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Swami Guru Purnanandaji Paramahansa (1834-1928 )

Guru Purnanandaji was born as Basanta on September 14, 1834. He was a tall and impressive young man, who loved music and athletics. He was a brilliant student, and took the first prize in Sanskrit at the University of Faridpur. When he completed his studies, Basanta was married (by his father's arrangement) and worked as a school principal in the town of Raj Shahi. He was drawn to the Hindu reform movement, Brahma Dharma. While involved with this movement, Guru Purnanandaji met a wandering sadhu who impressed him with his eloquence and wisdom. Guru Purnanandaji begged for initiation, but the sadhu refused and sent Guru Purnanandaji to Swami Brahmanandji of Sunderban, in the wild jungles of Bengal. Swami Brahmanandaji in turn sent him to Siddhashram, high in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet. On the way to Siddhashram Basanta met Pramod, who was destined to be his companion on the journey. They traveled together to Lama Bazaar, where they waited for the sadhus of Siddhashram to appear at the annual market. When the saints left the bazaar, Basanta and Pramod followed them. The sadhus beat them and knocked them to the ground, but Basanta and Pramod crawled after them, cut, bruised and bleeding, until they collapsed. Then the sadhus healed their wounds and led them to Siddhashram. After an arduous journey, they arrived at a magnificent tropical paradise. Pramod had to perform a 30-day purification, while Basanta waited for him outside the gates of the ashram. Finally they were allowed to enter, and were given the names Purnananda and Servananda. They were initiated by Brahma Rishi Angira and taught scripture by Matang Rishi. For four years they did intensive sadhana, sometimes staying in samadhi for 15 days at a time, and became all-knowing. In the fifth year, Guru Purnanandaji thought of the suffering people of India, and wanted to bring the sadhana to them. But thoughts and ideas are kalpana, and not permitted in Siddhashram. Since Guru Purnanandaji had had this kalpana he would have to return to the world and fulfill his mission. Guru Purnanandaji and Servanandaji left the ashram and wandered for 25 years through India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan and Asiatic Russia. Servanandaji often disagreed with Guru Purnanandaji over his charitable work, and finally left him. He was rumored to have gone west, perhaps to Italy. Guru Purnanandaji's first ashram was established in Bhenodpur, Bangladesh, by the grateful family of a leper he had cured. Guru Purnanandaji's ashram had no latrines, bathing facilities, or mosquito nets. No talking was allowed, and the only foods provided were fruit, water, and one boiled vegetable a day. At this point, Guru Purnanandaji stopped his wanderings and re-entered the world, so that serious disciples could find him. He again became a school principal, in the town of Dharoda, near his ashram. Guru Purnanandaji's closest disciples, knowing that he wished to establish an orphanage and a home for widows, built Jagatpur Ashram outside of Chittagong, in 1899. The ashram school is still in existence today, and has about 200 students. Swami Guru Purnanandaji Parmahansa left his material body in 1928 at the ageof 94. A more detailed biography of this great saint can be obtained from the Ajapa Yoga Ashram.

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