SrimatSwami Nigamananda Saraswati Dev

Paramahansha Srimat Swami Nigamananda Saraswati Deva is able to assert the direct unmediated knowledge of the Absolute reality, which is also identical with illuminated consciousness of the spiritual unity of man and universe, is the core of all religious disciplines as understood by the Rushis, Santhas and Saints who visualized the grave expression to the great truth co-eternal with Brahman.

He has spread the gospel of Sanatana Dharma throughout India. His ideological advice to followers is in the Vedantic doctrine of Sri Shankaracharya and the path of devotion adopted by Sri Chaitanya Deva.
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Chronological Events of Shri Shri Thakur’s Life:

Year Events
1880 On Thursday, 19th of August, at 2:00 AM, a son was born to Bhubanmohan Bhattacharya and Yogendramohini at Radhakantapur, the maternal home. The child was named Nalinikanta who in time became known as our beloved Shri Shri Thakur. It happened to be the auspicious day of Jhulan Purnima in the month of Shraban.
1889 At the age of nine, he saw Devi Durga in the form of a young girl with ten arms at the family Chandi Mandap near his home at Kutabpur.
1891 When Nalinikanta turns eleven, his father Bhubanmohan performed his Upanayan (the sacred thread ceremony) at Radhakantapur.
1892 At the age of twelve, Nalinikanta started visiting Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, a renowned literary figure of Bengal and engaged in many spiritual and intellectual discussions with him.
1893 His mother Yogendramohini passed away suffering from Asiatic Cholera.
1894 Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay passed away.
1895 After passing out from Dariapur Middle English School, Nalinikanta started attending Meharpur High School.
Nalinikanta went to Dhaka Survey School (renamed as Ahsanullah School of Engineering and currently Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology).
1897 While still in Survey School, at the age of seventeen (16 years and 6 months) Nalinikanta got married to Sudhanshubala (Rani), the daughter of late Baidyanath Mukhopadhyay of Halisahar, now in West Bengal.
After two years of study in Dhaka Survey School, Nalinikanta taught for some time at lower primary school at Kutabpur while waiting for a job outside. Around the same time, he demonstrated his creative literary talents by writing dramas like Shobha Bilap or Taranisen Badha, and Bhagabatir Nikah and poems like Marma Gatha and novels like Charubala.
1898 His novel Sudhansubala was written. Nalinikanta got a job as an overseer in Dinajpur Distict Board.
1899 Nityananda Pustakalaya of Calcutta published Nalinikanta’s novel Sudhansubala. Nalinikanta got a respectable job as Supervisor at Narayanpur in the estates of Krushna Pramada Dasi.
1901 One night, in the month of September around 9 PM, Sudhansubala took her last breath and left the world.
At that moment, Nalinikanta was at work in Narayanpur attending to some urgent papers. Around the time of his wife’s eternal departure, the lamp on the table he was working on slowly became dim and he saw Sudhansubala standing by the side of his table. Her complexion was radiant but her face was pale and gloomy and she did not say anything. He got frightened and screamed. The figure vanished leaving Nalinikanta disturbed over the event. He left for Kutabpur as soon as he got leave from service and heard the sad news from villagers on his way.

Nalinikanta found out the details of his wife’s last moments and her last words for him. Despite best efforts, he could not overcome his grief. In the following days, he had glimpses of Sudhansubala’s astral figure twice, which left him wondering about the existence of the soul after death.

Nalinikanta asked his father to perform the Shradha and left for Calcutta to attend an urgent case. During this period, one night, Sudhansubala appeared before Nalinikanta in her astral form and requested him to perform the Shradha. The next morning, Nalinikanta made all arrangement for the Shradha and kept the articles liked by her as offering. He then remembered Sudhansubala and waited for her to accept the offerings. As time passed and Sudhansubala did not appear to take offerings he got annoyed and then started taking the offering himself. At that moment, Sudhansubala appeared again in her astral form and asked him to refrain from eating because they were her left over.

After repeated visions of his deceased wife, the belief in the existence of life after death got firmly rooted in Nalinikanta’s mind.

After repeated visions of his deceased wife, the belief in the existence of life after death got firmly rooted in Nalinikanta’s mind.

