PM Narendra Modi’s Guru Swami Dayanand Giri passes away

The Swami  Ji was admitted to the hospital 10 days back. His condition kept fluctuating all these days.

Swami Dayanand Giri, spiritual guru of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, passed away on Wednesday evening in Rishikesh. He was 85. He had been ailing for quite sometime.

Born in 1930 in Manjakudi, Natarajan, as the Swami was known in his pre-monastic days, was drawn to Indian philosophy, particularly the Advaita school, listening to Swami Chinmayananda. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, his association with Swami Chinmayananda grew closer as he began taking Vedanta lessons. In 1962, he took ‘Sanyas’ to become Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

He continued his association with Swami Chinmayananda for a long time and the two set up Sandipani Sadhanalaya in the then Bombay to train people in Vedanta.

His contribution there and subsequently with Arsha Vidya Gurukulam saw hundreds of people learn Vedanta, take up renunciation and spread the Vedic message.

Creating teachers in Vedanta along with setting up schools for under privileged under the Aim for Seva Movement were some of his important contributions, says Swami Samananda, one of his disciples from Madurai.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati set up the Acharya Sabha, bringing pontiffs from all over the country on a common platform to take up the cause of Hinduism and debate the challenges it faced. He was also a vocal opponent of religious conversion, calling it assault on faith.

Supported Odhuvars

The Swami also took up the cause of Odhuvars. He was also credited with playing an important role in the refurbishment and re-run of the Thiruvidaimaruthur temple car. He had also penned a few verses that have become popular devotional songs.

The Swami was admitted to the hospital 10 days back. His condition kept fluctuating all these days and was finally brought back to his ashram. .

Mr. Modi called on the Swami at his Ashram to enquire about his health on September 11.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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  • With due respect to all readers, the following comment is without prejudice.
    A Spiritual Guru is, in other words a Yogi or Swami. Such individuals call upon the Vasus, Rudras, Adityas, Indra, Prajapati and ofcourse worship one i.e. the Creator, YAHVAH since Vedic age. If any of you observe ancient teachings, you will agree that one will never get sick in fact one learns to regenerate the body.
    No one dies.
    We only transform.
    Our spirit lives forever, depending on our life on earth, one is reborn.
    Unless a Spiritual Yogi, then they have Eternal Life as a Human not only on Prithri but also on other Planets as is the case with the Great Masters.
    Peace, Shanti, Shanti