Swami Samarth Maharaj



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Shree Swami samartha Maharaj, Gurunam Guru, Guru of Shirdi Sai Baba, Shree Gajanan Maharaj, Shree Gondavalekar Maharaj
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Nath Sampradaya, Dutta Sampraday
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
Unknown
Place of Birth: 
India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
April 30, 1878 AD, Tuesday at 4 PM.

Biography

Shri Swami Smaratha comes from the age-old guru tradition of the Dattatreya sampradaya. Also a different form of famous Nath Sampradaya. As per the most popular belief, Shri Narasimha Swami, after helping and spiritually uplifting a large number of people over a few decades, went away to the Himalayas for penance and went into Samadhi. In the Samadhi state He remained for about three hundred years. With the passage of time a huge anthill grew over him and he was lost to the outside world. One day accidentally a woodcutter’s axe fell on the bushes grown around the ant hill. He was shocked to find blood stains on the blade of the axe. He cleared the anthill and Lo, he found a Yogi in meditation. The Yogi slowly opened his eyes and consoled the dumbfounded woodcutter saying that it was the Divine Will for Him to re-appear in the world to resume His mission.
This Yogi, in his new role came to be known as Swami Samarth.
Prior to his settlement at Akkalkot, Swami Samarth seems to have visited far and wide. While moving in the Himalayan region he visited places like Puri, Benaras, Hardwar, Girnar, Kathiawad and Rameswaram in the South. He also stayed at Mangalvedha, a town near Pandharpur in Solapur district Maharashtra, which had been inhabited earlier by famous saints like Domojipant and Chokhamela. He came to Akkalkot in 1856 where he continued his physical existence for 22 years.
Here he enlightened many disciples, such as Shree Dev Mamledar, Shree Balappa Maharaj, Shree Cholappa Maharaj, Shree Nrusimha Saraswati Maharaj of Alandi, Shree Ramanand Beedkar Maharaj of Pune etc.
"Fear not , I am always with you!!" He says, "Surrender your ego and offer your unconditional love and I will fill you with immortal bliss"..
Shree Swami Samarth one day suddenly announced that the time had come for him to go out of his physical existence. By Hindu calendar it was Chaitra Vadya Trayodashi of Hindu year 1800, i.e. April 30, 1878 AD, Tuesday at 4 PM. At this time he seated himself in Padmasana (Lotus Posture) and uttered his last words - "no one should weep I shall always be present at all places and I shall respond to every call of the devotees." The great sage adopted MahaSamadhi [the last conscious communion with God] under his favourite Banyan tree.
The divine game (leela) of Shree Swami Samarth did not end with his Maha Samadhi (shedding his mortal coil). His devotees continue to experience the miracles of his visible and invisible help even till today.

Sources: 
Shree Guruleelamrut

Teachings

1. Shri Swami Samartha's teaching for performing all actions without expectations of fruits -
Shri Swami Samartha says to one of His devotees, “Go on dong action without expecting any rewards. This will lead you to realization.”

2. Spiritual discipline practiced by Shri Swami Samartha.
Shri Swami Samartha Maharaj used to worship the Divine in the form of Lord Shiva.

3. Swami Maharaj once sang the praise of Lord Shiva in the following chant.
Shivahar Shankar Namami Shankar Shivashankar Shambho I
He Girijapate Bhavani Shankar Shivashankar Shambho II

4. Shri Swami Maharaj's exposition on Master’s greatness and importance
Dhyanmulam Gurormurthi Poojamulam Gurohpadam I
Mantramulam Gurorvakyam Mookshamulam Gurorkrupa II
(Image of Master alone is worth meditating upon. Holy feet of Master are alone to be worshipped. Utterances of Master alone are Mantras. Liberation is possible by merely Masters grace. )

5. All pervading, all encompassing Swami Samartha -
When a devotee invited Shri Swami Samartha for meals, He said “ When everybody is fed I feel satisfied. Go happily and feed all the poor.”

