Akalkot Swami

Akalkot Swami was a Jnani. He lived in Akalkot in Maharastra. In the later period of life, he became a Jnani of the Brahma Varishta type by withdrawing the external consciousness and living in the pure Nirvishesha, Nirguna Brahman of Sri Sankara. He shut out the phenomenal consciousness. He had to be spoon-fed with milk just as a man is fed in the comatose state. He used to pass motions in an unconscious state. People used to clean him. The same was the case with the most famous Kumbakonam Mouni Swami of Southern India. This Swami lived for 25 years in an unconscious state. He was fed all along on an easy chair.

A poor Brahmin performed Tapas for the sake of getting money for the celebration of his daughter's marriage. He propitiated God Ganesha. Ganesha appeared in his dream and told the poor man to go to Akalkot Swami. The poor Brahmin went to Akalkot Swami. Swamiji asked the orthodox Brahmin to collect some bones. The poor Brahmin was very much perplexed. Anyhow, as he was in bad need of money, he obeyed the words of Swamiji and collected some bones. Swamiji told the Brahmin to take this to his house. The Brahmin was greatly embarrassed. When he reached the house, he did not take the bones inside but kept them in a corner of the verandah. After three days, he wanted to throw the bones away. When he lifted the bundle, he found it was very heavy. He opened it, and found to his astonishment it was full of gold. The Brahmin said to himself: "I made a serious mistake. I ought to have collected some more bones." Such is the power of greed which keeps you bound to this Samsara. Destroy greed, which disturbs peace. Have faith in Saints.

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