(January 3, 1863 - July 21, 1922)
At a meeting at the Math on Sivaratri day (19 February 1898) when the Swami had arranged for thanksgiving addresses to some of his gurubhais and they had given brief replies to them, the Swami had remarked, "He (Swami Turiyananda) has the oratorical voice."
He was to bring Swami Turiyananda with him to England and then America in 1899.
One thing was clear. Swami Turiyananda did not care much for public work, organization and all that. He was for the few, not for big crowds. His work was with the individual – character building. He seemed to be of the opinion that with organization the spiritual work is apt to suffer. “Lectures,” he used to say, “are to reach the public, but the real work can be done only through close personal contact. Both are necessary. And every one has his own way or working. We must each follow our own way. Swami Abhedananda will reach many people through his lectures. But that is not my way. And I have special instructions from Swamiji. He does not want me to lecture much. Swamiji asked me before he sent me here: ‘Can you lecture like I have done?’ I said: ‘Of course not, Swamiji, what are you saying?’ ‘Well then,’ he said, ‘do not trouble yourself about lecturing. You just live the life. Be an example to them. Let them see how Sannyasins live!’ So, you see, I am only obeying Swamiji.”
(Source: Chapter IV, A living example. With the Swamis in America by a Western Disciple)
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