On the mid-day
of 8th December, Saints and sagacious persons were treated in
a Sandhu-Bhandara (oferring of elaborate prasadams to saints).
It was rather difficult to present comprehensible description
through words. It was a divine scene. At this congregation, many
highly acclaimed presidents and supremos of various religious
sects, noble-souled monks and dignitaries presented their scriptural
messages. By quoting messages from scriptures and devotional-treatises,
respectful tributes were paid to Mahanambrataji for his great
qualities and attributes. This programme was presided over by
Maha Mandaleswar Swami Devananda Swaraswati Maharaj. Brahmachari
Muralbhai, Brahmacharini Bela Devi, Dr. Basanti Chowdhury, Dandi
Swamy Damodar Ashram, Brahmachari Ashok and the like presented
scriptural messages. Such an ambience of spirituality was a rare
phenomenon. Thereafter, saints and great souls took part in community
consumption of Prasadam (the remains of offerings to deity). Many
of you must have witnessed the scenes of banquets, gleaming with
the lights and decorations; of the pride of prosperities, social
status and mighty positions. But such a benign assembly of purest
souls was a rare sight. Your head would automatically droop down
in great respect at the very sight of such sacred, auspicious
and hearty scenario.
The congregation on the divine separation of Mahanambrataji was
organized in the afternoon; under the auspicious presidentship
of Srimat Nabani Bandhu Brahmachari, president of Mahanam Samaradaya.
Two huge oil-paintings of Bharat Shiromani Mahanambrataji, decorated
the back drop of the stage. Beyond that, within the temple complex.
The idols of Radhakrishna, Nitai-Gour and Prabhusundar, were visible
in hind sight. Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari, one of the secretaries
of this commemorative committee, recited sacred-benign-hymns.
Thereafter, Srimat Minati Goswami, Provided the vocal –
inauguration by singing the song – “Hey Jyotirmoy,
Ananta Akshya.” Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, the Principal
Secretary of this commemorative committee; with his controlled,
emotionally deep yet supra-saturated address, welcomed the devotees
In the first lecture, Anil Chandra Pal, the treasurer of this
commemorative committee and working president of Mahanam Sevak
Sangha; delivered an emotionally-charged and tearfully-overwhelmed
speech and stated that there was not an iota of joy in this meeting.
It was simply a conference, full of sorrows and miseries. Whereas,
Sri Kumud Ranjan Debnath, the representative from Tripura; explained
the term ‘Divine-Separation’ as per Sri Guru’s
interpretation and established it to be not a conclave for sadness.
‘Divine-Separation’ means the existence of that entity
in a eternal form and in a specific state. Sri Radha remained
exactly in that state. Thus, by establishing Sri Gurudev in our
hearts, we would attain peace. Dr. Kusumlal Roy, another representative
from Tripura, recapitulated Sri Guru’s memoirs in a very
natural, simple and lucid language. In both these lectures, the
extent of control on recapitulation of memories, were worthy of
appriciations. In his emotional exposure, Nilratan Biswas, identified
Sri Guru as the almighty God. He also appealed to all to keep
this Mahanam Sevak Sangha, glorified by Sri Guru’s blessings
of compassion, to remain united and highly progressive. Birendralal
Roy Banik, reciteded from his memory some relevant portions from
a few letters of Sri Gurudev; with great ease and flexibility.
The audience was kept spell-bound. In between, a little girl,
Indulekha Guha recited a poem, as composed by Manjushree Kar,
with exquisitely beautiful elocution skill and charmed every body.
Manjushree Kar also recited one poem that was appealing to all.
