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

Sri Sri Thakur

 
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. 

The saint of Dumurdaha
by
Srimad Bhumananda Dev
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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."
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Messages 

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.
 
THAKUR USED TO STATE WITH AN INNOCENT SMILE THAT HE HASN'T LEARNT HOW TO CURE DISEASES, MAKE PROPHESY OR TO REVIVE DEAD. HOWEVER MIRACLES USED TO OCCUR AROUND HIM AS SPONTANEOUSLY AS BREATHING. HE USED TO SEE THESE CALMLY AND RENDER ALL RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE GLORY OF NAAM OR HIS GURUDEV. HOWEVER, HIS INNUMERABLE EXPRESSIONS OF GRACE, WHICH SEEM UNBELIEVABLE TO WORLDLY EYES, HAVE ENHANCED OUR BELIEF & DEVOTION... LIBERATING DEVOTEES FROM SPIRITUAL & MUNDANE ADVERSITIES. 

The inexplicable enigmas of Thakur have been manifested long before HIS arrival. Achyutananda, one of Mahaprabhu's pancha sakha. had prophessed more than 400 yrs before Thakur's birth-- Lord reappear on this earth..in the westbank of the Ganges in Hoogly ...in the name of Probod Chandra..whose Charan will be stiffened..who will carry his Guru-Paduka as a constant wear..who will come and propogate the Holy Naam in the streets of Puri. .he will command a hundred thousand devotees...on his arrival to Sreekhetra....do please take him down to this Ashram at Cuttak....and make him deliver the Purnahuti of a few century long Akhand Naam Yagna..'... The prophesy concludes- 'Prabhuka udeku thibusi chahi, punah asibe Probhu narotonu bahi' [LORD will come . Devotees, wait for HIS arrival. LORD will come again in human form]... 

An incarnation foretold by Achyutananda had embodied Himself as Namavatar and had performed [and is still performing] countless leelas-- 

Thakur had revived Sri. Padmalochan Mukherjee from the jaws of death at Calcutta Medical College ... this incident had become the headlines in news papers. The declaration of the attending nurse is given below: '' I am Sister.G.Wood,attached to Noronha's Beaureau of 25 Ripon Street,Calcutta-16. I came on a case in cabin 4MLS Ward M.C.Hospital on last sunday 11th May at quarter to eight in the morning, The patient was suffering from portal cirrhosis plus haematemesis with malaena.the patient was in a dying condition. When I came,the doctor had given him only two hours to live and another doctor four hours. 

At about 10 o'clock , the patient after receiving aminophylline injection through drip i.v.,worked into a convulsion and then was dead for ten munites. I informed the doctor,i called the doctor, but till the doctor was coming,his Guru arrived. GurudevOmkarnath Baba arrived and i told him, 'you are too late,the man is dead.' And he showed me his closed fist and he said, 'no,he is here.' And he walked into the room amd immediately touched the chest of the patient, and the patient revived, and his breathing was shallow and that too it was rapid at 52 to the minute, and the pulse was 152 to the minute. 

Q-How are you treating him now? ANS- I am treating him with something not from this world at all.... As Christ was,he is the second. this is one miracle i have seen with my own eyes. 'THE DEAD ARISEN'. The patient involved is MR.Padmalochan Mukherjee of Bally. Even DR. PROF.L.B. Bannerjee and his senior H.P. DR. Bimal Bhowmik all confirm that 'it is a miracle'. .......my patient is now eating everything,standing,sitting and able to help himself in many ways,where last sunday we had no hope at all. /-sd [sr. SISTER] G.WOOD,HOLLAND, 19.5.68.'' 

Once a person brought his only son, who was suffering from double Pneumonia, to the feet of the Master and sought his help, as he was too poor for meeting the expenditure on his treatment and that Doctors also had told him that his child would not survive. Master asked him to recite the Name of the Lord and touched the child, which cured him, but brought the disease upon the Master. The child went home cured by the miraculous feat of the Master, but the Master was left lying in the bed for two weeks with double Pneumonia. 

