can never predict when the seed of `vairagya' takes root
and when one turns towards `sanyas'. It All Happens.
Sri Jinendra Swami (pronounced Shree Gee-nen-dra Swa-me)
blends into his environment as an ordinary householder, but quietly
moves amidst devotee families mostly in Pune and Mumbai. His teachings
flower in the daily living situation, whenever visitors are around.
He never talks to large groups but responds completely and appropriately
to a genuine seeker's question.
reveals the process of "Tri-Ratna" and "Waking Meditation".
He urges seekers to dispel through the power of one's own Awareness
the illusion of one-self as a separate Ego, and discover that
"All there is, is Divine Awareness".
meaningfulness and the suggestiveness of his utterances impress
your mind. Whether the seeker is a novice or a Sadhaka he jolts
you out of your isolated sensation of limited self. His approach
cuts through all your prejudices, ideas, beliefs, and concepts.
He simply urges you to let-go and be open to "THAT". His simple
acts and thoughts brings out the immense Love locked inside you.
does not preach any philosophy but makes it amply clear that our
Ego has the subtlest ways of pretending to be reformed - "You
cannot teach Ego to be anything but egoistic."
Childhood: Born on
20th October 1948, in Mumbai, western Maharashtra, India, Jinendra
Swami is one of the 10 children born to a middle-class family.
From his very childhood, he was creative but a perfectionist.
Quiet and shy, he was always quick to help others. As a student
he excelled academically, always topping the class. He enjoyed
sports, dramatics and mischief.
Education: At the age
of 20, he came to USA on a merit scholarship and completed his
B.S. degree with honors in Manufacturing Engineering and a Master's
degree in Industrial Designing. He became the first Indian engineer
to receive an Industrial Scholar Award from Society of Mfg. Engineers,
Family: In 1973 he
got married to Shakuntala and this was the turning point in his
life. She introduced him to the spiritual side of life. Today
their son Alok, now 24 years, is working in the computer field
after having graduated from University of Pennsylvania, and Kalpak,
now 19, is a junior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The 'Person': At this
point in time of the phenomenal world, as we travel back in
time through memory lanes looking back at Jinendra Swami the `person',
we see that during his youth he did not refuse the infatuation
and desires, nor did he turn his back on what life offered. As
he moved on, in his journey of life, living life fully, he found
that his mind, his thoughts, and his behavior kept shifting towards
wholeness of life. He was never into any organized religion and
rituals. He did not think about Soul, Karma, or Reincarnation
either, but he had a very acute sense of intuitive power, which
he always relied on in his day-to-day life. He hardly ever went
to temples or spiritual talks. He did not seek a spiritual guru
or make any specific efforts in the direction of spiritual growth.
But as far as his friends can remember, he always had this great
feeling of some special relationship with the cosmos and had faith
in LIFE-The Universal Energy.
An Incidence: While
on a camping trip in March 1974, he had a vision - the death of
an aspect of himself that vanished into the universe, and in its
place something totally new being born. He knew then, that there
is more to life than presently perceived.
Profession: In 1976, after
having spent 10 years in USA, he returned to India and started an
industry manufacturing LCD Animated Displays. This and other products
received prestigious Parkhe Awards and were being exported all over
the world. By 1985, the industry was well established and had a
monopoly in the whole of Asia. Business took him around the world.
Over the years, the company had several patented products and he
conceived, designed, and developed over 200 products for government,
public and private industries. In 1988, he promoted Pune's first
dedicated Indoor Exhibition & Convention Center.
The Spiritual Beginning:
As if by divine providence, in 1979 his wife, Shakuntala, first
introduced him to a formal technique of "Vipassana Meditation".
Thereafter any field of activity to him became a natural form of
self-expression. Be it architectural or interior designing, video
production or still photography, manufacturing or marketing, gardening
or cooking, it all came effortlessly.
the next 10 years, while he was totally involved in his industrial
ventures, once in a while his wife would drag him to religious and
spiritual talks, expose him to philosophical books, and take him
to several pilgrimage centers. But his mind was never into these
in spite of all that he was, and all that there was, on January
the 20th,1994, his mind had an effortless somersault. He was sitting
in silence at the Virupaksha cave atop the Arunachala hill, Tiruvannmalai.
