Solitude

1400 Days of "EKAANTWASS"(Solitude)

Background:The cultural heritage of Sindh has always taken pleasure in self-sacrifice. Sindh, the sentinel of the Western Frontier of unpartitioned India, has a proud tradition of sacrifice, renunciation. The land of Sindh has nurtured such noble sons of the soil who have willingly, undauntedly, sacrificed their all to serve and protect the western frontier of India. They pledged their life to India and did not hesitate to risk and sacrifice their life in defending the borders.

Impressed and inspired by this dedication of the Sindhis towards their motherland the famed litterateur Rahul Sanskrityayan composed the historic novel “Singh Senapati”. Even in extreme adversity, Singh Senapati, the lion-hearted commander, fought the war till the end, to defend his country. He sacrificed his life but did not waver from his duty. Sindh is gratified and blessed to have reared such fiery, valiant, heroic, chivalrous, warriors.

In his historic novel “Yug-Surya”, the noted author Virendra Pandey, inspired by the Self-sacrifice of the Sindhis has conceived the character of a Daughter of Sindh, the prototype of a Sindhi girl “Chitrarekha.” , who was a symbol of not only the spiritual identity of women in Sindh at that time, but also the reflection of their valour. Using Chitrarekha as a medium he has detailed the religious and cultural clashes of the Aryans and the invaders. “mlechchh” Thus Sindh has been glorified yet again.

The Pathos of the Sindhis : The Sindhis are scattered all over the world. They have been deprived of their state. They are disconsolate for they will never be able to regain their land, but the genes of sacrifice, still run in their bloodstream. They readily present themselves for any service required to allay the pain of the society. They have not an iota of discrimination unto others. This is the reason why they have been able to retain the intrinsic desire to excel.

Vanik Karm :
Pandit Rahul Sanskriyayayn explicitly exposed in "Singh Senapati" the mystery as to how the same chivalrous people of Sindh who were always lithe because of their perpetual involvement in wars, gradually settled down wherever they got to, and how they turned away from the horrors of the war and gave in to lustful living (vanik karm). It was as arduous to beat them in business as it was to crush them in war. The acquired business acumen as easily as the skills in war. Money was never the motive for them it remained worthless to them. Therefore the employed it in the general welfare and gradually turned to it.

Dedication to Spirituality:
With the intrinsic quality of sacrifice, surrender, renunciation, the Sindhis gradually turned to Spirituality. Many great Saints were born. In the present century, Dada J.P.Vaswani and Sant Asharam Bapu are seated on the pinnacle of the Indian spiritual scene. Their liberal, sagacious thoughts and benevolence is coruscating the world. The unparalleled contribution of Swami Teyuram Maharaj, Mahayogi Sant Leelashah Maharaj, Samarth Sant Swami Harnam Das Sahib, the Sufi saint Dr. Rochaldas Sahib, Sachche Sant Satramdas Sahib etc and the followers of their tradition to the general welfare of the society and spiritual growth and enhancement, is commendable.

Enlightenement :

A tiny flame coruscates Light. Its shimmering rays illumine the path of each individual. It is in this saintly tradition of Guru Nanak Dev ji that a distinct branch has been inspiring devotion in the “nirguna” tradition. The torch bearers of this traditional branch of devotion have been Sachche Sant Satramdas Sahib, Bhagat Kanwarram Sahib, Sant Asudaram Sahib, and today the renowned, jewel of the saintly fraternity, Sant Chandruram Sahib, is carrying on the tradition, enhancing the luminosity of the perennial light of spiritual knowledge.

Persona:
The founder of Shiv Shanti, Sant Baba Asudaram Ashram, Sri Chandruram Sahib, is a man of exalted munificence, generous and self-less service, the epitome of Sindhi culture and traditions, the guardian of traditions, a competent social reformer, with a genial countenance, an orator par excellence, with a voice worthy of an austere Guru, a splendid guide and director of Life, with a charming smile playing on his lips, always in a state of “parmanand”; he is a man who has autographed life with his golden signatures; a man who sends ripples of spiritual mirth into people’s souls just by his presence, his darshan, myriads of obeisance unto such a one.

Nobe goal-setting :
The translation of goals into accomplishments is noble goal-setting. The goals have to be fired by sheer grit and determination which helps to attain the exalted goals. Seeking alternatives to promises made or pledges undertaken is wavering from the goal. Therefore, to overcome all the hurdles, obstacles, oppositions, impediments, with undaunted resolve, and persistently surge ahead is what translates aims into accomplishments. Lord Ram, the son of king Dashrath, stood true to this principle and such an incarnation of upright righteousness, of upholding principles was adorned with the title of “maryada purushottama”. Sant Shiromani Sai Chandruram Sahib in the true sense of the term has lived the definition of “Maryada Purushottama”, imbibing exalted principles and ideals, leading an exemplary life.

