The “King of Saints” was Jnaneshwar
(?1271-1293), who, while living only twenty-two
years, made an indelible mark on the whole of Hindu
spirituality. Before Jnaneshwar’s time, the
scriptures of India were in the secret language of
Sanskrit and completely unavailable to the lower
classes. Breaking from tradition, Jnaneshwar not
only translated the central Sanskrit text, the
Bhagavad Cita, into the common language of Marathi
but added a magnificent commentary which expounds
the complete path of yoga and spiritual practice.
His commentary, the Jnaneshwari, still stands among
the greatest spiritual works ever written.