The Mission

In the evening the swamis again assembled in the Sadhana Hall, and waited with a quiet feeling of expectation to hear the next chapter of Gurudev's life. Soon Swami Niranjan entered the hall and took his seat. After intoning the mantras, he began to speak.

'Just as the history of any institution is usually related to one particular person, in this way, the history of this ashram is related to Swami Satyananda Saraswati. On 19th January 1963, Swamiji established the Sivananda Ashram in a small building near the Ganga at Lal Darwaja, Munger. In the first few years of its establishment, the ashram grew very slowly. The facilities were very simple and there were no private rooms. Everybody lived together in the sadhana hall and slept on blankets on the floor. At the far end of the ashram was a mud hut which we used to call Swamiji's kutir, because he lived there.

A few devotees would come to live in the ashram from time to time with the idea of learning yoga practices. Thus more rooms were added slowly one by one. At the end of 1965, an annexe to the main hall was constructed. The two rooms were called Panchavati and Yoga Nidra Vihar. In April 1967, this annexe was further enlarged to include a third room called Ganga Sagar and a small room at the end with an underground room just below it for Swamiji's sadhana.

'There maybe dark clouds in the sky, but they cannot prevent the sun from giving light. When the flowers bloom, it is not necessary to beckon the bees. In this manner, people came and Swamiji started teaching. His aim was to offer something useful to society so that every human being can evolve. He was not only a yoga teacher, but a siddha yogi. When people came to him with all their problems, requesting him to perform some miracle to make them fit, he would immediately reply, "I am not the swami who performs miracles. If that is what you wish, please go elsewhere."

'Swamiji was always very practical. He used to say, "If an individual is not practical and does not try to do something useful, how can he be called a sadhaka?" This was the first lesson we received from him. We did not receive the sort of teachings which you get today. You can ask the old sannyasins who are present if they ever received any sadhana from Swamiji. They will say no.'

'Starting in such a lonely and backward area', one swami said, 'how was Swamiji able to expand the teaching activities to such an extent that within a few short years, his institution had gained world wide renown?'

'First of all,' Swami Niranjan replied, 'in order to celebrate, the annual meeting of the Bihar School of Yoga and the International Yoga Fellowship, an international yoga convention was organised every year from 1964 onwards. In this way more people came to the ashram, and their experiences were such that the ashram life became known all over the world.

'In November 1964 the First International Yoga Convention was held at Munger. It was inaugurated by the Governor of Bihar and the chief guest was Swamiji's gurubhai, Swami Chidananda of Rishikesh. Then in November 1965, the Second International Yoga Convention was inaugurated by the Shankaracharya of Puri and closed by the Governor of Bihar. The Governor of Rajasthan was chief guest. In November 1966, the Third International Yoga Convention was held and many western aspirants participated in the function. In November 1967, the Fourth International Yoga Convection was held at Gondia.

'The first intensive nine month Yoga Teacher Training Coarse was held in Munger from 1st July 1967 to 31st March 1968. This course was attended by many aspirants from India and abroad. It was a tremendous success and through these first teachers whom be had trained, the seeds of Swamiji's mission and teachings on yoga began to spread world-wide. During this course the students received much more than mere techniques. They gained a deep understanding of the integral system of yoga as a science, a philosophy and a way of life. The lectures given by Swamiji during this period were later on to form the basis for several books, including 'Four Chapters on Freedom', and 'Early Teachings of Swami Satyananda'.

'By 1968, the Bihar School of Yoga was well established and Swamiji decided that the time was auspicious to spread the message of yoga, 'from door to door and from shore to shore'. In March of that year he visited Swami Sivananda's Samadhi at Rishikesh, travelling with 70 disciples, to seek guidance and blessings for his forthcoming world tour. For one week Swamiji fasted and remained in seclusion inside Swami Sivananda's Samadhi. He never came out or met with anybody. After one week when he came out, he said, "I have received permission to go." Within one week, his passport and ticket were prepared, contacts were made, and he started on his tour. In April he departed from Bombay for Malaysia and Singapore. From there he toured Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, England, France, Holland, Sweden and Italy. The tour was very successful and lasted for five months. In his absence the swamis in the ashram resolved to build a three storey building for accommodating the students who would come to learn yoga. The building was completed within three months and students were already living in it by the time Swamiji returned.

'Swamiji returned to India in October and in November he conducted the Fifth International Yoga Convention in Raigarh. The chief guest was Swami Satchidananda, his gurubhai and the head of the Integral Yoga Fellowship in USA. After the convention a three month Yoga Teacher Training Course began in Munger, in which trainees from all parts of the world participated.

'In 1969, Swamiji was very active. In May, he presided over the Jaipur Yoga Vidya Sammelan. In June, he toured India extensively, conducting yoga programs in Bhagalpur, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Dhanbad, Calcutta, Tatanagar, Raigarh, Bilaspur, Sambalpur, Raipur, Gondia, Rajnandgaon, Bhilai, Nagpur, Amravati, Bombay, Poona, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Delhi, Bhopal, Sagar and Jabalpur.

'In August, he embarked on his second overseas tour, during which he conducted yoga programs in England, Ireland, Denmark, France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. In September he presided over the Sixth International Yoga Convention which was held in Richmond, Australia, and was organised by Roma Blair (Swami Nirmalananda). Guests included Swami Gitananda from Pondicherry, Swami Karunananda from Australia, and Swami Venkatesananda from Mauritius.

'In January 1970 he commenced an all India tour with his disciples. During this extensive tour, which lasted for four months, he conducted yoga programs in Patna, Delhi, Jaipur, Calcutta, Bhopal, Sagar, Giridi, Saharsa, Forbis Ganj, Kisanganj, Tatanagar, Kharagpur, Chaibasa, Goa, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Athmallik, Nagpur, Amravati, Bombay, Poona, Ahmedabad, Jabalpur, Indore, Bilaspur, Bhatapara, Raipur, Bhilai, Durg, Gondia and Rajnandgaon.

'In May, he departed on his third overseas tour. After visiting Ireland, where one of his sannyasin disciples was establishing a yoga ashram, he presided over the Seventh International Yoga Convention, in Paris. Afterwards he toured USA.

'In June, he returned to India and opened the Sivananda Kutir Yoga Ashram in Munger, in the Fort area, to cater to the needs of the local people as BSY was now flooded with interstate and foreign visitors. In July he inaugurated the Yoga Research Library where books on yoga could be researched and written.

'In August he conducted yoga programs in Chatarpur, Tikamgarh, Panna, Shajapur, Katni and Shadol. In September he went abroad again, visiting England, Ireland, Denmark, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

'What about the sannyasa training?' asked one of the swamis, 'When did that begin?'

'Sannyasa training was one of the most important aspects of Swamiji's mission,' replied Swami Niranjan, 'By 1970 there was a growing demand in many parts of the world for more experienced yoga teachers and sannyasins who could guide people in their own localities. For this reason, Swamiji conducted an international, three year Sannyasa Training Course for those aspirants who wished to make sannyasa their lifestyle. This course commenced in September with 108 trainees from all parts of the globe taking part, under the direct guidance of Swamiji.

'During the three year sannyasa course, Swamiji conducted all the classes himself. There was one month of asana, one month of pranayama, one month of bhajan, one month of sadhana, and in this way he covered all the topics that he wished to teach. These classes later formed the basis of several BSY publications, including: 'Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha', 'Meditations from the Tantras', 'Prana Vidya', and 'Yoga Nidra'.

'During the sannyasa course,' one of the swamis said 'did Swamiji remain in the ashram or continue with his tours?'

'He stayed in the ashram most of the time,' Swami Niranjan replied, 'but at intervals he still continued to conduct outside programs in India and abroad. In March 1971, he travelled to England and Ireland, accompanied by his youngest sannyasin disciple, who was me. I stayed on in Ireland and Swamiji returned to India in April to inaugurate the Yoga Convention in Sambalpur. After he travelled to Raigarh and Bilaspur, where he inaugurated a 40 day Diabetes Camp. Then he went to Korba and on to Rajnandgaon where he stayed for one month with 45 sannyasin disciples. From Rajnandgaon, Swamiji returned to Sambalpur in May to light the jyoti at the ashram. Afterwards he flew to Belfast to inaugurate the ashram there and stayed for the month of June, conducting a Yoga Teacher Training Course. In July he returned to India and inaugurated the ashram at Rajnandgaon. In November he sent several sannyasin disciples to Colombia to start an ashram.

'In March and April 1972, Swamiji toured Raigarh, Rajnandgaon, Nagpur, Gondia, Betul, Satna, Rewa, Jabalpur, Mirzapur and Gaya.

'In January 1973, Swamiji conducted Bhumi pooja at the site of the Raipur ashram. In March he travelled to Australia. In April and May he travelled to South America and Europe. On his return, he established a printing press at Bihar School of Yoga in order to print all the pamphlets and yoga publications in preparation for the Golden Jubilee celebration.

'In October 1973, the Golden Jubilee was celebrated at Munger in the form of an International Yoga Convention. Delegates From abroad arrived on chartered flights and a large number of delegates from all parts of India participated. Gurus, swamis and saints from all over the world came together during this event to celebrate the 50th year of renunciation of Swami Sivananda and also the 51st birth anniversary of Sri Swamiji. At this function, Swamiji was acknowledged as the foremost exponent of yoga. Included amongst the guests were H. H. Jagadguru Swami Shantananda Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math Sri I. B. S. Iyengar, Swami Chidananda of Rishikesh, and countless other sannyasin disciples of Swamiji who by then had become yoga teachers in their own right.

'In February and March 1974, Swamiji travelled through central India with a team of swamis, conducting yoga programs at Ambikapur, Korba, Janjgir, Bilaspur, Raipur, Bhilainagar, Mahasmund, Dhamtari, Jagdalpur, Rajnandgaon, Gondia, Balaghat, Panhmore Jamalpur, Sagar and Satna. In April, Swamiji travelled to South America, and on his return, he went to Sambalpur to inaugurate the Yoga Convention there. In September, Swamiji travelled to Germany and then on to Colombia. In October he returned to India and went to Dhanbad to conduct the World Yoga Convention. In December, he sent one of his sannyasin disciples to Australia to start an ashram there.'

'In March 1975 Swamiji presided over the All India Yoga Convention in Bilaspur. He then inaugurated a seminar at the Bhilai Steel Plant. In October Swamiji travelled to Bogotá, Colombia, for the Silver Jubilee Celebration. Afterwards he visited Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Panama, Argentina, Guatemala, Uruguay, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, and then went on to Trinidad, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Paris In November, after returning to India, he inaugurated the Yoga Convention in Rajnandgaon. In December, he conducted a yoga seminar in Bombay.'

'By 1976, the small ashram in Munger, which Swamiji had started twelve years earlier, seemed to be even smaller. It was always overflowing with devotees, guests and sannyasins. There was no room for the new applicants who wrote and arrived daily seeking admission.

'In February and March 1976, Swamiji conducted yoga programs in Asansol, Calcutta, Allahabad, Supaul, Sambalpur, Raigarh, Rajnandgaon and Barhaiya. In May, he inaugurated programs in Hazarbagh, Kumardubi and Sambalpur. In July and August Swamiji presided over the Guru Poornima functions in Raigarh. Afterwards he conducted a program in Ranchi and then toured South India, visiting Calcutta, Kharagpur, Cuttack, Visakhapatoam, Madras, Mahabalipuram, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Jabalpur and Bhopal. In November and December, he conducted the National Yoga Convention in Raipur, the Steel Yoga Convention in Bhilai, and a yoga seminar in Bhopal.'

'In 1977, Swamiji upgraded the BSY printing press called Ashram Graphics, in order to take over the publication of Yoga and Yoga Vidya magazines, which had been printed in Rajnandgaon since 1963. The work of compiling, edging and printing the magazines was done as karma yoga by all the sannyasins of the ashram. In February, a new floor was constructed on top of the press building to house the BSY Research Library and the Despatch Office. Overcrowded living conditions continued to worsen. However, as numbers of applicants for admission increased, Swamiji announced that the ashram gates were closed to new arrivals. All applicants were referred to the outside ashrams such as Dhanbad, Raipur, Rajnandgaon and Sambalpur, but still the people kept coming and begging to be admitted although there was no accommodation.'

