More than four hundred years ago, an eleven-year young boy Devchandra
(1581-1655 AD), living in Umarkot, Marvad (India), started raising these
During his spiritual quest, he thoroughly explored and practiced many different Hindu ways of God-realization as well as the path of Islam. He practiced a rigorous self-discipline in his quest for the Supreme Divine. He tried idol worship, went to the Sanyasin and practiced Astang Yoga and Nadi Chakra Sodhan. Disappointed by their over-emphasis on the body than on the soul, he went to Nath Panthi Tantriks, Dimbak Dhari Pundits, Savants, and even to the Moollas and the Islamic expert Kazis in mosques.
At the age of 21, Devchandra fixed his heart on the practice of Radha Vallabhi faith. He learned the value of selfless service (seva) and satsung from Guru Haridasji in the city of Bhuj. His stay with Haridasji was very progressive, frank and honest. Unlike the modern day’s fearful disciples, Devchandra never hesitated to question his Guru for any rituals that did not make sense to him based on his learning of the scriptures. Once, Haridasji attempted to teach him a miraculous Mantra, which was supposed to cure a person from a bite of a poisonous scorpion. But, he rejected it right away, replying that he had no place in his heart for anything else but the name of the Lord. He rejected the idea of attracting people through miracles.
Guru Haridasji was also so sincerely devoted that he always appreciated the truth hidden in Devchandra’s quest. In spite of his marriage, his devotional commitments never suffered. Guru Haridas Ji was so impressed by Devchandra’s dedication and rigorous self-discipline that he decided to offer him the idol of Baal Mukund Krishna. But to his surprise, the idol of Lord Bal Mukund disappeared from the temple seva that night. Bal Mukund descended from Gaulok and explained to Haridas, the true form of Devchandraji (who was instrumental in his own salvation after the sport of Brij Lila). Then Baal Mukund permitted Haridasji to offer Devchandraji the pious dress of Banke Bihari Krishna. Now, Devchandraji realized his soul as Radha and began to worship accordingly. Quickly, Haridasji realized the divine force within Devchandra, which was reflecting in his dedication and rigorous self-discipline. He recommended Devchandra to go to the city of Jamnagar to further explore upon the secret teachings of Shrimad Bhagvatam, which he continued sincerely for fourteen consecutive years. He used to regard himself as Radha, and Krishna as his Lord, who is in the eternal Brindaban of Yogmaya. During this period, at times, he found himself in the eternal sports of Brij and Raas.
At the age of forty, in 1621 AD, Devchandra received the soul awakening Tartam Knowledge from Aksharateet Supreme Brahmn while listening to Srimad Bhagvtam discourses in the temple of Shyamji. Here, the Supreme Lord bestowed him with His exalted power (Aavesh) and His Divine Wisdom. Devchandra realized the distinction between the perishable Kshar Purusha, the eternal Akshar Brahmn, and the Aksharateet Supreme Brahmn. Within him, he saw the soul of the bliss-part Consort Shyamaji—not ‘Radha’ of Yogmayic Brindaban. The Perfect Divine Couple (Yugal Swaroop) made his heart their abode. This way, the seed of the true soul awakening knowledge sprouted on the Holy Land of Nautan Puri (Jamnagar, Gujarat). Those who recognized the Supreme Lord’s divine powers within him regarded him Dhani Sri Devchandraji.
Buddha Avatar Devchandraji:
Since Devchandrji revealed the supremely esoteric Tartam Knowledge for the first time to the world, and showed the path beyond the domains of Sunyas or nothingness, and the formless Kshar Purusha, he is the true ‘Buddha Avatar’ mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. His work matches all the divine criteria of the ‘Buddha Avatar,’ about whom the Hindu world is still puzzled and divided. Those who believe Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, as the Buddha Avatar, should remove their illusion and realize the fact that the true ‘Jagrit Buddhi’ or Para-Vidya enlightens the path to eternity beyond the domain of Sunyas or nothingness. Also, it is right time for those unfortunate Sri Krishna Pranami experts, who have misjudged Devchandraji as a mere progressive saint, to re-evaluate their faith by true realization of the Buddha Avatar.
