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TANTRACHARYA SARVANAND THAKUR

Tantracharya Sarvanand Thakur

 

 

Devi Mata Image

Devi Mata Image

There lived an ascetic Brahmin named Vasudev in Purvasthali village of Vardhman district of West Bengal state. He was a great devotee of Devi Mata (Goddess). With a desire to have a darshan (glimpse) of Devi Mata he did dreadful penance. One day he saw an infinite light and a voice came out from within the light, “Child, have patience, one of the male progeny of your succession in Mehar will attain supernatural power.”

 

Vasudev was pleased to hear this. But he did not know where the place named Mehar was. Just then by the grace of Devi mata, he met a landlord named Shivanand from Mehar who was very impressed with the knowledge of Vasudev. Knowing that Vasudev wanted to settle in Mehar, Shivanand arranged for Vasudev’s residence there and he shifted base (near Tripura) along with family.

There lived an ascetic Brahmin named Vasudev in Purvasthali village of Vardhman district of West Bengal state.

Shiva Ling Image

Shiva Ling Image

Once again Vasudev did strict penance for Devi Mata. One day his heart lightened up and he got an order, “Child, you have been successful in your penance. Have patience for few more days. Matangesh Muni has installed a large Shivlinga accomplished with mantras. That Shivlinga is under a tattered tree in the jungle of Mehar. You will be able to see that place when you will be reborn as your grandson. You will attain spiritual powers by doing penance sitting on a dead body at that place.”

 

Hearing this, Vasudev became unhappy. He understood that he would not have the darshan of the Goddess in this life. But he had the satisfaction that his grandson (who would be his rebirth) would be able to have the darshan of Devi Mata. With this intention, informing everything to his servant Puranand, who was also his consecrated disciple, he left his physical body.

Once again Vasudev did strict penance for Devi Mata. One day his heart lightened up and he got an order, “Child, you have been successful in your penance. Have patience for few more days.

Sarvanand. Sarvanand was very weak in his studies. He was a simpleton. People used to make fun of him that a fool has been born in a scholar Pandit’s house.

 

Meditation

Meditation

As he grew up, his father Shambhunath thought that marriage might bring about a change in him and so got him married to a woman named Vallabha. But there was no change in  Tantracharya Sarvanand thakur after marriage. In between he became the father of a son. His son was named Shivnath. Even the child Shivnath had understood that his father was a fool.

 

 

Tantracharya Sarvanand Thakur

Tantracharya Sarvanand Thakur

In between, one day Tantracharya Sarvanand thakur came to the assembly of Zamindar Jatadhari who had become Zamindar (landlord) after the death of his father Shivanand. When asked what day it was, he replied full moon instead of no moon. People laughed at the foolishness of Sarvanand. Tantracharya Sarvanand Thakur felt so humiliated that he left his house and went in to the jungle. There in the jungle, to learnt to read and write, he climbed the Palm tree to get Palm leaves. Just as he stretched his hands to pluck the palm leaves, a poisonous snake came forward to bite him and Sarvanand held the snake’s hood in anger and held it till the time the snake was dead. He threw the snake down after it was killed. Just then he saw a Saint standing under the tree. Observing him, the Saint was pleased and asked about him. After knowing his story the Saint said, “Child, you don’t need to study. I will give you such a mantra with which you will automatically possess all the powers and knowledge.” Saying this, the Saint taught him the essential mantra and said, “Today you are going to get the fruit of many lives. There is a Shivlinga installed by Matangesh Muni in the crematorium. Tonight you will have to perform religious rites there while sitting on a dead body. After your rites, Devi Maa will personally come to see you.”

Tantracharya Sarvanand Thakur was very weak in his studies. He was a simpleton. People used to make fun of him that a fool has been born in a scholar Pandit’s house.

Saying this, the Saint told him about the rites and went away. Just then Purnanand came searching for him. Purnanand knew that Sarvanand was Vasudev only and that is why he took very good care of him. Just as Sarvanand told him everything, he was very pleased. He made all the arrangements for Sarvanand’s pooja. A dead body was needed for the rites. For this Purnanand sacrificed his life but before dying, he informed Tantracharya Sarvanand  Thakur that when the Devi would come to see him, he must tell her that whatever boon has to asked for, Purnanandji will ask for it.

 

Devi Mata Posters

Devi Mata Posters

Sarvanand started his rites while sitting on Purnanand’s dead body. After chanting the essential mantra continuously and after going through many hurdles, just before the dawn, suddenly a light spread in all four directions. The atmosphere was filled with a wonderful fragrance and Devi Mata’s voice was heard, “Child, open your eyes.” When Sarvanand opened his eyes, he saw Devi Mata was personally standing in front of him. Sarvanand became emotional on seeing Devi Mata. Mata told him to ask for a boon to which Sarvanand replied, “I have got everything in life by just having a glimpse of you, whatever you want to give, you may give it to Purndada.”

 

 

When Sarvanand opened his eyes, he saw Devi Mata was personally standing in front of him. Sarvanand became emotional on seeing Devi Mata. Mata told him to ask for a boon to which Sarvanand replied, “I have got everything in life by just having a glimpse of you, whatever you want to give, you may give it to Purnanandada.

Full Moon Day

Full Moon Day

Devi Mata touched Purnanand with her feet. Purnanand became alive. He was also feeling blessed to have darshan of Devi mata. After the darshan, even he did not want anything. He only asked that Tantracharya Sarvanand thakur was humiliated for saying no moon day to full moon day and let the people of Mehar see full moon day that day. And the whole of Mehar was shocked. No one could believe his or her eyes. Whoever had got up before dawn, saw that a full moon could be seen in whole of Mehar. Even Zamindar Zatadhari saw the full moon. He was surprised and confused if Sarvanand had given the right answer or was he such a great scholar that he knew that in spite of a no moon day, the moon was going to be like that on a full moon day.

