Press Esc to close

Sincere monk goes astray

Last updated: 04 March, 2010
Chennai, Mar 4, dhns: 22:43 IST

Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda had inspired him to become a monk when Rajasekharan was a poor youth in Tamil Nadus holy town of Tiruvannamalai years ago.

But apparently “unable to withstand the rigours” of advanced spiritual training at the Ramakrishna Mutt and Mission, Rajasekharan who later turned as the self-styled Godman, Swami Paramahans Nithyananda, “left the monastic order on his own”. Swami Abhiramananda, Manager of the Ramakrishna Mutt in Chennai, in an exclusive conversation with ‘Deccan Herald’ on Thursday, said Rajasekharan had joined the monastic order in 1995.
After nearly four years of training here that included courses in Hindu scriptures, Sanskrit, meditation and ‘yoga’, he was sent for the advanced course at their Headquarters, Belur Mutt, near Kolkata. But he left the Mutt in 2000, said Swami Abiramananda.

All aspiring monks will have to go through the Mutt’s spiritual rigour for ten years before they are each given a ‘Sanyasa name’. Rajasekharan obviously did not qualify for it, but “he was a keen student, sincere and intelligent,” to the extent Abiramananda knew him. Rajasekharan did have “some power in him”, the monk observed.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
A helicopter is seen flying over the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta...

A helicopter is seen flying over the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta...

Transgender Shanavi Ponnusamy arrives at the chief minister's cell at...

Transgender Shanavi Ponnusamy arrives at the chief minister's cell at...

Lufthansa tests humanoid robot 'Josie Pepper' at airport...

Lufthansa tests humanoid robot 'Josie Pepper' at airport...

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa presents a memento to the...

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa presents a memento to the...

Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Downhill Training...

Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Downhill Training...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets business leaders at the end of...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets business leaders at the end of...

Greenpeace demonstrators in all-over bodysuits protest against pollution...

Greenpeace demonstrators in all-over bodysuits protest against pollution...

A Marathi mother-daughter duo during a procession to commemorate Shivaji Jayanti...

A Marathi mother-daughter duo during a procession to commemorate Shivaji Jayanti...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the saints during the...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the saints during the...

Raphael Manet checks the growth of radish seedlings as he works at the...

Raphael Manet checks the growth of radish seedlings as he works at the...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.