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As They saw ‘RAMA’


Swami Vivekanand

"..... Tirtha Rama (the previous name of Swami Rama Tirtha), you are to become a Torch-bearer of ‘Advait Vedanta’ (Non-Dualism) ....."

Mahatma Gandhi
(Father of Indian Nation)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha was one of the greatest souls, not only of India, but of the whole world ....."

Madan Mohan Malviya
(Founder of Banaras Hindu University & ex-President, All India Congress Committee)

"..... I have never come across a greater self-realized Mahatma (than Swami Rama Tirtha). His message will be a great boon for the coming generations ....."

Vinoba Bhave
(A great saint, social reformer & Gandhian Philosopher)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha symbolized Indian spirit ....."

Raman Maharshi

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha represents True Atman ....."

Swami Shivanand
(Founder of Divine Life Society)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha lived Practical Vedanta ..... He is Soul Incarnate ....."

Swami Shraddhanand
(ex-President Arya Samaj)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha is a spirit of actual liberation from material control ..... He is free as air ....."

Guru Charan Singh
(ex-Head, Radha Swami Satsang)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha’s utterances were joyous cry of happy heart, completely confident of his own experiences ....."

Swami Chinmayanand
(Founder, Chinmay Mission)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha has imprints, all-embracing and all-pervading. To understand him is to live Vedanta ....."

Dr. Rajendra Prasad
(First President of Republic of India)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha was a great source of inspiration ..... His words go deep into the hearts of the people ....."

Dr. S. Radhakriahnan
(Second President of Republic of India)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha was a Vedantin of Shankaracharya order ..... He pronounced Advait Vedanta (non-Dualism) in his own fashion. His life and work will continue to guide the people ....."

Sardar Zail Singh
(ex-President of India)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha was one with the whole humanity ..... A poet-monk he sang with nature, pulsated with nature ...."

Lal Bahadur Shastri
(Second Prime Minister of India)

"..... I got immense inspiration from Swami Rama Tirtha ..... A Practical Vedantin, Swami Rama was also a great patriot who will continue to guide the Indian youths how to uplift the Nation ....."

Mrs. Indira Gandhi
(Third Prime Minister of India & also Chairperson of Swami Rama Tirtha Birth Centenary Celebrations )

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha is one of the greatest saint-philosopher, India has produced. We are proud of him. ..... We should cherish his memory and try to live his Vedanta ....."

J. B. Kriplajni
(ex-President, All India Congress committee)

"..... A God-intoxicated soul, Swami Rama Tirtha realized the presence of God every where and in all mankind ..... He moved with God and lived with God ....."

C. F. Andrews
(‘Desh-Bandhu’ as he was called in India and a missionary.)

"..... Another personality, in many ways far more attractive than that of Swami Vivekanand, carried the same movement of new Vedanta ....."

Shekh Abdulla
(First Prime Minister of Jammu & Kashmir State of Indian Union)

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha showed us the way to know God ....."

Mohammad Iqbal
( A poet and a scholar )

"..... Rama is all sense and consciousness ....."


[Though Swami Rama Tirtha stayed in Japan hardly for a fortnight, his presence and oration was widely appreciated. Those who came in his contact in this short duration cherished his memory for a long time.]

A Few Press-Comments

"..... At the Buddhist University, Tokyo, Swami Rama Tirtha spoke shedding sparks of fire. In the audience were also Buddhists and Theosophists from Australia who listened to him with rapt attention and with him on the same platform spoke Mr. Kanzo Uchimura, the Carlyle of Japan ....."

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha delivered a great lecture in the Tokyo College of Commerce. Its wonderful flow attracted a great attention of the people ....."

The Russian Ambassador in Japan, having seen the reports of his lecture in the papers, was attracted towards Swami Rama Tirtha with whom he wanted an interview, but by that time Swami Rama had left for U.S.A.

Professor Takakutsu of the Tokyo Imperial University says: "I have met many Pandits and Philosophers at the house of Professor Max Muller in England and other places, but I have never seen a personality like Swami Rama. In him Vedanta and Buddhism meet. He is true religion. He is a true poet and philosopher."


It was in 1902 that a ship sailing from Japan reached its destination, the port of San Francisco on whose deck was walking a Sanyasin—Swami Rama—in Divine Joy. Attracted by the glow of Rama, an American gentleman approached him as to know about his destination and his belongings etc. A mere touch of the shoulders of the American—Dr. Hillar—by ‘Rama’, travelling without a penny, baggage and acquaintance in America, satisfied all his queries and Dr. Hillar became an ardent admirer of Rama. Thus stepped Rama on the land of U.S.A.

About ‘Rama’ this gentleman—Dr. Hillar wrote: "..... He is a torch of knowledge hailing from the Himalayas, the fire can burn him not, the steel can cut him not. Tears of ecstasy roll down his eyes and his very presence gives new life. ....."

A few comments of U.S. Press

"..... Out of the Jungles of upper India has came a man of astonishing wisdom, a prophet, a philosopher, a scientist and a priest ....."

"..... This remarkable sage of the Himalayas is a slender, intellectual young man, with ascetic mould of a priest ....." How do I live? To answer this question he said yesterday, ‘This is simple. I do not try. I believe. I attune my soul to the harmony of love for all man, that makes all men to love me and where love is, there is no want, no suffering ....."

"..... Men from India not infrequently reach this Port (Portland). But seldom if ever has any such learning, such broad human sympathies, such unselfish motives arrived here ....."

"..... At Denver, Swami Rama Tirtha announced in his lecture as "Every day is a New Year Day, and every night a X-Mas Night." It so startled the audience and there was long applause ....."

"..... The President of the United States on his way to the north stopped at Springs (Shastra) awhile ..... he accepted from Rama most gracefully, lovingly and cheerfully the "Appeal on behalf of India ....." (May 20, 1903)

"..... Whenever and wherever he has addressed an audience or class, he has spoken with purpose and effect and has drawn men out of their littleness ....."

"..... His (Rama’s) mission in America is two fold. Primarily it is to interest Americans in his own country and country men ..... His second object is to spread his philosophy, his glorious gospel of man’s oneness with the eternal ....."

"..... Briefly and broadly speaking Swami Rama Tirtha stands where philosophy and practical science meet ....."


On his way back to India in 1904, Swami Rama Tirtha got a chance to step on the land of Egypt as the ship carrying him stopped there for a while. The people there were impressed by him and requested Rama to address the gathering from the pulpit of the famous mosque at Cairo. Not only the people who heard him in their own language, but the Press also spoke high of Rama. The paper—‘Alabhat’ says:

"..... Swami Rama Tirtha was given a warm welcome by the people here when he delivered a lecture in Persian in the Mosque. Swami Rama is a great Hindu genius, to meet whom was a great privilege ....."

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