I remember, in those days, while at Swargashram, Sri Swamiji would save every possible minute and add it to his Sadhana.
He would keep old rotties (breads) in his room, dry them in the sun every day, and soak them in water an hour before his meal-time and this he would have for his meals along with gud (jaggery).
In this way, he was able to save more than an hour which he would have spent in going to Kshetra for Bhiksha (alms).
This was Swamiji's food at a time when Vivekananda abused him for not supplying ghee.
Another instance. A young Sannyasin, a disciple of Swami Sivanandaji, met me, at Madras. He related his miserable life at that moment.
He came to South India to lead a Parivrajak-life after visiting Badrinath and other places in Uttarakhand.
The first thing I asked of him was, whether he had taken Sri Swamiji's permission and whether Sri Swamiji had instructed him to undertake a Yatra (pilgrimage).
To both questions, he replied 'no'. Further, he relate…