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Rameshwar Jha pictures circa 1981

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

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hindi Kavita1 हिन्दी कविता Rameshwar Jha रामेश्वर झा

Rameshwar Jha also at times wrote in hindi, majority of his composition were in Sanskrit. These are some of his rare verses composed in hindi. 
अन्धकार से दूर, निज प्रकाश के उजाले
निज  की अभिव्यक्ति से क्रि़ड़ा करता हूँ निज में

Away from ignorance there is self illuminated space
Through my self-expression I am engrossed (take pleasure) in myself

मैं वह  मैं हूँ
जिस  मैं  में सभी मैं रहते हैं।
बनते बिगड़ते हैं जिस में
वह  हूँ सदा एक रस अपने में।।

I am that self
In which all others reside -
are formed and get dissolved.
I always remain in harmony with self

नित्य निराली छटा
निज की अभिव्यक्ति में।
रचना रचता  हूँ
शम दमों की अपनी इच्छा शक्ति  में।।

Ever-changing splendid image
In self-expression
I create
Through vibrations of my free will

समरस होकर भी
करता रसों का सर्जन मैं।
एक होकर भी
बिखरता हूँ अनेकों में।।

Being immersed in self
I am create meanings
Being one
I break into multitude

यही तो व्यापकता मेरी
जो दिखता हूँ  एक अनेकों में।
और विचित्रता है कैसी
जो चेतना ही भास रहा जड़ रूपों में।।

This is my boundlessness
That I am seen in multiple form
And look at this bewilderment
Consciousness is expressed as inanimate things

सर्व शक्तिमान सब में विद्यमान
सबका मैं सर्जनहारा।
मैं आत्मा तत्व
सब तत्वों का हूँ  तत्व अकेला।।

I am all powerful and present in everything
I am creator of all
I am conscious awareness
I am the form that creates all forms

मैं सत्य  हूँ  सदा एक रस रहता हूँ
नित्य नई रचना करती मेरी शक्ति।
सत् से चित् चित् से आनन्द
आनन्द से होती है मेरी अभिव्यक्ति।।

I am truth that always remain undiluted
I constantly create through my free will
Existence to consciousness from consciousness to bliss
And bliss is the way I express myself

 अपने आस्तित्व के विस्तार से
रचता हूँ दृश्यों का संसार सदा।
और निज को निज में ही बहलाकर
निज को ही फिर छुपा लेता।।

Through the expansion of my being
I continuously create world of  multiple visual representations
I hide myself again by humoring and
Indulging in my own numerous states.

तन मन की ये अवस्थायें
न मुझको हैं बदल पाते।
घनघोर प्रचण्ड बादल से
क्या? कभी आकाश घबराते।।

The bodily and psychological states
are not able to impact me
Do the dark, menacing clouds
ever a cause of concern for the sky?

न संसार बुरा है न भला है
है केवल यह अपनी स्थिति का भेद।
अपने में रहने से बन जाता है
यह भेद सब भी अपना ही रूप विशेष।।

This world is neither good or bad.
It is just differences of our perceived state.
If you live in self awareness
this distinction also appears as one our your own special form.

न कुछ छोड़ना है यहाँ
न कुछ पकड़ना है
खुद को समझकर केवल
खुद में ही समा जाना है

There is nothing to let go
there is nothing to grasp.
Just have to understand self
and merge with own consciousness.
जो पूर्ण है अपने में आप
वह बनने से नहीं बन सकता
जो सत्य है अपने में आप
वह दिखावट में फस नहीं सकता

That which is complete in self
can not be created through external means.
One that is self evident truth
can not be ensnared in deceptions. 
देह, प्राण, मन, बुद्धि सभी ये
रहते ग्रहण त्याग के चक्कर में
इनका द्रष्टा इनसे नहीं डरता
आनंद मगन मैं अपने में

Body, consciousness, desire and intellect
all these remain in sphere of consuming and letting go.
The one who is observer does not become afraid
and remains immersed in self bliss.

भला बुरा है अपनी सृष्टि
फिर इसका विश्लेषण क्या?
सत्य रूप तो आप स्वयं हैं
फिर उसका अन्वेषण क्या?

Good and evil are self creation,
so why bother to analyze it?
You are truth personified
so why keep on exploring?

दूर - दूर अति दूर में मैं हूँ
पास – पास अति पास में मैं हूँ
दूर पास का भासक मैं हूँ
नित्य नवीन पुरातन मैं हूँ

I am furthest of the far
I am nearest of the near
I am the distinction between near and far
I am ever changing and primeval

मैं था पहले और अभी हूँ
आगे भी मैं सदा रहूँगा
देह में रहना छोड़ दिया है
मरना जीना छूट गया है

I was before and I am now
I will remain for ever
I have stopped existing in the body
Death and life have no meaning for me

मैं हूँ सत्य सदा शिव सुन्दर
व्यापक एक अखण्ड निरन्तर
केश समान देह सब मेरे
कटते मरते न मुझे सताते

I am the truth, divinity and beauty
I am all pervading and undivided entity
My body parts are like hair
They are cut, they die but do not affect me

मन बुद्धि में जो कुछ आता है
श्रवण नयन में जो कुछ आता
इन सबका मैं सृष्टा धर्ता
बना बना कर नाश विधाता
What ever comes in felt or understood
What ever can be heard or be perceived
I am the creator and preserver
And also the destroyer of it all  

-      महामहोपाध्याय रामेश्वर झा

            -      Mahamahopadhyaya Rameshwar Jha  "Guru ji"
              Shiv 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.