His Holiness Anant Shri
Devji Maharaj’s life:-
Kabir who appeared about 600 years back, has proclaimed that after the passing
of 5025 years of Kali-Yuga, a true spiritual discipline will be
established and he will himself come as Sadafal
Dev for the salvation of both Hindus and Muslims. Swamiji came for
this purpose and lived up to it. He was born in a Kshatriya
family of Sengar Rajputs
in the year 1888 A.D. His father Rajarshi
Hanuman Singh and Mother Maharani Mukti
Devi, were both sincere devotees of God and lived in the
village Pakari in the district of Ballia in Uttar Pradesh(U.P.) India.
This dynasty of Kshatriyas owes its origin to Sringi
Rishi who performed the Yagna
of Raja Dasharath and as a result of
which Rama was born to him. This Sringi
Rishi was then married with Shanta,
daughter of Raja Dasharath. In this
dynasty, there was one Sri Lalji Ray
who was a renowned yogi of his time and even today people gather
at his Samadhi for paying homage to him. This family has produced
a galaxy of saints such as Abhiram Baba, Jungali Baba,
Bulaki Das, and Nath Baba etc.
Sri Sadafal Devji was drawn towards
spiritual practices from his early childhood. When he grew up
as a young man, he dug up a Guha (a
cave underground) and started sitting in a state of Samadhi. He
then moved to the Himalayas and found a cave, where he started
doing his spiritual practices. This place is named as Shunya Shikhar Ashram and even
today some disciples venture to visit this pious cave. He spent
seventeen years of his young age and as a result of his Sadhna
(spiritual practice). Eternal Sadguru
Sri Sukrit Dev appeared before him in the year 1936 A.D. and
bestowed upon him the power of Jagat-Guru.
Since then Swamijee started preaching
the Vihangam Yoga through out India
and soon he had followers all over the country.
From his early age Swamiji had been visualising a free India
and he was educating people about it. In the year 1920 he delivered
a fiery speech at the Dinapur cantonment
and as a result he was arrested and put behind the bar on 26thDecember,
1920. He was freed from rigorous imprisonment on the
12th October, 1922. His prayer to God for
the freedom of India
is famous and all his disciples including in the Jail repeated
it regularly till India
became a free nation. This was an Adhyatmic
Prayog (spiritual effort) towards the attainment of her
liberty. He wrote as many as thirty-five books of which the “Swarveda” in Hindi
poetry is unique and unparallel in spiritual
literature. It is a guide book to all practitioners of Vihangam Yoga. Other important books of Swamiji are Vigyan Darshan, Vishwa Rajya Vidhan, where he has depicted
a new world government, Shabda Prakash, Yoga Chandrika etc.
though educated formally up to the 3rd standard only.
Swamiji could write so many good books and a very good
explanation on all the four Vedas. He used to say that whatever
he had experienced and seen within himself during Samadhi (Deep
Trance), he had reproduced them in form of books
Swamiji never approved miraculous show by Yogis. He used to say that for doing
such action, a Yogi has to descend from his true habitation to
the Mundane physical
level and perform such function through the light of consciousness.
Whenever any disciple urged for any relief or miraculous Yogic
power demonstration, Swamiji never agreed
upon, however, their grief was taken away by his Blessings. There
are thousands of such actions, which have been published in the
book named “Sadguru Devya Charitavali”.
named his society as Sant Samaj
on the name of his Eternal Guru, who had been referred to as “Sant” in Vedic
literatures. As per his Eternal Guru’s
advice, Swamiji designed a flag for the society,
which is rectangular in shape, white in colour with a symbol in
red colour. Swamiji further proclaimed
that - This
white flag with the mark on it, would certainly fly one day all
over the world as per his Guru’s instruction.
When Swamiji decided to leave his physical body, he requested
his only son, Sri Dharam Chandra Devji, to accept the Acharyaship
of the Vihangam Sant
Samaj, to which he was most reluctant. At that stage Swamiji told him that he had been brought to the earth
only for this purpose and he must accept this assignment at least
for a period of fifteen years, after which another Acharya,
who had been deputed for this work (hinting at the present Acharya, who was seven years old at that time) would take
over. He further told him that he is transfusing the entire knowledge
and power of Sadguru to him through
his special power, though he may not realise immediately but within
three years, he would clearly visualise everything. Swamiji
further advised him to translate “Swarved” in Hindi in his life time, (for which he gave specific notes and explanations
of its contents) and wished to get it published positively.
