Shri Vidya Guru Shri Ganpatram ji

On the 6th day of mantra Anusthan, I would like to introduce another shinning sun of my Guru Mandal (Circle of Gurus) who nurtured and spread the Shri Vidya Reet for hundred of years. This my tribute to the Guru Mandal.

Shri Ganpatram Dave was  the Guru of Shri Vidya Kashi Pashupat Parampara, who started to spread the Vidya (knowledge) to the worthy ones across the Gujarat. He was the Guru of very popular world famous singer Pandit Jasraj. He is my Paratpar Guru. His son Shri Vasudevbhai installed Shri Yantra in Ambaji temple (http://www.ambajitemple.in/). Which is a biggest place of pilgrimage in Gujarat state for Shakti worshippers.

He lived in his mortal body for more than 100 years and never wore any sewn clothes or shoes as in Hindu philosophy sewn clothes are not recommended for people aspiring for higher spiritual growth.

Shri Ganpatramji was main disciple of Shri Sitaram Bhatt ji of Pune (https://aishwaryanand.com/2017/12/11/shri-vidya-guru-shri-sitaramji-bhatt/). It is said that when Shri Sitaram Guruji on the edge of Mahasamadhi (casting off his physical body) his all Shishyas (Students) came to see him. Shri Ganpatram dada came and did his puja and drunk the Charnamrut of Shri Sitaramji and all the powers and knowledge got transferred into Shri Ganpatramji. It was unknown to other students so the students asked, ” Guruji (Sitaramji) ! Do you want to say (give any further knowledge which is still available to you) anything?” Guruji said, “All the knowledge is went to Gujarat with Ganpatramji”. He was a carrier of  complete and correct(without any misinterpretations)  knowledge of Shri Vidya Parampara of 100s of years. He was the one who could correct the Shankaracharya in many matters of philosophy.

Shri Ganapatram Dave was a great scholar, actually one of the greatest Vedantists of the time and was bestowed the title Ved Martand Tantra Shiromani by Dwarka Shankaracharya.

Apart for running a Gurukul for Vedas, Guruji was the trusted advisor to the Kings of Gujarat and advised the installation of the Bhuvaneshwari Amba Murthi in Gondal.  The purpose of this was to aid the struggle for independence from the British Raj.  He was known throughout India as one of the greatest Tantriks of the Century and even today holy places like Kamakhya to Rameshearam still carry his memories.

He had many devoted shisyas such as his son Shri Vasudevbhai, Shri Nandkishore Vyas, Shri Pratap Rai, Harshad Bhai, Shri Girjashankar Rawal and Smt Tarlaben Rawal.

His main shishya to whom Guruju passed the Gurugadi to was Shri Devshankar Trivedi of Sanand and Raja Jayvant Singh, renouned Kali Upasak and King of Sanand.

Famous for his contribution to the world of classical musical he gave the World many new ragas and compositions to enjoy.

His main shishya to who Guruji passed the Gurugadi to was Shri Devshankar Trivedi of Sanand. Guruji was the one of the greatest Kaulupasakas of the time and gave Diksha to and guided many in Shri and Kali Kul. A prime example was Raja JayawantSingh (king of Sanand), who was frequently visited in the palace by Adhya and Batuknath and created many ragas and compositions. Another shisya is the great PanditJasraj, of the famous mewathigharana, famous for his contribution to the world of classical music.

Gurudev wrote the Shri Vidya Mani Ratna Saparya Padhati in the 1800s, which is still used today. Furthermore, the Ambaji Shri yantra was reinstalled by him and as a result has many shisiyas in Siddhpur and Kamakhya. During his life he had met up with Pujya Gurudev Shri Devi Ba and was taken aback by her devotion. He wished to give her Diksha but unfortunately they never met after this. Gurudev lived for over 100 years after which he achieved Manidweep.

Below photo of Shri Vasudevbhai Ganpatram Dave who installed Yantraraj Shri Yantra at Ambaji temple.

Shri Vidya Guru Shri Achyutananda Nath

Friends,

I am back after a long time, I would like to introduce a very new phase of my spiritual journey with Shri Vidya Kashi Pashupat Reet (method) Parampara .

While doing Guru mantra Anusthan, I would like to introduce my Guru Mandal (Circle of Gurus) who nurtured and spread the Shri Vidya Reet for hundred of years. This my tribute to the Guru Mandal.

Shri Achyutananda Nath (Kaul Bhattji) was the Guru of Shri Vidya Kashi Pashupat Sampraday, who started to spread the Vidya (knowledge) to the worthy ones across the India. He casted his physical body off 127 years before but I can feel his presence while doing the Anusthan.

Sri Achyutananda Nath is the 241st Guru in the lineage of Shri Vidya Pashupat Sampraday, which branched off to Trika and Kashmir Shaivism.

