Jagannath Kunte : A man beyond words

I do not know if I know this strange man jagannath Kunte in so much details so as to write an article about him. But, one thing is sure, he is not a man of this world. He is made up of different salt. Some different aura.

Jagannath Kunte

The first encounter I had with him when I was working as secretary of Philosophy Club. A lecture was to be arranged and I thought he was the best person we could invite. From somewhere i got his number and he answered the call. He came for the lecture without asking for even a single Rupee.

Later on, Jagannath Kunte was not at all a part of my life. I was quite buisy reading different books and other stuff. In last week, I again got a chance to meet him. I in the very first visit, bought all the six books written by him and to be honest, could not put down the first book Narmade Har Har and finished it hurriedly.

Apart from reading the books, I got opportunity to watch him from a closer distance. And, certainly, he is extra ordinary. His eyes are innocent and frank. His being is truthful. It confirms my belief that Swami jagannath Kunte is certainly not a man of this world.

I have read about many saints who were full of grace. After visiting Jagannath Kunte, I can say that I have seen one of them.

 

Update:

I kept on meeting Swami Jagannath Kunte after this meeting. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet him 4-5 times after that. In the consecutive meetings, he asked me to read all of his books, which I certainly did. Here is a post which I have written about his famous book, Narmade Har Har-

Narmade Har Har- Exceptional blend of mysticism and writing skills

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  1. Dear Mandar, you have a blessing of god to meet Swamiji. Very recently i accidently came across the book Narmade Har har..& i could not resist myself to read the great parikrama & experience.I request
    you to let me know the stay of Swamiji in Pune.
    Narmade har har !

  2. Jagannath Kunte is ” Bhondu ” , a fraud who maligning the pure field of spirituality. He is shrewd and a cunning businessman in the garb of a Sadhu. His Sanyas is a fraud , too. He does not observe any discipline of Sanays Dharma . He has made untenable and completely false claims in his books. His Parikramas are also questionable , to put it mildly. His books are fictional and do not reflect the reality of the man.

    In short , he is no where being a truly spiritual person. He is playing with the ” shradhda ” of people and cheating them. He does not have any level of Sadhana. He is a Shiromani among Bhondus. This is my honest opinion for him and his books and his fraudulent spirituality .

  3. Mr. Rohit Shinde, thank you for your honest opinion about Jagannath Kunte Swami (on 14th Aug 2012). Can u pls. tell me the basis of our opinion? I think you must have met him & must have read his books.

    I have also met him several times & read all of his books. So it is not to criticise or challenge you but to request you not to criticise such a great & simple person without any reason. If anybody criticises him on his face then also he will not get angry on him as he is a saint who criticises himself. He has no ego. But we should take care while talking anything negative about such saints.

    How can u call him a cunning businessman? He doesn’t take a single paisa from others in the name of donation like others. He doesn’t sell anything. There are various so called Sadhus who will sell anything from photos, medicines, CDs & even Gomutra (Cow’s urine), Diksha & Kripa also!!! He only asks to buy some books, that too if you have any spiritual interest. There is a reason for that. You can go & ask him. He can tell you it in a better way.

    Then you said his Sanyaasa is fraud & he does not observe any discipline of Sanyaasa Dharma. What do you mean by this? What do you know about Sanyaasa & Sanyaasa Dharma which you think he is not observing? Pls. explain.

    Further you said, he has made untenable and completely false claims in his books, His books are fictional and do not reflect the reality of the man.. For ordinary men like us these claims are truly false & untenable like any fiction. But for an enlightened man like him it is not so. If we are ready to take some efforts we will find many such people around us.

    About his parikrama, you will find a certificate attached on the last page of Sadhanamast book.

    In the last paragraph you just concluded him as “Shiromani among Bhondus” & said he is not a spiritual man, he does not have any level of Sadhana etc. etc. How can one blame anybody like this? We can’t question anybody’s level of practice (sadhana) in practical world also without testing him. And you just declared him as Bondhu. He is not playing with the “shradhda” of people and in no way cheating them.

