H.H. Bhaktikavi Atulananda Acharya Swami
H.H. Avadhuta Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja
H.D.G. Bhaktikavi Acharya Atulananda Swami Maharaja
vande ‘ham atulanandam-
vinatm hi mano-yasya
“I respectfully bow down to His Divine Grace Atulananda Acarya, who is adorned with devotion, and whose heart endowed with wisdom and shines with humbleness.”
mano dattam supavanam
“He gave his surrendered and well purified mind and heart to Śrī Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa through his spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda.”
Srila Bhaktikavi Atulananda Acharya Swami (1952-), disciple of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) has devoted himself entirely to propagating the mission of his master, for which he founded in Chile, together with his collaborators, the Sarasvat Gaudiya Seva Congregation, with branches inside and outside the country. Since the early 1990s, he has published his books, essays on Bhakti yoga, devotional poems, and poetic translations into Spanish of essential Vaishnavism books and songs. One of his main books is English is Bhagavad Gita: A Poem for the Soul (2018).
Being the son of a diplomat, he was born in Santiago de Chile but grew up in different countries. At age 15, he embraced yoga in Belgium. Today he is a regular practitioner of yoga and director of A.Y.A, his Adhyatma Yoga Association, which trains instructors, worldwide, on the path of recovering the original practice of yoga as a path towards Bhakti yoga, whose cultivation is the primary goal of his mission Sarasvat Gaudiya Seva.
Bhaktikavi Atulānanda Atulananda Acharya Swami favors a presentation of the Vedas in verse to direct his audience toward this transcendental knowledge and motivate them to deepen their studies through reading the masterpieces of his gurus, in particular H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his spiritual brother, H.D.G. Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja.
It was in 1976 that Prabhuji met His Divine Grace Bhaktikavi Atulānanda Ācārya Swami, at that time he was the temple president in Puente Alto, Santiago, Chile. From the first moment he saw him, Prabhuji accepted him in the heart as his eternal spiritual master. Years later, he was officially accepted as disciple and received first initiation and brāhmaṇa initiation. Finally, he initiated him into the sacred renounced order called sanyāsa within the line of disciplic succession Brahma Gauḍīya Saṁpradāya.
H.H. Avadhuta Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja
brahma-dhyāne sthitiste veśo’vadhūto’sti ramyaḥ
brāhmīṁ prāpya sthitiṁ tāṁ nityaṁ samādhau nimagnaḥ
kāruṇya-prema-gāthāṁ smṛtvā tvadīyāṁ suśiśyāḥ
brahmānandaṁ guruṁ tvāṁ nityaṁ namāmo namaste
O Guru Maharaja His Holiness Baba Brahmānanda! You are situated in the meditation of The Supreme Lord and your form of a renounced person is attractive. Attaining that state of meditation of the Supreme Lord you are always deeply lost in the state of Samadhi. remembering the story of your kindness and love, we bow down to you, salutations to you.
His Holiness Avadhuta Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja, whom Prabhuji calls Guru Maharaja out of respect and love, is guru and one of the main sources of inspiration of Prabhuji. He was born on November 13, 1930, in Lakhimpur, a small village on the banks of the river Seryu, close to the holy city of Ayodhya in India. He is a disciple of the great siddha His Holiness Avadhuta Sri Mastarama Babaji Maharaja. Over the years, Sri Brahmananda Babaji became a living example of the light and wisdom of his great master.
After years of sadhana, Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja’s spiritual master gave him the sacred initiation “Avadhuta”. Sri Brahmananda Babaji Maharaja was a fully enlightened being and lived his life in full enjoyment of the divine bliss. He attained complete realization of karma, bhakti, hatha, raja, kundalini, tantra, and jnana yoga. He instructed and guided Prabhuji for more than 15 years in all the different aspects of yoga. The last years Guru Maharaja resided in Attipra, Thiruvananthapuram, India, and left his body on May 4, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in Rishikesh.
The first meeting
By Swami Ramananda
In 1996, Prabhuji was walking on the banks of the Ganges near the holy city Rishikesh where, attracted by a melodious silence, he sat on the bright sand to meditate. Something in this place captivated him, but he did not know what it was. When he opened his eyes after a long and deep meditation, he noticed a nearby cave. He could not resist entering the cave and, once there, he felt an even more mysterious power, and he submerged into a deeper meditation.
There was something different in this place, different from any other place he had ever been, as if the sand, the stones, and the waters were bringing him closer to himself.
The next day, still excited from what he experienced in the cave, Prabhuji noticed a sadhu standing next to Shiva Temple. His white shining clothing and his noble movements separated him from the rest of the sadhus. Prabhuji approached the sadhu, and asked him for his name.
“This has no name,” answered the sadhu pointing to his heart.
“Where do you live?”
The sadhu silently pointed his finger towards the Shiva Temple.
“May I learn from you?”
Although he never accepted any disciples before, the sadhu agreed.
In the following days, Prabhuji spent many hours with the sadhu, learning the mysteries of yoga and meditation. The sadhu, who is known by the name Baba Brahmananda, became Prabhuji’s beloved diksha-guru.
When Baba Brhamananda took Prabhuji to the Ashram of his spiritual master, Prabhuji recognized that the Guru of Baba Brhamananda was Mastarama Babaji Maharaj, the same powerful sadhu that used to live in the magical cave. Then Prabhuji understood that through his presence, which lives on in the cave, he experienced this most amazing meditation, and that by his grace he was receiving the wisdom of the Vedas from Baba Brhamananda.
Even today, while chanting “Jaya Bhagavan” to his beloved Bhagavan Mastarama Babaji, Prabhuji is going back to the same cave, enjoying the nectar of Babaji that still inhabits the empty cave in his heart…. and fills the hearts that listen to his sweet voice chanting in ecstatic devotion to the great soul that was His Holines Mastarama Babaji Mahraj.