Category: Tributes

An era of Inspiration lives on in an Illustrious Legacy

[The contents on this page is an extract from Arsha Vidya Gurukulam’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations Souvenir]

Sri Swami Shuddhananda

Swami Dayananda Ashram Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India The majority of the people are like birds flying in the sky leaving behind no trace of their footprints. But, one in a billion, bestrides the worldly stage like a Colossus leaving indelible marks of his sacred sojourn on the earth. Swami Dayanandaji was indeed such a Spiritual Giant! In 1963, when I was...

Swami Viditatmananda

Everybody knows that Pujya Swamiji was a teacher, but now we can share our personal experiences of how he was as a person. Pujya Swamiji is a many-dimensional great person. As I talked to different people I found how in so many different ways he has touched people. He was a teacher, of course, par excellence, but he was also...

Swami Paramarthananda

In Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Swamiji designed the curriculum and conducted two courses – 1972-1975 and 1976-1979. I was fortunate to be in the second course. Even though the original purpose was to study the scriptures and propagate it by giving discourses, Swamiji felt that the full impact of the study may not be there because the study will be only for...

Swamini Svatmavidyananda

At the very outset, one feels like saying “What are we going to do now?” It is never easy to experience the loss of anyone, what to talk of a shining sun like Pujya Swamiji. However, Pujya Swamiji is not lost – there is no coming or going. I’m reminded of the verse in the Bhagavad Gītā where Lord Krishna...

Swami Tattvavidananda

Many people have spoken wonderful things about Pujya Swamiji. However much we speak, it is like touching the tip of an iceberg. His contribution will be celebrated by the society for decades or even centuries to come. In India, great organizations like Rashtriya Seva Samiti and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have been working for the society for decades – RSS from...

Sri Swami Tadatmananda

I will speak of one aspect of Pujya Swami Dayananda’s greatness and that is his legacy – what he has left for all of us around the world. We can say so much about Swamiji but perhaps we can see most vividly his legacy in all the gurukulams he established. His legacy cannot be measured in terms of buildings and...

Swamini Ramananda

Swami Dayanandaji has certainly been an inspiration to me and to all who have come in contact with him. Most people cannot help but be deeply changed after being exposed to Swami Dayananda’s clear unfolding of the ancient Vedic texts. The global influence of Swamiji is remarkable. Over the years students from many countries, including USA and India, attended the...

Swamini Srividyananda

While it is a heart-warming privilege to pay tribute to Pujya Sri Swamiji, to do justice is a daunting task. The vast expanse of time is occasionally dotted with the birth of a true teacher, one who personifies the term Guru. This individual is gifted with the ability to render complex ideas into words that are easily understood and assimilated;...