would not be out of context to mention that there are four types of Sadguru. The first is the Eternal and Immortal Sadguru Sri Sukrit Deva himself. The second type of Gurus is those
liberated souls, who are assigned a duty to perform some specific function
on Earth on the errand of the Eternal
Guru or God are called “Swayam Sidha Sadguru”. Rishi Basistha
was one such Guru. The third type of Gurus are those, who through their Sadhna earn the grace of Sri Sukrit Deva
and are conferred the knowledge and authority of Sadguru
and are called “Abhyas Sidh Sadguru”. This type of Guru was Swami
Sadafal Devji Maharaj, himself. The last type of Gurus are those,
who are bestowed the knowledge, power and authority by any Sadguru with the sanction of Eternal Guru, are called “Parampara Sadguru”. This is handed over as a traditional heritage and Swamiji followed the same tradition in handing over the
reins of Sant Samaj to Sri Dharam
On the occasion of Maha Kumbh festival at Prayag (Allahabad)
in 1954, Swamiji sat in Yog
Mudra and then departed from his physical
body. After leaving his body he kept giving instructions from
the sky for about fifteen minutes, which thousands of his devotees
and other people could hear his resounding voice through the sky.
This was exactly in the same way as Sri Kabir
Saheb had done some five hundred years
From the year 1954-1969, Acharya Sri
Dharam Chandra Devjee Maharaj propagated this Yoga within the country. He was
a profound scholar of Vedic literature. He published many books
written by Swamiji and wrote exhaustive commentary on “Swerved” giving stanza wise meaning of it’s versus.
This is a marvellous commentary, which can only be verified by
giving a reading of it. He wrote two books on Swamiji
and “Sadguru Divya
Charitavali”. Acharya Devji Maharaj was born on Maha Shivaratri festival day in the year 1919. He finished the mission of his life
very early, and took Samadhi at the age of 51 only in the year
1969, after transferring all his spiritual power to his devoted
son, Sri Swatantra Devji and declared
him “Dwitiya Parampara
Sadguru”. Since then the present Acharya Sri Swatantra DevJi Maharaj is continuing as Sadguru
of this Sant Samaj.
Born on Independence Day of India i.e. on the
15th August 1947, the day of fruition of
Swamiji’s desire, he was named by him Swatantra Dev. The present Acharya is bearing the torch light of Vihangam Yoga, which was lit by Swamiji
and enflamed by Acharya Dharam
Chandra Devji Maharaj.
While Sri Swatantra Devji
was a child, Swamiji used to tell people
around him that this boy had come for fulfilling his mission.
He had said to Acharya Dharam Chandra Devji that in the third generation this knowledge of Vihangam Yoga would be propagated throughout the world
under the flag of Sant Samaj
by this Sadguru of Independent India.
He had also requested him to send Sri Swatantra
Devji to Sanskrit schools so that he could express himself
through the Sanskrit medium.
Always calm, composed and looking somewhere within himself, the
present Acharya, who is an erudite scholar
of Sanskrit language, immediately influences by his magnetic personality.
Those, who go near him, soon feel a divine aura emanating from
his eyes. By having seen the light of the day on the day of Independence
of India, the present Acharya had fulfilled
the first desire of Swamiji. As for
his second desire, namely the propagation of this Yoga within
the four corners of the world, all those who are witness to the
resurgence of a spiritual wave in the country will testify to
it during this short period of nine years of his Acharyaship. Thousands of people all over the country
have been benefited by his grace.
Acharyaji is to undertake shortly an extensive tour of
many parts of the world to show the light of the divinity through
Vihangam Yoga to waylaid and forlorn people of the world.
It is also to the credit of the present Acharya
that the unique and unparallel commentary on Swerved written by the first Acharya
has been published. After taking initiation from him and practicing
for a very short period, a Sadhak starts
seeing many hidden things within him, the way our Rishis
use to see:
Rishis were the seers of Mantras - All the Mantras which are mentioned in the scriptures can be seen by
this method of Vihangam Yoga.
saints always see through their divine eye, the location where all
pervading God is situated as a bright sun. (Rig
The God who
has been described as a man (Purusha) with
thousand heads, thousand eyes and thousand legs, enveloping the body from
all sides and is situated as a distance of ten fingers. (Yajurveda)
I know that Purusha, who is shining like a sun and is far away from
darkness. By knowing him alone, one conquers death and there is
one and only one way for it. (Yajurveda 31/18)
The God, who has a name (Sar-shabd)
and infinite glory, cannot be represented by any image. (Yajurveda)
When the Vedas say that there
is only one way to know Him, how is it that thousands of methods have
sprung up? When the true method of realisation was lost after Mahabharata
war in India,
people started searching Him at
the mental and intellectual levels and as a result, thousands of ways have
been formulated, and that is why the present chaotic situation exists in
all the religious institutions of the world.
