SWAMI NIRANJANANANDA ATTAINS MAHASAMADHI (09-05-1904)
“He (Niranjan) made no mention of the approaching end, but was like a tearful child clinging to its mother. He insisted that the Holy Mother do everything for him, even feed him, and he wanted only what she had made ready for his meal. When the time came for him to leave her, reluctantly he threw himself at her feet, weeping tears of tender sadness; then silently he went away, knowing that he would never see her again.”
(p.166, Apostles of Ramakrishna, A devotee describes his last meeting with Holy Mother.)
Swami Niranjanananda wished to complete the journey of his life alone. Towards the end, he was stricken with cholera. Like a hero, he took shelter on the bank of the Ganges and surrendered himself to God. When his attendant offered to serve him, Niranjanananda declined. When the attendant nevertheless insisted, he said, “Don’t you want me to die in peace?” Then the attendant reluctantly departed. Swami Niranajanananda, a heroic monk of Sri Ramakrishna, passed away in samadhi on 9 May 1904.
Sri Ramakrishna used to tell of Niranjan: “…Look at Niranjan. He always keeps his accounts clear. He will be able to go whenever he hears the call.”
(p.260, God lived with Them)