Swami Akhandananda As We Saw Him
By Swami Chetanananda, 246 pages, Hardcover.
Swami Akhandananda was one of the sixteen monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. Steeped in the Vedantic lore and experience, his mind ever pined to be absorbed in the bliss of the Himalayan solitude. He travelled extensively in the Himalayas, going up as far as Tibet, exploring to his heart's content the depths of nature—external as well as internal. Destiny, however, had something else in store for him. The distressing sorrows and sufferings of the masses pulled him down to the plains, and to them he became a harbringer of peace and succour. Sacrificing his Himalayan bliss, he chose to be with the poor. Akhandananda practised till the very end of his life his Master's call: Worship jiva as Shiva. He was one of the pillars of the Ramakrishna Movement's service activities. This book provides reminiscences of the inspiring saga of that adventurous monk who was wholeheartedly dedicated to the tireless service of God in man.