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Vaishnav Chatuh Sampradaya Sri Mahanta Sri Sri Swami 108 Ramdas Kathia Baba (early 19th century - 1909) was a revered saint of the Hindu Dvaitadvaitavaadi Nimbarka Vaishnav Sampradaya and one of the principal spiritual figures associated with the propagation of Nimbarka Vaishnavism in Bengal. He was one of the main preachers involved in the mass propagation of Nimbarka Vaishnavism in Bengal in the late 19th century.

He belonged to the sect of Nimbarka ascetics descending from the spiritual lineage of Sri Nagaji Maharaj, who initiated the practice of circumambulation of Vraj (also called Vraj parikrama). The term "Kathiababa" has arisen from the use of wooden (Kath means wood in Hindi and Bengali) chastity belts by the saints of this sect, which are donned with the aim of subduing the lustful tendencies of the human body.

Shri Ramdas Kathiababa was born in the early 19th century; the month of July is usually considered to be his month of birth. He was born in the village of Lona Chamari, which is situated about 20 miles from the city of Amritsar in Punjab, to a prosperous Punjabi Brahmin The conventional Hindu caste system divided society into four sects and Brahmin was known as the learned class who gained the knowledge of sacred texts written on Hinduismfamily. His father, a pious Brahmin priest, was an expert at the performance of religious rites and rituals.
 
From a very early age, the young Ramdas possessed a devout disposition. A renunciate who lived in the vicinity of his village caught his attention when he was taking his buffaloes to nearby fields for grazing. The noble-hearted young lad once approached the renunciate, who was a reverential figure in that locality, and put questions to him about the path to attainment of greatness.

The renunciate replied that chanting the name of Lord Ram with fervent devotion had earned him respect in the eyes of the people and that Ramdas would also attain this if he did so. The youth was deeply moved by the renunciate's devotion, and he started chanting the name of Lord Ram ceaselessy from that day.
 
Gradually, his whole mind became gripped by the realization that his purpose in life was to attain nirvana by becoming a Yogi. His Guru had given him a copy of the Bhagavad Gita It is a Hindu scripture of 700 verse, teaching the concept of Dharma (righteousness)which he read and deeply pondered over. One of the verses (verse 6.41) in Srimad Bhagavad Gita says: "The unsuccessful yogi, after many, many years of enjoyment on the planets of the pious living entities, is born into a family of righteous Brahmins". This especially caught his attention, and he decided to make further advancements in his spiritual accomplishments.
 
After thwarting an attempt by his parents to get him married off, he set out for a nearby place, where he sat under a banyan tree at a desolate spot and started chanting the GayatriGayatri
Goddess Gayatri is an aspect of three Hindu Goddess named Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge)...
Mantra with the intention of repeating the Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful minda hundred thousand times (one hundred and twenty five thousand according to some sources). But before he reached his goal of a hundred thousand repetitions of the Mantra, a divine voice spoke out to him and commanded him to complete the rest of his chanting at Jwalamukhi.
 
After hearing the divine command, Ramdas decided to renounce the life of a householder and take sannyas (renunciation). Accordingly he left his house and set out for Jwalamukhi, which was situated at a distance of 45 miles from his native place. The hardships endured during this journey further strengthened his resolve to attain the glimpse of God.
 
 

 
 

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