Swami Chetanananda Saraswati about HIS diverse activities and experiences...
"By Baba Nityananda’s grace, I have driven every kind of vehicle, right up to fighter aircraft. (During the 1971 war, India had only 3 MiG aircraft, one of which I flew and the other two were flown by the Raja of Sirohi and his son.) I have done every activity: painting, journalism, printing, construction, theatre. Even in movies, I have acted, composed music, and also sung. I have done everything, but I never made any of these occupations a means of living by commercializing them.
"I ensured construction of the Vivekananda Rock memorial at Kanyakumari in 1970, at grave personal risk. In 1972, the heads of 52 Universities from around the world came and took ME in a chartered flight to various Universities. All this while, I maintained silence (mouna). Carnegie Hall in New York was filled to its capacity of 10,000 from 3 AM to 11 PM, and all the while I did not even utter a word, while another professor lectured. Yet, every single person present there had darshan of Baba Nityananda. Two years later, when Baba Muktananda went on His world tour in 1974, many people came and told Him that they had seen His Guru. He told them that the one who had shown them was His own disciple!
"Also in 1972, I travelled to Haridwar, where I delivered several lectures over 15 days. These were later edited and published by a professor of Punjab University as the book Reminiscences. 11 lakh copies of the book were published, each in four languages, which were all sold out within just four months.
"From Haridwar, I went up to Rishikesh and then onward to Gomukh. There, MY body underwent kayakalpa (transformation). The body was totally renewed: skin, nails, etc. The whole process took place naturally over 21 days. In this procedure, if the prana does not leave the body within 21 days, then another long life is obtained.
"After this kayakalpa in 1972, I came down to Shivanand Ashram in Rishikesh, where MY health gradually recovered. Thereafter I flew to Bombay (now Mumbai), and then went to Baba Muktananda’s ashram at Ganeshpuri."