Swami Niranjan with Swami Atmananda at Ganga Darshan

My relationship with Swami Atmananda started when I came to Munger in the 1960’s. She figures in many of my earliest memories of life in the ashram with Swami Satyananda.

I remember her as a dedicated and devoted disciple, always seeking ways in which to serve her beloved master, but also as an administrator, a caring teacher, inspirer and friend.

Though small in stature, she could roar like a lion one moment and be soft and gentle like a mother the next.

From an early age she was exposed to the satsangs and spiritual teachings of Swami Satyananda, who visited her family from time to time, and even as a young girl her commitment and dedication to Guru were total.

By the age of 20, she had renounced her family and all the comforts of home to become one of Swami Satyananda’s first and foremost sannyasin disciples.

Furthermore, we see that her spiritual aspiration and dedication never weakened or wavered. Throughout her life Swami Atmananda remained straight and true to her resolves, even in the face of insurmountable difficulties, illness, personal loss and suffering.

Sometimes it is said of spiritual renunciates that many are called but few are chosen. But in the case of Swami Atmananda, we can definitely see that she was one of those who were chosen right from the beginning, and maintained her commitment and dedication to the Guru and spiritual path right up to the end.

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