About Kathia Baba
The Nimbarka Sampradaya is a renowned, aged Vedic Sat Sampradaya. This
sampradaya has been named a HANSA sampradaya in the name of the very first
Shree Hansa Bhagwan (Lord VISHNU). Similarly it is also known as Sankadi
sampradaya having Sankadi Munis as the middle acharyas (Manas Putra of Lord
BRAHMA). They after delivering the knowledge of upasana and practice of Yoga
gave initiation of Astaadashakshra Gopal Mahamantra and the devotional practice
to devrishi NARADA.
The incarnation of Lord Shri Nimbarkacharya took place at the end of Dvaparayuga (Approx. 5000 years this has been proved by the Pratisagarkhand of Bhavishyapurana).
Once devrishi NARADA visiting the Prithvi-Lok observed the miserable condition and darkness of adharma in which humankind trapped in the material universe. He narrated the whole condition in Dev-Lok.
Then they all decided to go to Go-Lok Dhaam to Lord KRISHNA and narrated miserable condition of material universe and prayed for Dharama Raksha of Prithvi-Lok. After listening to them Almighty Lord KRISHNA asked Sudershan Chakra to take avataar and establish Dharma and spread spiritual realization in Prithvi-Lok.
Then as per wish of Lord Shri KRISHNA, Devrishi Narada gave initiation of Upasana, Yoga, Brahmavidya and devotional service to Their divine lordship Sri Radha Krishna along with the salagrama vigrah to Nimbaditya or Nimbarakacharya.
Brajbedhi Chatusampraday Sri Mahant
Sri 108 Ramdas Kathia Babaji Maharaj
In Nimbarka sect. a Pioneer Saga and "Yogiraj" Brajabedhi
Mohanto-o-Chatuhsampraday Sri Mohanto Sri Sri 108 Swamy Ram Das Kathia Baba ji
Maharaj, A Zenith in Astanga Yoga (Eight fold path of training ones body and
mind for spiritual liberation) and Hatha Yoga (System of Physical and breathing
exercise for developing a perfect body for spiritual progress through Kundalini
Yoga). Visited all the places of Bharat Varsha between Mansarover and
Kanyakumari. And practice deep meditation at lot of places before settling down
in Vrindavan. The Nimbarka Sampradaya has been given to it Commemorating the
great contributions by Sri Ramdas Kathia Baba ji maharaj preached us spiritual
enlightenment, divine messages which illuminate the path of spiritual progress
for the betterment of mankind.
Sri Ram Das Kathia baba ji maharaj was born in Punjab a village name Lonachamari. About 65 km from Amritsar, from a highly respected Brahmin family. At tender age of 4 once a saint dwelt in the village everybody used to visit him, as He happened one day to be only one seated near him. Listening to his tender conversation on sundry matters developed a profound adoration for the saint, He asked him how all heads stoop to your feet in veneration, and please tell me how you became so great. He said after smiling, "my child, I have become what I am by unseasonly chanting the holy name of Lord Rama. Apply yourself to do the same inwardly and you will be equally great." It was the moment, He realized that, I would surely embarked right away on reciting the Lord's name and perceived right away that worldly bondages lay as under as of that moment.
At the age of 6 years invested ceremonially with the sacred Brahmnical thread and sent away by His father to study scriptures under a renowned Sanskrit scholar (Pandit Guru), where with 8 to 9 years he gained proficiency in Sanskrit grammar (Saraswat), Indian Astrology, Portions of Smriti, "Vishnu Sahasranama" and as a finale introduced to "Shreemad Bhagwat Geeta".
Once on way to jwalamukhi he came upon a hermit seated there-body aglow with inner spiritual fire and had adorned with long matted hair attracted by an irresistible power. He was the preceptor at the Reverend Nagaji Chapter of the Nimbarka Sampradaya Sri 108 swami Devdas Ji Maharaj, He was yogi of the highest caliber and had attained spiritual perfection. That very day embraced by the grace of Guru a monastic life. Shri 108 swami Devdas ji would abide in holy trance (Samadhi) in a one posture on his prayer mat, for 6 months at a stretch he never slept not even out side the trance interval, when he occasionally smoked hemp and hashish. Years went by in the Himalaya foot hills Sri Ram Das Kathia Baba ji intitiated by prescribed rituals into wearing a wooden lion cloth and a massive wooden girdle around waist as a part of Sadhana for spiritual salvation (this wooden girdle later became famous as Kathia). In those years life was not so easy time to time bait him with assorted punishments and castigate him in provocative and grievous language to test his anger and conceit. This is how Sri Ram Das Kathia Baba persisted with determination on number of occasion in serving the Guru and fulfilling His mandates. In turn Guru ji was profoundly merciful and progressively schooled him in Ashtanga Yoga along with the rituals of Hatha Yoga. It was a true portrait of Guru-Sishaya relation in Indian spiritual world.
