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.
He 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”. The 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. He 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, USA.
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, graduate of UPENN and Kalpak from MIT are working in the field of
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.
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
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. Over 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
Then, 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...
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."
During 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 thoughts.
His Teachings: “Just KNOW yourself As
Changeless Witness of the Changeful Mind That is enough!”
story behind “Pilgrimage To Self”:
Pilgrimage to Self is one of his classical
for self-discovery. 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.”
On 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 5
poems 'Samwad', 'Somersault of mind', '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”. Thus came into existence, in book form, “PILGRIMAGE TO SELF”.... on
September the 20th, 1996.
His 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 1995, he met 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.” Jinendra says :
Truth is not
That some-where you can find !
Its in This Moment of Living
Ever-Present Here and Now !!
There 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.
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.