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Sitaramdas Omkarnath
omkarnath incarnation omkar

1. Introduction

Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath (17 February 1892 – 6 December 1982) was a preeminent Indian Vaishnav Saint, 19th century Bhakti cult spiritual luminary and an unequaled humanitarian from the state of West Bengal, India. Addressed as Sri Sri Thakur Sitaramdas Omkarnath, where "Omkar" signifies the supreme cosmic enlightenment and attaining supreme consciousnes, he was heralded as the Divine Incarnate (Avatar) of Kali Yuga and espoused the doctrines of Sanatan Dharma and Vedic spiritual path to countless devotees from across the world, with central theme and paramount importance on the beneficence of Divine Chanting Naam of Hare Krishna Hare Ram - regarded as the omnipotent "Tarak Brahma Naam" the chant of soul deliverance in Kali Yuga and "Moksha" liberation from cycle of birth and death. As such, his disciples continue to worship him as an incarnation of the Lord himself and is verily regarded as an eternal source of spiritual enlightenment and soul succour to all seekers.[1] because his life had been predicted in a manuscript of Achyutananda Dasa. Sitaramdas Omkarnath wrote more than 150 books to promote the essence of Indian scriptures, built more than 60 temples and ashrams all across India, and founded His spiritual organisation Akhil Bharat Jaiguru Sampradaya,[2] established many groups, temples, mutts, both within and outside the Sampradaya— and was also the initiator of multiple magazines like Pather Alo, Devjan, JaiGuru, Arya Nari, Paramananda, and The Mother.

2. Birth and Childhood

Sitaramdas Omkarnath was born in an uncle's house at Keota village in Hooghly district, West Bengal, on 6 Falgun 1892. His given name was Probodh Chandra Chattopadhyay, and his parents were Pranhari Chattopadhyay and Mallabati Devi. Pranhari was a pious Brahmin and worked as a village physician in Dumurdaha, Hooghly district. The kuladevata (family deity) was Brajanath (Krishna).[3]

In 1896, his mother Malyavati Devi died. His father then married Giribala Devi, and himself died in 1912.[4]

3. Education

Omkarnath attended a village school but then determined that Dasarathidev Yogeswar of Digsui village should be his guru.[2][5]:133Though he was admitted to the Bandel Church School for a quite of time to pursue Western Education, he left that school for is earnest interest in Indian Sankritised Education system. Thereafter he studied at Yogeswar's house, where he undertook daily chores as well as spiritual education. In 1918, Probodh was meditating at about midnight when he visualised the god Shiva along with the Durga, the Divine Mother.[6]

Later, Omkarnath saw his previous birth on the day of Saraswati puja. Through this he came to believe that he was a famous worshipper of the goddess Kali in previous life.[7]

4. Spiritual Quest

Guru Dasarathidev had named him Sitaram, the name Omkarnath was a divine revelation which was later formally conferred by Swami Dhruvananda Giri. Thus, Probodh came to be known as Sitaramdas Omkarnath. He had heard the Hare Krishna MahaMantra as a Divine Sound during his austere meditation in a cave at Ramashram, Dumurdaha, Hooghly. Later, he heard a divine voice say "O Sage, dive in". Still Sitaram was not ready for giving spiritual initiation to masses, and he waited for direct command. At Puri, Orissa, Sitaram visualised Jagannath in a halo[8] and Jagannath gave the instruction — "Go, Go, Go and give the Name".[5]:134 Thereafter, Sitaram started spreading the Lord's name on a mass scale.[5]:136

5. As a Preacher/guru

After getting what is believed to be the Divine instruction, Omkarnath began to preach Nam all across India.[9] Temples were established and renovated, the poor were fed, clothes were distributed, help was given to the fathers of marriageable daughters, taking on the responsibility of lifetime maintenance of hundreds of poverty-stricken families, establishment of free schools for poor students, setting up 29 Akhanda Naam Kirtan centres across India, establishing temples and ashrams, and several other activities of the kind went on continuously.[5] Though he was a follower of both Ramanuj and Ramanandi sect, he himself developed a unique philosophical school named "Avinava Pranab-vad"

Millions of men and women took spiritual initiation from Sitaram. His reputation spread and people gathered in large numbers wherever he resided. Sitaram was respected by contemporaries such as Anandamayi Ma, Mohanananda Brahmachari, Dalai Lama, Vilayat Inayat Khan, Swami Chidananda, Jain Muni Sushil Kumar and others.[5][7] He was believed to be an incarnation of Lord Sri Ramachandra, and is one of the most spiritually powerful and sound people that ever existed in human history. He is also one of the purest people who have ever existed.

