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Memories of Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

I met my guru Swami Chinmayanandaji for the first time in 1972, in the Sandeepany gurukulam [Sandeepany Sadhanalaya] in Mumbai. By then I had already been an inmate of the grrukulam for a couple of months and Swamiji had just come back after a world tour. We brahmacharis and brahacharinis of the ashram received him at the gate with a poornakumbha, all of us chanting the mantras that are traditionally used to receive a sannyasi: na karmana na prajaya dhanena tyagenaike amritatvam anashuh parena nakam nihitam guhayam vibhrajate yad yatayo visanti

vedantavijnana-sunischitarthah sannyasayogad yatayas shuddha sattvah
te brahma loketu parantakale paramritat parimuchyanti sarve

dahram vipapam varameshmabhutam yat pundareekam puramadhya sam’stham
tatrapi dahram gaganam vishokah
tasmin yatantas tad upasitavyam
yo vedadau svaraprokto vedante cha pratisthitah
tasya prakritileenasya yah parah sa maheshvarah

Not by rituals, not by progeny, not by wealth, But by renunciation is immortality attained. The…