Swami Atmananda (previously Pontiff of Pal Swamy Mutt and Shankara Swamy Mutt Tanjore) visited Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam headquarters in Bidadi, Bangalore on 22nd November 2013 to meet His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda. His Divine Holiness welcomed Swami Atmananda by offering traditional respects.
Swami Atmananda addressed global Nithyananda Sangha via live Satsang broadcasted throughout the world. Swami Atmananda spoke in Tamil and below is the transcript of Swami Atmananda’s speech
Transcript in English:
Nithyanandeshwari Madhyamaam |
Asmath Aachaarya Paryanthaam
Vandhey Guru Paramparaam ||
00:41 Hindi – 00:51
I welcome all the devotees, disciples, samajis, satsanghis sitting with us all over the world through Nithyananda TV, Sadhna TV, Lotus News Channel, Janashree TV, Eshwar TV and two-way video-conferencing. I welcome all of you with my love and respects.
Today, we have a special Chief Guest, Swami Atmanandaji Maharaj from Kanavaipudur. Swamiji is a direct disciple of Swami Chidbhavananda. Swami Chidbhavananda is South India’s Vivekananda. Swami Chidbhavananda has contributed so much. I don’t want to introduce Swami Chidbhavananda to all of you, because I have already spoken about Swami Chidbhavananda many times in our satsanghs. The whole Bhagavad Gita satsanghs our satsang and book I have dedicated to Swami Chidbhavananda, because I read Bhagavad Gita first time from Swami Chidbhavananda’s Tamil translation. So even though I have never met Swami Chidbhavananda directly, he was a great inspiration for me.
Swami is a direct disciple of Swami Chidbhavananda and Swamiji has also created huge organizations. Actually, Swamiji’s the creator of whole Karur in and around organisations in Karur and area. All the educational institutions now owned by Tapovanam has been created by Swamiji and at present Swamiji is the President of the Sharada Niketan Trust. He heads education institutions and he also has many schools where thousands of students are getting free education. Swamiji’s a powerful orator, teacher and a great sadhu. He has initiated many Sannyasis and Sannyasinis and created many institutions for his brother disciples. Above all, an important thing for Dhyanapeetam our sangha should know Swamiji is the first person who gave money for Dhyanapeetam.
In 2001 January, now I think twelve, thirteen years before, , twelve years before when the Erode devotees gathered together and wanted to donate land to me, I said, ‘I will go to Nerur Sadashiva Brahmendra’s samadhi and take the blessings and come. Then we will start the ashram.’ I went to Nerur to have Sadashiva Brahmendra’s samadhi’s darshan and blessings, then on the way I went to Swamiji Atmanandaji’s ashram and I took blessings from Swamiji also. I asked Swamiji to bless. I said, ‘Swamiji, now I have completed my parivrajaka yatra. Now I am going to settle down in one place. Few devotees are giving a small land in Erode. I am going to start staying there but I don’t know where I wanted the ashram to be but I am going to be staying in Erode.’ The moment he heard that immediately Swamiji gave the first donation. Still the receipt we have. So in a way Swamiji started Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam. It is, the whole Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam is initiated, started by Swamiji.
Then please understand, it is not what amount is important, but the attitude of giving. That is the first thing. Swamiji is such a compassionate, loving and giving sadhu. And not only the money, the blessings he gave. Please understand, now after our huge success, suddenly so many people claim that I belong to them, I belong to them, I belong to them I belong to them, but it is actually Swamiji who started the whole Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam. So actually, the money with which Swamiji gave, with that only we registered that land. Registration of that land happened with the money Swamiji gave and now you know, rest is history. And throughout the thin and thick times, Swamiji always stood by us, supported us, blessed us and today Swamiji is here to bless all of us.
I requested Swamiji to speak few words but Swamiji said it is okay. But, on behalf of me and Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, I offer our humble respects to Swamiji. Then I’ll continue the satsangh.
