A tribute to Swami Ramsukhdas
One of the great saints of the country, Swami Ramsukhdas passed away in Rishikesh recently. He was 103. Swami Ramsukhdas explained various Indian religious books in simple language for the benefit of common man for the last more than 80 years. And of course they were emulated by lakhs of people. He also propagated pure worship. About two crore copies of over 100 books authored by him, have been sold across the country. His simple explanation of Shrimadbhagwat Gita, published under the title, Sadhak Sanjivani, influenced crores of people across the world. Despite being so popular and great, he never allowed himself to be photographed on camera. Not only this, he never allowed people to touch his feet, worship him, become his disciple. He never accepted any gift, collected fund or established any ashram. Rather he advised people to pay more attention to the worship of God. That is why his photograph is not available today. He also said that one'spure conduct in daily life was the best way to worship the God. Swami Ramsukhdas had been associated with Gita Press, Gorakhpur for the last 70 years.
Most of his discourses were based on the Gita. He was worried over the declining population of Hindus in the country. He had been staying in Swargashram of Rishikesh since the year 2002 following sickness and growing age. He used to deliver discourse in morning and evening at the Ashram everyday. He delivered his last discourse on June 29. Paying his tributes Swami Satyamitranand of Bharatmata Mandir, Haridwar, described Swami Ramsukhdas as the greatest saint of the saint tradition of the country after Swami Ramkrishan Paramhansa.