New Century:
On the advent of the new century, His holiness Sai Chandruram Sahib, unveiled the secrets of the future and expressed concern for the several impending devastating, tragic, and disastrous events, that are bound to happen as foretold. Therefore it is expected of the Saint fraternity to work towards allaying and mitigating the pain and agony, produced by such events. It is the need of the hour to take effective preventive measures to protect the common man from those events. Thus for the general good, Swami ji resolved to undertake 1400 days of seclusion, a time to be spent in isolation from the rest of the world.. He divided this extremely long stretch of time into eight segments, so that he could step out of that seclusion and effectuate the many tasks, pledges he had undertaken, thus translating his goals into reality, aims into achievements.

The First Phase:
In accordance with his proud pledge, Sant Chandruram Sahib ji, undertook his self imposed solitary confinement, the retreat or “Ekaantvaas”, beginning it on “Poornima”. On the night of 1st January 1999, ‘shukla paksh chaturdashi’; after the consummation of the Satsang, and with the consent of the people present, His holiness entered into “ekaantavaas” after observing all the customary rituals and formalities. In these pious days of the retreat, he gained several spiritual experiences and accomplishments, through undisturbed meditation and prayer. The first phase saw its completion on 10th January, 2000, This reemergence was celebrated from the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi, Guru Govind Singh Sahib’s birth anniversary that fell on 7th January, 2000.Several programmes were organized to pay obeisance to this great seer. He blessed his devotees who were yearning for a glimpse of him, with his kind “darshan”. After spending 400 days is seclusion, he invested the next 125 days to social service and effectuated the following :

His holiness first steped into the Hari Om Temple and then proceeded on a 40 day visit of Sindh, during which he :-

1. inaugurated the new wing of the Panno Aakil Darbar, at Panno Aakil
2. inaugurated the "Rev. Sakhi Baba Asudaram Maternity Home”, built in the fond memory of reverend mother Smt. Bainsar Devi.
3. rendered service at the Rev. Kanwarram Sahib hall, at the newly- also built hall of Sai Chanduram Darbar at Ghotki, at the Rev. Gulluram Darbar and at the cremation grounds.
4. graced the function organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of Amar Shaheed Sant Kanwrram Sahib, on the holy occasion of Baisakhi, at hon. Ruhadki Sahib, and blessed the congregation with his divine presence from 11th to 13th April 2000
5. participated in the Birth anniversary celebrations of the kind-hearted saint, Sant Baba Asudaram ji, at Panno Aakkil, on the occasion of Ramnavmi. The event was celebrated with great aplomb from 12th to 15th April 2000.

On his return to India, his holiness delighted his devotees and blessed them with the under-mentioned welfare work :

1. Rendered service at the new hall being constructed at the “sadhana sthal” of Dada Chelaram Sahib, at Solan, Himachal Pradesh. The programme was organized by the Nirgun Balak Satsang Mandal, in which his holiness participated and blessed the devout.
2. Work regarding the formal installation of the collection of the holy scriptures, such as: the “Noori Granth” authored by Sant Sadhu Vasvani, “Prem Prakash Granth” by Swami Teuram Ji Maharaj, and “Pujya Dada Jini Ja Patra” by Dada Chelaram Sahib ji; at the main darbar hall of Shiv Shanti, Sant Asudaram Ashram, Lucknow.
3. On the request of devotees from various parts of the country, his holiness gave his consent to various satsangs to be organized and also promised to address these congregations. He presided over satsangs in towns like Raipur, Bhatapara, Tilda, Bilaspur (Chhatisgarh), and Riwa, Satna, Seedhi (Madhya Pradesh) among other places and thereby blessed his devout audience with his spiritual ecstasy “anand” through satsang and discourses in his mellifluous voice.
4. Inaugurated the newly constructed magnificent Satsang Bhawan, built in the memory of reverend mother Bainsar Devi, at Dattia (Madhya Pradesh), on 6th June 2000

The Second Phase:
His Holiness successfully entered into the second phase of his self imposed solitary confinement; “ekaantvaas”; on 16th June 2000, but not before he had blessed the fortunate few with the satsang on shukla paksh chaturdashi night. In order to bless the devotees with his spiritual experiences and work yet again for their advancement and benefit, His holiness emerged from this 200 day long, second phase of confinement, on the 31st December 2000.