06:48 – 12:03 Swamiji Atmanandaji Maharaj’s address in Tami
Nithyanandam, the translation of the blessing message Swami Atmananda Maharaj. Swamiji belongs to the same parampara, the heredity of Sri Ramakrishna. Indeed Swamiji is now decorating, adorning the sacred seat which was previously adorned by the group of Sri Ramakrishna, totapuri . By God’s grace Swamiji took birth. Right from the young age Swamiji has been doing so much pious and enriching work to society and the whole world. With spirituality in India, showing the world Swamiji is doing that work. From young age he received God’s grace and is doing the great work and accomplishments. If you have God’s grace all good thoughts and wishes will get fulfilled. Swamiji has established centres across the world and spread spirituality. When we are talking, when we both were talking yesterday, he said the number of Sannyasis and Sanyasanis in Dhyanapeetam if we see we don’t even have one Sannyasi per city. Swamiji wants to create at least 10 lakh Sannyasis in India. Swamiji indeed has the grace and blessings of the holy trinity Sri Ramakrishna, Sharada Devi and Swamiji Vivekananda and the blessings of God, grace of God. Swamiji Atmanandaji Maharaj extends his whole hearted cooperation, support and assures that his support and cooperation will be there always for Swamiji. From a small age Swamiji has become the tool of God and is doing great things. If God’s blessings is there all good things will happen. The dream of Swami Vivekananda that is winning the whole world with spirituality, India winning the whole world with spirituality and the spreading of spirituality throughout the world. Let all this happen and all men should have, all people should have great wealth and prosperity and live a blissful life. Let everybody be happy. We are all very fortunate to have the grace of Swamiji.
With this Swamiji Atmanandaji Maharaj concluded his blessing message, thank you, Nithyanandam
On behalf of me and Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, I thank Swamiji and offer our respects and gratitude for being here, blessing us and gracing the occasion. With this I’ll move to the morning satsangh.
Cities sitting with us: Los Angeles-Arunachalam, Seattle-Chidambaram, Adi Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam-Avathipalayam, Nithyananda Nagaram-Hyderabad, San Jose-Madurai, Guadeloupe-Rameshwaram, Sharga Toronto-Kailasam, Ohio-Prayag, Varanasi, Hosur, Oman-Sivagangai, Hyderabad-Gupta Kashi, Vancouver-British Columbia, Bogota-Colombia, Monterrey-Mexico, Hong Kong-Sirkazhi, East London-UK, Singapore-Singapuram, San Diego-Tirualavai, Dubai-Vaidyanatham, Bangalore North, Jorpati-Nepal, Tiruvannamalai Dhyanapeetam.
I welcome all of you with my love and blessings.
I’ll continue to expand on the subject: “SANNYAS”. Today, I think fourth or fifth day, I will continue to expand on “SANNYAS”, because I have so much to share about Sannyas, so much to tell about Sannyas.
Please understand, the patterns you created, the incompletions you accumulated, the samskaras you built, the engrams you engraved for janmas, for ages, from time immemorial, at least you need to spend one birth to complete them, one birth to be free of them. Whatever is said and done, when there is some other priority in the life, the Completion doesn’t happen to the level of completing with Completion itself.
Please listen. There are various levels of Completion. If you have a good relationship with others, you think it is Completion. That is only one level of Completion. Many times, people get settled with that level of Completion. Many times, people think that is enough for the life to go on. Please understand, not having disease is not enough healthy, not having disease may be one step of health but yogic body is far away from this negative health. Same way, not having mental chaos and confusion does not mean you have achieved the ultimate. Not having fights in the house does not mean you really completed.
So, the level of Completion to run your life smoothly, just to have a good relationship, a friendly atmosphere, that alone is not ultimate peak possibility of human life. Please listen that alone is not peak possibility of human life. The completion should happen in your being to the level of completing with the very incompletion which started the life and death cycle in you, birth and death cycle in you. Please understand, the birth and death cycle itself started in you due to some incompletion. Going to that level and completing.
You have three layers of Karma:
The brought karma is “Prarabdha Karma”.
Accumulated karma is “Agamya Karma”.
