Be humbler than a blade of grass,
Be patient and forbearing like the tree,
Take no honor to thyself,
Give honor to all,
Chant unceasingly the name of the Lord.
- Sri Chaitanya
Swami Brahmananda (1863-1922) was born in Sikra near Kolkota (Calcutta) Rakhal Chandra Ghosh. He was a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, who recognised him as his ‘spiritual son’. He became the first president of the Ramakrishna Mission, the monastic order founded in the wake of Sri Ramakrishna’s passing, and was largely responsible for its initial development.
The Eternal Companion : Life and Teachings of Swami Brahmananda – by Swami Prabhavananda and Swami Yatishwarananda