One of the influential spriritual leaders of India, SWAMI NIGAMANANDA (1879-1935) is the founder of Assam Bangiya Saraswat Math in Jorhat, Assam and Nilachal Saraswat Sangha in Odisha.
In the year 1879, Paramahansa Shri Shri Nigamananda Saraswati Deva was born at Qutabpur in Nadia district (now in Bangladesh)to a morally excellent bramhin couple. He was named "Nalinikanta" by His father Bhuban Mohan Bhattacharya and mother Yogendra Mohini. From His boyhood, for his extraordinary fearlessness, intelligence and forthrightness, Nalinikanta attracted admiration of the people.
While Nalinikanta was pursuing his primary education in his maternal uncle`s village Radhakantapur, His mother breathed her last immaturely. As he was very much devoted to his mother her death deeply shocked Nalinikanta. He learnt that just before she breathed her last, his mother did hand him over to the "Cosmic Mother" - Jaganmata. To appear before him, He single-heartedly prayed to the `Jaganmata`. In the Bhattacharya household, the death of Yogendramohini Devi created a void.
Being the eldest son in the family, Nalinikanta had to get married soon to bring a daughter-in-law to look after the household. Hence, Nalinikanta was married to an exceedingly beautiful and intelligent girl named Sudhansubala Devi at the early age of seventeen. After His marriage, Nalinikanta went to study at the Dacca School of Survey and thenceforward took up jobs at several places to earn his sustenance. Nalinikanta, since childhood had a thoughtful inclination.
While serving as the supervisor of the Narayanapur estate (Zamindari) Nalinikanta, in one night suddenly saw the shadowy image of Sudhansubala Devi standing at the table, glowering and silent while she was supposed to be away at Qutabpur at that time. He went to Qutabpur to enquire and came to know that Sudhansubala Devi had expired just an hour before he saw her image at Narayanapur. This incident further drew him inwards. Nalinikanta came to the conclusion that death is the ultimate end of an individual. He started believing that there must be `life` after `death`.
To know all about the elusive phenomena of life and death, Nalinikanta became desperate. These began to worry him all the time. This inquiry took him in Chennai to the Theosophical Society at Adyar. He ascertained all the hypotheses and exercises that Theosophy could offer and through a medium, was able to talk to Sudhansu Devi. But, Nalinikanta could not see her physically. With the experience, He was not satisfied at all. He came to know by a discussion with the members of the Society that the knowledge about the phenomena of `life and death` was the perquisite of the Hindu Yogis. He dispensed with no time in looking for a true Yogi or Sadhu who could fulfill his desire to meet his dead wife as well as bring satisfaction to his seeking mind.
Thakur Nigamananda, under the guidance of four great preceptors like Bama Kshepa, Satchidananda Saraswati, Nanakpanthi Sumerudas and Gouri Mata respectively after undergoing the various aspects of the `Sadhana` viz. `Tantra`, `Jnana`, `Yoga` and `Prema` came to realize the importance of a Guru in all the spheres of `Sadhana`.
Nalinikanta came across Swami Purnananda, a highly educated renunciate who explained to him that `all female beings are merely a partial manifestation of the `Mahamaya` or the `Cosmic Mother`, therefore, it was extremely unwise and ridiculous on his part to run after an insignificant part (his wife) ignoring the whole (the Cosmic Mother)`. Elicited by an overwhelming desire to know his `self`, Nalinikanta tried guru Bamakshepa`s advice. Bamakshepa advised him to attain the knowledge of `Advaita` from a Vedantic guru. At the holy place of `Pushkar` in the state of Rajasthan, India, He became a disciple of guru Srimad Swami Satchidananda Saraswati. He instantaneously realized that Swami Satchidananda Saraswati was the sadhu one who gave him the `Tara` mantra in his dream. Nalinikanta was initiated by the swami into renunciation and according to the principle changed his name to `Nigamananda`.
Swami Nigamananda went to attain the direct experience of this vedic truths, on the advice of guru Satchidanda, through yoga. Swami Nigamananda with much difficulty and a sustained effort was able to find his yogi guru. He met his yogi guru, Sumeru Dashji, in the dense and unprocurable forests near the holy place of `Parasuram` (in the north-eastern India) under striking considerations. Under the masterful guidance of yogiraj Sumeru Dashji, after finishing `yoga sadhana` (practice of yoga) he attained the state of `Nirbikalpa Samadhi` that is `non-dual existence/complete identification with the Cosmic Soul or the Parambramha`, at once imbuing the universe and exceeding it. He came back with the actualization from that blissful state that he is the `universal guru` i.e. the `supreme soul`. Swami Nigamananda had begun his spiritual bespeak with the basic question, "Who am I ?" and with the accomplishment of `Nirbikalpa Samadhi` he experienced that `he` is the universal guru.
