Swami Janananda

Swami Janananda, the spiritual heir of Bhagawan Nithyananda was a great Yogi, having performed intense tapas for a number of years. Bhagawan use to describe Swami Janananda as "Sarva Sangha Parthiyagi" — Real Sanyasi, Karma Yogi. Swami Janananda headed Swami Nithyananda Ashram for 5 decades till his Samadhi in 1982.

He was born in the last decade of 19th century at a small village, Hejmady in South Kanada district of Karnataka State. He was named 'Seena'. Seena lost his father at a very young age and was brought up by his mother with great hardship, earning his livelihood by doing manual work.

An incident which had far reaching significance happened when Seena was an young boy. One day when he was playing football with other children, the ball which he was playing strayed away and reached near a stranger- a divine personality with a radiant demeanor. When Seena went to pick up the ball the stranger lifted him up, hugged and blessed him. The boy instinctively bowed his head before the yogi and touched his feet. This yogi was none other than Bhagawan Nithyananda who was travelling in South Kannada district as an Avadhoota. Bhagawan must have foreseen in his divine vision his future disciple in the small boy and sealed the Guru Shishya relation. From then onwards the boy started showing inclination towards spiritual matters.

When the boy grew up, one hotelier from his village took him to Bombay to work in his hotel. The boy was sincere and good worker but one feature separated him from the rest — he was always engrossed in spiritual thoughts and the gods name was always on his lips. The boy soon started showing some unusual capacities for e.g. he could pick up eatables from boiling oil with bare hands without harming himself which bewildered his co-workers and this hotelier. The hotel owner took this boy to Sanyasi for consultation. On seeing Seena the Sanyasi predicted that the boy was destined to become a Yogi and advised the hotel owner to take the boy to his Guru Peetha in Nasik, Maharastra and also to the Dattatreya Temple, Ganagapur.

Seena visited Nasik Kala Mandir as was told and later Ganagapur, the seat of famous Dattatreya temple. He performed intense tapas in Rudrakund and Bhasma Hill near Ganagapur for several years. He was exhibiting several miracles while in Ganagapur which attracted a large number of devotees. He was at that time known as Seena Maharaj

After visiting several places Seena Maharaj reached Kanhangad in the 1920's. Bhagawan Nithyananda who was busily engaged in constructing the caves greeted Seena with warmth and affection. It was as if Bhagawan was expecting his arrival. Seena Maharaj joined the Guru in the Cave's work and became very loyal to his Master. Bhagawan used to call him 'Maruthi '- likening his loyalty to the legendary Maruthi. After some time Bhagawan advised him to visit Manas Sarovar. In his obedience to the wish of his Master, Seena Maharaj undertook the journey to Kailash Manas Sarovar all alone. He also visited holy places like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rishikesh etc. However his Bhagawan's name always came on his lips and he ultimately reached Mount Kailash and was thrilled by its divine beauty. He returned with a sense of satisfaction that he had accomplished the task given to him by his Guru.

At that time Bhagawan was at Ganeshpuri and was very happy to see his ardent disciple. Bhagawan gave him the name Janananda and advised him to go to Kanhangad to look after the Ashram and Guruvan. Swami Janananda returned to Kanhangad and headed the Ashram for 5 decades. He gave the ashram a touch of purity, simplicity and eternal grace which is its hallmark today.

Swami Janananda was tall well built, long hands and a commanding voice- a body hardened by years of Tapas and celibacy. He was picture of a perfect yogi. Behind this tough exterior he possessed a gentle heart and a childlike simplicity. He was very fond of children and enjoyed their company. His favorite programme was Bal Bhojan (Children meal). During those days hundreds of children flocked to the Ashram in the morning and he so lovingly arranged and served food to the children with his own hands. In order to perpetuate the memory of his Guru and to translate his ideal of service to society he started Swami Nithyananda Polytechnic in 1966. This has become one of the best technical institutes in the state. He got a temple of Bhagawan Nithyananda built in the Ashram and one at Guruvan-the thapobhoomi of Bhagawan Nithyananda. He developed Guruvan into pleasant gardens and with the temple of Bhagawan in Guruvan he layed the foundation of coverting Guruvan into a pilgrimage center of Ashram as what it is today. It was one of the timely efforts of Swami Janananda and therefore he is rightly described by Bhagawan Nithyananda as Karma Yogi.

