When God is with Us

  • By Dr. Subhasis Chattopadhyay
  • December 5, 2023
  • A short and profound piece of writing on the life of a Holy One practicing Tantra.

The Holy One at Tarapith went away to His Mother after re-establishing the way of Tantra. He was Sri Vam Deva. The Avatara, the Kingly Swan, left Dakshineswar, a Kali temple in the northern fringes of Kolkata , for his Divine Mother, having realised all the Truths of Tantra to preach love and respect for all, irrespective of religion, language, or anything else that divides humanity. 


He was Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa.


Sri Ramakrishna was a devotee of the Holy Mother and the greatest Shakta Tantric practitioner in this Yuga. And now again the Holy of Holies walks the earth unknown to ordinary eyes. He lives near Dakshineswar and while following the paths of Sri Ramakrishna and Baba Vam Deva in secret, and like Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, discharges his familial duties and is changing the world unknown to all of us --- slowly and certainly. 


Unlike Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, He does not give talks; unlike Sri Vam Deva, He chooses to stay at home; unlike Sri Ramakrishna, the Holy Being does not wish to raise up a monastic Order --- but being a living Sri Yantra, He has come to prepare the world for the challenges we face as a Faith community.


Like Sri Tailang Swami of old, He has become a Bhairav. Yet he lives at home and thousands flock to him for succour without realising who He is. He is Silence --- a true Son of both Sri Vama Deva and Sri Ramakrishna. Like both of them he is a priest of the Holy Mother. And yet the world fails to recognise Him as who He is. He is the Essence of Brahman, of God and of Him I wrote in Prabuddha Bharata in 2016. 


His face glows with compassion. He does not judge. He does not dismiss the views of others and He is Love. And He does not speak much. Behold, since He walks the earth, our Faith will prosper. Nothing is lost.


Have hope all you children of eternity - this is the message of the Bhairav. He Is. I have seen and known Him. He lives in a semi-shanty kind of place adjoining a small temple. He does not want to be known. What else He wants I do not know - but I declare unto the world that Nirguna Brahman has become Saguna Brahman and walks among us.


Unknown and misunderstood, He freely chooses to live as a poor man amongst the poor. Yet, the rich make a beeline for Him.

Harih Om.


Author Subhasis Chattopadhyay has a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Calcutta. His reviews from 2010 to 2021 in Prabuddha Bharata have been showcased by Ivy League Presses. He has qualifications in Christian Theology and Hindu Studies and currently teaches English Literature in the PG and UG Department of a College affiliated to the University of Calcutta. He also has qualifications in Behavioural Sciences. 

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