Having been inspired by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Ram Tirtha, and then initiated in the Ram Mantra (Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram) by his father, the life of 37 year-old Vittal Rao was undergoing a great metamorphosis by 1921.
After leading a rather customary life as householder, husband and father, the Lord called upon him to renounce his worldly possessions and completely surrender to the Lord for all of his care and sustenance. He knew that God alone can give eternal peace and happiness, and thus began a life-long journey of pure devotion and surrender.
His family ties ties dropped away from him and he gave himself wholly and without reservation to the hands of the Lord, who manifested in his life as Ram.
And so it was that in 1922, Ramdas left his home, his wife and his children in order to live the life of a sadhu, unconcerned about where he was going or what would happen, living every moment with the Ram Mantra continually on his lips and in the Love of God in his heart.
Having spread a message of religious unity and the magnificence of the One Almighty Lord throughout India and around the world, Ramdas departed this world on August 2, 1963.
Here is a short sound clip of Swami Ramdas discussing the nature of prayer and quoting from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (1.3.28)
The following are a few magnificent quotes from the autobiography of Swami Ramdas as told in the second book of his autobiography, called In the Vision of God, Volume I.
Click on any of the following links to read these brief excerpts from In The Vision of God, Volume 1, events that demonstrate the utter devotion and surrender which had permeated the life of Sri Swami Ramdas, who was continually in the presence of the Lord everywhere, in every moment, in every situation:
om sri râm jai râm jai jai râm
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The complete autobiography of Swami Ramdas is published by Blue Dove Press in three volumes:
In Quest of God: The Saga of an Extraordinary Pilgrimage, by Swami Ramdas, Blue Dove Press, second American edition 2002, ISBN 1-884997-01-5
In the Vision of God, Vol I - The Continuing Saga of an Extraordinary Pilgrimage, by Swami Ramdas, Blue Dove Press, first American edition, 1995, ISBN 1-884997-03-1
In the Vision of God, Vol II, The Conclusion to the Saga of an Extraordinary Pilgrimage , by Swami Ramdas, Blue Dove Press, first American edition, 1995, ISBN 1-884997-05-8
(Note: The autobiography series begins with In Quest of God.)