The Guru

Gurudev Sri Sri Mohanananda Bramhachari Maharaj exemplified such divinity and boundless charisma, so much so that those who came in his proximity were overwhelmed by sheer joy or Ananda. Param purush Maharaj-ji was epitome of Anandamoy personality

To him life's purpose was, being in the state of Ananada and uninterrupted commune with the divine....he said that anything that obstructed this Commune with the divine in this lifetime was Sin….so definition of Sin took a new meaning, What ever was impediment to divine commune was sin,

His profoundest advise to the devotees was “ pray to the almighty demanding that “ Ananda is my birth right, hence transform myself to this state of Ananada…and make this life a true success”

Yogasutra's define that amongst the Sadahaks in whom the Shakti or Kundalini has reached the highest centre ..Sahasra, he or she transforms into Anandamoy being, and his/her charisma attracts one and all……..such a person's

Words becomes the scripture,
Touch or sparsha purifies
Wherever he seats that place become a holy place
Actions exemplify pure beauty
Silence is full of eloquence
Patience is mountain like
Dristi or gaze is full of kindness
Bliss showers on the people gathered around his/her lotus feat
This was exactly the persona and state of Sri Sri Guru Maharaj

Those that had the privilege of sitting at his feat had the true experience of divine bliss, his presence transformed one who is around him into a state that one would normally achieve through deep meditation. His presence and silence emanated an aura that brought about a transformation in the mind and consciousness of the bhaktas and disciples.

Maharaj-ji sang kirtans and bhajans regularly, to him singing or kirtan was direct medium of commune with the divine. During the kirtans those who used to be present would transcend into a state where the mind or time did not exist…this was pure bliss and nourishment to the minds and consciousness of the Bhaktas.

Rabindra Sangeet or the songs of Kavi Guru Rabinranath Tagore was what Maharaj-ji would sing most. To him Rabindra Sangeet was a collection of the highest and most profound prayer; it was also a medium of commune with the divine. Maharaj-ji use to say that Gurudev Rabindranth was one of the ancient Rishis who wrote the Upanishads. Rabindra Sangeet was also his way of communicating a thought and message to his disciples.

In his early years …he had a distinctive look of a yogi, many who had seen him in his early years likened him to the looks of Jesus Christ. In the course of time his commune with Lord Shri Krishna transformed his persona in the bhava of Shri Radhika. To him Shri Radhika was an epitome of bhakti and pure love for the divine. In Shri Radhika probably he found his own image of pure love for Lord Shri Krishna or the divine.

His love for Shri Krishna or the divine was reflective in his profound love and affection for humanity. It was this unconditional love for his devotees and humanity in general that stood out in all his undertakings and actions…………….he trotted the globe till his last days and visited home to home to bring Ananada to his bhaktas, most importantly he guided them to the understanding of higher principles of life. He created number of trusts and social service foundations in his pursuit to bring little happiness to the needy. Hospitals, Medical Centers, Schools and Yatri Nivas at pilgrim centres were built in the name of his own Gurudev Shri Shri Balananda Brahmachari. He insisted that social service needs to be performed with an attitude to serve and needs to be carried out silently and with due humility.

He insisted that social service needs to be performed with an attitude to serve and needs to be carried out silently and with due humility.

He performed the Holy Yagna at Badrinath Dham for more than twenty years and performed the rituals of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati Pujas, in his efforts to seek welfare and well being of the humanity, species, plants and the Mother Earth.

A significant aspect of Maharaj-ji's spirituality was his selfless surrender and subtle devotion to his Gurudev Shri Shri Balananda Brahmachari Maharaj. He dedicated himself to the work and wishes of his Gurudev who had inspired him the most.

His constant advise ….was for complete surrender (purna sharanagati) to the divine, he would say often ”let the divinity express itself in your being, The divine is in deep anguish for not being able to unfold itself in your being. You don't have to search for the divine, he himself will seek and come to you, from your side just surrender to the divine will and keep your self ready for his arrival.” This was what he defined as Sadhana….waiting with hope for the arrival of the divine. Thus he would pray…”Dibasha rajani ami jeno kar ashar ashai thaki ”.

He was born in the year 1904 and at the tender age of sixteen while studying at the college level left the homely life in search and pursuit of the divine……he came to the Ashrama at Karanibad, Deoghar at the lotus feet of his would be Guru Shri Shri Balanandaji Maharaj. He was initiated during Durga Ashtami to the principles of Shri Tripura Sundari Devi the presiding deity of the Ashrama and the Ishta-Devi of the Guru Parampara.

His sadhana was of severe austerity and involved in travelling on feet and living on alms.. he assimilated to the traditions of his Parampara the concept of Kirtan / Harinam. He propagated Harinam / divine name throughout the world.

In 1999 Aug 29th Gurumaharaj-ji left his physical form only to be omni-present and be a constant guiding force for his disciples, bhaktas and all those who chose to seek his help.

He had assured his devotees that the Guru cannot rest until each and every disciple reaches salvation. He said your near ones can disown you for some reason but as a Guru I can never disown you and I will be there life after life seeking you and guiding you through to your salvation. He lives today amongst us in the collective consciousness of the devotees and continues to make his presence felt to those who are prepared and ready for him.