Brahmarshi Buddhanath Das in Garoi Ashram
Om Shri Gurudevâya Namoh
Dina hina muhin Arakhsita Dasa, Bhakta gruhe sadaa nia basa,
Dwaari panare dwaare jagithaae, Aapadabele muun saaha hui je mo rupa mu agochara hee
Aau kinkara paraya dina haruthaae bhakta praanadhana mora hee ...
And the poor wretched I am Arakhsita Dasa, In devotees home I take my (a place) “Basa”
Like a watchman I keep vigil at the door and become savior at times of danger, My forms are unknown to me either ...
And, I spend my days like a wretched person, Devotees are the wealth and very dear to my soul ...
About 500 years back, the Orissa spiritualism and literature was immensely influenced and nourished by Mahapurusa Sri Achyutânanda Das, Jashovanta Das, Shishu Ananta Das, Balarâma Das, Jagannâth Das, and Arakhsita Das. The former five were popularly known as Pancha sakha (5-friends). His holiness Arakhsita Das was not among the Panchasakha. He is the presiding seer of Olasuni near Paradeep (a port town/city in coastal Orissa). While Arakhsita Das was sitting in "Samadhi" , he had a vision of a great yogic soul descending from sky to the Earth, and he, following that soul, reached inside a forest and found a newly born abandoned child. He being a "Sannyasi" and without family, handed over the newborn child to Mahapurusha Achyutananada. Subsequently the Pancha Sakha and Arakhsita Das in "Samadhi" came to know that in the 13th birth of this child (Ram Das) all their souls will remain in the physical body of Ram Das and he will be named as Buddhanâth Das. He will perform the Yuga Karma (the duty of the era) at the crucial period of transaction from Kali to Satya in order to re-establish "Sanaatan Dharma". Ram Das will take his 13th Birth on Wednesday in the Month of Pusha on Bakula Amabasya (one of the new-moon days as per the Oriya calender) day in the village Telasara in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa, India and will be named as Buddhanâth Das. The devotees/followers believe that His holiness Baba Shri Buddhanâth Das is the incarnation of the former saint Ram Das and embodies the conscious of his sixGurus.
His Holiness Baba Sri Buddhanath Das took birth to father Narendra and mother Sundari. Divine characters (Kala) were seen in the physical body of child Buddhanâth, and his miraculous and mysterious conduct and work astonished the parents and villagers. He did not develop interest in studying in the primary school, always spent time quietly in the near by forest. Even if he was born in a rich family of the village, he spent time like a beggar. He took the 'Sannyasa' at the age of twelve and spent nine years by begging from place to place and established Ashram at Garoi, which is adjacent to his village and on the confluence of river Gobari and Devi. He named the Ashram as Gobardhan Pitha. Long long ago a seer had his ashram in that place. This is a place where his Six Gurus had achieved "Siddhi" under a Peepal tree which still exists. Near the Peepal tree, there is 'Siali Lata'. Sweta Bata (a Banyan tree whose fruit is white in color) and Subhadrâ Daru (Neem tree named for the Last Nabakalebara of Deity Subhadra of Jagannâth Temple, Puri are also present. All the four trees represents four "Yuga"s, i.e., Satya, Tretayâ, Dwâpar and Kali.
He is a 'Shunya Mârgi' and worshipper of 'Nirâkâr Brahma', and 'Anâkâr Brahma' follows from 'Nirâkar Brahma'. 'Shunya margi' literally means one who follows the spiritual path of shunya, i.e. void, 'Nirâkâr Brahma' is a concept of God who has no form, and 'Anâkâr Brahma' means not-of-any form (and encompasses everything from atoms to molecules). The later two words are closely inter-related. His holiness is a Shunya Sadhak and is always in communion with Shunya i.e. 'Nirâkâr Brahma', which by itself is all-compassing and all-pervading, hence, nothing in the Universe (spatial and temporal) can elude such Sadhaks if they want to be informed about something, be it religion, science, literature, logic, or whatever existing domain of knowledge. He has conquered the Pancha Bhutta (Sky, Air, Water, Fire & Earth elements). Experience says that, during a Rain at any place, if he wishes then no rain would take place in one particular area, even if the surrounding places are under shower. There exits, of course, scientific (meteorological) explanations for such selective activities of drizzle, rain, shower, and virga (i.e., rain water doesn't reach the ground and so ground is dry). But how he brings about this effect just by his will, appears incomprehensible. Similar is the case with the Wind, and the Fire. Some devotees believe that, he has the power to talk with several persons in several rooms simultaneously and his holiness has the ability to be seated in Shunya for hours together without any interruption. He is one of the few Yogis who has made Siddhi of 84 Asanas.