    All are requested if you want to know what kind of person he is, you should go & meet him personally (don’t make any +ve or –ve judgment in the first visit and don’t worry you don’t need to carry any gift or fruits or sweets with you also as he doesn’t need these things as he has taken true Sanyaasa, so there will be no cost for you), read his books (if you smell any business tactics in it also or don’t want to spend money then take it from others & then read. Later you will buy on your own). These books are worthy to read. You will realise what kind of Sadhus are there in the world & then see Kunte Swamiji. You will come to know the difference. He is so simple, honest & great person that you will become ready to become his disciple but we are not that fortunate as Kunte Swamiji is not interested in becoming Guru of anybody.

    After reading books go & meet him again. Ask whatever you want to ask without hesitation. You can question him anything which you may feel untenable & false in his books. He answers all your questions, if related to spirituality & in connection with anything printed in his books. And then you make your own judgment.

    I can write a book on him. But there is no need of that. I can only say he is just a man beyond words.

  4. dear kishor,
    you have aptly replied to the comments made by rohit shide. Well-reasoned and proper answers are given by you to all the allegations made by shri. rohit shinde. however with reference to your reply, though i share your feelings and thoughts, i would like to say that you need not reciprocate to such senseless comments made by shri. rohit shinde without any experience of the person about whom the comment is made. i think by reciprocating to such comments, we bring swamiji equivalent to the lowest level of politicians about whom repeatedly such controversies are published in news. i think such comments are to be ignored as swamiji, his grace, guidance and presence is to be felt and experienced. something beyond words i would say.
    its like the story of blind men and elephant written by chakradharswami. the person who does not have those sensesm may not understand what swamiji is. i will not like his memories and thoughts to be debated that too with somebody who does not perhaps understand anything about spirituality. such reckless comments are to be ignored. such comments shall never shake the faith of all of us in thousands, who have virtually enjoyed his presence and bliss.

    • Dear Nitin

      I absolutely agree with you. Firstly when I read comments made by Mr. Rohit Shinde I also ignored them & had no thought of replying him as it happened in the life of all saints. There were many who had belief in them & there were thousands who criticized them. As said in one famous song – ‘Tu kaun hai tera naam hai kya Sitabhi yaha badnam hui’. It has happened in the past, happening in the present & will keep happening in future also. I know if Swamiji read such comments he will just laugh & will not say even a single word about it.

      But later I thought Mr. Rohit Shinde must have met Swamiji at least once, he must have read some or all of his books as these are evident from his comments. So this person must have some spiritual interest as he has taken some efforts in reading & meeting Swamiji. He must have some knowledge about spirituality, Sanyaasa etc. as he has used such words in his comments. Just because he criticizes Swamiji that doesn’t mean he is a not spiritual person. Even Changdeva had misconception about Dnyaneshwar Maharaj but later when he realized the greatness of Dnyaneshwar Maharaj he accepted his mistake & surrendered to him. In the life of many saints we can find such instances that a person who was their greatest critic in his earlier life turned into the greatest follower of them. So we really don’t understand the hidden potential of any person. Mr. Shinde may have such potentials. So I thought I must help him in understanding Swamiji.

      Again criticizing the great persons & saints requires lot of courage. Mr.Shinde has shown that courage if the comments made by him are actually honest, unbiased & unprejudiced. Assuming this I thought somebody should come forward to welcome this honest & courageous person. As Swamiji also says, ‘We should make Guru to someone only after examining him thoroughly’. (Guru sudhha tapasun ghyava). So Mr.Shinde may also be in search of his Guru. So to guide him in that direction I replied him. In the first paragraph of my reply to him I’ve made it very clear that I don’t want to challenge him or criticize him. If he has no spiritual interest then I am not interested in reciprocating his comments.

      And further, as you said, if his comments are really senseless, then in that case also for others who may rely on his comments & may lose the great opportunity to meet & enjoy bliss of Swamiji, I felt somebody should write the reality. So that his comments should not misguide anybody as saints like Swamiji are rare & have always been scarce. This is once in life opportunity for all.

