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Nath Parampara

 
   
  Shri Sadguru Vishwanath Maharaj Rukdikar Trust has blossomed on the roots of ancient Vedic culture of Nath Sect (also called ‘Nath Parampara’ or ‘Nath Sampradhya’). This trust, founded in the year 1985 by Param Pujya Sadguru Shri Madhavnath Maharaj (‘Dada’), preaches an essence of living a Vedic way of life without renouncing ones duties. Lord Shiva some thousands of years ago had initiated the Nath parampara through Shri Sadguru Adinath Maharaj, an incarnation of Lord Shiva himself. This parampara has till date continued uninterrupted to present Guru, Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Anandnath Maharaj.

     This parampara follows the Master-Disciple (‘Guru-Shishya’) culture wherein the Master (‘Guru’) bestows his disciple (‘Shishya’) with the superior knowledge of Vedas and Upanishads.He preaches him to live a Vedic way of life, which involves the knowledge of Dnyan Awastha, Samadhi Awastha and meditation (‘sadhana’). Recitation of Dnyaneshwari (marathi commentary on Gita), meditation (‘Sadhana’) for Self-realization and serving mankind has been some of the major objectives of this trust.
 
   
 

A Guru is a guider, spiritual counselor, leader, who leads his disciples on a right path for ultimate spiritual progress and liberation. The Vedanta philosophy has described five qualities of a Guru, which are Prosperity, Protector of knowledge, Destroyer of sufferings, Guider and Peaceful.While a disciple (‘shishya’) is a learner, spiritual seeker, with a burning desire to achieve this ultimate spiritual liberation, which is to become one with God (‘Brahman’). He can achieve this through various paths like the path of Knowledge (‘Dnyan Yoga’), the path of Action (‘Karma Yoga’), the path of Devotion (‘Bhakti Yoga’) or through a mixture of these. Depending upon the psychological make up of a disciple, he has to choose the right path. The journey to achieve this ultimate spiritual liberation is given in ‘Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita’, the greatest spiritual literature of Hinduism.

     However understanding and practicing Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita principles had remained a dream for common Marathi speaking person because of its ancient Vedic Sanskrit language.There was a need to unfold the meanings of shlokas in Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita and write in a form that would make understanding and practicing the philosophies of Bhagavad-Gita much easier and simpler. This gave birth to ‘Shri Dnyaneshwari’ (‘Shri Bhavarthadeepika’), which is a commentary on Gita and written in a contemporary Marathi language in verse form in the ovi style. It simplifies comprehending Vedanta and other spiritual philosophies by a common man. It is rightly said as a common man’s Gita. ‘Shri Dnyaneshwari’ was written in 1290 AD, Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Dnyaneshwar Maharaj (‘Dnyaneshwara’ or ‘Dyanadeva’)(1274 -1297), affectionately known by masses as ‘Mauli’. Written at the age of 16 and some 700 years before, this commentary was written on the instructions of his Guru and elder brother, Shri Sadguru Niwruttinath Maharaj. Dnyaneshwari is read regularly in many homes in Maharashtra and has got the highest respect and love by the Marathi people. The uniqueness of this commentary is the use of day-to-day examples and similes to elaborate the intricacies hidden in the philosophies of Gita.

 
   
 
For e.g. when comparing a Dnyanayogi and a Karmayogi.......

    Saint Dnyaneshwar compares these two types of yogis to a fruit on a tree, which a bird (Dnyanayogi i.e. a follower of Dnyana yoga) can fly and eat directly while a human being (Karmayogi i.e. a follower of Karma yoga) has to laboriously climb the tree, branch after branch, to get at it.

    Such natural similes made this commentary dearer to a common man. It contains around 9733 verses of which 700 are shlokas from Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita while rest 9033 are of its own. Scholars look at Dnyaneshwari as a source of highest knowledge; writers see it as a greatest work of literature while for God- loving devotee it is more than a deity. Dnyaneshwari has got the most respectful place in the hearts of thousands of devotees from different caste, creed and religion.

