Introduction to Ramashram Satsang Mathura
Guru Maharaj, Dr. Chaturbhuj Sahay Ji, personified the maxim, “The more spiritual a person is, the more he is human” in his daily life, and was free from any kind of pose or pretension. His heart was flowing with love and service for everyone. Never sparing himself in paying due attention to anyone who sought his help, he had all of the qualities of an ideal Guru and was habitually found in a meditative mood. Perhaps his greatest quality was that he never saw a difference between himself and others. He was not the least obsessed by notions of distinction that he himself was the Enlightened One, while others around him were languishing in the darkness of ignorance. His firmness of self-possession could not be shaken under any circumstances, and he was never perturbed. Tranquility was writ large on his face. He lived the life of a family man fully and unshakably, with a daily life marked with normalcy. He set an excellent example of how to combine spiritual idealism with domestic life. Serving his wife and children to the last, he mindfully attended to all domestic duties.
150 Years of Heritage
The thread of faith that holds Ramashram Satsang Mathura (RSM) today started rolling in 1873, the year when Paramsant Sri Ramchandra Ji was born in the north Indian province of Manipuri. He studied English, Urdu, and Farsi and worked in a Government office in Farukhabad, India.
Though as a young man, Lalaji, as he was lovingly called, imbibed all the religious virtues from his mother, his spiritual journey didn’t truly begin until he received spiritual initiation from a spiritually enlightened man, a follower of Islam. Maulana Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan Sahib (Huzur Maharaj) would later on give Lalaji that moment in time in which he would touch the intangible and see the invisible. This great Sufi saint, Huzur Maharaj, took the revolutionary step of imparting the spiritual knowledge to a disciple who was not a follower of his own religion, thus exemplifying that Spirituality is above and beyond the barriers of religion, cast, and creed.
Huzur Maharaj inculcated the “Ruhani Ilm” or what Hindus call “Brahm Vidya” or spiritual knowledge, in Lalaji at the age of 18. There were no scriptures read nor verbal instructions delivered. It was just the intimacy and regular contact between the Sufi saint and his disciple that the latter absorbed all the knowledge from his Savior, his Guru. Lalaji’s spiritual experiences seemed to be that of cosmic consciousness, an altered perception of the world he lived in. One day while he was walking down a small residential street with his Guru alongside, he experienced the Divine Vision. In a split second, he visualized the whole universe dancing to a divine song, fully in rhythm. He also experienced a supernatural power in action in the entire universe. It was a blaze of illumination for a few moments. Following this experience, Lalaji made his primary mission to introduce the people with the true religion and connect them with God. He taught that Faith was the prerequisite of all devotion.
As the decade of 1880-1890 arrived, a noble soul was born on November 3, 1883 in the north Indian province of Etah. He was none other than Paramsant Dr Chaturbhuj Sahay Ji, who would later become the founder of Ramashram Satsang Mathura. He studied Urdu, Farsi, English, Hindi, and Sanskrit. He had a degree in electro-homeopathy and also basic knowledge of Ayurveda that he genuinely used for selfless social service. He never spared himself in paying due attention to anyone who sought his help. He lived the life of a family man and believed that all prayers have one end service of mankind. His advent was the golden era in the history of Ramashram Satsang Mathura (RSM).
Dr Chaturbhuj Sahay Ji, our Guru Maharaj, had the opportunity to spend some inexplicably special moments with Lalaji Maharaj (Dada Guru) in Fatehgarh, India during an epidemic outbreak. During these moments, this noble soul experienced an unknown dissemination of intrinsic power towards him whenever he was in the company of Dada Guru. Again there were no verbal lessons nor scriptures read; the knowledge just flowed in the right direction towards a well-chosen end point. The Guru-disciple tradition was reliving, yet again.
One day Dada Guru passed on the unique tool of Sadhana to our Guru Maharaj. Our system of meditation is based on what Guru Maharaj learned from Dada Guru that day.
