A LEADING Indian spiritual leader who was in hospital following breathing problems has been moved to a cottage in north India after doctors said there was no improvement in his condition.
His Holiness Pujya Swami Satyamitranand Giriji Maharaj, 87, was admitted to a Dehradun hospital last week and put on a ventilator. He has now been shifted to his cottage in Haridwar, north India.
A close aide of the Pujya Swamiji told Eastern Eye that it was the saint’s wish to spend his last days at his kutir (cottage) on the banks of holy River Ganga.
“Accordingly, we decided to shift him back to the kutir where all latest medical facilities were set up and the same team of doctors attending on him in hospital are now monitoring his health,” the aide said.
Pujya Swamiji was born on September 19, 1932 in Agra, north India, on the day of Ashweeja Krishna Chaturthi, as Ambika Prasad Pande in a Brahmin family. He studied in a Sanskrit school in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh state, where he studied the language and its literature, leading him to a gurukul (school) which taught him both Hindi and Sanskrit.
He studied the Vedas (ancient scriptures) and modern education and acquired a masters from Agra University.
He then decided to up sanyas and in Rishikesh he met the revered Swami Vedavyasananda, who accepted him as a disciple, conferred sanyas on him and gave him the new name of Satyamitranand.
At the young age of 27, Swamiji accepted the Upapeeth at Jyotirmath and was coronated as Jagatguru Shankaracharya, thus becoming the head of a renowned monastery. He devoted his life to the spiritual and social service of humanity.
He travelled far and wide preaching the sacred ideals of Sanatan Dharma.
In 1969, Pujya Swamiji decided to free himself from the post of Shankaracharya by immersion in the Ganges.
As a saint, Pujya Swamiji continued to serve humanity and lead them to the path of spiritual enlightenment and peace, thus continuing the mission started by Swami Vivekananda.
He visited England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Africa, Indonesia, Malayasia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Fiji, Mauritius and the Phillipines, where various centres of learning and worship have been established.
It’s his gift of a deep spiritual experience and a power of the most effective oratory that has drawn thousands of loving devotees to him.
Samanvaya Kutir at Haridwar and the Samanvaya Sewa Trust have been established by Swamiji.
Samanvaya Kutir has many amenities, including a Satsang Bhavan, a mobile dispensary, a library and residential accommodation with modern facilities.
Visitors to the kutir may study, meditate, learn yoga and participate in spiritual discourses during their stay. Beside the Samanvaya Kutir, on the banks of the River Ganges, stands a unique eight-storey Bharat Mata Mandir.