Shri Samarth Ramdas jayanti

Samarth Ramdas (1608 – 1681) is considered one of the greatest Hindu saints of Indian history.  A contemporary of another Hindu sant, Tukaram, he was a devotee of Lord Hanuman and Lord Rama, the former of which appears in carvings on many of the established mutts (monasteries) he constructed.  He was also the spiritual guru of Shivij, one of the most popular Hindu Kings in history.
He was born under the name Narayan Suryaji Thosar to Suryaji Pnth and Renuka Bai in Jamb, Maharashtra, on the auspicious dayof Ram Navami.  As a boy, Ramdas became curious as to the teachings of his older brother, who was a Brahmin.  He had often seen his brother take certain people into a sealed room, where he would initiate them in a ceremony or meditation of some sort.  From this curiosity, Ramadas started inquiring and examining the Hindu scriptures, thereby attaining a mild understanding of their tenets.
It was at this point that he began to isolate himself in payer. On one occasion, his mothe found him in meditation and inquired as to his behaviour.  To this he replied that he was praying for all who suffered in the world.  At this his mother began to encourage his meditations.  However, his family still urged him to remain secularly inclined, afraid that he would become an ascetic, as preoccupied as he was with religious study at an early age.


Of his many works, Samarth Ramdas is best remembered for the Dasbodh, a guide to organising one’s spiritual and worldly livelihood, for the establishment of many mathas (monastic schools) throughout the Indian subcontinent, and for the school of thought, which reflects his dynamic personality and efficient method of organisation.  He is also remembered for popularising the 13-character devotional chant of “Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama.