The Lost Satsang [DVD]
The next item for review is called “The Lost Satsang“.
I must admit, that when I received this I was a bit skeptical with a title like that. Upon viewing though, I think it’s rather appropriately titled and such a rare gem. I mean, how often did one get to attend a small Satsang in a tiny room with Nisargadatta?!
Yes of course, it’s a bit rough around the edges and the video footage is pretty old, but this is perhaps an important historical document for many.
It’s such a rare find, that the producer Neti Neti Films themselves have not even been able to identify the people who actually created this amazing footage! Whoever they are—we are grateful and extremely thankful for their effort though. The video came from S.K. Mullarpattan, who was Maharaj’s primary translator from 1976 to 1981.
Here’s the scoop:
- The footage was taken from an old, low quality, VHS tape.
- The camera stays on Nisargadatta (even when questions are asked) providing us with a rare chance to see his expressions for most of the video.
- Three different translations were used to accurately translate this important historical document. The main translation was provided by Mohan Gaitonde (Maharaj’s part-time evening translator).
- The DVD is fully subtitled in English, while the original video material has not been edited.
The above video clip is from a recently discovered VHS tape that was filmed in Mumbai, India in 1979. The film features one and a half hours of questions and responses taking place between Maharaj and some of his devotees.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (birth name: Maruti Shivrampant Kambli) was an Indian spiritual teacher (1897 – 1981) and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), and a Guru, belonging to the Inchgiri branch of the Navnath Sampradaya.
One of the 20th century’s exponents of the school of Advaita Vedanta philosophy, Sri Nisargadatta, with his direct and minimalistic explanation of non-dualism, is considered one of the most famous teachers of Advaita since Ramana Maharshi.
An English translation [in 1973] of his most famous and widely translated book, I Am That, brought him worldwide recognition and followers.