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Kolkata, West Bengal

Swami Lokeswarananda was born Kanailal Bandyopadhyay on April 19, 1909, in what is now Bangladesh. He showed an inclination towards a spiritual life from an early age.

He came to Calcutta for higher education and joined the order of Ramakrishna after graduation.

Swami Lokeswarananda became the headmaster of Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Deoghar. He later became the head of the Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home at Pathuriaghata. The home was shifted to Narendrapur in the 1950s.

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Robert McMaster

Greetings from Canada.
My name is Robert McMaster, I now live in London, Ontario Canada. I met Swami Lokeswarananda at the home of Sam Gracie in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada in 1992. On first meeting it was like we were old friends, he filled ny heart with joy and belief, just being in his presence. He bestowing the Sanscrit name of "Rabi" on me which I feel very honoured to have. The Swani invited me to come to India as his guest and pupil, to study at the Ramakrishna Mission but at the time I was unable to accept his invitation. This was one of the most spiritually enlightening offers ever granted to me and I am so sorry I was not able to accept. Although it has been nearly twenty years since our short two days of meetings the memory of Swami Lokeswarananda and his blessing to me has never left my heart, he was a truly loving, spiritually powerful but humble human being and friend.

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