Shree Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj, the founder of Shree Ram Sharnam, was born in 1861 in Rawalpindi. He had lost his parents in his early childhood. At the young age of 17, he took up the company of spiritual teachers of Jain faith. In 1891, at the age of 30, he joined the Arya Samaj, and studied Vedanta, Upanishads, and other sacred epics.
He spent the following 25 years giving spiritual talks and spreading the spiritual teachings from the sacred epics.

During this period, he also wrote the following books; Dayananda Prakash, Satya Updesh Mala, Onkar Upasna, Arya Samajic Dharma, SandhyaYog, Ishwar Darshan, and Dayananda Vachnamrit.

Lacking inner peace, in early 1925 he went to Dalhousie in the Himalayas, to meditate in solitude to seek God. On July 7, 1925 the day of Vyas Purnima, Swamiji was blessed with the sounds and inner vision of "Ram Naam", and with the realization of his soul’s oneness with God. In 1928, he began initiating his followers with "Ram Naam". 

He wrote additional books, namely, Bhakti Prakash, Valmikis Ramayana-sar, Sri Bhagwat Gita, Akadashopnishad Sangrah, Pravachan Piyush (Collection of Swami Ji's Lectures), Prarthna Aur Uska Prabhav, Upasak Ka Anteric Jeevan, Bhakti Aur Bhakt Ke Lakshan, Sthitpragya Ke Lakshan, Bhajan Avam Dhavani Sangrah, and Amritvani. These volumes are published by Shree Swami Satyanand Dharmarth Trust, New Delhi, and are sold at price below cost. Swamiji has written these epics through inner guidance gained in a state of samadhi. Of all these wonderful books, AMRITVANI has uniquely become universally popular because of its deep Spiritual Power. It is presented in a small book and is widely recited because of its unique power in invoking devotion to Ram.

Swami Ji did not start a separate Spiritual Path. He was a God-realized Saint, like Sant Kabir, Guru Nanak, Samarth Ramdas, Goswami Tulsidas, Sri Ramakrishan Paramhansa and Maharishi Dayanand. Goal of his teaching was to intensify devotion to God through concentration on "Ram Naam".

Swami Ji initiated Sadhna Satsangs for serious devotees to practice detachment, devotion, purity of body and mind, and healthy living habits. The first Sadhna Satsang was held in Haridwar, followed by many camps all over India. On November 13, 1960 while chanting "Ram Naam", Swamiji gave up his physical body after transferring his Spiritual Powers to his dear disciple Shree Prem Ji Maharaj, and designating him as the one to replace him. Shree Swamiji’s body was immersed in the Holy Ganges at Neel-Dhara near Haridwar, which has since become a unique Holy Place for all Amritvani devotees. 

 

Shree Prem Ji Maharaj, admired for his humility and complete loyalty to Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj, was born on October 2, 1920. He served in Delhi Central Government, and simultaneously pursued service to others. He did not accept any gifts or offerings, never let anyone touch his feet, and did not take service from anyone. He taught others by his example. He was quiet, sacrificing, and adhered to high moral and spiritual principles. He was also an expert of homeopathic medicine, which he liberally provided to all, and effected the cure of serious diseases, both with medicine and with his blessings.

Pujya Prem Ji Maharaj took upon his body the sufferings of others, and consequently suffered a great deal toward the end of his life. He expressed great strength of Soul and radiated an aura of spiritual power. He established Shree Ram Sharnam Ashram of Delhi, which is a popular center of spiritual learning. In addition, he established centers of spiritual study in several cities of India. Thus, he not only continued the works of Shree Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj, but also spread them. After initiating thousands with "Ram Naam", Pujya Prem Ji Maharaj left his body on July 29, 1993 


 

Born on March 15, 1940 in Narowal District Sialkot (West Pakistan), Pujya Vishwa Mitter Ji Maharaj received his early education in Hissar, followed by Master’s and Doctor’s degrees from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. After 22 years’ service as an Ocular Microbiologist at AIIMS, he took voluntary retirement. 