Sir Ram Das Kathia Babaji had thus performed diverse religious austerities of awesome severity and undertaken numerous pilgrimages, he came to Bhartpur there is a Soylani Ka Kund has lived for some time near the Kund. It was there that he had attained the ultimate merger with the Lord and absolute fulfillment of his spiritual salvation. After that he came to Braja and settled permanently settled in the holy land of Vrindavan.
During one Kumbh Mela at Vrindavan Sri Ram Das Kathia Babaji knows as a Zineth or Yogiraj among sadhu samaj was installed as the Sri Mohant of Holy Vraja by congregated hermits. He attended number of Kumbh Mela accross the Bharatvarsha. He also attended many year Holy Vraja Parikrma which gets underway two lunar days after Janmastmi along with many other sadhus. Since, this ritual is customarily led by the Mohanta of Holy Vraja.
Sri Santadas Kathia Babaji Maharaj
A Brief Introduction
Brajbedhi Sri Mahant Sri 108 Swami Santadas Kathia Babaji Maharaj One of the
Pioneer of Nimbark Samparday. A great saga, who attained higher divinity or
spiritual realization, preached the perennial philosophy of Nimbarka Vedanta
ideology among the people of Bharat Varsha. He also established various ashrams
throughout India, to rescue people who are plunged in sin, sorrow and darkness
by showing the spiritual progress.
Sri Santadas Kathia Babaji was born on 10th June 1859 on the auspicious day of Ganga Dushera Tithi, in "Bani" a village in Srihatta Bengal. His father was a strict religious Brahmin. At a very tender age his attraction towards religious Ramayan and the Mahabharata was astonishing. He was so intelligent that he used to listen quietly and eagerly and enraptured and memorised them. After the thread ceremony he went to city for higher education. But hunger of devotion and puja was so that he performed the puja three times a day with no flaw in his performance. Meantime he passed B.A, M.A and Law and started practice at high court. As time passed he felt something was lacking in life. This realization of the want of something in his life nearly drove him mad. But in his heart of hearts he felt that he required a Sadguru. Only a Sadguru could put an end to this ceaseless craving of his mind. Santadas Kathia Babaji life presents before us a kaleidoscopic spectacle of spiritual enlightenment. In year 1894 the Purna Kumbha was held in Prayag and he went with a friend. At Kumbh another day a disciple of Goswami Prabhu was saying "Kathia Baba does not accept many disciples, Santadasji". Hopes were shattered. Then next day they went to have his Darshan. The moment we sat near him, Sri Ramdas Kathia Baba said "If I find a person who has the qualities of a true disciple I am prepared to accept him."
The cloud of disappointment disappeared, the light of hope flashed in the darkness when he heard the words of Kathia Baba.
On the auspicious occasion of Janmasthami, the blessed couple received Diksha from Shri Ramdas Kathia Babaji Maharaj at Brindavan. Logstanding wish to find a Sadguru was at last fulfilled. Santadasji began to feel from that very moment that I had become a blessed child of Lord. All doubts that had arisen so far in the mind began to feel that he was an all-knowing Brahamrishi.
After returning to Calcutta, he started bhajan as per the instruction. The while day he spent doing his work as a lawyer at high court, but he kept the night for meditation and repeating the mantra. The eternal seed of salvation - the seed which helps one to attain eternal bliss - is implanted in the heart by a Sadguru. The realisation of this truth filled him with wonder as well as gratitude.
First book he wrote Brahmavadi Rishi and Brahmavidya a compilation of the main message of the scriptures of the world. And discussing about the Upanishads, Bhagavat Gita and other scriptures was his daily duty. Life was devoted helping poor people. He always believed that one can gain grace of Lord by giving away and not by trying to hoard his wealth. At that time when he planned to move to Brindavan his income was Rs. 10000/- per month. His journey to the temple of dedication, sacrifice and service took place in the month of August 1915.
According to the shastras, if we can constantly dwell in the human soul devoid of that effulgence the soul of all souls will reveal himself. One who attains full knowledge of the Brahma becomes immortal, state is a kind of full detachment.
Babaji's sacrifice, indifference to earthly attachments, his austere meditation and his glowing appearance attracted many people.
Shri Shri 108 Swami Dhananjay Das
Kathia Babaji Maharaj
The holy Land of India is the mecca of religions and religious consciousness.