Professor Sukhendu Shekhar Dutta, from his direct realizations
in personal life, described anecdotes of Sri Guru’s unfathomable
compassion, love and supernatural powers. Professor Dutta’s
devotion and deep conviction got reflected on the audience. On
the inaugural day of Silchar’s Mahanam Mela, when the whole
fair ground was devastated by torrential rains; then Sri Guru
predicted that the rains would stop much before the commencement
of the event and the programme would be successful. It really
happened so! All were overwhelmed. Prof. Chidananda Goswami, one
of the secretaries of this conclave of Divine separation opened
that our mind won’t accept this as a commemorative occasion
for remembrance of his separation from us. This was not a conference
to express sadness and grief. By transgressing beyond such feelings
of separation, we have kept Sri Guru in the core of our hearts
for eternity. Quoting from Rabindranath, he stated ‘Biraha
Sarasi Neerey Milan Satadal.’ While recollecting on the
nomenclature process of Mahanambrataji, he referred to the association
of ‘Chandra’ (The moon) in his childhood name –
‘Chandra’kanta, boyhood name – bankim’Chandra’
and Later on in his name of Mahanambrata too. Mahanambrata is
the creation of ‘Chandra-Purush’ only. Thus, the soothing
beauty of the moon, is associated with the name of Mahanaam. He
continued that politics can divide land, seas, rivers, mountains
and even the sky ; but it can’t cause division in the sun-light
and moon-light, likewise, Mahanambrataji can never be divided;
rather he is always added. He is meant for Bengal, as well as,
for the whole country. The editor of ‘Udbodhan’ journal
and the publicity-President of Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Purnatmanandaji
uttered in bold and sonorous voice that after Swami Vivekananda’s
presence in the conference of world religion of faiths in 1893;
Mahanambrataji only attended such conference in 1933 as India’s
sole representative. Let this truth be widely publicized and known
to all. He further added that Brahmachariji was a great person
of unique personality. Besides, various personalities like Haranbandhu
Brahmachari, Nalinakhsya Sarkar, Bandhupran Brahmachari, Sandip
Saha, Shibaprasad Basu etc. presented their view points. Srimati
Renuka Mukherjee recited a ‘Self composed’ poem.
On 9th December, a day long Kirtan – Soiree
was arranged in remembrance of the divine pastime of Sri Radha
Krishna. The various exquisite stages of divine pastime, starting
from ‘Purba Gostha’ to ‘Milan’ were enlivened
by the performances of Krishna Pal, Gour Chandra Karmakar, Dilip
Choudhury and Jatin Das.
10th December was the concluding day for this commemorative celebration.
This was marked by a highly significant programme of ‘Bhog
offerings to 64 associates of Sri Sri Prabhu Jagatbandhusundar
and distributions of Prasadam to common men (Nara Narayan Seba).
Prabhu Sundar’s retinue of devotees and playmates of divine
pastime; were seated one after another inside the temple complex.
Through the invocation of worshipping Kirtans, the retinue of
64 devout associates seemed to have taken their seats directly
in front of their offerings. The ethereal atmosphere was undulated
by the combined sound of ululation, glory to Jagadbandhu, glory
to Guru and Hari bol etc. And there after, the offerings of the
deities, were distributed among thousands of common men. A continuous
service to the masses was carried out all through the midday,
afternoon up to evening.
The deepest specialities of such a 10 day long commemorative celebration
was that each and every programme was thoroughly associated with
the life style, idealism, thoughts and activities of Dr. Mahanambrata
Brahmachari. His unending command on Gita and Bhagabad; the non-dissociable
attachment to Gita and Bhagabad; the non-dissociable attachment
to Mahanam and Tarakbrahmanam in his life; the depth of benign
feelings in his creation, explanation, realization and savouring
of the flavour of Namkritan; his deep respect and dexterity towards
the recitals of scriptures; his unlimited respect for the saints
and sagacious community; his humility and humane touch towards
the poor mankind – all got reflected through these programmes.
That is why this sacred commemorative celebration overwhelmed
thousands of men and women through devotion, love and adoration.
By the compassion of Sri Guru and that of Prabhu Jagadbandhu Sundar,
this commemorative celebration, will ever remain unforgettable
in the hearts and minds of thousands of men and women.
SRI SRI MAHAUDDHARAN MATH, KOLKATA: 3 day long
programmes were organized from 11th to 13th December, 1999 at
Mahauddharan Math, Kolkata to commemorate the sacred – demise
of Acharyadev. At a brief memorial function, on 11th December
evening, Sri Raghunath Goswami, Sri Dilip Goswami, Srimat Bandhudas
Brahmachari, Sri Biplab Gupta, et al, presented their speeches.
Srimat Upasak bandhu Brahmachari delivered welcome address while
the conclave was presided over by Srimat Nabanibandhu Brahmachari.
At the end of this meeting, after evening Arati worshipping; the
auspicious ‘Adhibas Kirtan’ commenced to perform ‘Naam-yagna.’
All throughout 12th December, ‘Mahanam Yajna’ was
conducted for 24 hours. ‘Sadhu-Bhandara’ (oferring
of elaborate prasadams to saints) was organized in the midday
of 13th December.