Pujya Vishwa Mitter Ji Maharaj came to know Shree Prem Ji Maharaj in 1964, at the young age of 24. Although he was skeptical in the beginning about Gurus and Saints, Dr. Vishwa Mitter Ji Maharaj quickly realized the unique personality of Param Pujya Prem Ji Maharaj as that of a true devotee of God with high ideals, who was spreading "Ram Naam". He asked Param Pujya Prem Ji Maharaj to bless him with "the ability to be a humble human being and to serve humanity".

Maharaj Ji never married and achieved great professional success as a leading Ocular Microbiologist in whole of Asia. Yet he felt unfulfilled, until he renounced everything and went to Manali, where he spent the next Six and Half years in search of God. His intense Sadhna expanded his spiritual understanding such that now he can easily speak at length on various complex spiritual subjects. 

At the loving request of the Trustees of Shri Satyanand Ji Maharaj Dharmarth Trust, and other devotees, Pujya Vishwa Mitter Ji Maharaj accepted the responsibility and moved to Delhi. He became the Spiritual Successor of Param Pujya Prem Ji Maharaj, and because of a unique expression in him of spiritual and devotional qualities of both Shree Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj and Shree Prem Ji Maharaj, certain devotees lovingly call him "three-in-one". 

Pujya Vishwa Mitter Ji Maharaj conveys much through a few words. His scientific background enables him to convey spiritual truths with a scientific perspective. He is indeed an incarnation of humility and service to humanity. He does not consider himself a Guru, but wants to be seen as a servant of all. This lack of pride in his personal nature, in the face of such achievements, attracts everyone to him.

 

GOD sends an opportunity to taste the purest nectar of spirituality...

In this age of stark materialism, inner turmoil, tensions and anxiety seem to have become integral to man's life. Further, with the entire focus being on fulfilling his unending consumerist needs and aspirations, man has become acutely egocentric to the complete neglect of altruistic duties. 

The basic cardinal values of selfless service, self-abnegation, discipline and benign love are fast losing their relevance. Instead, violence, hatred and envy have serious influence in our lives. We have moved away from our quintessential cultural heritage and the immanent godliness.

The prayers rectify our aberrations through the 'maha-mantra' of 'RAM-NAAM '

Indeed in these dire times, one can look upon the Ashrams and the Satsangs therein founded by the venerable Swami Satyanandji Maharaj as the fountainhead of righteousness, altruism, inner calm and spiritual bliss. The Ashrams and the Satsangs overwhelm and rectify our aberrations through the 'Maha-Mantra' of 'Ram-Naam'. Dissemination of spirituality and love in this manner is efficacious and wholesome for the Sadhaks and the society at large.

Imparts valuable insight to lead responsible, disciplined and dignified life...

Symbolising a unique blend of rectitude, pure love and inner bliss, the Ashrams and the Satsangs, though essentially spiritualistic in character, also impart invaluable instructions on leading a responsible, disciplined and dignified life. On entering the portals of the Ashrams, one is at once struck by the divinity in the ambience, which lends inner calm and serenity driving away cares and anxieties in a sure though invisible way.

Regrettably, these days even spiritualism has been commercialized where unethical pressures are used to bulldoze others.  Riches, affectations, social status and professionalism have encroached upon the sacred world of spirituality. Activities in most spiritual places consist only of cash and kind donations, offerings, the practice of 'darshan' (patronizing private audience), 'langar' (free community kitchen) besides the acquisition of big mansions and real estate.

GURU - the Spiritual Mentor acts as a bridge with the GOD...

It is unfortunate that the common man gets bogged down in this mess without making any distinctive spiritual progress. As such, it is unfortunate though not surprising that people often fail to locate genuine spiritual centers and capable spiritual mentor - the guru.

Highlights selfless service to humanity & spiritual enhancement while performing routine duties... 

Here is then a godsend opportunity for those hapless souls who have all this while yearned for a few drops of the nectar of pure spirituality. The hallmark of the Satsangs initiated and blessed by the venerable Swami Satyanandji Maharaj is the complete absence of ostentation's and pretensions. Not expected to make any offerings, the 'Sadhak' comes to the Satsang with the sole objective of seeking inner peace and higher spiritual attainments. And, surely, endowed and blessed thus with everlasting ecstasy does he return to the world again!

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