Akkalkot Maharaj




[above photo dated 1877]

Akkalkot Maharaj

(Shri Swami Samarth)

(19th century)
 

Akkalkot Maharaj, recognized by many as an
incarnation of
Dattatreya,
first appeared in Akkalkot in 1856. There he stayed for nearly
twenty-two years. When asked about his parentage and childhood, he
gave various, sometimes contradictory, answers to
inquirers.

One account put forth by deotees asserts that
after traveling in the Himalayas, the Swami sat in samadhi for three
hundred years in a dense forest. He became completely covered by
anthills, and a large tree grew beside him. Once a woodcutter came to
the forest and chose that particular tree for cutting. Laying his axe
first to the anthill, he was surprised to see blood oozing from it.
Pulling down the anthill, he discovered the Swami beneath
it.

Roused from samadhi, the Swami declared the
incident to be Divinely ordained as it was time for him to go into
the world and continue his mission. The Swami is said to have then
wandered for a hundred years, performing many miracles, before
appearing in Akkalkot.

The Swami was unpredictable, appearing mad to
many, and full of miracles. He loved his devotees with a great
passion, and like other Adepts of the Crazy Wise style, he was
paradoxically full of both human and Divine qualities. Once, when
asked who he was, he replied, “I am this infinite universe; I am
everywhere. Yet my favorite resorts are Sakyodri, Girnar, Kasi,
Mathapur, Karveer, Panchaleswar, Audumbar, Karanjnagar, Narasimhvadi,
and Gangapur.”

 

links

Shri Swami
Samarth Seva Mandal, Dombivli

home.att.net/~swamisamarth/">A
Glimpse of Divinity

Shri
Swami Samartha Maharaj of Akkalkot

Akkalkot
Swami – Home Page

a few
stories
from
The Supreme Master Sri Akkalkot Maharaj
(see below)
 

bibliography
 

A Glimpse of
Divinity, Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj of Akkalkot

Dr. Mukund Hanumante
ISBN 0-9669943-1-0 (amazon: 0966994302)
information and order from:
amazon.com
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The Eternal Sage
Dr. V.R.Prabhu
Jaico Publishing House
ISBN 8172245912
information and order from: (not yet)
amazon.com
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Biography of Sri Swami Samarth Akkalkot Maharaj
Shri N.S. Karandikar.
Bombay: Akkalkot Swami Math, Chembur, 1978.

The Supreme Master Sri Akkalkot Maharaj
Acharya E. Bharadwaja.
2d ed. Vidyanagar, India:
Shirdi Sai Publications, 1979.
( excerpt )