New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has mourned the death of Swami Dayananda Saraswati in Rishikesh in Uttarakhand on Wednesday.
"Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji's demise is a personal loss. I pray that his soul attains eternal peace," Modi wrote on Twitter, soon after he landed in New York on Thursday.
"My thoughts are with the countless people inspired by Dayananda Saraswatiji. He was a powerhouse of knowledge, spirituality & service," Modi said.
The spiritual guru had been ailing for a long time and breathed his last on Wednesday.
On Sept. 11, Modi had traveled to Rishikesh to meet Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
A Staff Reporter adds:
In Philadelphia, leaders of the Hindu American Foundation joined millions around the world in mourning the passing ofone of India’s great Advaita Vedanta masters.
Dayanandji founded several centers of traditional learning in India and the U.S. under the banner of Arsha Vidya and Arsha Vijnana.
“The Hindu fraternity has lost a rare spirit. Swamiji was an exemplar of scholarship, devotion, and service,” said Suhag Shukla, HAF’s executive director. In addition to teaching, Swami Dayanand convened the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, an apex forum comprising more than 130 Hindu religious leaders.
Under the Sabha’s auspices, he launched the All India Movement for Seva, or AIM for Seva, in 2000, a service organization. The organization gained special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and has reached millions through its humanitarian work.
“Having access to his ashram just outside of Philadelphia in the Poconos made the experience of traditional learning possible for Hindus and non-Hindus alike, right in our backyard,” said Aseem Shukla, cofounder and member of the foundation’s board.