Śrī Śrīmad Laksman Ramanuj Jeeyer
1930 – 2012
We have just been contacted by phone from Śrī Raṅga-kṣetra (Śrī Raṅgam Temple) in South India, that the Ācārya from Śrī Raṅgam His Divine Grace Śrī Laksman Ramanuj Jeeyer – Śrīla Ācāryadeva has left this world and his body has been placed in samādhi in the grounds of the Śrī Raṅgam Temple.
His Divine Grace Śrī Laksman Ramanuj Jeeyer – Śrīla Ācāryadeva was a true mystic and a Vaiṣṇava, excelled in the Sanskrit language, and was trained in many of the ancient Vedic sciences, including analysing the symptoms of a mahā-bhāgavata. He was gifted with tri-kāla jña, he had knowledge of past, present, and future.
His Divine Grace Śrī Laksman Ramanuj Jeeyer – Śrīla Ācāryadeva had 20,000 disciples, however some say 100,000 disciples, however suffice it to say he had thousands of thousands of disciples and thousands upon thousands of grand disciples.
It is a very sad time for the disciples and followers when the Ācārya leaves this world. When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu asked Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya, “Of all kinds of distress, what is the most painful?” Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya replied, to be bereft of the association of the Vaiṣṇava.
When his disciple and secretary Śrī Badrinārāyaṇa Rāmānuja dāsa explained to him that he felt that there was a sādhu in ISKCON Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma Temple Bhubaneswar with the symptoms of a mahā-bhāgavata he felt compelled to go there and verify what his disciple had seen. On first sight of His Divine Grace Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami, His Divine Grace Śrī Laksman Ramanuj Jeeyer – Śrīla Ācāryadeva paid full daṇḍavats to Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami and confirmed that he had all the symptoms of a mahā-bhāgavata. Later on His Divine Grace Śrī Laksman Ramanuj Jeeyer – Śrīla Ācāryadeva said to his disciple Śrī Badrinārāyaṇa Rāmānuja dāsa that Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami was a very powerful personality, a śaktyāveśa-avatāra, a spiritually effulgent personality.
His Divine Grace Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami wanted to go to Śrī Raṅgam and said to Śrī Badrinārāyaṇa Rāmānuja dāsa, “Badrinārāyaṇa, you will take me to Śrī Raṅgam.” Unfortunately our beloved Gurudeva Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami left this world and did not visit Śrī Raṅgam.
Śrīla Ācāryadeva visited Bhubaneswar temple in Orissa many times, to take the association of His Divine Grace Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami. If there is a mahā-bhāgavata on the planet we should definitely go there and pay obeisances and have his darśana.(A more detailed account on the life of His Divine Grace Śrī Laksman Ramanuj Jeeyer – Śrīla Ācāryadeva is available in the soon-to-be published book Encountering Part Two by Tattva-vicāra Publications.)