Sri Sri Swami Swarupananda Paramhansa Dev was known as ‘Babamoni“
Babamoni devotes his life to labor and devotion. His selfless love was evident in all of his actions. Babamoni was polite and giving to everyone, as well as having a genuinely divine sense of humor.
He is the founder of AYACHAK Ashram.
Sri Sri Swami Swarupananda Paramhansa Dev was given the name by his Master Mahamandaleshwar Jayendra Puri. After that, he was famously known as ‘Babamoni’ among his followers.
Babamoni’s Early Life and Education
Babamoni’s childhood is a story of wild occurrence, as is his life.
When he was born, there was no sign of life in the newborn baby’s body. Which lay like a corpse for up to seven days at a time. Only on the eighth day, when the father of the infant became certain that his son was genuinely alive. Then did he inform his relatives about the birth.
Sri Sri Swarupananda Paramhansa Dev (Baltu) was born around the last decade of the nineteenth century in Chandpur, a sub-divisional town of the then district Comilla of Bengal in British India.
No exact date of birth was stated by His Divine Grace and no reliable document has been found about it. (December 27, 1887, or 27th December 1898 Many followers and disciples believe that )
As the son of Sri Satish Chandra Gangopadhyay and Srimati Mamata Devi, he was called Bankim in his youth. And he possessed an astounding aptitude for academics as well as other extra-curricular activities.
Bankim (Baltu) was religious since childhood and his favorite pastime was meditation with friends. He used to meditate under the tree at the isolated ground of Chandpur village. Baltu completed his matriculation from the Pogose Secondary School in Dhaka with distinction.
In high school, he was a very bright student regarded intellectually brilliant by both teachers and pupils and passed his matriculation exam with excellent grades.
He went to Calcutta after Higher Secondary from Pogos School in Dakha and enrolled at Surendranath College In 1877, But in college, he walked out from his last examination (B.A.) as a protest against the British government’s treatment of Indians. So, he has not completed his study.
life and Career
Babamoni also sought political liberty in India. But he felt that the people’s problems might not be truly addressed until and unless the ideal of character development could be implemented across the country.
This is why, as far back as 1914, He had started a new social movement called the “Character-Building Movement.”
At that time he wrote several books. His book Karmer Pathe and Atmagathan o Brahmacharya Prasango had a huge impact on freedom fighters. They kept copies of them and regarded them as THE VEDA.
The British Government imprisoned Babamoni many times because of his writing. But he always got out because the British Government could not discover anything unusual in these books’ volumes.
After India became independent, Bankim Chandra Gangopadhyay (Baltu) took formal vows of Sannyas.
Bankim Chandra Gangopadhyay took formal vows of Sannyas (Monk) on the occasion of Maha Kumbha at Haridwar from Mahamandaleshwar Jayendra Puri, who dubbed this new disciple as Akhanda Mandaleshwar Sri Sri Swami Swarupananda Paramhansa Deva. However, his followers referred to him respectfully as ‘Babamoni.’
He was a physician, writer, composer, painter, carpenter, agricultural laborer, agricultural scientist, as well as mason, and engineer. He was also an orator and a doctor.
Babamoni was willing to live a celibate life for the rest of his life. He entirely dedicated himself to the selfless service of humanity.
Babamoni’s teachings serve as a solid foundation for developing our devotional life. With bhakti and jnana, he could combine wisdom and devotion.
He showed, an applicant how to go from the theoretical understanding.
Why and how to establish a discipline to practice the Great Pranava Mantra, “OM.”
Babamoni’s work in his life
Babamoni was a writer and speaker. He wrote many books. And he spoke to people often.
In 1973, he received the best Bengali writer from Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan in Varanasi.
He wrote numerous missives to pupils, teachers, boys, and girls of all ages who sought his counsel and guidance.
‘Akhanda Sanghita‘ (24 volumes) ‘Dhritam Premna‘ (38 volumes), ‘Dinolipi‘, the monthly magazine ‘Prathidhhani‘, etc.
Babamoni was a renowned physician and expert in Ayurvedic Medicine. Babamoni developed a variety of Ayurvedic medicines, which he used to help the sick and their families.
After realizing that the water scarcity in Pupunuki was due to a lack of rain, he dug a deep well by hand-cutting stones.
Babamoni also built a huge water reservoir named MangalSagar, which he used his engineering abilities to collect rainwater and exploit.
Babamoni also promoted vegetable and tree farming in neighboring villages.
End of his Life
On April 21, 1984, in Kolkata ashram Gurudgam in Kakurgachi, this tireless personality who held the belief that “sleep is sweet after death” finally laid down to rest.
He was a great patriot, skilled farmer, excellent speaker, an accomplished artist, a highly trained engineer, a great poet and writer, a distinguished doctor with a passion for all people and the holiest of holy men.