Param Pujya Tapaswi Baba Kalyan Das ji was born in a small Himalayan village of Almora , Himalayas. He left home inspired by a series of divine events at the tender age of 12 and started his spiritual voyage.
He submitted himself at the holy feet of his revered Guru Paramhansa Baba Swaroop Das ji who took him through the initiation. The divine initiation ignited the will to know thou self.
Rigorous meditation in the deep woods of Himalayas and Orissa bestowed the practitioner several spiritual mystic powers in 20-22 years
Babaji’s tapasya ( penance ) became fruitful when he received grace from Mother Narmada in his meditation in Nepal. Inspired by the visions of mystical Narmada, Babaji came to the banks of Narmada, and did a parikrama ( circum ambulance ) and received the command, “Now your penance is accomplished – service to the living being is the true worship of the almighty”.
With the inspiration of the holy mother Narmada Babaji established Shree Kalyan Seva Ashram at Amarkantak and Shree Kalyanika Himalaya Devasthanam at Almora, Himalayas and Ranopali Udasin Ashram , Ayodhya.
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Gurudev Swami Chidananada Saraswati ji
Swami Chidananda was born as Sridhar Rao in Mangalore, South India, on September 24, 1916. Devotional songs and stories from the scriptures, as well as the lives and teachings of modern saints such as Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi and Swami Ramdas, awakened in him a fiery aspiration for the spiritual life. He graduated in 1938 from Loyola College, Madras. In 1943, he joined the Himalayan ashram of Swami Sivananda, founder of the Divine Life Society, whose dynamic spiritual writings had long attracted him. On Guru Purnima, 1949, he was initiated into the holy order of sanyasa.
A beacon of light and a living example of the simplicity that lies at the heart of Indian spiritual practice, of Swami Chidananda Saraswati, was the embodiment of the teaching of his revered master, Swami Sivananda: “Serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realise.” He succeeded Swami Sivananda as the president and spiritual head of the Divine Life Society in 1963.
Ever-vigilant in his personal Sadhana, ever compassionate to the poor and needy, ever-willing to champion the cause of the underprivileged, Swami Chidanandaji stands out for his exemplary selfless service in the cause of the leper colonies in Rishikesh, and nearby places. He is often referred to as the St. Francis of India, after the great Franciscan monk, St. Francis of Assisi, of whom Swami Chidananda himself was greatly attracted to.
This prominent saint of contemporary times and a great Yogi, Sri Swami Chidananda Saraswati ji Maharaj, attained Mahasamadhi on August 28th, 2008 at 08:11 p.m. at the age of 92.