Jagannatha dasa Babaji
Srila Jagannātha Dāsa Bābājī Maharaja (
1776- 1894CE) was an influential leader ( guru) in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, and is respected as a " Mahatma" or saintby followers of his lineage. He accepted initiation ( diksha) from Srila Jagadananda Goswamiof Vrindavan, and later accepted Babajiinitiation from Srila Madhusudana dasa Babaji. For the rest of his life, his example as a Gaudiya Vaishnava devotee was an inspiration to many in the community. Srila Bhaktivinode Thakuris quoted as called him "the commanding chief of the devotees".
Jagannatha dasa Babaji was born in a small village within the modern day
Tangaildistrict of Bangladesh. His birth year cannot be pinpointed exactly with accounts from several different Gaudiya Vaishnava groups giving years from 1750to 1800.
Jagannatha dasa Babaji met
Bhaktivinode Thakurin 1880, and the latter subsequently accepted the former as his instructing guru ("shiksha"), adopting a guru disciple relationship. Jagannatha dasa Babaji was also the initiating guru of Bhagavat dasa Babaji and Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji; the latter of whom would become the initiating guru of Bhaktivinode's son, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. It is told among some Gaudiya Vaishnavas that a young Bhaktisiddhanta, skilled in astronomy, created an ample Vaishnava calendarat Jagannatha dasa Babaji's request, detailing all holidays, including the appearance and disappearance days of prominent devotees.
Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaj spent his last days in the areas of
Vrindavanand Navadwip, where he performed bhajanand japain worship to Radhaand Krishna.. A devotee named Bihari Lal would often assist the elderly sadhu. His devotion to Caitanya Mahaprabhuand instructions on Vaishnava Theologyto Srila Bhaktivinode Thakurand Srila Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji Maharaj render him an integral part of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Guru Parampara.
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