SrimatSwami Nigamananda Saraswati Dev
Paramahansha Srimat Swami Nigamananda Saraswati Deva is able to assert the direct unmediated knowledge of the Absolute reality,
which is also identical with illuminated consciousness of the spiritual unity of man and universe,
is the core of all religious disciplines as understood by the Rushis, Santhas and Saints
who visualized the grave expression to the great truth co-eternal with
He has spread the gospel of Sanatana Dharma
throughout India. His ideological advice to followers is in the Vedantic doctrine of
and the path of devotion adopted by Sri Chaitanya Deva.
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Chronological Events of Shri Shri Thakur’s Life:
||On Thursday, 19th of August, at 2:00 AM, a son was born to Bhubanmohan Bhattacharya and Yogendramohini at Radhakantapur, the maternal home. The child was named Nalinikanta who in time became known as our beloved Shri Shri Thakur. It happened to be the auspicious day of Jhulan Purnima in the month of Shraban.
||At the age of nine, he saw Devi Durga in the form of a young girl with ten arms at the family Chandi Mandap near his home at Kutabpur.
Nalinikanta turns eleven, his father Bhubanmohan performed his Upanayan (the sacred thread ceremony) at Radhakantapur.
||At the age of twelve, Nalinikanta started visiting Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, a renowned literary figure of Bengal and engaged in many spiritual and intellectual discussions with him.
||His mother Yogendramohini passed away suffering from Asiatic Cholera.
||Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay passed away.
passing out from Dariapur Middle English School, Nalinikanta started
attending Meharpur High School.
||Nalinikanta went to Dhaka Survey School (renamed as Ahsanullah School of Engineering and
currently Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology).
||While still in Survey School, at the age of seventeen (16 years and 6 months) Nalinikanta got married to Sudhanshubala
(Rani), the daughter of late Baidyanath Mukhopadhyay of Halisahar, now in
||After two years of study in Dhaka Survey School, Nalinikanta taught for some time
at lower primary school at Kutabpur while waiting for a job outside. Around
the same time, he demonstrated his creative literary talents by writing
dramas like Shobha Bilap or Taranisen Badha, and Bhagabatir Nikah and poems like Marma Gatha and novels like Charubala.
||His novel Sudhansubala was written.
Nalinikanta got a job as an overseer in Dinajpur Distict Board.
||Nityananda Pustakalaya of Calcutta published Nalinikanta’s novel Sudhansubala. Nalinikanta got a respectable job as Supervisor at
Narayanpur in the estates of Krushna Pramada Dasi.
||One night, in the month of September around 9 PM, Sudhansubala took her last
breath and left the world.
At that moment, Nalinikanta was at work in Narayanpur attending to some urgent
papers. Around the time of his wife’s eternal departure, the lamp on the
table he was working on slowly became dim and he saw Sudhansubala standing by
the side of his table. Her complexion was radiant but her face was pale and
gloomy and she did not say anything. He got frightened and screamed. The
figure vanished leaving Nalinikanta disturbed over the event. He left for
Kutabpur as soon as he got leave from service and heard the sad news from
villagers on his way.
found out the details of his wife’s last moments and her last words for him.
Despite best efforts, he could not overcome his grief. In the following days,
he had glimpses of Sudhansubala’s astral figure twice, which left him
wondering about the existence of the soul after death.
asked his father to perform the Shradha
and left for Calcutta to attend an urgent case. During this period, one
night, Sudhansubala appeared before Nalinikanta in her astral form and
requested him to perform the Shradha.
The next morning, Nalinikanta made all arrangement for the Shradha and kept the articles liked by
her as offering. He then remembered Sudhansubala and waited for her to accept
the offerings. As time passed and Sudhansubala did not appear to take
offerings he got annoyed and then started taking the offering himself. At
that moment, Sudhansubala appeared again in her astral form and asked him to
refrain from eating because they were her left over.
repeated visions of his deceased wife, the belief in the existence of life
after death got firmly rooted in Nalinikanta’s mind.
repeated visions of his deceased wife, the belief in the existence of life
after death got firmly rooted in Nalinikanta’s mind.
