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A youthful Swami Shivapadananda 1972

A youthful Swami Shivapadananda 1972

Ramakrishna Centre Ashram, Avoca, KwaZulu Natal

This was the first picture I took of Swamiji - whom I called 'Papa'. He was looking at the camera and I said, 'Can you please smile?' to which he replied, 'I am smiling - inside!' He was seated on the veranda of the old Ashram at Avoca on the North Coast of what is now KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. The building dated back to 1922 and the Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa was founded by Papa's Guru, Sri Swami Nischalananda, in 1942.

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