In another incident, a panel of eminent Doctors, who were either his disciples or admirers and who were regularly examining him, discovered in an X-ray, that the Master had large patches of T.B. in both the lungs. They had examined him two months earlier and had found that the lungs were clear. They could not understand as to how this disease could attack the Master so extensively, within two months. In their natural anxiety they advised him to take complete rest and prescribed appropriate drugs, to which the Master said: "Can this treatment be postponed by one week? During this week, I shall try to clear it myself by meditation. If in a week's time, you find that the disease still persists, you can start your treatment". The Doctors agreed, but they were certain that no amount of meditation could cure T.B. A week later, the X-Ray showed that both the lungs were clear to the astonishment of these eminent physicians. All that they could say was that he was beyond their comprehension. It was obvious that the Master had absorbed the disease of a disciple and he had cleared it by meditation. 

Sri R. Anjeneyulu has written somewhere "I was doing Japa on the day following that of initiation from Sri Guruji when a Flood of Light emanated from my forehead and in that I saw my Ist. From that time I derive immense anandam during Japa". 

And after one year of this experience another incident accrues, Sri R.Anjeneyulu wrote "Sri Guruji came here and touched my head when I was doing Japa. At once my Ista smiling and surrounded by divine light stood before me. Words fail to describe my Ista's appearance and the experience I had on this occasion". 

In yet another incident, one of his disciples narrated that his wife was chronically ill and bed ridden for years, during which time, medical treatment had failed to help her and that she was on the brink of death. In a desperate effort, he went to the local village temple to pray. On the way he was intently thinking of the Master, perhaps for the first time, as all his efforts had failed. On reaching the temple he found that it was locked and that the priest was no where to be found. When he was helplessly crying at the temple door, someone touched him and when he opened his eyes, he saw the Master standing close by. The Master asked his disciple to take him to his house in the village. The disciple was extremely grateful to his Master for arriving in the nick of time to save his wife and led him to his village. On the way, there was a big lake and the disciple walked straight into the water and would have been drowned, had he not been saved by some villagers, who saw him walking into the lake so recklessly. He talked of his Master who was following him, but nobody could see him. His story of leading the Master to his village through the lake made others think that he had gone made. Everybody sympathized with him because of his wife's sickness and his own poverty and assumed that his distress had caused mental imbalance in him and took him to his residence. They were also amazed to find his wife standing outside the house, while a few minutes earlier she was unable to move from her bed. She was looking for a Sadhu, who, she said, had come into their house asking for alms, which she had given after getting up from her bed with great difficulty. Immediately afterwards, the Sadhu had left. She had never met him earlier, but her description of Sadhu was exactly like that of Master. But where had he gone? Having met both husband and the wife separately, the proof of his physical presence was unmistakable. As an irrefutable proof, the ailing woman had left her bed and appeared fully recovered. All of them were wondering about the powers of his Master, who was perhaps hundreds of miles away from them at that time. 

In yet another case, a retired I.G. of Police has confirmed that he was suffering from Hernia for seven years and one day when the Master jokingly caught hold of his hand and gave a sudden jerk, his Hernia disappeared. 

Smt Aditi Devi [a related Grand daughter of Rabindranath Tagore], resident of Santiniketan, had written- 'we were staying at Boro Akhra, Nabadwip. where an elaborate Yagna was being conducted by Thakur [Omkarnathdev].... a large festival indeed.. on the 2nd day, Thakur was doing Paath [spiritual recital], and the Natmandir was filled with thousands of listeners... after about half an hour of recital, there was a flash of light, which moved over Thakur's face and torso from left to right. I thought that someone might be clicking a photo, but then I visualized an unworldly sight! Thakur's upper part was transformed into Four Armed Gauranga murti...! I thought that it must be my illusion, and rubbed my eyes several times, but I saw the same Sight everytime! ... Whenever whenever I contemplate that Image, my hairs stand on end..! 

Once a devotee plucked branches of 'bel' flowers of his garden, and took the bunch to his Gurudev -Thakur Sitaramdas Omkarnathdev. He sprinkled water at every station, trying to keep it fresh. On reaching the asraam, he heard that Thakur was in 'mauna',and wouldn't meet devotees. He kept the flowers near Thakur's room,and kept weeping.He thought that why Thakur will not accept that flowers he had brought with care.The bunch got covered with sweets and garlands brought by other devotees. Thakur suddenly came out, removed the other items, took the bunch of 'bel' flowers, and went into His room again. such is Thakur's grace, He always responds to earnest call of devotees. 

Bhadreswar Asram has a sweet history, which is love to repeat! At the beginning of Bhadreswar asram construction,the residents had received a news that Thakur would come next morning to do 'bheet-puja' [puja at the base for construction]..... they were all astonished, telephone facility wasnt there, and they didnot know what to arrange. After enqiring from others, they came to know that some sand, cement and bricks had to be bought. Money was scarce, and the shopkeeper said that there was no small sales, a full sack of cement was rather too costly. So, they gathered some cement and sand from a neighbour's construction-site, and few bricks from a brother's shop. When Thakur came next morning, they received Him with a smile- 'Baba, everything is ready'. Thakur observed the items with a smile and exclaimed- 'E to sob chorai maal!' ['oh!all these are stolen items.'] this humorous remark indicates the Omniscient swarup of our beloved Master... 

Kinkar Sevananda, an intimate sevak of Sri Sri Thakur, has encountered many divine incidents while accompanying Thakur. Here is a recollection from his early days- Sevanandaji was returning to his village after seeing Thakur. A senior neighbour, Aditya De scolded him, telling him not to go to saints. these sadhus are frauds. Kirtan groups are like flock of jackals, shouting behind the leader.. etc etc.. Sevanandaji was very much hurt. Later, when Sevanandaji told Thakur about this ridicule, Thakur started laughing aloud. Thakur instructed him to send 'Abhay vani', 'Sudhar dhara' and some books through parcel to the address of Aditya De. Then started Thakur's invisible leela. Aditya De used to remain in a pensive mood, he once 'saw' Thakur playing sitar,. once he dreamt that Thakur is coming in a bullock cart, and took him in the cart when he offered pranam. Just few days after this dream, it all came true. He saw Thakur coming in a cart.. the same scene of the dream. Thakur called him and took him in the cart. Aditya De prayed for diksha, and his wish was fulfilled on that day itself~! 

Smt. Navaneeta Devsen, well-known professor at the Jadavpur university and a writer, has given a thrilling account of how Sitarambrought her father, the renowned poet Naren Dev, from the jaws of death in the article 'Karuna tomar kon path diye' (To how many paths does your compassion extend!) in 'Desh' journal: "At that time my father was eighty-one years of age. Suddenly he got a stroke of coronary plus cerebral thrombosis. My father's blood sugar was also quite high; he was lying inert in coma for twelve full days. The left side of the body had been paralyzed; the left hand had been numbed. There was no possibility of survival. There was an oxygen tube in the nose, glucose was being pumped up through the hand and there was one more needle for some other medicine. The Fowler's bed made of iron had been ordered. Two senior nurses had been posted on duty for day and night. I flew from Delhi and reached. Everybody was quite sad at heart. Just then Sitaramdas Omkarnath, who was like a sannyasi- friend of my father, came to know that my father was on deathbed. The author of 'Nirakshar' and a childhood friend of my father Charandas Ghosh was a classmate of Sitaram - it was through him that he knew my father. Hearing of my father's illness, one day Sitaram came to see him. Thakur Sitaramdas Omkarnath was always surrounded by Ram Naam. So when he came to the hospital, a group of disciples who sang Naam Samkirtan followed him. I, who am a great sinner, heard the Samkirtan and ran; I entreated: "Thakur! Though my father is unconscious, he must be conscious somewhere deep down, but if he hears Hari Naam there is a possibility he might die from fear. One hears; in order to recover from disease it is extremely necessary to have the self-confidence to fight the disease and live. If my father hears Hari Naam he will think his time is up. Therefore please don't stop the struggle that is in him. Stop Naam Kirtan!" Omkarnath Thakur smiled and said, "Let the singing of Naam go on down there. Come, I shall come up alone." My father's eyes were closed. The doors and windows were closed! It was summer. Eleven in the morning! One electric bulb was on. The quarrelsome nurse wasn't allowing anyone in: 'Visitors not allowed.' We requested the nurse to go out - she refused! She had already warned, "Until the doctor comes you cannot feed the patient any prasad etc." She was scared seeing the sadhu baba. She probably thought; 'Now he will perform some mantra tantra and get the patient to drink the washing off his feet and do such other (ridiculous) things.' Sitaram went to my father and bent down. He fondly caressed his forehead and called out, "Naren! Naren! Naren! What's the matter, brother?" The eyes that had been closed for twelve long days suddenly showed signs of animation -the eyelids trembled. My mother, my aunt, the nurse and I looked on nonplussed -my father had opened his eyes and he was looking at us. Red, blazing eyes -red as blood! As such there was no focus in the direction of his sight; even then he looked at Omkarnath who stood on the side. "How are you brother?" asked Omkarnath, laughing and in tones of notorious mongering. What a surprise! My father's lips moved. He said casually but in indistinct tones, "I am exactly the way you have kept me. How else, I say?" Omkarnath broke into laughter, "Ah! Back to your pranks? Not now! When you get well and stand up I will check you out!" My father became quiet. Sitaram consoled me: "Don't worry! Your father will get up after three or four days." Then, offering a namaskara, he went away. Hari Naam Samkirtan assumed a greater momentum. 

My father was not an initiate; he wasn't even a devotee in that sense of the word. His human relationships were extremely heartfelt, very fond and affable! Omkarnath Thakur indeed went away but the nurse was perturbed. She had never seen anyone effortlessly call back a patient from twelve days of coma. I don't know how Sitaram Thakur divined it, but my father became fully conscious within four days. What's more, there was movement in the left hand and foot that had been crippled for fifteen days. My father started going to the bathroom unassisted. Dr. Shailen Sen said: "This is a medical miracle! With pure will power he has made the impossible possible." That Indian nurse was however completely overwhelmed. If she had not been in the room at that time God knows if the doctor had believed us. One never heard of Sitaram working out any charms or magical spells. Besides, whatever had happened was not a medical miracle. I think Thakur had spoken in the most ordinary way to my father. He had merely awakened the latent consciousness that lay deep down even in the state of coma. This is not too difficult a job for the yogis and sannyasis. My father lived for two years after this; he walked about in perfect health, climbed up and down the four floors of the house - everything was normal. When we told him about this incidence after he returned to consciousness, he said, "Yes, I remember, Sitaram had come!" Chronicled by Kinkar Vitthal Ramanuja 

Once, Thakur Sitaramdas Omkarnath went to Lavkush Asram, Bithur. A group of dogs came and surrounded Him lovingly, and was sniffing and squeaking with endearing submissive attitude. Thakur stared at them and said- 'What will I do? You all have acquired the body of dogs [Kukur yoni] because of your previous life's misdeeds. I can only give you Prasadam.' Thakur took a piece of paper, and wrote- 'Oh My Kukur Babas, you and your associates are all being invited to my Ashram tomorrow for Prasadam at noon time.' Thakur tied a string to the paper and garlanded it on the neck of a dog. A strange incident occurred next day. Many dogs came to the Lavkush asram at noon time. As per Thakur's instruction, enormous quantity of Khichri prasadam had been cooked. Thakur said- 'the Khichri should be fanned and cooled before serving, as hot food may hurt the tender tongue of dogs.' Thakur told the stray dogs to take their seats, and the dogs took their positions in lines. Prasadam was served in small clay containers, and the dogs relished the feast. Thakur said- 'those who want to eat more will remain in their seats, others may move aside', and astonishingly, many dogs took a 'repeat serving' of the Prasadm. 

This incident happened like a miracle in front of numerous devotees, and the startling decorum and obedience of the dogs was nothing but a unique expression of His omnipresent charm. Thakur, in general, discouraged the practice of keeping pet dogs within the house, because Vedas have described dogs to be Tamasik creatures. But adherence to scriptures didn't prevent Him from showering His love on every creature, even the neglected stray dogs. His grace was a source of liberation from Prarabdhas and sufferings, and that overwhelming power even nourished the nonhuman beings. His mission of 'keho na rohibe khunno' [no one will be deprived], is explicit in this Leela amidst stray dogs. 

THAKUR'S Grace always dispelled the queries of sincere aspirants, and drenched the searching souls with eternal Nectar. Prof Amalendu Bhusan Bhattacharya, scientist of Delhi IIT, went to a religious gathering at Panchsheel Park, where Thakur Sitaramdas Omkarnath was giving Darsan to numerous devotees. Prof Bhattacharya went there as a critic, and not as an admirer. But on seeing Thakur, he felt an inner change, and thought that he had been waiting for Thakur throughout his life. When he went near Thakur, Thakur wrote on a piece of paper- 'Gurudev is acceptin you'. Later,at Hrisikes, he heard that Thakur was narrating different aspects of spiritual pursuit, including Naad upasana. The concept of Anahata Naad [spontaneous divine Sound] was absolutely weird to the Physics Scientist. Being an established researcher in Sound, the physicist was a bit annoyed at the 'unscientific' concept of inner music. Suddenly, the platform of his scientific studies was shaken by a strange experience, he started hearing 'hare krishna' mahamantra in various tunes. Prof Amalendu Bhusan Bhattacharya had written- 'I don't have the capacity to describe the melody of that Divine Sound. Each line was perfect and impressive and articulate.. each sound seemed to be a wave of the Eternal ocean of universe. All the sounds which I have heard till date seemed distorted and dry. the sounds of the world are connected with external ear and intellect, the Anahata Naad is connected with inner consciousness.' 

Thakur Sitaramdas Omkarnath had revealed His swarup to devotees and disciples on several occassions, most of which are hidden in the womb of Time. But some incidents have been revealed, and these drops of nectar help us to contemplate our Master's Identity. It helps us to relish the priviledge of having Lord as our eternal Guru... Once, Thakur went to the residential village of Kinkar Pranabananda.. crowd had gathered for Thakur's darsan. Thakur continued to render blessings till late night. Thereafter, everyone went to sleep. Only Pranabanandaji was awake. Thakur took a lantern and started to supervise, who was sleeping where, whether everyone had got proper opportunity to rest etc. When Thakur saw that Pranabananda was awake, He pulled him to a desolate corner. Thakur stood in front of His disciple, and Pranabananda visualized: the Four-Armed LORD is standing with Shanka Chakra Gada Padma. Pranabananda remined engrossed in this vision for quite sometime. The rest of the night was spent sleeplessly, and a strange gesture was noticed from next morning. Pranabananda was hugging every person he met, and was kissing everyone indiscriminately [because he was seeing Lord in all creations]- 'jotro jotro netro pore, totro totro Krishno sfure'. Thakur heard this, called Pranabananda, and said 'ohh.. have u lost control over yourself?' Thakur held Pranabananda's hair lovingly and shook his head. The Mahabhava was hidden, and Pranabanandaji was normalized. 

Sri Madhav Swamiji, used to recollect---- " I had the duty of cooking prasada everyday. As there was no fixed number of visitors and devotees, adequate quantity would be prepared. So,often the excess food had to be discarded into the Ganga. Oneday, Baba saw this and exclaimed-'so much food is wasted!' I said-' Baba , there is no other way. what to do?' Baba replied softly- ' do one thing. Everyday, ask me beforehand how many persons are going to come. Then cook accordingly.' Henceforth, I would ask Baba before cooking, and his prediction would be accurate. There was no excess or shortage thereafter.".... 

.....THAKUR's leela is still being manifested in Nitya leela. Just to mention a recent incident, a Dada had come to know about Thakur, and had started to love HIM. Oneday, he started having palpitition. The stressful condition continued, until THAKUR appeared... he heard THAKUR's sweet unworldly voice saying 'tui AMAR' [you are MINE]... He thereafter recovered rapidly, and got initiated in our Sampraday!!

 

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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