Nalinikanta got transferred to Kumira.
his quest to get connected to his wife, Nalinikanta joined the Theosophical
Society in Calcutta and later travelled to the society headquarters at Adyar
near Madras (Chennai). After having learnt the techniques of attracting
souls, he got to hear his wife through a medium. He was not satisfied and
still had a lot of unanswered questions.
returned to his work at Kumira but kept an eye on any saints visiting Calcutta.
Around November-December 1901, he heard about Swami Purnananda, an
ex-professor who enjoyed a good deal of reputation. Nalinikanta finally got a
chance to meet Swami Purnananda at Calcutta
and narrated his story to which Swamiji advised him that the Sadhana to reach the Mother of the
Universe (Adyashakti Mahamaya) will
lead him to his wife as well.
at Kumira, one night in the month of Margasira,
Nalinikanta woke up with the room illuminated and found a tall and radiant
saint standing beside him. The saint offered him a single-lettered mantra written in red sandal paste on
a Bilwa (wood apple tree) leaf and
In the search of finding the method of recitation of the mantra, Nalinikanta met a number of saints at many holy places
and finally ended up in Kashi. Without any answer in sight, he became
confused and frustrated, and decided to end his life. That night, a Brahmin appeared in his dream and
advised him that his guru is the famous Tantrik
saint Bamakhepa of Tarapith in the district of Birbhum.
|1902 (Month of Magha/Phalgun)
||Per his dream, Nalinikanta went to Tarapith and surrendered to Bamakhepa. Under
the tutelage and supervision of his Tantrik
Guru, Nalinikanta learnt all the practices in connection with the tantrik
way of sadhana leading to see the
Cosmic Mother in just 20 days. On the midnight of the 21st day,
the Krushna Chaturdasi (night
before new moon), at a cremation ground, he started chanting the mantra given by his guru. First, Mahashakti (omnipower) appeared in the
form of his beloved wife Sudhansubala and subsequently revealed her divine
cosmic form. She granted him the boon of appearing in the form of
Sudhansubala whenever he would wish.
This was Shri Shri Thakur’s enlightenment in Tantrik Sadhana.
|1902 (month of Chaitra)
returned to Kumira and enjoyed the company of the Universal Mother in the
form of Sudhasubala. However, when he tried to touch her, the image would
dissolve (merge) into his body. Nalinikanta then went back to Bamakhepa
seeking an answer to this enigma. Bamakhepa posed his questions to Tara Devi
and her answer was that Nalinikanta must seek sannyas in the Vedantic line under the guidance of a Gyani Guru.|
resigned from his job and started his quest for Gyani Guru. He visited different places of India before finally
meeting Swami Sachchidananda Saraswati, a renowned vedantic saint at Ajmer in
the state of Rajasthan. At the first sight, Nalinikanta remembered that the
saint was the same person who offered him the single-lettered mantra at Kumira. Then he stayed in
his Guru’s ashram at Pushkar as a sebak
and led a life of Brahmachari.
||On the 11th day of Bhadrava (July-August), Nalinikanta was initiated
into Sannyasa and was named “Nigamananda” by his guru. He had mastered with ease
the secrets of the knowledge of the Nigama
(Vedas). In order to realize the deeper spiritual import of four great
sayings of Vedas, as a sannyasi, Swami Nigamananda had to undertake a
pilgrimage to the four dhams.
was accompanied by Swami Sachchidananda to Badrinath and on the way they
stopped at Gouri Maa’s ashram. She was a renowned female Yogic saint. During
this visit to Badrinath, Swami Nigamananda learnt the method of realizing the
Mahabakya of Vedas, “Ayamatama Brahma”. After returning
from Badrinath, Shri Shri Thakur went to visit the remaining three dhams, Dwarka, Rameswar and Puri alone
where he realized the “Tatwam Asi”,
“Aham Brahmasmi” and “Pragyanam Brahma” Mahabakyas respectively.
Upon his return from his pilgrimage of the four dhams, his guru advised him to search for his Yogi Guru for yoga sadhana and acquire
the knowledge of Bramha through “Nirbikalpa Samadhi”.
Nigamananda started his journey to search for a Yogi Guru towards the end of winter. While wandering through the
forests of Kota, he met two young women, who he later found out were yoginis.
