Is it tough to be humble? Is it tough to be happy? On Sunday, we Indians were ranked 149 in the World Happiness Report 2022. Then on Monday, we all saw a 125 years old happy, humble, and healthy individual Swami Sivananda walking barefoot and receiving his Padma Shri award from the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Swami Sivananda lives a very simple life. Born on 8th August 1896, both parents of Swami Sivananda were poverty-stricken, and there were days when he had to sleep empty stomach, and the rest of the time, he would eat boiled rice and water. His parents and sister died before he was six years old. And before moving to Swami Omkarnanda Goswami Ashram, he denied the last rites of his parents and chose the path of celibacy. He was taught only spiritual and practical education in the ashram, including Yoga. He says that he is the happiest person living in the world. And yes, he has his reasons to justify the same.
Swami Sivananda says by doing three things, such as good thoughts, good deeds, and goodwill, you can find God in you and live a beautiful life. He even says both mind and body are interconnected with each other. Where there is a mind, there is a body. But yes, nobody can understand how there is interconnection.
In Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna said, “We all are Krishna.” He even says the same thing. He says that God is a whole number, and we are the infinite decimal part of that whole number, the logic that no one can deny. So we are God as well. Swami Sivananda says, ” when you have no desire, no disease, and no depression.” Swami Sivananda, in the video, further joyfully exclaims,
I am not only happiest, but the healthiest man living in the world.”
Yoga helps a lot in living a healthy life.
Swami Sivananda believes that Yoga has enormous power to control your senses, mind, and will, and it is a way to God and divinity. He has been practicing and teaching Yoga for the last three decades at Kashi ghats.
According to the Rashtrapati Bhawan communique, he stands strong enough to perform Yoga for hours. He is someone who sleeps on the mat and uses a wooden slab as a pillow. Fit without any medical complications, he practices Yoga every day and performs all rituals on his own.
Swami Sivananda says, ” Never! This is Kalyug.” And we all are greedy.
The government of India should be credited for introducing and recognizing such humble personalities for their selfless service and inspiring so many people at large every year. At 125, Swami Sivananda is the oldest recipient of the Padma Shri award. The Palatial Darbar of Rashtrapati Bhawan rang too loud when they saw, barefooted by choice, Swami Sivananda walking to the podium to receive his prize.
His humbleness spoke louder than words when he was prostrating before the President and Prime Minister. Many were shocked to see how somebody could prostrate so quickly at 125.
His selfless service of serving leprosy-affected people for the last 50 years in Puri made him win Padma Shri Award. He has served at least 400-600 beggars with dignity by meeting them personally at their hutments. He believes in the pure joy of giving. A government press release wrote, ” “He perceives them (Leprosy affected people)as living God and serves them with the best available items. He arranges different materials like food items, fruits, clothes, winter garments, blankets, mosquito nets, cooking utensils based on their expressed need.” He has a simple belief,
The world is my home, its people are my fathers and mothers, to love and serve them is my religion.”
We always knew that a monk who lives a simple life eats simple food, lives longer, and stays happy. Swami Sivananda is no different.
Swami Sivananda, a monk from Varanasi, who leads a simple life, survives on boiled rice and vegetables, walks barefooted, speaks decent English, and is widely acknowledged by the world. But he still lives a very simple life and is a very happy and humble person, which we haven’t seen before in recent times.