Swami Vivekananda in Pasadena

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Sadananda (first disciple of Swami Vivekananda) took his first sannyas  from Swami Vivekananda at Rishikesh, and he said, “Swamiji, if there is a fall!–and Swami Vivekananda answered, “if there be a hundred falls, no matter! I am responsible. I have chosen you. You have not chosen me.  Monastic Disciples of Swami Vivekananda.

Swami Vivekananda had said to Swami Premananda in the presence of his disciples, “Even if my disciples go to hell a thousand times, I will lift them up from there. If this be not true, then know for certain that Sri Ramakrishna is also false.”  Monastic Disciples of Swami Vivekananda,  page  223

Prayer from Sister Nivedita after the death of Swami Vivekananda: May God grant that loving presence of our Master, of which death itself had not had power to rob us, become never, to us his disciples, as a thing to be remembered, but remain with us always in its actuality, even unto the end.  Monastic Disciples of Swami Vivekananda. page 224

Swami Sadananda

Swami Sadananda

Once Swamiji asked some of his disciples, ‘Well, will you forsake me if you find a monk who is greater than me.’ Other than Sadananda, the reply of all those present was something like: ‘no, never. Doing so would be impossible for us!’  Swamiji then asked Sadananda, ‘What do you say?’  Sadananda immediately replied: ‘Yes, if I find someone who is greater than you, I shall leave you, because to think that someone is greater itself amounts to forsaking you.’  Monastic Disciples of Swami Vivekananda, page 229

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