      Now-a-days, as said by Mr. Rohit Shinde, there are so many bhondu (fraud) so called sadhus that today’s generation is running away from the spirituality. But if it keeps happening in future it will be a great loss of society. Western culture & life style has already dominated our nation. As said by Swami Sivananda – ‘Young men of the present day indiscriminately imitate the West and this results in their own ruin. It is all fashion, restaurants, hotels, dinners, dances, races and cinema. Their life ends in eating, drinking and procreating. That is all. No thought of God. No talk of God.’ And on the other side there is nobody to guide them properly. We do not have any Political leader like Prabhu Ramchandra, Raja Janak, Great Shivaji Maharaj or Acharya Chankaya etc. who will give proper direction to this young generation. And so called Sadhus are also looting this great nation of Saints & Rishis.

      In this scenario, there is one hope & that is Swami Jagannath Kuneji. Though he has no Ashram or any spiritual organization or temple but his man has guided, blessed & changed the life of thousands single handedly.

      So I really thank Mr. Rohit Shinde that he expresses his honest opinion which encourages me to write about Swamiji in the hope that my writing will encourage Mr. Shinde & others to go & take blessings of this living God. As Swamiji once told me, “You will have to ask me questions, in your own interest. I am here to answer you. But if you don’t I will not stop & will keep doing my work silently”.

  5. Dear Rajendra

    About Narmada Parikrama you will get proper guidence from Swamiji only.

    Swamiji has permanent place of residence. It is very hard to say where he is at this time. But you will find his contact details on the back side of cover page of all of his books. Number printed on them is 9890956695 or 9850956695. All those who want to take darshan of Swamiji pls call these numbers.

    Regards,

    Kishor B. Joshi

  6. I am Shubhada Gorhe. My hunband Mr.Dhananjay Gorhe wants to make Narmada Parikrama. We want to contact Jaggnath Kunte Swamiji. Where does he live ? Can I get his residential address? We want proper guidance from him about Narmada Parikrama.

  7. He’s para-natural n occult experiences are unbelievable for all. But one can surely imagine them while reading his books.
    The elaboration of Kundalini is very difficult, as one can’t do it without any experience. He is one of few who have achieved the Kundalini Yoga. Glories to him!

  8. A lecture was organised in our locality by a devotee of Swami Jagannath Kunte. Lecture was on Narmada Parikrama. Swami Jagannath Kunte is man with acid tongue. You may either like him or hate him there is no inbetween. I had seen him on ETV Marathi but did not know who he was then & interview was not repeated again. I read his books Narmada HAR HAR & Sadhna Mast. You just cannot keep your book Narmada Har Har down till you have not read it till last letter. Swami Kunte has written his spiritual experience but everyone will have different experience if one decides to walk on that path truthfully. Personally I did not think he is fraud & I have not spoken a single word with him other than question I asked him about Ashwatdhama which he had claimed to meet when he was doing Narmada Parikrama. Reply to my question was purchase my book you will know about it. Swami Kunte was smoking panama cigarette continuously. Maybe that why some people may think he is fraud. But I tell you its not a joke to do even one Narmada Parikrama & he has done four Parikrama’s. Swami Jagannath Kunte is unique saint or no saint.

  9. Dear Mandar,
    Thanks for writing an article on Swamiji. I had a chance to meet him and talk to him twice. He talked to me very frankly and I really felt as if we were/are connected. As mentioned by Sanjyot, he was smoking continuously. Normally I can’t stand the smell but in his presence I forgot about the cigarette. He is really beyond words.

    Best regards,
    Shirin

  10. He is a great man rather a saint . Great disciple of Shree Shankar Maharaj and Swami Vasudevananda Saraswti . Till now I have read Nitya Niranjan and now reading Narmade Har Har !! What an awesome book he had written .The one who reads definitely feels like things are happening in front of him, He has a divine power but he will never accept that fact and even market himslef like other Television Babas and Sadhus do .People like him are rare to find now a days. He never expect that people should worship him .I am now a real fan of Kunte Swami and hope one day I could see and interact with him .

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