 

Next day, when Zatadhari went to Sarvanand’s house to know the mystery, he had a different feeling on seeing Sarvanand. The one who looked like a fool till yesterday, looked like a scholar today. For the mystery behind seeing the full moon the previous day, he only said, “It is all by the grace of Devi Mata (Goddess).”

Next day, when Zatadhari went to Sarvanand’s house to know the mystery, he had a different feeling on seeing Sarvanand. The one who looked like a fool till yesterday, looked like a scholar today. For the mystery behind seeing the full moon the previous day, he only said, “It is all by the grace of Devi Mata (Goddess).”

Laxmi Mata Image

Laxmi Mata Image

Because of this incident and continuously increasing miracles by Sarvanand, he became famous in the whole state. Great scholars, astrologers and Preceptors of Vedas started coming to him. After Deepawali, on the day of Mahanisha (the night of deluge), Sarvanand sat on his mat to pray Devi Mata. That day, he had a darshan (glimpse) of all the ten forms of Devi Mata. He got to know about all his previous lives that day.

 

Now Shri  Tantracharya Sarvanand Thakur had become the son of Devi Mata. One day a bangle vendor was moving around in the streets. A woman met him and asked him to give her bangles and realise the payment from her son and tell him, “There is a pot kept on the Takha (a place made in wall to keep things) wherein my money is kept, give away all the money.”

 

Full Moon Day

Full Moon Day

The bangle vendor went to the house that the woman had shown. This was Sarvanand’s house. Hearing from the bangle vendor, Sarvanand saw the Takha and actually the money was kept there. He understood that it was Devi Maa who had worn the bangles. He went to the place where the woman was standing and touched his head to the earth there and started crying as to why did Devi Maa not meet him? It is said that just at that time, two hands came out of the water of nearby pond which had new bangles worn on it. The next moment, the hands disappeared.

He went to the place where the woman was standing and touched his head to the earth there and started crying as to why did Devi Maa not meet him? It is said that just at that time, two hands came out of the water of nearby pond which had new bangles worn on it. The next moment, the hands disappeared.

Goddess lakshmi Posters

Goddess lakshmi Posters

Knowing that  Tantracharya Sarvanand thakur had a darshan of Devi Maa, people gathered around him thinking that Sarvanand would help them get rid of all troubles with the grace of Devi Mata. Everyone used to come to Sarvanand with his or her problems and with the help of Devi Maa, Sarvanand used to solve them.

 

Once, Zamindar Jatadhari got a shawl for him from Kashmir. He used to roam around with the shawl on his shoulder. Once, a prostitute asked him as to why he did not put on the shawl in spite of severe cold. He said that he was not feeling cold. At this, the prostitute replied, “In that case, this shawl is of no use to you. Why don’t you give it to me?  I will put it on.” He gave away the shawl to her.

 

Zatadhari felt insulted at his shawl being given away to a prostitute. He asked Sarvanand as to where the shawl was and explaining Zatadhari he said that it was lying at home and sent his nephew to get back the shawl. His wife was not at home that time but when his nephew Shadanan called for her asking for the shawl, a hand came out from behind the curtain and threw the shawl at Shadanan. Shadanan got the shawl and showed it to Zatadhari. Zatadhari was shocked to see the shawl but since that day, Shri Sarvanand left Mehar. He said that he would not like to live at a place where there is no trust in him.

Knowing that Sarvanand had a darshan of Devi Maa, people gathered around him thinking that Sarvanand would help them get rid of all troubles with the grace of Devi Mata. Everyone used to come to Sarvanand with his or her problems and with the help of Devi Maa, Sarvanand used to solve them.

While leaving Mehar, Purnanand and his nephew Shadanan were with him. They travelled to different places and reached a place named Jasor. Here he learnt Aagamshastra (to foretell) from a scholar named Chandrachud Tarkalankar Agamavagish. Impressed with his miracles, inspite of opposition, Chandrachud got his daughter married to him. Sarvanand was not ready but he asked this as Guru Dakshina (a gift given to a teacher at the end of education) and so he had to give in. He got a son named Shivanand from this wife who became an invincible scholar. He had written books like Sarvolass Tantra, Tripurarchan Dipika and Navarnav Pooja Paddhati. Sarvanand’s son from first wife was also a great scholar. Even he has written a book named Sarvanand Tarangini wherein he has written in detail about his father’s life.

 

Kashi Image

Kashi Image

After sometime, Shri Sarvanand came to Kashi. In Kashi, he lived at Sharada Math in Ganesh mohalla (area). Because of his growing popularity, Dandi Swami here remained discontented with him. To understand him, Shri Sarvanand arranged for lunch. During this lunch, just as the Dandi Swami used to pick up food to eat, the vegetarian food used to become non-vegetarian food. A saint told Dandi Saints, “Why don’t you also show miracles like how Sarvanand is able to do? Pure food is being served in the plates, then why is it turning in to non-vegetarian food as soon as you touch it? There is no fault of Sarvanand in this. You people are a blemish on to the name of saints who do not recognize Devi Mata’s son. It is better you apologize to him.”

 

Since that day, ego of the Dandi Saints’ faded away. Everyone started respecting Sarvanand.

Tantracharya Sarvanand Thakur did not stay back in Kashi for long. One day he disappeared without telling Shadanan and Purnanand. After this there was no information available from his side.

It is believed that because he studied Kavyavyuh (poetic strategy), Shri  Tantracharya Sarvanand Thakur is still alive.

 

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