Simplicity, spirit of service, compassion, cosmic love, unrestrained generosity, deep devotion—these were but a few of the many facets of the integrated personality of Swami Sivananda.
There were others, like fearlessness, serenity, humility, wisdom.
One or the other of these diverse aspects of the Master’s personality predominated at a particular time.
When devotees offered worship to his feet, he sat with an in drawn look radiating serenity.
When the Master conversed with his dear disciples, he spoke like a loving mother.
When he delivered a public discourse,
wisdom flowed from his lips, and the admonishing finger was often raised to warn the audience of the dangerous consequences of pursuing sense pleasures.
At the time he gave Sannyas initiation, he inspired awe and reverence in the novice. When he exchanged innocent pleasantries with his guests, he bubbled with humour and good cheer.
Sri N. Ananthanarayanan
To be continued ...