Swami Janananda did not name his successor instead in early 1982 he constituted a Trust consisting of some ardent devotees as Trustees and got prepared a Trust deed giving detailed guidelines for running the Ashram, perhaps he was making preparation to give up his physical body. On 29th April 1982 some of his close devotees celebrated his Navathi — Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana function with great pomp and glory. However towards the end of 1982 gave hints to some closed devotees that those who wish to take darshan of him should reach before Datta Jayanthi which fell on 29-12-1982. Thousands poured in to take darshan of their gurudev who like a colossus, had dominated the spiritual scenario of his place for almost half a century. On 27th December 1982 two days before Datta Jayanthi, Swami left his physical body. His mortals remains were interned in the Ashram on 29th December 1982 (On Datta Jayanthi day) where subsequently a Samadhi Mandir was built. The Ashram is now run by the Trust envisaged by Swami Janananda Baba.

Article by H.Lakshmana, Edited and compiled by Dr.Shivanand Bekal

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Shaligrama Swami

Very little is known about Swami Dayananda Shaligram's birth and early childhood because it is lost in anonymity and it was also his earnest desire to live and remain in obscurity. But it is believed that he was born in a humble family of devout parents somewhere in an unknown, small village in Kerala state bordering with Karnataka in the year 1929 in the month of Bhadrapad, according to Hindu calendar, that is sometime in August. As a child he used to get vivid dreams of mountains and rivers and ashrams. He was quiet and reserved by nature and was sober and contemplative from the time of his birth.

He could foresee that his life was brief and he had to do ghor tapasya,intense penance during this period itself. He was very focused and one pointed in his pursuits and endeavors whichever he undertook. Much against the wishes of his parents, he once set out on a pilgrimage alone as a youth in search of a guru. He reached the banks of river Narmada where he took a holy dip in the sacred waters. It was there in meditation that he got a divine vision of Bhagawan Nithyananda and he heard his guru calling him. He immediately left for Ganeshpuri, pretty directionless but very firm in his resolution to meet his soul mate and beloved Master of many lives.

He somehow reached Ganeshpuri after an arduous journey and met his Guru. None of them spoke a word! In the divine presence of Bhagawan Nithyananda, he could immediately recall his past lives. He could also now recollect when he was in the astral world before he became Swami Dayanand Shaligram, how he had pleaded and prayed to Bhagawan Nithyananda to incarnate on the earth as his guru and he would become his humble devotee and servant for mitigating the woes and sufferings of millions of souls on the earth. Bhagawan Nithyananda had no desire to come down on the physical plane as He was in bliss in the astral world. But the humble and sweet request of a selfless soul compelled him to fulfill his wish. And subsequently one became the mighty Guru and master Bhagawan Nithyananda and the other became a humble devotee, Swami Shaligram. Therefore we must be grateful to Swami Shaligram as it was at his behest that Bhagawan Nithyananda came in this world for the welfare of countless people, just in the way we must be thankful to Lahiri Mahasaya for reviving Kriya Yoga in modern world to householders.

Swami Shaligram took refuge in Bhagawan Nithyananda's feet and expressed his desire to serve him as well as work for him. Nithyananda Baba asked him to continue working in his job and along with that do his tapasya, penance.

After a lapse of a few years, he did intense tapasya by keeping maun,silence for three years after which he began serving the people of Mahul, a sleepy hamlet of fishermen on the creeks of Bombay. He began living there after the people appealed to him. They also served him in their own ways as a token of service and gratitude. Though Shaligram Swami used to live in Mahul, he made very frequent visits to Ganeshpuri on weekends and other holidays to be with his divine guru for his affection and infallible wisdom. He showered his intense love and reverence for his guru and would always address him as 'Dev,'God and called himself a 'bhakt', a devotee.

They hardly spoke to each other as their mental communication was very well established, it was unbreakable and flawless. They would sit together in silence gazing in eternity!

Bhagawan Nithyananda guided him in his spiritual practices as well as in practical life too. He also asked him to serve the people in Mahul which he did happily. Although he had renounced his family in Kerala, Nithyananda Baba gave him a much larger family to attend to the old, sick and poor people whom he restored back to life and health. The sick were healed by miracles and divine healings and many people's unfulfilled desires were fulfilled as and when they approached him.

