An introdruction to Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

20 09 2009

Jai Nitai!

The first time I came to Kolkata for darshan of Sri Path Bari Ashram, I was hosted by my gurubhai Subrata Ji at the home of his in-laws in Dakshineswar. I recall that right away a photo of a sadhu that was hanging on a wall caught my attention. He had quite a striking appearance. I asked what his name was and in reply I was told, “Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath”. His picture also graced the family altar. I don’t know why, but I never really got around to inquiring very much about him.

The last time I was in Kolkata was in March of this year for the tirobhav utsava of my gurudeva. One day during the utsava my gurubhai, the Mahanta, Raghunath Dada suggested I go to Mahamilan Math for darshan. It sounded fine to me, though I had no idea what the place was, so I got a rickshaw and after about a ten minute ride I was there. It turns out that it is the headquarters for the mission of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath. It was a lovely and well maintained ashram with an Asta-sakhi Mandir. It was quite a pleasant surprise to see such beautiful Sri Murti’s of Radhey Shyam surrounded by Their dearest sakhis. Today, I came across some information about the life and teachings of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath and was amazed by him and his accomplishments, so I thought I would write a little bit about him.

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

The life of this great Mahatma is astonishing and full of miraculous occurrences. To many people he was known as “Nam Avatar” because of his potency in spreading the practice of kirtan and Nam japa. At one point there was even a movement where people wanted to label his as a divine avatar, but he did not allow that to happen. Personally, I feel that he, like Sri Anandamayi Ma that I wrote about recently, is a special manifestation of divinity. I believe he came to spread the glories of Sri Nam as the best spiritual sadhana and in a way that could easily appeal to people following all sorts of spiritual paths and traditions. To aid his preaching he even started his own sampradaya known as the Akhil Bharat Jaiguru Sampradaya, which is still alive and active.

He took birth on the bank of the Ganga in a village named Keota in the Hooghly district on February 17, 1892, and was named, Prabodh Chandra.  His great-grandfather was an astrologer and when he did the horoscope of the child he exclaimed, “Look here! A Mahapurush has come! Blow the conch shell! Wherever this child will go, annadAna, (distribution of prasad) on a vast scale will follow him.” He was born in an orthodox Brahman family. His father was named, Pranhari Chattopadhayaya and his mother was Malyavati Devi. In 1897 as a six year old child he was lying in bed with his father and pointed his finger towards a large window and said, “Father, look! Shiva is standing over there!” The startled father questioned, “Where is Shiva? Where is He, my son?” His son replied, “There He is standing in front of me!” His father then said, “What does Shiva look like?” And the boy replied, “He has a fair complexion, is wearing tiger skin, has matted hair on head, three eyes, in the left hand a trident and in the right hand he has a damaru.” His father didn’t see anything and Shiva vanished. That young boy Prabodh Chandra Chattopadhyaya turned into Sitaramdas later in his life. And his mission since the age of six was to awaken the sleeping masses and show them pointing his finger– “Look, there is Shiva!”

In April of 1943, in Jagannath Puri a sadhu was going around the Mandir of Jagannath Dev with a large group doing Nam Sankirtan. He was lean, had crown of matted hair adorning his head, a beard and a divine appearance. On his chest he wore the wooden sandals of his gurudev. Some local people joined his party and they were distributing some pamphlets. The sadhu did not know what was written in the pamphlets, nor were the local crowd known to him. After asking, he came to know what was being announced in those pamphlets–his own presence at Ankara Math in Cuttack at the akhaNDa nAm kIrtan. He was greatly surprised, and he found out from further questioning that they had come to know of his arrival in Orissa at this precise time from a 400 year old book maintained in the Ashram. One of the pancha sakhas of  Mahaprabhu, Achyutananda, had predicted that a preacher of the Mahamantra wearing his Gurudeva’s sandals around his neck, would come to Jagannath Puri at that predicted time for preaching and spreading Sri Nam. As soon as he heard this, he went into samadhi. The detailed descriptions of his family name, the story of his life, as well as his sect etc., were all written within that book. Not only him, but the descriptions of other great saints, both predecessors and contemporaries and their lives were described in that book. The book had said about this sadhu, “God Himself will assume the body of a man and appear as an incarnation through him. You should wait for his arrival.”

