I deem it a privilege and honour to be here
this morning on the solemn occasion of auspicious 103rd Birth
Anniversary Festival of revered Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachariji,
an illustrious spiritual icon and philosopher. I thank Prof.
Ramaranjan Mukherjee, Ex-Chancellor, Tirupati University and
President of the 103rd Brith Festival of Late Dr. Mahanambrata
Brahmachariji for their kind invitation to this function.
2. Our Great Country India is known as the motherland
of the spirit. Beginning from the Vedic Age, it has had a continuous
life developing the power of the spirit as a beacon light to sustain
and save the mankind. This is credited to our illustrious saints,
sages and seers appearing over the ages and reinforced by our illuminating
spiritual lights like Gautam Buddha, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri
Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayananda Saraswati,
Sri Aurobindo and a host of other spiritual leaders. Saints and
seers are the representatives and living image of the Almighty who
incarnate themselves at different times and come into this world
with a definite mission to show the humanity the right path and
the right way to follow. The entire operation of moulding, remoulding,
raising and reaching the top of the highest spiritual experience
is the work of the Guru alone who is none else than saints and seers,
who wield great powers and mould their disciple, internally and
externally and turn them into the likeness of the Guru.
3. The wisdom of ancient India expounded that divinity
was universal though its manifestations may be different and varied.
Reality is one, the sages speak of it in different ways, says the
Rigveda. Our country not only immersed it in thinking but practiced
it and lived upto its cardinal principle of love and compassion.
Various religions are only different paths leading to the same goal.
India has today over 1000 million people who believe in different
religions, different faiths, rituals and customs, speak different
languages and are of different racial origins. One can find all
the living faiths of the world here – the Hindus, the Muslims,
the Christians, the Jews and the Zoroastrians. People of faith and
different religions have been living here in amity and harmony since
time immemorial which was rekindled by the noble traditions of the
country for religious tolerance, inclusiveness, universal brotherhood
4. Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachariji, a great scholar,
an original thinker, a renowned philosopher, a true follower of
ahimsa, a great humanitarian and a patriot, was born on 25th December,
1904 A.D., the auspicious Christmas day which seemed to have a bearing
on the future turn of his life. Mahanambrataji renounced domestic
life at a tender age. He acquired a deep love for humanity from
his mother and his scholastic disposition and knowledge of scriptures
form his father. He left his home and embraced Ashramite life as
a monk of Mahanam sampradaya at the age of seventeen. In later years
he obtained his M.A. (Sanskrit) degree with 1st Class Fist from
Calcutta University and obtained Ph.D. in Philosophy from Chicago
University and had the unique distinction of becoming the International
Secretary of the World Fellowship of Faiths in 1937.
Mahanambrata Brahmachariji, a young Ashramite
monk of Mahanam Sampradaya, Sri Angan, Faridpur (now Bangladesh)
was sent to the First Fellowship of Faiths, held in Chicago, U.S.A.
in 1933 on a mission to represent his religious order. Sri Mahanambrataji
delivered four lectures at the First World Fellowship of Faiths
in Chicago. Thirty years after the great Swami Vivekananda addressed
the Parliament of Religions at Chicago, Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmacharji
delivered his lecture at the same Parliament of Religions as a representative
of Hinduism and enchanted the entire assembly by his forceful and
penetrating presentation on Hinduism, which is not simply a religion
but a lofty philosophy and a way of living.
5. Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachariji returned to India
in 1939 with a vast treasure of fame associated with his name and
glory to his religion and country. But he was as simple, unassuming
and spiritually awakened as ever. He dedicated whole heartedly to
the mission of preaching the most noble and highest ideal teachings
of Hindu Scriptures, the Gita and Bhagabatam and specially of Sri
Prabhu Jagadbandhu and Sri Chaitanya Deva, the incarnation of Divine
Love. Taking the initiation from Lord Jagadbandhu in moral and spiritual
elevation of people in this Dark Age (Kali Yuga) and to emancipate
them from sorrows and sufferings were the object of his life. Mingled
with a high spirited universal brotherhood and magnanimous tolerance
towards other religions his preaching gave a new impetus and meaning
to the adherents of all faith and religion.
6. He reechoed the teachings of the Vedic seers
that the physical mould of the human being should be ingrained in
spirituality. Mahanambrata Brahmachariji was pained to see the growth
of materialism on Indian soil and thought that in order to safeguard
spirituality from the onslaught of materialism and spiritual recession
it was necessary to instill the philosophy of lofty humanism and
love so fondly radiated by Indian culture. This urge to refurbish
the philosophy of love, propounded by Lord Chaitanya, also led him
closer to the philosophy of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
7. He drew respect of both Hindus and Muslims for
his ennobling mind and heart and charming spell of eloquence. His
books on religion and his expositions on Gita, Upanishad and Bhagabatam
were considered exceptionally incisive. He had to his credit the
establishment of maths and temples for Prabhu Jagabandhusundar in
many parts of the country and in Bangladesh.
8. It is in fitness of things that the 103rd Birth Anniversary Festival
of His Holiness Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachariji the great champion
of Indian outlook of lofty humanism and Love, is being celebrated
by the Mahanam Angan, Kolkata to pay homage to this illustrious
seer of India.
On this auspicious occasion of Brahmachariji’s 103rd Brith
Anniversary, let us in all sincerity and gratitude remember his
outstanding works and contributions to rekindle the philosophy of
Prema-Dharma, i.e. Religion of Universal Love and compassion and
re-dedicate ourselves to his expositions and pay respectful homage
to that highly evolved spiritual personality.