Sat Guru Param Pujya Shri Shri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaj is the SadGuru Dev of Shri Shri Premdhara MataJi.
Sripad Ananta das Babaji Maharaj has initiated some 5,000 disciples into the Gaudiya Vaishnav tradition. He has been elected as the Mahant of Radhakund. He is widely recognized as the foremost teacher of the Gaudiya Vaishnav tradition alive today.
Pandit Sri Ananta dasa Babaji Maharaj was born in the district of Jharkhand in 1927.
In 1950 Sri Ananta dasji left for a pilgrimage to meet the saint , Sri Kunja Bihari das Babaji Maharaj.
Having arrived at Radhakund, he met with the great saint and received initiation into a disciplic succession descending from Lord Nityananda and Sri Jahnava Mataji through the descendants of Sri Dhananjay Pandit.
At the end of this visit, despite his desire to stay at Radhakund, Sri Kunja Bihari Das Babaji ordered him to return to his village to preach the message of Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu, initiating people into spiritual life. On the order of his guru, Sri Ananta dasji returned to his family, teaching the local people and initiating some two hundred disciples over the following ten years.
Eventually he decided to renounce the world, departing for Radhakunda this time to stay for good. He received the garb of an ascetic from Sri Kunja Bihari das Babaji.Over the decades he engaged himself in the deep study of the Goudiya canon of sacred texts, at the same time becoming more and more deeply absorbed in devotional service and meditation, both in the external and the esoteric internal methods of worship.
In accordance with the command of his spiritual master, Srila Babaji Maharaj began to write extensive commentaries elucidating the fundamental concepts presented in the writings of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan and in the writings of the latter great preceptors following in their footsteps. In his old age, he has retired to Radhakunda, focusing on his inner worship and on his life’s mission – to reveal the original message of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for the common man