Reserve Karma is “Sanchita Karma”.
Please understand, the brought karma, karma brought to be enjoyed, completed in this body is “Prarabdha”.
The karmas you accumulate, incompletions you accumulate after you assumed this body in this life is “Agamya”.
The reserve is “Sanchita”.
Usually, if you complete with Agamya itself you get satisfied. Seekers go a little deeper than Agamya. They complete the Prarabdha also but only when you complete with the Sanchita also you will be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Just having good relationships, just having health, just having mental wellness may not be completely.
Having Completion as the first priority is not my goal. Having Completion as the only priority is the goal of human life. Please understand, having Completion in your laundry list is the life of common man. Having Completion as the first priority in your laundry list is the life of a Seeker. Having Completion as the only priority is the life of Sannyas.
Having Completion in your laundry list, having Completion in your list of things to do which every one of you paste in your refrigerator, things to do – laundry, shopping, pick up the kid, drop the daughter in the dance school, Completion also if you have time. This is a life of a human being.
Completion – the first priority – life of a Seeker.
Completion the one and only priority – life of a Sannyasi.
Please listen. All the best things you see in life, whether it is intelligence, or art and architecture, or language, or music and poetry, or lifestyle knowledge, anything best, please understand, anything best you see is the gift of Sannyasis. It is contribution of Sannyasis.
Recently, I am spending a lot of time with the history of Naga Sannyasis. I had the opportunity to see the original documents and records belongs to Mahanirvani Akhada, our akhada and many of the historical references about our Mahants; during the Moghul period, British period, the achievements of these great sadhus; and pre-history, 5,000 years before, the contribution of these sadhus. I tell you, please understand, these sadhus are literally like Mahadeva, Shiva. If you see Shiva’s story, all the useless things he keeps with himself, but all the best things he gives to society. See when the churning of the Milky Ocean happened, the best fragrant flower trees, he gave to devatha’s; Shyamantaka jewelry he gave it to Vishnu; the Miss Universe – Lakshmi – he gave it to Narayana. Everything he gave away. What finally he kept with himself? Poison! What is his ornaments? The snakes which drinks that poison. Same way, Naga sadhus, all the useless things of the society they kept with themselves. They did not even wear dress. They did not keep the best things with themselves. All the useless things they kept with themselves. But all the best things they gave to society. All the best things they gave to society.
When I was studying, please understand, the first flight is not done by the Wright Brothers. It is done by a person in Mumbai; you need to know this fact, financed by Nagas of Mumbai Mahanirvani Akhada. Sannyas ashram of Mumbai. Swami Maheshwarananda Puri has financed this venture. There are records. Swami Maheshwarananda Puri of Mumbai Sannyas ashram has financed the first aircraft building forty years before the Wright Brothers flew into the air. So, the first aircraft was not created by the Wright Brothers. It was created by a pundit, Vedic pundit in Mumbai. The pundit did not have any money. It was financed by the Mahanirvani Akhada.
When I dig out the history of the Naga sadhus, the amount of contribution they have done in the Science, Art, in every field education in every field. Unimaginable contribution, what they have done then and what they are doing even now. It is unimaginable, amazing contribution. They protected the Dharma. Dharma protected them. Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha! They protected Dharma and Dharma protected them. It the contribution of the Sannyasis still this country’s culture, knowledge is alive. The contribution of Sannyasis is unimaginable, unique, amazing. I can give you tons and tons of references how all the ancient best things are preserved, protected, enriched and expounded by the great Sannyasis. Not just in the spiritual field, even in the field of agriculture, in the field of clothes, in the field of architecture, how the intelligence of Sannyasis played such a major role and efficiency of the Sannyasis played such an amazing role in the whole field. It’s unimaginable.
Please understand, it is time for us to revive that same tradition. I am committing with Mahanirvani Peeta, in this lifetime, in this body, in this lifetime, I will create ten lakh sadhus. It is my commitment to Mahanirvani Peeta, revive this Sannyas Sampradaya. India has 6,40,000 villages. I’ll see to it that each village has installed at least one Sannyasi.
