Swami Satchidananda (1919 – 2008)
Swami Satchidananda, as Anantasivan, went through a period of struggles and trials in his early life, and, when he was 30, he came under the spell of the unique personality of Swami Ramdas. It was as if Swami Ramdas was waiting for his arrival, for, they took to each other instantly as Guru and disciple. At the behest of his Guru, he took to Nama Japa and later embraced the order of Sannyas. Guru-seva and dedicated service of all became the basis of his life. He served the two great saints, Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai, throughout their lifetimes. After the Mahasamadhi of Swami Ramdas, he assisted the Mother in the day to day affairs of the Ashram. The Great Gurus were grooming the Swami, as it were, to carry on the noble mission they had started for the good of humanity. In 1989, when Mother Krishnabai left her mortal coil, Swami Satchidananda inherited the mantle of running the Ashram. With his exemplary qualities, he became the guiding spirit of the Ashram. He followed the footsteps of his great Masters in loving and serving all based upon universal vision. He attained Samadhi in 2008.