Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Year of birth : 1897
Parents : Shivrampant Kambli, Parvatibai
Teacher/Guru : Siddharameshwar Maharaj


“ There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself.

To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that.

Just be. Let your true nature emerge.

Don't disturb your mind with seeking. ”

“ When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom.

When I see I am everything, that is love.

My life is a movement between these two. ”

“ A quiet mind is all you need.

All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet.

As the sun on rising makes the world active,

so does self-awareness effect changes in the mind.

In the light of calm and steady self-awareness

inner energies wake up and work miracles

without effort on your part. ”

Books by the Master

" Adhyatma Dnyanacha Yogeshwar (Vol I & II) " ... " Atmagyana and Paramatmayoga " ...
" Self Knowledge and Self Realization " ... " Prior to Consciousness " ... " The Experience of Nothingness " Ser " ...
" The Wisdom Teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj " ... " Atmaprem " ...
" The Nectar of the Lord's Feet: Final Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj " ... " I Am That I Am" ...
" Seeds of Consciousness: The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj " ...
 " Nectar of Immortality: Discourses on the Eternal " ...
" The Ultimate Medicine: Dialogues with a Realized Master " ... " A Journey of Self-Discovery " ...
 " The Experience Of Nothingness Talks On Realizing The Infinite " ...
 " Consciousness and the Absolute: The Final Talks " ... " Beyond Freedom " 


Nisargadatta he was introduced to his guru, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, the head of the Inchegiri branch of the Navnath Sampradaya, by his friend Yashwantrao Baagkar. After an association that lasted hardly two and a half years, Siddharameshwar Maharaj died on November 9, 1936, though by that time he had done his task. Maruti had reached self-awareness. Soon he adopted a new name, "Nisargadatta" meaning "naturally given" ("nis-arga" literally means "without parts," suggesting establishment in the unfragmented, seamless, solid Awareness). He was also appointed as the spiritual head of the Inchegeri branch of Navnath Sampradaya, the 'Nine Masters’ tradition, a place he retained through his life.

In 1937, he left Mumbai and travelled across India. Through realising the shortcomings of a totally unworldly life and the greater spiritual fruitfulness of dispassionate action, he eventually returned to his family in Mumbai in 1938. It was there that he spent the rest of his life. 

According to Nisargadatta the purpose of spirituality is to know who you are, a viewpoint he expounded in the talks he gave at his humble flat in Khetwadi, Mumbai, where a mezzanine room was created for him to receive disciples and visitors. This room was also used for daily chantings, bhajans (devotional songs), meditation sessions, and discourses. His teaching style may be summed up in the words of Advaita scholar and examplar, Dr. Robert Powell, "Like the Zen masters of old, Nisargadatta's style is abrupt, provocative, and immensely profound — cutting to the core and wasting little effort on inessentials. His terse but potent sayings are known for their ability to trigger shifts in consciousness, just by hearing, or even reading them."

After he retired from his shop in 1966, Nisargadatta Maharaj continued to receive and teach visitors in his home, giving discourses twice a day, until his death on September 8, 1981 at the age of 84.