I request all the devotees, please listen; I wanted to remind you all of this word:
If you change after the change, you will SURVIVE.
If you change along with the change, you will SUCCEED.
If you cause the change, you will LEAD.
So I request all the devotees, be cause for the change, be cause for the change, because change is happening now, be cause for the change, because change is happening now. Be cause of the change in some form. If you are unmarried, jump into Sannyas. If you are married, at least see to it that you give one child to Sannyas. I am very bold in asking. I never asked anything from people, money or any favour. Now I am saying, now I am requesting this, not for me, but for humanity, for your own life.
I have seen various organizations, rise and fall of so many organizations from various religions and Hindu religion and my own organization. I can’t say “fall”; people try to make it fall. I have seen everything. I tell you from that rich experience, Hinduism needs only one thing – trained Sannyasis. Hinduism has everything else. It’s not that money is our problem; it is not that not having followers is our problem; it’s not that media attacking is our problem. That and all is secondary. The first need is integrated, authentic, trained sannyasis, shaastra dhaari sannyasis who can digest the shaastras and enrich the world with that same shaastras. So, ten lakh shaastra dhaari sannyasis is the goal. Ten lakh shaastra dhaari sannyasis is life. Let us go to nook and corner of the world, reach out to every village of the country and ask the village, ‘Give us at least ten people. We will train them and give them back to you to enrich your village, not just spiritually, in every possibility.’
Please understand, only a Sannyasi continues to stay with the goal throughout the life.
People many time come and tell me, ‘What is there Swamiji? I live as a Sannyasi inside. Why can’t I live as a Sannyasi inside? In the same house itself in the same lifestyle. Why should I give up? I am a Sannyasi inside. ‘In the Facebook I also see many postings.
If you want my answer, the one-word answer. I don’t need to give any word. You all understand my smile.
No really only a Sannyasi remembers even to himself that he has taken up this ideal. If you have not declared to the world and taken up this lifestyle, if you just declare to you and live this without declaring to the world and taking as a lifestyle what you call as a “mental Sannyasi”, in ten days you will forget that you took mental Sannyas. Forget about others forgetting, even you will forget. Even for you to remember, you need to do so many things of declaring, wearing, taking up, all this.
So understand, Sannyas is a powerful lifestyle, enriching yourself and enriching others. Enriching yourself and enriching others/
Essence of today’s satsangh:
LET SANNYAS BE THE CHANGE AND YOU BE THE CAUSE OF THE CHANGE.
33:40 Hindi – 36:59
Let you all achieve, experience, live, express, radiate, share and explode in eternal bliss, Nithyananda.
“Nithyanandam, this is the translation of the blessing message from Swami Atmananda Maharaj. Swamiji belongs to the same lineage, the heredity of Sri Ramakrishna. Indeed Swamiji is now decorating, adorning the sacred seat which was previously adorned by the group of Sri Ramakrishna, Totapuri. By God’s grace, Swamiji took birth. Right from the young age, Swamiji has been doing so much pious and enriching work to society and the whole world. With spirituality in India, showing the world Swamiji is doing that work. From a young age, he received God’s grace and is doing the great work and accomplishments. If you have God’s grace all good thoughts and wishes will get fulfilled. Swamiji has established centres across the world and spread spirituality.”
“When we are talking, when we both were talking yesterday, he said the number of Sanyasis and Sanyasanis in Dhyanapeetam if we see we don’t even have one Sannyasi per city. Swamiji wants to create at least 10 lakh Sannyasis in India. Swamiji indeed has the grace and blessings of the holy trinity Sri Ramakrishna, Sharada Devi and Swamiji Vivekananda and the blessings of God, grace of God.”
