year of birth : 1861 | place of birth : Antpur, Hooghly, Bengal, British India
parents : Taraprasanna, Matangini Ghosh
siblings : Krishnabhamini
nationality : Indian | teacher/guru : Ramakrishna Paramahansa
“ Can one become a great devotee of God simply by dancing and
jumping or by quoting plentifully from the scriptures?
what is wanted is freedom from selfishness - freedom from egotism...
Mere talk will not do, this is an age of action. "
Baburam maharaj (Swami Premananda) was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, the 19th-century saint and mystic from Bengal, India. He was born in Antpur in the Hoogly district of Bengal in the year 1861. Baburam, as he was called in his pre monastic days, was also related to Balaram Bose, a leading householder disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. He was given the name of Premananda or "joy of divine love" by his brother disciple Swami Vivekananda. He had a notable contribution during the initial days of Ramakrishna Mission as he managed the whole affairs of Belur Math from 1902 to 1916. He also mentored young spiritual aspirants.
From his early childhood his ideal was to renounce family life and live a monastic life. After graduating from the local village school Baburam came to Calcutta for higher studies. He studied in Metropolitan institution in Shyampukur. In this school his batchmate was Rakhal or Swami Brahmananda, who later became the first president of the Ramakrishna mission, and who was another direct disciple as well as "spiritual son" of Sri Ramakrishna. These contacts enabled Baburam to come in close contact with Sri Ramakrishna and he was drawn to his teachings.