In 1919, Paramsant Dr Sahay Ji received a directive from his Guru to contribute in the propagation of this system of meditation to the spiritual seekers. Guru Maharaj followed his master’s instructions in letter and spirit. Guru Maharaj, upholding the ethics of Guru-Shishya Parampara, brought the venerable tradition of his master’s lineage to the people, giving the previously little known process of Sadhana, or meditation, to thousands of spiritual seekers. The Satsang spread at a fast pace and Guru Maharaj imparted the Anant Gyan (spiritual knowledge) and taught the Sadhana to all without any discrimination between the deserving and undeserving ones.
Paramsant Dr. Chaturbhuj Sahay Ji established Ramashram Satsang in 1930 at Etah, his birthplace in northern India.
Soon after the establishment of the Satsang, the need for a monthly journal and literature was felt. Hence, the publication of Hindi monthly journal Sadhan started in August of 1933. Sri Guru Maharaj started to work on Satsang literature; his numerous books have helped spiritual aspirants for decades, including a seven-volume book on his own spiritual experiences.
As per his Guru’s directive, Sri Guru Maharaj gradually started teaching Sadhana over the traditional methods of attaining realization. Eventually, a system of meditation evolved which is a great gift to today’s busy individual. Practicing this Sadhana every morning and evening for only 10-15 minutes can provide results that may take many more years by other methods.
Param Pujya Jiya Ma had worked closely with Guru Maharaj every step of the way and not only took care of the household duties, but also quietly joined his work of teaching meditation and the practice of Sadhana through her presence during meditation sessions. Her amiable disposition also attracted innumerable spiritual practitioners to RSM. Pundit Mihilal Ji, who later contributed immensely to RSM met Guru Maharaj in 1931. Guru Maharaj prepared Punditji to join his spiritual work and look after the propagation of the Satsang.
This Satsang was named Ramashram Satsang, Mathura (RSM) when in 1951 Sri Guru Maharaj relocated to Mathura from Etah. Guru Maharaj left for his heavenly abode in 1957.
In Jiya Ma’s guardianship, Pundit Mihilal Ji and Guru Maharaj’s eldest son, Dr. Brijendra Kumar Ji, conducted Satsang activities. Punidt Mihilal Ji played a very important role and made extensive contributions to the propagation and proliferation of the Satsang.
he current form of the Satsang in India is mainly due to Pundit ji Maharaj’s ardent hard work. He held the important post of the editor of Sadhan magazine for several years and contributed to the Satsang literature immensely.
Dr. Brijendra Kumar ji worked closely with Pundit ji in shpaing the Satsang. Along with them and after them, several prominent personalities served the Satsang and Sadhan, and are continuing to do so. For details, the reader is advised to refer to the Satsang literature or any of the current issues of Sadhan.
When Punditji’s health deteriorated, Guru Maharaj’s eldest son, Dr. Brijendra Kumar Ji, was devoted to this work for his life span. Guru Maharaj’s youngest son, Dr. Narendra Kumar Ji, had also started to contribute in Satsang activities, while Pundit Mihilal Ji and Dr. Brijendra Kumar Ji were present.
Shortly after Guru Maharaj’s centenary, Pundit Mihilal Ji left for his heavenly abode on 13th December 1983, Jiya Ma on 28th January 1985, and Parampujya Bade Bhaiya on 14 February 1987.
Dr. Narendra Kumar Ji continued the RSM work and started focusing on Satsang activities fulltime after retirement from the University where he taught. He devoted his life to the propagation and proliferation of the Satsang and selflessly served Guru Maharaj’s mission. The Satsang literature includes several of his discourses and books, and he also held the distinguished position of the editor of Sadhan.
Dr. Narendra Kumar Ji left for his heavenly abode on 29th March 2002. Dr. Hemendra Kumar Ji was heading the Ramashram Satsang Mathura family while serving the mission and continuing the great heritage into the 21st century, before he left for his heavenly abode on 18th February 2010. Bhandaras (religious congregations) are held regularly at different places in India where thousands of seekers get together and practice Sadhana. With a strong foothold in India, the Satsang also has American and German chapters that are continuously involved in serving the mission of our Guru. Our mission is not submissive to any religious or social stigmas.