MAHANAM MATH, NABADWIP: On 14th and 15th December,
1999, a Two day long programme was organized at Mahanam Math,
Nabadwip; in memory of Mahanambrata Brahmachariji. In the afternoon
of 14th December, at the temple complex of Mahanam Math in a somber
ambience, eminent educationists and a galaxy of noble persons
presented their view-points on the sacred – divine –
pastime of Acharya Dev. Besides, Dr. Pabitra Gupta, a renowned
educationist from Kolkata; presented his invaluable speech as
the Chief Guest. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Srikumar
Nath Bhattacharya. Sri Sri Gorachand Battacharya, Dr. Arunkumar
Chakravarty, Banamali Goswami, Sirajul Islam etc. kept their view-points
in this meeting. In the midday of 14th December, a Sadhu-Bhandara
(oferring of elaborate prasadams to saints) was organized in Harisabha
Temple Complex at Nabadwip. The invited Vaishnavs accepted offerings
to Bandhusundar and Natua Gour Sundar. Besides this, on 15th afternoon,
‘Mahaprasad’ was distributed among thousand common-men
SRI MAHENDRA BANDHU ANGAN, GHURNI: On the sprawling green
lawn, in front of the temple complex at Ghurni’s Sri Sri
Mahendra Bandhu Angan; a beautiful shamiana was erected. Underneath
of it a enchanting commemorative meeting was organized in the
morning on 16th December, 1999. Besides the local intellectuals,
Sri Gorachand Goswami and Sri Banamali Goswami from Nabadwip took
part in this brief memorial meeting. At midday of 16th December,
Mahaprasad was distributed among three thousand people at the
courtyard of Sri Sri Mahendra Bandhu Angan.
SRI SRI MAHANAM ANGAN, AGARTALA: Under the auspices
of all Tripura Mahanam Sevak Sangha, a 4-day long programme was
arranged from 19th to 22nd December, 1999; to observe the memorial
services through various programmes and activities. Morning of
19th December was dedicated for recitals from scriptures; while
a ‘Nagar-Sankirtan’ procession was taken out in the
evening. 24th December midday was specially set aside to offer
‘Bhog-Raag’ to Prabhu’s 64 associates and the
evening was scheduled for a commemorative assembly. On 22nd December,
a continuous dawn-to-dusk ‘Mahama-Mahakirtan’ was
organized and at midday Mahaprasad was distributed among the devotees.
This programme was graced by the presence of Srimat Nabani Bandhu
Brahmachair, Srimat Upasak Bandhu Brahmachari, Srimat Bandhu Gourav
Brahmachari, Sirmat Jagattarandas Brahmachari, Sri Suryakanta
Das, Srimati Gita Guha and others from Kolkata.
MAHANAM SEVAK SANGHA, NEW YORK : A day long commemorative
programme was held on 25th Decembber, 2009 at Floral Park, Queens,
New York. The program started with Guru Bandana, Chandrapat and
Mahanam Kirtan.. Various members of the New York Sangha presented
Bhajan-kirtans and read out from scriptures and various books
of Gurudev. Sri Shyamal Banik, presented Mahanambrata Katha (a
two hours talk on Gita & Dr. Mahanambrata Br.)
MALDAH TOWN HALL: In memory of the sad demise
of Acharyadev, An exquisite and elaborate commemoration programme
was organized at Maldah Town Hall under the joint endeavour of
devotees of Mahanam Sampradaya, Maldah and Bandhu Sevika Sangha.
In this commemorative programme, besides eminent local educationists
and intelligentsia; Sri Ajit Kumar Nayak, Retd. Chief Justice
of Kolkata High Court, Dr. Sri Pabitra Kumar Gupta, Sri Biren
Saha of Kolkata Doordarshan, Sri Anil Chandra Pal from Mahanam
Sevak Sangha, Kolkata, Srimat Swamy Nityananda Maharaj, Secretary,
Barrackpore Rama Krishna Vivemananda Mission; etc. graced the
occasion as special guests. The whole programme was conducted
by Dr. Ujjwala Kundu and eminent social activist Sri Subhash Chowdhury.
SRI SRI BANDHU KUNJ, VIRNDAVAN: Commemorating
the sacred demise of Mahamohopadhya Dr. Sriman Mahanambrataji,
a 3 day long variety and electorate programmes were organized
by the Vrindavan Branch of Mahanam Sevak Sangha at Sri Sri Bandhukunj.