During the 1907 Kumbha Mela at Allahabad, the jnaniguru of Nalinikanta Swami Satchidananda Deva, under the augurs of the then Shankaracharya of Sringery Math, bestowed the title of `paramahansa` on him in the presence of leading sadhus and renunciates. He had searched and honed tantra, jnana, yoga and prema/bhav, all the four original ways imagined in Sanatana Dharma (ever new/eternal, and universal spiritual method based on Vedic knowledge) for the acquirement of the highest spiritual goal and this was the uniqueness about Nigamananda`s spiritual accomplishment. In the prevailing atmosphere of confusion in ideals and spirituality among his countrymen, he wanted them to rediscover the merits of sanatana dharma. He authored five books - `Bramhacharya Sadhana`, `Yogiguru`, `Tantrikguru`, `Jnaniguru` and `Premikaguru`. On the path of spirituality, these books are invaluable for any seeker. A path breaking and reformist periodical has been edited and published by Him that is `Arya Darpana`.
Before himself, he set three objectives, with a view to establish universal brotherhood namely, (i) propagation of `Sanatana Dharma`, (ii) dissemination of `Sat Siksha` (right type of education that enables development of integrated personality conducive for spiritual development), and (iii) service to all living beings deeming it as service rendered to the Supreme Being. To Him a person who have attained `self knowledge` is the right one to serve mankind in the right manner. He ordered His devotees - `to walk together on the path of spirituality forming Sanghas` (spiritual associations), `to lead Adarsha Grihastha Jeevan` (life of an ideal householder), and `to have Bhava Binimaya` (commune with each other for mutual exchange of spiritual ideas and experiences).
These would empower them to attain the above mentioned objectives and lead a satisfied life. The tradition of "Vakta Sammilani" (the annual congregation of devotees and spiritually minded people, for the close interaction between the two types of seekers - the household devotees and the renunciates) was instituted by Him. his methodological as well as ideological slogan were - " Shankarer Mata" (the Vedantic doctrine of the 8th century spiritual reformist Sri Sri Adi Shankaracharya that Bramha - the Supreme Soul and the individual soul is `one` and the same, and it is the ultimate truth to be realized by men), and "Gauranger Patha" (the path of devotion adopted by Sri Chaitanya Deva, the fourteenth century avatara of devotion, as the royal road to the spiritual destination i.e. God).
At Kokilamukh Math, Swami Nigamananda installed `Jagat Guru`s Ashan. In the year 1915, Thakur established the first "Sarbabhouma Bhakta Sammilani" at Kokilamukh Math. He instituted a Math (Assam Bangiya Saraswat Math) at Kokilamukh in Assam and five Ashrams in five divisions of undivided Bengal:
Purba Bangala Saraswat Ashram at Moinamati, Comilla, Bangala Desh now at Tripura.
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I met you rather saw you at GouridiGautam Dharmapal's house when I was working under them during 1/01/2010 - 31/07/2011 . I would wish you translate SrimatAnirvan's " YogaSamanyay Prosango " in english from…"
"We share the same interest. With your proximity to the home grounds , seeds planted must have matured and a seed bank accrued. Was the independence in the g work ever cross pollinated with samkaya to find duration?? "
That night when my doors were smashed by the storm, I did not know it was you who had entered my house. All around everything went black, the wick of the lamp was extinguished.
I stretched out my arms to reach the sky, towards hope..
I did not know it was you who had entered my house,
That night when my doors were smashed by the storm.
I lay there sobbing, thinking it all a dream,
How could I know that the storm was a pennant of your triumph?
Morning dawned, and I beheld you,
A fountain of tears, you, yourself.
The whole house, save for ourselves, was and had been empty.
I did not know it was you who had entered my house,
That night when my doors were smashed by the storm.
AAJI JHORER RAATE TOMAR ABHISHAR sung by KALIM SARAFI
AAJI JHORER RAATE TOMAR ABHISHAR
Sung by Srikant Acharya, intro by Soumitra Chatterjee
Sung by the famous singer Pankaj Mullick of the 1940s. http://www.esnips.com/doc/fb86d1e1-81db-4223-8f23-186f36793dfb/001.-aaji-jharher-raate_Pankaj-Kumar-Mallik
Art thou abroad on this stormy night
On thy journey of love, my friend?
The sky groans like one in despair.
I have no sleep tonight.
Ever and again I open my door and look out on the darkness, my friend!
I can see nothing before me.
I wonder where lies thy path!