The sadhu who appeared before the eyes of the omniscient saint, Achyutananda four hundred years ago, is the loving guru of thousands of devotees, Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath.

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath with Sri Anandamayi Ma

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath with Sri Anandamayi Ma

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

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45 responses

22 09 2009
Bhakta

Wow….Thanks for this wonderful darshan!!!

22 09 2009
Sudevi dasi

Jai Nitai!
Thanks for the wonderful glimpse into a life of yet another great saint. You are doing a good job visiting all these ashrams ‘ off the beaten track” as they say.
Please keep going to these ashrams and showcasing all these wonderful saints!

22 09 2009
Malati dasi

Jai Sri Radhe Syham

Thanks for letting us have a glimpsed of the wonderful lives of the mahatmas.

Can I request that you please give us snippets, from time to time, if that is not too much bother for you, of the teachings of great mahatmas especially your Guru. I’d be interested to learn more about tattvas.

22 09 2009
vishakhadasi

Jai Nitai!

If I´m not mistaken, I remember seeing a murti of Sitaram Omkarnath at Gauridas Pandit´s samadhi mandir (Radha-Shyama Ray Mandir) in Dhira Samira. You might want to check that out next time you´re in Vrindavan.

23 09 2009
JD

The Blessed Sitaram Omkarnath ji was a great saint and loved Harinam with great joy and happiness – He would run around Sri Brinadan amongst his sisyas (seated on the shoulders of one of them!) and do Mahamantra Harinam Kirtan and then arrive at a house near Loi Bazaar and continue with Kirtan. There was so much ananda around Him and everyone it reminded me of being with my Blessed Gurudev and Blessed Guru-brothers doing Kirtan.

Maybe you can do a write up on the Siddha Kisori Baba of Kalia Daha area soon.

23 09 2009
JD

Sri Brindaban Dham

25 09 2009
Sakhicharan Das

Jai Nitai!

First, sorry all for taking so long to reply. The morning after posting this I had to go to Nepal and after returning came down with some flu-like symptoms that are really slowing me down.

JD: Great to hear from you JD! So you had darshan of Sri Sitaramdas? Please provide more details of your memories of him if possible!

Sudevi & Malati: I am glad you are enjoying hearing about all these different Mahatmas. I purposefully write about a wide range of Mahatmas to show that there is not just one way to practice real CV or that only one organization is truly following Nitaichand and Gaurasundar. CV is such a dynamic thing and the current of Mahaprabhu’s grace is flowing through a great many real sadhus.

And Malati as you ask for snippets of the teachings of these various Mahatmas I would like to do that, but have been cautious because if I had no personal experience I would feel bad making a mistake by misrepresenting someone. But some things will not be difficult to write error-free so I will try to do that. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend years and years with my gurudeva so I don’t have a big supply of direct nectar coming from his blessed lips to fall back on. But, I will try to write what I can. I know he was very simple. He took complete shelter of his guru and Sri Nam, and other than that all he knew was his Nitaichand.

Bhakta: Jai Nitai! You are most welcome! :-)

11 12 2009
narendra Bhawsar

jai Guru

30 01 2010
Arghya Mitra

Hare Krishna Hare Krish
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Joy Sitaram

17 02 2010
Biman Roy

JAY SITA RAM TUMI AMAR SANGHE THEKO
AMI JATE TOMAKE KAKHONO NA BOOLI

17 02 2010
Biman Roy\Gayati Roy

AMRAA TOMAR ANATHA SIRSO
TUMI THEKO AMADER KACCHE
KAKHONO JENO NA BULI AMRAA TOMAKE
BHALO THAKO TUMI BABA
BHALO REKHO AMADER KE.