    Nath parampara, which was started from Shri Sadguru Adinath Maharaj and continued to Shri Sadguru Dnyaneshwar Maharaj, worked relentlessly to explain the Vedic way of life to masses. According to them achieving the spiritual liberation is the sole objective of a person. The same essence could be found in ‘Shri Dnyaneshwari’. Shri Sadguru Dnyaneshwar Maharaj took samadhi at the age of 23 at Alandi, a place 22 kms from Pune, in Western Maharashtra. In his entire lifetime Shri Sadguru Dnyaneshwar Maharaj never made any disciples (‘shishyas’) nor considered himself as a Guru. However after taking samadhi He blessed and enlightened the chosen ones like Shri Sadguru Eknath Maharaj and Shri Sadguru Devnath Maharaj and gave them the responsibility to take the torchlight of spirituality up to the hearts of people. He presented both of them with the original script of ‘Shri Dnyaneshwari’ and asked them to spread the fragrance of this spiritual flower among the hearts of common man.

 
   
  Nath parampara from Shri Sadguru Devnath Maharaj has blossomed, till date in the form of master-disciple, and has come to the present Shri Sadguru Dada Maharaj Sangavdekar (1932-2004). From Shri Sadguru Dada Maharaj Sangavdekar this parampara has further flowed down to Shri Sadguru Anandnath Maharaj, the present successor of this parampara.
   Starting from Shri Sadguru Adinath Maharaj to presently Shri Sadguru Anandnath Maharaj, the complete Nath Parampara in Master-Disciple (‘Guru-Shishya’) order is as follows:
 
   
  Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Adinath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Machindranath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Gorakshanath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Gahininath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Niwruttinath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Dnyaneshwar Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Devnath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Chudamani Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Gunda Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Ramchandra Butti Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Mahadevnath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Ramchandra Tikotakar Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Vishwanath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Govindnath Maharaj
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Madhavnath Maharaj (Dada Maharaj)
    Param Pujya Shri Sadguru Anandnath Maharaj (current successor)

 
  The success of this parampara is due to the fact that its gurus do not follow any caste barriers and so people of all castes and creed accept their teachings universally.  
   
  The main objectives of this parampara has been....
  1. Serving mankind and spreading the love towards humanity.
  2. Inspiring people to live a Vedic way of life by understanding and practicing the essence of Dnyaneshwari without sacrificing or renouncing ones day-to-day life.
  3. Meditation (‘sadhana’) to realize Self by becoming one with God and thus free oneself from the clutches of cyclic births and deaths.
   Shri Sadguru Vishwanath Maharaj Rukdikar Trust is an epitome to achieve these principles and objectives. Situated at Kolhapur in Western Maharashtra, India, this trust is named after His Holy Divine, ‘Shri Sadguru Vishwanath Maharaj’, one of the greatest gurus in Nath parampara. Kolhapur a religious place situated on the banks of River ‘Panchganga’ is known for its famous holy shrine of Shri Mahalaxmi Devi (‘The Goddess of Wealth’) and is some 250 kms from Pune.This trust is maintained by hundreds of those humble and affectionate devotees with their untiring efforts. However the main inspiration and blessings behind those untiring efforts still remains Shri Sadguru Madhavnath Maharaj, affectionately called by devotees as ‘Dada’ and the complete Sangavdekar family. They all are souls in the bodies of those humble devotees.

