With a fair, almost golden yellowish complexion, powerful and penetrating yet the most merciful jet-black eyes, an angelic countenance, handsome personality and God like bearing – Poornanada Swamiji possessed an unearthly beauty within him, and around him was an aura of indescribable peace that slowly permeated the environment He graced. In His divine presence, the whole atmosphere used to be charged with holy vibrations. Such was His personality, that at times He didn’t even seem to be one amongst the mere mortals; having transcended mundane existence and seated on the lofty pedestal of Godhood, He often seemed unreachable and inaccessible. Yet, at other times when He spoke lovingly to His disciples, shared their joys and sorrows and showered His deep compassion and endless benevolence; everyone was completely overwhelmed and like little children felt that Swamiji is just like us and our very own!
In His presence everyone forgot their grief and sufferings, His darsan was a magical balm that healed the most troubled minds. The simplest, smallest and most routine things which one normally didn’t have the leisure to appreciate or enjoy in one’s busy workday existence, assumed greater meaning and magnificence in His proximity. For instance, in His presence, even drinking a glass of water eating a simple sweet, enjoying the breeze from the nearby mountains, listening to a simple song or even silently gazing at Swamiji gave deep satisfaction and joy. Everything in God’s creation seemed blissful and beautiful and there was a strange experience of joyous fullness in Swamiji’s presence.
Such was the charm and magnetism of Swamiji, that not just residents of Srisailam but devotees and seekers from diverse backgrounds with varying spiritual capacities started visiting the Ashram from all over the world. Some were burdened by domestic problems, some frustrated by unfulfilled material goals, some devotees desired His wise counsel and guidance in matters related to their spiritual sadhana, some came to carefully gather the priceless jewels of wisdom that dropped from His lips and many came just to experience the peace and bliss of Swamiji’s satsang. Swamiji welcomed one and all with open arms. “Every soul which has come here is fortunate,” Swamiji said, “Swamiji is like the expansive ocean. One can get all the water that is needed from an ocean, but the amount of water one can take away depends upon the size of the container one carries to it.” No one ever returned from the ashram empty-handed. In every meeting with Him, they were blessed in some way or the other and to the extent they deserved. Once a devotee asked Swamiji if he was not tired after giving darsans to hundreds of people throughout the day, to which Swamiji replied, “The sky showers rain on the earth, drenching it completely. But the sky itself remains dry. I am like the sky – unaffected by anything.”
Though Swamiji left His finite mortal body in the year 2000 on 6th April (i.e., the day after Yugadi); through His formless presence, He continues to enrich, enlighten and bless the lives of His devotees all around the world. And whether or not a devotee has seen Him physically or had His darsan during His lifetime, Swamiji Himself has known, seen and brought us all under His fold and divine care. As rightly stated by Swamiji once – Untouched by anyone, I can touch everyone. Unseen by anyone, I can see everyone.
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