Meanwhile, Nalinikanta got transferred to Kumira.

In his quest to get connected to his wife, Nalinikanta joined the Theosophical Society in Calcutta and later travelled to the society headquarters at Adyar near Madras (Chennai). After having learnt the techniques of attracting souls, he got to hear his wife through a medium. He was not satisfied and still had a lot of unanswered questions.

Nalinikanta returned to his work at Kumira but kept an eye on any saints visiting Calcutta. Around November-December 1901, he heard about Swami Purnananda, an ex-professor who enjoyed a good deal of reputation. Nalinikanta finally got a chance to meet Swami Purnananda at Calcutta and narrated his story to which Swamiji advised him that the Sadhana to reach the Mother of the Universe (Adyashakti Mahamaya) will lead him to his wife as well.

Back at Kumira, one night in the month of Margasira, Nalinikanta woke up with the room illuminated and found a tall and radiant saint standing beside him. The saint offered him a single-lettered mantra written in red sandal paste on a Bilwa (wood apple tree) leaf and vanished.

In the search of finding the method of recitation of the mantra, Nalinikanta met a number of saints at many holy places and finally ended up in Kashi. Without any answer in sight, he became confused and frustrated, and decided to end his life. That night, a Brahmin appeared in his dream and advised him that his guru is the famous Tantrik saint Bamakhepa of Tarapith in the district of Birbhum.
1902 (Month of Magha/Phalgun) Per his dream, Nalinikanta went to Tarapith and surrendered to Bamakhepa. Under the tutelage and supervision of his Tantrik Guru, Nalinikanta learnt all the practices in connection with the tantrik way of sadhana leading to see the Cosmic Mother in just 20 days. On the midnight of the 21st day, the Krushna Chaturdasi (night before new moon), at a cremation ground, he started chanting the mantra given by his guru. First, Mahashakti (omnipower) appeared in the form of his beloved wife Sudhansubala and subsequently revealed her divine cosmic form. She granted him the boon of appearing in the form of Sudhansubala whenever he would wish. This was Shri Shri Thakur’s enlightenment in Tantrik Sadhana.
1902 (month of Chaitra) Nalinikanta returned to Kumira and enjoyed the company of the Universal Mother in the form of Sudhasubala. However, when he tried to touch her, the image would dissolve (merge) into his body. Nalinikanta then went back to Bamakhepa seeking an answer to this enigma. Bamakhepa posed his questions to Tara Devi and her answer was that Nalinikanta must seek sannyas in the Vedantic line under the guidance of a Gyani Guru.

Nalinikanta resigned from his job and started his quest for Gyani Guru. He visited different places of India before finally meeting Swami Sachchidananda Saraswati, a renowned vedantic saint at Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan. At the first sight, Nalinikanta remembered that the saint was the same person who offered him the single-lettered mantra at Kumira. Then he stayed in his Guru’s ashram at Pushkar as a sebak and led a life of Brahmachari.
1903 On the 11th day of Bhadrava (July-August), Nalinikanta was initiated into Sannyasa and was named “Nigamananda” by his guru. He had mastered with ease the secrets of the knowledge of the Nigama (Vedas). In order to realize the deeper spiritual import of four great sayings of Vedas, as a sannyasi, Swami Nigamananda had to undertake a pilgrimage to the four dhams.

He was accompanied by Swami Sachchidananda to Badrinath and on the way they stopped at Gouri Maa’s ashram. She was a renowned female Yogic saint. During this visit to Badrinath, Swami Nigamananda learnt the method of realizing the Mahabakya of Vedas, “Ayamatama Brahma”. After returning from Badrinath, Shri Shri Thakur went to visit the remaining three dhams, Dwarka, Rameswar and Puri alone where he realized the “Tatwam Asi”, “Aham Brahmasmi” and “Pragyanam BrahmaMahabakyas respectively.

Upon his return from his pilgrimage of the four dhams, his guru advised him to search for his Yogi Guru for yoga sadhana and acquire the knowledge of Bramha through “Nirbikalpa Samadhi”.

Swami Nigamananda started his journey to search for a Yogi Guru towards the end of winter. While wandering through the forests of Kota, he met two young women, who he later found out were yoginis. Per their direction, he left for Calcutta.