6. Teachings

According to Omkarnath,

Nama meant Nama of God; Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Durga; but Nama had to be repeated constantly. Nama could reach the Sadhaka to Nada and Jyoti (Divine Sounds and Lights); ...and ultimately Name could bring Onkar, the Anahat sound one could hear inside. So what the Rishis of the old days could not gain even after hundred of years of Tapasya in jungles, Nama could achieve even when a person lived his normal life and did his every day work.[10]

Sitaramdas Omkarnath's spiritual philosophy encompassed Bhakti, Jnana, Karma Yoga, Kriya Yoga and all segments of ancient Indian religion, with emphasis on Nam [Lord's Name]. Sitaramdas did not promote conversion, but guided all seekers on the path of their respective religion. He said- 'The paths may differ, but HE is not different.' By holding onto the Holy Name of Lord, and by performing the duties prescribed by religion of oneself, everybody can attain the Supreme Truth.[11]

The teachings of Omkarnath derive from his personal experiences, revealed in the course of a lifelong and continual spiritual practice. His teachings were compiled by Kinkar Omananda (alias Madhav Swamiji), one of his closest monastic disciple.[12](c.Introduction¶.17)

7. Miracles

Many of unexplained incidents associated with Omkarnath have been documented in books and newspapers by prominent personalities. Among these are:

  • The writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen wrote of a 'medical miracle' she had seen. Her father, Naren Dev, was in coma for several days but when Omkarnath came and touched him, he opened his eyes and talked and within a week had begun walking.[13]
  • Many newspapers of Kolkata reported a revival from death at a Calcutta Medical College. Padmalochan Mukerjee was declared dead, Omkarnath arrived, touched him and revived him in front of Sister G. Wood, who was overwhelmed by the incident.[5]:126[14]
  • General Sujan Singh Uban described that Omkarnath had foreseen the Indo-Pakistan war of December 1971 and that during the war a supernatural power of Omkarnath had given him an extraordinary victory. Besides the national issues, Uban had felt the powers of Omkarnath in many aspects of his personal life.[5]:131

8. Death

Omkarnath died in the early hours of 6 December 1982. His body was placed at Sri Ramashram, Dumurdaha, so that people could pay their respects. He was cremated on a sandalwood pyre on 8 December.[15]

Further Reading
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  1. Chattopadhyay, Sanjib (19 February 2011). "Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath Shivthakurer kache ki Mantra peyechilen". Bartaman Patrika (Bengali: বর্তমান): p. 12. 
  2. "Omkar Math Omkareshwar". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  3. Petsche, Johana J.M. (29 July 2014). "The Divine Life of Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath, by C. Varadarajan, fourth edition". International Journal for the Study of New Religions 5 (1): 106–107. doi:10.1558/ijsnr.v5i1.106. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  4. Chattopadhyay, Sanjib (19 February 2011). "Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath Shivthakurer kache ki Mantra peyechilen". Bartaman Patrika (Bengali: বর্তমান): p. 12. 
  5. Singh Uban, Sujan (1977). Gurus of India. East-West Publications (U.K.) Ltd. ISBN 978-0-85692-004-2. 
  7. "Impression of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath". [The Mother Divine]. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  8. "Pather Alo- Thakur". Retrieved 2015-05-21. 
  9. Viththal Ramanuja, Kinkar (1 August 2018). "Mahapurusder Tirtho Bhraman". Sukhi Grihakon(Bengali: সুখী গৃহকোণ ). 
  10. Banerjee, R. K. (January 1993). "Shree Shree Sitaramdas Omkarnath". Ananda Varta 40 (1): 1. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  11. Ramanuja, Vithal (August 2016). Bishesh Sraddharghya. 
  12. Supe, Raj (2011). Cloudburst of a Thousand Suns. Dehli: Celestial Books. ISBN 978-9-38111-562-6. 
  13. Devsen, Nabanita. Bhraman Samagra. Dey's Publishing. ISBN 978-81-295-0902-4. 
  14. Sengupta, Dr.Naliniranjan (1 July 1968). "Chithipotro". Jugantor(Bengali: যুগান্তর). pp. 4. 
  15. "Full text of "s.v.u.oriental journal"". Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
Name: Sitaramdas Omkarnath
Born: Feb 1892
Died: Dec 1982
Probodh Chandra Chattopadhya Keota Village, Hooghly district, West Bengal, India
Title: Preeminent Indian Vaishnav Saint
Affiliation: Unknown
Honors: Namavatar Founder of Jaiguru Sampradaya
Subjects: Religion
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