Biographer, Sage – Narasimha Swamiji

narsimha swami ji

This is He… Narasimha Swamiji (1874 – 1956 )… A sage… Who wrote the biographies of Sri Ramana Maharshi, and Shirdi Sai Baba…

It is he who penned the first biography of Ramana Maharshi… Reading which came Paul Brunton and others…

Last visit to the Ashram, I saw the cave where he lived… About that later.. At first, some details about Narasimha Swamiji..

He was a lawyer in Salem, Tamil Nadu… A very successful lawyer… He was in law practice from 1895 to 1925… And he was counted among the best and the most successful… And that is indeed a terrific achievement, if you consider that his peers included C Rajagopalachari… Narasimha Swami earned such a reputation for integrity and capability that he was elected as Member of Legislative Council, Salem, where he became a game changer, by talking in Tamil, and also connecting with the masses to explain the happenings in the assembly (a move, that Congress later adopted in other parts of India). He was an activist in the Home Rule Movement started by Annie Beasent.  All in all, a busy, good, successful man…

Here is a picture of the palatial bungalow in Salem that he stayed in…

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It is here that tragedy struck… In 1921, two of his children drowned in the well in the house…

It was there and then that he decided that his life’s mission to take to the spiritual path… He set his domestic affairs in order, and leaving everything, he walked away from the material world… In 1928 he came to Sri Ramana Maharshi in Arunachala… At that time, there were just five or six people with Maharshi… And the Ashram, at Sri Ramana’s mother’s samadhi, was well out of town… There was no place to dwell… He took his abode in a cave of sorts in a rock… And it is there that he did his Sadhana…

Here is an old picture of the inside of the cave.

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He lived a Sadhu’s life and helped other Sadhus to dwell here, in the presence of Bhagavan… As a part of his Vedanta learning, he asked Bhagavan Ramana to teach him Kaivalua Navaneeta… Bhagavan happily taught him… And finished his instruction in just a week… Bhagavan is said to have remarked about the remarkable intelligence and grasp of Narasimha Swami…

Narasimha Swami stayed at Arunachala from 1928 to 1931. He wrote the first biography of Bhagavan, “Self Realization”…

Some weeks ago, I was in Sri Ramanasramam, and this was the first time I noticed that cave where Narasimha Swami stayed… Its now kept locked…

Here is a picture that I took..

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Narasimha Swamiji stayed here for three years…

And then, his heart set in Bhakti Marga, he took Bhagavan’s advice, and left for Pandharpur… On a journey that took him finally to Shirdi…

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3 Responses to “Biographer, Sage – Narasimha Swamiji”

  1. ravimouli Says:

    Fantastic Kamesh.

  2. ravimouli Says:

    What a blessing ! To be taught Kaivalya Navaneedham by the Big Boss himself ! Wow ! What else can one ask for !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. krishni457 Says:

    dear sir thk u for ur nice write up about sri BVN. kindly continue. (krishnasamy)

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