“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.”
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
From a humble room in a chawl at Khetwadi in Girgaum, Mumbai, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s (1897-1981) Teaching reached out to spiritual seekers in India and across the globe with the publication of I Am That, the 1973 English translation of his talks in Marathi, by Maurice Frydman.
He started taking disciples in 1951, only after a personal revelation from his guru Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj. Nisargadatta Maharaj, with his direct and minimalistic explanation of Non-duality, is considered one of the foremost exponents of Advaita. After he stopped going to his shop in 1966, Maharaj continued to receive and teach visitors in his home, giving discourses twice a day, until his death at the age of eighty-four years.
Many spiritual luminaries and well-known writers have acknowledged the impact his words have had on their lives. Among those who have come together to pay homage to him here are: Swami Tejomayananda, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, Gangaji, Jack Kornfield, Stephen Wolinsky, and Master Charles Cannon. Others have graciously shared their collection of Maharaj’s photographs with you in this pictorial tribute.