Sri Achyutananda Nathji was born as Sri DamodarRamkrishna Bhatt on Adhik Jyestha, Krishna-Paksha Pratipada in 1839. At the age of 8, known as DamodarRamkrishna Bhatt, Gurudev left Gwalior for Kashi. In Kashi he was initiated in the spiritual system of Shri Vidya by Sri Vikaranandnath, He was given Purnadiksha by Shri Kashi Vishwanath. Guruji was famous around the Temple of Vishwanathji, and was known as Kaul Bhatt. His sadhana was unparalleled especially in Batuk Bhairav and was well renowned in the highest spiritual circles.

By the grace of his Guru, he was given the Lineage of ‘Pashupath Shri Vidya’ which was near extinction at the time. Furthermore, with the Divine blessings from the Shankracharya at that time Sri AchyutanandaNathji took an oath to propagate this rare Marg. 

Gurudev had many Siddhis and had perfected the Sadhana of both Sarbheshwar and Batuk Bhairav and these devtas were always seen to be with him. Not only was he the main propagator of the rare and nearly extinct Pashupat Sampradaya (of the 8 Shri Vidya Gupta Sampradayas), he was also the master in Mallkhambh and had won many accolades in wrestling. He was given and perfected this Siddhi from Shri Hanumnaji (please see the following you tube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1NW7etjbls).

 Guruji later set up and opened up many centres around Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh and Puna which are still practicing this art.

Gurudev was a great Adept at the time in Shri Vidya (Pashupati Reethi)sadhana and initiated many disciples including Jahansi Ki Rani, Tatyatope Peshwa Baji Rao II, Bal Krishna Gangadhar Tilak and Shri Sitaram Bhatt (Puna) to name a few. It is rumoured that the Bhairavi, who taught Sri Ramakrshna Paramhamsa was his doing.

Once Swami Vivekananda had returned from Chicago, he was advised by Shri Ramkrishna Paramhamsa to go to Kashi and learn Shri Vidya from Achhytuanandji. Amongst the great Siddhas of Kashi, Shri Achyutanandji was exceptionally famous and always had huge crowds jostling to meet and receive his blessings. Guruji wanted to escape this extreme attention and eventually left Kashi Mokhsa Puri and went to Haridwar, where he took Jaal Samadhi. Those who witnessed his Jaal Samadhi, witnessed Maha Kali, Batuk Bhairav and Lord Shiva blessing him and before his disappearance, he handed over the Guru lineage to Shri Sitaram Bhatt – Puna

To this day, Shri Achutanandji’s Akhadas are still found in Kashi, Gwalior and Puna.

He reached Manidweepam on 27/09/1890.
In this Diwali time Shri Urvashiben (my beloved Guru Baa) and Rakeshbhai (My Guide and Guru) with other upasaks visited Gurudev’s Akhada in Kashi and Malkam Stambh Pujan, Photos as follows..
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Gurudev’s Akhada is behind Kaal Bhairav nath temple, Kashi, a place called bibi satiya, asķ any one where is Kaul Bhatt ka Akhada.

Shri Vidya Guru Shri Sitaramji Bhatt

While doing Guru mantra Anusthan on 5th day out of love, I would like to introduce my Guru Mandal (Circle of Gurus) who nurtured and spread the Shri Vidya Reet for hundred of years. This my tribute to the Guru Mandal.

Shri Sitaramji Bhatt was the Guru of Shri Vidya Kashi Pashupat Parampara, who started to spread the Vidya (knowledge) to the worthy ones across the Gujarat and Maharashtra. He casted his physical body off 80 years before but I can feel his presence while doing the Anusthan.

Shri Sitaram Guruji of Pune (Shree Prakashanandanathji) was born at Pandavwadi Tal –Wai Dist – Satara M.S. on 8th Jan 1866.  In 1881 Shri Sitaram Guruji married Shri Venutai Vasudev Bhide.  They had two daughters, Sundaratai and Awaditai & two sons Ananta and Narayan.   Furthermore, Ananta had four sons – Govinda, Vighnanash, Nagnath and Ramkrishna.

Shri Sitaram Guruji was the passed on the Gurugadi from his Guru Acchyutanandji (https://aishwaryanand.com/2017/12/11/shri-vidya-guru-shri/) and was a great personality of his time.  He was a close friend of Akal Kot Baba and when Shridi Sai baba was returning after a long absence, he was troubled by his awakened Kundalini.  He was advised to seek Shri Sitaram Guruji and learn the techniques of kundalini yoga to control his Kundalini energy!

