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Swami ShivomTirth was born in 1924, in a village in Punjab, with the name Om Prakash. He pursued university studies in Lahore, but was compelled by the partition of India to return to Punjab with his family. There, as a householder, he aspired to an ideal way of life, devoted to the pursuit of higher objectives. After coming to know about the spiritual attainments of Swami Vishnu Tirthji Maharaj, he sought permission to join him. He bid farewell to his family and was initiated in 1959.

Swami Vishnu Tirthji arranged for his disciple to be in the company of many distinguished spiritual personalities and to visit important religious centers. After receiving initiation into the order of renunciation (Sanyas), which he took in 1965, he was given the name of Swami Shivom Tirth. Swami Vishnu Tirthji afterwards authorized Swami Shivom Tirth to succeed him and propagate the system of Shaktipat for the welfare of all people. Since then, Swami Shivom Tirth has traveled to many countries of the world, including the United States. His works published in English are: A Guide to Shaktipat; Rays of Ancient Wisdom; Sadhan Path, Trek of Spirituality; Shivom Vani, The Songs of Shivom, and the three-volume Churning of the Heart.

 

Foreword

In 1965, prior to taking Sanyas Diksha [vows of renunciation], I had embarked on a long journey with Gurudev Swami Vishnu Tirth Maharaj. The journey included some cities of Madhya Pradesh [a state in central India], Jagannathpuri, Bhuvaneshwar, Konarak, Calcutta, Gaya, Vaidyanath, Varanasi, Allahabad, and Rishikesh. We started the journey from Dewas in December of 1964, and arrived in Jagannathpuri in January of 1965 after going through Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bilaspur, Raipur and a few other cities. One married couple accompanied us from Raipur to Jagannathpuri. After staying for a week, they left, and Maharajshri and I lived alone for about two weeks in Jagannathpuri.

We had already visited Konarak, Sakshi Gopal, Chandan Lake and a few other places. Daily we would go to the temple of Lord Jagannath. After the couple from Raipur departed, there was little to do besides a daily bath in the ocean and a visit to the temple. So Maharajshri and I used to spend most of the day in satsang [spiritual discussions J. The satsang of those fifteen days in Jagannathpuri is the focus of this book. It is obvious that Maharajshri was the orator and I could do little but listen. By raising doubts and questions along the way, I did extend the discussion in some way.

During the twenty days in Jagannathpuri, I enjoyed sadhan [spiritual practice after receiving Shaktipat] and spiritual conversations with Maharajshri to my heart's content. As such Maharajshri usually stayed in the divine state, but since there .was no one here to disrupt this state, Maharajshri was constantly in a meditative state. Even while conversing, his state of divinity was maintained.

This book is a compilation of Maharajshri's experiences regarding Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj and Kalikishore (Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj, Baba), which he discussed with me in Jagannathpuri. Whatever Maharajshri experienced, he narrated it to me verbatim. There was no mental interference by Maharajshri in these experiences. It was like someone watching the television and narrating it to you. I was like a blind man, who could not see anything despite sitting in front of the television. Maharajshri's inner-eyes were awake and active, hence everything was visible to him.

I have attempted to present the episodes as close to Maharajshri's narration as possible and add little from my side. Most of my endeavor has been to improve the language and give it a literary form. If my in- competence and limited intellect have led to mistakes, may Maharajshri consider me as an ignorant child and forgive me.

Before this book, prior to my Sanyas Diksha, I did write a book titled Shri Narayan Upadeshamrit [in Hindi] based on the brief biography and teachings of Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj. The basis for that book was a booklet published in Bengali. That book and this book differ at one or two places regarding events during and after Jagannathpuri because the bases of the two books are different. While the first book is written the way the Bengali book was, this book is based on Maharajshri's narrative. For example, the first book, 'Narayan Upadeshamrit' relates that Kalikishore wrote a letter to Swamiji Maharaj in Jagannathpuri, when he attained siddhopai [the perfect state] , whereas, this book states that the letter was sent prior to that with some pilgrims going to Jagannathpuri.

Also, in 'Shri Narayan Upadeshamrit' there is no special reference to internal events, experiences in sadhan, or the spiritual prowess of Swamiji Maharaj. An average author could not even reach such states, but Maharajshri was a minute observer. Advanced states of spirituality were within his grasp. He had the ability to see even the events that happened in the past within himself just like the present. He was so unfathomable that even a person, who always stayed close to him, could not understand him. The person, who understood him to some extent, was only the one on whom he showered his grace and manifested his real self to. When Maharajshri visited Jagannathpuri, the sequence of events in the life of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj came to life in his heart. Just like Saint Tulsidas, when he went to Chitrakoot, the events of the Chitrakoot phase of Lord Rama in exile, came to life within. The events narrated by Maharajshri do not end with the events in Jagannathpuri but continue till the spiritual advancement and MahaNirvana [Supreme Liberation, the Ultimate Union with the Supreme Spirit] of Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj.

Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj was an accomplished siddha [perfect being]. He was the proponent of Shaktipar, which was long buried and socially dead. He revived its knowledge and illumined it amongst the masses. It would be a mistake to gauge the spiritual prowess of a mahapurusha [a great spiritual being] in proportion to his fame. Today people here and there are familiar with the name of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj, but during his lifetime he lived in total anonymity. Even the ascetics living in neighboring cottages had no knowledge of his true personality.

The one and only Shaktipat disciple of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj, Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj, was also an extreme renunciate, an humble ascetic, and a lover of spirituality. It was his belief that the worldly facade was like a blazing fire, but at the command of his guru, he gave up the resolve of leading a life of an ascetic and jumped in that fire. He always considered worldly pleasures and comforts to be worthless. The welfare of the disciples was his only objective.

When I was writing the three parts of 'Churning of the Heart,' I was constantly aware of the presence of Gurudev Swami Vishnu Tirth Maharaj. While writing this book, Swami Vishnu Tirth Maharaj fulfilled the responsibility of the orator, but additionally, Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj and Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj (Baba), all remained constantly present in my heart. This is the greatest benefit I received while writing this book.

The science of Shaktipat is very ancient. Be it the age of the Vedas or Tantra or the Puranas, this science has always been in existence. When- ever a great spiritual being appears or takes birth, he brings this knowledge to the forefront. This knowledge pervades over the mind of the populace for some time. Some people benefit by it too. But gradually selfishness, pride, enthusiasm, attachments, aversion and other defects in the people begin to cast a shadow over it, enveloping the knowledge in layers and plunging it into oblivion. Even in its state of oblivion, this science never disappears completely. Even though it is invisible to the common masses, it still exists. Somewhere some solemn solitude-loving aspirant holds on to its divine flame. Then some time some mahapurusha once again manifests the knowledge before the masses.

One such divine mahapurusha, Gurudev Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj, appeared in Jagannathpuri in the nineteenth century. He him- self remained underground but planted the seed of the great banyan tree of Shaktipat by gifting a priceless gem in the form of Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj. Gurudev had no desire for worldly fame or to become a guru. His state of mind was the true embodiment of solitude.

The world today needs another Gangadhar Tirth, who can once again infuse life, enthusiasm and radiance into the insipid path of spirituality. This endeavor is possible only through renunciation and continuous spiritual practice. Today the attention of almost all spiritual aspirants has deviated from the spiritual pursuit and is riveted on fame, which has obstructed the path of spirituality. The path of spirituality is one of burning one's ego, whereas, the spiritual class of today is busy in strengthening its ego. Tolerance, patience, compassion, generosity have been sacrificed and everyone is engaged in narrow-rnindedness, excitement, vengeance and other negative tendencies. Worldly experiences remain fresh in the heart even after fifty years, whereas words heard at spiritual discourses are forgotten the very next moment. How can the feet move towards the ultimate good under such circumstances?

Not a single portrait of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj is avail- able today. Neither is there any picture of Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj in his youth. When he stood in front of his spiritual master in Jagannathpuri, he was at the doorstep of youth. There is no question of any picture of that time, so only an imaginary picture of the two is given in this book.

The book has been titled The Second Dawn; meaning that Swami GangadharTirth Maharaj revived the sun of Shaktipat once again. Until then the sun was hidden behind the clouds. Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj became the medium for the new revival.

This book will present to the readers and spiritual aspirants the pure illustriousness of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj and Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj and help establish devotion and faith in them. It will also draw spiritual aspirants to the pure form of detachment and meditation.

Finally I end with a request. Please do not pray to me for initiation, do not try to contact me in person, through telephone or correspondence.

 

Contents
  Foreword 9
1 The Second Dawn 14
2 Subtle Experiences 21
3 Transmigration: Entering Another Body 26
4 Aerial Travel 34
5 Judging the Level of Saints 40
6 Subtle Experiences 46
7 The Search for a Guru 51
8 Meeting a True Master 57
9 The Benefit of Grace 64
10 In the company of the Guru 71
11 Instructions to Return 100
12 Returning Home 125
13 Karma and Sadhana 136
14 The Auspicious Moment 145
15 Baba 155
16 Maha Nirvana: Supreme Liberation 167
  Appendix 173
  Glossary of Terms 183
  About the Author 191

 

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Swami ShivomTirth was born in 1924, in a village in Punjab, with the name Om Prakash. He pursued university studies in Lahore, but was compelled by the partition of India to return to Punjab with his family. There, as a householder, he aspired to an ideal way of life, devoted to the pursuit of higher objectives. After coming to know about the spiritual attainments of Swami Vishnu Tirthji Maharaj, he sought permission to join him. He bid farewell to his family and was initiated in 1959.

