Who is Nisargadatta Maharaj?June 26, 2021
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli) (17 April 1897 – 8 September 1981) was an Indian philosopher, spiritual leader. A member of the Advaita school, Nisargadatta belongs to the Inchgiri branch of the Navnath Sampradaya sect of Indian spirituality.
After Ramana Maharshi, he is one of the most prominent representatives of the Advaita Vedanta school in the twentieth century.
His wide recognition by the Western world was made possible by the book in which his Marathi speeches were translated into English under the title I Am That.
He was born on April 17, 1897 in Bombay, the son of a devout Hindu couple, Shivrampant Kambli and Kambli. He was given the name ‘Maruti’ because the day he was born coincided with Hanuman’s birthday. Maruti Shivrampant Kambli grew up with her two brothers and four sisters in Kandalgaon, a small village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. His father, Shivrampant, worked as a housekeeper in Mumbai, then farmed in Kandalgaon.
In 1933, through his friend Yashwantrao Baagkar, he met his guru, Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, head of the Inchegiri branch of Navnath Sampradaya. His guru told him, “You are not what he thinks you are…” and gave him simple instructions. He then spoke of his guru’s instruction as follows:
“My guru ordered me to focus only on the feeling of ‘I’, and not on anything else. I just obeyed. I did not do any work, such as breathing work or meditation or the study of scriptures. Regardless, I kept my attention from everything else and remained in the ‘I’ feeling. This may seem so simple, even rude. The only reason I did it was because my Guru told me so. And it worked!”
Concentrating on the “I” following the instructions of his guru, Nisargadatta turned inward in silence for years, meditating and singing hymns. After a period of nearly two and a half years, Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj passed away on 9 November 1936. Having attained self-awareness, the Maruti took the name ‘Nisargadatta’ meaning ‘natural resident’ and was appointed spiritual leader of the Inchegeri branch.
He left Mumbai in 1937 and embarked on a trip to travel all over India. He returned to his family in Mumbai in 1938 and spent the rest of his life there. He lost his daughter and wife Sumatibai between 1942-1948. In 1951, with spiritual instruction from his guru Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, he began accepting disciples.
After retiring in 1966, he started hosting visitors at his home and giving educational speeches. He continued to convey the principles of the road to his friends and students until he passed away from throat cancer at the age of 84 on September 8, 1981.
The only thing you can teach is understanding. The rest will come automatically.
Nothing to do. To know yourself, to be yourself. To be yourself, to free yourself from the illusion of being this or that. Just be. Let your true nature arise. Don’t bother your mind with searching.
All you need is a calm mind. Everything else will be right when your mind is at peace. Just as when the sun rises up life on earth, awareness of your self will also change your mind, your inner energies will awaken in the light of calm and steady self-awareness and work miracles effortlessly.
You only make one mistake: You accept the inside as the outside and the outside as the inside. You perceive what is inside as if you are outside, and what is outside as if you are inside. The mind and emotions are external, but you accept them as your intimate and intimate inner life. You believe the world is objective, but it is entirely a projection of your psyche. This is the main mistake…
When I see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see that I am everything, it is love. My life consists of oscillating between the two.
Do whatever you feel like doing. Don’t bully yourself. Violence makes you rigid and dull. Don’t fight what you think is standing in your way. Just take care of them, observe them, question them. Let them be – good or bad. But don’t get carried away by them.
If you don’t want what you don’t need, what you need will come to you. But few can attain this state of complete passionlessness. It is a very superior condition. It is the threshold of freedom.
Don’t you see that your pursuit of happiness is the main reason why you feel unhappy and helpless? Try the other way; Indifferent to pleasure and pain, neither willingly nor rejecting them, give your full attention to the level where the “I Am” is eternal. You will soon realize that both peace and happiness are your own nature, and seeking them through certain channels causes confusion and distress.
You cannot change your circumstances, but you can change your attitude and attitude. Don’t get addicted to things that are not essential. Only what is necessary is good. There is peace and tranquility only in the original.