So very interesting is the work, Shakespeare or. Siva-iinda, that I read it twice. Every moment of my life, may the Lord guide me to follow the instructions of my great Guru. —Fritz Klein Jelin, Bonn-on-Rhine, Germany.
In the words of the writer of the Foreword " In the ensuing pages the author has given us his view of what Shakespeare would, feel and say if he were now alive and if he observed Swami Sivananda at close quarters .... The originality ofthe work lies in the employment of Shakespeare's words for such a delineation." (p. xxv). This is of course novel but the author of this work surely considers that Swami SiVananda fulfils the highest peak of perfection of personalities which Shakespeare portrayed. The extracts from Shake-
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speare are well chosen to illustrate the points. It should prov.j interesting reading to those who are acquainted with the works of that Great Master.
—К. C. Varadachari, ' The Hindu,' Madras.
Swami Omkarananda is steeped in Shakespeare. An ardent young disciple of Swami Sivananda, he finds bv a stretch of imagination and intellectual thought that Shakespeare's moral ideals and philosophical dicta become organically exemplified in the life and conduct of his Master.
The author has made an elaborate analysis of the great and admirable traits of his Master and tried to document them with quotations from Shakespeare. Novel as the method is, it is admirably pursued and undoubtedly speaks volumes not only about the writer's mastery of all the works of the English dramatist, but also of his penetrating study of the unplumbable spiritual profundities of his great Master.
The quotations are implemented in a dextrous manner to describe the dazzling personality of the spiritual Master, and the eloquence and imagination of Shakespeare seem to aid the language soar high enough to fulfil the difficult task. The reader will not fail to congratulate the writer on his ingenious device.
In this book, the author has expressed his admiration, and described the characteristics of Swami Sivananda by means of select quotations culled out from Shakespeare's works and classified under nine titles such as ' A Paragon of All Excellences,' ' Sivananda's Promethean Fire,' ' Lover of Orpheus' Lute,' and so on. The book therefore contains not only a portrayal of the character and greatness cfr^S ./ami Sivananda, but is a repertory of numerous excellent fp*aesages and lines from Shakespeare. Containing an appreciation of Sivananda and brilliant gems from Shakespeare, the book is naturally very interesting. —' Federated India ', Madras.