P.O-Kokilamukh, Dist.-Jorhat, Assam-785108 INDIA

Swami Nigamananda

India is essentially a land of religion. Religion has always been the supreme concern of the people of this country. Without hankering in the least after material possessions or temporal pleasures they have ever remained absorbed in their search for God on self-realization. The pleasures derived from material objects are transitory, they can never yield abiding joy but the joy derived from contact with God or resulting from self-realization is permanent, this joy can never pall of breed discontent. Hence, the Indians have paid rather scant attention to physical science and concentrated their minds on the science of religion. India seeks to develop human values through spiritual discipline, to effect a qualitative change of moral character. Religion is the glorious asset of India. That religion is the best religion which enables an individual to have a direct perception or direct realization of everything through personal experience since a religions the primeval and the everlasting Hindu religion. The everlasting Hindu religion is timeless and dates from the very beginning of time; it is the product of the Infinite and nonhuman agency; it is not the creation of a particular individual. The incarnation of God or apostles nurture it by incarnating themselves in response the needs of the age. So says the Lord in the Srimad Bhagvad Gita—

He means to say, ''Oh! Bharat, whenever religious values decline and unrighteousness gains the upper hand, I incarnate myself, that is assume a bodily shape. To protect the virtuous and destroy the vicious and to install religion I incarnate myself from age to age''. Whenever the human society loses the sense of right and wrong and goes astray God Himself takes His birth in this mundane plane, arrests the flow of unrighteousness and rehabilitates religion, the saints preach religion in order to make it suitable for the contemporary society and to bring about a total change in the course of the society. As a consequence, the direction of the human society as a whole undergoes a change. Being moved to pity at the woes and afflictions of the living beings of this Earth, God Himself descends from His celestial abode and incarnates Himself on the Earth.
A right-minded and conscientious spiritual guide is necessary to manifest the creeds and ways propagated by the incarnations of God among individual human beings. Those who have been born as human beings by passing through the different stages of evolution from worms and insects. Animals and birds and have elevated themselves to gods from human beings to the principal God from a god and from God to the Infinite Brahma or attained total absorption into the absolute deserve to be called right-minded spiritual guides. The living beings are specially benefited by a true spiritual guide. A bonafide(?) spiritual guide awakens the spiritual enlightenment of ordinary mortals and indicates the right path to them. He sprinkles their despondent souls with ripples of peace. Being guided directly by a right-minded spiritual mentor they attain self-consciousness and gain salvation. They are released from the continuous cycle of birth and rebirth and are not ground in the rack of mundane existence and subjected to hellish torture.
Many ideal preceptors were born in different places of India in different ages. One of these noble spiritual guides is Srimat Swami Nigamananda Paramahansadev