Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji
(A Point of view)
by A. K. Parimoo
begin with I beg an excuse from esteemed readers for any wrong or erroneous
interpretations, for I feel I am too small to describe the State BhagawaanJi was
enjoying as he lived in extreme introversion all along his life and never
preached or deliberated. His talking sessions ended in a few words only during
his life time. The only evidence from the practical life of BhagawaanJi is his
Karamyoga. Like lord Krishna he fought wars in a passive manner himself not
using weapons or arms but simply directing soldiers to catch the right hideouts
of Barbarians and thus defeating them saving the innocent and hence keeping the
morale of the country and soldiers high. Like a compassionate father he cured
instantly his disciples of fatal diseases, helped to raise the economy of the
down-trodden and brought the wrong on the right path.
In all, helping the
Humanity to heal both physical and mental wounds. During this whole process he
renounced all the fruits unlike other saints who take delight in being applauded
and cheered in large gatherings. Let me make an attempt to peep into various
dimensions of the Holy master as under:
Bhagawaan Ji as Siddharth
Six hundred years before
Christ one night when the world was in a deep slumber, a young restless prince
worried to see Pain, Disease and Death, left his home breaking all shackles -
Ego, Desire, Lust and Greed in silent jungles, with a firm determination to seek
the sole creator to ask Him the cause of human sufferings. Even after giving up
human vices he observed three barriers in the cosmic journey of his mind
blocking his way e.g. Hunger, Pain and Fear; he waged a war with the three body
concerns. Starving for months he smiled before roaring tigers and hissing
cobras. A mere skeleton with a coverage of dry skin he meditated under the
scorching sun avoiding shade just to invite pain. Finally he won the war. A
relaxed and liberated Siddharth got the required enlightenment and awakening and
thenceforth a Buddha.
Likewise Bhagawaan Ji who
right from childhood shunned company and was indifferent towards material
pleasures, obviously because of his previous sanskars, divested his mind
gradually of every desire, ego, greed and lust. Again like Siddharth he wanted
to give up his body concerns i.e. pain, hunger and fear. He walled himself up in
a damp dark room without ventilation or an air inlet, all stinking, a habitat of
little blood suckers. He never objected to a rat boring a hole in his heel. He
had no desire to inhale fresh air in burning heat nor asked for warm equipment
to face chilling cold because he had to conquer pain. He starved for months
together and the pangs of hunger did not deflect his aim. Peeping through the
door he was seen looking at the opposite wall with vacant eyes, his sole
companion being an earthen lamp always burning. Nobody heard him reciting any
hymn or prayer. He would not allow even the room to be dusted. During this
period, to become fully sickness proof and pain-proof he swallowed poisonous
drugs. He vomitted potfuls of blood but did not surrender before hunger and
pain. Nobody except his elder sister was allowed to get into the room; she alone
was the communication medium. For seven years (1930-37) BhagawaanJi dived
cunstantly deep into the eternal ocean of Spirituality and in each dive
collected the gems of eternal bliss to be utilized for the welfare of his
children being Himself a global compassionate father. Thirty nine years old
Bhagawaan Gopinath Ji came out of the solitary cell with a lean and a pale body
but a radiant soul in communion with the Supreme creator, Param Brahma. From
Thirty ninth year onwards he selected an asan to accomplish great jobs in the
field of Karam- Yoga.
Obviously the initial
modes of Sadhana adopted by Lord Buddha and BhagawaanJi seem alike in terms of
arduous physical torture but a distinction is there as indicated here under:
1. Half of his life he spent
in achieving the Supreme and the rest half he spent entirely in the service of
his people as compassionate father and as a silent commander, to lead the Army
against the tyrants using his miraculous powers.
2. An extreme introvert
who preferred to live in solitude right from childhood.
3. A born celibate who
said that lust is the biggest barrier in seeking eternal bliss.
4. Passed whole of his
life in the valley of Kashmir occasionally in energy sites of the valley viz
Hariparbat, Khir-Bhawani, Jyestha Bhagwati and JwalaJi.
5. Believed in his
religion and all its allied traditions, respected all religions, himself being
6. Had a strong belief in
God. The real Siddhi lies in total communion with the supreme creator, Param
Brahma The monosyllable OM (AUM) is the union of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. On
his being an introvert he said; "A Yogi may realize God but an introvert
can realize all the aspects of God."
7. BhagawaanJi had a
mission to help those in distress by his miraculous powers. A miracle literally
means breaking a subtle natural law, for example raising a dead man to life.
Such powers for a saint like BhagawaanJi are not consumed as he had attained
Shiva-hood. It matters nothing for an ocean if a million buckets of water are
taken away from it.
8. Like a Zen master
BhagawaanJi would beat a devotee and lose temper but like a compassionate father
he never did so with an intention to harm him, simply to bring him on the right
path or to counter the ill effects of his stars. Once he injured a devotee by
his forks, shedding blood the devotee left his room scared. Later on his
horoscope indicated that a fatal accident would befall him wherein a heavy blood
loss was expected on the same day.
9. BhagawaanJi never left
his aasana. Whatever his devotees offered him, he would distribute it among
those present leaving nothing behind. Never in his life did he ask for any thing
from his devotees.
1. He also strove for the
first half of his life in attaining enlightenment and the rest half he spent in
preaching his eight fold path which attracted the masses giving birth to a new
religion. He never performed miracles.
2. An extrovert who was
bound to talk and deliberate in order to bring people into his fold.
