Maha Samadhi of Gurudev Swami Chetananand Saraswati A Great Spiritual Leader
In Bharat, we are blessed that we have blessings of many saints, who have dedicated their whole life for the welfare of the human race. The most learned and highly educated Swami Chetananand Saraswati walked all corners of India to build human characters for a positive, tension-free society and to establish peace. Always focused on his vision, he was able to spread his spiritual teachings despite all sorts of bottlenecks. It is the most difficult task for a saint to change the minds of people from being negative to being positive. Like the Sun shines and wind blows, a saint meets all good and bad situations, but ultimately, his duty remains to establish Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
As I know Swamiji, he was always concerned to regularise moral education in school curriculum. It was God’s wish that he was instrumental in forming a spiritual environment in our society and many saints worked under his guidance. His spiritual streams will go on flowing in this mortal world and his virtuous teachings will make many to tread pious paths. He was a practical person who understood the mind of the modern man, and hence, he was successful in moulding many minds. When I used to speak to him to seek his guidance on many issues, he would completely convince me with scientific facts. He always emphasised to emulate our treasured ancestral scriptures like Vedas and Upanishads to solve the current problems afflicting our society. He taught me how to follow the path of righteousness in the capacity of Editor, Uday India.
A man is not known because of his wealth but because of his wisdom, and Swamiji is a perfect example of this. When he convinced my mother-in-law and father-in-law to follow the path of sannyas, I argued with him: What is the use of choosing this path? Why can’t we convert our family atmosphere into an ashram life? He candidly concurred with my argument, but he also said that Deepak you would get the reply with the passage of time. He said it is God who decides where we should go, as per our Karma. Our Karma, as told by Lord Krishna in the Gita, reflects our thinking and deep understanding of our mindset. He was literally non- stoppable in achieving his goal of making good human beings till he took Maha Samadhi at Bhubaneswar Ashram. It is here only that he would silently observe how we are following his teachings.
By Deepak Kumar Rath