Per their direction, he left for Calcutta.
his quest, around the month of May-June, Swami Nigamananda travelled eastward
to Kamakshya and Parasuram Tirtha now in Arunachal Pradesh. At Parasuram
Tirtha, he fell ill with fever and dysentery but recovered with the help of
the tribal people in that area. One day while enjoying the natural beauty of
the hills, he wandered into the jungle and was lost and decided to rest the night
in the hollow of a big tree trunk. Towards dawn, he met a saint with a
radiating glow below the tree. This was his Yogi Guru Swami Sumerudasji. Under his guidance, for a period of
three months, Swami Nigamananda read yogic scriptures and learnt and practiced
methods of Yoga Sadhana.
the direction of his Yogi Guru,
Swami Nigamananda left and went on to stay at the home of Sarada Prasad
Majumdar, zamindar of Haripur in
Pabna district (now in Bangladesh) and started practising yoga.
||Over a period of nine months, he made a good progress in yogic practices. However,
due to some interruptions and external disturbances, he had to leave Haripur
for Guwahati. He ended up staying at the home of Yajneswar Biswas, a senior
government officer, and continued practicing yoga. He practised meditation (Samadhi) for one whole day, then three
days and finally for seven days at a stretch before coming back to senses.
This state is called the “Sabikalpa
One day in the month of Pousha, he went up the hills of Kamakshya and found a
lonely spot where he sat and started his meditation. Shri Shri Thakur
succeeded in reaching “Nirbikalpa Samadhi”, the ultimate
attainment in Yoga Sadhana. During
the sublime state of this Samadhi,
he had a firm and exuberant feeling of “I am Guru”. His face was beaming an
aura of radiance.
He was eager to meet his guru, Swami Sachchidananda, to tell him about it and
hence bade farewell to Yajneswar Biswas and his wife, Saraju Devi. He went to
Kumbhamela at Ujjain and found that his Gyani
Guru was also there. By the direction of Jagadguru Sankaracharya of
Shringeri Math, his Gyani Guru
Swami Sachchidananda bestowed on him the title of Paramahansa with approval of all saints present there. From that
day, his full name was Paribrajakacharya
Paramahansa Swami Nigamananda Saraswati Dev.
Per his Gyani Guru’s direction, Shri
Shri Thakur gave dikshya to
Yajneswar Biswas and his wife Saraju Devi.
||In the month of Magha, Shri Shri Thakur was in Kashi and had a chance to meet
Devi Annapurna in the form of an old lady. Later that night Devi appeared in
his dream and advised him to perform Bhaba
Sadhana. Shri Shri Thakur then decided to see Gouri Maa whom he had met on the way to
Badrinath with Swami Sachchidananda during his Paribrajaka period. He learnt Prema
Sadhana from Gouri Maa and attained Bhaba
Shri Shri Thakur returned to Guwahati and then went to Garohill in Assam, which
was later known as Garohill Yogashram (now in Meghalaya) and started a lower
primary school for the children of the Hajong
inhabitants in that area.
During this period, the divine mother appeared before him in her physical body of
flesh and blood, and lavished all love, humor and joys of the universe on
A few days later, the divine mother reminded him of his responsibility as a
Guru. She granted Shri Shri Thakur two boons, the first one was “those who
accept him as guru would attain salvation in three births even though they go
against him in the later part”, and the second one was “those who will
continue to be his disciples to the end will attain liberation in one life
whether they perform sadhana or
It was here, Shri Shri Thakur wrote the book ‘Yogi Guru’ in just 14 days.
||During the first quarter of the year, Shri Shri Thakur went to public.
he stayed at the house of Umacharan Sarkar of Beniachar in Mymensing.
||A young man named Chandicharan Das, having read Shri Shri Thakur’s first book,
“Yogi Guru”, came to him and became his sebak.
He was later known as Swami Chidananda after taking sannyas from Shri Shri Thakur.
Shanti Ashram was founded at Durgapur near Kumilla (Comilla). Later it was moved to Dhaka. During this period Shri Shri Thakur wrote the
book “Gyani Guru” in 21 days.
||Shri Shri Thakur’s third book, “Gyani Guru” was published on the 2nd
day of the month of Bhadrab. Under
his guidance, in the month of Kartik, the first issue of the monthly
magazine, “Arya-Darpan”, was published.
||Shri Shri Thakur visited the ancestral home of Dr. Nrupendra Chandra Roy of Dhaka.
