At 20, the Lord was in Ramanand Swami’s Ashram serving as a humble servant. He was named Sahajanand when Ramanand Swami initiated Him. The Lord became the sole spiritual master when Ramanand Swami appointed Him as the Guru of his ashram. A month later, Ramanand Swami passed away. On the 14th day of the funeral rites, in the village of Faneni, the Lord introduced the new Swaminarayan Mantra. News of this Mantra spread far and wide. And its spiritual power was felt everywhere. Sahajanand Swami now became known as Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Anyone who chanted the Mantra enjoyed samadhi – the ultimate spiritual experience. Those who heard it, wrote it or thought of it experienced samadhi. Others who saw Bhagwan Swaminarayan, heard the sound of His sandals, or discussed His philosophy saw a divine light and beheld the visions of the great incarnations of God – Rama, Krishna and Shiva. Since the trance was an experience of His grace, it was called krupa samadhi. Followers from all walks of life, of all talents and stations, of all positions and powers joined the flock of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Scholars and music maestros, spiritual seekers and spiritual leaders came forth and took initiation. Bhagwan Swaminarayan was accepted as God Himself and the way of life He introduced came to be known as the Swaminarayan Sampraday. The word ‘Sampraday’ emphasizes the fact that the Movement, its philosophy and principles have been continually guided and preserved, in all their purity, by an unbroken and untainted spiritual hierarchy of enlightened Gurus.By 49, Bhagwan Swaminarayan completed His mission on earth and returned to His divine abode. Over 2 million devotees had experienced His divinity and hailed His purity.On 1 June 1830 CE (Jeth sud 10, 1886 VS), Bhagwan Swaminarayan left His mortal body which was cremated in Gadhada.
Acharya Samrat Dr Shiv Muni Ji Maharaja being now heads and leads the Jain shraman sangh. Detachment, austerity, enlightenment and meditation are the four pillars of his pious life lived in equanimity. His mind is ever in quest of knowledge and engrossed in meditation. There are numerous responsibilities of the shraman sangh which he as being at the helm of affairs in the hierarchy carries out in a quiet, natural and proficient manner, but along side this he is ever on the move upward on the path to spiritual progression.
Shiv Muni was born in a very affluent and respectable Oswal family of a small town called Malout in the Malwa region of the Punjab. By the time he entered the university for higher education, he came to be known for his sharp intellect and his power of comprehension. He passed each of his examination, from the primary to the university, in the first division.
He had murtured an intense desire to know and realize truth ever since his childhood. His education in the colleges and the university could not satiate his hunger for truth, rather the acquisition of higher academic knowledge further intensified his desire for higher spiritual knowledge. During his student life he travelled far and wide throughout America, Canada, England and several other countries. The wealth and material comforts of worldly life failed to tempt and bind him. Then he turned towards studying the faith of his family, the Jainism. He made a thorough study of the life, utterances and teachings of Lord Mahavira. This stirred his inner self and he made a firm resolve to renounce this worldly life and take to the life of an ascetic.
The founder & head of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan is His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Ji Maharaj. His Holiness has a glorifying, adorable and lionized past, but we don’t want to influence you by it because a Saint is known by His Spiritual Knowledge and not by His past. We are not giving the introduction of His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji as a person, rather informing all, of His being as a Perfect Master – a Spiritual Guide. The Perfect Master (Satguru) is a designation given, or say, a qualification procured by one, who is established in the God and has the apt capacity and capability to practically show and make other realize the True Self (Atman) by the technique of Divine Knowledge® (Brahm Gyan®). Whenever a flower blooms, the entire world knows it and acknowledges it, by its fragrance without its pompous propagation and confusing conjuration. Likewise, when a Self-Enlightened Soul descends the earth to impart and disseminate the Divine Knowledge (Brahm Gyan) – process of inner awakening, He will be known by His unfathomable knowledge alone. His Holiness is an Enlightened Soul. The testimony of all His teachings and knowledge can only be understood by practical experience of the same, by a true seeker. The limited words find it difficult to explain Him and His fathomless dimensions of Spirituality. Divine Knowledge® (Brahm Gyan®) is the only testimony for acknowledging the Knowledge of the Saint as well as the Truth. His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji thus, once declared, “Man needs inner pacification & Society needs real renovation.This is only & only possible, by the Divine Knowledge dissemination. Such a Silent Revolution is sure to be successful because it is pillared on the platform of Practical Realization of God.”
Who We are?
