From the desk of Swami Niranjan

October 1988

Many of you may already know that Sri Swamiji left the Munger ashram on 8th August for a pilgrimage of the siddha teerthas in India. He left the ashram as a parivrajak carrying with him only Rs.108/- which was given to him by BSY as a mark of respect and devotion, as be firmly declined any further assistance.

In the tradition of sannyasa, we have read that detachment and vairagya are the true characteristics of a sannyasin, and as Swami Sivanandaji said, it is this spirit of sannyasa we find resplendent in Swamiji. I recently had the honour of having Swamiji's darshan at Deoghar where he had come for the darshan of Vaidyanath jyotirlingam after travelling to Kashi Vishwanath, Vindhyavasini, Dwarkadheesh, Vaishnava Devi, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Hardwar and Sivanandashram at Rishikesh.

During the meeting I requested him to come to Ganga Darshan for some time, but he firmly stated that he has no obligation or attachment with the gurudom of Bihar School of Yoga. The first phase of his mission, he said, culminated with the foundation of Ganga Darshan, and the next phase begins with his parivrajak life. Whenever he visits BSY, it will be in the capacity of a sadhaka. In Swamiji's own words:

With nothing on my body,
And with nothing in my hands.
Let me roam on the banks of the Ganga,
With the name of Shiva on my lips
And the thoughts of Devi and Durga in my mind.
Let me not even know that I exist:
And when I die, I will not know that I am dying.