Spiritualism is the backbone of India's national life. The greatest
significance of Hindu religion is the way in which it guides human soul towards
eternal peace and divinity. Sri Dhananjay Das was born in a village named
"Bhara" in the Bishnupur Subdivision of Bankura district of West Bengal on the
auspicious day was marked by Kartipuja Sankranti in a Brahmin family. He was
bright and intelligent and never failed to stand first in his school
examinations. He attended the Sanskrit school led by highly educated Brahmins
of a contemporary great Pandit by the name of Sri Tripathnath
Kavya-Vyakarar-Smrititirtha in Nabadwip. During this period gained Considerable
religious awareness and developed an irresistible attraction towards the
deities of sri sri Radhakrishna and started praying to the Lord for the
guidance of a proper 'Guru' or spiritual teacher.
He was informed by his fellow student about Sri Sri Santadas Kathia Babaji in Brindaban. After few days he went to Brindaban Ashram the latter gave him the "Diksha" initiated him spiritually on the Chaitra Purnima in year 1923. Sry Santadasji conferred the different 'mantras' upon Dhananjay Das alongwith initiation Guruji conferred the vow of life-long celibacy.
After the spiritual intiation started rigid and disciplined life. Long hours were devoted in meditation and puja during this period of supernatural literacy, attained very high plains of salvation and spiritual emancipation. He could feel the intensity of a great power concentrating within him.
In 1925 he attended the Sanskrit 'Chatuspatha' in Devulatpur village of Khulna district, passed out the three examination 'Adya-Madhya' and 'Upadhi' with this rounded up his long education with the prestiguous 'TarKatirtha' title having accomplished the ultimate in 'Nyayshastra'. In 1938 he visited to holy Kumbh Mela at Haridwar where he was honoured by the auspicious titles of "Brajabideki" and 'Sri Mohanta'. Babaji Maharaj visited number of Hindu pilgrimage of South India and an extensive tour of North India visited Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath Gomukh and returned to Brindavan after some months with wonderful experiences. Babaji Maharaj had attained high plains of Salvation and rigidly following the teaching or advice of Sri Santadas Kathia Babaji and realized the meaning of 'Almighty exists everywhere.' During this period he also went through perilous phase and moments of serious mental and physical fatigue. But he maintained unflinching faith in his Sri Guru and Lord.
During his stay at Shilong Bhubaneshwar and Vindhyachal maintained complete silence and devoted himself to rigid discipline. He also wrote 50 books and scriptures. Dhananjay Das Kathia Babaji established lot of ashrams. Silchar, Sukhehar, Agartala, Varanasi, Bhara and at Brindavan. Also donated money and other things to several educational institutions and needy people.
By his spiritual powers cured several of his devotees of incurable diseases. This vast service to mankind made him such a popular figure in the religious sphere. A great saga of modern Indian Babaji Maharaj had a personality which made him a worthy bearer of the holy Nimbarka Sect message and his Guruji's teaching in various works of life.
Although he achieved great spiritual powers but ultimate realization of power which remained latent in him, which was hard to be viewed by the common eyes. He believed that the greatest miracle is descendence of the Almighty on this earth in human form - in the form of Sri Guru, who can transform the mind of an unreligious man to the path of divine salvation and can make him realize existence of Lord.
Eternal Message of Sri Nimbarkacharya's Divine Philosophy
The philosophical theory propagated by Nimbarkacharya is called
"SwabhavikaDvaitaDvaita Siddhanta" (Natural dualism and non dualism theory).
The doctrine expounded by Nimbarka is eldest of all the Vaishnava theories. The
term Dvaitadvaita is synonymous with Bhedabhedha (Identity in difference).
Nimbarka's Dvaitadvaita doctrine holds that the Jiva (Soul) is a part of the
qualified or determinate being of God. The Jiva is different from Him, since it
is created subject to nescience and dependent and controlled by Him. Since the
Jiva is inseperable from God, subsist in Him and share His nature therefor the
Jiva is also non different from Him.
God is the only ultimate reality, but He manifests Himself as the manifold world of de coming consisting of the Jiva and Jagat. They exist in Him and are sustained by His supreme power. God is non different from the world and souls because these depend on him for their being or their very existence, buy He is different from them as He is independent & possesses the unique qualities of omniscience, omnipotence and the like, which the latter do not possess. Yet they are one with Him in os far as they are His creations and can not exist apart from Him. Though there is an identity like that between ocean and wave, there is a different like that of Sun and its Light. In the integral philosophy Jiva is considered as a power of God Almighty self Lord Krishna is the resort of Jiva.
Nimbarka's philosophy maintained that even in its highest illumination soul attains through the spiritual union with the God acquires all the divine powers, but he does not become almighty. He is not endowed with power of creation, preservation and destruction.
