(January 30, 1865 - January 10, 1915 )
Sarada Prasanna Mitra
Swami Trigunatitananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna was the first editor of Udbodhan. In 1902 he went to the USA, at the behest of Swami Vivekananda. He was the head of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco, until his death in 1915.
By the bye, can't you shorten your name a bit, my boy? What a long, long name — a single name enough to fill a volume! Well, you hear people say that the Lord's name keeps away death! It is not the simple name Hari, mind you. It is those deep and sonorous names, such as (Destroyer of Agha, Bhaga, and Naraka) (Subduer of the pride of Tripura, demon of the "three cities"), and (Giver of infinite and endless blessings), and so forth — that put to rout King Death and his whole party. Won't it look nice if you simplify yours a little? But it is too late, I am afraid as it has already been abroad. But, believe me, it is a world-entrancing, death-defying name that you have got!
Swami Vivekananda's blessing to Swami Trigunatitananda
Never mind anything! In your lips and hands the Goddess of Learning will make Her seat; the Lord of infinite power will be seated on your chest; you will do works that will strike the world with wonder.
On Swami Trigunantitananda
Do you think these Sannyasin children of Sri Ramakrishna are born to sit under trees lighting Dhuni-fires? Whenever any one of them takes up some work, people will be astonished to see their energy. Learn how to work from them. Trigunatita gave up spiritual practice, his meditation, everything, to carry out my orders, and set himself to work. Is this a small sacrifice? What amount of love for me is behind this spirit of work, don’t you see? He will not stop short of success! Do you householders have such determination?
- www.vivekananda.net edited by Frank Parlato Jr.