In 1980, when Eknathji was sick and had almost lost his memory, Thangaswami placed in front of Eknathji various photographs including his and asked him to pick up his own. Eknathji peered at the photographs for some time and then picked up the photo of Swami Vivekananda in standing posture painted by Sri S. M. Pandit. He became very emotional seeing that photo. He told, "It is my photo". He had worked very hard to get that portrait of Swami Vivekananda. He must have thought of it so much that he remembered nothing else but this. There is an Abhanga of Sant Sri Jnaneshwar "Darpani paahata roopa na dise ho aapule, Bap Rakhumaadevivare maja aise kele" - 'When I went to see me in the mirror, I could not see me. Rukmini's Eswara (Vithala) has done like this to me'. Eknathji had become so much one with his work that his self-identity was totally lost.
When he was given 'Kendra Bharati' to read Eknathji went through it for some time and identified the word "Kanyakumari" and also recognised his facsimile signature in the magazine.