On the 16th day of month of Jyastha,
Shri Shri Thakur gave dikshya to
Priyanath Khasanabish, who was later known as Swami Premananda.
On the day of Laxmi Purnima, Dr.
Rajachandra Dhar, who was later known as Swami Swarupananda, met Shri Shri
Thakur for the first time.
||Shri Shri Thakur’s book, “Bramhacharya Sadhan”, was published from Shanti Ashram
the 21st day of the month of Ashadha,
Shri Shri Thakur gave dikshya to
Dr. Rajachandra Dhar (later Swami Swarupananda) and his wife.
staying at Shanti Ashram in Dhaka, Shri Shri
Thakur wrote “Tantrik Guru” in 7 days. The book was published on the day of Jhulan Purnima.
the 26th day of the month of Margasira,
“Anatha Niketana” was started.
Later that year, Shri Shri Thakur wrote the book “Premika Guru” in 17 days.
||On the 14th day of the month of Magha,
Shri Shri Thakur went to Kokilamukh in Assam with Rajachandra Dhar to look at
the land for the new ashram.
the 22nd day of the month of Phalgun,
the ashram was shifted from Dhaka
to Kokilamukh in Assam state.
the auspicious day of Akshaya Trutiya
in the month of Baisakha, Shri Shri
Thakur set up the Shanti Ashram at Kokilamukh. The seat of Gurubramha was established. On
the day of Rasa Purnima, Shri Shri
Thakur’s book, “Premika Guru” was published.
||Shri Shri Thakur visited his birthplace at Kutabpur.
the 12th day of the month of Baisakha,
Shanti Ashram was renamed as Saraswata Math and Shri Shri Thakur gave Sannyas
dikshya to seven of his disciples
on that day. During the month of Chaitra,
Shri Shri Thakur along with his disciples travelled to the Kumbhamela at Haridwar.
||The first Bhakta Sammilani was
organized at Saraswata Math and was attended by eleven bhaktas – seven Sannyasis
and four Grihastha devotees. They
were Swami Bodhananda, Swami Chidananda, Swami Swarupananda, Swami Yogananda,
Swami Sudhananda, Swami Premananda, Swami Saradananda, Khepadas Bhattacharya,
Banamali Sarakar, Surendramohan Dasgupta and Nagendranath Rai.
||On the 3rd day of the month of Phalgun,
Saraswata Ashram was established in a rented house in the Jariyatuli area of Dhaka.
In the month of Chaitra, Shri Shri
Thakur bought land in Maynamati with the purpose of establishing an ashram.
Subsequently in 1919, with the hardwork and dedication of Kumarananda
Brahmachari, (later Swami Atmananda Saraswati), a beautiful ashram was built there.
||On the auspicious day of Jhulana Purnima,
Shri Shri Gouranga-Sebashrama was established at Boguda (Bogra). It was later
renamed as Uttara Bangla Saraswata Ashram.
the 27th day of the month of Aswin,
the Saraswata Ashram in Dhaka shifted to
Jayadevpur of Bhawal Pragana. On the day of Akhya Trutiya in 1921, this ashram
was established and went on to host the Bhakta
Sammilani in 1922. This ashram
was later renamed as Madhya Bangla Saraswata Ashram.
||For the first time Sarbabhauma Sammilani held at Bhawal Saraswata Ashram, Dhaka, was
open to public.
||Shri Shri Thakur comes to Puri. Initially, Shri Shri Thakur
stayed at Goenka Dharmasala and then in a rented house named Kamalakamini
Mandira around the Chakratirtha locality of Puri. Subsequently he shifted to
Number 3 Giri Kutira in the Mochisahi area of Puri. A number of sebaka and sebikas accompanied Shri Shri Thakur at various points of time
but some stayed permanently with him in Puri.
||On the first day of the month of Baisakha, “Griha Prabesha”
was performed at the Nilachala Kutira in Puri.