Continuing his quest, around the month of May-June, Swami Nigamananda travelled eastward to Kamakshya and Parasuram Tirtha now in Arunachal Pradesh. At Parasuram Tirtha, he fell ill with fever and dysentery but recovered with the help of the tribal people in that area. One day while enjoying the natural beauty of the hills, he wandered into the jungle and was lost and decided to rest the night in the hollow of a big tree trunk. Towards dawn, he met a saint with a radiating glow below the tree. This was his Yogi Guru Swami Sumerudasji. Under his guidance, for a period of three months, Swami Nigamananda read yogic scriptures and learnt and practiced methods of Yoga Sadhana.

Per the direction of his Yogi Guru, Swami Nigamananda left and went on to stay at the home of Sarada Prasad Majumdar, zamindar of Haripur in Pabna district (now in Bangladesh) and started practising yoga.
1904 Over a period of nine months, he made a good progress in yogic practices. However, due to some interruptions and external disturbances, he had to leave Haripur for Guwahati. He ended up staying at the home of Yajneswar Biswas, a senior government officer, and continued practicing yoga. He practised meditation (Samadhi) for one whole day, then three days and finally for seven days at a stretch before coming back to senses. This state is called the “Sabikalpa Samadhi”.

One day in the month of Pousha, he went up the hills of Kamakshya and found a lonely spot where he sat and started his meditation. Shri Shri Thakur succeeded in reaching Nirbikalpa Samadhi”, the ultimate attainment in Yoga Sadhana. During the sublime state of this Samadhi, he had a firm and exuberant feeling of “I am Guru”. His face was beaming an aura of radiance.

He was eager to meet his guru, Swami Sachchidananda, to tell him about it and hence bade farewell to Yajneswar Biswas and his wife, Saraju Devi. He went to Kumbhamela at Ujjain and found that his Gyani Guru was also there. By the direction of Jagadguru Sankaracharya of Shringeri Math, his Gyani Guru Swami Sachchidananda bestowed on him the title of Paramahansa with approval of all saints present there. From that day, his full name was Paribrajakacharya Paramahansa Swami Nigamananda Saraswati Dev.

Per his Gyani Guru’s direction, Shri Shri Thakur gave dikshya to Yajneswar Biswas and his wife Saraju Devi.
1905 In the month of Magha, Shri Shri Thakur was in Kashi and had a chance to meet Devi Annapurna in the form of an old lady. Later that night Devi appeared in his dream and advised him to perform Bhaba Sadhana. Shri Shri Thakur then decided to see Gouri Maa whom he had met on the way to Badrinath with Swami Sachchidananda during his Paribrajaka period. He learnt Prema Sadhana from Gouri Maa and attained Bhaba Samadhi.

Shri Shri Thakur returned to Guwahati and then went to Garohill in Assam, which was later known as Garohill Yogashram (now in Meghalaya) and started a lower primary school for the children of the Hajong inhabitants in that area.

During this period, the divine mother appeared before him in her physical body of flesh and blood, and lavished all love, humor and joys of the universe on him.

A few days later, the divine mother reminded him of his responsibility as a Guru. She granted Shri Shri Thakur two boons, the first one was “those who accept him as guru would attain salvation in three births even though they go against him in the later part”, and the second one was “those who will continue to be his disciples to the end will attain liberation in one life whether they perform sadhana or not”.

It was here, Shri Shri Thakur wrote the book ‘Yogi Guru’ in just 14 days.
1906 During the first quarter of the year, Shri Shri Thakur went to public.

Later, he stayed at the house of Umacharan Sarkar of Beniachar in Mymensing.
1907 A young man named Chandicharan Das, having read Shri Shri Thakur’s first book, “Yogi Guru”, came to him and became his sebak. He was later known as Swami Chidananda after taking sannyas from Shri Shri Thakur.