“Swamiji Atmanandaji Maharaj extends his whole-hearted cooperation, support and assures that his support and cooperation will be there always for Swamiji. From a young age, Swamiji has become the tool of God and is doing great things. If God’s blessings is there all good things will happen. The dream of Swami Vivekananda that is winning the whole world with spirituality, India winning the whole world with spirituality and the spreading of spirituality throughout the world. Let all this happen and all men should have, all people should have great wealth and prosperity and live a blissful life. Let everybody be happy. We are all very fortunate to have the grace of Swamiji”.
Swami Atmananda and His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda during Satsang in Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam Bidadi on 22nd November 2012
His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda meets Swami Atmananda
During his visit, Swami Atmananda met Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Swami Atmananda, inspired by contributions of His Divine Holiness, requested financial support for Saradha Niketan Ladies Arts & Science (http://www.ssnc.org.in/) and Swami Atmananda further requested Paramahamsa Nithyananda to become Pontiff of:
Paramahamsa Nithyananda and Atmananda Swami have a long history, dating back to their days at Ramakrishna Mutt. Paramahamsa Nithyananda, with respect and gratitude for Atmananda Swami, accepted the request to offer financial assistance for Atmananda Swami’s Sarada Niketan Arts & Science College in Salem and Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu.
Financial Request Letter from Swami Atmananda
Paramahamsa Nithyananda always had gratitude for Swami Atmananda for his support. In a public satsang dated 22nd November 2013, he expressed his gratitude for Swami Atmananda:
“In 2001 January, when the Erode devotees gathered together and wanted to donate land to me, I said, ‘I will go to Nerur Sadashiva Brahmendra’s samadhi and take the blessings and come. Then we will start the ashram.’ I went to Nerur, Tamil Nadu to have Sadashiva Brahmendra’s Samadhi’s darshan and blessings, then on the way I went to Swamiji Atmanandaji’s ashram and I took blessings from Swamiji also. I asked Swamiji to bless. I said, ‘Swamiji, now I have completed my Parivrajak (Spiritual Wandering) yatra. Now I am going to settle down in one place. Few devotees are giving a small land in Erode. I am going to start staying there but I don’t know where I wanted the ashram to be but I am going to be staying in Erode.’ The moment he heard that immediately Swamiji gave the first donation. Still the receipt we have. So in a way Swamiji started Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam. It is, the whole Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam is initiated, started by Swamiji.”
Paramahamsa Nithyananda offered over 4 Crore financial assistance, from his organizations’ trusts, for construction and everyday food expenses for Sarada Devi Niketan Arts & Science Colleges located in Salem and Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. Below is one of the transaction receipts of the amount transferred over a period of time.
Transaction receipt from one of many financial transactions
Ordained as Pontiff of Four Mutts:
Atmananda Swami clearly recognized the extraordinary contributions that Paramahamsa Nithyananda was making for the revival of Sanatana Hindu Dharma. He was confident at Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s unprecedented capabilities to inspire millions around the world into following the lifestyle of Hinduism, evident by the establishment of 34 Hindu Temples and 1200 Satsang centers worldwide with millions of followers.
Despite the religious persecution, false allegations, attempted character assassination and relentless abuse by the Indian media, anti-Hindu and anti-spiritual forces against Paramahamsa Nithyananda, happening since 2010, including the opposition of his 2012 coronation by the 292 Guru Maha Sannidhanam (Pontiff), as the 293 Pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, Atmananda Swami was still a staunch supporter of Paramahamsa Nithyananda, declaring that he was the most qualified and foremost candidate for the position of Pontiff of the 4 mutts.
On April 15th, 2015, Atmananda Swami officially coronated
His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda as Pontiff of:
Below the official copy of the Pontiff appointment registered document:
The Revival of Vedic Sanatana Hindu Dharma
Paramahamsa Nithyananda was coronated as Pontiff of 4 Mutts. As soon as he became the Pontiff, the traditional prayers, rituals and services offered by each mutt was resumed. Disciples of His Divine Holiness were sent to each Mutt to restart the various services properly, according to the traditions. Some of the activities performed were: restoring old buildings, upgrading facilities and restarting Pooja, Annadhan (free food) and deeksha (initiations).
The revival of Mutt activities by Sanyasis of Nithyananda Order