The basic principle of Nimbaraka philosophy one can attain God grace and eternal light, prescribes five ways to attainment of Salvation at highest level namely, KARMA, JNANA, UPASANA, PRAPATTI AND GURUPASTTI. And one should absolute surrender himself on the path of spiritual realization with unconditional love for God with calm, silent and hard work. And to attain salvation as per Nimbarakacharya one has to fix one's mind on Guru. Worship him with perpetual devotion and supreme faith Guru that guides our steps. It is who shows the path and our goal to reach God.
In Shrimad Bhagwatgita, Lord Krishna says, "those who meditate on me and worship me exclusively and those who are devoted to me. I will see to it that they got what they do not have and can protect whatever they have got."
As an exponent of Vedanta, Nimbarkacharya expressed his philosophy through number of writings of spiritual realization of mankind are VedantaKamadhenu, Prapannakalpavalli, Mantrarahasya-sodasi, Prapatticintamani, Gitavakyartha, Sadacaraprakasa, Radhashtakam, Krishnastakam, Pratahsmaranastotram and the Dasasloki.
The inseperable form of God is RADHA-KRISHNA, Krishna is the Lord of Love & Radha the power of love.
Divine Messages of Sri Ram Das Kathia Babaji Maharaj
The seeker who resides in the first stage shuns like poison all attachment to
worldly loss or gain, surrenders heart and soul to a Sadguru and yearns to
visit holy places. These conditions must be natural and permanent not subject
to ephemeral fluctuations.
"Who am I? Who is the cosmic Prince Mover?" Contemplate the aspirants that are
lodged in the second stage. Spontaneously impelled by his very nature, he
wonders about and meditates incessantly upon the Creator and Controller of the
infinite variety of cosmic phenomena, animate as well as inanimate. Here again
as in every stage, these cogitations must be effortless and unwavering-not
given to sliding back. Like a thirsty individual who looks frantically for
water everywhere and cannot rest until he has swallowed some, the person
occupying stage two cannot relax until he has known the supreme Lord of the
The faithful devotee who ascends to this stage has perfect and unflinching
comprehension of the essential nature of God's omnipresence and omnipotence. He
learns once and for all that God, as the original and only Cause and Source,
pervades and empowers the entire panorama of the living and the nonliving
throughout the fat corners of the universe inclusive of the seeker himself.
Logical analyses also may beget the same conclusions, but this is short lived
intellectual exercise - a very far cry from the abiding inner enlightenment
that characterizes stage three. He transcends all worldly limitations and gains
mastery over the supernatural.
Equal vision and uninterrupted beatitude imply stage four. The holy inquirer
who inhabits this level perceives everything as the manifestation of God
Almighty, and his sense of distinction between one entity and another therefore
dissolves altogether. He sees one in many and many in one. Such individuals are
extremely rare. Pleasure or pain, loss or gain - nothing can dislodge him from
an everlasting state of celestial bliss.
Transcendental love for God, as epitomized by Sage Narada, is its beacon. The
aspirant who levitates to this level shines with spontaneous selfless
(causeless) love or devotion for Lord and his creation. In Sanskrit, this is
known as Parabhkfior 'Naradiya Bhakti' after Sage Narada who attained this stage
by virtue of a boon directly from God. In this stage, the seeker achieves
perfect purity of mind and heart, and is no longer liable to slip downard to
The next two higher stages Sixth and Seventh, unfolds automatically with time. Only those that have earned mystic vision can really judge these stages surpass the limits by common human intelligence. Their deeds are bound to frustrate at rational analyses. They are adored and worshipped by all and sundry.
The wise have equal regard for all
They perceive the same self in a
Scholarly Brahmin, an outcast
An elephant a cow or a dog
Such people have mastered life
With even mind, they rest in Brahama
Who is perfect and the same everywhere
Sri Ram Das Kathia Babaji Maharaj, activities shows that he was verily incarnation of the lofty conception portrayed in the Gita. A sage or a swindler a prince or a pauper - everyone he treated as an equal. Revelations of child like simplicity and character were by no means rare. He always maintained that like elephant he has two set of teeth one to show and other is to eat. A true Sage will camouflage the real identity, occult power and supremacy so perfectly that, it is very difficult for common people to identify a true Saint.
He says: "You shall win true passion for God." To progress on path of Spiritual goal.
Sri Samtadas Babaji's few divine thoughts in short:
Respect - Deep faith in the words of one's Guru
Faults - Criticism and slander should always be avoided
1 - God is the Supreme Lord
2 - Total surrender leads to peace
3 - Serving the divine God in every human being is the best type of Sadhana
4 - Spiritual progress is impossible without a Sadguru
5 - God is all-seeing
6 - The seeds of salvation will never go in vain