JAY GURU

22 02 2010
JYOTIRMOY ROY/MS ROY

JAY SITA RAM
JAY GURU
JAY SITA RAM
JAY GURU

3 05 2010
JITESH DAS

JUST FANTASTIC MINDBLOWING PICS

3 05 2010
JITESH DAS

TUMI AMAR PRANER THAKUR . SOBAIKE ASHIRBAD RAI,SURJO,SUBRO,BAPPA,TOTON,TUMPA, KRISHNA,NISHITH KE DIYO

13 05 2010
madhav hans

sitram told us I WILL DO MORE LILA WITHOUT THIS BODY…….DO NAAM IT WILL TAKE YOU TO YOUR REAL BIRTH….jai guru and always chant HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

13 05 2010
madhav hans

BROTHER Sakhicharan Das,YOU ARE DOING THE GREAT WORK FOR UPLIFTMENT TOWARDS BRAMHA FOR THE MANKIND…accept our PRONAM and give us blessings with all these mahatmas…jai guru jai nitai

2 06 2010
soumyabrata

jai guru,
sitaram is a name which simply resembles mahanam itself.this is a avatar who like mahapravu broke the boundaries in spreading naam and at the same time did upheld dharma and shstra and reestablish it in the heart of modern india.as rightly predicted to take birth 500 HUNDRED YEARS before his birth BY A PARSAD OF MAHAPRAVU,SRI ACHUTANANDJI,HE SPREAD MAHANAM TO ALL THE CORNERS OF INDIA.
jai guru

8 08 2010
madhav hans

brother Sakhicharan Das,
you have been seen and got expirence of lot of saints …did you find the glimps of god himself …any where..or you saw god..

23 08 2010
rajdipmitra

Joy Thakur amader sob bipod thake rakhha koro thakur.
Thakur tumi amari………….. tumi amiri………………….. tumi amari…………………
ami tomari………………ami tomari………………ami tomari………………

rajdip mitra

23 08 2010
rajdip mitra

Joy Thakur amader sob bipod thake rakhha koro thakur.
Thakur tumi amari………….. tumi amiri………………….. tumi amari…………………
ami tomari………………ami tomari………………ami tomari………………

rajdip mitra

3 09 2010
manvi

namaste,

thank u so much for the nectar! can u also give the name of the book in which guru sitaram omkarnath’s words are printed.

i am eagerly waiting for ur reply guruji.
my mail address is manu23mm@yahoo.co.in

thank u so much.
pranam.

10 10 2010
Arindum Mukhopadhyay

i am also eagerly waiting for knowing the name of the book in which guru sitaram omkarnath’s words are printed.please reply in this mail.
My mail address is manu23mm@yahoo.co.in

thank u so much.
pranam.

21 03 2011
priyanath@saturdaytimes.in

There is beautiful site on His Holiness Ananta Sri Thakur Sitaram Das Omkarnath Dev Ji and His Teachings http://www.streamsofnectar.com ; To know more about the organization you can check http://www.omkarnathmission.org

10 10 2010
Arindum Mukhopadhyay

i am also eagerly waiting for knowing the name of the book in which guru sitaram omkarnath’s words are printed.please reply in this mail.
My mail address is call_arindum@yahoo.co.in

thank u so much.
pranam.

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29 11 2010
madhav hans

an old book written by sitaramdas with new publication is JAI RAM KRISHNA HARI in english rest more then 300 books are written by sri sitaramdas itself in bangla like BRHAMANUSANDAN , NAD LILAMRIT LAHIRI, sudhdhara,abayvani etc

4 05 2011
kausik chakraborty

i love u thakur, and my life is only for u and take my pranam

17 05 2011
Dillip kumar sahoo

Jai Guru to all our Guru bhai.
I think i am fortunate enough to come in contact with the principle of our baba, but i’m regreting that i can’t always follow those sadhna principle given by my Guruji(Swamiji). So I pray to my Gurudev may He bless me to go forward in Bhakti marg & ultimately I will go to Him. “Hai mere Nath mere jaise patita aur papi Aap ke Saran me aaya hun kripa kare, mujhe Aap ki Charan ka seba karne ka absar dijiye mere Nath, me Aap ke Charan me sastang pranam karta hun”. “JAY GURU”

13 07 2011
Anonymous

Thakur ei adhamer nam dao er sab kichu tomari. Er pranam nio.

