"If one Chinmayananda was enough to make all the workers of the
Mission tremble, one Tapovan Maharaj was enough to make him
tremble," observed someone in the Chinmaya Mission.
In saying so he was only drawing our attention to the Master,
the Parama Guru, who chiseled Pujya Gurudev, Swami
Chinmayananda and made him the sparking diamond that he was.
This book is the saga of Swami Tapovan Maharaj, 'the veritable
forest of Austerities', whose dignity added to the pristine
glory of the Himalayas. The childhood, the adolescence and the
adulthood of this Supreme Master was marked by one quest the
quest of Eternity.
In following what was after his heart, his life became a
While reading about him, a little of his focus, his indomitable
will is bound to rub off on us.
This book is the sadhana of one seeker, Smt. Radhika
Krishnakumar, and opens doors, nay gateways to all other
Needless to say, Central Chinmaya Mission Trust is happy to
Present this book to its devotees and general readers.
Parama Guru Swami Tapovan Maharaj belonged to that class of
exalted Mahatmas about whom Srimad Bhagavatam says:
"Without bathing oneself in the dust Holy Men's Feet, this
Enlightenment cannot be had, O Rahugana, merely through various
disciplines like austerity, sacrifices, charitable gifts of
food and the like, by domestic duties, by Vedic study, or
worship of various deities."
The Lord Himself says about such rare Ones -
"I always follow the footsteps of a sage, who desires nothing,
who is always tranquil and who had enmity to none, in order
that all the worlds within Me may get purified by the dust of
inspired by the teaching of his Guru Swami Tapovan Maharaj,
Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandji carried out his life's
mission of imparting the message of the Scriptures and the
Bhagavad Gita to people all over the world. Today, thousands of
people hold Swami Tapovan Maharaj in great reverence, but very
few know about the details of his inspiring life. This simple
and reader-friendly book, Himalayan Hermit, bridges the gap and
provides very valuable and authentic information about this
Mahatma, who was held in high esteem even by the Sages in the
Himalayan heights. Following his footsteps one can have the
blessing of being purified by the dust of his holy feet, thus
endearing oneself to the lord of the Universe.
Smt. Radhika Krishnakumar has delved deeply into Iswara
Darshan, a spiritual autobiography written by Swami Tapovan
Maharaj himself, as well as other literature by and about him,
to bring out the essential facts as well as the rare spiritual
insights, and has presented them with admirable clarity. I am
pleased with the attitude of dedicated worship in which she has
undertaken this work. I invoke the blessing of Parma Guru Swami
Tapovan Maharaj to guide her on the spiritual path.
"We gain spiritual eminence when we visit the Himalayas. But he
was a rare one who brought glory to the very Himalayas!" thus
spoken great Masters about Swami Tapovan Maharaj.
this spiritual luminary and realized Sage lived in obscure
hamlets in the tap of the Himalayas for the best part of his
life. But his disciple, the internationally acclaimed spiritual
leader Swami Cinmayananda, carried his Guru's name and image to
for corners of the globe.
this book chronicles the life of this exalted Himalayan Hermit
called so, not just because of where he lived, but also
because of his Himalayan Wisdom and experience, which enabled
him to revel constantly in the highest Truth.
his life inspires and elevates, teaches and transforms, and has
a rare power to make us look within ourselves and question the
very fundamental basis on which we lead our lives.
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