Nimbargi Sampradaya "One God, One World, One Religion"

William James characterises the life of religion, in the broadest and most general terms as, "one might say that it consists of the belief that there is an unseen order...", and, "...the feelings, acts and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as thay apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever thay may consider 'the divine'....".


Nimbargi Sampradaya has the same moorings. Cast, creed, race, position language, sex is no bar to become a devotee. One who is in search of Reality, wants to pay back debt to God by perceiving himself in the Maker's Form, for God made man in his own image. He can get initiated and start his pilgrimage on the path of God, by meditating on the divine Name, albeit with certain conditions that he will abstain from bribery and adultery, and follow in spiritual path with full devotion and concentration.


Nimbargi Maharaj(1789-1885) was the founder of Nimargi Sampradaya. Bhausaheb Maharaj of Umadi, a prominent disciple of Nimbargi Maharaj, was the spiritual teacher of both Amburao Maharaj and Gurudev.


The speciality of the Sampradaya lies in the following:

  1. One is recognized as having become capable of initiating others, only when one is a recipient of various Divine Names at the height of his meditation, which are revealed to him.

  2. He must be capable of separating spirit from matter with his spiritual powers.

  3. According to the law of Spiritual Gravitation, the experience of a worthy Spiritual Teacher must automatically descend on his disciples, who are walking on the path which he has trodden.

  4. The acme of the spiritual realisation is reached by the seeker when, 'he sees his Self, his own Form, suffused in a halo of dazzling light'.

To show the universality of the highest spiritual experience, we may observe that Mystics from East and West inculcate the same mystical teaching. Ruysbroeck says, "Thanks to the innate Light, these interior men, these contemplatives, are wholly changed, and they are united to that very Light, by which they see and which they see. Thus, do contemplatives pursue the eternal Image in Whose Likeness they were fashioned, and they contemplate God and all things in one, in an open vision bathed in Divine Light...". (L'Ornement des Noces Spirituelles iii S)