By what dim shore of the ink-black river,
By what far edge of the frowning forest,
Through what mazy depth of gloom art thou threading thy course to come to me, my friend?
Right now busy in addressing J Krishnamurti's followers in India and abroad.Struggling to finish book on Adwait,Raman,Nisargadatt Maharaj,Jk
BY AJU MUKHOPADHYAY
- "I am thinking how so to fix the attention so it can be unwavering- never turns aside- Oh! What great a job-"
My interest in Sri Anirvan continues with greater intensity these days. I have read almost all the valuable translations of his writings appearing in the blogs.
Unfortunately I do not know any Bengali although ambitiously I got many of his writings from the Dharampal's when I met them some years ago.
BY VIKRAMAN BALAJI
request: it seems Sri Aniravan used to give regular talks on Sri Aurobindo's Savitri in the Pathmandir. It would be a great service if someone could translate these talks since Anirvan's insight would help clarify many aspects of Savitri.
Thanks again and best regards
BY SHARAT KUMAR BHUSHAN
Di' I do not know why these lines by Hammarskjold are coming to my mind after reading your comment.
"Night!The road stretches ahead.Behind me it winds up in curves towards the house,a gleam in the darkness under the dense trees of the park.I know that,shrouded in the dark out there,people are moving,that all around me,hidden by the night,life is a quiver.I know that something is waiting for me in the house.Out of the darkness of the park comes the call of solitary bird:and I go-up there
BY SUBHASHISH BORAH
- We should be proud of what we are, and we should not be dejected at what we are not as we desire. We should be proud of what we are not that we didn't wish for.
But the horror is that we are starting to be proud of what we are not that we desire to be!
The philosophy is that if you are X, be proud of being X, and don't be dejected because you are not the most fortunate one of the world you may have a dormant desire to be so. And be proud for you are not the most unfortunate person in the world and you didn't, don't and will never desire to be so.
But don't be proud of your vain self-images, just be proud of what you are and realize it with optimum firmness. There is a difference between "Will" and "hope". Suppose you want to be something or somebody in this life time. You cannot become that, if you are not at this very moment not that something or somebody you want to realize.This should be dormant within you waiting just for expression or manifestation. When proper time, environment and other supportive factors will be available to you, and if you have the necessary will to be so, you will one day appear as such.
Let's be our realities, not our imaginations! Let's be free from our inner insecurities! And here I intentionally use the word to be 'proud' in place of simply to 'accept' oneself, because the fact of 'Will' cannot properly manifest through a meek humbleness or moral humility.."
BY GURUCHARAN OJHA
- Accept my hearty greet "Jayaguru". I am from Odisha, Devotee of Swami Nigamananda Saraswati. I read little more before Swami Nirbana nanda Saraswati "Anirbana".
I just need to know about his life details.....
BY SUBHASHISH BORAH
- "It is the "sense of wonder" that as 21st century's "homo-fabers" or "homo-technicus" evolving(I doubt!?) far out of our real natures of "homo-sapience" we have lost and we have forgotten to be astonished at things beautiful and as well as horrific!! We have been oblivious of feeling strange at anything...
This sense of wonder I believe is the real essnce of all creativity not only poetry or other art forms but science, mathematics , physics, chemistry, biology etc everything...
It impels us to discover things"
"To all the members in this GROUP"
It's really a pleasure and an honour for me to be a part of this group.
SRI ANIRVAN - THOU ART THE RULER OF THE humble mind of mine. CANST THOU RULE mine DESTINY, TOO?
My most humble PRONAAMS to GOURI-MASHIMA and GAUTAM-MESHOMASHAI.
I DO PRAY TO THE LORD OF ALL LORDS FOR QUICK RECOVERY OF GOURI-MASHIMA.
OH LORD, I think I am pretty LOUD and CLEAR.
ANIRBAN-AKASH - Is it a confirmation that our desires/DESIRE are(IS) fulfilled?
For though our desires may yet be fulfilled in this very human birth, do we really crave for our DESIRE to be satiated? If so, how do we enjoy THE ETERNAL LILA?
May we be firmly grounded whilst we touch THE AKASH (The SKY).
BY SMT KALYANI BOSE
I was not being able to come to the site for a very long time. Just today I opened it up to see your page and am inpressed. Are you or do you know Bengali? Of course you are because you have read His books. Your question about enjoying the ETERNAL LILA has evoked in my mind an expression form Sri Chaitanya Mahapravu. The Eternal Lila is like 'Tapta Ikshu Charvan' - Again 'Mukh Jwale NA JAi Tyajan-
Prosanti O prasannataye Ujjal Theko.
May the Grace of Sri Anirvan bring in us the Yuganaddha Dyavaprithivi.