At the behest of Swami Vivekananda, but most reluctantly, Swami
Subodhananda rose to speak before a gathering of monks and novices of the
Math. And lo! There was an earth-quake! (It was the earth-quake of 1897)
It was really an earth-shaking speech!Whether
the speech was `earth-shaking' or not, the Swami could certainly help even
the lowliest in spirits, to shake off his dejection.He was a wonderful
combination of compassion, love, childlike simplicity and profound
His premonastic name was Subodh Chandra Ghosh. He was born in Calcutta on
the 8th November 1867. His parents were deeply religious by nature which
automatically left its influence on the son also.
to know of Sri Ramakrishna through a Bengali book of his teachings, Subodh
lost no time in meeting the Saint of Dakshineswar. Even during the first
two visits, Sri Ramakrishna gauged the spiritual potential of the boy and
put him into a deep meditation by mystic methods.
joined the Baranagore monastery along with the other disciples of the
Master and got the name `Swami Subodhananda' after ordination. Because of
his simple and childlike nature, he was endearingly called `Khoka Maharaj'
( khoka = child ) by his monastic brothers. After much austerities and
itinerant life, the Swami settled down to a life of service to the
suffering humanity. He was very actively associated with many of the
relief works of the Ramakrishna Mission. He was extremely liberal in the
matter of initiation also, especially towards the weaker sections of the
society, whom he tried to help in all possible ways.
Swami passed away on the 2nd December 1932.
the Lord enters the temple of anyone of His children's hearts, he
fills it with devotion, faith and love, just as a king sends different
pieces of furniture and vessels to a subject's house which he intends
to visit. Else, where can the poor subject get all those things? The
Lord grants devotion, faith and love, just because He will come.