During this break he completed and effectuated the following tasks:

1. Participated in the first “maha kumbh” of the 21st century. He visited the Saint fraternity, the “annakhshetra”, the ‘pandals’ and “satsang pandals’ and rendered service there.
2.The sons of Varanasi based Bhagat Balchand,namely Seetaldas and Dayaram Manglani, dedicated a 15 room, old people’s home, built by their father, unto the lotus feet of His Holiness. The Old Peoole’s home also has a beautiful Temple in its campus. A satsang was organized on this auspicious occasion by the inspiration and participation of his holiness.
3. His holiness formally inaugurated the “Pujya Sakhi Baba Asudaram Dharmshala" (guesthouse), constructed by Sri Rajkumar Anandani, of Delhi (Madhur Courier Service)

Third Phase:
Having successfully completed the aforementioned activities His Holiness entered into the third phase of the retreat on 8th February 2001, shukla paakhsha chaturdashi day, after the day’s satsang. Sri Chadruram Sahib emerged from this phase after 200 days, on 10th May 2001 and once again devoted his energies to the undermentioned holy welfare works:

1. His holiness visited Dattia to honour the ceremonies in commemoration of reverend mother Bainsar Devi Sahib. On the occasion he laid the foundation of the Sant Baba Asudaram Eye hospital, with his own hands.
2. Sant Chandruram Sahib also inaugurated the Sant Baba Asudaram Satsang Bhawan” on the special request of the devotees at Durg, he also blessed them with the nectar of his voice, as he addressed them.
3. The devotees of Chirgaon were blessed by his holiness who not only inaugurated the newly constructed “Sant Baba Asudaram Bhawan”, but also showered them with the wisdom of his words.
4. Next, His holiness inaugurated the “Sant Baba Asudaram Satsang Hall” constructed at the residence of devout brother Darshan Lal Khemani, of Lucknow. Once again the fortunate congregation was drenched in the holy Ganges of the Satsang conducted by His holiness.
5. Accepting the implorations of Riwa residents, Sri Jeevatram, Rameshlal, Vinod Kumar etc., His holiness inspired his devotees and goaded them onto the path of righteousness with his discourse on “prema bhakti”, devotional love, at the Sant Sakhi Baba Bhawan, Riwa.

Fourth Phase:
On the interceding night of 20th and 21st September 2001, (shukla paksha chaturdashi), after bathing his devotees in the pure, soothing, calm waters of his mesemeric satsang; His holiness entered the fourth phase of his retreat in the early morning hours of 21st September 2001. Worthy of his name His holiness Chandruram Sahib, proceeded on his path of Spiritual thought and limited this period to the 12th of April, 2002, to enable him to return to his task of alleviating the troubles of all and sundry. Thus on 13th April 2002, on the holy occasion of Baisakhi, and the birth Anniversary celebrations of Amar Shaheed Sant Kanwarram Sahib, His holiness ended the 100 day period of the fourth phase of his retreat and returned to the holy duties of social service and noble deeds.

1. The detailed report of the activities and services rendered by the Sant Kanwarram Sewa Mandal, Lucknow, were presented before the congregation. Services such as providing monetary aid to the unemployed youth of Uttar Pradesh for their self-employment, services rendered in the field of education, assistance rendered to the needy families towards the marriage of their daughters, distribution of blankets, quilts, bicycles, sewing machines etc amounting to Rupees 13 Lacs, was dedicated to the “Sant Kanwarram Sewa Manda”
2. Jewel among the saints Sai Chandruram Sahib offered floral tributes/garlanded the statue of Sant Kanwarram Sahib and inaugurated the “Sant Kanwarram Charitable Trust”, in Mawaiyya,Lucknow.
3. Sri Murlidhar Ahuja, Lakhan Lal Ahuja and all other brothers of his dedicated the building constructed specifically for social and charitable purposes, at the holy lotus feet of His Holiness to facilitate commencement of such noble causes.
4. Residents of Pakkod, Sri Bhamma Ram, Namdev and Durgadas ji, requested his holiness to inaugurate the Poojya Sakhi Baba Hall constructed in the “gaushaala”, founded in the memory of their father Sri Otandas ji.His holiness benignly accepted the invitation and formally inaugurated the hall.
5. Land for the construction of a satsang bhawan in the name of Sant Sakhi Baba Asudaram, by Itarsi resident, Sri Rathor, of the Radha Swami Organisation; was dedicated.
6. Inauguration of the magnificent Sant Sakhi Baba Asudaram Gaushala, constructed by Seth Gopichand and Seth Seerumal, at Itarsi-Hoshangabad highway.His holiness also blessed the gathering with his divine speech.
7. On the occasion of the function organized on the Eternal Salvation Day of Sant Sakhi Baba Asudaram Sahib, several saints congregated, among whom the arrival of Sant Sadhram Sahib, from Ruhadki Sadguru Darbar, Sindh was very special. On this occasion Sant Sadharam Sahib gave the message of unity and solidarity, so that volunteers and workers of various organizations such as Sant Kanwarram Sewa Mandal, Sant Baba Asudaram Sewa Mandal and Sant Baba Asudaram Sewa Samitis counld work together as a unit.