Shanti Ashram was founded at Durgapur near Kumilla (Comilla). Later it was moved to Dhaka. During this period Shri Shri Thakur wrote the book “Gyani Guru” in 21 days.
1908 Shri Shri Thakur’s third book, “Gyani Guru” was published on the 2nd day of the month of Bhadrab. Under his guidance, in the month of Kartik, the first issue of the monthly magazine, “Arya-Darpan”, was published.
1909 Shri Shri Thakur visited the ancestral home of Dr. Nrupendra Chandra Roy of Dhaka.
On the 16th day of month of Jyastha, Shri Shri Thakur gave dikshya to Priyanath Khasanabish, who was later known as Swami Premananda.
On the day of Laxmi Purnima, Dr. Rajachandra Dhar, who was later known as Swami Swarupananda, met Shri Shri Thakur for the first time.
1910 Shri Shri Thakur’s book, “Bramhacharya Sadhan”, was published from Shanti Ashram of Durgapur.

On the 21st day of the month of Ashadha, Shri Shri Thakur gave dikshya to Dr. Rajachandra Dhar (later Swami Swarupananda) and his wife.
1911 While staying at Shanti Ashram in Dhaka, Shri Shri Thakur wrote “Tantrik Guru” in 7 days. The book was published on the day of Jhulan Purnima.

On the 26th day of the month of Margasira, “Anatha Niketana” was started.

Later that year, Shri Shri Thakur wrote the book “Premika Guru” in 17 days.
1912 On the 14th day of the month of Magha, Shri Shri Thakur went to Kokilamukh in Assam with Rajachandra Dhar to look at the land for the new ashram.

On the 22nd day of the month of Phalgun, the ashram was shifted from Dhaka to Kokilamukh in Assam state.

On the auspicious day of Akshaya Trutiya in the month of Baisakha, Shri Shri Thakur set up the Shanti Ashram at Kokilamukh. The seat of Gurubramha was established. On the day of Rasa Purnima, Shri Shri Thakur’s book, “Premika Guru” was published.
1913 Shri Shri Thakur visited his birthplace at Kutabpur.
1914 On the 12th day of the month of Baisakha, Shanti Ashram was renamed as Saraswata Math and Shri Shri Thakur gave Sannyas dikshya to seven of his disciples on that day. During the month of Chaitra, Shri Shri Thakur along with his disciples travelled to the Kumbhamela at Haridwar.
1915 The first Bhakta Sammilani was organized at Saraswata Math and was attended by eleven bhaktas – seven Sannyasis and four Grihastha devotees. They were Swami Bodhananda, Swami Chidananda, Swami Swarupananda, Swami Yogananda, Swami Sudhananda, Swami Premananda, Swami Saradananda, Khepadas Bhattacharya, Banamali Sarakar, Surendramohan Dasgupta and Nagendranath Rai.
1917 On the 3rd day of the month of Phalgun, Saraswata Ashram was established in a rented house in the Jariyatuli area of Dhaka.

In the month of Chaitra, Shri Shri Thakur bought land in Maynamati with the purpose of establishing an ashram. Subsequently in 1919, with the hardwork and dedication of Kumarananda Brahmachari, (later Swami Atmananda Saraswati), a beautiful ashram was built there.
1919 On the auspicious day of Jhulana Purnima, Shri Shri Gouranga-Sebashrama was established at Boguda (Bogra). It was later renamed as Uttara Bangla Saraswata Ashram.
1920 On the 27th day of the month of Aswin, the Saraswata Ashram in Dhaka shifted to Jayadevpur of Bhawal Pragana. On the day of Akhya Trutiya in 1921, this ashram was established and went on to host the Bhakta Sammilani in 1922. This ashram was later renamed as Madhya Bangla Saraswata Ashram.
1922 For the first time Sarbabhauma Sammilani held at Bhawal Saraswata Ashram, Dhaka, was open to public.
1923 Shri Shri Thakur comes to Puri. Initially, Shri Shri Thakur stayed at Goenka Dharmasala and then in a rented house named Kamalakamini Mandira around the Chakratirtha locality of Puri. Subsequently he shifted to Number 3 Giri Kutira in the Mochisahi area of Puri. A number of sebaka and sebikas accompanied Shri Shri Thakur at various points of time but some stayed permanently with him in Puri.
1924 On the first day of the month of Baisakha, “Griha Prabesha” was performed at the Nilachala Kutira in Puri.
In the same year, on the day of Akshyaya Trutiya, the seat of Gurubrahma was established at Purba Bangla Saraswata Ashram in Maynamati, Kumilla.
1925 The construction of Dakhin Bangla Saraswata Ashram commences at Halisahar, West Bengal under the supervision and hard work of Ganga Gopala Saha of Balighati. In the same year, the construction of Paschima Bangla Saraswata Ashram started at Khadakusuma in Medinapur district, West Bengal.