These programmes were continued from 29 – 31st December.
About fifty devotees from Kolkata, participated in these programmes.
On 30th December, evening under the guidance and direction of
Dr. Vinod Bandopadhya, Secretary, Bengal Chapter in Braj Dham
and Chief Advisor of Sri Sri Bandhukunj; a 3 hour long discussion
session on Acharyadev’s sacred life was conducted by eminent
educationists and worshipping erudites of Brajadham. Sri Sri Phanilal
Goswami, Jaigopal Mukherjee, Shailen Pandey, Ranganath Brajabasi
etc. participated actively in the discussion. With the invocation
of sacred benign hymns by Premdas shastry, Sri Mohanto Maharaj
of Katyani Peeth inauagurated the conference. This meeting was
conducted by Dr. Vinod Bandopadhya and opening song was presented
by Soma Bandopadhya. Besides this, in the morning of 29th December,
12 Chapters of Bhagavad were read out. Sri Kunjaballavji, presented
discourses on Bhagavad in the afternoon. Dawn to dusk Mahanam
Kirtan was performed all throughout 30th December. In the morning
of 31st December, special recital of sacred scriptures were continued;
followed by rendering food-offerings to more than thousand monks,
vaishnavs and common mass of Brajadham. In the evening local Bengali
devotees presented kirtan at ‘Harisabha.’
RADHA – MADHAV PRABHU – JAGATBANDHU ASHRAM,
SILIGURI: From 28th to 31st January, 2000, four day long
activities were organized in the newly constructed mandir complex
of Sri Sri Radha Madhav – Prabhu-Jagatbandhu Ashram; to
commemorate the sacred demise of Acharyadev. In the afternoon
of 28th January, after the recitals from Bhagabad by Srimat Upasakbhandu
Brahmachariji, Sri Jatin Das and party presented the auspicious
Adhibas Kirtan. All through out 29th January, Mahanam Kirtan was
performed from dawn to dusk. On that very day, in the evening
a very mind attractive discussion session was organized on the
Ravindra Mancha at local Bagha Jatin Park. In this discussion
forum, renowned professors of North Bengal University; very nicely
highlighted the various aspects of the sacred life of revered
Brahmachariji. Besides this, Dr. Ujjwala Kundu, from Maldah, also
attended this conference. Sri Sri Nabani Bandhu Brahmachari, Upasak
Bandhu Brahmachari, Gourav Bandhu Brahmachari, Swami Jagadananda
Bharati, Chidananda Goswami, Anil Pal and Nilratan Biswas etc.
participated in this conclave from Kolkata. The meeting was conducted
by Dr. Kalyan Bandhu Dutta. On 30th January, Sri Sri Radha Govinda’s
24 hours Kirtan was presented by Radio-artist Sri Jatin Das and
Sandhya Pal of Siliguri. During this commemorative celebration,
Srimat Priyabrata Brahmachari of Dhaka Mahaprakash Math &
Srimat Jagattaran Das Brahmachri of Bangladesh; joined this programme.
AT THE AIRCONDITIONED HALL OF KOLKATA BOOK FAIR: At 4
P.M. on 2nd February, 2000, under the auspices of Sri
Mahanambrata Cultural and Welfare Trust, a commemorative conference
was organized in the Air Conditioned Auditorium of Kolkata Book
Fair. This was presided over by Dr. Ramaranjan Mukhopadhyay. This
commemorative function, as organized in a hall with limited seats,
became very lively. Srimat Bandhu Gourav Brahmachari presented
invocation through sacred recitals of benign hymns. In his introductory
lecture, professor Chidananda Goswami explained the various important
aspects of the sacred life of Acharyadev. The audience were fully
satisfied with the thought provoking and knowledgeable addresses
as delivered by Justice Sri Mukul Gopal Mukherji, Chairman of
Human Rights Commission; Sri Sabitendranath Roy, President of
the Publisher’s Guild; and Dr. Ramaranjan Mukhopadhya. At
the end of this meeting, prasad were distributed as among the
PRABHU JAGAT BANDHU ASHRAM – PURI: A three
day long commemorative celebration, at the great demise of our
every revered Sri Sri Gurudev, was organized between 17th to 19th
March, 2000 at Puri Jagatbandhu Ashram. For this occasion, about
40 – 50 devotees, arrived at Puri all the way from Kolkata
and took part in this commemorative programme. On 17th March afternoon,
a brief discussion meeting was organized with the local people
of Orissa. Thereafter, on completion of evening worshipping, the
auspicious Adhibas of Naam Yajna was performed. 18th March was
allocated for dawn to dusk continuous Sri Sri Mahanam Kirtan.