As the silence deepened and as if it was Sri Ramana's grace that
without his volition, spontaneously... "It" happened.
He experienced an incredible lightness,
a limitlessness, a sense of total freedom. A feeling of Oneness
that is both blissful and sublime. He discovered the "Changeless",
and later revealed that while being in the waking state he
realized "the Bliss" of not being a "Person".
When asked about his experiences, he would simply smile and say,
"That which cannot be Said can be Showed.
Now I see miracles happening all the time. The `Inner Peace'
continues to exist even after returning to the phenomenal world.
This `Inner Peace' brought about `Perceptional Changes'. My attitudes
changed without my conscious efforts. My relationship with the world
and events in and around my life had a dramatic metamorphosis. I
lost my ability to worry. I lost interest in judging self or others.
I lost interest in interpreting actions of others and my own. Conflict
failed to grab my attention. I experienced lack of fear and a strong
tendency to act spontaneously. Somehow the old ways of analyzing,
evaluating, and thinking before taking action seemed to have evaporated.
the period that followed, all business and professional activities
simply dissolved, no more social visits to friends and relatives,
dietary habits suddenly changed and watching TV or reading newspaper
ceased. There was a serene aloofness and a silent detachment which
most people could not comprehend. On questioning, no matter how
hard he tried, he was unable to translate his state of being into
Changeless Witness of the Changeful Mind
story behind "Pilgrimage To Self": At times when Jinendra Swami
was in some sort of ecstasy, he would not be aware of the mundane
world, nor would he eat any food, sometimes for a few days and sometimes
weeks, simply living on water. He could be seen blissfully roaming
in the Sahyadri Hills in and around Pune. If he was questioned,
"Where do you live?", his answer would be, "Myself."
one such occasion, for 18 days one after another, each day he would
express his experiences in a poem. He would scribble it down in
a matter of 20-30 minutes. Normally he wrote in the early morning
soon after dawn, but sometimes in the evening too, as people met
him in the hills. But throughout these 18 days, he ate no food and
was always in Silence. So 18 poems were written in 18 days of his
ecstatic mood. Then, a week later... again... he went into Silence...
no food... just water...and it was then that the 4 poems 'Samwad',
'Failure of Wisdom', 'Silence', and 'Farewell' were written.
Later, when visitors with faith in different masters would come
to him for clarification, he would ask them to just open and read
a page from the books people brought to him. These 'POINTERS' from
different saints, gurus and masters were compiled in sequence as
"Elixir of Wisdom", and when
the WHOLE collection of "Pilgrimage to Self" was ready, he
suggested to put this "Elixir of Wisdom" itself as the foreword.
Thus came into existence, in book form, "PILGRIMAGE TO SELF"....
on September the 20th, 1996.
poetry is universal in expression but individual in style. He does
not seek to communicate any philosophy through his poems. He questions
you, "Can 'thought' liberate you from 'thought'?"
and then reminds you,"We can prove
anything by Reason, Logic, and Statistics, but Not TRUTH", and
"Faith is the Springboard to Unknown".
Sometime in June 1996, he met his living Master in Swami Harish
Madhukar, reverently called "Babaji". With him was the beginning
of a journey from Enlightenment to the point of no return. Babaji
reconfirmed, " You are the endless, bottomless, ocean of Consciousness
that is Life within and beyond."
is not Some-Thing
may be a blending of many masters and cultures in Jinendra Swami's
words, but the expressions are born out of his own spiritual experiences.
Today it is not possible to adequately understand the process of this
`evolutionary phenomenon' by simply looking at events, it's origins
or it's effects on his life.
some-where you can find!
in This Moment of Living
Here and Now!!
The poem titled "Pilgrimage to Self" may help many seekers of Truth
to take their own journey. Jinendra Swami cautions and reminds you
to move away from all ideas and concepts and boldly declares
that only that Truth which you discover
yourself will be of any use to you, on your pilgrimage to self.