13 07 2011
Anonymous

Ek sudhu tumi chinta dao. Tomar kaj karao. Nam bhakti dao aro aro aro.

Jaydeb Ghosh, Baruipur, 24 PGS (S), West Bengal, India

19 09 2011
Shubhanker Mukherjee

Jai Guru

I , due to having Punya of koti- koti janmas, got the Beej Mantra from ” Baba ” himself.
I know that Baba is always with me , often I feel.

24 10 2011
Anonymous

Jai Guru!
Ananta Antahin, Thakurer Leelao Asim.
Thakur Gagana-sadrisham –
Aakasher Dairghya-Prastha-Uchchata jemon maapa jaina,
Temoni, Thakurkeo samyak jana kono vyaktiveshesher pokshe sambhav noi.
Taai to sei janar, dekhar, bojhar shesh hobe naa konodin
Jatodin na tini nijey daya kore dekhiye bujhiye den.

Oh Thakur Sitaram, You are none other than the Krishna and the Rama!
Grace us Baba, help us drop the ‘D’ of this Sangsar’s pointless DRAMA!

Jai Shri Ram!! Jai Maa!!!

2 11 2011
Pratick Dutta

Joy GURU Joy GURU……….Amar pase sob somoy thekeo thakur…….

7 11 2011
Anonymous

jai guru,

3 02 2012
Anonymous

Joy Thakur amader sob bipod thake rakhha koro thakur.
Thakur tumi amari………….. tumi amiri………………….. tumi amari…………………
ami tomari………………ami tomari………………ami tomari………………

rajdip mitra

13 03 2012
ganeshv

Simply falling in love with this avataar

28 09 2012
S.Patra

“Jay GURU” “Jay Jay SITARAM”. OH ! my Thakur I love you very much.

2 11 2012
somnath seal

Jay Jay Sitaram – Jay Parankush Maharaj Ki Jay – In my life every thing what I used to do everyday with the help of them. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Namo Hare Namo Ramo Ramo Hare Hare.Hori namer Jai hog – Jai shri Bhagabaned jai hog.
– Somnath Seal – email no. sseal60@yahoo.in

2 11 2012
somnath seal

I shall every remain to them & every grateful to them.

5 01 2013
devendra

jaiguru jaima thnx a lot for giving such a beautiful lifeaccount of parAm guru

6 01 2013
Sakhicharan Das

Jai Guru!

My pleasure entirely!

22 03 2013
arpan

jay guri
jay gui,……….

23 06 2013
Rajkumar sahoo

JOY GURU JAYGURU JAYGURU THAKUR AMAKE TUMAR SANGE RAKHA.AMAKE TUMI BIPAD THEKE uddhar koro sabsamay.

6 08 2013
Anonymous

jay guru
jay guru
jay guru

7 09 2013
AMIT KUMAR MONDAL

joy sitaram
joyo joyo natho hare, joyo joyo natho hare, joyo joyo natho hare
BISHER KALLAN HO,BISHER KALLAN HO,BISHER KALLAN HO

14 09 2013
AMIT KUMAR MONDAL

RASA TAMA KOSH TUMI OHE BHAGABAN
SRABANAJA GAN MORE RAKHA BHAGABAN
TOMATE PRABESH JENO KARI BHAGABAN
AMETE PRABISTA TUMI HAO BHAGABAN
UPASAMA NIKETANA TUMI PRANARAM
PURNARUPE PAKASEETA HAO GUNADHAM
EKIBHUTA KARE LAO PRIYATAMA PRAN
AMAR AMIRE NATH KARO ABASAN

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