Shivapuri Baba

Shivapuri Baba

“The sole purpose of this human life is nothing but the realization of God.”

“Till God is known, nothing in known”

“God can never be explained but can be experienced.”


Shivapuri Baba, also known as Swami Govindanath Bharati, was a Hindu saint who reportedly lived from 1826 to 1963, making him 137 years old at the time of his death.

According to the biography written by John G. Bennett, “Long Pilgrimage – The Life and Teaching of the Shivapuri Baba,” Shivapuri Baba was born in the Indian State of Kerala as Jayanthan Nambudiripad in 1826 and became a seeker after truth at the age of 18.

He was one of the first spiritual teachers to travel to the West, where he met various European heads of state, as well as U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt, before returning to India in 1915.


The SHIVAPURI BABA lived to be a hundred and thirty seven years old.
He was born as a twin, in 1826, and came into this world with a smile on his face.

His grandfather, Achyutam, was a famous astrologer, and along with the other signs of his birth, he announced that a great soul had been born and that the family line would come to an end, as it had fulfilled its purpose on earth.

In 1844, at the age of eighteen, the future saint was ready to leave civilization and attempt the vision of God. For the next quarter of a century, he lived alone in the remote forest beside the Narbada river, in the upper Deccan of southern India. What he was after, to be more precise, was ‘ Itambhara Prajna ‘, or complete union with Absolute Will beyond Being itself. To achieve that, the young renunciate had to live the minimum life possible so he could empty his mind of all its contents, thereby enabling him to make that supreme act of total surrender and to remain in anxious suspension until the Breakthrough arrived.

And what a Breakthrough he had, after twenty-five years of non-stop practice, capped off by the crowning Touch of Divine Grace, the veil of consciousness was finally lifted, in a flash!, and he landed up in Eternity.

As if that wasn’t enough, after achieving the Impossible, the Saint then left the jungle, beaming radiant with the Light of God Realization, (after all, had he not drunk from the Milk of Paradise?) to perform the next activity on his list which just happened to be taking a walk around the entire world!

The year he set out, trekking through the Khyber Pass, was 1875, and after covering 80% of the land mass on foot, and meeting many of the world leaders of that time, including Queen Victoria, Queen Emma of the Netherlands, and President Theodore Roosevelt, to name a few, the amazing Saint returned to India forty years later in 1915, in one piece, without a single scratch, whereupon he helped found a university in Benares, with some diamonds his grandfather had set aside, but of course he refused the Chancellorship; revealed the route up Mount Everest that the Hunt expedition finally chose in 1952; taught B.G. Tilak a ‘ little ‘ astronomy; settled down alone in a small hut outside of Katmandu, in the Shiva Puri Forest, where a wild leopard used to come sit beside him like a domestic house cat; received tons of visitors all asking questions about God; took up smoking at one hundred and seven; still looked like the picture of health and vitality at one-hundred and twenty-nine; and eventually died in 1963, shortly after he had approved the draft for his biography, titled ” Long Pilgrimage “, by John G. Bennett.

Teachings on Spiritual Discipline

  • Devote maximum time in God worship.
  • Meditate on him, in the beginning with form and try to go beyond form.
  • If you go on passing your time on meditating on God, God will come in a flash.
  • If you see God or Truth, all your problems will be solved and no re-birth in the world.
  • After God realization also the soul immediately will not leave this gross body.
  • It stays in the body so long as one enjoys prarabdha.
  • Prarabdha is the accumulation of your deeds in your past life. When balance is not left, no rebirth.

Shivapuri Baba left his body on January 28, 1963. His final message was: “Live Right Life, Worship God. That is all. Nothing more.” He took a drink of water then said “Gaya” (I’m gone), laid down on his right side and passed away. His teaching of right living involved duty, morality, and worship. The sole purpose of human life was to find the Ultimate Truth, or God, and to this end a certain code of life was required—a spiritual, moral, and intellectual order.

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