Sri Sai Kaleshwar Swami
January 8th, 1973 – March 15th, 2012
Sri Sai Kaleshwara Swami is a modern spiritual master in the lineage of Shirdi Sai Baba, Jesus Christ, Mother Mary, Babaji, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharshi. Sri Kaleshwar, as he is called, was born on January 8th, 1973 in a small village in the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. While remarkable occurrences happened around him as a child, Sri Kaleshwar had no real interest in spirituality until what he calls his “Enlightenment Day,” when he was fourteen years old. On this day he was studying for exams in an abandoned temple when suddenly an old man with a begging bowl appeared. Though Sri Kaleshwar did not recognize him at the time, he would soon learn that it was Shirdi Sai Baba, one of India’s most revered saints who left his physical body and took Mahasamadhi in 1918.
Soon after Sri Kaleshwar met his master again in this lifetime, spontaneous miracle healings occurred around him. Shirdi Baba had opened his divine energy channels and it was then that Sri Kaleshwar’s great spiritual mission began to unfold. For the next decade he traveled extensively throughout India, engaging in intense spiritual practice under Shirdi Baba’s guidance. It was Shirdi Baba who led him to numerous palm leaf books containing ancient knowledge divinely revealed to saints and sages many thousands of years ago.
These books disclose the mysteries of creation, such as the mechanics of miracles and healing, how to create divine children, and numerous ways to achieve direct experiences with the divine. They contain sacred formulas that when correctly practiced awaken the incredible capability hidden within each of our souls. As Sri Kaleshwar said, “Every soul has the potential to reach the level of a Shirdi Baba or Jesus and contribute amazing things to the world.” Often he explained that the only real difference between a master and a student is knowledge.
Though he was already enlightened and possessed immense supernatural power, for years Sri Kaleshwar researched and practiced the formulas prescribed in the palm leafs. He did this to receive specific blessings from the divine and also so that he could teach the formulas to his students. They are the same ancient formulas studied and mastered by Jesus and other Maharishis in India. In the past the information in the palm leaf books was kept secret, given only to a few. However, Sri Kaleshwar said that now was the time to make it readily available to help heal the world’s suffering and transform the way spirituality is practiced on the planet.
During this period of intense spiritual study Sri Kaleshwar established his ashram, Shiva Sai Mandir, in a small village in Andra Pradesh – Penukonda. From this ancient holy land Sri Kaleshwar began his global mission to train supernatural healers and masters to carry healing and enlightenment to the globe; to introduce Shirdi Sai Baba and his spiritual messages to the West; to bring back the ancient channels practiced by Jesus and to reveal the reality of Jesus’ life in India as written in the palm leaf books. At the core of this mission is Sri Kaleshwar’s lifelong dedication to uplifting women, to providing them with the tools they need to not only remember, but also to implement their true divine power. One of the ways Sri Kaleshwar accomplishes this is by reconnecting all of his students, both female and male, to the Divine Mother. God is both Father and Mother, but the female aspect of creation has largely been forgotten and ignored, thus giving rise to a serious imbalance in the world. It is the Mother who is the supreme creator, receiving the seed from the Father and putting everything into form. Sri Kaleshwar said, “Mother Divine is the mother to every soul in this universe. She doesn’t belong to any religion at all, the Mother is the universal God/Goddess period.”
The entirety of Nature and each person living within it is in fact an expression of the Divine Mother. Sri Kaleshwar said, “In each person there is a fire, a light. See that light. That is She.” It is through reconnecting to the Mother that we receive both the deepest healing and healing abilities. When we experience Her we recognize the truth of who we are. By the immeasurable grace of the guru and practicing the formulas prescribed in the palm leaf books one may have a direct and personal relationship with the Divine Mother. Sri Kaleshwar teaches that it is through the feminine energy that change will happen on this planet and both women and men must reawaken their essential connection to Her. It is only then that balance will be restored. This was the same message of Jesus’ life and mission, but the reality of that has been lost until this time.
At his ashram in Penukonda and programs around the world Sri Kaleshwar demonstrated the miraculous energy and gave direct experiences of the divine to his students and devotees. He is also the author of numerous books, including “Shirdi Sai Baba – The Universal Master”, and his seminal work “The Real Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ”. For fifteen years Sri Kaleshwar dedicated the majority of his time to training thousands of western students particularly from America, Europe and Japan. Sri Kaleshwar said that the journey must come “From the West, to the East – not from the East to the West.” The West needs to become a holy place where the knowledge is believed in and practiced, a place where miraculous healing energy is generated and enlightenment experiences happen. Once this is realized the energy will flow to the rest of the world. This is the fulfillment of the ancient divine mission.
In addition to teaching healing techniques and enlightenment channels, Sri Kaleshwar placed equal emphasis on his students practicing Bhagavan Seva – serving God by helping humanity. He said, “There is no enlightenment without helping the humanity – be loyal to the humanity. Be loyal and royal, help the poor.” Throughout his life Sri Kaleshwar tirelessly served the needy in the name of his beloved master Shirdi Sai Baba. He is known for a vast number of humanitarian projects in Andhra Pradesh that focus on hunger relief, education, medical assistance, social welfare and infrastructure development. Hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from these programs. Sri Kaleshwar embodied his teaching that our lives and actions must serve to take care of society in all angles, leaving a divine fragrance long after we are gone.
