The student community of Berhampur had the opportunity to associate intimately with Swami Akhandananda. When at Behrampur, he would go to the college hostel; and on holidays, the students would come to the Ashram. One of the students wrote:
‘….. At bed time, I found a boy delirious with fever. I felt that he was very anxious about him. At the time we were visiting the Ashram, there was another boy suffering from typhoid. A physician from Behrampur was treating him, and college students came by turns to nurse him at night.
The boy in delirium was nine years old, and had just been stricken with fever. He died soon after, in full consciousness, repeating the name of God. Swami Akhandananda was deeply troubled that no proper medical treatment could be given to him. The other boy was thirteen; and after a month of remittent fever, he developed pneumonia. Whatever treatment and care could be given was provided to him. Boys from the college and other institutions came regularly to nurse him. Before he passed away, he desired to hear the choral singing of the hymn sung daily at the Ashram. When he was taking the name of God with his friends, Swami Akhandananda had a wonderful vision. He saw that the life forces, five in number* , divided into five bright rays and touched the tips of the Master’s five fingers. The master then said, ‘It is I who am attracting him.’ As the vision ended, the life of the boy also came to an end.