Swami Vishnu Tirthji arranged for his disciple to be in the company of many distinguished spiritual personalities and to visit important religious centers. After receiving initiation into the order of renunciation (Sanyas), which he took in 1965, he was given the name of Swami Shivom Tirth. Swami Vishnu Tirthji afterwards authorized Swami Shivom Tirth to succeed him and propagate the system of Shaktipat for the welfare of all people. Since then, Swami Shivom Tirth has traveled to many countries of the world, including the United States. His works published in English are: A Guide to Shaktipat; Rays of Ancient Wisdom; Sadhan Path, Trek of Spirituality; Shivom Vani, The Songs of Shivom, and the three-volume Churning of the Heart.

 

Foreword

In 1965, prior to taking Sanyas Diksha [vows of renunciation], I had embarked on a long journey with Gurudev Swami Vishnu Tirth Maharaj. The journey included some cities of Madhya Pradesh [a state in central India], Jagannathpuri, Bhuvaneshwar, Konarak, Calcutta, Gaya, Vaidyanath, Varanasi, Allahabad, and Rishikesh. We started the journey from Dewas in December of 1964, and arrived in Jagannathpuri in January of 1965 after going through Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bilaspur, Raipur and a few other cities. One married couple accompanied us from Raipur to Jagannathpuri. After staying for a week, they left, and Maharajshri and I lived alone for about two weeks in Jagannathpuri.

We had already visited Konarak, Sakshi Gopal, Chandan Lake and a few other places. Daily we would go to the temple of Lord Jagannath. After the couple from Raipur departed, there was little to do besides a daily bath in the ocean and a visit to the temple. So Maharajshri and I used to spend most of the day in satsang [spiritual discussions J. The satsang of those fifteen days in Jagannathpuri is the focus of this book. It is obvious that Maharajshri was the orator and I could do little but listen. By raising doubts and questions along the way, I did extend the discussion in some way.

During the twenty days in Jagannathpuri, I enjoyed sadhan [spiritual practice after receiving Shaktipat] and spiritual conversations with Maharajshri to my heart's content. As such Maharajshri usually stayed in the divine state, but since there .was no one here to disrupt this state, Maharajshri was constantly in a meditative state. Even while conversing, his state of divinity was maintained.

This book is a compilation of Maharajshri's experiences regarding Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj and Kalikishore (Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj, Baba), which he discussed with me in Jagannathpuri. Whatever Maharajshri experienced, he narrated it to me verbatim. There was no mental interference by Maharajshri in these experiences. It was like someone watching the television and narrating it to you. I was like a blind man, who could not see anything despite sitting in front of the television. Maharajshri's inner-eyes were awake and active, hence everything was visible to him.

I have attempted to present the episodes as close to Maharajshri's narration as possible and add little from my side. Most of my endeavor has been to improve the language and give it a literary form. If my in- competence and limited intellect have led to mistakes, may Maharajshri consider me as an ignorant child and forgive me.

Before this book, prior to my Sanyas Diksha, I did write a book titled Shri Narayan Upadeshamrit [in Hindi] based on the brief biography and teachings of Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj. The basis for that book was a booklet published in Bengali. That book and this book differ at one or two places regarding events during and after Jagannathpuri because the bases of the two books are different. While the first book is written the way the Bengali book was, this book is based on Maharajshri's narrative. For example, the first book, 'Narayan Upadeshamrit' relates that Kalikishore wrote a letter to Swamiji Maharaj in Jagannathpuri, when he attained siddhopai [the perfect state] , whereas, this book states that the letter was sent prior to that with some pilgrims going to Jagannathpuri.

Also, in 'Shri Narayan Upadeshamrit' there is no special reference to internal events, experiences in sadhan, or the spiritual prowess of Swamiji Maharaj. An average author could not even reach such states, but Maharajshri was a minute observer. Advanced states of spirituality were within his grasp. He had the ability to see even the events that happened in the past within himself just like the present. He was so unfathomable that even a person, who always stayed close to him, could not understand him. The person, who understood him to some extent, was only the one on whom he showered his grace and manifested his real self to. When Maharajshri visited Jagannathpuri, the sequence of events in the life of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj came to life in his heart. Just like Saint Tulsidas, when he went to Chitrakoot, the events of the Chitrakoot phase of Lord Rama in exile, came to life within. The events narrated by Maharajshri do not end with the events in Jagannathpuri but continue till the spiritual advancement and MahaNirvana [Supreme Liberation, the Ultimate Union with the Supreme Spirit] of Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj.

Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj was an accomplished siddha [perfect being]. He was the proponent of Shaktipar, which was long buried and socially dead. He revived its knowledge and illumined it amongst the masses. It would be a mistake to gauge the spiritual prowess of a mahapurusha [a great spiritual being] in proportion to his fame. Today people here and there are familiar with the name of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj, but during his lifetime he lived in total anonymity. Even the ascetics living in neighboring cottages had no knowledge of his true personality.

The one and only Shaktipat disciple of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj, Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj, was also an extreme renunciate, an humble ascetic, and a lover of spirituality. It was his belief that the worldly facade was like a blazing fire, but at the command of his guru, he gave up the resolve of leading a life of an ascetic and jumped in that fire. He always considered worldly pleasures and comforts to be worthless. The welfare of the disciples was his only objective.

When I was writing the three parts of 'Churning of the Heart,' I was constantly aware of the presence of Gurudev Swami Vishnu Tirth Maharaj. While writing this book, Swami Vishnu Tirth Maharaj fulfilled the responsibility of the orator, but additionally, Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj and Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj (Baba), all remained constantly present in my heart. This is the greatest benefit I received while writing this book.

The science of Shaktipat is very ancient. Be it the age of the Vedas or Tantra or the Puranas, this science has always been in existence. When- ever a great spiritual being appears or takes birth, he brings this knowledge to the forefront. This knowledge pervades over the mind of the populace for some time. Some people benefit by it too. But gradually selfishness, pride, enthusiasm, attachments, aversion and other defects in the people begin to cast a shadow over it, enveloping the knowledge in layers and plunging it into oblivion. Even in its state of oblivion, this science never disappears completely. Even though it is invisible to the common masses, it still exists. Somewhere some solemn solitude-loving aspirant holds on to its divine flame. Then some time some mahapurusha once again manifests the knowledge before the masses.

One such divine mahapurusha, Gurudev Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj, appeared in Jagannathpuri in the nineteenth century. He him- self remained underground but planted the seed of the great banyan tree of Shaktipat by gifting a priceless gem in the form of Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj. Gurudev had no desire for worldly fame or to become a guru. His state of mind was the true embodiment of solitude.

The world today needs another Gangadhar Tirth, who can once again infuse life, enthusiasm and radiance into the insipid path of spirituality. This endeavor is possible only through renunciation and continuous spiritual practice. Today the attention of almost all spiritual aspirants has deviated from the spiritual pursuit and is riveted on fame, which has obstructed the path of spirituality. The path of spirituality is one of burning one's ego, whereas, the spiritual class of today is busy in strengthening its ego. Tolerance, patience, compassion, generosity have been sacrificed and everyone is engaged in narrow-rnindedness, excitement, vengeance and other negative tendencies. Worldly experiences remain fresh in the heart even after fifty years, whereas words heard at spiritual discourses are forgotten the very next moment. How can the feet move towards the ultimate good under such circumstances?

Not a single portrait of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj is avail- able today. Neither is there any picture of Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj in his youth. When he stood in front of his spiritual master in Jagannathpuri, he was at the doorstep of youth. There is no question of any picture of that time, so only an imaginary picture of the two is given in this book.

The book has been titled The Second Dawn; meaning that Swami GangadharTirth Maharaj revived the sun of Shaktipat once again. Until then the sun was hidden behind the clouds. Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj became the medium for the new revival.

This book will present to the readers and spiritual aspirants the pure illustriousness of Swami Gangadhar Tirth Maharaj and Swami Narayan Tirth Dev Maharaj and help establish devotion and faith in them. It will also draw spiritual aspirants to the pure form of detachment and meditation.

Finally I end with a request. Please do not pray to me for initiation, do not try to contact me in person, through telephone or correspondence.

 

Contents
  Foreword 9
1 The Second Dawn 14
2 Subtle Experiences 21
3 Transmigration: Entering Another Body 26
4 Aerial Travel 34
5 Judging the Level of Saints 40
6 Subtle Experiences 46
7 The Search for a Guru 51
8 Meeting a True Master 57
9 The Benefit of Grace 64
10 In the company of the Guru 71
11 Instructions to Return 100
12 Returning Home 125
13 Karma and Sadhana 136
14 The Auspicious Moment 145
15 Baba 155
16 Maha Nirvana: Supreme Liberation 167
  Appendix 173
  Glossary of Terms 183
  About the Author 191

 

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