A great, enlightened sage and Advaita Vedanta master, Nisargadatta Maharaj was born in Bombay, India and lived from 1897-1981. He spent his life as a householder and shopkeeper until, at the age of thirty-six, he met his guru, Sri Siddharameshwar, and began a serious mantra sadhana. On the death of his guru, he left his family and went to the Himalayas to practice. He was later inspired to return to worldly life and the path of action, and devoted the rest of his life to meditation and sharing the Vedantic teachings of his guru. He was known for his penetrating insight and no-nonsense style. His teachings are most well known through the enduring book I Am That.