6. Shri Swami Samartha did not impart spiritual advice to anybody and everybody -
A devotee once sought initiation in to Mantra from Swami Maharaj. He said “why are you bothering me? I do not indulge in guruhood. I am not interested in gathering disciples and becoming Guru.”

7. Shri Swami Samartha as Dhanvantari i.e. Divine healer.
a.) A devotee suffering chronically from the unbearable pains in stomach was advised by Shri Swami Samartha “ The lime tree is called ‘Shripuri’ . Press the juice of fresh lemon, mix it with ginger and rocksalt and take this mixture for three days you will be relieved of your pain.”

b). A European person had some injury on a leg, which caused him unbearable pain. Doctors advised amputation, saying that there was no other remedy. Shri Swami Samartha gave him certain herbs and advised him
“ Wash rice grains with water. Mash these herbs and add it to the water in which rice is washed. Take this mixture internally and also apply it externally to the injury. Your leg will be healed.”

c.) To a devotee suffering from leprosy Shri Swami Samartha suggested the remedy
“ Apply your feces to your body”

9. Pun on the word ‘Panchapatra’ (A utensil consisting of five bowls)-
One of the ladies, who had gathered around Shri Swami Samartha for His darshan, referring to some article, said casually to other lady “It is kept in Panchapatra, take it”. Swami Maharaj heard this and made a pun “ Do you yourself realize the object which is in the Panchpatra? Have you laid your hands on it? And if you have then explain its true nature to me. I will take it then, if you ask me to”
(There is a pun in this statement – This body consisting of five sense organs is made up of five primordial elements. The ever pure, free and enlightened soul of the person is trapped in this body. By Masters grace and practice of spiritual disciplines one understands its true nature and then ‘that object’ and supreme soul merge into each other. This is what Shri Swami Maharaj might have meant.)

10. Shri Swami Samartha's messages to His disciples -
a. Do not even see the face of a lazy person.
b. Sweat and toil to earn your livelihood.
c. Do not use drugs. They derail your thinking process.
d. The one who follows ‘Dharma’ (Path of righteousness) always triumphs.
e. One who seeks Master's company should be unmindful of shame.

11. Aspirants should imbibe as much knowledge as possible from Perfect Masters -
Shri Swami Samartha guided “Ocean is full. Take as much as you can. Cultivate the farm with your labour and then reap the harvest”

12. It is improper for a Yogi to display his miraculous powers.
Shri Swami Samartha often said " I do not care to perform miracles! Even roadside snake charmers perform them. Go to them if you want to see such things.”
13. Shri Swami Samartha's poser to hypocrites who preach spirituality to others to earn their livelihood without practicing it themselves -
Shri Swami Samartha would ask, “ From spiritual point of view, what is the difference between you and a dog? Is your show of spirituality to earn money? While you behave according to your personal whims and fancy."

14. Shri Swami Samartha's opinion about Shankara and Madhava traditions-
It is true that Shiva is the best, but it is equally true that Vishnu is also the best.

15. Even the mythological scriptures are capable of fulfilling the desires of Devotees-
Shri Swami Samartha gave command to a devotee, “ Listen to Harivansh
(A religious text). This will bless you with a son.”

16. What is written in destiny will inevitably come to pass-
Shri Swami Maharaj used to quote one example, “Was not Lord Krishna in the vicinity, when Abhimanyu was killed?”

17. Idol worship should be done by comprehending the secret behind it-
Do not indulge in the practice of idol worship all your life long. Try to progress gradually towards the path of self-realization.’ This was Shri Swami Maharaj's teaching. He says to a devotee, “How many more days will you play with the clay?”

18. What is the use of external signs of sanctity if conduct is not righteous?
A woman of bad character who was very particular about external sanctity once brought a plate of meal for Shri Swami Samartha. He said to her “ We do not eat food prepared with your kind of sanctity, give it to your lover who acts in drama!”

20. Do not hate a pious person-
A woman disciple who hated pious men was advised by Shri Swami Samartha - “Hey, do not hate pious men"

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Locations

Akkalkot, Maharashtra, India