Parama Pujya Shri Shri Nimishananda: Divinity Personified
It is Sunday evening and the air is thick with anticipation - the fragrance of jasmine, rajnigandha, rose and tulsi that bedeck the elegant peetha transport one to the land of devas. Bhajans in praise of the Guru and the other myriad manifestations of godhood in the background resonate with bhakti rasa. Devotees and disciples, their palms filled with offerings of flowers and fruits, or simply enjoined in a humble namaskara, wait with bated breath for their beloved Pujya Guruji to appear. The atmosphere is suddenly heightened as Pujya Guruji enters, magnificent in his all-white attire with a vermilion angavastra, hands raised in blessing and a benevolent smile playing on his lips. As he takes His seat, devotees rent the air with cries of
‘Ananta-koti Brahmandanayaka, Rajadhiraja, Yogi Raja, Parabrahma, Sacchidanada Swaroopa, Nimishamba roopa, Shri Shri Nimishananda Sadguru Bhagavan ki Jai!’
“Lord of the Universe Infinite, Lord of Lords, King of Yogis, The Creator of the Cosmos, the Personification of Bliss Supreme, The Manifestation of the Divine Mother Nimishamba Devi, Victory to the Sadguru Shri Shri Nimishananda!”
Shri Shri Nimishananda is all this and more to his ardent disciples and devotees. Under His Divine and benevolent and gracious shade lies the World of BLISS – where one can always Be Living In a Spiritual State.
To his young followers, He is a friend who jokes around but gently infuses the right values at the right time, exposing them to nuggets of wisdom, setting them on the divine path that leads to a life filled with success, love and laughter.
To those who come seeking solace from life’s troubles, He is a Divine counselor who heals and protects, and then teaches them to survive worldliness and by developing Godliness.
To people already on the path, He acts as a catalyst to accelerate their spiritual quest, reminding them of their true purpose in life, which is Mukti or Salvation, and eases their journey by walking along them.
To the elderly He is a kind and compassionate guide, a soothing beacon of hope and happiness in their twilight years.
To all who come into His presence, His Holiness showers His grace and love with timely guidance, a kind word, a direct gaze, a gentle smile and a fruit prasada charged with His blessings that have the power to wipe out the karma of a thousand births.
In His electrifying presence, seekers are transported to another world - a world filled with love, laughter, faith, devotion, blessings and divinity. In Him, devotees see all the 33 crore gods manifested. “When I saw Him for the first time on the dias, delivering a discourse, the sun was setting on the horizon” says Rajaram Hegde, a devotee, “but I felt as though the Sun God, before setting, had transferred His brilliance to Shri Shri Nimishananda”. Read more
To another disciple Savita, Pujya Guruji is not only a Guru but a father, mother, brother and friend. She shares her innermost feelings with Him easily, and says she experiences a divine force-field around His ‘amazingly satwic’ personality. “I surrendered to Pujya Guruji completely, the very first time I met Him” she adds. “Ah! The tender loving care He displays, the concern with which He listens to everyone! He is utterly guileless like a child, with His soft speech and flawless hospitality - a personality that appeals to each and everyone - from a child to an aged person!” Read more
In His divine presence, tears of devotion and joy well up in the eyes of devotees. Receiving prasada from Pujya Guruji for the first time, Shylaja Shiva sobbed uncontrollably, and felt she had finally reached home. Read more
Such is the reverence and confidence Pujya Guruji inspires in each and everyone who crosses His path.
Shri Shri Nimishananda’s words, gentle but firm, are looked upon as commands by all His disciples. They are always ready to do His bidding, with great love, devotion and faith. To them, the shloka ‘Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnuhu...’ is not just an expression, but they see a trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara personified in Him. In all His compassion and mercy He is indeed the Divine Mother Nimishamba Herself, who bestows boons and fulfils desires in a minute.
Therefore, to such a Guru, who is the highest being, who is present in every form and every atom of energy from Brahman to a blade of grass, who is resplendent in everything movable and immovable in this Universe, we bow again and again.
Jai Guru Nimishananda.