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|A brief introduction of Shree Shree Jagabandhu Moitra|
Shree Shree Jagabandhu Moitra
Shree Jagabandhu Moitra
A brief introduction of Shree Shree Jagabandhu Moitra – (1859-1929)
Born in the lap of a religious minded couple Ramgati Moitra and Sarada Devi Jagabandhu Moitra completed his school education and became a school teacher at Pabna. Due to intense quest for God realization he came in contact with various religious institutions – i.e. Brahmos, Roman Catholic, Protestants, Baul etc. At last at the age of 28 he took shelter of Sadguru Bijoy Krishna Goswami. Thereafter he left the service at Pabna, being far away on his Guru’s behest. He wanted to spend full time in Ajapa Sadhan but got married to Shantisudha on his Guru’s insistence and joined a new job of teaching thereafter.When their first son Dauji was born Gosaiji told him that his desire based works (Parabdha) were over & instructed him to adopt “Akash-Vritte” (dependence on God alone for a living)
Henceforth Jagabandhu never left the company of his Guru till his last and delved into intense penance and naam-japa. He would sit on his seat after dinner and spend whole night in Ajapa Sadhan as his Guru Gosaiji did and get up at 6’o clock in the next morning. Seeing his intense penance his Guru advised him to take rest on week ends. On Guru Kripa his spiritual upliftment unfolded very fast.
His first supernatural vision was the spirit of Late Dwarikanath Mitra (ex Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court). A renowned person, as he was, could at once be recognized by Jagabandhu. Late Mitra wanted help from Jagabandhu as he was suffering very much in that spirit state. He arranged for alleviation of his suffering through “Gaya Sraddha” by his daughter (it was not done earlier). Later the Late Justice acknowledged thankfully in his subsequent appearance before Jagabandhu.
After four years of intense penance Gosaiji said Jagabandhu
has attained the stage from where the mind is always fixed
in incessant prayer (Ajapa) in spite of external work.
Gosaiji, while in his mortal body, had instructed Jagabandhuji to give deeksha to the aspirants but he never did it till Gosaiji lived. But after his demise Gosaiji asked him thrice in his finer body to give deeksha to seekers. Revered Jagabandhu Moitraji’s first disciple was the son of his Guru brother revered advocate Hemendra Mitra a disciple and a close associate of Gosaiji.
Renowned Swami Premananda Bharatiji and Gosaiji’s direct disciples used to send hundreds of seekers to Moitraji for deeksha.
In many cases disciples saw Gosaiji during deeksha. Many of his disciples reached very high state of Sadhana within a short time. Revered Moitraji always said that Gosaiji is the Guru. He is giving deeksha on his behalf.
Moitraji had attained the stage of incessant inner awareness and remained without sleep. He lived surrounded by many devotees so they were fortunate to observe in him at nights various occult expressions spontaneously oozing out. In a state of external awareness he always tried to control outer manifestation of inner rapture during Japa & Loud chanting (these manifestations are known as Satwik-Vikar).
One day when his wife was not in the room, their younger child got burnt by dipping his hand in a boiling bowl of rice and started screaming. Jagabandhu was in the same room deeply engrossed in meditation. He came back to external sense as he heard the scream but could not move his body to attend the baby until his mother came back. This shows his state of sadhana.
Alike Gosaiji he lived with his family, disciples & co disciples in large numbers yet there was no financial crunch ever seen. Any amount of sweets that might come, he distributed at once without saving for his children who were not present on spot. This shows his stringent adherence to the principles of Akaash-Vritti. Generally he used to take his lunch at 11o’clock but in case any one came late he would ask others to take their lunch and himself wait till the last person came back, however late he may come.
The following books written by him are available—
In his early age he was a very bold hearted person but after
holding the chair of Guru he became very soft. Once he was
seen fanning a disciple for a long time while he fell asleep
and found to be sweating. When the disciple got up, the Guruji
smilingly patted him to relieve him of his embarrassment.
Revered Sarojini Mitra (better known as “Maa-Mani”) is a disciple of Jagabandhu Moitraji who had reached a very high level of spiritual accomplishment. Her inner eye had opened and she used to remain engrossed in “leela darshan” even while doing daily routine work.
Her Gopal partook Bhog from her and left physical sign of eating-such as –leaving child like foot prints, portions of food missing, washing hands by dipping in a glass of water etc etc.Sri Jagannathji , Gopalji, Mahaprabhu Gosaiji & other saints often appeared before her and discuss religious matters including Sanskrit scriptures not known to her. She used to keep them in writing.
On her Guru’s behest these were published. One of the
books-“Vrindavan Leela” is read as a daily routine
in many ashrams at Vrindavan and other religious places.
Revered Guru Jagabandhu Moitra left his mortals in Calcutta on the Durgastami of 1929 when at Dhacca-Gendaria-ashram. He used to enquire frequently about the Durgastami date; the reason came to light after his death.
Following are his main teachings:-
• Never indulge in sectarianism but stick to the path
shown by your Guru.
After independence Dhacca Gendaria Ashram was shifted to
India. At present the descendants of revered Moitraji and
Shantisudha mata are residing at Baruipur near Calcutta and
a replica of Gendaria Ashram has been built there in a serene
environment. Hundreds of devotees of Gosaiji gather there
- Shree Shree Pathak Baba