SWAMI SUDHANAND BHARTI
(Yogi & Poet)
In south of India, Kavi Yogi Maharishi (great divine visionary, wise poet), Dr. Shuddhanand Bharati wrote several hundred works in English, French, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Sanskrit; five thousand songs, and fifteen hundred poems in French. The magnum opus of the man conscious of the presence of God in him, Bharata Shakti, (in 50,000 verses) described his ideal: only One Humanity living in communion with only One God in a transformed world! Bharata Shakti is a monumental and unique work. The Yogi depicted the essence of all the religions, of all the prophets and saints, all the approaches of Yoga and all the cultures on an allegorical fabric. His commitment is summarized in his book celebrating his life, Pilgrim Soul.
The two poems mentioned in the opening express perfectly his ideal. His mantra, Aum Shuddha Shakti Aum, nourishes our souls and guides our steps toward the inner joy Ananda. It means: The light of Grace and power of the pure supreme almighty bless us of peace, happiness and prosperity! The name of Sudhanand (pure bliss) was given to him by his friend Yogi Jnana Siddha (Hindu sage) in 1905. The title of Kavi Yogi Bharati was given a few years later by the Jagadguru of Sringeri, Sri Satchidananda Shiva Narasimbja Bharati Abhinava, Sivaswamimonasitic name (187-1912). In 1954 Swami Shivananda gave him the title of Maharishi, a great visionary, which he really was. March 23, 1984, he received the Raja Rajan Award from the Tamil University at Thanjavur, University of the best literature for his opus magnum Tamil (major work) Bharata Shakti and the whole of his work, with the honorary title of Doctor Shuddhanand Bharati.
He was also the creator and founder of Sama Yoga (Sama Yoga is a fusion of all the old techniques of Yoga for a healthy and natural harmonization of the body and spirit). Dr. Shuddhanand Bharati had an ideal in his life, the vision of peaceful world, peaceful humanity and God
Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati witnessed a great event meeting Meher Baba First in 1915 at Shirdi Ashram of Sai Baba. Sai Baba, who had given him a candy, saying, "Your Beloved will possess you soon. Keep silent and centered on the self.” Later he came for Baba's darshan.
Sadguru Upasni Maharaj had once told Shuddhanand, "The Beloved of your life will one day embrace you." Now, after meeting other spiritually illumined beings such as the saints Ramana Maharshi and Aurobindo, at last he faced Meher Baba, and immediately recognized him as "The Saint of saints, the Mahatma of Mahatmas, the goal of my long pilgrimage.
Baba met him very lovingly, and Shuddhanand Bharati bowed his head at Baba's feet. Baba gave him a message called, "Inner Humility Is Strength, Outer Humility Is Weakness."
Baba further remarked to Shuddhanand Bharati, "You will do My work because you are now my devotee, and you have the background of devotion and fame behind you. I am the Light of the Universe. Once when you get a glimpse of the Truth you will know me, and you will have that glimpse." Baba then handed Bharati the shawl Chari had given him.
Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati, a well-known personality of South India who had a considerable following of his own, received Baba's embrace
A yogi from Pondicherry named Shuddhanand Bharati, age fifty-six, came there for Baba's darshan. Many years before, Bharati had met Sai Baba, who had given him a candy, saying, "Your Beloved will possess you soon. Keep silent and centered on the Self,”
Sadguru Upasni Maharaj had once told Shuddhanand, "The Beloved of your life will one day embrace you." Now, after meeting other spiritually illumined beings such as the saints Ramana Maharshi and Aurobindo, at last he faced Meher Baba, and immediately recognized him as "the Saint of saints, the Mahatma of mahatmas, the goal of my long pilgrimage."
Baba met him very lovingly, and Shuddhanand Bharati bowed his head at Baba's feet. Baba gave him a message called, "Inner Humility Is
Strength, Outer Humility Is Weakness
On 25th February, 1958, Baba’s 64th birthday was celebrated at Meherabad after a period of 20 years. When Baba arrived in His car he was welcomed by Baba lovers from a distance of 3 furlongs from Meherabad and was garlanded profusely on reaching in His cabin. Baba washed His feet and this water was mixed with water from Godavari River and offered as Prasad to all lovers only to be applied on their forehead. Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati recited a birthday song in English.
Next, accompanied by musicians, Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati recited a birthday song in English that he had composed for Baba. At 9:40 A.M., Dr. Dhanapathy Rao read an address from the Andhra lovers to Baba; then rolling it up, he put it in a cylindrical silver case which he laid at Baba's feet along with their collective love-offering of Rs.1,416.
On 21th February 1963, at Meherazad. Baba sent a message to Yogi Sudhanand Bharati, for incorporating in His book on Baba tilted “Silent Slendour”
On 6th February, 1967, Sudhanand Bharati wrote a book in Tamil “Meher Mahimai” (Glory of Meher) and Baba gave the Message “In this Age of Mess, My Message is: Hold fast to My Daaman and be 100% honest in every way, because God, besides being infinite power, knowledge and bliss is also infinite Honesty. So try being honest in everything and you will be able to love God as He is
On 5th November, 1968, Yogi Sudhanand Bharati wanted Baba’s message for His book “Bharata Shakti” (The Power of India) and Adi Sr. was directed By baba to send the following message, “I was Rama, I was Krishna, I was this One and I was that One and now I am Meher Baba. In this form of flesh and blood I am the same Ancient One, who alone is eternally worshipped and ignored, ever remembered and forgotten.”
Yogi Bharati invited Baba to accompany him to Switzerland, and Baba told him to write him about it later and he would consider the request.
Baba was about to go back to his bungalow for lunch when Shuddhanand Bharati asked if he could sit in Baba's room and meditate for a while. Baba permitted him to sit in the room where he would converse with the mandali.
After his meditation, the yogi told Nilu, "Baba is a very great saint."
"Meher Baba is not a saint," Nilu corrected him. "He is above all saints!"
"What spiritual practices does Meher Baba do?" Bharati inquired.
"There is no need for him to do any sadhana."
"What do you mean?"
Nilu explained, "Meher Baba is the source of all knowledge. There is nothing for him to achieve or know, as all knowledge flows from him. Seekers do sadhana, not the One who is realized." Bharati was offered milk and fruit, and left at 2:15 P.M.