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Swami Ashokananda

About two kilometres away from the historical and picturesque town of Achhabal, on the right side of the road to Uma Devi (Brari-Aangan), there is the Ramakrishna Mahasammelan Ashram, which was founded by late Swami Ashokananda, more than forty years ago.

Swami Ashokananda
Swami Ashokananda

It is a fairly big Ashram now, a compact complex of some buildings and a small temple, dedicated to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, at the foot of the wooded Achhabal hills. The Samadhi of Swami Ashokananda is within the precincts of the Ashram. 

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Swami Ashokananda as I Knew
He was born in a poor Mukherjee Brahmin family in a small village in Jessore district now in Bangla Desh. When he was of three years age, hisfather died and he was left alone with his elder brother aged 12 and widowed mother. Being poor, they had to live a hard life on the earnings of the lady and her first son.
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Nagadandi: Some Reminiscences
Foremost among Kashmiri Saints was the great mystic "seer", Lalleshwari, popularly known as Lal Ded (Mother Lalla), who profoundly influenced the thought and life of her contemporaries and whose sayings still touch the Kashmiri's ear, as well as the chords of his heart, and are freely quoted by him as maxims on appropriate occasions.
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Swami Ashokananda

Swamiji with writer's youngest sonA seeker, with his hard Endeavour evolves into higher and still higher emergent forms. The process goes on till super mind and its higher state of consciousness integrate and attain oneness with the all pervading Super Consciousness.  A human being, who achieves this stage, is a saint, being Super Consciousness or Divinity itself. Swami Ashokanand was a mystic sage of high order and belonged to this category. He adhered to  fabled way of ascetic life roaming  Himalayan forests particularly Garhwal and other adjacent ones, naked in rain and snow defying nature. Those who came in contact of him  earlie,r speak high of him and the miracles he could perform. Swami Ji could predict future of individuals and of nations in whom he felt concerned .He was an  enigma  and  an oceanic  divinity with deep depths. Only some who were blessed got their pitchers filled with happiness and bliss. >>>

 

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