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The Spiritual Spark

Swami Purushottamanandaji Maharaj (1931-2005)

     Swami Purushottamananda (1931-2005) was born in June 14 , 1931 at Moodahadu, a village near Saligrama in the district of Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka as Ramachandra Bayari. He joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1960 as a brahmacharin in Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama (presently Ramakrishna Math), Bull Temple Road, Bangalore. He was an initiated disciple of Swami Yatishwarananda, the then president of Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Bangalore and Vice President of the Ramakrishna Order.

At The Bangalore Centre
     He served at the Bangalore centre for about 33 years (up to 1993), and successfully managed several of its activities. During this time, as in-charge of Vivekananda Balaka Sangha and Vivekananda Yuvaka Sangha (the twin organizations for the character development of youth), he guided and won the hearts of thousands of students. He was always a centre of attraction for the youth, especially those with an inclination for renunciation and service. Many young men and women have taken to the life of service by his inspiration, several of whom later joined the Ramakrishna Math and the Sarada Math.
     During May 1993 - Nov 2000, Swami Purushottamanandaji served as the President of the Ramakrishna Saradashram at Ponnampet, Kodagu and conducted a number of spiritual retreats and other programmes. The shrine and the prayer-halls were renovated and sadhu-nivas (monks' quarters) were constructed.

Swami Veereshanandaji with Swami Purushottamanandaji Swamiji in a discourse

     In November 2000 he took over as the President of the newly-affiliated Ramakrishna Mission ashrama at Belgaum. The historic building in Belgum sanctified by the stay of Swami Vivekananda in 1892 for 12 days, was gifted to the Ramakrishna Mission by the Govt. of Karnataka. Swami Purushottamanandaji was instrumental in renovating this monument, and constructing a magnificent temple of Sri Ramakrishna in the adjacent land of this monument in January 2004.

     The Swami, endowed with a divine voice, was greatly appreciated for his soulful singing, and was instrumental in popularizing the Bhajan culture. His recordings are highly sought after among the devotees of Order. The Swami was also a gifted orator; his weekly and other discourses on various spiritual topics were attended by thousands of devotees.

     The Swami was instrumental in the setting up of several voluntary organizations, Satsangs, as well as private Ramakrishna Ashramas throughout Karnataka. He took a very active role in spreading the message of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda, through his discourses, bhajans, and Satsang programmes.

Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Ashrama
Ramakrishna Nagar, Kunigal Road, Tumkur - 572 105, Karnataka. India.
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