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.


Shiva Sai Mandir in Penukonda, India


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.

Swami Kaleshwar with life size murti (living statue) of his master Shirdi Sai Baba in Penukonda

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.

Swami Kaleshwar with daughter Navya and students

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

(1838 ­ 1918)

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