Shuddhananda Bharati

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Shuddhananda Bharati
Kavi Yogi Maharishi Dr. Shuddhananda Bharati, 1984.jpg
Shuddhananda Bharati when he was about 80 years old
Religion Hinduism
Born (1897-05-11)11 May 1897
Died 7 March 1990(1990-03-07) (aged 92)
Sholapuram near Sivaganga
Peace for All, Prosper for All.

Kavi Yogi Maharishi Dr. Shuddhananda Bharati (11 May 1897 – 7 March 1990) was an Indian philosopher and poet. His teachings are focused mainly on the search for God in Self, through the Sama Yoga practice he created.


Bharati was born in Sivaganga in South India and died in Sholapuram near Sivaganga. He founded his Shuddhananda Bharati Desiya Vidyalayam High School in 1979.[1]

He spent 25 years in silence whilst at Pondicherry, from 1925 to 1950, in the Ashram of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Mirra Alfassa.

Bharati always lived alone, without an Ashram, stating that:

There are enough groups on Earth, we must unite them and not create new ones.

One of his disciple (late), S. Ram Bharati (17.07.1944 - 23.10.2003), also contributed to the construction of the main building of the school at Sholapuram in 1992, among many other disciples of Kavi Yogi in India and abroad. (Late) R. Jayaraman gave consent to his wife J.Renganayaki, (the daughter of J.Rengasamy Iyer, who was the Swami's real life elder brother, before Swamiji took Sainthood), to donate their land and its proceeds to register the few acres of land donated to J.Rengasamy Iyer, which he happily consented to give to Swamiji for building up his dream Yoga Samajam, which stands tall today in Sholapuram, near Sivagangai (Tamil Nadu)


In 1984 the Raja Rajan Award was given to Bharati by the Tamil University in Tanjore, effectively proffering the honor of Doctor of Literature.

The title Shuddhananda (pure bliss) was given to him by his friend Jnana Siddha.

The Sringeri Jagadguru gave him the name of Kavi Yogi Bharati

Sivananda conferred on him the title of Maharishi (great visionary).


Bharati's ideals are found in the teachings of Sama Yoga, a system that he founded. It is a synthesis of material science and spiritual yoga. Sama Yoga is also the basis of a future spiritual socialism according to Sivananda.


He wrote "over 250 published works, 173 are in Tamil, fifty in English, six in French, four in Hindi and three in Telugu. Apart from these languages, he was also conversant with Sanskrit, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu."[2]

Through his writings, Bharati attempts to demonstrate the manner in which the divine was woven throughout his life.

His magnum opus Bharata Shakti is a monumental and unique work, a book for all ages say Sivananda in which Bharati describes his ideal:

One humanity living in communion with a single God in a world transformed!

The full work includes epic texts, lyrical dramas, operas, comedies, pastoral novels, news, biographies, comments on illustrated works, essays, poems in French corrected directly by the Mother, Sacred Odes, walks, Rondels and triplets.

His autobiography, The Pilgrim Soul includes encounters with great figures of the past century, including Annie Besant, Sri Aurobindo, Meher Baba, Shirdi Sai Baba, V. V. S. Aiyar, Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Ramana Maharshi, C. V. Raman, Subramanya Bharathi, Sivananda, Romain Rolland, Jean Herbert and many others.

In English[edit]

Biographies and sources[edit]

  • Sri Dewan Bahadur. A Study of all the works of Dr. Shuddhananda Bharati, L'Auberson, Éditions ASSA, 224 pages, ISBN 978-2-9700391-6-7
  • The best known biography of Maharishi Yogi Kavi Dr. Bharati Shuddhananda is that written in his hand in his book Pilgrim Soul Extracts of Pilgrim Soul Editions ASSA, L'Auberson, Christian Piaget, ISBN 978-2-940393-04-6.
  • Dancing with Shiva, Published by Himalayan Academy India, ISBN 978-0-945497-96-7


  1. ^ "Aum Shuddha Shakti Aum". Christiananda Bharati. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Mohan Lal, Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature : Sasay to Zorgot, Sahitya Akademi (1992), p. 4199

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