   Appreciating the trust’s activities, the Government of Maharashtra donated a piece of land in Kolhapur measuring 1 acre 10 guntas to build temple, meditation hall, cultural hall and library. The work for these structures are going in full swing and are estimated to complete up to 2007 with an investment of 3 crore. The complete project is named Vishwapandhari after Shri Sadguru Vishwanath Maharaj and Pandharpur, holy place of Lord Panduranga. The adjoining figure shows the main temple (Shri Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Temple Of Humanity) undergoing final touches to be inaugurated in February 2007. For further
 
   
  The trust believes in the overall development of a devotee. According to Sadguru Shri Dada Maharaj, a devotee can entirely concentrate on his work when he is spiritually, physically and socially balanced. However the infrastructure required by the devotee to achieve this overall development should be available. This led the trust to lay a foundation for a massive project known as “Vishwapandhari”, which comprises of the following establishments:  
   
  Sadguru Shri Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Temple of Humanity
All religions are built on certain common principles like serving mankind, pure devotion towards God and considering people from different caste, creed and religion as equal. The trust respects these principles and in harmony with it decided to build this Temple of Humanity. This temple symbolizes an unadulterated devotion of those hundreds of disciples, who are working tirelessly to complete this project on schedule. This temple is estimated to incur a total cost of Rs. 50 lakhs approximately. The construction of temple has already started in March 2002 and is expected to complete by June 2007.
 
 
 
  Meditation and Yoga Center

Many yoga and meditation techniques have been adapted for pacifying the mind and instilling a positive approach to life. Meditations through breath control techniques are popular among the disciples of this trust. Spiritual progress of disciples through these meditation techniques would require a suitable place, usually a secluded one. This need was realized by the trust, which lead it to build this center. Built on the lines of ancient ashrams, each disciple gets an isolated meditation room to perform his ‘sadhana’. The construction of this center has been completed which has eventually benefited devotees to achieve alleviated progress in their meditation (sadhana).
 
   
  Ayurvedic Diagnosis, Treatment and Research Center

The trust is involved in many medical activities. Free medication camps, free ayurvedic treatments, procedural sessions and free medical check-ups are some of the few activities conducted by the young and enthusiastic ayurvedic doctors associated with this trust. The trust imbibes a character of service in the minds of these young doctors. To further strengthen this objective and develop this center as a focal point to articulate all ayurvedic practitioners at a common podium, this research center has been planned. It would carry out the following activities..

  1. 25 bedded hospital with ultra modern equipments and infrastructure. Facilities for examination, dispensation of medicines, surgical operations and postoperative care.
  2. Ayurvedic Research activities with special emphasis on obstinate diseases like Diabetes, Arthritis, Cancer and Aids.
  3. Well-equipped laboratory to carry out various clinical research and trials.
  4. Conducting medical camps on various diseases at various districts and rural places.
  5. Providing free medication or at low cost at around 50% of the market cost for financially weak patients.
 
 
 
  Multi-Purpose Cultural Hall

The trust performs various social and spiritual activities at district and rural levels. Felicitation of meritous students, free distribution of meals, financial and social support to remand home and disabled kids etc. are some of the activities, which promoted trust to build this cultural hall. The various festivals like Utsav, Navrathra sadhana and Guru Poornima Programs are held in this hall. The cultural hall is being completed and has benefited devotees to a greater extent.
 
 
 
  Well-equipped library for spiritual and philosophical literature

The trust plans to build a well-equipped library comprising of ancient scriptures and literature of spirituality. Books on subjects like Nath parampara, Guru-Shishya, Vedas, Upanishads, Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda would be collected under this library.
 
   
  Residential Complex

The spiritual, social and medical activities of the trust bring devotees and disciples from geographically different parts. Devotees attending the various functions of the trust come from Mumbai, Pune, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nasik, Beed, Satara, Karad etc. In order to facilitate devotees staying during these functions, trust has built a massive residential complex as a part of this massive project.

This colossal project is been built on the land, 1 acre and 10 guntas in Kolhapur, which was allocated by Government of Maharashtra after taking the cognizance of work done by the trust for society. This project shall add holiness in already sacred place of Kolhapur. Till date, work of around 80 % has been completed which involves constructing Cultural Hall, Meditation and Yoga Center and complete Temple of Humanity. Works of other establishments are still in progress.
 
   
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