It is difficult to pinpoint who exactly Gyaneshwar was. He had so many
talents in himself, that it is not easy to explain his contribution to
the Indian culture in a single sentence. He was a poet, an intellectual,
a spiritual leader, a master of yoga and an Enlightened One. As we move
on further with Gyaneshwar Biography, you will be able to see the many
faucets of his personality more clearly.
Gyaneshwar was born in the year 1271 in a small village near the
Godavari River. His father, Vithalpant, found married life annoying and
deserted his wife to seek refuge in the holy city of Benaras. However,
the Guru who had initiated him came to know about his wife and sent him
back to his village. Later, four children were born to them. The first
was Nvrittinath, then Gyaneshwar (in 1271), another boy Sopana and a
daughter Muktabai. All the siblings became great spiritual leaders in
their might. Read on further to know more about the life history of
Initiation into Spirituality
Sant Gnaneshwar was initiated by his elder brother, Nvrittinath. Soon
after his initiation, he realized that the Bhagvad Gita is the best text
in satisfying the spiritual needs of people. At the same time, he
appreciated the fact that it is difficult for the common people to
comprehend the great text, since it was written in Sanskrit. It was then
that he took the decision to translate the great text into a common
language. With this, he laid the basis for Marathi language.
Many people came in the way of Jnaneshwar / Gyaneshwar and he won over
them with his knowledge as well a through his miracles. One story goes
that he swayed a troublemaker by making him see Muktabai, his sister,
cook food over his back. It implied that his spiritual power was so
strong that the heat it gave served as the fire for cooking. It is also
said that he once gave back life to a dead person. However, Gyaneshwar
never ever mentioned his miracles in his own writings.
Even though there are many renowned writings of Gyaneshwar, the ones
that are the most famous are the Gnyaneshwari and the Amritanumbhava.
Gyaneshwari is the interpretation of the Sacred Bhagvad Gita, while
Amritanumbhava is the outpouring of his devotion to god as well as the
great saints. Today, Gyaneshwar is regarded as one of the greatest as
well as the most difficult philosophers minds of India.