Nijanand Swami’s work of spiritual awakening dissolved the boundaries of caste, creed or religion. He invited all--Hindus, Muslims, women, including widows, and even those who were considered untouchables—as members of his divine ‘Sundersath’ family. Gangji Bhai, his resident friend in Jamnagar, saw the Lord’s power working within Devchandraji and offered his house to serve as a center for spiritual awakening. He became the first Sundersath, and his house, ‘Chakla Mandir’ became the First Temple. As it was already written in the scriptures such as Puran Samhita (34/43), and the Holy Koran (Sup. 3, 6), this massive work of awakening was to be accomplished through the combined efforts of the two great souls: Sunderbai and Indrawati. The soul of Allah (Rooh Allah, Malki Surat Sri Devchandraji) was supposed to wear another dress of Hakki Surat Sri Prannathji. Accordingly, Nijanand Swami awakened the soul of Indrawati, in the person of Mehraj Thakur.
Awakening of Mehraj Thakur:
Mehraj Thakur (1618-1694AD) was born in Jamnagar (Gujarat) in the royal family of Dhanbai and Keshav Thakur, who was the Chief Minister of the State. At the age of twelve, he was introduced to Nijanand Swami, who instantly recognized in him the soul of Indrawati and awakened him. Nijanand Swami made him aware of this future divine plan, which mainly included:
Before leaving his mortal coil, Devchandraji called Mehraj and repeated the future plan to him. He explained this thoroughly for almost twenty-two days, during which they stayed togather. Their detailed conversation has been recorded in the Pati (a letter) which was written by Paramhansa Maharaj Sri Jugaldasji.
Once Nijanand Swami left the mortal coil in 1655 AD, Mehraj pledged to perform selfless services of the Sundersath and accepted a job as a minister in the State of Jamnagar. As it happens on the path of truth, Mehraj’s commitment, generosity and selfless services underwent a serious test when he was imprisoned in Habsa as a result of false complaints against him. These were mainly instigated by Bihari Ji, the son of Devchandraji. But, this was pre-planned by the Lord. As was already written in Koran (Sup 16/Sura19), the King (Allah) went to Habsa (jail) to do good to all.
While in jail, in the year 1658 AD, Mehraj had communion with the Supreme Lord. The Lord again repeated the divine Plan to him and began working through Mehraj. The revelation of the Divine Words began to flow through the Yugal Swaroop seated within Mehraj.
The Descent of the Holy Words:
The Divine Power of the Supreme Lord begins to work within Mehraj. In his first revelation, he experienced the sports of Raas and described the exact beauty (Singar) of Shyamaji, Lord Rajji and the souls. In addition, during his thirteen-month stay in Habsa, two other Holy Books, Prakash and Khatruti, were revealed. These are the first three parts of the Holy Kuljam Swaroop. In jail (Habsa), Mehraj’s elder brother Govardhan Thakur used to write down these revelations. The Habsa, where Mehraj stayed, is also called ‘Prabodh Puri’ because Mehraj received the Divine Wisdom (Prabodh) at this location. When the King, who had put him in the Habsa, realized Mehraj's innocence, he released him. While repenting for his mistake, he offered the third portion of his State's territory to Mehraj. But, since, worldly gain was not his focus, he committed himself to the Divine Cause of Jagni with more energy. This way, the Divine Wisdom began to evolve after Sri Devchandraji left his mortal coil. Now, actually, the Lord had made Mehraj's heart His abode.
Buddha Nish-kalanka Avatar:
In 1678 AD, in the Great Kumbh Mela festival at Haridwar (Uttar Pradesh, India), leading Hindu spiritual leaders (Acharyas) exchanged their theologies with Prannathji. They recognized him as the last incarnation, Buddha Nish-kalanka Avatar--the one with the spotless Divine Wisdom. His Twelve Comrades (2 Muslims and 10 Hindus) conveyed the divine message of the Last Imam Mehndi to the last Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Delhi. He revealed the true meanings of the signs of the Final Day of Judgement (Kayamat) and unfolded the secrets of the Koran and the Hadiths by conversing with a number of Muslim experts.
As he continued his spiritual awakening journey from Surat to Merta, the Supreme Lord bestowed all His Five Divine Powers to him. Now he received the divine title of ‘Mahamati’-- the one having spotless Divine Wisdom. The most secret Divine knowledge related to the Aksharateet’s divine form (Swaroop), His divine sports (Leela) and the Supreme Heaven Paramdham continued to descend. He even received the glory of the Lord Himself, and was declared Aksharateet Prannath, or the Lord of the Souls.
The Holy Kuljam Swaroop: Not Just a Scripture - An Object of Worship
The Holy Kuljam Swaroop and the Holy Bitak Saheb are the two scriptures,
which are regarded as the Holy Words of Lord Prannath. These Holy
Words represent a unique blend of various world scriptures, including revelation
of spiritual similarities between the scriptures of Hindu Sanatan Dharma
and that of the other world religions, including Judaism, Christianity
and Islam. Over and above, it brings to light that Supremely Esoteric
Knowledge which never came to this world before. Though this Divine
Wisdom is much less known to a common Hindu and to the rest of the world,
we find its hidden impact worldwide--from Mahatma Gandhi in the East to
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the West. As discussed earlier, this
Divine Wisdom promises:
Since it is important for a seeker to enter into a personal relationship with Supreme Lord Prannath to enjoy the best of the Divine Wisdom, we do initiate anyone who has realized the value of the Wisdom. However, we do not pursue conversion, as is done by many organized religions. Throughout the history of Sri Nijanand Sampradaya, many truehearted Vaishnavas, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Kabir Panthis and others have been initiated in this faith after thorough understanding of the Divine Wisdom of Sri Prannathji. These initiated individuals are never asked to give up their cultural values or change their dress etc. We truly believe that mere external labeling does not bring true spiritual conversion. To experience the joy of ultimate spirituality, one automatically breaks the boundaries of rigid customs and more externalized rituals. Due to its openness, ‘Nijanand Sampradaya’ is being practiced among the many diverse cultures in India and abroad.
While 'Prannathji' is the central focus of Sri Nijanand Sampradaya, the name itself has remained as one of the most misunderstood and most twisted topic of the time. Factual realization of Prannathji can occur only by studying the Holy Kuljam Swaroop, which primarily remained locked in the hands of the select-fews for centuries.
In the tradition of the faith, the devottees praize or greet the Supreme Lord by the Jaikara "Sri Prannath Pyarey Ki Jai." This does not mean that the devottees are praizing the son of Keshav Thakur, or the disciple of Devchandraji, the founder of the Faith. Prannath is not the devotee of Sri Krishna like Mira, Narsinha and Vallabhacharya. Nor is he an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Prannath was not a revolutionary Unitarian saint who tried to bring about unity among the world beliefs like Guru Nanak, Dadu or Kabir.
Kuljamically, Prannath is "Nij Mool Pati" or Aksharateet Himself. The name Prannath signifies the presence of Aksharateet's powers within a particular person. The Holy Kuljam uses the name Prannath for Aksharateet in Mool Milawa, and for Sri Krishna, Prophet Muhammad, Sri Devchandraji, and Sri Mehraj Thakur ONLY for the duration when Aksharateet's powers worked through them.
Recent research has unfolded misperception of Prannathji. The Holy Bitak Saheb (Mahamati's only authentic book of the historical accounts of Sri Nijanand Sampradaya) equates Prannathji with Sri Rajji 226 times, with Hakk 22 times, and with Dhani 28 times. At least 12 Bitak incidents clearly declare Prannathji as Aksharateet. The Holy Kuljam Swaroop declares Prannathji or Sri Ji Sahebji as Aksharateet more than sixty times. No where from Sri Raas to Kayamatnama, Prannathji has been identified as a saint or a devotee of Sri Krishna or even as Sri Krishna Himself with the exception of discussion about Brij and Raas Leela. Inspite of these facts, there are millions of unfortunate Pranamis who are locked in their old misbelief of regarding Prannathji as a devotee of Lord Krishna.
Generally, depending on their realization or their respective spiritual origin, people view Prannathji differently. Some view him as a pluralist saint (sarva-dharma-samanvayi santh), who unified all religions under the umbrella of the Holy Kuljam Swaroop. Frequent references to diverse world scriptures in His Holy Books leads one to label him as a pluralist. However, in reality, these references are only testimony, and they validate the importance of realizing the true form, sports and abode of the Supreme Brahmn. Those who realized that he did more than just scriptural unification by revealing those secrets, which aren't found in any world faith, regards him as an inclusivist. There are those who found that no truth transcends the Kuljamic revelation of truth about Aksharateet, His Sports and His Abode, see him as an exclusivist and Supreme Brahmn Aksharateet. When properly viewed from Bitak Saheb and Kuljamic angle, Prannathji emerges out as an exclusivist. In conclusion, one finds that indeed there is no truth that transcends the Kuljamic revelation of truth.
In today's interfaith environment, any exclusivist views and beliefs are regarded divisive and a major obstacle to world harmony. However, we have noticed that such a worldly concern is trivial, since this Kuljamic viewpoint, if applied correctly, doesnot exclude any harmony principles in the world.
