|At the end of the 19th century, when Unniamma found an abandoned baby in a forest, little did she know that she was bringing home the incarnation of God himself. Christened Ram, which means God, the little boy was not like other children his age. His awareness of spiritual and philosophical matters was extraordinary.
From a very tender age, Ram proved to be 'Nityanand', which means 'always in the state of eternal bliss.
When Ram was six years old, his foster mother passed away, leaving him in the care of her employer, a high caste Brahmin lawyer. Ishwar Iyer, a devout Hindu, took Ram along on several pilgrimages. Benares, the holy city, was where Ram, then a ten-year-old, decided to take leave of his respected guardian and thereon began his long journey that finally wound up in 1936 in Ganeshpuri where he took mahasamadhi in 1961.
Sadguru Nityananda lived an unanchored, ascetic life, moving from one temple to another, often leaving India's shores on his travels. His power to perform miracles that helped the poor and the needy, his many socio-spiritual works, and his obvious concern for the health and happiness of children earned him innumerable devotees from all over the world.
Devotees who have met Sadguru Nityanand profess that they have indeed seen him perform several miracles, including finding just the right amount of money required to pay the wages of labourers who built ashrams and shrines, curing seemingly terminal illnesses, offering sound business and personal advice and most of all helping people awaken their Kundalini energy.
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Nothing instilled the devotees' confidence in Sadguru more than realising that he could really hear unspoken words and knew what each person's fervent prayer was. Several devotees were taken by surprise when Sadguru told them exactly what to do even before they had mentioned their problem.
The most precious legacy that Sadguru Nityananda has left behind is a treasure trove of his teachings called the Chidakasha Gita. Most scholars and devout Hindus who have read this text believe that it condenses the important principles of the Gita, the Vedas and other holy scriptures and is an important work for those who want to further their sadhana.
Seva, or helping others, that was the most important lesson that Sadguru taught his devotees. Through his ashram and by spreading his teachings, Sadguru's devotees continue to help society in any way that they can. It is their fervent hope that by helping their fellow human beings, they serve God Himself.