Paramhans Shri 1008 Swami Hari Har Ji Maharaj

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Gurudev, His Holiness Paramhans Shri 1008 Swami Hari Har Ji Maharaj
Bhagavad Geeta
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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
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Paramhans Shri 1008 Swami Hari Har Ji Maharaj was the
founder and president of over 600 Geeta Ashrams around the World.

During the struggle for Independence of India, he marched against the British Raj by the side of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. At the age of 25 he was the chairman of the Sind Chapter of the Indian National Congress party. As a young man in his thirties, he drew the wrath of the British Empire for his patriotic fervor and was exiled to Rajasthan. Through the efforts of Subhash Chandra Bose, he was spared a prolonged exile.

Then he began his long and arduous spiritual quest, traversing the mountains and forests of India for nearly two decades. After deep reflection, he came to the conclusion that in the Bhagavad Geeta lay the key to spiritual satisfaction, and since then he has travelled the continents of the world spreading its message.

In 1947, after India gained independence, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru offered him the Ministry of Education and again in early fifties, Mr. Madan Mohan Malavia offered him the Chancellorship of Banares Hindu University. In both instances, he declined stating that he would be happy to head up a spiritual educational institute if one was offered to him. His dream of an institute, that would offer education in all the disciplines of Arts, Science, Medicine and Spirituality, will come to fruition in the form of before the end of this century.

He became a living legend and world authority on the philosophy of Bhagavad Geeta. For more than 60 years, he has expounded this philosophy to vast congregations throughout the world, bringing peace and tranquility to all peoples of the world transcending race, color, creed and nationality.

In 1949, he founded the first Geeta Ashram on the holy bank of river Jamuna at the city of Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna. This was followed by a Geeta Ashram in Delhi (the present headquarters of all the Geeta Ashrams), the foundation stone of which was laid by the late Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, former president of India.

His Holiness Swamiji Maharaj has illustrated to the world, through his living example, man’s ability to control and purify body and mind by having abstained from water, salt, grain and cereal for more than 70 years. Described as "One of the greatest TAPASVIS of the present era" by Jagad Guru Shankaracharya Ji, he is one of the radiant personifications of the Bhagavad Geeta in that time.

In 1982, he also established a unique institute called The Universal Spiritual Geeta Research Center (USGRC) on the premises of the Geeta Ashram in Delhi. USGRC serves as an International Center for post graduate research for promoting the Insight that The Bhagavad Geeta provides to mankind for a better life and a better world.


The Bhagavad Geeta is the immortal message emanated from the lotus lips of the Lord Himself. For centuries, the Geeta has been revered by the saints and scholars all over the world.

The teachings of the Geeta are universal and eternal and for the welfare of all embracing humanity. Geeta is the beacon of light for the salvation of mankind which is being swept away by the violent storm of materialism.

Scientific and technological advancement alone does not complete man’s evolution. Spiritual awareness and awakening as imparted in the Geeta, elevates man’s perception; who then sees the existence as one, thereby doing away with social and religious prejudices.

Any embodied being who lives the Divine teachings of the Geeta gives up his mortal self and attains liberation.

To practice and share the Knowledge and techniques of Self Realization for Inner Peace & Happiness based upon the Principles of Šrimad Bhagavad Geeta.

To educate children to become World Citizens, well balanced in the Arts, Science and Spirituality.

Develop sound mind through the practice of Meditation.
Develop sound body through the practice of Hatha Yoga.
Donate generously to deserving causes.
Provide shelter to the Homeless.
Promote Universal One-ness through Séva



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He is regarded as both freedom fighter and saint.

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What was his real name?

What was his real name?

Jibanda | Thu, 03/04/2010 - 22:56


Swami Hari Har ji Maharaj

NIDHI PARKASH | Sat, 03/06/2010 - 16:53