The Self-realized State
What Does it Look Like?
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.
Jnaneshvar (Jnaneshwar, Jnanadev, Jnanadeva) ( Lord of Knowledge )
( 1275 -1296-7 ) ( 1271-1293 ) [ Namdev, Muktabai, Sopan, Nivritti, Jnaneshwar, Krishna, Rukmini
Jnaneshvar was a great Siddha, mystic and poetic genius of Maharashtra, India who died at the age of 21 in enstasy. His spiritual roots were in both the nath and bhakti traditions and listed his lineage as Shiva, Shakti, Matsyendra, Gorakhnath, Gahini and Nivritti (his elder brother). At the age of fifteen (1290) he is said to have delivered ex tempore the nine-thousand verses of his poetic commentary on the Bhagavad Gita; Jnaneshvari (Jnaneshwari) or “Goddess of Wisdom” [ also called Bhava-Artha-Dipika (“Light on the meaning of Being”)].
Jnaneshvar’s teaching was non-dualist, saying that the mainifest world is a “sport” (vilasa) of the Absolute; the Love of the singular Reality, and regarded bhakti (devotion), the means to liberation.
from Jnaneshwar’s Gita : A Rendering of the Jnaneshwari Swami Kripananda
Jnanadeva Giri’s biography
The Poet-Saints of Maharashtra special issue of Darshan magazine #80 (November, 1993) SYDA Foundation
Jnaneshvar: The Life and Works of the Celebrated 13th Century Indian Mystic-Poet (Classics of Mystical Literature Series) Abhayananda, et al / Paperback / Published 1997
Jnaneshwar: The Guru’s Guru R.D. Ranade / Paperback / Published 1994
Jnaneshwar’s Gita: A Rendering of the Jnaneshwari
Swami Kripananda / Hardcover / Published 1989
Jnaneshwari, by Jnandeva Paperback / Published 1980
Bhavanha-Dipika: Otherwise Known As Jnaneshwari Sri Jnanadeva. Translated by Ramchandra Keshar Bhagwat. Madras: Samata Books, 1979.
The Philosophy of Jnanadeva: As Gleaned from the Amrtanubhava by B. P. Bahirat. Third edition, 1984
Sri Jnanadeva’s Amritanubhava, with Changadeva Pasashti Translated from Marathi by Ramchandra Keshav Bhagwat
Sri Jnanadeva’s Bhavarta Dipika, otherwise known as Jnaneshyari Translated by Ramchandra Keshav Bhagwat
Experience of immortality : English rendering of Jnaneshwar’s “Amritanubhava” by Ramesh Balsekar (student of Nisargadatta Maharaj, of the Nav Nath Sampradaya). Published by Advaita Press
Gatha : Garland of divine flowers : selected devotional lyrics of Saint Jnanesvara by P.V. Bobde ; published by Motilal.