APPROACHING THE GURU : 3-3.
3. HOW THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY WAS BORN-3.
Indeed the seed should have been a divine one; for, now the tender plant grew into a nice little tree when Sri Swamiji shifted his Kutia from Lakshman Jhula to Swargashram.
That was somewhere in 1929. 'Satya Sevashram' paved the way for 'Swarg Ashram Sadhu Sangha' but the former's motto remained the same, that is, practising cosmic love and selfless service.
All the time, even though Sri Swamiji was busying himself with writing books, he was touring many places holding Satsang and Sankirtan.
All this formed part of the Society's work.
The work was continued with renewed vigour and enthusiasm at every step.
Swamiji travelled from Mount Kailash in Tibet, to Rameswaram in the southern tip of Deccan, and from Srinagar in Kashmir, to Gangasagar in the Bay of Bengal.
In the mean time, he had settled at the present site of Ananda Kutir (in 1934).
After a while, in the year 1936, when the little tree of 'Swarg Ashram Sadhu Sangh' had firmly rooted itself and grown into a full-size tree, it brought into existence the Divine Life Society.
As you know it better now, this divine tree is every day shooting forth a new branch bringing into existence new centres of Divine Life, far and near.
Every day, it brings forth immortal, unfading, pleasant smelling flowers in the form of ideal selfless workers.
And the fruits of this divine tree are but the immortal happiness.
And so, as you have seen, the Divine Life Society really came into existence in the year 1923, even though it assumed its present name in 1936.
SRI SWAMI PARAMANANDA
To be continued ...