“Let my soul be condemned to hell But let the universe be redeemed” – Santha Kabi #BhimaBhoi #Odisha

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Birth Anniversary of Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi – “Let my soul be condemned to hell But let the universe be redeemed” – Santha Kabi #BhimaBhoi #Odisha

 Bhima Bhoi (1850–1895) was a Khond saint, poet and philosopher from the state of Odisha in India. Bhima Bhol was a bhakta(Oriya: devotee) of Mahima Swamy (commonly referred to as Mahima Gosain and whose birth name is said to have been Mukunda Das). From Mahima Swamy, Bhima Bhoi would receive initiation into Mahima Dharma, an Indian religious tradition that challenged the authority of caste Hinduism on its own terms.

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Saint_Bhima_BhoiBhima Bhoi was born in Kaliapali in 21st May 1850, though various sources have cited different years as well as different places of birth. Bhima Bhoi’s family belonged to the Khond tribe, a Dravidian-language speaking people found throughout Orissa and neighboring Andhra Pradesh. Bhoi’s family was not well off and by most accounts his early life was not a happy one. His father died when he was quite young. His mother remarried and had children with her new husband soon after.

ଭୀମ ଭୋଇ (୧୮୫୫-୧୮୯୫) ସମ୍ବଲପୁର ଜିଲ୍ଲା ରେଢ଼ାଖୋଲ ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ଜନ୍ମଗ୍ରହଣ କରିଥିବାର ଜଣାପଡ଼େ୤ କିମ୍ବଦନ୍ତୀ ଓ ଜନଶ୍ରୁତି ମୁତାବକ ଭୀମ ଭୋଇ ବାଲ୍ୟକାଳରୁ ଅନାଥ ଥିବା ସହିତ ଅନ୍ଧ ମଧ୍ୟ ଥିଲେ ଏବଂ ବଡ଼ ଦୁଃଖ ଓ କଷ୍ଟରେ କାଳାତିପାତ କରୁଥିଲେ୤ ଏହା ସତ୍ତ୍ବେ ମହିମା ଧର୍ମର ପ୍ରଚାର ଓ ପ୍ରସାର ପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କ ଦ୍ବାରା ରଚିତ ସ୍ତୁତି ଚିନ୍ତାମଣି, ନିର୍ବେଦ ସାଧନା, ଆଦି ଅନ୍ତଗୀତା, ଅନାଦି ସଂହିତା, ଭୀମ ଭୋଇ ମାଳିକା ଆଦି ଗ୍ରନ୍ଥ ଆଜି ମଧ୍ୟ ବେଶ୍‌ ଆଦୃତ ଲାଭ କରିଛି୤ ତାଙ୍କ ସମୟରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସାହିତ୍ୟକୁ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ କରିବାରେ ଭୀମ ଭୋଇଙ୍କ ରଚନାଗୁଡ଼ିକର ଅବଦାନ ଅନସ୍ବୀକାର୍ଯ୍ୟ.

Bhima Bhoi was equipped with a style which is so bold and so mellow at the same time. Sometimes he appears to be a true revolutionary as he was an intense lover of man. He dreams of a world that will be ruled by the laws of the Lord Eternal and where nothing but supreme truth will be the ultimate dispenser of the things.

He does not believe in idolatry, Bramanical rituals and priesthood venerates the void and sees the presence of Divinity in all beings and objects. He raised a powerful protest against the distance between man and man. He included the female folk into the fold and upheld radical and progressive views like female education and secularism in his works. He implores the Lord of Universe to cry a haut and save the world from perdition. He raises a pertinent question that without the world surviving ,where would be the place upon which a man of God would stand and function as His messenger.

His innovation culminates in words which have made Bhima Bhoi immortal not only in Odia but in all literature,
“Let my soul be condemned to hell But let the universe be redeemed”
This soul stirring couplet finds pride of place in the parliament hall of India.

It is an admitted fact that some of his works have been lost now, but those that remain show in ample measure that the genius that Bhima Bhoi was. They are Stuti Chintamani, Brahmanirupana Gita, Adianta Gita, Chautisa Granthamala, Nirveda Sadhana, Sruti Nisedha Gita, Manusabha Mandala, Mahima Vinoda, in four volumes (unpublisued ), Brihat Bhajana Mala and Bangala Atha Bhajan.

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The magnum opus Stuti Chintamani is undoubtedly, the most important work of Bhima Bhoi. It is a collection of one hundred boli consisting of two thousand stanzas. The work is a cluster of lyrics on his life, religion and philosophy.

              Bhima Bhoi left his mortal coils on 14th day of dark fortnight of Phalguna in the year 1895 when he was barely 45 at Khaliapali Ashrama in the presence of his family members and followers. His mortal remains were interred and a samadhi temple was erected by his devotees under the leadership of Basu Panda and Hari Panda. All his family members and ardent followers died sometime during the first half of 20th century. Samadhi temples were erected in honour of each member except Maa Annapurna, who was buried by the side of Bhima Bhoi in the main temple.

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The Paduka Mandir has been erected on a spot where Bhima Bhoi used to compose and sing with his scribes. The silver coated wooden sandals of Bhima Bhoi and Maa Annapurna are kept here for perpetual worship.

During the great festivity of Maghamela on full moon day of Magha thousands of devotees from far and wide come to this pitha to seek the blessings of saint poet, worshipping the padukas.

When the divisive terrorism has brought the world to a critical juncture, Bhima Bhoi’s message of oneness of human kind becomes more and more relevant. Even today his Bhajans and songs written in simplest possible language are the heart throb of million.

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Mahima Gosain offers Eyes to blind Bhima Bhoi – 

There is a small mysterious talk about Saint Bhima Bhoi. He was born as a blind child and when he was 7 yrs old, one night Mahima Gosain visited his place with Bhakta Sadanand. In midnight they travelled through air and they called Bhima Bhoi and told him to write poems and books regarding Mahima Dharma. That time the little boy replied “I am blind, how can I read and write books”? That night, Mahima Gosain gave him eyes so that he can see the words to read and write books. He is well known as a famous poet and very loyal bhakt of Mahima Gosain.

src – subarnapur & iki

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