Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s Life

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Who was Nisargadatta Maharaj?

“[Birth] name : Marutirao Shivrampant Kambli

Became : Nisargadatta after Self-realization

[When was Nisargadatta Maharaj born?] Born : April 1897 in Mumbai on Hanuman Jayanti (Lord Hanuman’s birthday), a full moon day to Smt. Parvatibai and Shri Shivrampant Kambli

[Where did Nisargadatta Maharaj live?] Home Town : First Revandi, then Kandalgaon, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra

Education : Up to 4th standard at Kandalgaon

Settled in Mumbai : 1920

Marriage : 1924 to Sumatibai

[When did Nisargadatta Maharaj meeting his guru? Who was Nisargadatta Maharaj’s guru?] Met Guru : 1933 Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj

Tradition of Gurus : Shri Revannath, Shri Marul Siddha, Shri Kadsiddha, Shri Gurulingjangam, Shri Bhausaheb Maharaj, Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj

[What was Nisargadatta Maharaj’s job?] Occupation : Owned five to six shops in Mumbai. After his Guru’s mahasamadhi in 1936, Maharaj gave up everything and started his wanderings, in which he visited several places of pilgrimage. His final plan of visiting and settling in the Himalayas was interrupted by the timely intervention of his Guru-bandhu (literally, Guru-brother) Vilasananda. Maharaj thereafter returned to Mumbai.

Financial Position then : Just one shop left.

Scriptures often referenced in Maharaj’s discourses: Mainly Bhagwat of Sage Eknath, Dasbodh of Swami Ramdas. He also talked on Sadachar, Yoga Vasishtha, Amrutanubhava and Jnaneshwari

Initiation of disciples : 1951 onwards. Thousands received the precious Nama Mantra from Maharaj. His small ashram could accommodate only twenty visitors, which increased to over fifty on the birthdays and mahasamadhi days of lineage Gurus. For larger attendance, public halls were booked. The highest spiritual knowledge was freely available to the earnest seeker. For many disciples it was not just the end of journey, but of the seeker entity itself

[When did Nisargadatta Maharaj die? / Nisargadatta Maharaj death] Mahasamadhi : September 8, 1981, 10th day of Bhadrapada, at 7.30 p.m.”

Source: ‘Self-Love – Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s Direct Pointers to Reality’ by Mohan Gaitonde

The quotes on this site are from books about Nisargadatta Maharaj, as well as free PDFs available on the internet. There’s also original audio from satsang (meetings) available on YouTube.

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