Revered Swami Chidanandaji, A Bright Star of Spirituality

Revered Swami Chidananda Saraswati, a long-time friend and associate of our beloved Gurudev Hariharanandaji, left his mortal body on the 28th of August, 2008 at 8:12 pm IST. He was the disciple of worshipful Swami Shivananda Saraswati, the founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India, and succeeded as the president of Divine Life Society in 1963.

Revered Swamiji was considered as the spiritual ambassador of India and traveled far and wide on this Earth spreading the immortal message of spiritual life and Vedic culture. He was a brilliant shining star on the horizon of the spiritual sky. Many times he visited Karar Ashram and meditated in Swami Shriyukteshwarji’s temple. Gurudev was also invited to many of their conferences in India.

We are most grateful to Swamiji for blessing our first International Intensive Kriya Yoga Seminar at our Balighai ashram when we opened our new meditation hall in 2000. 

I personally had the opportunity to meet Swamiji in 1978 when I was a college student. I had many opportunities to sit at his holy feet and receive his divine blessings. He has been a source of inspiration for me in my spiritual journey. I will always remember his humility, kindness, and blissful state.

His physical departure is no doubt a great loss to spiritual seekers, but his life of devotion, dedication, and enlightenment will inspire sincere seekers for time to come.

I am bowing to revered Swamiji Maharaj and seeking his grace and blessings. I am also praying to Almighty God and all the masters to give strength to his countless followers, devotees, and disciples. It is true that the spiritual masters are immortal in spirit, and thus he will be helping and guiding his followers in his divine way. 

On this special day, I am sharing my love and devotion of this great saint of India and true lover of humanity with all the members of the Divine Life Society who have lost their leader’s physical guidance.

Let us meditate and pray together to be united in his divine spirit and to be guided in the path of love, devotion, and surrender.

With love,


This series of photos is from the inauguration of the meditation hall at Balighai Ashram