'In February 1977, Swamiji went to Kathmandu. In July, he presided over the Guru Poornima celebrations at the Mangrove Mountain Ashram in Australia. In August, he inaugurated the Calcutta ashram. In September, Swamiji went to Zinal, Switzerland to address the delegates of the Second International Yoga Week sponsored by the European Union of National Federations of Yoga. In October, he presided over the National Yoga Convention conducted at Sambalpur. In December, he travelled to Colombia.

'In 1978, after much consideration, the decision was made to acquire the property of Karna Chaura, a hill just opposite the original ashram, overlooking the Ganga, in order to build a larger ashram complex with adequate facilities to accommodate the ever increasing numbers of yoga aspirants. Later in the same year, the legal transactions were completed and this ancient and historical site was handed over to Bihar School of Yoga. Swamiji renamed the place Ganga Darshan. He drew up plans for the Sadhana Hall which would be built on the site of the ancient Karna Chaura platform, and for large residential blocks.

'In January 1978, Swamiji conducted yoga seminars in Athens and Barcelona. In February and March, he inaugurated a yoga camp for diabetes in Sambalpur and then he went on to Raigarh. Afterwards he conducted programs in Calcutta, Poona and Bombay. In July he conducted a one month seminar for European yoga teachers. Guru Poornima marked the opening of Ganga Darshan. Thousands of people came to celebrate the event and Swamiji conducted the Pratishtha ceremony.

'In October, Swamiji presided over the World Yoga Convention organised by the Australian Ashram. In November he travelled to Colombia. In December he inaugurated the All India Yoga Convention at Thane. Afterwards, special kriya yoga courses were conducted in Munger for large groups coming from Australia, Spain and South America.

'In February, March and April 1979, Swamiji conducted yoga programs in Sagar, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Khamgaon, Bombay, Poona, Bangalore, Secunderabad, Rajnandgaon, Raipur, Sambalpur and Raigarh, returning to Munger. In May he travelled to Bombay, Singapore, and Australia. On his return he presided over the Patna Yoga Convention. In June Swamiji conducted a yoga program in Medellin, Colombia. In July he presided over the Guru Poornima function in Bilaspur.

'In July, August and September, Swamiji conducted yoga programs in Singapore, Athens, Barcelona, Antwerp, Zinal, Copenhagen, Paris and London. Afterwards he presided over the International Yoga Convention organised by the Belfast Yoga Centre, and addressed the delegates at the fifth International Yoga Week sponsored by the European Union of National Federations of Yoga in Zinal.

'By 1979 the construction of Ganga Darshan was in full swing. Most of the sannyasins were living at Ganga Darshan by that time, supervising the construction work of the buildings.

'In 1980 Swamiji started one month Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Munger, so that the basic yoga practices could be propagated by the people at community level. In January, he inaugurated the Bolangir Ashram in Orissa and presided over the Bolangir Yoga Convention and the Kahalgaon Yoga Convention. Swamiji toured Europe in April and May, visiting Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Vienna, Zurich, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris, Barcelona and London. In July he presided over the Guru Poornima celebrations in Satna. In August and September, Swamiji returned to Europe where he conducted the Intercontinental Yoga Seminar at Chamarande, France. After this he addressed the delegates of the 6th International Yoga Week sponsored by the European Union of National Federations of Yoga. Then he toured Spain, conducting yoga programs in many major cities. In October Swamiji presided over the International Yoga Convention in Colombia. In November he inaugurated the District Yoga Convention in Bariarpur, Bihar.

In January, February and March 1981, Swamiji toured South India, conducting programs in Bombay, Madhurai, Madras, Neveli and Hyderabad. Afterwards he went to Patna, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Bhopal and Raipur, where he inaugurated the Bhilai Steel Plant Yoga Convention. In April he flew to Europe and conducted a yoga seminar in Italy. Afterwards he presided over the First Pan-Hellenic Convention on Yoga and Health organised by Satyananda Ashram, Greece. On his return to India he conducted a yoga program at the Bhagalpur Engineering College.

