The Living Legend
Sri Ashwath Narayan Swamiji
A Bhagavathar is an erudite person well-versed in the scriptural texts & a sincere devotee of the Lord. He practices equality towards all living creatures and is free from all sensuous pleasures and worldly desires. He solemnly believes in austere living, compassion, steadfast devotion and total surrender to the Lord. A person who is very much suitable for the word Bhagavathar is Sri Ashwath Narayan Swamiji.
Sri Ashwath Narayan Swamiji was born on Dec, o5th 1926. He finished his Master’s in Arts. He had realized at an young age that, the God’s Name was Eternal and the only true wealth. So he started a event called ‘Krishna Chaitanya Bhajana Sabha’ in 1962, to show his fondness to the divine name. Another great devotee Sri Gopala Krishna Bhagavathar inaugurated the program.
Sri Swamiji’s mission in life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through chanting of the Lord’s names (Nama Sankeerthan). He has invited several Bhagavathars to the event and the devotees enjoyed singing the names of the Lord to their heart’s content. This is being done on grand scale, feeding several thousands every year for about 50 years and still going on with same pomp and splendor.
His morning prayers (Prathasmaranam), begins with salutations to his guru’s Sri Krishna Premi Anna, Rangapriya Sri Charana Swami and Swami Haridas Giri. And he stays immersed in the Lord’s name all through the day.
He was bestowed with several titles from several great saints. Swami Shivananda from Rishikesh who was amazed to know about his Spiritual Sadhana, bestowed “Sadhaka Ratna” as a title to him. Later, Sri Saipadanada Radhakrishna Swamiji also bestowed another title “Achyutha Chaitanya” and Swami Haridas Giri confirmed the title “Sri Krishna Chaitanya Das”.
He is humble with simple living, working tirelessly to spread the Lord’s name for universal welfare. My salutations to that selfless legend ‘Swamiji’. May Lord Sri Krishna & Radha Rani give him a long life and fulfill all his dharmic desires.
“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”