In 1959 the devotees suggested the Swamiji to accept a shishya (Disciple) so that the sacred Guru Parampara could continue. Swamiji accepted. So the search began to find a suitable successor to Swamiji.
That successor was found in Ravīndra Shankarnārāyan (Shukla) Bhat, the 12 year old son of Shāntābai and Shankarnārāyan Laxman Bhat. The momentous day for the Shishya Sweekār (Ceremony to accept a disciple) dawned on March 1, 1959. The location was Shivaji Park, Mumbai. The ceremony was attended by over 10,000 devotees, the largest ever gathering for a Shishya Sweekār ceremony. Swami Ānandāshram ordained his shishya as Parijñānāshram. He would study under his guru for a period of 7 years after which he would succeed him as the Head of the community in 1966 after Swamiji attained Mahā-samādhi (died).
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