On March 15th, 2012 Sri Kaleshwar left his physical body and took Mahasamadhi. With each passing day since then the channel Sri Kaleshwar has with his students only expands and deepens. During his life he often said that when he was no longer restricted by his body his consciousness would be a million times more powerful and accessible to his students. This is certainly not limited to those who were with him when he was alive. In fact, when Sri Kaleshwar was in the body he shared that he spent 50% of his meditation time connecting with the souls of his future students. He said, “I am working with millions of students to come.” Just as Shirdi Baba was a living force in Sri Kaleshwar’s life directing his spiritual practice, Sri Kaleshwar’s consciousness is very much available to all those seeking his guidance, teachings, and of course his love.
While Sri Kaleshwar performed countless healings and miracles during his lifetime and spent thousands of hours revealing extraordinary knowledge, he always said that his greatest gift to the planet was his students. He worked to create a divine lineage of masters and supernatural healers who would in turn help other souls to become the same. There are numerous students all over the world who were certified by Sri Kaleshwar to give healings and to teach the same knowledge that he himself taught. Through Sri Kaleshwar’s grace many have performed miraculous healings and have given others direct experiences of the divine. During this period of great darkness and negativity on the planet Sri Kaleshwar said there also exists a very special opportunity for accelerated healing and soul development. Now is the moment to become what he called a soul scientist because, “In front of God, once you know the perfect formula, the right channel and the right energy, everything is possible.”
Shirdi Sai Baba
Shirdi Sai Baba is one of India’s greatest and most beloved saints. He is an incarnation of Shiva and a Dattatreya avatar, as well as Sri Kaleshwar’s master. Revered in India as Yogi Raja, the King of Yogis, Baba possessed the highest supernatural capabilities. Though he could have lived like royalty, Baba spent his entire life as a mendicant, begging alms in the tiny village of Shirdi in Maharshasta State. Over time he came to receive millions of rupees from his devotees, but always gave everything away to the poor. Baba came to live in Shirdi by the order of his master Venkusa, who told his young student that he must spend the rest of his life in the remote town. Before sending Baba on his way Venkusa gave him a brick with strict instructions that he was to sleep on it every night without exception. Upon arriving in Shirdi, Baba was met with extreme hostility from the villagers. So he sat under a nearby neem tree where he engaged in austere spiritual practice while open to all the elements. There he remained for 18 years until the villagers finally recognized his greatness as a healer and invited him in.
For the next fifty years Baba lived in a dilapidated mosque he named Dwarkamai. Yet inside this mosque Hindu rituals were performed. Adding to everyone’s confusion, Baba was also known to regularly quote from the holy scriptures of both Islam and Hinduism. No one knew for certain what faith he belonged to and each group wanted to claim him as their own. However, Baba was everything and belonged to everyone. Never answering the question, he only replied, “All human beings are one. Our religion is humanity. God is One.” Truly a living embodiment of the unity of all religions, Baba was regularly worshipped by Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike.
An important source of information on Baba’s great and often mysterious life is his authorized biography the Sri Sai Satcharita, which describes his teachings, miracles and day to day interactions with devotees. Much of Baba’s time was spent in the Dwarkamai sitting in front of his dhuni, sacred fire, taking on the pain and suffering of the world. Countless wonders were demonstrated by Baba during the course of his lifetime including giving sight to the blind, healing the incurably sick, rescuing devotees from dangerous situations, changing water into oil, appearing in different places at once, and also dying and coming back to life after three days. Through his unique, oneonone style of working with those who came before him Baba called for tolerance and peace between all people. His message also placed primary importance on strong devotion to God and dedicating oneself to humanity through service.
On October 15th, 1918 Baba left his physical body and took Mahasamadhi. In doing so he saved the life of one of his most beloved devotees and friends, Tatya. Though he left behind no formal teachings or disciples, before exiting his body Baba gave “Eleven Assurances” to his devotees that he would be forever “active and vigorous” in the their lives from his tomb. One must only call on Baba with faith and his help is immediate. He said, “If you look to me, I look to you. If you cast your burden on me, I shall bear it. If you seek my advice and help, it shall be given to you at once. Even after I leave my body, I shall come to the aid of my devotees.”
Today The “Shirdi Sai Baba movement” is the fastest growing spiritual movement on the planet. Hailing from all corners of the globe his devotees are a rich and varied tapestry of people from every faith and socioeconomic background. The village of Shirdi has now blossomed into the one of the world’s leading pilgrimage sites, with millions flocking to visit Baba’s tomb and Dwarkamai each year. Typically it takes centuries for a saint’s tomb to develop such an extraordinary level of prominence.
Protection, guidance and miraculous healings continue to flow from Baba in ever growing abundance. Just as he did when he was in his physical body, Baba develops a deeply personal relationship with each of his devotees and becomes a vital presence in their lives. When describing his beloved master, Sri Kaleshwar said, “Baba is the soul doctor to make your soul healthy, happy and glorious.” Shirdi Sai Baba is a grandfather to the entire planet, forever working to uplift and unite all of humankind. Simply take one step towards Baba and he will take 99 towards you.
Excerpted from DivineLineage.Org