Ranjit Maharaj



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Sri Ranjit Maharaj
Function: 
Master
Traditions: 
Advaita, Navnath Sampradaya (Nath Sampradaya)
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
January 4th, 1913
Place of Birth: 
Bombay. India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
November 15th, 2000
Ancestor Gurus: 

Biography

Ranjit Maharaj was born in Bombay on January 4th, 1913. Intensely spiritual as a child, he used to fervently worship Lord Krishna. “But when I saw my guru I forgot Lord Krishna,” he would say later.

At the age of 12, he met his master Siddharameshwar Maharaj, a great guru from the Navnath Sampradaya tradition who was also the master of Nisargadatta Maharaj. Ranjit Maharaj stayed with his Guru from this time until Siddharameshwar's death in 1936.

While Siddharameshwar’s guru taught the long and difficult path of dhyana or meditation, Siddharameshwar directly communicated knowledge, gyana, of the Final Reality to his disciples, including Ranjit Maharaj. This way, he said students could attain enlightenment very fast, like a bird flies from tree to tree and so he called it Vihangam Marg or the way of the bird as opposed to the Pipilika Marg or the way of the ant taught by his Master. It was this path that Ranjit Maharaj also taught his disciples.

After meeting his guru, Ranjit Maharaj continued to live a normal life. After completing his schooling, he tried his hand at various jobs, including that of a bar manager, before becoming an accountant. Because of his shy nature and respect for his senior colleague, Ranjit Maharaj refrained from taking on disciples of his own. When faced with a request, however, from his guruu's son Yashwantrao, to give mantra diksha to his daughter-in law, he could not refuse and ultimately agreed to carry on the spiritual lineage.

Ranjit Maharaj did not begin to teach until 1983 at the age of 70 when increasing numbers of seekers kept showing up at his door, following the death of Nisargadatta Maharaj two years earlier.

Satsangs took place every day at his small flat in a busy commercial area in Mumbay. His teaching were in the continuity of his master's, which emphasizes simplicity and directness in language.

Ranjit Maharaj made his first tour to the west only in 1996. He visited and gave talks in USA and also in Europe.

In early 2000, Ranjit Maharaj suffered a stroke, which left him paralyzed on one side. In a touching expression of his devotion, even in this state of health, he traveled almost 1,000 km by ambulance for the annual pilgrimage to Siddharameshwar’s Samadhi in Bagewadi in Karnataka.

Ranjit Maharaj passed away on November 15th, 2000 at 6:16 PM at his residence in Bombay. Maharaj's words during his last few days were:

It is of no use now, this has to go

Nisargadatta Maharaj speaking about Ranjit Maharaj
(A quote from an interview with David Godman about his memories of Nisargadatta Maharaj)

Ranjit Maharaj once came to visit during one of his morning sessions. They chatted in Marathi for a few minutes and then Ranjit left.

Maharaj simply said, 'That man is a jnani. He is a disciple of my Guru, but he is not teaching.'

Sources: 
Innerquest Org, Books

Teachings

The uniqueness of Maharaj's teaching is its radical stand and directness - All is illusion, the "I" is illusion, so whatever the "I" does is also illusion. Therefore, he does not give any method to improve that which is not, the illusion. Through knowledge and the rejection of all false identifications that one has taken upon oneself, the veils of ignorance are removed and we realize our true nature.

He said:

To find out your true nature is the easiest thing since you are That.

Knowledge is a mere remedy to cure the disease of ignorance, and once ignorance has vanished, knowledge has no value any more.

In Reality, there is neither knowledge nor ignorance. When I do not exist, when I am not, He only is and that is Reality, that is Ourselves without ourselves.

Sources: 
Innerquest Org, Books

Locations

An old excerpt about the satsangs of Ranjit Maharaj in Mumbay, when he was alive (from the book "From Here to Nirvana")

Maps and Pictures of Location: 
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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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You Are He (Commentaries on the Teaching of Sri Ranjit Maharaj)

by Andrew Vernon

(Paperback)

Sri Ranjit Maharaj was a co-disciple of the well-known teacher, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Both were disciples of Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, the great "unknown sage" who left his body in 1936. The Way of the Bird is the way of Self-enquiry that begins with the question "Who am I?" and ends in the final understanding called Self-realization or enlightenment. It is the everyday application of the non-dual philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. This book covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of this ancient path in an easy-to-use format of daily quotations and commentaries.

Pro Opinions

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NIDHI PARKASH's picture

after going through his little sketch of life and teaching he seems a good disciple of his master and a teacher to some devotees.

Beautiful Soul

Ananda99's picture

This is the second time in my Life where I see the picture of this kind and beautiful soul. All I can say is that he's very genuine. Namaste Dear Ranjit

Ranjit Maharaj Lineage Continues with Ramakant Maharaj

shawcharles's picture

On 15 November 2000, the graceful and humble Sri Ranjit Maharaj, disciple of Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, and co-disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj attained samadhi.