The complete text of Jinendra Swami in His Own
Words, from which this biography is adapted, is on
this website here.
October 20, 1948 into a middle-class family in Mumbai,
western Maharashtra, India, Jinendra was one of ten
children. From early childhood he was creative, perfectionistic,
quiet, shy, and quick to help others. He enjoyed sports,
dramatics, and mischief but always finished first in
his class. When he was twenty he went to the United
States on a merit scholarship and earned a batchelor's
degree with honors in manufacturing engineering and
a master's degree in industrial design.
He was never
interested in organized religion or rituals. He didn't
think about soul or karma, or go to temple, or seek
a guru, but he always had a deep feeling of some special
relationship with the cosmos and a deep faith in life,
the universal energy. While on a camping trip in March
1974, he had a vision of an aspect of himself dying
and vanishing into the universe, and in its place, something
totally new being born. He knew then that there is more
to life than he usually perceived.
after ten years in the United States, he returned to
India and started a company to manufacture LCD animated
displays. The products received prestigious Parkhe Awards
and were exported all over the world. By 1985 the company
was well established with a monopoly in the whole of
Asia. Business took him around the world.
calls his 1973 marriage the turning point of his life.
As if by divine providence, in 1979 his wife Shakuntala
introduced him to a formal technique of vipassana meditation.
Soon all fields of activity became natural forms of
self-expression. Be it architecture or interior design,
video production or still photography, manufacturing
or marketing, gardening or cooking, all activities came
and Shakuntala have two sons. Alok, 24 years old (in
2000), works in the computer field after graduating
from the University of Pennsylvania (USA), and Kalpak,
19, is a third-year student at the Massachussetts Institute
of Technology (USA).
| HIS AWAKENING IN HIS OWN WORDS
20, 1994, Jinendra's mind made an effortless somersault.
He was sitting in silence at the Virupaksha cave atop
the Arunachala hill, Tiruvannmalai. And as the silence
deepened, spontaneously, without his volition, as if
it were Sri Ramana's grace... "IT" happened.
He experienced an incredible lightness, a limitlessness,
a sense of total freedom. A feeling of Oneness that
was both blissful and sublime. He discovered the "Changeless"
and realized the bliss of not being a "person"
while in the waking state.
asked about his experiences, he would simply smile and
say, "That which cannot be said can be shown. 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 perceptual 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 my actions and those
of others. 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 seem to have evaporated."
period that followed his awakening, all business and
professional activities simply dissolved. There were
no more social visits to friends and relatives, dietary
habits suddenly changed, and watching TV and reading
newspapers ceased. There was a serene aloofness and
a silent detachment which most could not comprehend.
When questioned, no matter how hard he tried, he was
unable to translate his state of being into thoughts.
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."
Just know yourself
As Changeless Witness of the Changeful Mind
That is enough
Pilgrimage to Self
the great classical how-to poems of Advaita Vedanta
-- the Ashtavakra Samhita, the Advahut Gita
-- had been written in modern English by a living realized
person who spoke our own colloquial language, they might
look like this.
to the Seeker of Truth
Swami in His Own Words
autobiography contains a longer version of the material
on this page plus some nice photographs.
Jinendra Swami's Website
of Shaktiyogashrama Gurukul, an ashram founded by Swami
Shri Harish Madhukar, master of Jinendra Swami.
| CONTACTING JINENDRA SWAMI
Jinendra Swami welcomes all queries from genuine seekers.
His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
page was published on January 14, 2000 and last revised
on May 8, 2000.