Sunday, 23 November 2014

Birth and Early life



When asked about his birth, Maharaj usually replied that he was never born. Verified facts about his early life are unknown. There may be different versions of the past.

Sri Nisargadatta was born on April 17, 1897, to Shivrampant Kambli and Parvatibai, in Bombay. The day being the birthday of Lord Hanuman, the boy was named 'Maruti'. Maruti Shivrampant Kambli was brought up in Kandalgaon, a small village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

Later, he moved back to Bombay. After different incidents in his life, he settled down in a small family apartment of Vanmali Bhavan building on 10th lane of Khetwadi area, maintaining one tiny street-front shop as an income-source for his family, mainly selling bidis – leaf-rolled cigarettes. Here, a small room had been created upstairs for him to receive disciples and visitors, and also for daily chanting, bhajans, meditation sessions and discourses.

Nisargadatta was strictly against forming ashrams around him. His teachings are spread through the few books written by his close disciples.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), and a Guru, belonging to the Navnath Sampradaya. Sri Nisargadatta, with his direct and minimalistic explanation of non-dualism, is considered the most famous teacher of Advaita since Ramana Maharshi. In 1973, the publication of his most famous and widely-translated book, "I AM THAT", an English translation of his talks in Marathi by Maurice Frydman, brought him worldwide recognition and followers.

According to Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, the purpose of spirituality is simply to know who you are. His discussions are not for academic scholars. He is a rebellious spirit, abrupt in his style of discussion, provocative, and immensely profound, cutting to the core and wasting little effort on inessentials. He talked about the 'direct way' of knowing the Final Reality, in which one becomes aware of one's original nature through mental discrimination, breaking the mind's false identification with the ego, knowing that "You are already That".
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