Sri Ramakrishna’s centenary celebration was scheduled for February 1936. Swami Akhandananda did not send any message despite several reminders by the Belur Math authorities. They reminded him that the president’s message was extremely important for Ramakrishna’s centenary. Finally, he somehow managed to give his message and the celebrations went off well. [Swami] Akhandananda later described how he wrote the centenary message: ‘That message was dictated by the Master. I was sleeping at night. The Master spoke from my heart: “Since they are asking you so much, why don’t you write this message: Truly, who can observe my centenary? I am infinite and eternal.” I couldn’t wait for morning to write. I am an old man. Lest I should forget by morning, I picked up a pen and a pad and wrote down the message.’ On 24 February he gave the inaugural message of the centenary.