And then there were a few who loved Shaligram Swami for his extreme devotion and deep knowledge. But they were just a few! They arrived not for mercy or miracles or material considerations but for salvation or mukti and bhakti, devotion. Swami Shaligram showed them their path of salvation according to their karmic patterns, capabilities and level of endurance. He would promise and assure the seekers that he will always hold their hand to give them much needed mental support to overcome the difficulties of everyday life as well as tough suffering of karmic bondages which they would have to overcome for salvation. He pledged and promised those true and devoted disciples that he will never forsake them until the destination and goal of attaining mukti and karmic bondage is not attained. Such was his assurance and commitment towards his disciples. He gave advice to commoners, learned, householders and all those who came for help to him. No wonder he was the most beloved of all the many disciples of Bhagawan Nithyananda and they both were inseparable, although they hardly spoke to each other. But their inner communication was enduring and unbreakable. Mahavatar Babaji calls Swami Shaligram as my 'laadla' or very dear one because of his purity and flawless devotion towards his divine guru.

It holds true even now although he is living no more, that whosoever takes his refuge with a true and pure heart, he will never be disappointed. If we remember him with a pure heart, he responds to our needs without any delay. If we wish to clear our baggage of past lives and find it difficult to carry it out alone, he invisibly lends timely help and rescue. If one is destined to become his disciple due to one's past karmas, then he will definitely become so.

Swami Shaligram loved his guru the most, more than anything in this world so much so that he could never even dream of being separated from his master. So when he discovered that Bhagawan Nithyananda is about to leave the world, he decided to take jeevant samadhi, a conscious exit from his body by some yogic powers by stopping his breath which he had mastered earlier. He relinquished his last breath on 27th April 1961 in Ganeshpuri by chanting Ramrakshastrotra mantra. His samadhi temple was built on that spot and he rests there very close to his master today. He came in this world to show us what should a perfect devotee be like, how should one live in the family as a householder performing his worldly duties and continue doing his sadhana.

Shree Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram

He would chant this mantra for hours and reach an ecstatic state and deep peace in solitude. This post is dedicated in his loving memory as a symbol and epitome of endless love of a disciple towards his spiritual teacher. I consecrate and offer my heart and soul for such exceptional souls who visit earth so rarely yet leave their sweet fragrance for centuries to come. May we all be inspired by a true devotee, a bhakta, a yogi and a supremely beautiful soul. May our souls pay homage to such a celestial and virtuous incarnate.

Article Source: Supreme meditation Ashram, New Milford

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Swami Muktananda

Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa was born on May 16,1908, in a wealthy and religious family living in the vicinity of Mangalore in Karnataka State. In his boyhood he was imaginative, clever, joyful and highly mischievous.

At the age of 15 he met the Avadhoot, Bhagawan Nithyananda, who embraced the boy and gently stroked his cheeks. This was a turning point in the boy's life. Within six months he left his home in search of God.

He first went to the Ashram of Siddharudha Swami in Hubli, South India, where he took Sanyasa and studied Vedanta and yoga for took several years. After Siddharudha Swami's mahasamadhi he left Hubli and began to wander alone in search of the experience of Reality. For almost 25years he roamed from one place to another, visiting many centers of pilgrimage and meeting various saints.

He travelled mainly on foot, undergoing severe hardships, as he never begged for food, clothing or shelter. So determined was he in his quest, that he was undaunted by his trails with hunger, sickness and intense heat and cold. He lived in the Ashrams of learned mahatmas and studied scriptures and Vedantic texts under them; but his spirit was restless and he rarely stayed in one place for long time. The indirect knowledge acquired through books did not satisfy him. What he sought was direct contact with God. To this end he travelled everywhere in India. He found no one whom he could accept as his Master. He did, however , receive the blessings of two great saints, namely, Sri Zipruanna of Nasirabad and Harigiri Baba of Vaijapur.

Swami Muktananda's restless and rebellious spirit finally found peace in 1947, when he again met Bhagavan Nithyananda, this time in Ganeshpuri. Swami received the divine grace of his Guru in the form of shaktipaat diksha, and after almost nine years of intense sadhana he attained the ultimate goal.

By the end of 1956 Bhagawan Nithyananda told Swamiji to settle down near Ganeshpuri. Bhagawan took Samadhi in 1961, August. Shortly after this, Swamiji formerly established Sree Guru Ashram, now known as Gurudev Siddha Peetha.

Swamiji was popularly known as Baba by one and all. His mission was to awaken divine consciousness within seekers by means of shaktipaat and to help them in spiritual development. Shaktipaat is a subtle spiritual process by which the Guru transmits his shakti, his divine power, into the seeker either by a touch, a word, a look or even a thought. This initiation, which marks the beginning of the seeker's spiritual life, also brings about the awakening of the Kundalini Shakti.

