“1961 – FOUNDING THE MONASTIC ORDER”
IN the early days of AM, the Supreme Sadguru Himself would teach Sadhana to spiritual seekers. As people came to know of Beloved Baba’s spiritual, yogic powers and His authority in Yoga and Tantra, there was a rush of people seeking to learn sadhana.Beloved Baba entrusted the acaryas with the responsibility of teaching the primary sadhana of Vishista Rajadhiraja Yoga. The disciples of Beloved Baba had come from all over the country, they were eager to start branches of AM in their own places. Ac’ Haraprasad Haldar of krishnagar, WB, eagerly spread a network of branches throughout Nadia District. He brought many persons of Nadia into AM. AC Shachinandan of Birbhum, WB created many devotees and followers there. Ac Chandranath of Bhagalpur assembled a large group. Rasamaya Das belonged to Karimganj, Assam. He brought Ac’ Shivshankara Banerjee there. Ac’ Diipanarayan and kedernath worked hard and gave the organisation a solid start in Saharsa and Purnea District.
In Uttar Pradesh, Ac’ keshava Prasad, Pratapaditya and Raghunath Prasad worked in Ghazipur and Gorakhpur Dist. Ac’ kedarnath, kshitish Chandra, Shukdev Dharmamitram, Dasharath Singh, Amulya Ratan Sarangi, Pranay Kumar Chatterjee, Deokinandan Prasad, Harshankarajii, Dharmendra Rao, Pashupatijii, Vishvershvaraji, Machin Bahadurji from Nepal, Nagina Prasadji, Kishunjii, Ram Tanuk and many other family acaryas and tattvikas spread the mission of AM.
AM published three quarterly magazines, one in English, Hindi and Bengali to carry the ideology of Marga to the public. The English magazine was OUR Universe, In Hindi – Ananda Duta and In Bengali – Pragati. On the Birthday of Beloved Baba in 1956, the first issue of Ananda Duta was published.In that issue that following news was printed under the column “Marga Samachar”. Recently trained tattvikas and acaryas have proceeded to Calcutta, Nadia and 24 paraganas districts in WB to popularise the philosophy and spiritual practices of AM. In Allahabad and Gorakhpur in UP and in Saharsa, Begusarai, Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur in Bihar, the propagation work of AM is running smoothly.
In 1957, one of the issues published that the period between june 10 and july 7 had been declared as “pracara month” by the Marga.
During the month large open spiritual conference were organised in Monghyr, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Ranchi, Muzaffarpur,Bettiah, Begusarai,and katihar in Bihar State, at Bankura in WB and in Allahabad in UP:
In 1958, the Bengali Pragati wrote, there has been unexpected success in popularising AM in the districts of Bihar, UP, Punjab, Rajasthan, MP and Maharashtra states.
A group of pracarakas left to do extensive work in Calcutta,Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia, 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, Maldah, West Dinajpur and Japaiguri in WB.
A worker is being sent to Orissa and soon another will be sent to Andhara Pradesh.
Efforts are underway to send workers to different states in South India.
Work in Nepal is going on very well.
In 1961 one of the family Acaryas went to Burma and spoke on AM at Rangoon University. Dr. Mahendra Nath, the head of Botany Department, took the responsibility of popularizing AM in Burma.
That Acarya under the direct guidance of Beloved Baba also took up the task of doing so in United States, Canada, England, and Germany.
Two other family Acaryas went to Australia and Africa.
Acarya Devi Chand Sharma did the work in Delhi, Harayana and Punjab.
Whereas Acarya Ksitish Chandra did so in Karnataka.
Acaryas Prathivi Sharan and Suresh kumar also participated in propagation work.
In the initial stages of organizational expansion, the effort of the family tattvikas and acaryas was exceptional.
It should be remembered, however that the plans and programmes of Beloved Baba(Marga Bandhu) were vast. His intention was that the Bhagavat Dharma, as upheld by AM, should be spread throughout India and the world.
Marga Bandhu(Beloved Baba) wanted an all embracing, ennobling and rational Bhagavat Dharma to penetrate deeply into the human heart.
For this work, HE needed an extensive program to disseminate the ideology together with periodicals in the different languages of the world.
A global infra-structure became necessary to be able to contact progressive intellectuals at every level.
Besides the popularisation of morality, dharma and a progressive neo-humanistic ideology, there was the need to start ideal educational institutions, relief stores, welfare centres, hospitals and other social services.
Dedicated missionary whole timer Acaryas and Avadhutas were urgently needed.
Active men and women, who would be ready to forego their personal comforts and selfishness and jump into selfless service fired by the spirit of Sarvajanhitaya sarvajanasukahaya lokanukapaya. [For the well being of all, for the happiness of all and in sympathy for the whole world].
Family devotees of the Marga certainly had the qualifications for mission work but as they had to look after their own families as well, it was not possible for them to devote much of their time for social work.
Therefore, Marga Bandhu Sadguru Baba in looking towards the dynamic future of the mission established the monastic order in 1961.
In May of 1962, the first monk (Avadhuta) was ordained. Thereafter Marga Bandhu Sadguru initiated many young men and women disciple into sannyasa(renunciation) after testing their sincere love for their Ista and ideology.