Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Died||18 May 2012
JaiGuruDev Param Sant Baba Jaigurudev ji Maharaj who is popularly known as Baba Jaigurudev ji Maharaj was born in a small village in Uttar Pradesh. His father was a talented person as well as land lord. When he was a child he lost his parents. At the time of death his mother asked him to search out and realize God.
At the age of seven years baba Jaigurudev left his house. Remembering the words of his mother Baba ji visited temples, mosques and churches and did what their heads told him. Time passed and in young age Baba ji met a perfect spiritual master Pandit Ghurelal ji sharma of Brahman family in Chirauli village of Aligarh district. After being initiated by his guru (master) Baba ji started meditation in right earnest,. Taking one time meal he spent more than twelve hours a day in meditation.
Baba ji within a short period realized GOD. After getting perfection he started preaching from Varanasi in the year 1952. In the beginning there were five disciples but now the number in is billions. In his spiritual preachings baba ji says that this human body is a rented house. Once the leased period is over this body have to be vacated. Relatives, friends, land, property would be left here and the soul would be dealt with according to our good or bad actions. At present JAIGURUDEV is the name of GOD. This is only name which would liberate the soul from the clutches of the negative power ( Kal & Maya). The soul resides in between our eyebrows of the body. Its power has spread from head to toe and makes it work. The soul has an eye, an ear and a nostril but all these are closed at present due to past good or bad deeds. Through meditation and mercy of the Master these can be removed. After that the soul can see the divine light and also hear the spiritual sound and music. After coming in contact with the sound (WORD or Naam) the soul can see the various spiritual creations and reach its real home SATLOK. In the words of GURU NANAKDEO it is SACHKH. And which is the real home of all the souls which are imprisoned at present in the bodies of animals, birds and other creatures.
Baba Jaigurudev ji is constructing a temple of white marble on the national highway in Mathura in the memory of his MASTER. The temple has been named as ‘NAM YOG SADHANA MANDIR’ meaning ‘DIVINE SOUND CONTACT MEDITATION temple. For the temple there is no donation from anybody and no entrance fee. There is no demand and if any person wants to donate, the condition is that he/she should be vegetarian. The temple belongs to the entire human race irrespective of their caste and creed. This is true representation of the entire humanity. Jaigurudev is the name of GOD. This is the only name at present which would liberate the soul from the rotation of birth and death. This name shall soon spread not only throughout INDIA but it shall take over the entire world. This name shall bring about friendship and affection throughout the human community and shall join them all in the main stream of the realization of GOD. The spiritual upliftment shall change the entire world.
On 29 June 1975, during the Emergency, he was imprisoned. He was first kept in Agra central prison and later on moved to Bareilly Central Jail. Due to the crowds of followers he attracted, he was moved to Bangalore Central Jail then Tihar prison near New Delhi. He was released at 3:00pm on 23 March 1977. Every year his followers celebrate this day as Mukti Divas, fasting until 3:00pm.
Non profit organization
Baba JaiGuruDev led a non-profit organization named JaiGuruDev Dharm Pracharak Sanstha that operates from his ashram in Mathura, with a mission to spread the messages of the Sant Mat doctrine.
After death, his assets were estimated at 120 billion Indian Rupees (approximately US$2.15 billion), including 250 luxury cars. His trust owns hundreds of acres of land beside the Delhi-Agra national highway.
"Jai" translates to "victory", "Guru" to "teacher" and "Dev" means "always/who remains always".
He specifically said that JaiGuruDev was neither his name nor that of another object such as animal, tree or river. His followers believe the phrase "JaiGuruDev" to be a representation of "Anami Purush", the nameless supreme being, and use it when greeting each other. They maintain that a soul sent from Satya Lok (the place of truth), the perfect realm where enlightened souls dwell, can designate an indicative name for Anami Purush just as Kabir used the name "Sahib", Goswami Tulsidas used "Ram" and Guru Nanak Dev used "Wahe Guru". Such names are believed to have had miraculous powers during their lifetimes on this earth.
Devotees proclaim that JaiGuruDev is the only name that can liberate the soul from the negative powers of kal (mortality) and maya (illusion).
They believe that the soul resides between our eyebrows and its power spreads to the entire body to make it work. The soul has an eye, an ear and a nostril but all these are closed at present due to past good or bad deeds. Through meditation and mercy of the guru, these can be removed so the soul can see the divine light and hear spiritual sounds. The divine sound, the word or "Naam", enables the soul to see the spirit world and reach sat lok, the perfect realm, true home of animal souls.
JaiGuruDev's ashram and his followers have had confrontations with local farmers, landowners, with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC).
- Archaeological Survey of India: The ASI stated that JaiGuruDev's disciples damaged 14 mounds of historical importance by digging in search of ancient artifacts or constructing the ashram, and have not handed over any artifacts found to the ASI.
- UPSIDC: The UPSIDC filed 16 cases in the Mathura court accusing the ashram of encroaching on hundreds of acres of industrial land.
- Farmers: The Mathura district magistrate received 23 complaints from farmers, alleging that their land had been taken over forcefully by the ashram.
A report from the Sub-Divisional Magistrate indicates that the JaiGuruDev ashram is spread over 33 hectares, of which more than 13 hectares do not belong to them. Of this encroached land, 11 hectares belongs to the UPSIDC and the rest are common land owned by the local village council (gram samaj).
After the death of Baba JaiGuruDev ji, his disciples were divided into two groups led by Pankaj Yadav, Umakant Tiwari. Although Babaji declared (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ0_oK5qViY) Umakant Tiwari ji as his successor in a satsang publicly, Pankaj claimed succession based on hand written sentence on a fully typed page. To avoid any mishap and to ensure clean image of Baba Jaigurudev, Tiwari ji handed over all his possessions and left Mathura ashram in which he lived from last 40 years and setup new ashram in Ujjain (MP) where he provides the ultimate wealth - NAAMDAAN (way to meet GOD within this life) as ordered by his guru- Baba Jaigurudev ji. Pankaj is currently occupying the Mathura ashram.
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