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Swami Karpatri

Swami Karpatri (Swāmi Karpātrī; 1907–1982; born as Har Narayan Ojha in a village called Bhatni of Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India) was a monk in the Hindu dashanami monastic tradition.[1]

Life

He was a disciple of Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath Swami Brahmananda Saraswati.[2] He was also the founder of Dharma Sangha in Varanasi where he spent most of his life. He was a teacher in the Advaita Vedanta tradition of Hindu philosophy. According to French indologist, Alain Daniélou, Karpatri initiated him into Shaivite Hinduism.[3]

Politics

In 1948, Swami Karpatri founded the Ram Rajya Parishad, a traditionalist Hindu party. He led a movement against the Hindu Code Bill but he was unsuccessful in blocking it.[4] He was also a prominent agitator in 1966 anti-cow slaughter agitation.

Other works

On 18 April 1948, he founded the newspaper Sanmarg which promoted Sanatan Dharma and also advocated the Hindu Code Bill and voiced opposition on cow slaughters.[5]

Further reading

Life history of Swami Karpatri of Banaras

Lutgendorf, Philip. 1991. The Life of a Text: Performing the Rāmcaritmānas of Tulsidas. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 384–387.

References

  1. ^ Swami Karpatri The Linga and the great goddess Indica bolls, ISBN 818656988X
  2. ^ Rama, Swami (1999) Himalayan Institute, Living With the Himalayan Masters, page 247
  3. ^ Unknown author, Portrait of Alain Danielou Official web site of Alain Danielou, retrieved Sept 8, 2012
  4. ^ Hindu code bill and Dr.B.R.Ambedkar by Sohanlal Shastri
  5. ^ Mahila Patrakarita (in Hindi). Prabhat Prakashan. 2012. p. 73. ISBN 9789350481189. Retrieved 14 December 2016.