Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj

Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj was born in 1888. In 1906, he was initiated by his guru Shri Sadguru Bhausaheb Maharaj in Inchegeri in Karnataka India, who taught mantra-meditation as the way to reach Final Reality. In 1920 Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj started to set out on "the Bird's Path", the fast way to attain realisation, six years after Shri Sadguru Bhauhaseb maharaj had left his body.
His fellow-students opposed, but eventually he succeeded by himself.

Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj, after passing away of his Master Shri Sadguru Bhausaheb Maharaj in the year 1914, was meditating on the teachings of his Master. In 1918, he renounced the world and joined his four brother disciples to popularize his Master's teachings. In the year 1920, when he was on tour popularizing his Master's teachings, he got the idea that one should go beyond meditation because meditation is an initial stage to attain Final Reality. Brother disciples disagreed with Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj, saying that their Master Shri Sadguru Bhausaheb Maharaj has not told them so. He agreed with them, but reiterated, "Okay! Can one not go beyond that?" He decided to set out on that arduous path on his own, left his brother disciples, and returned to his home in Bijapur. He started his meditation in Bijapur on the raised platform like a minaret (upli buruj) sitting over an old gun and he meditated for nine months without a break. Since his Master had taught him only meditation, there was no alternative for him to find out the way to attain the Final Reality, that is, Enlightenment, without meditation. He made the ceaseless efforts to achieve this Final Reality. He said "I will attain the Final Reality even at the cost of my life." By the grace of Master Shri Sadguru Bhausaheb Maharaj he attained the goal of Final Reality

He preached in a very simple, lucid and sane language, by giving examples from daily life. He was of the opinion that Parmarth -- understanding of Final Reality should be taught in a very simple language without using high sounding or bombastic words, to make the people understand the Ultimate Reality. This he did from year 1925 to 1936. It was sometime during the first half of those mid-late 1920s a nearly disguised young American traveler on a spiritual quest toward Enlightenment, that gained fame anonymously some years later in a novel by the famous British playwright W. Somerset Maugham titled The Razor's Edge, visited Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar, one of the first Americans to do so. It has been written that from his stay in India he gained peace of mind. The Maharaj passed away on 9th November, 1936, in Bombay, giving full understanding of the Final Reality to his disciples, especially so to two of the most accomplished followers Shri Sadguru Nisargadatta Maharaj and Shri Sadguru Ranjit Maharaj.

Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj initiated several well-known teachers:
  • Shri Sadguru Ranjit Maharaj (1913-2000) .
  • Shri Sadguru Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897–1981).
  • Shri Muppin Kaadsiddheshwar Maharaj.
  • Shri Ganapatrao Maharaj Kannur (1909-2004).
  • Shri Vilasanand Maharaj (1909-1993).
  • Shri Ranachhodray Maharaj, Baitkhol Karwar.

Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj used four books to give sermons on:
  • Dasbodh of Saint Shri Samarth Ramdas
  • The Yoga Vasistha. 
  • Sadachara of Shri Shankaracharya.
  • Eknathi Bhagwat of Sant Eknath.