We are happy that we have been blessed with the awareness
for naming the new era ushered in by Pujya Lalaji Maharaj
and accordingly we have named it as Lalaji Era. With the
ushering in of the Advent in 1873 the New Era started but we
have not counted the years in the Era till 1990’s. I am to
state with humility it is the Institute of Sri Ramchandra
Consciousness that made bold to count the years in the new
Era. The idea of having a calendar of our own engaged the
attention of ISRC for quite some time. We were not sure
whether we should accept the solar method or lunar method of
counting the months as both of them have their own
advantages and disadvantages. But the reality is that we
count our years by the Gregorian calendar which has a logic
of its own however untenable it might be from the
astronomical angle based on which most of the Indian
calendars or Panchang work. Since the ISRC does not have
experts in the field we decided to name the months according
to the logic of the system of our beloved Babuji Maharaj. It
is considered that we may not take up at present the task of
working out the cycle of 60 years adopted by the Indian
systems. We may for the present be satisfied that we count
the years and not bother about the cycles of years.
I may present briefly the logic for naming the months. 14th
January or 13th January usually happen to be the
date on which Sun enters the constellation of Capricorn. We
have therefore accepted 14th of January (surely
arbitrarily) as the 1st of the new year of the
Lalaji Era. So far we have not had a calendar of the months
of the year of the Lalaji Era.
Since we owe everything to Pujya Lalaji Maharaj it is but
prudent to start the year with his name. More so because it
is during this month (Magha Suddha Panchami according to the
Indian calendar) he descended on earth. We know that He is
most Just and Benevolent and it is therefore proper to call
this month Samavarti. It gives hope to us that all that
happens during this year will be just and God ordained and
we with absolute faith in the Master continue our sadhana.
The second month is named Prana after the Pranasya Pranaha
introduced into the aspirant during meditations. The Adi
Guru secured the permission for introduction of this
spiritual force into the aspirants and thereby exhibited
practically how much the Lord is eager to yawn towards us.
The connection to this vital force of Pranasya Pranaha is
the essence of this system of sadhana.
The third month is named Bhuma after the source of the
Pranasya Pranaha, the mother of all existence.
The fourth month is named Prabhu after our beloved Master
Pujya Babuji Maharaj whose birth day falls on Baishaka Badi
Panchami in this month. He is the guiding principle in all
respects and in all aspects of our life and is enabling us
to reach the status of being a Real Man.
The fifth month is named Bhanwar after the original kshob
from which we derive the original vibrations and which
grants us the critical connection to the Centre.
The sixth month of the year is named Ishwar after Rev.
Ishwar Sahai a close associate of our dear Master Rev.
The seventh month is named Varada after Dr. K.C.Varadachari
an intimate of the Master whose services in the development
and spread of the system of Rev. Babuji is incomparable. His
benevolent grace alone is responsible for the new order of
training in the system to reach the pinnacle of human glory.
The eighth month Krishna is named after Lord Krishna the
Avatar and the Head of all organisation of Rev.Babuji
(because they are not distinguishable) whose birthday falls
in this month.
The ninth month Samadrishti is named after the nature of
Lord Krishna who treats all as equal.
The tenth month Sat pad is named after the primary goal of
sadhana to be reached through the method of Satyapada Marg.
The eleventh month Radha is named after the intimate of Lord
Krishna whose very nature is ‘Love Universal’.
The twelfth month Viveka is named after Swami Vivekananda
whose hand in structuring our system is fully acknowledged
by the Master.
The days of the months are evenly distributed first as
thirty days and later to adjust the number of days to 365
additional day has been added to the months of Samavarti,
Prabhu, Ishwar, Varada, Krishna. Samavarti and Prabhu are
the same as the merger of Lalaji in Babuji is total and
therefore we have allotted 31 days for Samavarti and Prabhu.
Iswar the month named after Iswar Sahai is given an
additional day. Varada is our connection to Master and
therefore the month named after him has been given another
day. Krishna is the head of our organisation and therefore
an additional day has been given for the month named after
him. For the present the names of the years may be retained
as those of lunar months of our Panchang.