1 Bhakta Sammelan , 2018 at Mahamilan Math

2 Durga Puja at Mahamilan Math, 2018

3 Sri Sri Gurupurnima Utsav will be celebrated on 27th July,2018 at Mahamilan Math & other branches of ABJS. All are cordially invited.

4 JA JA NAM DIGE JA UTSAV , 2018 at Puri

5 Omkar Panchami ,5th February2018

6 Sri Sri Durga Puja will be celebrated at Mahamilan Math from 26th September to 30th September. All are cordially invited

7 JANMASTAMI & NANDOTSAV will be celebrated on 14th and 15th August respectively at Mahamilan Math

8 Shri Shri Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 9th July '17 (Sunday) at Mahamilan Math and other centres

9 "JA JA NAM DIGE JA" Utsav will be celebrated at Puri [Nilachal Asram &Lila Kunj] on 9th and 10th Baisakh [ 23.4.17.&24.4.17]

10 Sri Sri BasantiDurga Puja, Annapurna Puja, Ram Navami were celebrated at Mahamilan Math and other asrams from 3.4.17.-6.4.17.

11 Sri Sri Thakur's Advent Tithi [OMKAR PANCHAMI] is on 16th February, 2017

12 Sri Sri Durga Puja

13 Annual General meeting of Akhil Bharat Jai Guru Sampradaya was held at Mahamilan Math on 18.9.16. Jai Guru

14 Janmastami will be celebrated at Mahamilan Math and other Ashrams, on 25th August 2016, followed by Nandotsav celebrations on the next day.

15 Shri Guru Purnima is on 19th July 2016. Here is the Programme schedule for celebration at Mahamilan Math, the Headquarters of Akhil Bharat JaiGuru Sampradaya. All are invited. JAI GURU

16 Kumbh Mela at Ujjain is continuing from 22nd April at Gopal Dham Asram, and it will be concluded on 22nd May, 2016

17 "Ja Ja Nam Dige Ja" Mahotsav is being celebrated at Puri(Nilachal Dham) on 22nd & 23rd April

18 YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CELEBRATION OF 125TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SITARAMDAS OMKARNATHDEV AT OUR MAHAMILAN MATH,KOLKATA,INDIA, FROM 26TH-28TH FEB, 2016

Few of His messages are-

1) As long as a man doesn't become inward, his pains do not end. Keep calling Him, and become inward.

2) Lord has two feet- Right and Left. The Right foot has joy, peace, happiness; the Left foot has disease, grief, sorrows. Whichever foot He puts forward, hold it and say 'Guru Guru Guru' - The end of Joys and sorrows.

3) " Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Ram Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare " .Always chant this Mahamantra .You need not worry about anything... More Naam More Bliss.

4) Blow away disease, grief, sorrow, pain, poverty, unrest with the Holy name, and proceed. Chant Naam while eating, lying down, rising, sitting - Hail Naam, Hail Naam.

5) You need not renounce the family, you won't have to go to the forest. Wherever you are, you can still progress on the spiritual path and dwell in the world of Bliss! The suffering is only because of the sense of 'me' and 'mine'.

6) Speak the Truth - Truth is Lord. One who can resort to Truth quickly reaches the Goal.

7) Leave evil company, evil discussion, all addictions. Always be pure.

8) Happiness is not in material pleasures - happiness resides in restraint, renunciation and prayers always.

9) The flame of a Lamp is not directed left or right, it directly rises upwards. If you try to curb it under a lid, the lid will be blackened with soot. Similarly, the Flame of Soul is Eternally directed upwards, the Prarabdha [consequence of past deed] tries to put a lid on it, and tarnishes the body with sins..

10) Pure food habit, holy acts, worship in Time-- With this, Oh Dear! You will see the Divine.

11) Instead of seeing the other's faults, always look at your own faults. Your faults are keeping you away from your blissful identity.

12) Lord is ready to appear - the mirror of your heart lacks mercury - how will you visualize His image there?

