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When asked about his biographical details, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj used to say "I was never born", for he does not identify himself with his body. He identified himself only with the eternal and pure beingness.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was born in March 1897, on the day the birthday of Lord Hanuman. In honor of Lord Hanuman, he was given the name 'Maruti'. At the tender age of 18, Maruti's father passed away and Maruti followed his oldest brother to Bombay. There he worked as a bidi merchant. In 1924 he married Sumatibai. They had three daughters and a son.

Through a friend named Yashwantrao Bagkar, Maruti met his guru Sri Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj. Sri Siddharameshwar told Maruti to concentrate on the feeling "I Am" and to remain in that state. Maruti followed his gurus instruction of concentrating on the feeling "I am", and within three years, the realization dawned on him and he got Self-awareness.

Sri Nisargadatta continued to live the life of an ordinary Indian working-man but his teaching, which he set out in his master-work "I Am That" and which are rooted in the ancient Upanishadic tradition, made a significant philosophical break from contemporary thought. Devotees traveled from all over the world to hear Nisargadatta's unique message until his death. Maharaj left his mortal frame in 1981, suffering with throat cancer.

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