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Sri Sri Ram Thakur:

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Sri Sri Ram Thakur

"Sri Sri Ram Thakur"
Born2 February 1860
Died1 May 1949 (aged 89)
Other names"Sri Sri Kaibalyanath"
"Sri Sri Satyanarayan"
Known forSpiritual guru
ParentsRadhamadhava Chakravarty (father)
Kamala Devi (mother)
To save and salvage human beings from the unending and unbearable pains and misery, injustice and corruption of the materialistic world, the Almighty God comes in human form to this world from time to time. The Saviour shows the right path to set them free from their predicament. By His divine love and by demonstrating the ideal way of life He uplifts the ordinary human folk to extra-ordinary level of spiritual enlightenment and God-consciousness.
"Sri Sri Ramthakur" is such a soul. He is also revered to as "Sri Sri Kaibalyanath" or "Sri Sri Satyanarayan". He took the human form for the spiritual upliftment of all, irrespective of religion, caste, creed, sex, colour and class. A considerable section of His followers were the so-called 'untouchables' and people of other religions (muslimsbuddhistschristians,etc). Most of them were drawn towards Him & fascinated by His magnetic divine personality, His magnanimity & affection for all, and also by His pleasant personality.
He said that to attain "Brahma", the supreme being, requires a lot of perseverance and practice of the ways and means demonstrated by a great soul. Renunciation of Sansara (material world) is not the only path to realize the Self. God-consciousness may be achieved by chanting of Naama within this mundane world of ours by means of hard work without attachment.
After setting up Sri Sri Kaibalyadham, He proclaimed that all the divine deities are present there in it, with full power and heartfelt blessings. In his words, "In future a great soul will appear to disclose the glory of Sri Sri Kaibalyanath and liberate the devotees to attain 'Kaibalyamukti'". He pronounced that people belonging to all religions will come here and attain their ultimate goal of spiritualism, performing their own ways of worshipping. He said that the Mohunt of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham should be regarded as the empowered representative of Sri Sri Kaibalyanath himself and will be the supreme spiritual and administrative head of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham.
His exemplary ways of life and His invaluable advices, showered throughout His life, provided guidelines for ideal and sacred life and the right path for seeking God. His innumerable letters and the diaries of His intimate disciples, are replete with His precious advice. The valuable extracts of His letters written to various devotees, have been compiled as "Veda-Vani" in three volumes.




India has been blessed with the incarnations of many powerful and mystic saints and religious teachers from time to time. Sri Sri Ramthakur was one of them and He appeared in human form in undivided Bengal in the middle of 19th Century. Though He was a well known saint, little is known about Him outside West Bengal and Bangladesh as He was against any kind of publicity about Himself. Millions of followers flocked to him for His advice and spiritual guidance. People of the undivided Bengal could know about His divine personality only from the writings of poet Nabin Chandra Sen (who was also a sub-divisional Magistrate of FeniBangladesh at that time) and from books and articles which were written by a few senior disciples from their recollections about Sri Sri Ramthakur. All of them divided His life into three phases:

Sri Sri Ramthakur was born in the famous Bidyalankar family at Dingamanik, in Faridpur district, Bangladesh, in the month of Magha, 1266 B.S (2 February 1860) on Thursday, the 10th of the New Moon with Rohini (Aldebaran) in the ascendant. His father (late)Radhamadhab Chakravarty was an ascetic, devoted to penance according to the tantras. His mother (late) Kamala Devi had a frank and simple nature. Sri Sri Ramthakur had two elder brothers, one twin brother and one sister.
Sri Sri Ramthakur was from His early years different from the others. He, since His boyhood, always liked to be alone with Himself. His chief pastime was worshipping the gods and goddesses. His schooling at the primary institution was brief. As a boy He felt strongly attached to, and was deeply loved, by His father's spiritual guide (late) Mrityunjoy Nyayapanchanan, who passed away one year after His father's death. Sri Sri Ramthakur was then only 8 years old. Soon after, on the third day of the New Moon of Vaishakha, He was initiated by the Guru in a subtle and mysterious way. A few years after, He met the Guru in embodied form at KamakshyaAssam.