[Brahmarshi Buddhanath Das in Garoi Ashram]
Mahâpurusha has said through Tâmrapothi that my Dâsa (one who serves, i.e. Baba), leading a family life in disguise for the outside world, does and says only that what I instruct. He never does anything without my direction. Whatever he is doing, it is by my Nirdesha (instruction). He has taken birth to saveSatya and Dharma and to do the Yugakarma. Since few years the day-of-birth of Baba is celebrated by the devotees; also is celebrated the Ekoishiaa (the 21st day after a Birthday). The 12th birth ceremony and Ekoishiaa is to be performed since in each birth he acquired one Kalâ, that is the reason theEkoishiaa ceremony is performed. It is an indication that he is having 12 Kalâs out of total 16 Kalâs of Lord Jagannâth.
He loves those who love their parents. Lord is the creator of universe and parents are the creator of human being. He preaches "parents are the living God and they should be served, loved and respected. They are the source of energy and blessing".
He never undertakes to change the fate of the devotee completely, even though he has the power to do so. The Almighty leads the soul to a particular body in a particular time (for taking birth) considering the Karma of that person. The soul while taking birth in a body is associated with small chambers (imaginary) which control the various aspects of life, e.g., finance, fame, disease, family, spiritual advancement, life-longevity, etc. Depending on the Karma, these chambers are filled with certain amount of energy which control the various aspects. A saint can give more energy in one chamber, e.g., disease and/or finance, by drawing energy from another chamber, but hardly from almighty God, i.e. Shunya itself. Only, in exceptional cases God's mercy pours down to bring the energy directly from Shunya, but in most normal cases it is only a transportation from one to other chamber. Changing the energy from one chamber to another of the person will violate the direction given by the Almighty. Hence, for the reasons stated above he never completely changes the fate of the devotee. Then the question will arise, why the devotee will pray God and/or will go to his Holiness once he will not give the relief. Yes he can give the relief by adding will power in the mind of the devotee who is suffering and he knows how many days, months and years he will suffer. Additionally, it is essential to meet the Siddhas to get a proper guidance, i.e. to get the direction of the path that should be followed. By getting will power he will not feel the suffering (that much) even if he will suffer. He will be just like a drop of water floating on the leaf of the Lotus. However, the relief to various seekers vary on a personal level - depending on the devotee and the urgency of the need - it would only be improper to generalize it.
In His words: The Supreme God is only one and There is only one Supreme God.
No matter what the color of "The Cow" is,
The milk they produce has the same color;
Human body is the abode for all the 'Brahmas'
And the same 'Brahma' plays in different forms.
The same God is having and projecting several powers and abilities, and the people worship only this Supreme power in the form of "A Deity" of their choice. As an illustration, 'Durga' is having only one power to remove the Durgati (evil ways), for which she has been named as 'Durgati Nashini' (destructor of evil). Praying Durga will also amount to praying 'The Almighty'. Hence without worshiping several Deities one could and should concentrate on one Deity depending on the purpose and need, who could be Shiva, Krushna, Durga, Kali, etc. hence he says:
"Biswasa re Uswasa, Abiswase sarbanasa"
"Belief in one will give relief from earthly measures, Disbelief leads to disaster".
Here, we also might recall a stanza from the writings of Pundit Gopabandhu Das:
Swetaswinee Dhaara Huai Asaara, aganana sankhyaa jaara
Mahodadhi sange anga sanga hoi, iha lila sambhariba.
Sada basantare ekai basanta, subutta tathya aabara
Naahin vedaa veda Swetaswiniee saara, tirtha Mahodadhi dhara.
The river Ganga, looses its identity and isolated importance, who is vast and has numerous branches
By becoming one body after mixing with the Ocean, it ends its surfacial sport
Out of the six, spring season has all the qualities and is the chief
There is no distinction of Ganga(swetaswinee); once you hold fast the sacred Ocean