Name: Swami Trigunatitananda
Born on 30th January 1865, his parents believed that he was born
to them through the grace of the Divine Mother Durga.
Met Sri Ramakrishna for the first time at Dakshineswar. He was studying
in M.'s school, and was depressed for the loss of his gold watch.
Therefore M. brought him to meet the Master on 27 December 1884
Heard that his parents had arranged his marriage, and ran away from
home, took the Masters blessings as Cossipore (the Master didn't
know he had run away), and left for Puri on foot.
Started living at Baranagore Monastery after the passing away of
the Master against his parents wishes. His family tried numerous
Homas and sacrifices to try and deter him from the spiritual path,
but to no avail.
Took the vows of renunciation guided by Swamiji, alongwith seven
other brother disciples at Antpur on Christmas eve.
Took final monastic vows with other brother disciples by performing
the traditional viraja homa in front of the Master's picture.
Tired of his parents and relatives attempts to pull him back to
a worldly life, he tried running away to Vrindavan on foot, but
came back. Swami Vivekananda asked him to live in the holy company
of his brother disciples.
Went on various pilgrimages to Varanasi, Dwaraka, Mathura, and the
Himalayas. He undertook practices and challenges that no one else
would have dared, and also destroyed misconceptions of villagers
where he went with his analytical mind.
Was Holy Mothers attendant at Nilambar Babu's garden house at Belur.
Was extremely thoughtful and resourceful in every action.
After the passing away of Swami Yogananda, he took charge of Holy
Mother's physical needs, in addition to editing the Udbodhan - the
monthly magazine of the Order. His zeal to serve was almost an obsession.
Took over the work at America (San Francisco), after Swami Turiyananda
came back, having worked there for 3 years already. Gave lectures
on the Gita and the Upanishads. The crowds were so huge that they
had to soon shift to a larger location.
Laid the cornerstone for a Temple at San Francisco. This was the
first Hindu Temple in the Western world, and the first services
were held here on Sunday 15 January 1906. Trigunatitananda had planned
the temple himself, combining ideas from a Hindu temple, Christian
church, Muslim mosque and an American residence.
Trained monastics, teaching by way of forceful maxims like "Eternal
vigilance is the price of liberty', 'Do it now', and through personal
example - living a life of an uncompromising ascetic. Went to Shanti
Ashrama for one month a year. He enforced a strict disciplinarian
lifestyle, and those who had the privilege of attending the classes
could hardly forget their unique experiences. They were surcharged
with the spirituality of Trigunatitananda.
Trigunatita was lecturing from the podium of the temple in San Francisco
when a young man in the front row - (Louis) a former student of
Trigunatita, threw a bomb, and was killed. The Swami was injured.
(Louis has been in an unbalanced condition and the Swami had advised
him to go to the country where the surroundings would be soothing.)
Even though he was in an injured condition, the Swami's mind was
filled with pity for his mentally student, and he kept asking whether
he was alright.
As predicted by him on the 9th of January (previous day), he left
his body. In 1916, his relics were installed on the top of the highest
hill, Siddha Giri, the "Hill of Realization" at Shanti
immortal message that lives on after him is "Work hard. Discipline
yourself. Build your character. Endure to the end. Realize your
Self. And be free."
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