Kadsiddheshwar Maharaj



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Birthname: Jaigauda Patil, Bappa, Shri Samarth Sadguru Kadsiddheshwar Maharaj, Shri Muppin Kaadsiddheswar Maharaj
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Lingayatism, Siddhagiri Math, Navnath Sampradaya (Nath Sampradaya)
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
23/04/1905
Place of Birth: 
Lingnur village, Gadhinglaj, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
16/08/2001
Ancestor Gurus: 

Biography

Kadsiddheshwar Maharaj was born on 23 April 1905 (Chaitra Sankashti day) in the Linganoor Village, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra state of India. His father's name was Shri Shaigauda Patil. He was named Jaigauda Patil.

He was formally adopted by the Twenthy-Fifth Virupaksha Kaadeshwar of the Kaneri Math, Lingayat Parampara and invested as the Twenty-Sixth Mathadheepati of the Siddhagiri Kaneri Math, Lingayat Parampara in the year 1922 at the age of 17 years.

He was a master in Yoga and was known to have mastered all the difficult asanas like the Kumbhak which he could maintain for 9 minutes.

It is said that he would mediate for over 10 hours a day and from the period from 1922 to 1935, He mastered all the aspects of the Hindu spiritual tradition and philosophy.

He met his philosophical and spiritual guru, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, in 1935 and was given a new outlook on the deep philosophical concepts.

It is believed that he attained self-realization or Gyan Drishti.

Kaadsiddheswar Maharaj was known for his extensive activities with the poor laborers and farmer classes.

He renovated the Kaneri Math and renamed it as Siddhagiri Math. He constructed a 42 feet tall idol of a meditating Shiva with an equally massive Nandi, he built halls, several hostels for devotees and started a school with hostel facility for poor underprivileged students in the Math campus. He had also started an Old-Age home there.

He also established several other Maths such as in Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar, Khopi-Pedambe, Amurteshwar-Satara and Pune.

Teachings

Kadsiddheshwar Maharaj gave discourses on Hindu Philosophy and the right way to live, which would lead to Gyan Drishti and Vignayni Avastha.

His main focus was to live to the fullest and at the same time to realize that the world is an illusion, Maya. Realizing this is considered as Gyan Drishti – literally knowledge and vision – and living in that realization is to be in Vignayni Avastha.

He renovated the Kaneri Math and renamed it as Siddhagiri Math.

He revitalized the Pravachans (Discourses) organized in the Siddhagiri Math and these were organized on every Full Moon (Purnima) and on every major religious occasion on the Hindu Traditions. The largest Pravachans were organized on the 3-day festival around the Maha Shivarati day (February–March), where over 50,000 devotees are said to have attended at the Siddhagiri Math.

He also established several other Maths such as in Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar, Khopi-Pedambe, Amurteshwar-Satara and Pune. Discourses (Pravachans) were also organized in these centers of Philosophy at regular intervals. These discourses were delivered in the Marathi language and very simple to understand, focused mainly on the concept of "Aham Brahmasmi" ("I am Brahma"). Brahma is a complex word with several layers of meanings including 'Universe' 'Soul' "Eternity' 'Timelessness' 'Nothingness' etc.

His constant teaching was "Ghabru Nakos" ("Do not fear" in Marathi language) and "Soham" meaning that "That Itself is Me".

He propagated the "Shrimad Dasbodh" a book by Shri Samarth Ramdas Maharaj as the basic and simplest Book on philosophy. During his discourses, he would often quote the Mahāvākyas viz, Ayam Atma Brahma ("This Self (Atman) is Brahman" - Mandukya Upanishad 1.2 of the Atharva Veda), Tat Tvam Asi ("You are that" - Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7 of the Sama Veda), Aham Brahmasmi ("I am Brahman" -Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10 of the Yajur Veda).

He taught that all the concepts of sects and religions is an Illusion and everything is unified, to realize this unity is the simplest form of Vidnyani Avastha.

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