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Everything you need to know about Bhagwan Gopinath from Jammu and Kashmir | Life of Bhagwan Gopinath from Kashmir | All about Bhagwan Gopinath from Jammu and Kashmir

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Bhagwan Gopinath Jee was born in 1898 on 3rd July i.e., Aashad Mass Shukla Paksha Dwadashi as per Hindu calendar at Banamohalla, Srinagar City in a Brahaman family.

Bhagwan Gopinath Jee has been called a jivanmukta (liberated soul) and his spiritual state has been described as Shambhavi avastha (state of Shiva). 

His father Pt. Narayan Joo Bhan was a businessman, and his grandfather Sh. Lachman Joo Bhan was a Wazir Wazarat. Bhagwan Gopinath Jee had two brothers and two sisters. The name of his mother was Harmal and she was the daughter of Pt. Prashad Joo Parimoo, a mystic saint of that time. 

Bhagwan Gopinath Jee did his schooling up to the 8th class and had extensive knowledge of Sharda Lipi besides Sanskrit, Urdu, and Persian. He used to write in Sharda and Devnagri Lipi.

Due to his inclination toward spirituality, he did not show any interest in day-to-day household activities. Still, due to his family passing in the economic crisis in those days, he took up the business of his father but afterward worked in a local printing press for some time.

Meanwhile, his family members tried to get him married, but he refused to marry, but always worked and helped his family with day-to-day chores. 

After some time, he left his composite job in the press and opened a Kirana store at Sekidafar, Srinagar, and afterward shifted his business to Waniyar, Safakadal.

But during all these years when he worked in his shops at different locations, he used to remain absorbed in his Sadana & Meditation day and night. After some period he altogether left his work and remained busy in his spiritual mode of life. 

Due to his father giving his share of the house to his stepmother, Bhagwan Jee lived in different places in Srinagar city at different intervals of time. He lived at;

  • Banamohalla
  • Shallayar
  • Rajuarikadal
  • Safakadal
  • Rangtang
  • Dalhasnyar
  • Chandpora, etc.

There is no direct proof of Bhagwan Gopinath  Jee's Guru, but as per his sister's opinion, his guru was Swami Balak Joo Kaw, a Kashmiri Saint of those times. It is also said that either Swami Zankak or Swami Aftab Joo would have been his Guru.  But some followers of Bhagwan Jee are certain that Swami Zankak Tufchi was his Guru.

It is said that on some occasions a devotee of Bhagwan Jee asked him about his Guru and Bhagwan Jee pointing towards Shrimad Bhagavad Gita said that any one of the 700 shlokas can be one's Guru.

Kashmir has been the valley of Rishis, and Saints and is called Reshiwaer. But of the Saints of the Valley, he alone was addressed as "Bhagwan" in own lifetime.  Bhagwan Gopinath jee is also called "Bub" meaning father-figure in Kashmiri. 

Bhagwan Jee never visited any other place in India except the different Shrines and Temples of Kashmir Valley. During his spiritual life, Bhagwan Jee used to visit Mata Sharika Bhagwati Temple at Hari Parvat Srinagar, and also Mata Raginiya Bhagwati Shrine of Tulamula.

He had visited all the Shrines and Pious places of the valley, which include, Badrakali Shrine in Handwara, Jyeshtha Mata Shrine in Srinagar, Guptganga in Srinagar, Tushkararja Bhairava at Narsinghgarh Srinagar and he also visited Swami Amarnath Cave in 1946.

The daily Routine of Bhagwan Jee used to be sitting on his asana all 24 hours and remaining deeply absorbed in his meditation and spiritual practices. This was also practiced by him at all the pilgrim places which were visited by him. He used to ignite the sacred fire called Dhooni and always remained absorbed in Supreme God.

Bhagwan Jee is a personification of God and that is why he was called Bhagwan in his lifetime.

For every common soul, he had set three principles of life to be followed;

  1. Syzer meaning Simplicity
  2. Pazyar meaning Truthfulness
  3. Shozar means Purity or Virtuousness

Even when Bhagwan Jee never went outside Kashmir, everyone used to visit to his place if they visited Kashmir. Bhagwan Jee was a Sadak and he had tremendous spiritual power, and he always used to help his devotees and followers on the path of spiritual power and also helped those who wanted their ambitions fulfilled.

Bhagwan Jee left his mortal remains on 28th May 1968 AD, corresponding to Jayestha Shukla Pakh Dyuvita.

After the displacement of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley in 1990, different Ashrams and Satsang Mandalas have been set up in different parts of India like Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, etc. A big Ashram was built in Jammu city.

 

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