The late Baba Santosh Puri was the founder of the Santosh Puri Ashram and still lives as an example to many. Babaji
Guruji was a renunciate made by destiny, as in his early childhood
the divine will took away through death his father, mother,
seven brothers, one sister, as well as land and cows in the
holy area of Lord Ram's birthplace, Ayodhya. As fortold by
an Astrologer he started his fakir life as a chilld, initiated
by a Sita Ram Guru. He took Sanyasa in his youth and finally
was initiated at the Kumbha Mela 1974 as a Naga Baba (Avaduta)
of the Sri Panch Juna Akhara by his Guru StanPati Bairav Puriji
After severe tapas (asceticism) on an island
in the Ganga in Haridwar, renouncing food and sleep, ever
in service to cows and all sentient beings, the holy Ganga
Goddess appeared in front of him, offering him all possible
wealth, which he refused, asking for her presence only and
a wealth that nobody could take away, to continue his service
to the Dharma.
Guruji's name was "Santosh", which
means "selfsufficiency", "contentment"
as a means to liberation, and that was what he really taught
through his own behaviour, showing full faith in the divine
will by being content with whatever might happen.
Baba Santosh Puri married Maa Narvada, a lady
of German origin. Marrying is unusual but not impossible for
a Saddhu. As a renunciate Baba Santosh Puri was always fighting
against the Maya (world, illusion), in which form his female
disciple as well appeared. But their spiritual relationship
was too strong, he could not make her abandon him and his
teachings and therefore after eight years a marriage took
place, not for enjoyment, but out of the unshakable confidence
into the divine will or the will of the holy Ganga Maata.
More can be read about that on the Maa
Even before the birth of the first son, the
Santosh Puri Ashram
was founded, where spiritual and charitable service life continued.
Into the auspicious time in the great Kumbh
Mela in Allahabad 2001 Baba Santosh Puri left his body in
Mahasamadhi as his Guruji 12 years back at the age of 108
years. Samadhi is called the conscious state of mind, when
the Saint in a meditation position leaves his body and the
realized immortal soul reunites with the supreme soul.
In the full moon night of January/February 2001
Guruji left his body in padma asana, pronouncing the holy
sound AUM. In the sitting position he was bathed and clothed
by Saints of the Akhara (root monastery) according to the
ancient rituals of the Veda, and carried in a lightful procession
to the bank of the river Ganga, and returned to the Ashram
to be placed in the cave like samadhi ground.
Maa Narvada and the children as
well as the closer members of the Ashram continue life in
the bliss of Guruji's benediction. Babaji had foretold days
before his samadhi, to build his "Samadhi" outside
the Ashram in the garden and to construct a small Shiva temple
above, through which worship they always would be protected.
More can be read on the Samadhi
Temple Construction page. Also see more pictures of Baba
at the Santoshpuri