Ashadha, Suresh Chandra Chattopadhyay, a disciple of Thakur from East Bengal, after the death of his wife, left his infant daughter in the trust of Shri Shri Thakur and sought sannyasa. Shri Shri Thakur accepted her and named the girl Narayani, who is lovingly remembered as Narayani Maa to Thakur’s disciples/devotees.
1926 In the month of Kartika, “Gurudham” was established in Kutabpur.

On the 1st day of Bhakta Sammilani at Paschima Bangla Saraswata Ashram in Khadakusuma, the seat of Jagatguru was established there.

Shri Shri Thakur attended the Kumbhamela at Haridwar.
1927 The Bhakta Sammilani was organized at Assam Bangiya Saraswata Matha, where Shri Shri Thakur read his hand written “Arpananama” in front of all bhaktas.

For the first time in Sarbabhauma Sammilani, ‘Ananda Sabha’ was introduced by Shri Shri Thakur.

On the 22nd night of the month of Baisakha, Shri Shri Thakur was sleeping on roof top of Nilachala Kutira when he heard someone coughing and saw the astral image of one of his favorite disciples, Ashwini Dasgupta. Ashwini Babu had been suffering from a prolonged illness. The next morning, Shri Shri Thakur received a telegram with the message that Ashwini Babu had passed away the night before.

In the month of Chaitra, the King of Bastar, Prafulla Chandra Bhanja Deo received dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur.
1928 During the month of Ashwin, Shri Shri Thakur visited the native State of Bastar at the request of Shri Prafulla Chandra Bhanja Deo, Rajasaheb of Bastar. He was accompanied by Haren Bhai, Pragyananda Maharaj and Phani Mitra Bhai.
Ishwar Sahu Bhai came to know Shri Shri Thakur after reading GyaniGuru book on 13th of November.
Three bhaktas from Orissa, Ishwar Sahu, Balaji Raju and Dinabandhu Deo received dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur at Nilachala Kutira on the 12th of December.
1929 Shri Shri Thakur traveled to Darjeeling with the King and Queen of Bastar.

Upon his return to Calcutta from Darjeeling, Shri Shri Thakur visited Gurudham in Kutabpur during the month of Ashwin.
1930 Shri Shri Thakur’s youngest aunt Gobindamohini Devi (a.k.a. Golapasundari) visited him at Nilachala Kutira.

At Nilachala Kutira on March 20th, Durgacharan Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur for the first time.

On March 23rd, Durgacharan Bhai got his first instruction on Asana and Mudra from Thakurdas Brahmachari (Haren Bhai).

Shri Shri Thakur established the seat of Gurubrahma at Jalapaigudi Saraswata Ashram on the auspicious day of Akshaya Trutiya.

Arpananama” (Trust Deed) written by Shri Shri Thakur was registered at Jorhat, Assam. Apart from Shri Shri Thakur, other trustees included five household disciples and five sannyasis of Saraswata Matha.

Shri Shri Thakur became sick with influenza during a visit to Shillong and was treated by Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray of Calcutta.

Shri Shri Thakur returned to Puri and took rest for a month and half before embarking on a trip to Gurudham in Kutabpur. His maternal home in Radhakantapur was also on the itinerary. He was accompanied by a number of people including Maa’s from Nilachala Kutira.

For the first time ever, in the Sarbabhauma Sammilani held at Maynamati, ‘Mahila Sabha’ was introduced by Shri Shri Thakur at the request of His female disciples and devotees.
1931 On the 27th of January, Durgacharan Bhai met Nrupa (Nrupal Jee) Bhai for the first time and discussed about Shri Shri Thakur with him.

On the 24th of February, Shri Shri Thakur is welcomed back on his return at the Puri railway station by bhaktas including Durgacharan Bhai and Nrupa Bhai.