On 19th March, midday – a Sadhu Bhandara was arranged where
almost 50 monks savoured the food offerings of Lord Jagannath.
Besides this, on 18th March, arrangement was made to distribute
Prasada among local mass. Monks and devotees enjoyed the sacred
date of Dol Purnima on 20th March at Sri Khetra and Departed for
Kolkata on 21st March.
SRIDHAM SRI ANGAN, FARIDPUR: 4 day long commemorative
programme was organized to remember the sacred demise of Acharyadev,
from 2nd to 5th December, 1999 under the President ship of the
present president Srimat Nabanibandhu Brahmachariji. Faridpur
Sri Angan Dham is the original and prime centre for Mahanam Sect.
At the commemorative programme on the Principal Acharya of Mahanam
Sect, Dr. Mahanambrata Brahmachari, many adoring devotees and
disciples participated from various far off places of Bangladesh.
In this celebration of great separation, all the adoring devotees
remembered their deity of hearts with tearful eyes and considered
themselves as fortunate to have him as Gurudev.
MAHAPRAKASH MATH – DHAKA: Under the auspices
of Srimat Priyabrata Brahmachariji, then in-charge of Dhaka Mahaprakash
Math, a commemorative function was organized and conducted on
3rd December 1909 at the T.S.C. Hall of Dhaka University. Along
with the Mayor of Dhaka, various representatives of Bangladesh,
at all levels; attended this memorial function to pay their respect
to the great departed soul. After the recital of sacred benign
hymns by Srimat Jagattaran Das Brahmachariji; this rare commemorative
programme started in a somber ambience. A few resolutions were
passed in this T.S.C. conference hall, packed to the full capacity,
to pay respect to Sriman Mahanambrataji. For example any street
of Dhaka to be named after Sriman Mahanambrataji; a memorial chair
to be dedicated in the name of Mahanambrataji in Dhaka university
and to establish a research centre etc. Srimati Reeta Ghosh and
her party from Kolkata, India, presented Kritan at the end and
it was appreciated by all. On 10th December a sandhu bhandara
was organized with great fan-fare at Mahaprakash Math and many
monks and vaishnavs of various sects attended that.
COMMEMORATIVE CELEBRATION OF MAHANM SEVAK SANGHA, PALTA:
From 7th to 9th January, 2000 at the local Jahar Colony’s
Playground, the Annual Celebration was organized through the commemorative
celebrations of Acharya’s sad death, Naam – Yagna,
Padavali Kirtan, Nagar Kirtan etc. The commemorative meeting was
attended by devotees like Sri Barun Bhattacharya, Dr. Ujjwala
Kundu, Sri Bankimchandra Chattopadhya and Srimat Upasakbandhu
COMMEMORATIVE CELEBRATION OF MAHANAM SEVAK SANGHA, ASANSOLE
DISTRICT: Under the auspices of the Asansole Branch of
Mahanam Sevak Sangha, a 10 day long religiouis programmes were
organized between 10th to 19th March, 2000; to celebrate its Annual
programmes at Burnpur. This was celebrated through 32 hours Nam-Yagna,
Padabali Kirtan, Nagar Kirtan, Bhagavadi-Sabha, and various divine
rituals. On 16th March, a commemorative celebration was organized
in memory of the sad demise of Acharyadev.
Besides the above described programmes, in memory of Acharyadev’s
sacred departure from this mundane world, various meetings were
arranged under the auspices of various branches of Mahanam Sevak
Sangha; namely, Konnagar (West Bengal), Dharmanagar (Tripura), Bilthai
(Tripura), Karimganj (Assam), Gauhati (Assam), Jalpaiguri (West
Bengal), Coochbihar (West Bengal) etc. Besides, such memorial remembrance
services were conducted at Nagarukhra Mahambrata Mission (19th December
’99), West Bengal, Adyapeet Bhaba Pagla Sangeet Sanmelan,
Kolkata, Purba Sinthee Harisabha (22nd January 2000), Kolkata and
in many residences of numerous devotees.