The Governor said Swami Sivanand, the founder of the Divine Life Society, and Swami Chidanand, who was his disciple, took over as the chairman of the society after Swami Sivanand’s death in 1963. “Swami Sivanand spread the message of yoga and vedanta all over the world. In 1987, on the birth anniversary of Swami Sivanand, a postage stamp was released and jhoola on the Ganga was named Sivanand Jhoola though it is commonly called Ram Jhoola,” he said. The Governor spoke about the life of Swami Chidanand who served as the chairman of the society for 45 years and accompanied (in 1950) Swami Sivananda in his all India tour and proclaimed the glory of sublime culture of India and Vedic Sanatana Dharma through his soul-stirring lectures. In 1959, Sivananda sent him to the West as his spiritual representative. “Wherever he went, his illuminating talks and his divine personality radiating peace, bliss, love and compassion had an indelible impact on the listeners,” the Governor said.
He said Swami Chidanand was also a great patriot and would always express his blessedness to be born in Bharatavarsha. His deep love for his motherland made him prepare a National Code of Conduct in 1991 wherein he made an earnest appeal to all Indians to inculcate the spirit of patriotism and service and shine as a true citizen. In 1972, he undertook a 2000 km Uttarakhand yatra for 21 days with renowned environmentalist Sundarlal Bahuguna.
Swami Chidananda was chosen president of the delegation for the Parliament of the World’s Religions convened at Chicago in 1993 to commemorate the centenary of the epochal event of The Parliament of the World’s Religions organized at Chicago in 1893.
Swamiji, who attained Mahasamadhi in 2008, enriched the modern spiritual literature by his various books in English and Hindi on different aspects of practical spirituality, the Governor said.
“Swamiji’s teachings enable us to know that true happiness lies within us and cannot be found in material things. It can be found by controlling one’s mind. Self control and patience is needed which can be found by meditation. Anger is an enemy of mankind and leads to disease. It must be controlled by self-discipline, by reading good books and being with good people. His teachings can help us attain stability in this confusion-filled, fast-paced life. His message “Deeptimaan Amar Aatmaao ! Uthho Jaago! Apni Divyata Ko Pehchaano” will always inspire us.”