Swami Lakshman Joo Raina

Swami Lakshman (Swami Lakshman Joo Raina) (1907–1991) was a saint and a scholar and he was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. Lakshman was born in Srinagar in Kashmir in a pious Hindu family, and his parents were sincere devotees of Lord Shiva, and dedicated their life in worshipping Shiva. At his childhood itself, he was initiated in the spiritual path by his father. He has studied the Vedic subjects along with Sanskrit and become a great scholar. Due to his spiritual search, he left home, and went to an ashram located in Kashmir.

The Ashram is situated in the remote area of Srinagar, and he settled down there and had his food by taking alms, and performed severe meditation on Lord Shiva. He was good at yoga, and also taught it to others.

Some years later, he travelled throughout India, and met Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo at Pondicherry, and he also went to Tiruvannamalai and met Ramana Maharshi, and got his divine grace. He also undertook religious pilgrimages throughout India, and worshipped the divine deities. Apart from spiritual service, he actively took part in social welfare activities, such as educating the poor children and giving necessities to the poor people etc.

After a few years of travel, he returned to Kashmir, and resided at his ashram, and preached the importance of Kashmir Shaivite philosophy among the Kashmir people. He also wrote various spiritual books and published it. He was visited by many great saints at his Ashram like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho and Muktananda. In 1991 he attended a spiritual meeting in the United States and established the Bhakti centre of Shaivism and after a brief illness he died.

Let us worship the great saint and be blessed.

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