In the same year, on the day of Akshyaya Trutiya, the seat of Gurubrahma
was established at Purba Bangla Saraswata Ashram in Maynamati, Kumilla.
||The construction of Dakhin Bangla Saraswata Ashram
commences at Halisahar, West Bengal under the supervision and hard work of
Ganga Gopala Saha of Balighati. In the same year, the construction of
Paschima Bangla Saraswata Ashram started at Khadakusuma in Medinapur
district, West Bengal.
Suresh Chandra Chattopadhyay, a disciple of Thakur from East Bengal, after
the death of his wife, left his infant daughter in the trust of Shri Shri
Thakur and sought sannyasa. Shri
Shri Thakur accepted her and named the girl Narayani, who is lovingly
remembered as Narayani Maa to Thakur’s disciples/devotees.
||In the month of Kartika,
“Gurudham” was established in
On the 1st day of Bhakta Sammilani at Paschima Bangla Saraswata Ashram in
Khadakusuma, the seat of Jagatguru
was established there.
Shri Shri Thakur attended the Kumbhamela at Haridwar.
Sammilani was organized at Assam Bangiya Saraswata Matha, where Shri Shri
Thakur read his hand written “Arpananama”
in front of all bhaktas.
For the first time in Sarbabhauma Sammilani, ‘Ananda
Sabha’ was introduced by Shri Shri Thakur.
On the 22nd night of the month of Baisakha, Shri Shri Thakur was
sleeping on roof top of Nilachala Kutira when he heard someone coughing and
saw the astral image of one of his favorite disciples, Ashwini Dasgupta.
Ashwini Babu had been suffering from a prolonged illness. The next morning,
Shri Shri Thakur received a telegram with the message that Ashwini Babu had
passed away the night before.
In the month of Chaitra,
the King of Bastar, Prafulla Chandra Bhanja Deo received dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur.
||During the month of Ashwin, Shri Shri Thakur visited the
native State of Bastar at the request of Shri Prafulla Chandra Bhanja Deo,
Rajasaheb of Bastar. He was accompanied by Haren Bhai, Pragyananda Maharaj
and Phani Mitra Bhai.
Ishwar Sahu Bhai came to know Shri Shri Thakur after
reading GyaniGuru book on 13th of November.
from Orissa, Ishwar Sahu, Balaji Raju and Dinabandhu Deo received dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur at
Nilachala Kutira on the 12th of December.
||Shri Shri Thakur traveled to Darjeeling with the King
and Queen of Bastar.
Upon his return to Calcutta from Darjeeling, Shri Shri
Thakur visited Gurudham in Kutabpur during the month of Ashwin.
||Shri Shri Thakur’s youngest aunt Gobindamohini Devi
(a.k.a. Golapasundari) visited him at Nilachala Kutira.
At Nilachala Kutira on March 20th,
Durgacharan Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur for the first time.
On March 23rd, Durgacharan Bhai got his first
instruction on Asana and Mudra from Thakurdas Brahmachari
Shri Shri Thakur established the seat of Gurubrahma at Jalapaigudi Saraswata
Ashram on the auspicious day of Akshaya
(Trust Deed) written by Shri Shri Thakur was registered at Jorhat, Assam.
Apart from Shri Shri Thakur, other trustees included five household disciples
and five sannyasis of Saraswata Matha.
Shri Shri Thakur became sick with influenza during a
visit to Shillong and was treated by Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray of Calcutta.
Shri Shri Thakur returned to Puri and took rest for a
month and half before embarking on a trip to Gurudham in Kutabpur. His
maternal home in Radhakantapur was also on the itinerary. He was accompanied
by a number of people including Maa’s from Nilachala Kutira.
For the first time ever, in the Sarbabhauma Sammilani
held at Maynamati, ‘Mahila Sabha’ was introduced by Shri Shri Thakur at the
request of His female disciples and devotees.
||On the 27th of January, Durgacharan Bhai met
Nrupa (Nrupal Jee) Bhai for the first time and discussed about Shri Shri
Thakur with him.
On the 24th of February, Shri Shri Thakur is
welcomed back on his return at the Puri railway station by bhaktas including Durgacharan Bhai and
On the 12th of March, Gobinda Patnaik Bhai
met Shri Shri Thakur for the first time.
On April 2nd, which was the auspicious day of
Akshaya Trutiya, a number of bhaktas met Shri Shri Thakur at
Nilachala Kutira and accepted prasad.