The awakened Kundalini automatically purifies the seeker, brings him spiritual experiences and ultimately gives him spiritual experience of his inner self. This sadhana based on gurukripa, the divine grace, received from a perfect Master is known as Siddha Yoga.

Baba was a great exponent of Siddha Yoga. Through the power he was able to transform a life of frustration and confusion into a life of fulfillment. This was the miracle he performed. He did not indulge in showy miracles to amuse people, nor did he encourage others to take an interest in them. Under Babas guidance a seeker's desire for siddhis gradually became true spiritual aspiration.

Baba awakened within those who met him the desire to know God. With no apparent directive or verbal instruction, Baba created an abiding faith in God within seekers, and he led them steadily on the spiritual path.

As Kabir says, "Everyone knows that the drop is contained within the ocean, but hardly anyone understands that the ocean is contained in the drop." Baba is such a one, and he leads others to find this truth within themselves. Those who came to him with open minds and pure hearts get a glimpse of greatness-both his and their own.

Please click here to read more about Swami Muktananda in Bhagawan Nithyananda's Worldwide Sangha article

Source:Gurudev Siddhapeeth, Ganeshpuri publication, compiled & edited by Dr.Shivanand Bekal

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Sadananda Swami (Padiyar Swami)

Swami Sadanandaji occupies a unique position among the disciples of Bhagawan Nithyananda. For theirs was a finest example of ideal "GuruShishya" bond. He implicitly obeyed whatever Bhagawan said; his words were law for this loyal disciple and his surrender and loyalty to the guru was complete. Every waking moments of his life he chanted "Gurudev Gurudev" and his guru's name was always in his mind- that of Bhagawan Nithyananda

Swamiji was born in 1914 at a small village, Kokkarne, in Udupi Taluk of Karnataka State as the only son of Venkataramana Padiyar and Durgamma, a pious couple. They named him Madhava meaning Krishna, the presiding deity of Holy Shrine Udupi. Madhava Padiyar, as he was known grew up as an intelligent and obedient boy in the rural surroundings. But what stood out about this otherwise normal boy were his unusual inclinations towards spiritual matters even at a young age. This is not surprising because in later years when he was staying with Bhagawan in Ganeshpuri once Swami Muktananda requested Bhagawan to give "Sanyasa Diksha" to Padiyar Swami, Bhagawan smiled and simply remarked "where is the need for giving Diksha to him? He is a born Sanyasi "

Madhava Padiyar left his native place at a very young age and went to Mumbai. He met Bhagawan in 1929 for the first time. That was an important meeting because it was to become a beginning for an everlasting GuruShishya bond. Bhagawan must have recognized the future disciple in this teenage boy and the boy, his Guru. Madhava Padiyar started meeting Bhagawan more frequently and finally decided to offer his service at the lotus feet of his master. He stayed there till Bhagawan took Mahasamadhi.

Before Bhagawan took Mahasamadhi, he told Madhav Padiyar to go to Kanhangad and stay in Kushal nagar, which he said is a "Punya Bhoomi". He even specified the place he should stay and asked Ramnath Nayak to buy the property and construct a house. Bhagawan said to him "there is no need for Pranayam, Yogasana, Japa, Dhyana or Tapas. Maintain 'Suvichar'. Keep the mind clean and pure, guide the devotees accordingly. You will get everything you need " He adhered to this advice in letter and spirit.

In the year 1961 Swami Janananda formally initiated Madhava Padiyar into Sanyas and bestowed on him the name "Sadananda Swami". Swamiji started living in Sadguru Prasad Gopal Sadan in Kushal Nagar from 1964. He led a spartan life, was affectionate, loving and was always in a state of absolute bliss. He did not expound any philosophy nor did he give any lengthy speeches, though he did give pieces of advice to the close devotees which still remain some of the rarest spiritual thoughts. He did not create a set of followers and established an Ashram. It was his view that a true Sanyasi will not consider the need to establish an Ashram and have followers. He shunned publicity and was averse to attending public functions though very occasionally he obliged his close devotees and attended some religious functions organized by certain Ashrams. Once he attended a function at Kannur where he was accorded a rousing welcome by the organizers. Later he stated that such public display, adoration will only add to one's ego which a Sanyasi should avoid at all costs.

