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THE SWAMI AND THE PEOPLE HE KNEW

The Swami and the people he knew

 

Leon Landsberg

(Swami Kripananda)

 
 

 

Leon Landsberg AKA Swami KripanandaLeon Landsberg’s photo here is the first known to be published in connection with the life of Swami Vivekananda. It appeared in 1920, eighteen years after the death of Swami Vivekananda. Landsberg was the second American Swami initiated in Thousand Island Park in 1895. Landsberg's services to the Swami were unlike Marie Louise’s services, were immense and significant. However his mercurial and immature nature prompted him to frequently disturb himself and the peace of others and ultimately he too left the swami. His betrayal seems of a more sympathetic nature than Marie Louise. He worked much harder than she did, supported the cause more enthusiastically . It was Landsberg (later Kripananda) who lived with the Swami in New York in his rooms in 1895 and again in 1896. Although well educated (it is reported that he spoke eleven languages) and generally referred to as ‘Professor’, he had little diplomatic skill. From his own letters and some of the letters of the other disciples of Vivekananda as well as Vivekananda’s own letters we get a picture of a man constantly feeling a sense of injury alone and aloof with a slight martyr complex. Vivekananda called him one of the most sincere souls he ever met and indeed he was sincere. His paranoia and lack of self confidence and his temper caused him to be virtually ostracized in New York and later in Detroit. Although Landsberg is frequently mentioned in histories of the Swami as having betrayed the Swami , I don’t believe this is entirely fair. Much of the evidence of the so called betrayeal comes from some rather unfortunate newspaper stories that appeared to ridicule Landsberg as well as Swami. Landsberg handled the press however as poorly as he handled people in general and that while he was clearly chalking out his own peculiar path as he attempted to gain publicity after separating from Vivekananda it does  not appear that he in any way was deliberately trying to malign or discredit his former teacher.

In an article on Landsberg on Kripananda in 1920 , Landsberg claimed that a yogi could live for hundreds of years by the practice of certain yogic techniques such as postures and breathing exercises. At present we do not know the date of his birth or death. It is believed he was born in Europe and may have had French and Russian ancestors and that they were Jewish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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