 Shree Sitaram Guruji suffered from TB & he was protected by his Guru Shri Acchyutanand Guruji through Parthiv Puja Anushthan.  In 1882, Shri Sitaramguruji received his Purnabhishek.   At the time, Guruji was serving as a School teacher in the Deccan Education Society’s School.  He graduated in Law and was appointed Chief Justice in Manasa State, Gujarat,  by the then King of Manasa state.  Later the King actually became a disciple of Shri  Sitaramguruji himself.

Address of above place: बुधवारी पेठ, दगडू शेठ गणपति मंदिर के पास, पुणे।।

Guruji revived the Divine tradition of Sri Vidya in Gujarat.  After resigning from the position of Chief Justice, Shri Sitaram Guruji relocated to in Gujarat.  During this time, many people were blessed with Diksha in Gujarat.  Although being an Advocate Judge he had complete mastery over Sanskrit.   

Shri Sitaram Guruji was very famous and celebrated in Maharashtra for his Siddhis.

 He was the Nyadish of Mansa Darbar and was a advisor to many courts of Gujarat, including Sayavji Gaekwad.

Shri Sitaram Guruji was Freedom fighter, Politician , Vedic & Tantric authority & Astrologer.  His renowned disciples include Shri Ganpatram Dave, Prof. Shri H.B.Bhide, Shri Vasudevrao Moholkar, Shri Shanker Waman Oak, Shri & Sau. Panditkaka Joglekar, Shri Swami Bhonde, Shri Kaka Lavalekar.

Guruji inititated Bal Ganagadar Tilak into Purnadiksha and advised him to perform the Ganesh Utsav.  This was necessary at the time, due to the British Raj, and by instigating this festival, united all and helped in the Free India campaign.  As a result of this, the Ganesh Utsav has become a world wide phenomenon, celebrated with great pomp and positive energy.

In 1905 he returned to Pune & started Bhajan Sanstha having more than 200 followers.  At the time to Mahasamaadhi, Guruji, transferred his blessings and powers to Shri Ganapatram Dave who continued to restablish Shri Vidya in Gujurat.

Guruji’s Peetham in above picture is still active in Pune and is currently being cared for by Shreemati Sudhavahini Nagnath Bhatt & Ku. Shubhda Ramkrishna Bhat who perform Guruparampara Karya at Pune along with Shri Vilas Vaishampayan.

On 13/4/1937 Shri Sitaramguruji departed for Manidweep.  To this date, Gurukarya is progressing due to his continuing Krupa Prasaad & Aashirvad.

7# पितृ देवो भव् – Remembering My Father on His Birthday

“मातृ देवो भव् पितृ देवो भव् “… (Taittiriya Upanishad) means Respects to Mother and Father. They are all forms of God.

I believe they are the only living gods we see in our life.

I am dedicating this article to my inspiration,friend,philosopher and guide – My Father.

He was a fourth child among six siblings born to educated farmer. His parents and my  grandparents Narayandas and Gangaben were a happy couple, working hard to raise their family with very small pack of land inherited by forefathers and were living in my native village Karbatiya (Ta. Vadnagar , India).

I heard from my father that his parents had to sell their most of their belongings over the time to give their kids a good education. My grandfather always believed that the education is the only way to transform to your spiritual and socio-economic status.The same belief percolated into my father due to his real life experiences.The respect and love for his parents was great.He did anything he could do to make them feel cared and loved. I rate him dedicated and responsible son.

My Father-SSC Photo

 A person being emotional , family , friends and native place lover was very popular in every community of our native village. Even today his friends still tell us his stories about all the mischief they did together and also how academically brilliant, handsome (actually people called him Rishi Kapoor in his school/college days) and brave was he? that makes us feel proud. I have seen his friends cried for him when he left us forever.Members of every community came to his funeral.That showed the love he received from his friends and community and vice versa.

I consider his love for his siblings and their kids was very sacrificial however it has never been appreciated. My cousins still recognise and accept the fact about his solicitude to our big family.

His love and respect to my mother was just phenomenal however he admitted that he could never give everything she deserved due to his illness and other commitments. He expressed regret in front of me in his last days that whether he could ever give her anything back what she has sacrified for us.

We two brothers of course were jewels of his eyes. His way to love us was quite a different.The discipline and health were main themes in his affection.We were denied other food if would not eat any healthy stuff like bitter melon :). A good thing was that he just motivated to be excellent at whatever we do regardless of type and level of work.That made us more pressure free in our career paths. The bedtime stories he told us included the stories of Ramayan,Mahabharat and Indian independence.Further he nurtured our hobby of reading and my natural fine art skills. As a Mukhya Shikshak at RSS Shakha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashtriya_Swayamsevak_Sangh), he took us there every evening.That encouraged our self-awareness of nationalism, morality, duties, leadership, equality and physical fitness. His teaching on moral values was practical, one of the real life experience when we kids bought chocolates from the shop and the shopkeeper returned us more change than it should be,we were happy kids because we got extra money by somebody’s mistake but eventually we had been brought back to the shop and told to return the extra bucks.We didnt like that initially but we felt respect about ourselves and our father for doing the right thing.

