Sunday, February 7, 2010

True Brahmo MahaAcharya - Hemendranath Tagore

From: Saurav Brahmo <saurav@med...>
Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 9:01 AM
Subject: [brahmoconferenceorg] Re: What does the Brahmo Samaj stand for primarily today ?

In True Brahmoism, MahaAcharya  refers to Hemendranath Thakur (Tagore) , 3rd son of Maharshi DebendraNath Thakur. The term means "Great Teacher" reinforcing that the deep spiritual body knowledge of Brahmoism is now beyond intuition and can now only be passed on with the assistance of a teacher (acharya).

The title Pradhan Acharya was informally used by all branches of Brahmoism to describe Maharshi Debendra Nath during his lifetime. As the founder of the Brahmo Samaj, Maharshi Debendra Nath always enjoyed the great love and respect off all Brahmos.

It is recorded in our histories that after the death of Maharshi DebendraNath in 1905 his sons SatyendraNath and RabindraNath embarked on a course not conducive to the expansion of True Brahmoism by the Northern India Brahmo Samaj. This caused the dissolution of the 2nd Calcutta Brahmo Samaj Trust in 1913. Most  papers / documents and other movable assets of the Calcutta Brahmo Samaj located at Jorasanko and Chitpur were removed to Lahore. Several records of the Calcutta Brahmo Samaj / Thakurbari were destroyed by S.N and R.N.Tagore at about that time. Many years later Rabindra Nath expressed his regret for this mentioning that his elder brother had acted unwisely due to the family compulsions.

In Truth

== In brahmoconferenceorg Shymal Dutta <shymal.d@gm..> wrote .. ==

>Just 2 queries
>a) Who is the Maha Acharya ? Is this the same as Pradhan Acharya ?
>b) I was reading on the Brahmo Samaj website that Rabindranath Tagore
>became leader of the Adi Brahmo Samaj in 1911 and carried on until
>his death in 1941. So when did the Adi Brahmo Samaj get dissolved
>or cease to exist ?
>Shymal Dutta Basu
>(Dept of Sociology)

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