Nisargadatta Maharaj

1897 - 1981

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Nisargadatta Maharaj (17 April 1897 – 8 September 1981), born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli, was an Indian guru of nondualism, belonging to the Inchagiri Sampradaya, a lineage of teachers from the Navnath Sampradaya and Lingayat Shaivism. The publication in 1973 of I Am That, an English translation of his talks in Marathi by Maurice Frydman, brought him worldwide recognition and followers, especially from North America and Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nisargadatta Maharaj has received more than 497,855 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Nisargadatta Maharaj is the 738th most popular philosopher (down from 717th in 2019), the 226th most popular biography from India (down from 213th in 2019) and the 31st most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Nisargadatta Maharaj ranks 738 out of 1,089Before him are Hakuin Ekaku, Crates of Athens, David Lewis, Julius Pollux, Johannes Agricola, and Inayat Khan. After him are Edvard Westermarck, Pantaenus, Anandamayi Ma, Symon Budny, Cláudio Hummes, and Rishabhanatha.

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Among people born in 1897, Nisargadatta Maharaj ranks 112Before him are Edmund Heines, Richard Hildebrandt, Fazlollah Zahedi, Agustín Lara, Karol Świerczewski, and Georgy Shpagin. After him are Štefan Tiso, Peter Högl, Marian Anderson, Lazare Ponticelli, Emil Leon Post, and John Bagot Glubb. Among people deceased in 1981, Nisargadatta Maharaj ranks 73Before him are Franjo Šeper, Duško Popov, Alberto Suppici, Kirill Kondrashin, Giuseppe Pella, and Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa. After him are Gloria Grahame, Ross Martin, Nargis, Carl Ludwig Siegel, Helmut Gröttrup, and Victor Kugler.

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Among people born in India, Nisargadatta Maharaj ranks 226 out of 1,227Before him are Abhinavagupta (950), Feroze Gandhi (1912), Rajaram I (1670), Dhyan Chand (1905), Jim Corbett (1875), and Inayat Khan (1882). After him are Mohammed Rafi (1924), Anna Hazare (1937), Rajendra K. Pachauri (1940), Rishabhanatha (null), Shah Waliullah Dehlawi (1703), and Krishnadevaraya (1471).


Among philosophers born in India, Nisargadatta Maharaj ranks 31Before him are Dignāga (480), Madhvacharya (1199), Thiruvalluvar (350), Narayana Guru (1855), Abhinavagupta (950), and Inayat Khan (1882). After him are Rishabhanatha (null), Shah Waliullah Dehlawi (1703), Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (1921), Sarada Devi (1853), Vallabha (1479), and Hemachandra (1089).