Sant Eknath was known for His spiritual prowess as well as His immense efforts in awakening people and safeguarding Dharma. Sant Eknath id the author of numerous hymns and books on Bhakti and Spirituality, including the famous Eknathi Bhagwat, the spiritual essence of the Bhagavad Geeta and his magnum opus Bhavarth Ramayan. Unfortunately after the death of the king Devgiri fell into the hands of Muslim invaders. The reformative and uplifting work started by Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Namdev came to a stop. The war and foreign invasions had taken a heavy toll in the life of the people. People were aimless and resigned to the drudgery of being slaves to invaders.
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Sant Eknath was known for His spiritual prowess as well as His immense efforts in awakening people and safeguarding Dharma. Sant Eknath id the author of numerous hymns and books on Bhakti and Spirituality, including the famous Eknathi Bhagwat, the spiritual essence of the Bhagavad Geeta and his magnum opus Bhavarth Ramayan.
Unfortunately after the death of the king Devgiri fell into the hands of Muslim invaders. The reformative and uplifting work started by Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Namdev came to a stop. The war and foreign invasions had taken a heavy toll in the life of the people. People were aimless and resigned to the drudgery of being slaves to invaders. For nearly years, this was the state of the people, the nation and Dharma, till a bright soul took birth to awaken the masses.
Little Eknath had been impressed upon the importance of the Gurucharitra. He was constantly asking others on how he could meet His Guru. The learned men around him were baffled and told him to ask the river Godavari. So the very next day little Eknath went to the river and asked his question with great earnestness and urgency. And the infinitely compassionate mother answered! He promptly left home for Daulatabad! Janardan swami was the head of the fort of Daulatabad. He used to go on leave every Thursday.
It was a fateful day, when 5 year old Eknath who was resolutely climbing the steps of the fort, came across Janardan Swami. The Guru always waits and knows when a worthy disciple will come along. Janardan Swami entrusted the task of making preparations for puja to little Eknath, who performed it with great devotion, which pleased the Guru immensely. Janardan swami took young Eknath.
The Devgiri fort was under the Nizam rule. Sant Eknath who lived nearby saw that the people silently suffered the excesses of the rulers, while having resigned to their fate of being enslaved. The people were alive because they were not dead already! Sant Eknath decided that he needed to start a mass movement for awakening the people. He earnestly prayed to the Kulswamini Jagdambamata to manifest and bless the work of awakening the people. Vishwapandhari Year 1, Issue 2, page Slowly but surely, the people began to realise that they were living a caged life.
One fateful day, Janardan Swami was deep in Samadhi, when an attacking army raised an alarm. Eknath Maharaj did not hesitate, despite not being a combatant, he donned the armour and stepped out to fight the invaders. So Eknath Maharaj fought valorously for 4 hours and drove the invaders away. Eknath Maharaj was lauded for his bravery. He proved that the Guru and Shishya are one!
Janardan Maharaj was not informed of anything of this. When Swamiji came to know of this he felt a sense of fulfilment for his disciple. The disciples such as Eknathji Maharaj who can wipe out the difference between a Guru and his disciple and can do the work of Guru are extremely rare so to say. Eknathji had a tremendous respect for mother tongue.
For the sake of uplifting of common people he wrote simple stories, Kirtans or stories of Goddesses, Prayers to Goddesses for fulfilment of desires, on the Art of Dance etc.
Eknath Maharaj endeavoured to explain the spiritual meaning of the life of Rama. From this came Dasaratha or the 10 sense organs.
The personal self atma in the form of Ram took birth through Dasaratha. The Avatars or Incarnations of God had the primary object of satisfying the desires and aspirations of Gods. Dasrath had 3 Queens — Kaushalya symbolising beneficent knowledge Sadvidya , Sumitra symbolising Pure knowledge Shuddhabuddhi and Kaikayi symbolising ignorance Avidya. Ram the Blissful had 3 brothers. Laxman meaning self-knowledge Atmaprabodh , Bharat meaning sentimental Bhavartha and Satrughna meaning self supporting Nij-nirdhar.
Then again Vishwamitra meaning rationality Vivek and Vasistha meaning thoughtful Vichar. From latter two Ram learnt the scriptures as well as the art of war. Ram and Sita symbolise God and His Intelligence. Their unity is absolute. Bharatiya Sanskruti Kosha 6, page We are fortunate that Eknath Maharaj bestowed upon us the unadulterated version of Dnyaneshwari. From his Bhavarth Ramayana we can witness the sorry state of affairs of Maharashtra under the Islamic kings; the social, political and economic downfall of the people at the time.
Even the religious circles had deteriorated to unprecedented levels of hypocrisy. Sant Eknath Maharaj castigated these charlatans of religion in no uncertain manner.
Some of them took lessons from Eknath Maharaj and worked to improve themselves and tried to really work for the upliftment of society. He raised the aspirations of people and instilled pride into them towards Bhagwat Dharma and to build strong characters. However it was unfortunate that before the ideas and teachings of Eknath Maharaj could be properly instilled into the hearts and minds of people, invasions by foreigners diverted the peoples efforts and His efforts were shortlived.
This commentary is in Ovi Meter i. Bhagawata Purana Mythological book contains philosophy as well as stories of various devotees of Lord Vishnu and incarnations of the Lord which took place during the span of many centuries. It also contains the stories of various kings. As the purpose in the mind of Saint Eknath was to explain in Marathi the teachings given by the Lord Shri Krishna to Uddhava and various manners in which other earlier teachers had taught religious philosophy, he had chosen this 1 volume. This contains Sanskrit verses in the original text and about 18, Ovis in Marathi. Effort is made to bring out in English Prose the contents of Marathi text, Ovi by Ovi in simple language to suit all English knowing Readers.
Sant Eknath (1533-1599)
Eknathi Bhagwat is a book written by Sant Eknath of the Marathi faith. This is major work of Varkari Sampradaya. Eknath had begun writing the Eknathi Bhagwat in Paithan finishing it in Varanasi. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues.