jueves, 29 de julio de 2010

Biography of Sri Sri Ram Das Babaji





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Rohan Shanti Shukla
Jai Jai Sri Radhey.....02 de agosto

अपनी महफ़िल से ऐसे न टालो मुझे
मैं तुम्हारा हूँ, तुम तो सँभालो मुझे

ज़िंदगी सब तुम्हारे भरम जी लिए
हो सके तो भरम से निकालो मुझे

मोतियों के सिवा कुछ नहीं पाओगे
जितना जी चाहे उतना खँगालो मुझे

मैं तो एहसास की एक कंदील हूँ
जब भी चाहो बुझा लो, जला लो मुझे

जिस्म तो ख़्वाब है, कल को मिट जाएगा
रूह कहने लगी है, बचा लो मुझे

फूल बन कर खिलूँगा, बिखर जाऊँगा
ख़ुशबुओं की तरह से बसा लो मुझे

दिल से गहरा न कोई समंदर मिला
देखना हो तो अपना बना लो मुझे....................
Añadida el 07 de agosto

नहीं मिलना तो भला याद भी आते क्यों हो
इस कमी का मुझे अहसास दिलाते क्यों हो

डर तुम्हें इतना भी क्या है कहो ज़माने का
रेत पर लिख के मेरा नाम मिटाते क्यों हो

दिल में चाहत है तो काँटों पे चला आएगा
आप पलकों को गलीचे-सा बिछाते क्यों हो

हम पर इतने किए उपकार सदा ये माना
हम को हर बार मगर आप गिनाते क्यों हो

यारी पिंजरे से ही कर ली है जब परिंदे ने
आसमाँ उसको खुला आप दिखाते क्यों हो

ज़िंदगी फूस का इक ढेर है इसमें आकर
आग तुम इश्क की सरकार लगाते क्यों हो

मुझको मालूम है दुश्मन नहीं हो दोस्त मेरे
मुझसे खंजर को बिना बात छिपाते क्यों हो

इश्क मरता नहीं ये हकीकत जानो
किसी मीरा को ज़हर आप पिलाते क्यों हो..................
किसी मीरा को ज़हर आप पिलाते क्यों हो..................
Añadida el 07 de agosto

वो जब अपनी खबर दे है
जहाँ भर का असर दे है

चुराकर कौन सूरज से
ये चंदा को नजर दे है

है मेरी प्यास का रुतबा
जो दरिया में लहर दे है

कहाँ है जख्म औ मालिक
यहाँ मरहम किधर दे है

रगों में गश्त कुछ दिन से
कोई आठों पहर दे है

जरा-सा मुस्कुरा कर वो
नयी मुझको उमर दे है......
Añadida el 09 de agosto ·

एक मुद्दत से हुये हैं वो हमारे यूँ तो
चाँद के साथ ही रहते हैं सितारे, यूँ तो

तू नहीं तो न शिकायत कोई, सच कहता हूँ
बिन तेरे वक्त ये गुजरे न गुजारे यूँ तो

राह में संग चलूँ ये न गवारा उसको
दूर रहकर वो करे खूब इशारे यूँ तो

नाम तेरा कभी आने न दिया होठों पर
हाँ, तेरे जिक्र से कुछ शेर सँवारे यूँ तो

तुम हमें चाहो न चाहो, ये तुम्हारी मर्जी
हमने साँसों को किया नाम तुम्हारे यूँ तो

ये अलग बात है तू हो नहीं पाया मेरा
हूँ युगों से तुझे आँखों में उतारे यूँ तो

साथ लहरों के गया छोड़ के तू साहिल को
अब भी जपते हैं तेरा नाम किनारे यूँ तो..........
Añadida el 09 de agosto

झुलाना झुलाये ब्रिज बाला संग मैं सखा गावाला
झूले नंदलाला झुलाये ब्रिज बाला संग मैं सखा गावाला....

झुलाना को किचे सब बाला, झुलाना छुहे आकाश सारा
झुलाना झुलाये ब्रिज बाला संग मैं सखा गावाला.....

रेशम की डोरी सोने की पालना
झूले श्री शामा जू और झुलावे नन्द नंदना

और संग मैं नाचे और गए नन्द नंदना
झुलाना झुलाये ब्रिज बाला संग मैं सखा गावाला.......

आरती उतारे ब्रिज बाला असंग मैं सखा गावाला
झूले नंदलाला झुलाये ब्रिज बाला संग मैं सखा गावाला

झूले नंदलाला झुलाये ब्रिज बाला संग मैं सखा गावाला......
Añadida el 09 de agosto

उसे अपने दिल में बसाओगे कैसे

हवाओं को कै़दी बनाओगे कैसे

नई शक्लो-सूरत तो ले आओगे तुम

मगर खुद को खुद से छुपाओगे कैसे

जो कल बात तुमने छुपाई थी मुझसे

वही आज मुझको बताओगे कैसे

उसे अपने दिल में बसाओगे कैसे............
Añadida el 10 de agosto

रोज़ का उसका आना-जाना

दर्द है अपना दोस्त पुराना।

जल्दी आना जल्दी से जाना
वही पुराना तेरा ठिकाना।

इसे गिराना उसे उठाना,
हमसे तो ये खेल हुआ ना।

यों लोगों का प्यार मिले तो
कैसा कमाना कैसा खाना।

कैसे चलती अदब से रोज़ी
हमसे अपना माल बिका ना।

मतलब के ही यार है दोनों
मेरा सिर और तेरा शाना।

समझदार खुद समझ ही लेंगे
नासमझों को क्या समझाना।................
Añadida el 10 de agosto


Biography of Sri Sri Ram Das Babaji

Brief Biography of Sidhdha Sripad 108 Ram Das Babaji Maharaja:

The history of mankind and civilization is like a flowing stream. When a stream gathers moss, it slowly and gradually, tends to lose its speed. When mankind is tortured and disintegrated by evil forces, like violence and hatred, by oppression of negative systems and exercise of ruthless power, the progression of civilization ceases and stands on the threshold of decadence. At these critical junctures, some MEN appear just to make all understand that the ultimate destiny if mankind is to become more humane. They save society from death by practicing sheer love for humanity, by repairing the framework of belief on humanity and by preaching and teaching unconditional surrender to the SUPREME conscience. Thus the stagnant stream is revived from its inertia and it starts flowing with full potentiality. These men are men extraordinary, such a man extraordinary was Sripad Ram Das Babaji Mahasaya.

Sripad 108 Ram Das Babaji Mahasaya His social welfare consciousness, superior mentality, sympathetic attitude, treatment of all beings with reverence, non-discrimination of all beings with reverence, non discrimination of lesser mortals, liberal humanity, unbiased and unmaliced thoughts and thinking, his utmost devotion not only amazes us but keep us dumbfounded too. It was evident from his demeanor that he perceived the entity of Nityananda in all worldly beings and vice versa.

In order to cleanse this world with his profound love, compassion and tears SriPad Ramdas Babaji Mahasaya appeared in this world on 22nd day of Chaitra 1283 B.S ( 4th April, 1877 Tuesday). He was born in the village of Kumarpur, dist. Faridpur, presently in Bangladesh. His father was Durga Charan Gupta and Mother Satyabhama Devi. That his greatness was preordained was evident at the time of his birth. Pervading the natural laws of birth he was born with his feet first, a clear indication of future things to happen. Named Radhika Tanjan Gupta by his parents, he was fond music and a sharp memory.

Since his birth he was initiated into the sacred task of serving others, especially the sick and infirm. While in this task he became oblivious of his own self. Balai Methua – a sweeper, a man of lower caste had contracted small pox – a deadly infectious disease at that time. But Radhika’s untiring nursing helped him to recover. In 1297 B.S (1891) he appeared in minor school examination and passed in the first division. An incident of that time needs special mention. At the age of eight he became acquainted with PRABHU JAGATBANDHU SUNDAR. In 1298 B.S (1892) with the overt instigation of then District Magistrate of Faridpur Mr. Herbert and Reverend Midi’s untiring efforts many of wild tribal people including santhals were to be converted into Christians. Upon hearing this BANDHUSUNDAR was much perturbed and confided with his dear Radhika. Their united efforts culminated in a 1 ½ mile long Sankirtan procession at the end of which the santhals and untouchables, neglected and despicable were all given shelter under Vaishnavism, which gave the hitherto unknown a new identity. For this action Radhika was given a dressing down to his home.

Forced by circumstances he had to stay in Barishal for some time. During this period he visited Pabna with BANDHUSUNDAR and came into contact with Dinabandhu Das Babaji, Haran Fakir, and Buro Shiv. It was Dinabandhu Das who christened young Radhika Ranjan to RAMDAS. Since then BANDHUSUNDAR used to address him as RAMI, RAMA and RAMDAS. Overwhelming Pabna with his Nagar Sankirtan he returned to his father's house in Faridpur. In 1300 B.S. (February, 1894) after taking permission from his mother he visited Nabadwip with BANDHUSUNDAR, a few days before Falguni purnima. He stayed at the Harisabha (Nitai Gaur Temple). Again he had the good fortune of coming into direct contact with Sri Nathuranath Padaratna, Sri Shitikantha Baachaspati, Sri Vijay Krishna Goswami, Sri Premananda Bharati, Sri Sachchidananda Swami, Sri Krishnananda Swami, and Sri Haribolananda Thakur etc.

Sri Sri Prabhu JagatBandhuSundar In 1301 B.S ( July 1894 ) a few days before Jhulan, under the guidance of BANDHUSUNDAR, RAMDAS arrived in Vrindavan with a single piece of cloth, Sri Naam mala, Karataal and Narottam Thakur's PRARTHANA. He was escorted from the station to old Sri Govinda Temple by dignified and venerable old lady. The following letter was written to BABAJI MAHASAYA prior to his departure to Vrindavan by BANDHUSUNDAR.

"Dear RAMDAS,

You will go to Vrindavan alone. A "BAIRAGI" travels alone. He does not wait, does not request and does not confront any body. He always perceives the plain simple truth. Out of Lord's bountiful divinity, six are outstanding. Of which "BAIRAGYA" is the Jewel in the crown. You have taken refuge in that "BAIRAGYA". Always be fearless and impartial. Try to beg for food from door to door as does a bee from flower to flower. Do not beg bulk at one place. Proceed first to the Old temple of Sri Govinda Jew. When the time comes you will know everything and meet me.

Yours,

Bandhu"

Next morning he met Sri Sachchidananda Swami - a disciple of Sri Vijay Krishna Goswami and started staying with him. BANDHUSUNDAR arrived on the Saptami of Saradiya Maha Puja. Through trials and tribulations, service and dedication, devotion and discipline, dissection of the inner self BANDHUSUNDAR helped RAMDAS to cross the bridge between this world and the transcendental. RAMDAS's wake up time was 3 A.M in the morning. Within one hour, after finishing his daily chores, he started "Naammaya Nagar Sankirtan", which was followed by bath and meditation. Meditation was followed by drinking a glass of juice of the Sephali flower with some cow dung. Pouring through sacred books till 10 A.M he went begging for daily prasad.

After finishing meal he again sat down to meditate which culminated in "PAATH" in the evening. At 6 P.M he used to leave for darshan. Upon returning he bathed and started his Japa - silent prayer on rosery till he fulfilled his requisite number. Rest at 12 p.m. that too, leaning against a wall in the seating posture, not laying down. In the words of Babaji Maharaja "An affirmative sound after 12 p.m. from BANDHUSUNDAR indicating him to go to sleep. Another sound at 3 a.m., which meant it was time to get up and start again" Any lapse of this routine was met with strict remonstration. This regime brings light of two aspects. One, uninterrupted and continued "Bhajan", which is the word of Sri Rupa Goswami, are 'AbyarthaKalatbya' and two, unconditional and total surrender. During this time he met Sri Premananda Goswami of Sringar Bat, Raghunandan Goswami of Purana Sahar, Sidhdha Mahatma Sidhdha Balaram Das Baba of suryakunda, Sidhdha Nityananda Das Baba, Srimat Madhusudan Goswamiji - Sevait of Sri Radharam Temple. He learnt to play Mridanga - percussion instrument under the tutelage of Ramanandasji of Lalita Kunda. He stayed for 9 months in Vrindavan. For three months he accompanied BANDHUSUNDAR and rest six month was spent in meeting Sri VIJAYA KRISHNA GOSWAMI a second time, Sri Aswini Kr. Dutta who penned "Bhakti Yoga" and Hari Sundar Bhnuiya. During this time Babaji Mahasaya's father and mother came to Vrindavana, and while they were returning to Kashi they took RAMDAS along with them. Upon hearing this BANDHUSUNDAR was so apprehensive that RAMDAS may join his family, he fasted for several days. Of course, RAMDAS came early from Kashi to Vrindavan. Under instruction from BANDHUSUNDAR, RAMDAS arrived at Calcutta in 1302 B.S (May 1895). BANDHUSUNDAR has already informed his associates in Calcutta that he was bringing an excellent sapling of "Hari Naam" well nourished by the air and water of Vrindavan. It had become all proof, meaning the sapling could weather the severest tests.

Babaji Mahasaya at his younger ageIn the meantime RAMDAS was initiated into Mahamantra by Srimat Bhairab Chandra Goswami of Singur. RAMDAS was warned by his GURU - “Be careful - in the path of Salvation you will come across three persons - Vanity, Pride and Malice. Keep away from them. He left for Navadwip on foot via Panihati. In Nabadwip he met SRI RADHARAMAN CHARANDAS DEV (BARA BABAJI MAHASAYA) with the help and mediation of Sri Nabadwip chandra das. RAMDAS enchanted everybody with his Naam Sankirtan in Nabadwip. He then accompanied Sri Radharaman to Calcutta, which was reeling under the epidemic of plague. All medical efforts to stem the plague were proving futile. On reaching Calcutta they found that the only solution was NAAM SANKIRTAN and RAMDAS with SRI RADHARAMAN DEV took the streets of Calcutta with thousands of devotees. This onslaught proved too much for the epidemic and it gradually subsided. People were not only saved and relieved but indiscriminately they took refuge in Sankirtan.

In the meantime he went to Faridpur and received the permission from BANDHUSUNDAR to get MANTRADIKSHA from Sri RADHARAMAN DEV and stay with him. RAMDAS's life was first moulded by BANDHUSUNDAR, then he was initiated in Mahamantra by Srimat Bhairab Chandra Goswami and finally he got MANTRADIKSHA from Sri RADHARAMAN Dev. His life now was full to its brim as he finally found the shelter which he was looking for long. On seeing RADHARAMAN DEV, word of BANDHUSUNDAR comes into his mind which, "He is the highest Human, who feeds others first before feeding himself". He found in RADHARAMAN that human being who is always looking for absolute well being of common people, bringing them unto the fold of NITAI GAUR RADHEY SHYAM. RAMDAS accompanied SRI RADHARAMAN Dev to Panihati Dand Mahotsav and Ratha Yatra in puri. RAMDAS now became a shadow of SRI RADHARAMAN DEV till the day he breathed last. To RAMDAS, the order, encouragement and the desire of Sri RADHARAMAN became the constitution and more sacred than the sacred text. Sri Radharaman Dev has chosen the right soul and prepared and nourished him for the salvation and deliverance of human race. His life became the beacon of light and a mere glance of his daily life will give us a clear picture of Mahaprabhu's preaching’s. The legendary BABAJI MAHASAYA was personification of Sri GAURANGA's "SIKSHA ASTAKA".

In keeping with his motto of life the "Radharaman Sevasram" was established in 1318 B.S (1912). After visiting the Ashram, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose himself wrote “Today on visiting Radharaman Sevasram of Nabadwip, I am much delighted. I have gained much satisfaction on seeing it personally. This social welfare is indeed very pious. Those who have vowed to do this social service and those who patronize this institution are indeed blessed. I pray to God for the development of this institution." Yours, Sri Subhas Chandra Bose. Nabadwip - 13/6/1928. While in Cuttack, Netaji used to call upon BABAJI MAHASAYA quite often. Babaji's advice to him was “In order to be good leader one has to be a good servant" He also told Netaji to regularly pay homage to his father and mother and to keep a strict vigil on abstinence.

Babaji Mahasaya at his younger ageWhen the world is busy with self proclaim, BABAJI MAHASAYA's humility at times becomes difficult to comprehend. At that time the Head of the department of Bengali Language and Literature of Calcutta University was Tagore Professor, Rai Bahadur Khagendra Nath Mitra. He expressed his desire to felicitate BABAJI MAHASAYA at the Calcutta University Institute Hall and all the necessary preparations were over. But BABAJI MAHASAYA refused. He called his learned disciples and said "Even though you want to dress me up as God, I categorically refuse to do so". He did not attend the occasion inspite of requests from personalities like poet Kalidas Roy, Kumud Ranjan Mullick, renowned journalist Sri Hemendra Prasad Ghosh, Sri Narendra Deb, Dr. Srikumar Bandyapadhyaya, Litterateur Annadasankar Roy ( His mother and father was disciple of BABAJI MAHASAYA), Sri Kalidas Nag, Prof. Dr. RadhaGovinda Nath ( famous Gaudiya Vaishanava scholar and devotee) and Sri HareKrishna Mukhopadhyaya. He abhorred honour and glory as laid down by the associates of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. In his character virtuous men found Loknath's abhorrence of reputation, Sri Rupa's ability to reclaim extinct places of pilgrimage, Raghunath Bhatta's Bhagwat life, Sri Jiva's firm self belief, Gopal Bhatta's ability to serve without questioning and above all Sri Raghunath Das Goswami Pada's faithful adherence, enlightened austere practices and astute self dedication. Chote Lala of Sri Vrindaban had rightly said that the six Goswami's have been truly reflected in RAMDADA.

He found no pleasure in building new Maths and Temples. To him, reclamation of extinct and long forgotten places of pilgrimage was more important. This list is long and as follows:

1) Madhaitala - In Katwa in the district of Burdwan. The SADHAN PEETH (Place of Sadhana) and burial place of Madhai of JAGAI MADHAI fame.

2) Sri Pathbari - In Baranagore. The Habitat of Sri Raghunath Bhagawat Acharya , a close associate of MAHAPRABHU.

3) The Tomb of Sri Haridas Thakur, Puri - In Puri Dham the place where Haridas Thakur was buried.

4) Aantisara - Sripat of Sri Ananta Acharya, a close associate of Sri Chaitanya.

5) Sri Radhakanta Math - Alias Jhanjhoitha Math in Puri Dham. Narattam Thakur's BHAJAN PEETH in Puri.

6) Kunja Math - The able governance of this old and dilapidated temple by BABAJI MAHASAYA.

7) Sri Radha Raman Bag ( Samaj Bari ) - Nabadwip

8) Nitai Gauranga Math - Bangali Sahi Cuttack

9) Sri Krishna Chaitanya Sanatan Siksha Sanga - Varansi

10) Jatan Bar - Varansi

11) Govind Kunda Asram - Sri Vrindaban Dham ( Chaitanya Tila)

12) Aitota Math - Puri

13) Old Jagannatha Math - On the bank of river Ganges in Chandannagore ( Hoogly, West Bengal)

14) Akaihat Temple and Nupur Kund - Sri Pat of Kala Krishna Das Thakur. One of the venerable twelve close associates of MAHAPRABHU.

15) Bisramtali Math and RajuTali Math ( Birbhum, West Bengal).

16) Kirnahar - Sri Pat of Chandidas , the great Vaishnava Poet,

17) Nityananda Asram - Bankura ( West Bengal)

18) Nitai Gaur Ashram - Chandrokona; Midnapore ( West Bengal)

19) Nrisingha Temple - Nabadwip Nadiya ( West Bengal)

Other than these he had instituted few Maths and Seva Centers in Orissa. They include Sri Sri Nityananda Asram of Raghunathpur and Jagatsinghpur, Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga Math in Kapileswar where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stayed for day and a temple in Talcher. Sri Radharaman Charan Das Dev had ordered BABAJI MAHASAYA to concentrate in Calcutta and spread the Naam from Calcutta.. The whole world would get aware by it. Keeping this in mind BABAJI MAHASAYA concentrated in bringing back to life the long forgotten Lilas of Mahaprabhu and his associates through soul wrenching Kirtans. People came to know many unknown facts and they were awe struck. It was difficult to believe but Lilas took a concrete shape through his Kirtan. A few of the Kirtan are given below:

1) Meeting of the people from Gaud Mandal ( Bengal) with Mahaprabhu.

2) The Jhali Samarpan at the residence of Mahaprabhu at Gambhira by Raghav & Sridhar Pandit.

3) The cleansing of Gundicha temple one day before of Rathyatra.

4) The bath at Indradyumna Lake and Prasad distribution at Aitota.

5) Sankirtan preceding the Rath/chariot of Jagannath.

6) Utsav of Tota Gopinath with rice ( 6 see and 1 poa ) brought from Gaud Mondol ( Bengal) by Sri Sri Nityananda Prabhu.

7) The merging of Mahaprabhu into the entity of Sri Radha and performing Kirtan before the gates of Gundicha Temple.

8) Lamentation before Jagannatha.

9) Haridas Narayan Kirtan – from the passing away of Haridas Thakur till his Utsav.

10) The advent of Mahaprabhu at Panihati, Baranagar, Ramkeli, Antisara, Chatra Bhog, Kumarhatta ( Chaitanya Doba)

11) Vrindaban Parikrama by Mahaprabhu on the night of RAASPURNIMA.

12) DandoMohatsav by Sri Nityananda Mahaprabhu at Panihati.

Starting from Khardah – SriKhanda, Budhuri, Kheturi, Bankura, large areas of Orissa, nearly the whole of North India, Madras, Gujrat, Bombay, Patna, Dumka, Munger, Assam BABAJI MAHASAYA traveled with the sole intention of giving the people around him the Divine taste of Naam Sankirtan. He traversed India from Himalaya to Kanyakumarika. In 1318 B.S ( Sept 1911 ) during the month of Bhadra, Babaji Mahasaya went to Madras and upto Rameswaram ( Setu Bandha ) with one hundred of disciples for one month. In 1321 ( October 1914) he started the “Gour Aagamanotsav” at Panihati – signifying the advent of Mahaprabhu at Panihati.

In 1339 ( 1932-1933) BABAJI MAHASAYA was in Munger to attend a conference of Vaishnavas. The conference started on 12 Poush, Thursday ( 29th Dec, 1932 ) BABAJI MAHASAYA was here on invitation from Maharaja Raghunanadan Prasad Singh. Also present was Krishnaprema Maharaj, originally from Scotland. Prior to his DIKSHA he was known as Ronal H. Nixon, M.A (Oxford). In India he came in contact with Sri Janendra Nath Chakraborty, Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University and his wife Jasoda Mai. It was from Jasoda Mai that he got DIKSHA and direction of the path to Bhakti. On 29th Dec 1932 at around 12 noon, Sri Krishnapremaji delivered a lecture on “SIKSHA-ASTAKA” in the presence of about 10,000 devotees. The next day he called upon BABAJI MAHASAYA for darshan. Mahatma Gauranga Das Babaji ( Disciple of Babaji MAHASAYA and DIKSHA GURUDEV of Sri O.B.L Kapoor ) , who was at the side of BABAJI MAHASAYA remarked “This is my BABA MAHARAJ”. Instantly Krishnapremaji fell at BABAJI MAHASAYA’s feet- his face was flushed red for some time.

After spending couple of days in a divine association of BABAJI MAHARAJA, at the time of departure Krishnapremaji fell at BABAJI MAHASAYA’s feet like a felled tree. BABAJI MAHASAYA did an encore. He then told all around him that, much could not be expected from the people of our country. People would believe foreigners. One must be born in a foreign land. This is HIS wish, otherwise how could such things happen? Then he asked his companion –“What do you imbibe from him?”. BABAJI MAHASAYA himself replied “Seeing him one enjoys the all encompassing mercy of Sri Nitaichand and one is reminded of Mahaprabhu’s Saying – “ Prithibite Jato Achey Nagaradi Gram | Sarbotro prachar hobey more nam”.

Babaji MahasayaThe Year 1340 B.S ( 1933 – 1934 ) saw the foundation of Sri Gouranga Grantha Mandir at Sri Path Bari on 15th Jasistha – Monday ( 29th May 1933 ) – 9:30 AM by Nityanada Vamsha Prabhupada Srimat Atul Krishna Goswami Prabhuji. Previously Maitra Mahasaya of Baharampur had donated around one thousand five hundred handwritten ancient manuscripts. Now Sri Amulya Dhan Roy Bhatta of Panihati, disciple of Sri Radharaman Dev donated his life long priceless collections. They included more than two thousand ancient manuscripts, pictures, momento's of great men, soil and water of various Tirthas, idols, ancient terracotta & sculptures, handwritings of Vidyapati, Chandidas, Sri Gouranga and Sri Nityananda Mahaprabhu, manuscripts of texts written by great saints including Sri Rupa Goswamiji, articles of daily use of great saints, ancient legal documents, Farmans and Hebanamas issued by Mughal empire to Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, etc. Till today they have been put up for exhibition to the common man. It was indeed Herculean effort on the part of BABAJI MAHASAYA. Now it is for the next generation to conserve these sacred documents.

In spite of all these, the year 1340 B.S ( 1933 - 1934 ) saw BABAJI MAHASAYA performing Sankirtan and Naam Yagna at one hundred and eight places in North India, East Bengal, Orissa , Howrah and Calcutta. This year also saw BABAJI MAHASAYA singing ANNAKUTA KIRTAN at Sri Path Bari on 4 Th Kartik - Friday ( 20th October, 1933 ) from 9 am to 11 a.m. In Vrindavan he sang Kirtan at the Bhajan Kutir of Sidhdha RamkrishnaDas Pandit Babaji Maharaj and Sidhdha Prankrishnadas baba of Kalidaha. In order to attend the Virahautsav ( disappearance festival) of Sidhdha Madhava Das Babaji, BABAJI MAHASAYA could not go to Srikhanda. The Suchaka Kirtan of Narahari Thakur was performed at Kanpur Kunja in Vrindaban. On 10 th Dec, 1933 BABAJI MAHASAYA rendered the Swapna Vilasa Kirtan at Nidhuvan - unique and unheard before. Strangely, the day before he was bed ridden with colic pain. Pandit Ramkrishna das baba gave the opinion that very few had entry into the realm of BABAJI MAHASAYA's kirtan.

Inspite of his illness in 1352 B.S ( 1945 - 1946 ) BABAJi MAHASAYA tried his level best to perform his duties. BABAJI MAHASAYA was in Srikhanda when on 18th November, 1946) Sakhi Rakurani ( Lalita Sakhi Dasi) of Radharaman Bag, Nabadwip left for her heavenly abode. It was so sudden that even a man of BABAJI MAHASAYA's stature could not foresee. He had remarked to his disciples that his whole life's liberation had become topsy turvy. The first Viraha Mahotsav of Sakhi Thakurani was held on 5th December, 1946. BABAJI MAHASAYA started performing his normal responsibilities towards Vaishnava Society, but it was becoming evident that the loss of Sakhi Thakurani was becoming increasingly difficult to bear. The loneliness took him to places deep in his thoughts.

In this was the years 1355 ( 1948 - 1949 ), 1356 ( 1949 - 1950), 1357( 1950-1951) , 1358 ( 1951 - 1952) & 1359 ( 1952 - 1953 ) B.S passed away. The year 1360 was the 100th year of auspicious Advent of Sri Sri Radharaman Dev. The Suchaka Kirtan of Narahari Thakur was solemnized at Pathbari on 3rd Dec, 1953 Thursday. The loss of separation and eagerness to meet was so aptly depicted in the Kirtan that no words could describe it. His mixed feelings were thus. When you held my hand in the form of Sri Guru, I have nothing more to expect. Naam and Naamdaata are not separate. Tie me up in your bonds of love. I have come to be tied by you. There is no distinction between Naam, Naami & Naamdaataa. That day BABAJI MAHASAYA was uncontrollable as he continued to gift gems of his wisdom to all present. The atmosphere was electric, and he ended the suchaka by emphasizing that Naam & Naamdaata are one and inseparable, hence we should chant Naam with utmost sincerity.

During this Kirtan amongst others was present Dr. Nalini Ranjan Sengupta - a Cardiologist of repute along with Dr. Santosh Kr. Das. He remarked to BABAJI MAHASAYA "you will be amongst us for atleast ten years". But his words proved to be futile as in the span of one day our respected revered and beloved BABAJI MAHASAYA left us for his heavenly abode to meet his dearest Sri Gurudev. That day was 4th December, 1953 Friday. BABAJI MAHASAYA had ended the day like any other day and went to his bed after completion of his daily Bhajan. At about 2:30 am at night he woke up and sat on his bed and called for his attendant. He told him " No more this time - Didi is calling me ( Nitya Lila Prabistha Lalita Sakhi Ma ) - I have to go. Call every body and bring my Thakur here." He got down from his bed and went to the toilet. After finishing his daily chores he returned and paid homage to all the photographs in his room. Then he sat on a chair and said " All is gone ! All is gone ! All of you chant Naam". Then in a deep-throated voice he uttered "BANDHU-SUNDAR ! BANDHUSUNDAR ! RADHARAMAN ! RADHARAMAN ! ". He said "Let me sit on the floor". After doing so, he started chanting -

"(Bhaja) Nitai Gour Radhe Shyam |

(Japa) Hare Krishna Hare Ram ||"

All around him joined in chanting. Tears started flowing in form of stream from his eyes. In the meantime the photographs worshipped daily by BABAJI MAHASAYA of His Sri Gurudev and Nitai - Gour were brought from Sri Mandir. BABAJI MAHASAYA gazed at them in reverie. Then in a booming voice, as if essence of his whole life's quest and its divine answer, sprang out from his within and burst into "Jay Nityananda Ram" that shook the entire Pathbari. Chanting Sri Naam continued. BABAJI MAHASAYA too was chanting Sri Naam. Then gradually his eyes closed and everything became motionless, as if tired boy, after his day, all done, entered into the realm of SRINAAM. As if Sri BABAJI MAHASAYA took his final refuge in Sri NAAM. A pall of gloom descended on the ascetic and social world. He was laid down at Sri Pathbari in his Bhajan Kutir.

Acknowledgement :

1) Charit Madhuri: Bengali Biography of Babaji Mahasaya published by Srimad 108 Madhusudan Das Babaji Maharaja, Mahant of Sri Pathbari Asram.

2) His Divine Grace : English Biography of Babaji Mahasaya published by Srimad 108 Jivsaran Das Babaji Maharaja. Mahanta of Sri Sri Nityananda Janmasthan , Ekachakra Birbhum. West Bengal .


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