Upendranath Mukherji (1868-1919)—Lay disciple of the Master, founder of Basumati Sahitya Mandir, one of the most genuine well-wishers of the Master’s monastic disciples. Son of Purnachandra, was born at 31, Nimu Goswami Lane in Ahiritola, his maternal uncle’s residence, on 28.2.1868. Had only a smattering of education in his childhood due to poverty. After a stint of service, set up a private venture dealing in books at Battala. Handling the sale of the poet Surendranath Mazumdar’s books, developed intimate relations with his younger brother Devendranath, a devotee of the Master. First saw the Master (1884) at either Devendranath’s or Adharlal Sen’s house, both residents of Ahiritola. Began to frequent Dakshineswar. The Master would ask him to bring the prasad of Narayan for him from his house and used to take it. Once the Master asked him to bring a few pieces of jalebi for him. He named Upendra’s wife (1877-1973) “Bhavatarini”. In answer to Upendra’s prayer for prosperity the Master blessed him and his business flourished. The Master is said to have declared, “Your entrance will be large, having noticed the inconvenience of the small and low entrance to his shop at Battala during a visit” (Udbodhan, 71.10.566). Upendra was one of those who received the Master’s grace on 1.1.86. Upendra’s sympathy and support benefitted the Master’s monastic disciples in various ways in their struggle amidst dire poverty after his demise. Consciousness of the Master’s grace pervaded his business concern noticeably as prosperity had failed to infuse worldliness in him. Narendranath Datta’s Bengali translation of Imitation of Christ was published, though incomplete, in the first five numbers of Sahitya kalpadruma, a monthly journal published by him. In the interest of his publishing concern Narendranath had also translated “Education” by Herbert Spencer. The weekly Basumati started by him from 25.8.1896 disseminated the teachings of the Master, all his other publications carrying the same message. Did his best to counter the hostilities in the country against Swamiji prior to his attainment of fame with the help of his journals. Died on 31.3.1919 at his birth place. His line of descendants, too, soon died out.