Born : 15th May 1870 - Satana, India

Died : 24th December 1941 - Ahnednagar, MS., India

( dropped the body )

Interred : Upasni Maharaj Ashram, Sakori, MS., India

Sadguru Upasni Maharaj's Cage Room in Sakori locked in for 3 years on 30 Nov 1922 - Courtesy of B. Connor.jpg
Sadguru Upasni Maharaj's Cage Room in Sakori locked in for 3 years on 30 Nov 1922 - Courtesy of B. Connor.jpg

The Last Meeting between Meher Baba & Upasni Maharaj at Dahigaon, India : 17th October 1941




Courtesy of The Awakener Vol. X1v Nos.3 & 4 - p 18 & 20
Courtesy of The Awakener Vol. X1v Nos.3 & 4 - p 18 & 20
Painting by Gregg Rosen
Painting by Gregg Rosen
MSI Collection ; 1954, U.Meherabad,  India
MSI Collection ; 1954, U.Meherabad, India
MSI Collection ; 1954, U.Meherabad, India
MSI Collection ; 1954, U.Meherabad, India



Upasni Maharaj

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Kashinath Govindrao Upasni (birth name);
Upasni Maharaj (adopted name)
Full name Kashinath Govindrao Upasni (birth name);
Upasni Maharaj (adopted name)
Born May 15, 1870
Satana, India

December 24, 1941
Ahmednagar District, India

( dropped the body )

Era 20th century
Region India
School Hinduism, Advaita Vedanta

Upasni Maharaj, born Kashinath Govindrao Upasni, (May 5, 1870 – December 24, 1941 ) was considered by his disciples to be a satguru. He lived in Sakori, India and is said to have received God-realization from Sai Baba of Shirdi. Sakori is located in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, about 5 kilometres (3 mi) from Shirdi.




Early life


Upasni Maharaj was the second of five sons, born into a Hindu and Brahmin family of priests in the village of Satana, India, in the district of Nasik. His father's name was Govind Shastri and his mother's, Rukhmini.




After a career as an ayurvedic doctor and three marriages where all three wives died, he began to hear a singing voice that he could not explain. This troubling sound, along with various other problems, led him on a difficult quest that finally culminated in him meeting Sai Baba of Shirdi who is said to have given him God-realization at the age of 42. Sai Baba then claimed to be the one who was calling him inwardly.

He died in Sakori, India on December 24, 1941, at the age of 71.



The principal teaching of Upasni Maharaj was that there are three rules that if observed sincerely lead to a life worth living:

  1. Not to trouble anybody in the least.
  2. To suffer for and be useful to others.
  3. To remain contented in a state of Be as it may


Master to Meher Baba

Final meeting with Meher Baba on October 17, 1941

Upasni Maharaj was the principle teacher of Meher Baba. Meher Baba first met Upasni Maharaj in 1914 when Upasni was staying in Shirdi with Sai Baba.

Upasni moved to Sakori in July 1917 and Meher Baba frequently stayed there as late as October 1922. According to Meher Baba, Upasni Maharaj gave him divine knowledge after he received God-realization in January 1914 at the age of 19 from Hazrat Babajan. Purdom recounts that, at the end of December, 1921, Upasni made several comments relating to Meher Baba. He said to his disciples: 'I have given my charge to Meherwanji. He is the holder of my key.' Some time later he said 'This boy will move the world. Humanity at large will be benefited at his hands.' A few days later he sent for Gustadji Hansotia, one of his leading disciples, and told him 'I have made Meherwanji perfect. He is the Sadguru of this Age. Now you have to leave me and stick to him.' To Behramji he said 'Your friend is God-realized; carry out every command and every desire of his.' Finally, one night he folded his hands and said 'Meherwanji, you are adi-shakti: you are Avatar.

After a separation of nearly 20 years, Meher Baba and Upasni Maharaj met for the last time on October 17, 1941 in Dahigaon, a small village in Niphad Taluka in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, just two months before Upasni's death ( ** dropped his body ).


**This insertion was done by the webmaster of this web site ie. Meher Baba Travels.

Courtesy of MN Collection
Courtesy of MN Collection

"Lord Krishna said, 'Antakale cha mameva smaran muktva kalevaram,' meaning 'Whoever remembers me at the last moment comes to me.'

"It means that remembering his name, his good or bad actions, his various activities at the last moment, leads one to him. It even means that without actually remembering him at the last moment, one goes to him - that instead of actually remembering him, if one only remembers any worldly action of his or anything worldly one heard about him at the last moment, one goes to him...

"Once association with God is well-established, then, as all the worldly things stand before one's eyes at the last moment, that association will also be there at that time. Meaning, whatever good or bad one may have done in the cause of Lord Krishna is bound to have its effect in the end.

"What is commonly remembered most? Things that have occurred against one's will and understanding are always remembered better. That is why being beaten by a Perfect one, or the abuses he had given, or his association with a prostitute, and things like that, which are opposed to the common ways of the world, force themselves before one's eyes at the last moment.

"If you firmly believe the Perfect one to be Lord Krishna, then Lord Krishna is bound to stand before you at the last moment. If you remember a piece of this sack-cloth, a tree from here, the garden, all my whimsical activities, the cage, the hut, the tipris, or anything from this place for that matter, that is bound to stand before you at the last moment. In short, anything good or bad experienced in association with a Perfect one is useful in the end.

"All this talk is to explain why the Perfect ones are seen to behave in various funny ways, or in ways considered indecent in the world. Remember that a Perfect one never does anything on his own. Whatever he does, he does spontaneously. Whatever you see or hear from him always leads to eternal happiness...

"Remember and remember well, that remembrance of anything pertaining to God or a Perfect one, even a mimicry of him, is never wasted..."

Upasani Maharaj, 12 November 1924, Sakori
The Talks of Sadguru Upasani Baba Maharaja, v4 p419-423




A Perfect Master of India


Translated by : Anurag Gumashta

Edited By : C.W. Connor, G. Cavagnaro, E. Lambert,

                    H. Mindlin




Published by : Sufism Reoriented, CA.


586 pp.