A few years back a devotee of Swami Dayanandaji of Anandmayi Ashram in Hawai requested him to visit their Ashram at Hawai. Swamiji declined this offer repeatedly in spite of the repeated requests of the devotee. He also politely returned donation of substantial amount sent by the said devotee. He used to say a true Sanyasi should not be after name, fame and wealth. After the Mahasamadhi of Swami Janananda there was a vacuum in Kanhangad Nithyananda Ashram as there was no spiritual head to lead the Ashram, when some of the devotees and trustees tried to persuade Swamiji to head the Ashram in place of Swami Jananandaji. He said Bhagawan Nithyananda had asked him to stay in Kushal Nagar and it would not be proper for him to move to Ashram.

Meer bookish knowledge is of no use he used to say. Knowledge derived from experience is real Jnana. It was an experience of many devotees that if they read some spiritual book and went to Swamiji he would recount the contents of these books on his own. He used to quote that Saint Tukaram became a Jnani only after he threw all the books he had read in the river. Jnana is light and Ajnana is darkness- was his most repeated comments.

He did not desire anything as per him desire his sorrow and Desirelessness is happiness. He said he did not want anything, everything was provided by Bhagawan. He never accepted anything from devotees. If a devotee makes a "Kanika" Swamiji would return it to him with fruits etc, in the form of Prasad. "Kanika" brought to him in the form of fruits, sweets etc., would be promptly distributed by Swamiji among the visitors.

As the Vice-Chairman of Ashram Trust he was attending trust meetings occasionally. He gave his opinion only on spiritual matters and never showed any interest or inclination in other matters. He used to say a true Sanyasi should keep himself away from worldly matters.

He prescribed certain "do's and don'ts" to his devotees. He used to quote the famous advice of Bhagawan Nithyananda —"Don't succumb to the temptation of 'Ka', 'Kaa' and 'Kee'" which mean Kanaka, Kamini and Keerti. Bhagawan Nithyananda said many are able to resist 'Ka' and 'Kaa' but very few could pass 'Kee' i.e. (name and fame)

Swamiji said a Sadguru never keeps debt he owes to a devotee. Any seva done to him will be returned manifold. Once and ardent devotee looked after Swamiji when he was ill. In later years the devotees husband was critically ill and the doctors gave up hope. She prayed to the guru and it was then the miracle happened. The person became healthy after a successful operation. He is now hale and healthy.

Swamiji lived in Kushal nagar for more than 4 decades, always spreading the message of Bhagawan Nithyananda. He was kind, considerate and full of compassion towards his devotees. People went to him with all kind of woes, ranging from illness to childlessness. He used to say everything will be alright just pray to Bhagawan Nithyananda. Whenever a new devotee visited him, his first question to him used to be "have you visited Bhagawan Nithyananda and prayed to him." He was never tired of recounting the glory of Bhagawan Nithyananda. His guru was God to him. He said we are lucky to have God like Bhagawan Nithyananda and if any other god were to appear before us we would like him to appear in the form of Bhagawan Nithyananda.

Swamji who lived the life of a "Sthithaprajna" and was source of solace and guidance to thousands of devotees and spiritually elevated them. He attained Mahasamadhi at the age of 93 at 3:45 am on 15th June 2007 on the last day of the auspicious Purushothma Masam. Although he is not physically present but he lives in the heart of millions of his devotees on whom he showered kindness and love so generously.

Contributed by: H Lakshmana, Devadas Pai, Jugal Kishore Mehta and Kamalakshan

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Lalitha Mavuli

Lalitha Devi,as she was initially known, was a staunch devotee of Nithyananda Bhagawan. She used to visit Ganeshpuri regularly seeking the blessings of Bhagawan. She was regularly chanting the name of Bhagawan Nithyananda, and was seeing Bhagawan in everything.

It was in the year 1956, July month. Unable to bear the extensive spiritual power in Lalitha, a magician performing black magic, administered black magic on her by poisoning the food she took. Though she could resist and tolerate the effects of the poison she had to undergo extreme pain in her body.

At this juncture of time Lalitha Mavuli along with her relative and friend Leelavati Joshi took a pilgrimage to Ganeshpuri. But during their journey they had to face a great problem of crossing the river Saitan, near Vajreshwari, which was over flowing due to the effect of the flood. Since there was no bridge in between, the Bus could not move further. All the devotees got down the Bus and took shelter under a nearby tree. All of a sudden there was a call from a lorry driver spelling-"Aayee, Aayee". And he uttered those words, for any one wishes to go to Vajreshwari if he would take them. There after accommodating all of them in his small Lorry he marched towards Vajreshwari. Without any sort of problem he could take all of them to the other end. But alas! After a few moments he was not at all found anywhere!

