Jnaneshwar Maharaj

Last Updated: July 27, 2017

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Jnaneshwar Maharaj was an influential Hindu poet, philosopher and yogi in the 13th century. Jnaneshwar was influenced by the Nath Yogi tradition, a philosophical movement during his time. He wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, titled "Jnaneshvari," that is thought to be one of the most influential spiritual works in the world. In addition to his yogic writings and poetry, Jnaneshwar was thought to have special powers, performing many miracles throughout his lifetime.

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Jnaneshwar Maharaj valued humility, nonviolence and detachment of worldly pleasures. He believed that having a removed and humble view of one’s life is necessary for spiritual advancement.

Through his writings, it is considered that the Karma yoga doctrine was revived. He believed that one could obtain Self-realization by performing responsibilities, completing actions without the influence of the ego, relinquishing the gain from one’s own actions and submitting one’s actions to God.

Every year, in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June-July), Jnaneshwar’s padukas are carried in a palanquin on a trip from Alandi to Pandharpur, in memory and celebration of his influence on Hindu philosophy.

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