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Rameshwar Jha pictures circa 1981

Guruji Rameshwar Jha with Rangeshwar Joshi Guruji Rameshwar Jha with Joshi family Circa 1981

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Sanskrit Shloka Rameshwar Jha - How can I be unhappy?

आद्भुतानन्द सन्दोह  भान दान महोत्सवः

यस्य में पुरतो नित्यं तस्य दुःखं कथं भवेत् ।।

महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा

जिस के प्रत्यक्ष अलौकिक आनंद के अनुभव एवं दान का सदैव बड़ा महोत्सव रहता है उस मुझमें  दुःख कैसे होगा?
महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा 

I constantly live in astounding beatitude resulting from abundant experience and offering  in this great celebration (of life) then how can I be unhappy? 

Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha "Guru ji"
Shiva Yogi Varanasi

aagam, Advait, Kashmir Shaivism, non dualism, pratyabhijna, Sanskrit, Shivastuti, Shloka, vedanta

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Shri Guru Stuti Rameshwar Jha Shloka 22

These verses are taken from Shri Guru Stuti dedicated to Swami Lakshman Joo who transformed him with his mere presence. 

महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा, गुरू जी
I venerate my wondrous Guru who is Shiva in a physical form. He is one with higher self and also manifests in other guises. He is an absolute that takes up ephemeral forms.  

Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha "Guru ji"
Shiva Yogi Varanasi
aagam, Advait, Kashmir Shaivism, non dualism, pratyabhijna, Sanskrit, Shivastuti, Shloka, vedanta

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Shiva Tatva Vimarsha - Rameshwar Jha Shloka

This Shloka is from previously published work Shiva Tatva Vimarsha 1981. 
महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा, गुरू जी
शिव योगी, वाराणसी

मित्र के स्वरूप में मैं ही भासित हूँ एवं शत्रू के रूप में भी मैं ही विराजमान हूँ। प्रशंसा करनेवाला और निन्दक भी मैं ही हूँ। मैं ही आत्म और परस्वरूप में प्रकाशित हूँ।

I present myself as a friend and I also take form of the foe. I am manifested in admirers as well as detractors. I am experienced both as self and as others.   

Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha "Guru ji"
Shiva Yogi Varanasi

aagam, Advait, Kashmir Shaivism, non dualism, pratyabhijna, Sanskrit, Shivastuti, Shloka, vedant

Friday, March 25, 2016

Shri Guru Stuti Rameshwar Jha Shloka 2

- महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा

I revere guru (as Shiva) by whose grace I have become Shambhu*. By his kindness I am Ishwara** and by his compassion I have become everything (Universe conciousness).

Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha "Guru ji"
Kashmir Shaivism Shiva Yogi Varanasi

* Shambhu - kind in action and purpose, a synonym of Shiva
** Ishwara - Ruler of the universe, Supreme being

Monday, March 21, 2016

Shri Guru Stuti Rameshwar Jha Shloka 1

- महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा

Praise to the Guru's unparalleled grace that has revealed my essence. It has won over Shiva's maya* shakti** that constantly endeavours  to hide my essential nature.

(illusory* energy**)

Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha "Guru ji"
Kashmir Shaivism Shiva Yogi Varanasi 

Rameshwar Jha Shiv Yogi शिव योगी - An exponent of Kashmir Shaivism अद्वैत Non dual shiva philosophy

Rameshwar Jha is a rarity among scholars as he did not let his traditional learning become impediment in spiritual realization. He helped propagate and systematize learning of non dualistic kashmir shaivisim by clarifying mystical concepts through his experiential learning.

In his youth Rameshwar had studied Panini’s grammar, Advaita Vedenta and practiced yoga under competent gurus. He was an exceptional student from an early age and completed his higher education in Sanskrit with merit and distinction.

His reputation as a scholar grew and he was sought to teach vyakaran (grammar), Vedanta and Nyaya (logic) in Sanskrit colleges of Varanasi. His influence spread with time and he was recognized as leading intellect in the learned world.

In his mid forties the works of Abhinavgupta caught his attention. He soon came to realize a higher more developed form of monism was expounded by Abhinavagupta and Utpaladeva in their works. He made the three day journey to Kashmir to meet Swami Lakshaman Joo in Kashmir for deeper understanding of the tenets of Kashmir Shaiva Mysticism.

He considered Lakshaman Joo as his guru and was ever grateful for Swamijee's compassion (Shaktipat) through which he had attained spiritual realization. He expressed his gratitude towards Swami Lakshaman Joo's in hymn “Guru stuti”, which to date is recited by Swamijee's disciples. Lakshman Joo has supposedly said this about Rameshwar Jha "Who know, whether I liberate you or you liberate me!"

Rameshwar jha lived as a realized master and traveled extensively. He had spent his earlier life laboriously learning traditional texts, now he was showering his grace by making accessible Kashmir Shaivism, Advaita, Pratyabhijna, Aagam, trika and associate philosophy in Varanasi.

With his extraordinary creativity, innate familiarity with the ancient texts and personal experiences he was able to provide access to abstruse concepts of non dualistic Kashmir Shaivism to the layman and scholars alike. This led to a steady stream of seekers from all parts of the world to his door steps. He was a living "Guru Factory" and referred to as "Guru ji" in fondness.

In his own words:
न मया क्रियते शिष्यः कृतः शिष्यो न कश्चन।
शिष्यतामिच्छते सद्यो दीयते गुरूता मया।।
मैंने शिष्य नहीं बनाए, मैं कभी शिष्य नहीं बनाता।
जो मेरा शिष्य बनने की इच्छा करता है उसे मैं तुरंत गुरूता प्रदान कर देता हूँ ।

I do not make any followers, Those who desire to be my disciples I instantly make them masters.

Guru ji was free of dogmatic teaching style and did not see any distinction in the seekers of different faith, cast or creed. He embraced one and all and only tested the seeker's true intent. Guru ji's close associates have experienced many instances of his occult powers littered throughout his life but he was against its display. And warned that these often let the seekers astray.

Rameshwar Jha was awareded "Mahamahopadhyaya" in the year 1980 by Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalay and in 1981 he received "Rastrapati Award" by Government of India.

" I am returning to my essence" (मैं स्वरूपस्थ हो रहा हूँ) were his last words in Dec 12, 1981.