After reaching Ganeshpuri Lalitha had the darshan of Bhagawan Nithyananda. She narrated about her illness due to the effect of the poisonous food. She asked Bhagawan, being a staunch devotee of Bhagawan why this kind of thing happen in her life?

Bhagawan had a suitable answer to her question. He said- "The time of the black magician has come to an end. That is why he applied such an evil spirit on you. Due to your tremendous power of devotion, nothing did happen. Everything will subside and you will be normal within few days."

After this incident Bhagawan administered her with the supreme spiritual blessings of Shaktipaat. She underwent a state of trance for three hours. When she opened her eyes she could experience the utmost power of bliss and happiness.

Thereafter Bhagawan assured her that she would vomit all the poison on the Gurupoornima day at 5.00a.m. And also told her to perform the Gurupoornima function at Panwal henceforth. He blessed her for her attaining the status of Brahmajnani.

Sources: The Endless one by Dr.Gopalkrishna Shenoy, Avadhoot Bhagavan Nithyananda by Swami Vijayananda of Bevinakoppa Ashram, compiled & edited by Dr.Shivanand Bekal

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Tulasi Amma

Of all the disciples of Bhagawan Nithyananda, Tulasi Amma was a class apart. Bhagawan Nithyananda himself declared her to be "One who has seen sun", meaning that she had realized the eternal bliss of the absolute.

It is Tulasi Amma who recorded Bhagawan Nithyananda's words whenever he spoke, while in deep trance. These utterances were compiled in a book called Chidakasha Gita. The name Chidakasha Gita was approved by Bhagawan Nithyananda and the book was originally written in Kannada language. It is because of Tulasi Amma that we have the teachings of Bhagawan Nithyananda available to us today.

Tulasi Amma, also known as Anandi, was born in a well to do family of Gowda Saraswat Brahmin at Katapadi of Udupi district Karnataka State. Her father, Thimmappa Nayak was a reputed person in spiritual circles. It was he who initiated the eagerness for seeking God in her. She was married to Kamath family of Kundapur and her husband was a devoted person keen of performing Bhajans. But unfortunately, her husband died soon after their marriage, when Tulasi Amma was only 17years of age. Her father took it a challenge to face the unruly destiny of his daughter, and he sent her for higher education at Pune. Tulasi Amma returned to Mangalore with her graduation degree and engaged herself teaching Marathi to children of the locality.

At this juncture of time Tulasi Amma was aspiring for a Guru to lead her in a spiritual path. Then she was living in a rented house of Basti Shanbogue. As a widow of her teen age Tulsi Amma was wearing white saari, and was performing Sandhyavandana wearing a sacred thread. It was during this period of time that Bhagawan Nithyananda happened to be at Mangalore. Then Tulsi Amma was residing in a small old house at Kudva's Lane in Mangalore.

Her joy knew no bounds when she met Bhagawan Nithyananda for the first time in Mangalore. Bhagawan was in an Avadhoota state at that point of time, completely absorbed in his own being. He lived a carefree life like a child. It was often necessary to take care of him just as one takes care of a small child. Being a young widow, Tulasi Amma had to lead a very rigorous life, as was the societal norm of the time. Meeting Bhagawan Nithyananda caused a complete transformation in her.

Bhagawan Nithyananda initiated her in divine path by bestowing shaktipaath on her. When widows were prohibited to seek spiritual initiation in the society during the period of strict religious customs, it was Bhagawan Nithyananda showed her path of spirituality. The society was strongly against to this sort of behavior of Tulsi Amma. Despite the merciless attitude of the society, Tulsi Amma won the race finally because, the people themselves gradually adopted Bhagawan Nithyananda as their Guru and the redeemer.

Tulsi Amma began to express her profound spiritual experiences by composing Bhajans. These were compiled in her book entitled "Atmaspuran".

Bhagawan Nithyananda bestowed the status of the teacher and Guru to Tulsi Amma, and sent her to initiate Saraswati Bai of Kundapur, an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. This was a great event in the life of Tulsi Amma. Saraswati Bai as a disciple of Tulsi Amma constructed an Ashram at Mannagudda Mangalore, which is popularly known as Anandashram. It was in the year 1934, that Tulsi Amma taught the underlying principles of spirituality to the seekers who ever assembled in the Anandashram. She took Samadhi in the year 1944.

Sources: The Endless one by Dr.Gopalkrishna Shenoy, Avadhoot Bhagavan Nithyananda by Swami Vijayananda of Bevinakoppa Ashram, compiled & edited by Dr.Shivanand Bekal

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