श्री स्वामी शिवानन्द Śrī Svāmī Śivānanda (1887–1963)
Inspiring Talks of Swami Sivananda [→ Svāmī Śivānanda स्वामी शिवानन्द]
THE SACREDNESS OF ONE'S NAME:
Sri T. A. Shankara Sastri called himself T. A. S. Sastri in his letter.
[→ Śrī T. A. Śaṅkara Śāstṛ श्री शङ्कर शास्तृ]*** called himself T. A. S. Sastri [→ Śāstṛ शास्तृ] in his letter.
This amused the Master, who wrote to him:
"Kindly use your full name always. Abandon this modern craze to shorten it, dropping out the most essential part. As you go on signing your full name a hundred times, you repeat it a hundred times. This tantamounts to Japa [जप] of Shankara [→ Śaṅkara शङ्कर]***. T. A. S. Sastri [→ Śāstṛ श्शास्तृ] has just the same significance as A. B. C. D., whereas T. A. Shankara Sastri [→ T. A. Śaṅkara Śāstṛ शङ्कर शास्तृ]*** is an elevating name."