In 1980’s Punjab was scorched in the burning flames of terrorism and fanaticism. Certain section of society became hostile to the unity and integrity of the nation and humanity, for they wanted power and position. To fulfil their nefarious desires, they propagated the idea of a Utopia, where all people shall have complete material happiness and success. Innocent people unaware of the reality started supporting the hardliners. There was a complete commotion and chaos in the entire state. People were uprooted from their human and cultural values and took up to arms to form the much heard and dreamt Utopia. Thus violence and terrorism flourished day and night. Humans and human lives were left with no dignity and security. The clouds of Death and violence shadowed every nook and corner. At such rupturing situation, when people were fleeing away from traumatized Punjab, His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, after a comprehensive and methodical world tour, dared to enter here, with His Mission of World Peace and Universal Brotherhood. His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, unmoved by the threatening and malign motives of the militants, fearlessly disseminated peace to the people at general, through Divine Knowledge® (Brahm-Gyan®) – seeing and tuning to the True Self (Atman). This pious and challenging task demanded the formation of a well organized functioning. His Highness thus lay the founding stone of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan® (Divine Light Awakening Mission®) in 1983 at Nurmahal (Punjab, India). The stinking terrorism and formidable sectarianism were perfectly attacked, exposed and challenged with the vigour of Divine Knowledge® (Brahm-Gyan®). The greed, fear and anger dwindled from them. From the life of insecurity and communal hatred, people started leading a life in peace and harmony with communal unity. They actively participated in the various spiritual, social and cultural activities by the organization. Especially the youth, misguided by the militants, quit the path of hopelessness and destruction and started progressing in the path of constructive dynamism. They comprehended their duties and liabilities towards parents, society, nation and the globe and substantiated as a true citizen to the humanity. Today peaceful ambience of Punjab is the apparent evidence of triumph of righteousness over evil. Mission grew, is growing and shall grow for the spiritual well being of the mankind.
There are two types of tatvas; Paramtatva and Gurutatva. To attain the state of Paramtatva, Gurutatva is very essential and one of the most popular and respected Spiritual Guru is Pujya Avdhoot Baba Shivanand Ji. He is known as the father of Indian healing. He is an embodiment of unconditional love and divine wisdom. He has revived the sacred wisdom of ancient India, the rich ancient scriptures and divine healing for the whole world. Baba ji as he is popularly addressed is a self realized master as well as a social reformer. His aim and mission is healing Humanity. Pujya Avdhoot Baba Shivanand Ji has a charismatic personality and his presence has a cathartic effect. People who have been fortunate to have met him are overwhelmed with his wisdom on basic facts of human life.
Pujya Avdhoot Baba Shivanand Ji from childhood had a strong passion for God realisation. He was always in search of the spiritual ultimate truth and read various scriptures. His thirst and overwhelming desire led him to the ultimate union with Divine Bliss. After God realisation, he was blessed with the divine healing powers, overflowing with love, grace and compassion. Baba ji is guiding the human kind to use the divine energy to lead a complete and balanced life ultimately reaching their divine destiny i.e. the Union with the Infinite. His teachings are of immense help to the society. Baba ji has guided a large number of people so that they can create a life of their liking by the sheer power of their choice. Baba ji says that the Mankind was not meant to suffer, but to experience the best of the best on the planet earth. It’s only with our ignorance to know the divine truth and feel the divine bliss people are suffering. This worthy disciple of Siddha gurus is ardently carrying on his crusade against the darker forces of pain and suffering, at all levels.
Baba ji guides individuals to self-realization through the Siddha path which is considered as – more powerful and very secret. Siddha path is practicing the meditation through Babaji’s guidance and grace. The Siddha lineage, born of Siddha gurus and pursued with missionary zeal by Avdhoot Baba Shivanand Ji, takes upon itself to feel the happiness within and get to know the divine. Throwing the negative thought and welcoming the positive bliss inside us. Ultimately get self realization. Their Ashram is in Lucknow, India. Shiv Yog Samadhi Retreat is usually a five day residential camp that is held on the bank of Ganges in Rishikesh. It is an opportunity to spend five days in the energy field of the His Holiness Avdhoot Baba Shivanand Ji. Intensive meditations such Meeting with one’s Soul, Meeting with the Spiritual Gurus and Ascended Masters, Rebirthing, Healing of Past Lives etc. are an integral part of these retreats. These retreats charge and energies the participants so that they are totally prepared to face their competitive surroundings once they return.