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Rameshwar Jha pictures circa 1981

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

Monday, March 04, 2019

Sanskrit Shiva Stuti- Krito Neko Yetno - Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha




कृतो नेको यत्नो न चकिमपिदृष्टं नवफलं

गतोभूयान् कालः सुकृतबल लब्धस्य वपुषः।

इदानीनते शम्भो! शरणमुपयातः पुनरहं

शिवः शान्तः स्वच्छो गलित भवबाधोSस्मि सुखितः।।

महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा
 

अनेकों यत्न किये पर कुछ नया फल देखने में नहीं आया। अच्छे कार्यों से प्राप्त इस मनुष्य शरीर में बहुत समय निरर्थक बीत गया। हे शम्भु! अब मै फिर तुम्हारी शरण में आ गया हूँ। इस लिए संसार की बाधा से रहित शान्त, स्वचछ शिव स्वरूप होकर सुखमय हूँ।
 

I had tried multitude of ways but there is no new results to be seen. Tremendous amount of time in my human life, earned through good deeds, was wasted away. Hey Shiva! Now I again return to your refuge. By your grace I have attained undiluted Shiva consciousness, became peaceful and joyous and all my worldly sufferings have been removed. 


Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha "Guru ji"
Shiva Yogi Varanasi

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


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sanskrit Shloka - अलक्ष्यमेव मे लक्ष्यं - I seek the unobservable.


अलक्ष्यमेव मे लक्ष्यं
अहं अर्थः सएव हि ।
ततोस्मि सर्वदा सिद्धः
कर्तव्यं मेSस्तिनाधुना ।।

-      महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा

अलक्ष्य ही मेरा लक्ष्य है। मैं भी वह ही हूँ। इस लिए मैं सदा सिद्ध ही हूँ। करने का अब कुछ नहीं है।


I seek the unobservable. I too am imperceptible in my essence. Therefore, my objective is always accomplished and now I don’t have to do anything. 


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


Sunday, January 06, 2019

Sanskrit Shiva Stuti Mahadevm Divyam - Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha





महादेवं दिव्यं सकल भव सारं शरणदं
जनः को जानीते निज ह्रदयगं विश्ववपुषम्।
ततः शम्भुर्भूयाद् भुजगपति हारेन्दु मुकुटस्
त्रिनेत्रो गौरीशो विमलमतिदो नेत्रपथगः ।।



अपने ह्रदय में विद्यमान, सर्म्पूण विश्व शरीर वाला, संसार के सार रूप शरण में लेने वाले महादेव को लोगों (साधारण पुरूष) में कौन जानता है। (अर्थात् कोई नहीं जानता है)
इस लिए सर्प के हार वाले, चन्द्रमा मुकुट वाले गौरीपति तीन नेत्रवाले स्वच्छ बुद्धि को देने वाले महादेव आँख के सामने देखने में आवें।  

अर्थात् आत्मस्वरूप शिव को तो कोई जानता नहीं है उसको जानने के लिए शिव एसे पूर्वोक्त स्वरूप वाले आप सामने देखने में आवें।  

Who knows about Shiva that resides in one’s own heart, is all encompassing and provides refuge to the entire world? (Meaning the common men don’t know)

Hence O Shiva! Let your form that drapes snake as garland, has crescent moon as crown, and is three eyed husband of Goddess Gauri and purifier of thoughts be in front of my eyes.

It is not easy to realise Shiva that resides in one’s self and hence let his descried form be in from of my eyes.  
Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha "Guru ji"

Shiva Yogi Varanasi

agama, Advaita, Kashmir Shaivism, non dualism, pratyabhijna, Sanskrit, Shiva stuti, Shloka, vedanta

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.