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THE SWAMI AND THE PEOPLE HE KNEW

 

Nag Mahasay

(Durga Charan Nag)

1846-1899

 
 

 

nag mahasayLife of Nag Mahasay by Sarat Chandra Chakravarti

Swami Saradananda visited Nag Mahasay on his deathbed.
Saradananda wrote to Turiyananda: ‘Nag Mahasay was greater than any of us monks. I saw him go into nirvikalpa samadhi again and again. Signs of ecstasy were visible on his body. He came back from nirvikalpa to normal consciousness, and then finally gave up in body in samadhi.’

He is verily a blazing fire! --

-Ramakrishna

I have traveled many places in the world, but nowhere have I come across such a great soul as Nag Mahashay

-Swami Vivekananda


Mahamaya fell into a great difficulty in trying to ensnare two persons. Naren (Vivekananda) and Nag Mahashaya. As She tried to capture Naren, he became bigger and bigger and at last so big that all Her fetters fell short and She had to give up Her task as hopeless. And when She attempted Her trick on Nagmahashaya, he began to make himself smaller and smaller and at last reduced himself to such a degree of smallness that he easily escaped through the meshes of Her snares.

-- Girish Chandra Ghosh

nag mahasay His devotees wanted to take a photo of him. When Nagmahashaya was living he was requested many times to sit for his photograph. But he objected always saying, 'Why should you be anxious to take picture of this cage of flesh and bones?' Now that he was silent, they had him photographed after decorating the body with garlands and sandal paste. From this photograph the late printer Priyanath Sinha had an oil painting drawn, which is still preserved in Nagmahashaya's house. And the likeness that we have given in the frontispiece is one after this oil-painting.

 


After hearing of the death of Shri Durga Charan Nag (Nag Mahashay):

"[He] was one of the greatest of the works of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa."
(CWSN 1: 129)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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