3. Married and in the
prime of youth renounced his wife and child to seek enlightenment.
4. Roamed all over the
country to preach his eight fold path.
5. Founded a new religion
i.e. Buddhism which gave a set back to Hinduism. More than half of Asia embraced
Buddhism as violence was at peak and people preferred Buddhism which lays great
stress on non-violence.
6. Does not believe
directly in the existence of God. The philosophy of Buddhism is associated with
it dhyanas and meditation. It claims only Shunya (Vacuum) as the aim of its
Mystic practice. Buddhism aims at man's liberation from pain and suffering.
Beyond this, Buddhism originally had no specific aims or claims. That is why
after Buddha it divided into branches and many Buddhists got reconverted to
their original fold i.e. Hinduism.
7. Lord Buddha never
performed miracles. May be, it was not in his mission to adopt short term
measures to help the people in distress. Most probably he aimed at people being
relieved of anxieties and sufferings through long practice of the eight fold
path, which is of course time consuming, and not instantaneous.
8. Lord Buddha never lost
9. Lord Buddha while
preaching with other bhikhshus would knock at a number of doors to collect food.
Of course he or they would not hoard just enough to satisfy their hunger.
Bhagawaan Ji as a Jivan
A sage is said to be in a
Jivan-Mukhta state or Sahaj state if he is cramped in a body yet unidentified
with all its needs, its pain and disease. Such a sage is liberated in life
itself because the strongest attachment of an individual is with his body from
which the sage has freed himself.
From all that I have said
so far, it is clear BhagawaanJi took up an arduous physical Sadhna to attain
Jivan-Mukhta State. While in the body he called his swollen and shrinking limbs
as splinters of wood which would turn to ashes one day. In his life time he
never showed any symptoms of pain or illness though at times he looked ill. A
Jivan-Mukhta saint says, "This body is a nest of troubles, an assembly of
flesh and bones, it is a barrier in the cosmic journey. Make use of it but
forget about its welfare. The more you care for it the more it will demand
keeping you away to attain the real ecstasy. The pain, disease or hunger can
never supersede the time of your departure from this world. You are a tool in
the hands of time and space".
In the Jivan-Mukhta State
BhagawaanJi was freed of all persistent tensions and the ego. He was free from
all the anxieties and frustrations ever enjoying the nectar of Divine bliss and
in constant communion with Param-Brahma. Sh. Rama Krishna Paramhansa, a victim
of chronic throat cancer never healed him self, though with his miracles he
cured people on the death bed and instantly removed all the signs of fatal
A Jivan-Mukhta sage like
BhagawaanJi would invite Devas while the sacred fire was on to make them share a
portion of his prasad. In fact all deities were at his beck and call.
At times he would bless
his disciples with the material darshan's of Holy Jagat Ambha. The
characteristics of Jivan-Mukhta were clearly visible in the life of BhagawaanJi.
Being in full communion with Param-Brahma he referred to himself in the plural.
The Upanishad says. " When all the desires of heart are fulfilled, then
even a mortal becomes immortal", not to speak of a sage like BhagawaanJi
who never nurtured a worldly desire in his heart.
A Jivan-Mukhta is
liberated in life itself though the momentum of his past Karmas may sustain his
physical life for some time. Videra Mukhti that is liberation after death is a
natural consequence of this.
Bhagawaan Ji as Sthir Man
Lord Krishna says in the Holy
(Stability of Mind)
When a person completely
abandons all cravings of mind and feels quite contented and satisfied in own
self through his own self then he is called a stable mind.
The Saint who has
perfectly integrated joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, where thirst for desire
is altogether vanished and who is free from passion, fear and anger is a stable
mind. While in the body un- attached to every thing, neither rejoices after
meeting with good nor grieves when an evil comes is a stable mind.
Self controlled mind
though it enjoys various sense objects through the senses remains free from
likes and dislikes, attains stability of mind. As waters of different rivers
enter an ocean the ocean remains absolutely undisturbed, like-wise in a stable
mind all the enjoyments merge themselves without an expression of any change or
utterance of a word. Even if fully acquainted with cosmic conscience, the sage
like the ocean, remains absolutely undisturbed; such a sage is stable mind.
Having gone through all
the above experiences BhagawaanJi is in total harmony and contact with the
Supreme self. The Lord endowed him with great powers of futurology clairvoyance
and instant means to heal any and solve problems of his devotees. He is in
contact with the supreme lord and also his devotees by speech and thought
transference. At will he can materialize simultaneously at various places to
bestow his benign grace and bliss on his disciples.
A Great Sage says:
It is easy to ride a mad
elephant, to tame a ferocious tiger, to play with a Cobra, to be ever youthful,
to walk on fire and water, but it is difficult and more beneficial to control
the elusive mind and to divert its activities to the most supreme, omnipotent
and omniscient God. The mind once controlled is controlled for ever. Shri Ramana
Maharishi teaches that one should constantly ask oneself "Who Am I?".
The greatest enquiry indeed, by strongly rejecting other thoughts the devotees
will find himself going deep into an abyss and the other thoughts will cease to
exist. The practical example is that of Dr. Paul Brunton, an English journalist
and an author when he entered the Maharishi's chamber at Arunachala. The master
simply said, "Go, come tomorrow and just think with full concentration -
who am I? and let me know your answer." Thus arousing spiritual curiosity
in the author, he elevated him until he was blessed with eternal knowledge.