Those, who know Brahman (God),
speak of two types of learning, one the Apara Vidya and the other the
Vidya. The Apara Vidya covers the four Vedas, namely Rigveda,
AtharvVeda, the teachings of Siksha,
Niruktam, Chhandah and Jyotisha & Upnishads.
Para Vidya is the true concept
of the real universal science of consciousness by which the “Supreme Being” is realised.
That Vidya, by which Akshar
Brahman is seen, is Vihangam Yoga, which can be
learned at the feet of Sadguru Acharya Sri Swatantra Devji Maharaj.
Atman and Parmatman are not the
subject of imagination, rather
they are to be experienced. You need to get
insight of divine-eye, through which they can be seen.
cannot be viewed through our physical eyes, not heard through
the ears. He cannot be perceived through other sense organs, nor
by penance or by rituals too. It is only through the grace of
Brahman can be experienced & seen.
The secret knowledge, by which Brahman can be seen, is available, under
the sanction of the Eternal
Guru, with the present Acharya as
a traditional heritage. The same Yoga was taught to Arjuna
by Lord Krishna and there is a clear cut mention in the Geeta
that this Yoga remains in tradition.
mentioned in Bhagvad Geeta,
“This knowledge was
imparted by me to Sun God, Sun God conveyed it
to His son Manu, and Manu passed on to his son Ikshwaku”. Thus handed down from father to son, this Yoga remained known to Rajarshis
(Royal Sages) and by great efflux of time it has disappeared.
This very Yoga has been taught to you by me, proclaimed Lord Krishna.
Each person experiences through his sense organs, and he is not aware
of any internal experience within himself. He finds himself in
a state of continuous tension and is unsatisfied and unbalanced
due to excessive sensual enjoyments. He is seeking peace of mind
through his sense organs but sometimes get more agitated and desperate.
There is no perpetual peace anywhere; cruelty and violence are
increasing day by day. As a result, there is mutual distrust,
dissension and despair with its climax in the effluent society
of the world, where all the physical facilities are available.
Of late more
people are inclined towards religion and are sincerely performing
their religious rituals with a view of achieving peace of mind.
The present civilisation and culture depends on sensualism and
advertisement. The deluded people, along with some genuine seekers,
not knowing the true method, are flocking around so called Self
styled Sadguru/Gods, who of late have
a mushroom growth and are capable of showing magic (deluding tricks)
based on scholastic knowledge.
All their practices are at the physical level of the body, mind
& Intellect and hence Seekers are not getting internal peace,
they need most. This civilisation and culture, which has the senses
based for its practice and propaganda is bound to disintegrate with the dawn of true method of internal experience
and Realisation. This need is being fulfilled by Vihangam
Yoga, where everything is done through the light of consciousness
at the conscious level of Chidakash.
properties, knowledge, behaviour and functions of this level of
Vihangam Yoga are also conscious. That ever blissful Brahman
is conscious, which is base and origin of Sar-shabd.
The conscious soul (at the level
of Chidakash) hears everything without
ears, moves without legs, performs various actions, without arms,
enjoys every taste without mouth and is a great Yogi who speaks
(Ram Charita Manas)
Let the sincere and unbiased seekers of true knowledge and Realisation
come to this saint, Sadguru Acharya Sri Swatantra Dev Jee Maharaj, earn his grace
and learn the secret method of Vihangam
Yoga. This method is the easiest of the easy and can be practiced
by people of every age, gender, cast, creed, and of any religious
faith. Even a daily practice of 10-15 minutes leads to immediate
internal experience and realisation.
of knowledge of Atman-Vidya is from
that all-pervading Brahman which is fountain head of all the knowledge’s. Its propagation cannot be checked by any power howsoever strong it may be.
This is the proclamation of the Eternal,
Immortal Guru of the creation who is no less than God.
lord Sri Sukrit Deva, Swami Sri Sadafalal Devji, Acharya Sri Dharam
Chandra Devji and the present Acharya and my Guru Parampara Sadguru
Sri Swatantra Devji Maharaj inspire and guide those sincere seekers
of knowledge, who happen to read this article, think, introspect
dispassionately and learn this immortal and everlasting method
of Vihangam Yoga for true Realisation
and Jivan Mukti (Salvation).