The second period of Sri Sri Ramthakur's life is shrouded in mystery. From Kamakshya He disappeared with His Guru to return home after 8–10 years. During this period He visited several places at Himalayas and other places. Soon after He probably went to Noakhali,Bangladesh, and spent a few years there and at FeniBangladesh, where Poet Nabin Chandra Sen met Him. He was then 26/27 years old. Immediately after, He disappeared again to reappear in Kolkata around 1902-'03.
When His mother died in 1903, He was in Kalighat . He next spent a few years in the well-known village of Uttarpara in the suburbs ofKolkata and one day disappeared from there. Sri Sri Ramthakur and His twin brother Sri Sri Lakshmanthakur were unmarried.

For more than a year He was on walking tours in the south, and returned home probably towards the end of 1907 or beginning of 1908. From this time till His passing away, during various crises like the two World Warsriotsfaminespolitical movementsnuclear explosionand British repression, He stood by the suffering humanity giving them constant courage, hope and blessings while moving from door to door. He was adored and revered by both the Hindus and people of other religion, irrespective of their faithSri Sri Ramthakur used to stress constantly on the efficacy of the repetitions of the Lord's Holy Name as a spiritual discipline and penance for all ills which subsequently would lead to God and eternal peace.
During the last few years of His life, in spite of His frail health, the tempo of Sri Sri Ramthakur's ministrations increased tremendously. His grace overflowed and touched the lives of thousands of men. Sri Sri Ramthakur entered Mahasamadhi on the third day of the New Moon of Vaishakha 18, 1356 B.S (May 1, 1949) at Chaumohani, a town in the District of NoakhaliBangladesh. His holy remains were laid to rest at Chaumohani, where a hermitage named Samadhi Mandir has been established as per His desire.


Without the blessings of Sri Sri Ramthakur, it is quite impossible for someone to talk or put anything in black and white about Sri Sri Thakur Ramchandra Dev, an incarnation of Bhagwan Narayana. He disliked self-propaganda so much so that even if at some point of time His divine prowess happened to get revealed to ordinary people, He used to make light of the matter saying - "These things just happen!"
His teachings and philosophy transpired through His personal ways of life, behaviour etc., His sermons to His disciples seeking His advice on different matters and His numerous letters written to His countless followers and those in distress.

"Pardon me. I am not an advisor, but a mere example," said Sri Sri Ramthakur once after delivering His valuable advice. He was a living example. What was the experience of His lucky disciples who had got the enviable opportunity to come close to Him? He was as great, liberal, solemn, generous, calm and quiet as the vast firmament unmoved by all storms, stresses mishaps, blots, joy and sorrow. Seasons did have no impact on Him at all. Like that very endless space He would shower His love and affection equally upon everyone, irrespective of their financial statusknowledge and wisdomvice and virtue. He even used to enlighten people putting the most nonsensical queries before Him with utmost patience and without getting irritated a bit.
The embodiment of immense spiritual power, He always remained most courteous and strove for the betterment of the common man. Ever oblivious of His own comfort, never ever did He tolerate the slightest bit of indifference to His accompanying followers wherever He went and it would turn out to be a most uphill task to prevent Him from leaving that place at once under such circumstances. He was so gentle and courteous that He would always use the term 'apni' (you - used formally) to call someone and 'tumi' (you - used informally) in case of mere minors. During His stay in the residence of any of His disciples or followers or wherever it be, He would always mingle with others like the nearest one and did not even hesitate to contribute physical labour since he was totally devoid of any kind of dogma or ego. He was impartial in the true sense. This apart, excess, in any form, was not to His liking. He loved to live a very simple life - be it in terms of clothing or food. One ordinary dhoti and an ordinary chadar for clothing and a very nominal quantity of milk or dry fruits or boiled vegetables were sufficient for His daily life.
Besides, He was diligent and self-dependent. Discipline and dutifulness were parts of His life. Uttering even a single word or going somewhere without any reason were against His nature. It could be spelled without any hesitation that our mortal world would certainly benefit if the instances left behind Him were followed.