'In July 1981, yoga students from Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil and Italy came to Munger for a sadhana course which culminated in the Guru Poornima celebrations at Jabalpur, presided over by Swamiji. Afterwards he flew to Europe where he conducted yoga programs in Finland, France, Belgium and Italy. In November he inaugurated the Singapore Ashram and in December he toured South America.

In May 1982 Swamiji flew to Japan, USA and then South America. In Japan he visited Tokyo and spoke with Dr Hiroshi Motoyama in relation to yoga and research. Afterwards he gave talks on yoga in Kyoto, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. In USA he conducted programs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Afterwards he flew to Medellin and proceeded to visit the ancient cultural site of San Augustin which houses many archaeological artefacts that indicate the tantric origins of the pre-Colombian culture. Then he proceeded to Santo Domingo where he inaugurated a Yoga Convention and conducted TV programs on yoga.

'In July, Guru Poornima was celebrated at Ganga Darshan and at this auspicious time, Swamiji laid the foundation stone for the seven storey Main Building which would be built on top of the hill and would stand as a beacon of yoga for generations to come.

'In August and September, Swamiji toured USA and spoke on yoga at the following places; Elizabeth, New Jersey; Monroe, New York; Charlottesville, Virginia; Washington D. C.; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, Ojai, San Jose and San Francisco, California; and New York City. Afterwards he flew to Europe where he conducted programs in Italy, Spain, England, France, Switzerland, Yugoslavia and Greece.

'In October Swamiji returned to India and conducted programs in Delhi, Dhanbad, Rajnandgaon, Athnair, Agra, Gondia, and Sambalpur. In November and December he travelled to Santo Domingo and then to Puerto Rico for the International Yoga Teachers Association Convention. From there he went to Pointe-a-Pitre and then to Medellin. In December he returned to India and inaugurated the National Yoga Convention in Thane'.

'When did Swamiji decide to renounce his mission,' asked one of the swamis, 'and how did he decide upon his successor?'

'When Swamiji realised that he had completed his duty with regard to his guru,' replied Swami Niranjan, 'he decided to renounce the mission. Swamiji's life is made up of 20 year cycles. He was born in 1923, he joined his guru's ashram in 1943, this ashram was established in 1963, and he handed over the complete charge to me in 1983. After handing over the ashram to me, however, he remained for 5 years longer, mainly in solitude, because I needed his guidance.

In November 1982, when Swamiji went to Puerto Rico, I accompanied him. An International Convention of Yoga Teachers was being held in Puerto Rico and during the convention he asked me, ''Will you come to India?" I immediately replied, 'I do not wish to return. However, if it is your wish, then there is nothing that can stop me from coming back.' He asked. 'Why don't you want to return?' I said, 'What will I do there? I want to live in that part of the world where you are not physically present, so that I can serve you and carry on with your work. Of course, if it is your order, I will come." He said, "Alright," and dropped the subject. After a few days he returned to India and I returned to America.

'One month later, I came back to my ashram from a tour and found a telegram waiting for me. The telegram read, "Reach Munger by 16th January." I had received an order. I quickly closed the ashram, and bought a ticket for 14th January. I reached Ganga Darshan on the 16th. I thought I had come on temporary leave and that I would return soon. However, on the 19th of January, there was an Executive Body Meeting of the Bihar School of Yoga. Swamiji called me into the meeting and told me, 'From today BSY is your responsibility and you are the President.' I felt that I was going to pass out, but I had to obey the order of my guru. Then I requested Swamiji to stay on until I became used to my new responsibilities. He replied, "Alright, I will stay back for sometime because it is your request, otherwise I would have left the ashram today itself.'

'It is most unusual for a guru to appoint a successor while he is still living' said one of the swamis. 'Why did he do this and how did he adjust himself to this radical change in the direction of his life?'

'Most gurus and spiritual leaders remain in their positions until they die,' replied Swami Niranjan, 'because they are attached to their mission and work. Swamiji, however, was not. He had a very clear sense of direction about his life and had always told us, 'To become a guru, to collect disciples, to work for some goal; this was not the purpose which brought me to sannyasa. The purpose was discovery of the Divine. All this that I am doing is to exhaust my karmas, and when I am ready, my destiny will guide me.'