FIFTH PHASE:
This phase commenced on 24th July 2002, on the holy occasion of Guru Poornima, after His holiness had blessed the devout brethren with his divine message., it was decided to limit this phase to a 100 day period culminating on the 2nd November 2002, the sacred martyr day of Amar Shaheed Sant kanwarram ji; from which day the following noble deeds were recommenced:

1. At the request of Smt. Shalini Sagar and Veena Shringi, His holiness accepted to preside over a seminar entitled “Tu Chhappar Tu Chhaon” (Thou art the shelter, thou art the shade), organized by th association “Maruyee”, Delhi.
2. He underwent treatment at Delhi and Lucknow due to illness
3. On 30th November 2002, he solemnized the wedding of his daughters, ayushmati Suman and ayushmati Jaywanti.
4. On the demise of Shadani Darbar Raipur, resident Sant Govindram Sahib, his holinesss abided with the mourning family from 24th April to 28th April, offering his support and condolences to the bereaved and oversaw the various ceremonies right from the cremation to the “Pagdi rasam”.
5. His holiness underwent a gall-bladder operation at Sanjay Gandhi Post-graduate Institute of Medical Science.
6. The social service work was resumed with the installation of several water cooling machines at various locations of at Dattia, Gonda, Dewaria, Parbhani and also at the railway stations at Itarsi, Nagpur and Raigarh.
7. His holiness embarked upon a journey to Sindh on 15th October 2003. Taking leave from the brethren at Lucknow, he proceeded to Delhi by bus, from where he proceeded to Sindh by the Sadbhawna Bus service of Govt. of India. He was accompanied by 25 devotees.He was accorded a warm welcome at Sindh. He presided over the functions organized in commemoration of the 100th Eternal Salvation Day of Sant Chanduram Sahib, and was the chief guest on the occasion.
8. On the invitation extended by Rev Sant Sadharamji of Pujya Ruhadki Sadguru Darbar, His holiness graced the seventh Fair organized on the birth anniversary of Sacche Sant Sai Satram Das Sahib.
9. His holiness returned to Delhi on 28th December 2003, and attended the grand dinner organised in his honour, by Swami Vivekand (of Haridwar) and his followers.
10. He solemnized the wedding of his two daughters, ayushmati Sunita and ayushmati Sangeeta, on 26th January 2003, at Lucknow.
11. On 9th February 2003, he solemnized the wedding of his daughter ayushmati Laxmi. All ceremonies pertaining to the wedding of his daughters, were solemnized at his residence.
12. His eldest son Shahzada Sai Mohanlal was married to Tripti, daughter of Dr. Swami Gangadas of Haridwar, here in Lucknow on the auspicious day of 22nd February 2004.

Seventh Phase:
After the satsang on the auspicious shukla paksha chaturdashi night, His holiness commenced the seventh phase of his retreat on 6th March 2004. In his perseverance to attain the exalted heights of his Sadhna, his holiness experienced the composure depth and dignity of speech. He thought it appropriate to give a break to his retreat on 20th May 2004, after a mere 80 days; and participate in the programme organized on the occasion of the Eternal Salvation Day of reverend mother.In this interval he effectuated the following:

1. He went to Delhi to see off Rev Sant Sadharam Sahib of Sindh.
2. Participated in the Eternal Salvation Day celebrations of Rev. mother Bainsar Devi, at Dattia.
3. Presided over and blessed the congregation through discourses at various Satsangs such as the one organized by Sant Baba Asudaram Sewa Samiti at Dabra, Madhya Pradesh, and those at Chirgaon, Moth, Orai and Kanpur.
This interval culminated on the holy night of chaturdashi on 2nd June 2004.

Eighth Phase:
Giving a final shape to his resolve, the Saint recommenced his retreat on 2nd june 2004, which will culminate on 14th January 2005, on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti.. The completiton of the 1400 day retreat will be celebrated right through 16th January 2005, attaining fulfillment on the auspicious occasion of Guru Govind Singh Jayanti..


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