Significance of Sangha

2016-8aug-9th-nithyananda-diary_IMG_0364_bengaluru-aadheenam-nithyananda-pujaI tell you, some of the best moments of my life was when I was serving Arunagiri Yogishwara, Raghupathi Yogi, and a great sadhu in Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Gautamananda.  Of course, Swami Gautamananda will never even imagine I will still be carrying so much of love and reverence and respect for him in my heart but the time I served him, I got an insider’s view of a powerful sadhu’s life.  Understand, he was not an ordinary sannyasi of the Ramakrishna Order; he was one of the Trustees.  Ramakrishna Mission has only eleven Trustees, and he was one, and a senior Trustee.  I think he now even gives initiation.  In Ramakrishna Mission, only one or two people are allowed to give initiation in the whole Order.  He is one of the two-three who give initiation, Mantra Deeksha.  So, such a top-level sadhu.  When I had the possibility to see his life very closely….Wow!  I tell you, the amount of integrity and purity with the whole day spent, the amount of integrity and purity used even to take administrative decisions of the organization, not just the personal decisions, even the administrative decisions of the organization!  I tell you, as long as we remain pure, we retain our integrity even in our administrative decisions, we will continue to exist.

Understand, he was not an ordinary sannyasi of the Ramakrishna Order; he was one of the trustees.  Ramakrishna Mission has only eleven trustees, and he was one, and a senior trustee.  I think he now even gives initiation.  In Ramakrishna Mission, only one or two people are allowed to give initiation in the whole order.  He is one of the two-three who give initiation, mantra deeksha.  So, such a top-level sadhu.  When I had the possibility to see his life very closely….Wow!  I tell you, the amount of integrity and purity with the whole day spent, the amount of integrity and purity used even to take administrative decisions of the organization, not just the personal decisions, even the administrative decisions of the organization!  I tell you, as long as we remain pure, we retain our integrity even in our administrative decisions, we will continue to exist. 


Please understand, Hinduism never existed based on the definitions of the West, but we existed in our own way and will continue to exist in our own way.  Sanatana Hindu Dharma will continue to exist as long as we carry integrity and purity even in our administrative decisions.  For example, one guy, when he is forty-five, he becomes CEO of the Company.  The time he was an ordinary manager, or deputy manager reporting to manager, that time he always remembers with lot of pain: how he has to run around getting tea, tiffin, breakfast for his seniors, and how he has to report.  Always the CEOs remember when they were in the bottom rung of the ladder, that period, with a lot of pain and not that comfortable.  But, I tell you, I remember my early days with so much of comfort, love, respect, reverence, and the great lessons I learned from this great sadhu.  Even while doing the administration, even the administrative decisions where he has to choose, he will tell me, “Hey, Guru Maharaj [Shri Ramakrishna] says he can give up everything, but not Sathya (truth).  So, let us stand by that and take decision.’  I used to think in those days that people only preach, but when it comes to their administrative decisions, they will see what is practical.  But, never I have seen Swami Gautamanandaji taking any decision based on the idea of practicality.  He will always be spiritual in his decision.  Which is right as per Dharma, he will only look into that.  I tell you, it really, really, really helped me constantly to align myself.  

 Even while doing the administration, even the administrative decisions where he has to choose, he will tell me, “Hey, Guru Maharaj [Shri Ramakrishna] says he can give up everything, but not sathya (truth).  So, let us stand by that and take decision.”


I used to think in those days that people only preach, but when it comes to their administrative decisions, they will see what is practical.  But, never I have seen Swami Gautamanandaji taking any decision based on the idea of practicality.  He will always be spiritual in his decision.  Which is right as per Dharma, he will only look into that.  I tell you, it really, really, really helped me constantly to align myself.  

Please understand, if you see somebody constantly aligning themselves to Dharma around you, you will be inspired constantly to align yourself to Dharma.  This is the whole theme of teamily.  Now, when I look back, I see that without even having this concept of teamily, I  automatically had all this kind of ambiance and teachings in my life.  I was looking back thinking who were my teamily who put me in Advaitha, who always reminded me to be in the space of Advaitha.  When I look back, all my acharyas, teachers, gurus with whomever I got to spend time, all of them acted as a teamily, starting from Annamalai Swamigal, Arunagiri Yogishwara, Kuppammal, Raghupathi Yogi.  I can say, I never had a single guru; I had a teamily as my Guru!  My teamily was my Guru!  All of them have contributed so much in me stabilizing myself into the space of Advaitha.  Arunagiri Yogishwara, he supported me in a totally different level, the level of bio-memory.  Raghupathi, he supported me in the very core of the body, the level of the physical completion with the body.  Kuppammal, she supported me in vedanta, the vedic mind.  Each one of them supported me from one space.  Annamalai Swamigal gave that advaitha anubhooti, the advaithic experience.

Gautamanandaji contributed authenticity in administration.  I tell you, I don’t have any problem, I2016-8aug-18th-nithyananda-diary_IMG_2870_bengaluru-aadheenam-campus-swachh will not restrain myself to praise him, because I have seen so many mathadhipathis, peethadhipathis, adheenams, guru mahasannidhanams, gurus, leaders, who administrate an organization.  But, while even when they are administrating, the amount of integrity to what they believe!  You see, what they believe is highest or not, we don’t need to bother; that will automatically grow till enlightenment, and grow, grow, grow, expand; but whatever they believe, being authentic to that.

 In this scale if I see, I can never compare anybody with Gautamanandaji.  He is altogether a different class!  He will go to the extreme of how a person got the money which he donates to the organization; to that extent he will go!  If he sees that person’s business and personal decision-making cognition, his lifestyle, or business decisions are immoral, he will not touch that money.  He will not accept from them.

 He will say, “No!”  Even if he is told, “No, it was not illegal.” he will say very clearly, “I don’t bother about law; I bother about Dharma!”

 He will not touch anything immoral.  Even if the money comes from a person who has not earned it in a moral way, if he gets the tip or some information, he will say, “No!  Reject!”


That kind of integrity in every step!  Hats off to their integrity and strength which they infused into me. 
I tell you, the teamily will constantly remind you to get into the space of powerfulness.  Because of that attitude, the kind of power he commanded on himself and others….Wow!  The grace with which he lived!  When I was serving him, he must be about sixty-five or seventy.  At that age, the kind of power he had over his mind or his body!  Night till two o’clock, he will be sitting and doing japa; means, repeating mantra, the ishta mantra!  And the command over his body!  At that images-3age, I have seen, he will run and do Sirshasana [head stand]!  He will run and just stand upside down!  At that age, the command over his body and the command he had over his mind!

I tell you, when you are integrated and authentic in your decisions, when you are integrated and authentic in your every-day thinking, the command over your body and mind you will have, and the powerfulness you will enjoy over your body and mind!

I tell you, when I look back, the way my teamily supported me, molded me~ having a teamily is having a living Master twenty-four hours around you, literally living with the Master!  Sometimes, even Master feels bored, ‘Alright, what to tell!  Okay…it is okay…I will tell him later on.’  But the teamily has so many mouths, they will never be tired, they will go on telling you! That is the power of teamily!

Understand, the teamily can support you and stabilize you in the space of Advaitha in all directions.  It can make you feel powerful in every level.  The way Arunagiri Yogishwara contributed, he made the whole Cosmos as my teamily!

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