Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was named Maruti and was born in March 1897. He met his Guru Sri Siddharameshwar at the age of 34, and amazingly, 3 years laterrealized his true nature. As a member of the Navnath Sampradaya lineage, Maruti took the name Nisargadatta Maharaj and soon began meeting with seekers.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj remained little known until 1974 when the book I Am That, which is arguably the most profound spiritual text of a generation, appeared.
Since Nisargadatta Maharaj’s death in the Fall of 1981, he has become renowned and studied throughout the world. He is considered by many, along with Ramana Maharshi, to be the strongest voice of Advaita-Vedanta to appear in the 20th century.