He would show His followers the path of enlightenment with the help of very simple advice like, "Chant His name always wherever you are. Do your duties and keep faith. That will do since the Almighty and His name are inseparable, identical and the same. One can even overcome the predestined by chanting His name alone. Showiness is not desirable as it blurs the truth." His sweet and hearty advice lies deep-rooted in the hearts of His followers.

His invaluable advice and directives are found in plenty in His numerous letters written to His disciples. His followers and common people cutting across nationalities and religions would surely be enlightened in terms of familial and spiritual aspects with the help of His advice and sermons.
After Sri Sri Ramthakur's departure from this mortal world, His 808 letters relevant to our day-to-day life were compiled and published in three volumes entitled "Veda-Vani" by Dr. Indubhushan Bandyopadhyay, former Ashutosh Professor of Calcutta University. None of these letters contains a single word that can hurt somebody or someone's belief. These letters can be helpful for someone eager to enter the Path of Infinite glee and joy.
He said "Follow your destiny. Keep faith in Him. Take refuge at the feet of Satyanarayana. People irrespective of nationality, religion or mental formation are parts of one single community - human community. Each and everyone can reach His feet if his/her religion is followed with love for truth and sincerity." On a certain occasion He said "What's wrong with an atheist? The essential motto should be to remain honest and preserve unadulterated belief and conviction."

[edit]Notable Quotes

  • "Surrender to God empowers the soul to secure its deliverance from the worldly entanglements brought on by the revolving wheel of Fate."
  • "Whatever is your allotted portion in life in terms of material gains and mental riches should be accepted as God's merciful gift unto you."
  • "Fate is the arbiter for all and duly gives unto each what falls due to him. It is no good giving thought to that. None can escape the concatination of the destined events of his life."


  • Sri Sri Satya Narayaner Panchali by Sri Sri Ram Thakur
  • Sri Sri Guru Geeta by Sri Sri Ram Thakur
  • Ramayana by Sri Sri Ram Thakur
  • Sri Sri Ram Thakurer Jeeban Katha by Sri Mohendra Chakraborty
  • Sri Sri Satyanarayaner Panchali - Ashwadhan by Dr. Pulin Ranjan Das
  • Ram Thakurer Katha by Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee
  • Veda-Vani : Part - 1 by Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee
  • Veda-Vani : Part - 2 by Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee
  • Veda-Vani : Part - 3 by Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee
  • Veda-Vani Or Revelations : Part - 1 (translated) by Sri Aboni Mohan Banerjee
  • Veda-Vani Or Revelations : Part - 2 (translated) by Sri Aboni Mohan Banerjee
  • Veda-Vani Or Revelations : Part - 3 (translated) by Sri Aboni Mohan Banerjee
  • Sri Sri Ram Puja by Dr. Jatindra Chandra Dev Roy
  • Arghya by Sri Abani Mohon Mukhuti
  • Sankalan by Sri Suresh Chandra Chakraborty
  • Sri Sri Ramchandradever Ashtottar Satanammala Sankeertanam by Srimati Binapani Sen Gupta
  • Sri Sri Ram Thakur Abirbhab Satabarshikee Smarak Grantha (various writers)
  • Kripasindhu Ram Thakur by Sri Manoranjan Mukhopadhyay
  • Ram Bhai Smarane by Sri Phanindra Kumar Malakar
  • Sri Sri Thakur Ram Chandradev Smarane by Sri Shubhamay Dutta
  • Sri Sri Thakur Ram Chandradev Prasanga O Amritabani by Sri Subhamay Datta
  • Sri Sri Thakur Ramchandradever Smriti Archana by Sri Subhamay Dutta
  • Sri Sri Thakur Kathamrita Bindu by Sri Brajendra Kumar Chowdhury
  • Sri Sri Thakur Ramchandra Dev by Sri Sushil Chandra Dutta
  • Sri Sri Dayanidhi Ramchandradever Leela Madhuri (Keertan Prasange) by Sri Abani Mohan Mukhuti
  • Sri Sri Kaibalyanath Smarane by Dr. Khagendra Nath Gupta
  • Geeti Puspa Mala by Srimati Binapani Sen Gupta
  • Sri Guru Sri Sri Ram Thakur by Sri Rohinee Kumar Majumdar
  • Satyer Sandhane (edited) by Sri Birendra Nath Bose
  • Veda-Vani Sadhya Sadhan Tattwa : Part - 1 by Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee & Dr. Gobinda Gopal Mukherjee
  • Veda-Vani Sadhya Sadhan Tattwa : Part - 2 by Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee & Dr. Gobinda Gopal Mukherjee
  • Veda-Vani Sadhya Sadhan Tattwa : Part - 3 by Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee & Dr. Gobinda Gopal Mukherjee
  • Smaranika (edited) by Dr. Pulin Ranjan Das
  • Jayguru Sri Ram by Sri Ajit Kumar Sen
  • Tithi Mahatmya by Dr. G.P. Dev Roy
  • Sri Guru Chakra by Sri Sudhir Kumar Sen Chowdhury