On the 12th of March, Gobinda Patnaik Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur for the first time.

On April 2nd, which was the auspicious day of Akshaya Trutiya, a number of bhaktas met Shri Shri Thakur at Nilachala Kutira and accepted prasad. Later that day, Shri Shri Thakur departed for Assam Bangiya Saraswata Matha where he spent the next three months.

On July 5th, A number of bhaktas met Shri Shri Thakur on his return to Nilachala Kutira. Shri Shri Thakur answered their questions. In the course of the discussion, Gobinda Bhai asked Shri Shri Thakur about the process and significance of identifying one’s Sadguru. Shri Shri Thakur then continued to explain Shri Krishna’s words to Arjuna from the Bhagabat Gita namely “Sarba Dharman Parityajya Mamekam Saranam Braja”.

During the rest of the summer, Durgacharan Bhai and a limited number of bhaktas got the opportunity of meeting Shri Shri Thakur nearly every afternoon and discussed a wide range of spiritual topics.

Prafulla Chandra Bhanja Deo stayed at Nilachala Kutira for eight days for important discussions regarding his Tantrik sadhana.

At Nilachala Kutira on October 11th, Shri Shri Thakur talked about controlling the mind and the state after death.

At the earnest prayer of the disciples and devotees, Shri Shri Thakur presided over the Sarbabhauma Sammilani at Halisahar in place of Shri Sankaracharya and Shri Gourang Dev, which continued thereafter.
1932 Shri Shri Thakur returned to Puri on January 7th.

On the 26th of February, Shri Shri Thakur went on a trip to Chilka Lake along with a number of bhaktas including Durgacharan Bhai, Satchidananda Saha, Jayakrushna Mohanty Bhai, Thakurdas Brahmachari and Ekadasi Harichandan Bhai. He visited the Kalijaai Temple.

Shri Shri Thakur left for Kokilamukha Matha on the 22nd of April.

In November, Shri Shri Thakur started on a pilgrimage tour and stopped at Puri for a day in between.
1933 On the 7th of March, Shri Shri Thakur discussed his meeting with Sir John George Woodroffe. Later that day, a few of school students including Durgacharan Bhai expressed their desire to accept dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur. Shri Shri Thakur talked about the special relationship between a guru and a disciple.

On the 30th of April, Shri Shri Thakur explained the purpose of dikshya. Due to rain, instead of his usual visit to the beach, Shri Shri Thakur stayed inside and continued to talk about creation, Brahma and Sanskara, etc.

Shri Shri Thakur appointed Swami Pragyananda Saraswati as caretaker/ mahanta of Saraswata Matha, Head Trustee and in-charge of all branch ashrams. Then Shri Shri Thakur retired from active management.
1934 On the 3rd of March, Chaitanya Charan Das Bhai and his wife Suruchi Sundari Maa received dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur. Subsequently, Shri Shri Thakur solicited questions from bhaktas that were present then and elaborated on topics namely, the duties of a widow, the grace of guru and prarabdha.

Later that day, Banamali Dash Bhai visited Shri Shri Thakur for the first time. The next day, Banamali Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur and expressed his desire to pursue a spiritual path. On the 20th of March, Banamali Bhai received dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur.

On the 23rd of March, Durgacharan Bhai, Banamali Bhai and Ekadasi Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur before he departed for Calcutta. Prior to leaving, he mentioned that upon his return he would address their issues.

Shri Shri Thakur returned to Puri on April 11th. The next day, Banamali Bhai and Durgacharan Bhai met Shri Shri Thakur. Banamali Bhai expressed his interest in spreading Shri Shri Thakur’s teachings in Orissa.

A rickshaw, acquired for Shri Shri Thakur’s late afternoon visits to the beach, arrived from Calcutta on the 19th of April. Annada Brahmachari took the responsibility of pulling the rickshaw. A number of bhaktas accompanied Shri Shri Thakur during these late afternoon strolls on the beach.

On the 5th of June, Durgacharan Bhai and Nrupa Bhai received dikshya from Shri Shri Thakur.

