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Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj

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Param Pujya Shree Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj, the apostle of godliness, selflessness and humanitarianism was born on April 7, 1868 at village Mohra near Rawalpindi now in Pakistan. He lost both his parents quite early in life leaving him to the care of his maternal grand parents. The destitute orphaned boy, then called Lakshman (and also Govind) at home, drifted towards spiritualism and began to follow the sages and the savants of his time.He became a Jain ascetic at 19, studied Jainism under the tutelage of a Jain muni and impressed all and sundry with his phenomenal memory. He more to become the favorite of Jain monks and devotees. He could at length atheism, the main tenet of Jainism. A small volume named Adhyatm Chikitsa however became a turning point in the life of Swami Ji. The book advocated the idea of untreatable faith in the immutability of the almighty his omniscience and omniscience. There was a total conflict between what he had been believing, practicing and proclaiming as a Jainism follower and what the above said volume taught and revealed. Soon he decided to renounce his faith in Jainism and made his decision known to the Jain monks. He was heaped with offers of material gains in future if he continued to be a Jain ascetic. But the divine call from God prompted Satyanand Ji Maharaj to pursue Vedic literature, follow the revealed religion and like if to the masses. At the age of thirty, he joined Arya Samaj and began to work with Mahatma Munshi Ram Ji.Swami Ji became a spirited with well famous voice and continued to give discourses, write books and meditate for long hours. However the spiritual hunger to know and experience the Lord continued to haunt him. He went to several sages and sanyasis who however could not help him realize the unknowable absolute. He finally decided to go into solitude in a peaceful place and meditate. He selected Dalhousie for his hermitage and retired into deep Sadhna. It was here on July 7, 1925 on the day of Beas Purnima that the lord blessed him with a beatific experience. He heard Ram, Ram and the imperative command Ram Bhaj, Ram Bhaj, Ram Ram all around. The atmosphere around him became enchanted and he wafted into a trance with the holy melody around him. He realized that Ram permeated all souls, all particles and all that in living. He is beyond time. Human gurus and all incarnations are subject to time they are mortal and they die. It is Ram, the eternal Guru, who is timeless and eternal. Swami ji accepted the realization and divided to disseminate it all around.Soon he parted company from Arya Samaj as the letter insisted on “OM” as against “Ram” propagated by Swami ji. He began to travel and initiated his followers to the bedization of “Ram” as mool mantra and parsada. He told his followers to rise above communalism, casteism and sectarianism, as these encouraged bigotry and hatred. Swami ji was not a book-bound sage. He told his followers to renounce worldliness and materialism in order to make them realize the benefits of ascetism be conducted a unique experiment Sadhna Satsang. It was to be a meditation camp, four to five days long where sadhanas, both initrates and confirmed devotees, would gather under the spiritual care and direction of the guru. They will, at least for these four to five days, renounce then over whelming love for then worldly possessions, children then physical desires, as also aspirations. They would collectively meditate perform jaap, and give rise to mystic vibrations which would then help them grow spiritually, heal them physically and bless them with eternal prosperity. His first camp was held in Haridwar followed by others all over India.Swamiji was a selfless himunist to the care of his heart. He always prayed for the health and well being of his fellowmen. He prayed for the zafely of all for the success of entire and for the welfare of India and all a nations. His prayers were alway for the others as he believed in sarve bhane sukhinom, sarve santu niramaya.On Novelise 13, 1960 Swamiji left the mortal body at Delhi and become the shining star for the innumerasle followers to emulate and adove. As the vedic inter, his mortal remains were given a water send off in the holy Ganges or Neel Dhara.Swamiji shall be remembered for all that he did for the suffering humanity. He left his messages in his writings, the most prominent among them is the Amrit Vaani, with simple words concluded in internal lilting rhyjhm. None can escape its magic effect. Other philosophical volumes include Bhakti Parkash, Valmiki Ramayan Saar, Sri Mad Bhagwatgita, Ekdashopnished Sangrah, Prathna Aur Uska Prabhav, Upasak ka Antrik Jeevan, Bhakti aur Bhakt ke Lakshan, Sthitpragya ke Lakshan, Bhajan and Shvani Sangrah. His discouse, have been compiled in Pravachan Piyush.

 

 

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