13) Even if you are sinner, agonized, having thousands of faults - still if you take shelter by saying ' I am dedicated to you' - you will surely attain Lord's grace - There is no doubt about it.

14) Bliss is within - it can be found when Man becomes inward.

15) By knowing Guru, Mantra, Deity to be One and by chanting 'Guru Guru', Bliss is attained spontaneously. Of all worships, none is comparable to devotion for Guru.

16) Knowing everything to be Lord's images, practice offering Pranam[obeisance]. He only has taken all forms, Man sees friend-foe, good-bad because of his sins.

17) Question arise in the mind of he who practices, the rest have no occasion for questions.

18) If you can't become desireless with effort, then fill your heart and mind with His Holy Name, .there will be no place left for any desire.

19) Those who are capable of chanting Naam ceaselessly, are ferried across automatically by Naam, to His abode. Nam Sankirtan purifies the moveable and immobile worlds, and unveils a new lease of Energy.

20) Why is it that people fall even after resorting to Naam? The principle reason is bad Prarabdha [accumulated fruits of deeds]. Despite the fact that prarabdha makes a person fall, Naam lifts him afresh.

21) As long as there is a stock of accumulated evil deeds [Prarabdha], no joy is derived by Japa [chanting]. Even then, Japa shouldn't be considered futile. Keep doing Japa whether you realize any pleasure or not-I am sure that ultimately you will experience the grace of Divine Mother!

22) There is One Who is the Contoller of the whole Universe.. He regulates the sun, the moon, stars, planets, all the atoms and molecules.

23) Nobody is independent, everyone is a puppet in God's play, and has to dance to His tunes.

24) God is the Master of actions. we are his servants. Whatever we do, may it be for HIS pleasure. Let us not undertake any work that will displease HIM.' Those who work with this sentiment will succeed in gaining eternal Bliss on earth.

25) The only Object of a devotee's desire is GOD. A devotee should take exclusive refuge with God and undertake practices for realizing Him. Make sure, no other wish takes place in your heart..

26) Those who are undr My protection, why should they look at sense gratification? My Devotees cannot be insects in the excrement of sense gratification.

27) Renounce worthless concerns and just repeat 'Guru Guru' while standing, sitting, eating, lying down-keep repeating 'Sharanagatoham-I am surrendered to You'. thereafter what transpires in your favour will be beyond your grasp.

28) Scriptures are true, scriptures are flawless; one who takes the shelter of scripture will be embraced by the Lord.

29) Forsaking of path shown by the scriptures has led to the present tide of sufferings, torment, disease and sorrow.

30) The mass of men who have gone astray will not be able to gain peace until they adopt the Path prescribed by Shastras. Shastras are the streams from which peace can flow.

31) There are some miserable spiritual aspirants who ruin countless women by taking the disguise of a seeker. What is the meaning of such acts? What's the point? You didn't become a seeker to ruin yourself in lust! Mahamantra of your Sadhana is 'MA' Naam. Adopt this Mahamantra and eternally unite with the feet of the Divine Mother by conquering fatal enemies like lust.

32) If practices such as 'Karma, Yoga, Gyana, Tapasya' are undertaken without taking refuge with God, there is great possibility of a downfall. God always protects him, who takes refuge in Him.

34) It is good for all peace loving persons to keep away from saints who approve desire-driven or indiscrete lifestyles.

35) Sitaram proclaims to all students, men and women- how many books have you read, how many exams have you passed? Whatever merit u have obtained from them-regular study of Gita and other scriptures will offer u much much more. you surely stand to gain a lot more!!

36) You will conquer the world if you can keep 'RAM RAM' on your tongue always.

37) You should concentrate on your studies.do not read lustful novels and dramas. Do not associate with boys and girls who are accustomed to vice and improper conduct.

38) Work hard, always engage yourself in work. Sorrow is an eternal companion of lazy indolent people.

39) Eat satvik food. Don't consume addictions [alchohol, cigarettes, tobacco, tea etc], don't eat fish meat onion egg chicken. Don't eat to your stomach's full capacity, eat in moderation. Don't eat indiscriminately in anyone's hand at any place.

40)Don't engage in laughter and merriment in female company. Beware! Don't take to anything immoral!

41)Don't waste much time in useless play. Time that has passed will not return.

42)Whatever is done is indeed Karma. That which is done to please God is Karma Yoga.

43)Let me tell you the gist of all sadhanas in a nutshell: to hear of His Name and Divine attributes with ears, singing His praise through speech, and contemplating Him with your mind.

44)Despite the fact that influence of Kaliyug has reduced the adherents of Sanatan Dharma, no one has the power to destroy it. Even if thousands of wolves form packs, can they devour the Lion?

45) Indirect knowledge may lead to doubts. But direct realized wisom cannot be perturbed by any doubt~!

46) Self Restraint is the life of this Nation [Bharatvarsha]. Men and women become immortal with self-restraint. The selfcontrolled ones remain blissful in the last hour, and are ferried across by divine vehicle.

47)As a consequence of virtuous deeds, the desire for spiritual practice was born in you. As a result of sins, the mind suffered fall-it will lift up again! It is every person's destiny to rise and fall in spiritual Life, like tide and ebb of Ganga. The fall only helps in returning back with greater determination!

48)Human being is indeed the greatest creation of God, because it is only in a humanbeing that God has vested the freedom to exert all the sense organs according to will, God tests if this freedom of senses is abused.

49)Teach yourself and teach the world. Wisdom is not there in books, it is the fruit of spiritual practice, the soul of penances. By dry recital of scriptures like birds and animals, you won't attain Wisdom even in 100 births. By worshipping Him, Wisdom will be unveiled-- by religious pursuits, the Power of Creator will embrace you.

1) ‘I had attained intense bliss on meeting Baba Omkarnathji. His spiritual realizations and stature reminded me of ancient Sidhhatmas of Bharat. The images of Siddha Purushas of Bharat attract me because Buddhism arose from India and then came to Tibet… I was benefited from the spiritual interaction with Omkarnathji. He was worried about the pitiable condition of Tiber, and supported the spiritual essence of their moral warfare. Baba had given me a woolen mat during our interaction, and I still use it…’
--Dalai Lama.

'Beloved Sri Sitaram is verily Naam Avatara. His entire  life and personality is a radiant example and expression of Naam-  Bhakti and Naam-Shakti. I bow in silent reverence and love at his holy  feet. I deem it a very great privilege and a matter of greater joy to  write these few lines as my tribute to his divine personality.'  - Swami Chidananda ,President: The Divine Life Society 

' ...Our fortune-- a fortune for all Bengalis, for all Indians, that we have such a Prophet amidst us, Who has attained the Ultimate state through renunciation, austerity and Sadhana since childhood, and has taken the great vow of spreading the Holy Name of Lord. I contemplate on Lord's promise of appearing at time of Dharma's downfall and Adharma's rise, and I thereby corelate the Divine Sitaram's appearance in the celebration of Sitaram's birth! This petty heart has no holy treasure to felicitate Him. I only have eternal thirst, deep agony, and tears of separation, and I offer all these to OmkarRupi SriOmkarnath~!' --Mahamahopadhyay Gopinath Kaviraj

'You have concealed your Identity [ Apan swarup chhipakar aya]. You have come from the SaketNagar [Nitya Ayodhya] to bestow grace on this earth. You are maintaining such a garb, so that nobody can recognize You. Lord comes in this way itself, with hidden identity. Sri KrishnaChaitanya had stressed on Krishna Nam. this time You have also propagated Ram Nam. You are an Embodiment of Love, and Incarnation of Prema. Getting Your darsan is a matter of immense fortune.' Srimad Ram Manohar Das ji , Chhota Chhawni, Ayodhya

'Baba, what causeless grace you have. You came yourself to render the nectar of your words. Baba, what causeless grace you have!' -Ma Anandamayi

'Later I had His Darshan... His frail body was dispersing majestic power! Actually in my opinion, He had the state of Qutub, which is the supreme spiritual condition of an Incarnation, as per Sufi laws...' -Peer Vilayat Inayat Khan

'When I was brought to Baba, His Srimukh [face] was radiant with extraordinary Light, which became brighter when I offered Pranm.' -Jain Guru Sushil Kumar Muni

'.There is no other Shelter in this world except Yourself. My earnest plea- do not make us orphans by departing early~! You have followed the Shastras throughout, I see no one like You.' -Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachari

'His Whose powers run through the country, He always craves for preaching Harinam, That Master, Sitaram, is radiant in Omkar- He is the wish fulfiller, I offer Him Pranam.' -- Mahamahopadhyay Dr Srijeev Nyayteertha

'Its mentioned in Mahabharat, sign of Knower of Brahm is- He who covers His body with whatsoever, Who resides wheresoever, eats whatever little [like Sitaram]!' Later, Jogendra pandit had declared in writing- '. as a consequence of several recent incidents, it has been proven inspite of our unwillingness - Sitaram is SriBhagwan in the Leelavigraha of a human form!' - Mahamahopdhyay Jogendranath Sankhyavedantatirtha

'Amidst everyone, it is Prema[Divine Love] which helps us to identify Who is Lord.' Brahmachariji explained that Sitaram's Love for Naam and Mankind is beyond comparison, he hasn't seen such Love in anyone else.' - Rev Prabhudatta Brahmachari

'Sitaram, I was waiting for You. I was expecting that You will come after You leave Your Mauna... See Sitaram, after Sannyasa, one shouldn't offer Pranam to anyone except Guru, nor should have special love or attention for anyone. But You know, for some days, my mind is craving to see You.' --Shankar Purushottam Tirtha Ji

Biography

 

The Saint of Dumurdaha 

To us in India one eternal enigma is India herself, this young old country which is as old as the hills and fresh as the morning dew. There she is permanent and immutable, in the midst of life's unceasing flux. Storms have blown over her, the most violent of them, causing no more than transient ripples, leaving the depths unshaken. A few marks of distinction belong easily to her, the most striking of which probably is the undying vitality of her ageless culture. She has been the cradle of civilization, its nest and nurse. On her soil has been witnessed the most exquisite efflorescence of civilization. There never has been a day, nor ever will be, when imponderables, assimilated and actualized, have ceased or will cease to be the daily concern of her men and women. What is most curious perhaps is the fact that has succeeded somehow in maintaining her link with the immemorial past. While cultures come and go, India's culture abides; while civilizations flourish and fall, India's civilization endures. Greece is there, but where is the Greece of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle? Rome is, but not the Rome is old. The glory that was Greece is gone, never to return. Not a scrap of ancient Rome survives. But the India of the present does conserve the unbroken traditions of her storied past. There may have been ebbs and flows, but the same old stream remains. Her past, present and future - the future too one can foresee without being a prophet - are bound each to each by natural piety. She was not born for death, immortal India. 

What is the secret of this immortality? How has it been able to resist the rages of the ages? That fact is that her civilization descends from her Sages or Rishis. By them has it been moulded and by them, in periods of stagnation, revitalized and replenished. Precisely when we seem to sink, they come down to lift us up. Nor is it sages alone that stalk the land in an emergency. When the crisis looks most threatening, the lord himself condescends to be born and brings us into our own. No wonder, therefore, that the line of our masters seems literally unending. 

Such a master is our revered saint of Dumurdaha. Or is he the saint of onkarashwar? But it is idle to quarrel about the way you would designate him. A master is not to be pinned down to a label or a locality. Sri Sri Sitaramdas Onkar Nath is the name we know him by; the small village of Dumurdaha in the district of Hooghly is his ancestral home and the holy city of Onkareshwar is the place he sanctifies while he is in silence and seclusion as he has been for a year and a half now. 

The following pages attempt to recount the story of the Master's life through a few significant vignettes. It may look like a romance or a fairy story, but it is all fact, literal fact, drawn from actual life. 

1 It is somewhere about 1898. A room in the first floor of a middle-class gentleman's house in Dumurdaha on the Ganges. The house of Braja Nath, they call it after the family Deity. Night. 

A little boy of six lies with his father, mother and sister. Says the boy, pointing to the southern window, 
"Look there Papa, look at Siva." 
"Pray, where? Where is Siva, my son?" 
"There-there-standing at the foot." 
"Where?" 
"There he is." 
"How does he look, your Siva?" 
"White-complexioned, wearing tiger-skin, matted hair on head, three-eyed, with a trisul (trident) in the left hand and a damaru (tabor, small drum shaped like an hour glass) in the right hand." (The boy describes what he sees) 
"where, pray?" 
Siva vanishes. 

1918, January, 12 mid-night, chinsura. 
A resident-pupil at Viswa Nath chatuspathi (a school of oriental learning, founded by the Late Bhudev Chandra mukhopadhyaya), chinsutra, he shares with two fellows a room on the first floor of Bhudev babu's house. 
All else are asleep. He sits in Baddha Padmasana, changes the attitude, sits normal and meditates with eyes closed and mind fixed on the heart. Whom should he see now but Siva, five faced, trident in one hand and tabor in another. 
He challenges the visitor, "Who are you?" "I am your Guru. Once I called, in your childhood; you couldn't quite recognize me. Here I am again." "If you are my guru, pray, show me my Ishta (God in the form dear to me)." Siva utters his Ishta-mantra and goes on repeating it, with each of His five mouths. From Siva's shoulder, a female form appears. "Who is there, about your shoulder?" - he asks Siva who does not answer. The female replies. "I am your mother". Says She, descending from Siva's shoulder. She takes his astral body in her arms and whispers his Ishta Mantra into his ears, she keeps doing this. Siva too goes on chanting it with His five mouths, dancing and playing all the while on the tabor. Gradually the Mantra fades- 'Ram, Ram' remains. That fades- leaving 'Om-Om'. Which also passes,- to be followed by the hiss of a Serpent (a form of Nad or transcendent Sound). The roar rises from within. The eyes open, to be glued to the central point between the eye-brows. Round circular Jyoti (transcendent light) manifests itself. When his sense of the world returns, it is 4 A.M, as the jute mill whistle tells. The same year : Saraswati puja day. He has a vision of his previous incarnation : a great saint devoted to the Mother and revered by all the world. He can scarcely believe it and speaks at night to his spiritual preceptor who believes every word of it. The same year : the night of Dole purnima. Realization of who he is and why he has come down dawns on him. The words well up from within : "Yada Yada hi dharmasya"............. -'whenever Dharma declines and Adharma prevails, I am sure to incarnate myself.' It is at Dumurdaha that the Realization occurs. He stars at once for Digsui, another village in Hooghly, to meet his guru. His guru- What brings you here? He - Please come with me. He grants a vision to his own guru who is literally over-powered. The guru remains in a trance for three days. He can only find words to caution his wife against treating his disciple in the usual way. "Do not ask him to do anything. Do not give him any portion of the food which is touched by us." 

Knowing at last a little of the true nature of his disciple's Self, the be-mused guru, while in this state of trance, composes a Sanskrit quatrain and presents it to his disciple. The quatrain states : "Who are you, my Guru or Sishya? I for one can never tell. All that I know from natural impulse is that I am yours and you are mine. If you are my Guru, I submit myself as your disciple, I commit myself to your care and seek refuge; out of the bounty of your Grace, do please save (enlighten) me. If on the other hand I am your Guru, pray tell me Who you are, of what stuff your Being is made." 

They call him queer, odd, mad, for many, he is stark staring mad. But he does not care for what the world thinks. A young man of twenty-six, he moves about, singing songs unbidden, lost in his own ineffable delight. Of shame or scorn he has no sense. Of music he is innocent. But the songs burst from him. Whatever he sees blossoms at once into blazing light. To people around he sends his warm invitation, "Is there any that would see God? If so, come." It is a call to all. A very, very few respond, the few that are sane enough to take the supposed lunatic seriously. And these fortunate few do have the beatific vision. And how does he vouchsafe his vision? He catches the candidate gently by the wrist, both standing; and he says, "There-behold." And they do see. 

The phase passes. 
He chooses to divest himself of all he has come by or into. He assumes the role of an ordinary man and the uneasy world sighs relief. He starts de novo. From the summit he comes down to the base and undertakes to get to top again. He embarks on the career of a pilgrim to Eternity. He will live the humdrum life of an ordinary house-holder and achieve his consummation so that he may leave an example and a legacy behind to inspire us who are so frail and degenerate. He will give us a short-cut, the shortest conceivable, to Consummation. But he must go it himself and show it in practice before he does it in theory. Hence his coming back to this zero point. What a life has this been to him! Poverty of the most grinding kind; disease of the most lingering and painful short; hunger and starvation for three or more days at a stretch, for the adults as well as the tiny tots of the family; bereavement after bereavement, a whole series of them- they come thick on him. But he goes on his course undismayed. He does not lose his grand composure or his abounding and ineffable delight. Look at one or two characteristic pictures drawn from his life at this stage. Here is a typical incident. There he sits, a rough little napkin on (he has nothing else to were), sweetly smiling while his mother reproaches him in none too soft words. Nor is she much to blame. He has given away the only piece of cloth he has had for months- and now he has but a napkin for were! Once cannot tell how long it may be before another rag to cover with may be available. For three or four days they have been going without a meal, the adult members as well as the children, these latter subsisting on half a pice each, one slightly older on one pice daily, the adults keeping a fast joyfully. They welcome hunger as an aspect of God. They enjoy this continuous fast : they make a ceremony of it. Fast, to them, is a feast for the spirit. On occasions, however, a stock of food comes unexpected from somewhere. One dressed like a sadhu appears- does he drop from the moon!- and leaves a quantity of rice on the floor and vanishes. Somebody comes to pay his respects and offers an eight-anna bit at the feet of the Master's sister who is beside herself with joy at this favour from God - that is how the family would look at it. For precisely an eight-anna bit is the need of the hour. The cattle of Braja Nath - they own nothing, the family Deity Braja Nath is the Lord and Owner, they are His servants - have been put to the pound and an eight-anna bit is the fee or fine for their release. Thus does the idyll of family life go on. 

Yet another picture : the master in the role of a professor in his own Seminary of Learning where pupils flock for study and find board and lodge as well as instruction, all free, to be sure. The number varies from sixteen to twenty-two. How he manages cannot be imagined. His means is slender, his family numerous and he draws no allowance from any quarter. He holds no appointment. Nor does he receive gifts. Yet it goes on somehow, Every phase of the Master's life is a miracle that would take your breath away. 

He teaches literature, poetics, philosophy, history, all of the authentic Indian School. And his pupils still remember what an experience it has been for them to sit at his feet and hear him discourse on diverse subjects. They recall how inspiring and illuminating his expositions used to be, how original and profound, how absorbing and entrancing. He goes to the core of his subject and takes his pupils with him so that the teacher and the taught sit for hours equally immersed. To read with him is to be absorbed in the Infinite. 

But it cannot long continue. A day dawns when he can neither teach nor worshp nor do any of the allocated duties of a Brahmin. Samadhi sucks him in whenever he is out to read a line or utter a Mantra. Work or karma drops from him. He cannot perform any of the mandatory duties, for, as soon as he starts, he is stilled and frozen, locked in Samadhi. 

Life has the sense to leave one who is above it. Life withdraws and from a respectable distance leaves the Master's feet and devoutly does him obeisance. 1936-37. His name changes. From Probodh Chandra Chattopadhyaya - that was the Master's original name - he becomes Sitaramdas Onkar Nath. Sitaram has been the name given him by his guru Srimad Dasarathi Deva Jogeshwara and Onkar Nath is the Name that descends from above and solicits the favour of his acceptance. The last day of the Bengali year 1343, April 13, 1937. He assumes Manu or total silence in his Ashram at Puri, vowing to shed the body in Nirvikalpa Samadhi (Indeterminate Ecstasy) unless God appears in visible form and commissions him to undertake His own work on His behalf. He comes, the Lord Jagannath His resplendent form encircled in aureole and says, "Go and give the Name to the World." To that task therefore he dedicates himself. His own untiring mission since then has been to give the Name; to preach in and scatter it broadcast, to fill the world with it and bliss. 

Now after twenty years he waits, as he says, for yet another interview with God. Ostensibly with that end in view, he has been in total silence and seclusion in his little Ashram at Onkareshwar which is on the Narmada in Madhya Pradesh. But for what should he desire this another meeting with God? The obvious fact about him, as he himself admits, is that he cannot descend to a longing for a meeting. Ceaselessly in tune with the Infinite, he feels no ache in the heart to meet God, One has to long for a meeting before it can come about and this longing he cannot arouse in himself. Yet he waits ostensibly for the purpose. The mystery of it seems altogether baffling. 

One little episode may not be amiss in this connection. It is at Nagpur, in early January 1956, a few weeks before his retirement to Onkareswara for Mauna. A big merchant of Nagpur visits him with his wife, his humble prayer being that the master may kindly instruct her as to the best way of life for her. The Master teaches her a good, but he studiously avoids the point which he is never tired of re-iterating to ladies - namely the duty of implicit obedience and devotion which the wife owes to the husband. And the fun of the situation is that the gentleman has taken his wife to the Mater with the precise hope that he would enjoin on her a strict obedience to her husband. The poor man throws many a hint but the master chooses to advise beside that point. The disappointed husband keeps glum for sometime. Meanwhile the Master has been talking to Judge of the local High Court and in course of his discourse he chances to observe that God does exist. In fact and can be seen face to face. Than the annoyed husband puts in a little sharply, "But, Sir, have you seen Ram-ji?" "I? Not I," replies the master, "How can I? When I go to see Ram, I become transformed into Ram." That is not the way that the Master ordinarily speaks, but it is perplexing from more than one point of view. As we know, he has seen God at least thrice. Why then this this "Not I?" Does he refer to his present position? If so, why should he wait for a meeting, when he knows that he cannot drag himself down to the requisite level? Mystery : Thy name is the Master. 

composed by- Kinkar Bhumananda Ji.

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A BRIEF SKETCH OF THAKUR'S LEELA

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Birth Place : Keota Village ( Maternal Uncle's residence ), Hooghly district, West Bengal 
Birth Information: 6th Falgun, 1298 (English1892), Krishna Panchami Tithi, Wednesday, at 8:01 am 
Parents: Sri Pranhari Chatopadhyay (Father) 

Smt.Mallabati Devi (Mother), Second Mother- Giribala devi 

Ancestral home : 'Sri Brajanath Niketan ', Dumurdaha Village, Hooghly district, West Bengal. 

Shiva Darshan in childhood: while lying down with his father at 'Brajanath Niketan' when he was 6 years old. 

Guru : Sri Dasarathidev Yogeswar of Digsui Village. 

Marriage : With Siddheswari Devi (Who was introduced by Thakur as our 'Kamala - Ma' ) 

Stages of Spiritual Journey :

  • Shiv- Darshan again at 27 years, when the Divine-Mother took Thakur's soul in Her lap and uttered 'Ishta-mantra'.
  • Vision of past-life ( a renowned Kali-sadhak ) on Saraswati Puja at Digsui.
  • Ultimate spiritual attainment On Dol Purnima at Brajanath-Niketan, Dumurdaha.
  • 'Ishta Darshan' -to Kamala- Ma, Gurudev and Guru-Mata at Digsui.
  • Showing 'Vishwa-rup'( Universal divine form ) to his Gurudev.


  • Leela as householder : After being forced to marry because of His Guru's command,resolve to be an ideal householder, had two sons and one daughter. Later, completion of worldly leela of Kamala-Ma, followed by demise of younger son. Thereafter, Thakur formally took the 'dor kaupin, got the Name of 'Omkarnath'. Divine instruction & Nam-prachar leela : Vision & instruction ('"Go & spread Naam") by Lord Jagannath at Puri, followed by wide-spread preaching of Naam-Sankirtan. 

    As Guru : Gave spiritual initiation to millions of devotees, founded numerous ashrams, wrote more than 200 spiritual books. Thakur's Guru-shakti gave shelter to one and all-- men and women, familymen and saints, virtuous and sinner, rich and poor, Indians and foreigners ...no one was deprived. Thakur was revered by contemporary saints like Brahmavid Mahatma Jagadguru Shankaracharya Bharatkrishna Tirtha [Puri], Sri Shankarananda Sarawati [Bithur], Jagadguru Abhinav Vidyatirtha [Shringeri], Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati [Kanchi Peeth], Jagadguru Shankaracharya Niranjan Devtirtha [Puri], Swami Karpatri Ji Maharaj [Kashi], Ma Ananadamayi, revered Jagadgurus of Ramanujacharya order, Dandiswami Jagannath Ashram and Dandiswami Hrishikesh Ashrampad [the previous and current Mohantas/ Head Priests of Tarakeshwar], Dr. Gopinath Kaviraj [the eminent Yogi and great soul], Srimat Mohananda Brahmachari Ji, Swami Chidananda Ji [President of 'The Divine Life Society'/ Shivananda Mission], Sri Dongre Ji [emninent Bhagavat narrator], Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachari Ji, and others. Many prominent personalities from all sectors of society had taken the shelter of Sri Sri Thakur, besides the numerous commoners from all over the country, and also from abroad. 

    Leela completion: Completion of worldly leela on 19th Agrahayan,1389 ( Eng. 1982 ) at 1:20 am.
 
THE DIVINE PROPHESY 

Once, when Thakur was at Neelachal with a handful of disciples, a resident of Cuttack [Manmohan Chintak] was found distributing leaflets , he was the first person to reveal the prophesy to Thakur. Thakur had become 'still' for sometime after hearing it. In the outskirts of ancient city of Cuttack..in the village of Kalia-Bonda...on the banks of river Mahanadi...is an ancient Temple called Aankara Mutt...a monestary setup by Swami Achtyananda ...one of the Pancha-Sakhas of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.The manuscript was there. Bhujen Sarkar, Superintendent of Police , Orissa, went to see the manuscript, and got the text translated by Artyaballav Mohanty, a historian of Ravenshaw college.. Later, Thakur Himself went to see the manuscripts. These are rewritten on palm leaves every 200 yrs, as these manuscripts are fragile and not longlasting. [Thakur had seen the 3rd rewritten version of original approx500yr old manuscript]. 

" Listen to me again, oh you devotees of Krishna. In the district of Hoogly, A bhakta will be born in the family of devotees of KRISHNA. He will be known as a Bengalee because of his birth in Bengal[in the Northern side of Orissa]. He will be vastly learned and attain to full knowledge of the Supreme and will be known as belonging to the Sri Sampradaya of the Ramahuti order. The cult of Sri Sampradaya of the Rama-huti order will be his daily practices. Vast will be his knowledge, meditation and learning. His disciples will number more than a thousand. Of them about three hundred will excel in knowledge and learning. He will wander about from place to place to disseminate Dharma. Many will receive from him essence of truth. He will be dear to Sri Sri JagannathDev. He will be known to a good many wise men. As a householder, he will be known as Prabodh Chandra Mukhopadhyaya [Mukhopadhay was surname of Thakur's Guru, and disciple was often called by Guru's surname in Orissa cult]. From very early childhood, he will possess knowledge as well as an attitude of non-attachment. At the second stage of life, he will have one leg weak. 

Wait, ye, for the advent of the Lord. In him will the Lord incarnate Himself. He will come on a visit to Niladrinath and his identity gets revealed. He will have many disciples with him and he will be forever wandering."
 

 

THAKUR SITARAMDAS OMKARNATH

The Saint of Dumurdaha

To us in India one eternal enigma is India herself, this young old country which is as old as the hills and fresh as the morning dew.
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