'Swamiji continued to live on in the ashram much as he did before, but slowly he withdrew himself from the management of ashram affairs. He still went out on tours, however. In February and March 1983 he toured England, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. In April and May, he toured Australia. In July he presided over the Guru Poornima celebrations in Raipur.

'In October 1984, under the inspiration of Swamiji, two associated institutions were formed at BSY: Sivananda Math, a charitable institution, and Yoga Research Foundation. It was necessary to develop not only the spiritual aspect of yoga, but the social and the scientific aspects as well. For this reason he started these two brother and sister institutes, Sivananda Math for social development and the Yoga Research Foundation for scientifically establishing the efficacy of yoga through controlled clinical trials.

During 1985, Swamiji stayed quietly in Ganga Darshan, giving darshan, diksha and Satsang to the devotees and disciples. In 1986, he rarely went out and spent mare time in seclusion. At first he met people only once in fifteen days, then gradually he extended the periods of seclusion to several months at a stretch.

'In 1987, on Basant Panchami, Swamiji took up residence on the top door of the Ganga Darshan Building from where he viewed and inspired the whole ashram throughout the year. His sadhana and periods of seclusion continued; he met with outside people and sannyasins less and less. He did not leave the ashram during this year for any outside programs or tours. In July, he presided over the Guru Poornima celebrations at Ganga Darshan to which thousands of disciples and devotees thronged for his darshan.

'In July 1988, Swamiji presided over the Guru Poornima celebrations for the last time. During the program he sang and danced to the delight of his devotees. In August, he departed from the ashram, unknown to anyone, on a long pilgrimage of the Siddha Teerthasthanas of India.'

'Did Swamiji not inform even you about his intended departure?' asked one of the swamis.

'On August 7th, Swamiji decided on his departure,' Swami Niranjan replied, 'and he called a few of us to say that on the following morning he would be leaving the ashram. All night long I paced up and down in my room praying that the sun might never rise. I was restless, wondering how I could stop a wandering yogi from leaving, a flowing river from flowing.

'In the morning, I went to meet Swamiji and he said, "Namo Narayan. I am going." I asked him it I should make any arrangements, but he said, "No." About the mission, he said only this, "If you are able to look after the work well, it will grow. If you are not able to look after it, let somebody else do it who can." That was all, and then he was gone.'

'From all of your experiences with Swamiji,' one of the swamis sitting near the back asked, 'what are the special qualities of his nature which have inspired you most?'

'The quality that inspired me the most.' replied Swami Niranjan, was his ability to always live as a disciple at heart. Externally he lived like a guru, but in his mind and heart be never considered himself to be a guru. He played a role for us, not for himself. There was never any show of ego or any pompous air that he was a great man. In his heart and mind he was never a great or a learned man; he was always a seeker. He did not allow himself to ever reach a state where he could say, 'Okay, I know the answer." He gave us all the answers we needed, but within himself, he always searched. He had the quality of being naturally in tune with a higher reality which is a very beautiful attribute. He had a simplicity of heart, with which he could communicate with his own guru, with his ishta devata, with God, and he received definite directions from them. It is irrelevant in what form he received instructions, but from early childhood there was some kind of spiritual receptivity which was not ordinary.

'Swamiji had very strong convictions about what he had to attain and achieve in life, as if the path was laid out since the day of his birth and he knew exactly where he had to go. We might say, 'Let's wait and see what the future hold's.' He would never say that. There were no limitations for him in his mind or in his life. People have had utmost respect and love for him and have also disliked and rejected him. But he always knew that, 'This is where I have to go.' Possibly because of his nature, he always sought out the best in everyone he met. He used to say that when a person came to full of faults and defects, if he saw one single good quality hidden behind the layers of defects, he would try to develop that one good trait and forget all the faults.

'Swamiji was very practical in every way. He could accept the glory and the dishonour thrown at him by people without being affected by it, without going into a state of depression or anxiety that his image, mission or life had been tarnished. He never dwelt in the past, he was always here and now in the present, with a clear vision of what had happened, what was happening and what was going to happen. He saw his own life and the life of every person laid out before him.

'These are some of the qualities which I have seen in him, but if I try to recall everything it will be an endless story. Now it is time to end this session, but we will continue later when more is known about Gurudev's future mission.'