Ramashram Satsang Mathura is a nonprofit, educational, charitable, and humanitarian organization offering a simple and practical tool of meditation to eliminate stress, restore human values, and encourage people from all backgrounds, religions, and cultural traditions to come together and meet the best you within yourself.
|1873 – 1931 Born on February 2, 1873 in north Indian province of Mainpuri||He studied English, Urdu, and Farsi and worked in a Government office in Farukhabad, India. He received spiritual initiation from a spiritually enlightened man and a follower of Islam, Maulana Shah Fazal Ahmad Khan Sahib (Huzur Maharaj), who would later pass on the spiritual torch to Dada Guru.||
|Paramsant Dr. Chaturbhuj Sahay ji (Sri Guru Maharaj)||1883 – 1957 Born on November 3, 1883 in the Etah district of north India||He studied English, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and Sanskrit. He had a degree in electro-homeopathy and also had basic knowledge of Ayurveda that he genuinely used for selfless social service. Dada Guru passed on the unique tool of Sadhana, our system of meditation to Guru Maharaj in 1919, and Guru Maharaj gave that to the whole world.||Guru Maharaj said, “Peace is a state signified by the absence of duality - a state not disturbed by the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of desires, not affected by states of duality: happiness-sorrows, craving-aversions, like-dislikes, etc. As almost everyone experiences his life swinging on the pendulums of duality, Peace has eluded most of us. In reality, Peace is true happiness. Peace is the state beyond Maya. Peace is Nirvana. Peace is the ultimate resting place of soul. Peace is the birthright of every individual. Though acquiring it is a birthright, the vast majority of people do not even look for it, as they have not truly experienced it. There are many obstacles in the path of getting to and staying in the Kingdom of Peace: we have to put up fights with demonic as well as non-demonic forces. We must remove all kinds of barriers before having a glimpse of it. Guru Maharaj also stated that surrendering to God is an extremely difficult task, requiring a great deal of devotion and faith. It is not easy to make the mind devoid of everything and focus on an abstraction. It is one of the most difficult undertakings to bring back the wandering mind from the four corners onto a single, abstract thought. Even those who have moved very high up the ladder of spirituality are known to have failed in the process of complete surrender. Therefore, start with the process of Surrender to the Guru; Surrender to God will follow.|
|Param Pujyaa Indira Devi ji (Jiya Maa)||1900 – 1985 Born in 1900 in the Barhan district of north India||Param Pujyaa Jiya Maa was married to Sri Guru Maharaj. She had cooperated with Guru Maharaj at every step of the way, and not only took care of the house-hold duties, but also quietly joined His work of teaching meditation and the practice of Sadhana through her presence during meditation sessions. Her sweet and warm behavior attracted innumerable spiritual practitioners to RSM||Jiya Maa had vast spiritual powers, which she accomplished by serving all the Satsangis, who came to her house, and by doing service to Dada Guru. Despite being the head of such a large Satsang, Jiya Maa neither gave any lecture nor did she preach. Instead, she used the greatest tradition of communication, where the message is silently transferred from one soul to another. Due to this method of teaching, every Sadhak or Acharya was able to find a change in his/her spiritual state. Furthermore, each Sadhak or Acharya was also able to find answers to their spiritual queries in their heart and thus, was able to experience spiritual satisfaction. With her pious and affectionate behavior, tolerance, service, and loving closeness with others, like an elder loving mother, she wanted the entire world to live in peace and to progress.|