Later that day, Shri Shri Thakur departed for Assam Bangiya Saraswata Matha
where he spent the next three months.
On July 5th, A number of bhaktas met Shri Shri Thakur on his return to Nilachala Kutira.
Shri Shri Thakur answered their questions. In the course of the discussion,
Gobinda Bhai asked Shri Shri Thakur about the process and significance of
identifying one’s Sadguru. Shri
Shri Thakur then continued to explain Shri Krishna’s words to Arjuna from the
Bhagabat Gita namely “Sarba Dharman
Parityajya Mamekam Saranam Braja”.
During the rest of the summer, Durgacharan Bhai and a
limited number of bhaktas got the
opportunity of meeting Shri Shri Thakur nearly every afternoon and discussed
a wide range of spiritual topics.
Prafulla Chandra Bhanja Deo stayed at Nilachala Kutira
for eight days for important discussions regarding his Tantrik sadhana.
At Nilachala Kutira on October 11th, Shri
Shri Thakur talked about controlling the mind and the state after death.
At the earnest prayer of the disciples and devotees,
Shri Shri Thakur presided over the Sarbabhauma Sammilani at Halisahar in
place of Shri Sankaracharya and Shri Gourang Dev, which continued thereafter.
||Shri Shri Thakur returned to Puri on January 7th.
On the 26th of February, Shri Shri Thakur
went on a trip to Chilka Lake along with a number of bhaktas including Durgacharan Bhai, Satchidananda Saha,
Jayakrushna Mohanty Bhai, Thakurdas Brahmachari and Ekadasi Harichandan Bhai.
He visited the Kalijaai Temple.
Shri Shri Thakur left for Kokilamukha Matha on the 22nd
In November, Shri Shri Thakur started on a pilgrimage
tour and stopped at Puri for a day in between.
||On the 7th of March, Shri Shri Thakur
discussed his meeting with Sir John George Woodroffe. Later that day, a few
of school students including Durgacharan Bhai expressed their desire to
accept dikshya from Shri Shri
Thakur. Shri Shri Thakur talked about the special relationship between a guru
and a disciple.
On the 30th of April, Shri Shri Thakur
explained the purpose of dikshya.
Due to rain, instead of his usual visit to the beach, Shri Shri Thakur stayed
inside and continued to talk about creation, Brahma and Sanskara,
Shri Shri Thakur appointed Swami Pragyananda Saraswati
as caretaker/ mahanta of Saraswata
Matha, Head Trustee and in-charge of all branch ashrams. Then Shri Shri
Thakur retired from active management.
||On the 3rd of March, Chaitanya Charan Das
Bhai and his wife Suruchi Sundari Maa received dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur. Subsequently, Shri Shri Thakur
solicited questions from bhaktas
that were present then and elaborated on topics namely, the duties of a
widow, the grace of guru and prarabdha.
Later that day, Banamali Dash Bhai visited Shri Shri
Thakur for the first time. The next day, Banamali Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur
and expressed his desire to pursue a spiritual path. On the 20th
of March, Banamali Bhai received dikshya
from Shri Shri Thakur.
On the 23rd of March, Durgacharan Bhai,
Banamali Bhai and Ekadasi Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur before he departed for
Calcutta. Prior to leaving, he mentioned that upon his return he would
address their issues.
Shri Shri Thakur returned to Puri on April 11th.
The next day, Banamali Bhai and Durgacharan Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur.
Banamali Bhai expressed his interest in spreading Shri Shri Thakur’s
teachings in Orissa.
A rickshaw, acquired for Shri Shri Thakur’s late
afternoon visits to the beach, arrived from Calcutta on the 19th
of April. Annada Brahmachari took the responsibility of pulling the rickshaw.
A number of bhaktas accompanied
Shri Shri Thakur during these late afternoon strolls on the beach.
On the 5th of June, Durgacharan Bhai and
Nrupa Bhai received dikshya from
Shri Shri Thakur.
Shri Shri Thakur went to see the Ratha Jatra on July 13th.