Shri Shri Thakur went to see the Ratha Jatra on July 13th.
August 24, 1934 (Inception of Nilachala Saraswata Sangha) On the occasion of Shri Shri Thakur’s birthday, a number of bhaktas performed Shri Shri Thakur’s puja. None of the bhaktas had any idea of how to perform puja, aarati and stotra bandana correctly; the aarati was performed by Annada Brahmachari. Shri Shri Thakur got concerned over this. With seriousness, Shri Shri Thakur rose and spoke the following golden words of advice:

My 1st commandment is: I left Saraswata Matha and Ashrams, and have been living a solitary life at Puri for about 12 years. Here I was staying almost inactive for these years. Ultimately, all of you came and your number gradually increased. On seeing you after so many years I experience and feel a divine urge and inspiration inside. It is my desire that you should practise to live a life of order and discipline. Do not treat it as a child’s play. If you have taken shelter under me do it seriously in the best possible manner. See! I have given opportunity of doing Arati only to my household devotees. Sannyasis and Brahmacharis are not given this privilege. Before offering me Arati and worship, you should learn sincerely how to perform these correctly. If one wants to deliver a lecture or enact a role on the stage, he has to practice it first and then perform it in the real field. It is called rehearsal.

Each of you should set up the image of Shri Gurudev in your house and worship it according to the practices prevalent in your State. Chant the hymns in front of the image and try to understand their meaning. On a specific day in a week, all of you assemble in a place and offer Arati, prayers, read Aryadarpan and other holy books. You should discuss together my teachings and ideas. At the end of each session, decide the place of next session ….

Then my 2nd commandment is: Lead an ideal household life. My household devotees have attained more spiritual progress than others. They are more cautious about religion than those who have renounced the world.…. If you lead an ideal household life, your children will develop good moral character. Again, the great sages like, Vyasa, Vasistha, Jaimini and Patanjali will be born in your families.

My 3rd commandment is: You should exchange your spiritual feelings among yourselves which is called ‘Bhava Binimaya’. Each guru-brother should not conceal anything from one another. Those who want to speak to me something secretly, I think, they have some selfish motive. They may either beg for wealth or pray to cure their disease. You should disclose everything before me innocently without a pinch of hypocrisy. You should observe simplicity and truthfulness…

Hope you will not forget whatever I have told you today”.

This event was the inception of Nilachala Saraswata Sangha.
1934 (August 24th onwards) On the 29th of September, Shri Shri Thakur went on a boat ride in the river on Mangalaghata with a number of bhaktas.

The first official session of Nilachala Saraswata Sangha was conducted at the residence of Banamali Bhanja Bhai on the 4th of October.

On the 14th of October, Shri Shri Thakur discussed regarding hosting the Bhakta Sammilani in Puri.

Shri Shri Thakur attended His last Sarbabhauma Sammilani (20th session) held at Saraswata Matha, Kokilamukh. Chaitanya Charan Das Bhai was the only disciple who attended from Orissa. During Sammilani, Shri Shri Thakur assumed the role of ‘Kalpataru’ and asked devotees and disciples to tell their wishes.
1935 Shri Shri Thakur left Kokilamukha Matha for the last time on 13th day of the month of Asadha.

On the 31st of August, Shri Shri Thakur returned back to Nilachala Kutira. A number of his disciples met him and had the golden opportunity to listen to his words of advice.

On the holy day of Dussherra, Banamali Dash Bhai and Durgacharan Bhai performed puja and aarati of Shri Shri Thakur.

On the 13th of November, as a result of Shri Shri Thakur’s illness, a few of his disciples proposed to take him to Calcutta and get him treated by a doctor, to which he replied that “I know what I am going to have. Still if you want to show me to Doctor you can”. The very same day Shri Shri Thakur left Puri for Calcutta by train.
November 29, 1935 (Mahasamadhi of Shri Shri Thakur) Mahasamadhi, Shri Shri Thakur appeared in his subtle form before one of his favorite disciples, Prafulla Chandra Bhanja Deo, the King of Bastar, when he was in London.

At a rented house in Beadon Street in Calcutta on the 13th day of Margashira, a Friday, Shri Shri Thakur took his Mahasamadhi around 1:15PM in the afternoon. His physical body was lowered into ground at Dakshin Bangla Saraswata Ashram at Halisahar, West Bengal.