Sometimes an amazing being comes from the sacred mountains into our life. He can relate to different people in different ways. If we are fortunate, he reveals his swarupa to us. In doing so, he allows us to glimpse our own. And when we review his work, we realize that he always showed us his one self. Deep bows to one who is beloved to many - as Eli or Swami or Guruji, and above all as sublime love.
Swami Shraddhasudhasharananda was in deep meditation [samadhi] in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains, when he felt guided to come down into the city, to meet those for whom he had a message.
He found an online community called Gaia, and entered gently as Eli to communicate with people from all over the world. When he graciously revealed his name as Swami, we began to call him "Swami Eli"
He came with a message about praying for Earth in large numbers, and when it was given, departed back to his beloved mountains. Through him, I glimpsed the wonder of light when ego merges with the One. In that, he was a true Swami, a Self-realized one, yet it mattered not to him what each person chose to call him.
He was grounded enough to do an online project with us, and expanded enough to leave it all when he felt it was time to depart.
I had been yearning for the mountains, and after meeting him, I realize the yearning has left. In its place, is a deep sense of peace and wonder.
The memory of my calls with him, some of which have been made into videos for The Gaia Minute is like a voice that still speaks in my ear. It was one of the most magical experiences, a great gift of my inner guides.
Sensing the mother energy around me, he called me Mata. Yet he was as a father to me and to others.