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Jadavpur :

 Hermitages - Jadavpur, India
Pahartali . Jadavpur . Dingamanik . Chaumohani   | Audio Gallery  
Sri Sri Kaibalyadham, Jadavpur, Kolkata, India
It was 1940 when Sri Sri Thakur was staying in a house at Kolkata. One day during a conversation with His close disciples Thakur said to late Dr.Kshitibhushan Sen that He did not have any place to stay. Rather surprised to hear this, Dr. Sen said that he had a land at Jadavpur, Kolkata, and he would be glad to build a house for Thakur if He so wanted. Thakur agreed to that proposal and came to see the land with Dr. Sen. Where at present the Tulshimanch has been constructed, Thakur stood at that very spot. Thakur liked the land and said that there would be a small two storied building with one bed room and verandah on the first floor and another room at ground floor. Thakur also said that the staircase of the building would be very narrow so that only one person could move there at a time. Thakur would stay in the first floor and call someone by ringing a bell, if needed. Thakur asked to demarcate the place as Satyanarayan peeth where He was standing and describing His desire. He also asked to show Him the whole plan when it would be ready. When the plan was ready, Thakur approved it and the construction of the building was over by 1942. Dr. Sen met Thakur and He declared with great joy the date of Grihaprabesh as 13th Falgun, 1349 B.S (26th February, 1942).
The disciples were conveyed accordingly and preparations were made to turn this occasion a grand success. On 13th Falgun, Thakur was staying at the house of late Kunjalal Majumder, one of His very devoted follower, at 11, Earl Street, Kolkata, and did not attend the function despite repeated prayers of His disciples and did not even meet any of His disciples who came to attend the ceremony. However, He was kind enough to direct His close disciples to take His sacred shoes to the function. Those sacred shoes were worshipped by Srimat Shyamacharan Chattopadhyay, the second Mohant of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham. Thakur also declared that temple at Jadavpur as the another Sri Sri Kaibalyadham and it would be a branch of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham at Pahartali, Chittagong, Bangladesh. After much persuasion and prayers from the disciples, He obliged them by arriving in front of Sri Sri Kaibalyadham, Jadavpur, stayed there for some time in the car itself and came back to the place where He was staying.
Initially, the office and the kitchen for mahaprosad was on the ground floor at that time. In front of the temple, a Tulsi mancha was set up where Satyanarayan puja was performed everyday by the devotees with kirtan. Later on, this temple and the Tulsi-mancha were renovated and a new attractive Shrine was constructed, where the photograph of Sri Sri Kaibalyanath is now worshipped everyday. A separate three storied building was also constructed within its premises for accommodating office, Charitable dispensary, kitchen, room for serving mahaprosad, room of Mohant, Library, room for initiating new devotees etc. A display cum sale section having books on life and teachings of Thakur, published from Sri Sri Kaibalyadham and various photographs of Thakur has also been set up in the ground floor. Over the years, this Dham has gradually developed in different directions like running a charitable medical center with experienced and specialized doctors in different branches of allopathy and homoeopathy, extending financial aid for the treatment and education of the needy and poor and arranging seminars for the promotion of awareness of diseases like cancer, diabetes etc. Every year the annual festival of this Dham is performed on the date of its inauguration and thousands of devotees assemble on that day. Devotees from different parts of India and even from Bangladesh come to pay their respect.


 Major Publications - Books
Books . Photos . Audio/Video   | Audio Gallery  
To meet the demand and quest for Sri Sri Ram Thakur's ideals, sermons and instructions, the Dham's publication cell brings out books containing Thakur's photos, messages, teachings and philosophy etc. and these are sold at a very reasonable price. The publication cell has been taking part in the internationally -acclaimed Kolkata Book Fair since 2005.
Books published from Sri Sri Kaibalyadham, Jadavpur, Kolkata
1.Sri Sri Satya Narayaner PanchaliSri Sri Ram Thakur
2.RamayanaSri Sri Ram Thakur
3.Sree Sree Satyanarayaner Panchali AshwadanDr. Pulin Ranjan Das
4.Ram Thakurer KathaDr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee
5.Veda - Vani : Part - 1Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee
6.Veda - Vani : Part - 2Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee
7.Veda - Vani : Part - 3Dr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee
8.Veda - Vani Or Revelations : Part - ITranslated By Sri Aboni Mohan Banerjee
9.Veda - Vani Or Revelations : Part - IITranslated By Sri Aboni Mohan Banerjee
10.Veda - Vani Or Revelations : Part - IIITranslated By Sri Aboni Mohan Banerjee
11.Sri Sri Ram PujaDr. Jatindra Chandra Dev Roy
12.Sri Sri Guru GeetaSri Sri Ram Thakur
13.ArghyaSri Abani Mohon Mukhuti
14.SankalanSri Suresh Chandra Chakraborty
15.Sri Sri Ramchandradever Ashtottar Satanammala SankeertanamSmt. Binapani Sen Gupta
16Sri Sri Ram Thakur Abirbhab Satabarshikee Smarak Grantha 
17.Kripasindhu Ram ThakurSri Manoranjan Mukhopadhyay
18.Ram Bhai SmaraneSri Phanindra Kumar Malakar
19.Sri Sri Thakur Ram Chandradev SmaraneSri Shubhamay Datta
20.Sri Sri Thakur Ram Chandradev Prasanga O AmritabaniSri Subhamay Datta
21.Sri Sri Thakur Ramchandradever Smriti ArchanaSri Subhamay Datta
22.Sri Sri Thakur Kathamrita BinduSri Brajendra Kumar Choudhury
23.Sri Sri Thakur Ramchandra DevSri Sushil Chandra Datta
24.Sri Sri Dayanidhi Ramchandradever Leela Madhuri (Keertan Prasange)Sri Abani Mohan Mukhuti
25.Sri Sri Kaibalyanath SmaraneDr. Khagendra Nath Gupta
26.Geeti Puspa MalaSmt. Beenapani Sen Gupta
27.Sri Guru Sri Sri Ram ThakurSri Rohinee Kumar Majumdar
28.Satyer SandhaneEdited by Sri Birendra Nath Bose
29.Veda - Vani Sadhya Sadhan Tattwa : Part - IDr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee,
Dr. Gobinda Gopal Mukherjee
30.Veda - Vani Sadhya Sadhan Tattwa : Part - IIDr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee,
Dr. Gobinda Gopal Mukherjee
31.Veda - Vani Sadhya Sadhan Tattwa : Part - IIIDr. Indu Bhushan Banerjee,
Dr. Gobinda Gopal Mukherjee
32.SmaranikaEdited by Dr. Pulin Ranjan Das
33.Jayguru Sri RamSri Ajit Kumar Sen
34.Thithi MahatmyaDr. G.P. Dev Roy
35.Sri Guru ChakraSri Sudhir Kumar Sen Choudhury