His motivation on our failures still reminds me that how positive was he.On the failures in the life exams and having the greatest disappointments, he usually said “you will have many other chances,this is not the end of life,on positive side you still can learn from your failures.”, to be honest he was damn right. Despite of his on and off 15 year bedridden illness , he was full of positivity and spirituality.He never got depressed because of his deteriorated health and eventually financial and other opportunities in his life. I don’t know where did he get that energy from? He always believed in “Law of Karma”. He always said that the reason of his suffering might be his Karma from his past life. He preached us to be conscious about our Karma and we are trying to be very conscious. We are taking our health very seriously because he gave his own example about how health is the real wealth.On kids development he used to say , “parents are the only best teachers in the world and we can’t just transfer our major responsibility of values and academic education to the kids’ school teachers only.”He used to say make good and long term friends and love them without any expectations.

I don’t know what people would have ever recognised him – just by his financial success or by his status? but for us he was our teacher, motivator, philosophical friend and a great father.

Would we ever be able to give such a wealth to our new generations? Would we be able to do such a great sacrifices for our parents ?

On his birthday today (23 November) he would have completed 60 years and we would have celebrated his Shasthi Poorti (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shashti_Poorthi).Unfortunately he is physically not with us since December 2007 but spiritually,by his thoughts and ideology he will be will us forever, generations to generations.

Love you dad and we need you today for ourselves and our kids.We acknowledge and appreciate your importance in our life. We know you are smiling and blessing us from the sky as Pitru (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitrs).

Wishing you a very happy birthday Pappa and Miss you so much…………………………

5# Management Concepts : Dharma – The Absolute Duty

Dharma is the term with multiple meanings in the Hindu,Buddhist,Sikh and Jain philosophy. It is a central concept of the way of living.

Dharma translates into the duty, law, righteousness, rights, conducts, order, model or virtues. Dharma in a simple way can be described as personal righteous duty.

For example, Earning for family is a Dharma of family head. Working in the interest of the employer is the Dharma of an employee.

In more details, Dharma is moral responsibility of the person in the context of the society he/she is living in. For an example, An employee sees his employer earning out the profit by anti-social or anti-national ways. It is employee’s Dharma to educate or stop the company’s decision makers about their acts affecting their social and national responsibilities. another one ,

The nation’s Dharma is to protect their citizens and prosper but not in the cost of others’ sovereignty, environment and other resources.

So Dharma’s definition vary for person to person and it is complex however the one, who is conscious about the world,nation,society,family,environment and shared resources, shouldn’t have problem to distinguish the absolute Dharma from relative Dharma.There will be always relative Dharmas in your way while you will be thinking of the absolute Dharma.

When the person who put his/her self-interest before the general interest and affecting overall population is called relative Dharma, Absolute Dharma bent for self-interest is called relative Dharma. For example, A thief steals to feed his/her family. It is his/her Dharma to feed his/her family but not by the cost of anybody’s resources via wrong ways. The absolute Dharma is to feed one’s family but it shouldn’t be by wrong ways.

How to check your Dharma?

Think of Universe First then World then Nation then State then Community then Family then lastly Yourself. It may give you more clear direction to choose your absolute Dharma.

I hope you all will pick your absolute Dharma for yours and whole universe’s betterment.

If you like this article please feel free to give me feedback for my self-improvement.

3# Indonesia Appreciating Her 10000+ years Old Rich Heritage

Being in Bali(Indonesia) in mid October 2014, I have realised that Indonesia is more secular, culturally and socially tolerant than Indian subcontinetal countries.

The Arjun, Karna, Krishna and other Mahabharata  and Ramayana incidents’ statues and paintings at/on major roundabouts/circles of the roads,public places, government offices, some of the old currancy notes and all over the places.

Indonesia respect her heritage more than India(psudo secular) as a country. I am feeling more Indian in Bali (Indonesia) than India.Why can’t India as a republic country respect and feel to be proud of it’s 10,000+ year old heritage in public.

0# Dipawali Wishes….

On the day of Dipawali….I wish disadvantaged people get their necessities and on the otherside advantaged may become wise and generous towards society.

Dipawali is celebrated in the memory of triumph of good over evil, light over darkness,truth over untruth and love over hate.

May this Dipawali bring us good life, light of wisdom, truth of absolute reality and love towards every creature of the universe.

HAPPY DIPAWALI AND NEW YEAR TO WHOLE UNIVERSE.