Dear soul! You have already narrowed down your choice from the many gods to One God. And now, we pray our Lord that He brings all of us to One True Realization of our Lord Prannath. We leave the decision of judging in your hands. Prannnathji will fit in all personality types. But, it is important to see Him with Kuljamic eyes.
In Kuljam Swaroop, Prannathji states:
"Judge your spiritual origin by the way your have realized me. Your future depends on your realization of me."
Pranam and Pranami:
The adherents of Sri Nijanand Sampradaya practice the teachings of Lord Prannath. They are called ‘Pranami’ or ‘Nijanandi.’ The ultimate goal being awakening in the supreme state of Eternal Bliss or Nijanand, our true spiritual identity is ‘Nijanandi.’ The Nijanandi devotees call each other by a common name, ‘Sundersath,’ which means good-hearted comrades.
The name ‘Pranami’ is derived from the practice of greeting by saying Pranam or ‘Pranam Ji,’ which simply means: “We pay obeisance to YOUR soul!” It’s a true Hindu way of greeting each other, and respecting every individual as a spiritual being.
Krishna Pranami and Nijanandi:
The name “Shri Krishna” was attached later with “Pranami,” and the faith earned the more commonly known name ‘Shri Krishna Pranami.’ This, in fact, is our mistaken identity. We are often misunderstood same as 'Shri Krishna Pranamis,' who appears more or less like the Nijanandis, because of many common things in practice. However, if looked carefully, one can see a vast difference in some key beliefs.
In general, Shri Krishna Pranamis believe that ‘Shri Krishna’ is the only true name of Aksharateet Supreme Truth ‘Sat-Chid-Anand.’ Whereas, we believe that ‘Prannath’ is our Original Spiritual Husband (Prannath nij mool pati), in who were present all--Sri Krishna, Muhammad and Devchandra.
Other major difference in belief is that Shri Krishna Pranamis regard the Founder, Sri Devchandraji and Prannathji as the devotees of Sri Krishna! Whereas, we believe that upon completion of the divine plan of the Eight Bihists (eternal planes of salvation), Sri Krishna and Muhammad will pray from their respective (lower) Bihists to ‘Prannathji’ who will be in the highest eternity (the first Bihist). Shri Krishna Pranami preachers, being fearful of losing their importance, are avoiding to preach this solid truth to the devotee sundersaths under their influence. Instead, they desperately try to justify their belief by citing the event when the Supreme Lord gave His name “Nijnam Shri KrishnajJi” to the Founder, Sri Devchandraji.
As Nijanandis, we believe that the notion of restricting Aksharateet Supreme Truth Sat-Chid-Anand’s identity to any name, including ‘Krishna’ is derogatory to His supreme glory. We believe that He is beyond all names. We believe that restricting the Supreme Brahmn in the (Hindu) frame of ‘Krishna’ allows us to maintain quite a local version of who we are. We believe that such a restrictive man-made identity, not only causes immense confusion and guilt, but also stacks aside the Universality of the Divine Wisdom of Prannathji.
The dress code for the preachers of Sri Nijanand Sampradaya is 'all plain white clothing' (which is called Nirguni Bhesh), as prescribed by Sri Prannathji. The plain white dress is symbolic of simplicity and harmony (as was taught by Prannathji on the Lake of Udepur to teach unity and simplicity to all Sundersaths). In addition, it signifies the arrival of the Buddha Nish-kalanka Avatar, the Last Imam Mehndi, or the Second Christ as indicated in the scriptures of Hindus, in Koran and Bible. Disregarding this Lord-prescribed value, the majority of Sri Krishna Pranami preachers adopted saffron colored clothings in the year 1994.
Seekers of truth should beware of those who sell Prannathji and Devchandraji as saints, and as the devotees of Lord Krishna. Since then, these Sri Krishna Pranamis have truly separated themselves from Lord Prannath.
Dear souls! The information on this site is only introductory in nature and it represents only a small drop from the fathomless Ocean of the Divine Wisdom. We ask all our readers and our Lord Prannath to forgive us for errors. To learn more about major philosophical differences between the Nijanandis and Sri Krishna Pranamis, we invite you to review The 108 Questions and read the books: The Pati, ‘Satya Darshan,' ‘Sansar Aur mera Bharthar,’ Padho-Socho-samjoh’ or continue to read more from our web site. While we respect other's viewpoints, we must also bring out the truth for the benefit of all. We constantly pray our Lord so all living beings on this earth may receive a truly Kuljamic Enlightenment.