|Param Pujya Pundit Mihilal Ji||1901 – 1983 Born on January 1, 1901 in the Agra district of north India||Pundit Mihilal Ji was a school head master. He became a disciple of Sri Guru Maharaj after he met Guru Maharaj in 1931, and later on contributed immensely to RSM. Guru Maharaj prepared Pundit ji to join his spiritual work and look after the propagation of the Satsang. Pundit Mihilal Ji had the most important and extensive contributions in the propagation and proliferation of the Satsang. The current form of the Satsang in India is mainly due to his ardent hard work.||Pundit Ji Maharaj said, "Cleanliness is next to Godliness". As the cleanliness increases, the separation or distance from God decreases. Cleanliness in absolution would signify complete absence of any kind of impurities. We understand a great deal about the environmental impurities that make our bodies, our clothes, our homes, our drinking water, and our breathing air dirty. Most of these impurities affect our physical wellness and make us feel uneasy. These are within the realm of our sense organs to perceive, mostly manmade and can be reversed. However, there are other impurities, which the sense organs cannot perceive that surround our soul, make our inner core dirty, and act like a "Stop Sign" on the road to Peace and Liberation. We set aside bad thought waves as sin. We consider good thought waves to be superior and cling on to them for the rest of our lives. If the weight of both kinds of thoughts can be removed, we can very easily and nicely cross this ocean of being.|
|Param Pujya Dr. Brijendra Kumar Ji||1919 – 1987 Born on September 4, 1919 in the Kosi district (near Mathura) of north India||Dr. Brijendra Kumar Ji was the eldest son of Sri Guru Maharaj. He was a civil surgeon. In the guardianship of Jiya Maa and Pundit Mihilal Ji, Dr. Brijendra Kumar Ji conducted Satsang’s activities with full devotion. He contributed immensely towards the propagation of the Satsang.||Dr. Brijendra Kumar Ji said that the first and foremost important thing that seekers need for spiritual progress is faith. We must have faith in our Guide (Guru), and faith in his instructions. We must follow the spiritual practice (Sadhana) as instructed. The second important thing is service (Seva), service of the mission (Satsang family) and its members (Satsangi). An element of the service is to spread Guru’s mission but that does not imply that every mission worker becomes a teacher and starts teaching. For spiritual progress it is not at all required to become a teacher. Therefore we shall faithfully continue the spiritual practice as instructed by the Guru. We will certainly receive Guru's grace and God’s grace at appropriate time.|
|Param Pujya Dr. Narendra Kumar Ji||1930 – 2002 Born on December 3, 1930 in the Etah district of north India||Dr. Narendra Kumar Ji was the youngest son of Sri Guru Maharaj. He was a professor at a University in Jaipur. He had started to contribute to Satsang activities, while Pundit Mihilal Ji and Dr. Brijendra Kumar Ji were present. He continued the RSM work and after retirement from the University, started focusing on Satsang activities fulltime, devoting his life to propagation and proliferation of the Satsang; and thus, selflessly serving Guru Maharaj’s mission.||Dr. Narendra Kumar Ji said that if you can connect yourself with the Sat-Chit-Ananda even for a small amount of time, you would stay in peace for the whole day, though the world will remain unchanged. Happiness-sorrows are not in the state of affairs. They belong to the state of mind. If we can craft our mental state such that we do not experience pain while in sufferings then we can live in peace and happiness. This is the technique that leads us to - "Do not suffer the pain though living the sufferings." Happiness lies in getting rid of thought waves. If we can empty our minds of the pain producing thought waves, we can experience happiness, and we "do not suffer the pain though living the sufferings."|
|Param Pujya Sri Hemendra Kumar ji||1922 – 2010 Born on September 7, 1922 in the Etah district of north India||Dr. Hemendra Kumar Ji was the 2nd eldest son of Sri Guru Maharaj. He had graduated from a law school. He headed the Ramashram Satsang family until 2010 February, before he left for heavenly abode. In a selfless manner he served Guru Maharaj's mission and continued the great heritage into the 21st century.||The essence of discipleship, the essence of being a true follower of Guru Maharaj is the awareness of His presence. Cultivate your lifestyle according to his teachings. If you were conscious and aware of this presence, his presence actually would be hundredfold more; you feel it a hundredfold more. If you are either in a state of forgetfulness or a state of distracted attention, with your thoughts elsewhere, then his presence does not lessen one bit, but you deprive yourself of his presence to that extent. Therefore, cultivate the consciousness of the permanent and perennial presence of the Guru.|