24, 1934 (Inception of Nilachala Saraswata Sangha)
||On the occasion of Shri Shri Thakur’s birthday, a number
of bhaktas performed Shri Shri
Thakur’s puja. None of the bhaktas had any idea of how to perform
puja, aarati and stotra bandana correctly; the aarati was performed by Annada
Brahmachari. Shri Shri Thakur got concerned over this. With seriousness, Shri
Shri Thakur rose and spoke the following golden words of advice:
commandment is: I left Saraswata Matha and Ashrams, and have been living
a solitary life at Puri for about 12 years. Here I was staying almost
inactive for these years. Ultimately, all of you came and your number
gradually increased. On seeing you after so many years I experience and feel
a divine urge and inspiration inside. It is my desire that you should
practise to live a life of order and discipline. Do not treat it as a child’s
play. If you have taken shelter under me do it seriously in the best possible
manner. See! I have given opportunity of doing Arati only to my household
devotees. Sannyasis and Brahmacharis are not given this privilege. Before
offering me Arati and worship, you should learn sincerely how to perform
these correctly. If one wants to deliver a lecture or enact a role on the
stage, he has to practice it first and then perform it in the real field. It
is called rehearsal.
Each of you should set up the image of Shri Gurudev in
your house and worship it according to the practices prevalent in your State.
Chant the hymns in front of the image and try to understand their meaning. On
a specific day in a week, all of you assemble in a place and offer Arati,
prayers, read Aryadarpan and other
holy books. You should discuss together my teachings and ideas. At the end of
each session, decide the place of next session ….
Then my 2nd
commandment is: Lead an ideal household life. My household devotees have attained more
spiritual progress than others. They are more cautious about religion than
those who have renounced the world.…. If you lead an ideal household life,
your children will develop good moral character. Again, the great sages like,
Vyasa, Vasistha, Jaimini and Patanjali will be born in your families.
commandment is: You should exchange your spiritual feelings among yourselves which is called
‘Bhava Binimaya’. Each guru-brother should not conceal anything from one
another. Those who want to speak to me something secretly, I think, they have
some selfish motive. They may either beg for wealth or pray to cure their
disease. You should disclose everything before me innocently without a pinch
of hypocrisy. You should observe simplicity and truthfulness…
Hope you will not forget whatever I have told you today”.
This event was the inception of Nilachala Saraswata
|1934 (August 24th onwards)
||On the 29th of September, Shri Shri Thakur
went on a boat ride in the river on Mangalaghata with a number of bhaktas.
The first official session of Nilachala Saraswata Sangha
was conducted at the residence of Banamali Bhanja Bhai on the 4th
On the 14th of October, Shri Shri Thakur
discussed regarding hosting the Bhakta
Sammilani in Puri.
Shri Shri Thakur attended His last Sarbabhauma Sammilani
(20th session) held at Saraswata Matha, Kokilamukh. Chaitanya
Charan Das Bhai was the only disciple who attended from Orissa. During
Sammilani, Shri Shri Thakur assumed the role of ‘Kalpataru’ and asked
devotees and disciples to tell their wishes.
||Shri Shri Thakur left Kokilamukha Matha for the last
time on 13th day of the month of Asadha.
On the 31st of August, Shri Shri Thakur
returned back to Nilachala Kutira. A number of his disciples met him and had
the golden opportunity to listen to his words of advice.
On the holy day of Dussherra, Banamali Dash Bhai and
Durgacharan Bhai performed puja and
aarati of Shri Shri Thakur.
On the 13th of November, as a result of Shri
Shri Thakur’s illness, a few of his disciples proposed to take him to
Calcutta and get him treated by a doctor, to which he replied that “I know
what I am going to have. Still if you want to show me to Doctor you can”. The
very same day Shri Shri Thakur left Puri for Calcutta by train.
|November 29, 1935 (Mahasamadhi of Shri Shri Thakur)
Shri Shri Thakur appeared in his subtle form before one of his favorite
disciples, Prafulla Chandra Bhanja Deo, the King of Bastar, when he was in
At a rented house in Beadon Street in Calcutta on the 13th
day of Margashira, a Friday, Shri
Shri Thakur took his Mahasamadhi
around 1:15PM in the afternoon. His physical body was lowered into ground at
Dakshin Bangla Saraswata Ashram at Halisahar, West Bengal.