Remembered as a guru in the Indian nondualist, or Shiva Advaita, philosophical tradition, he gained an international following after his Marathi-language lectures were published in English as a 1973 book titled I Am That.
In his thirties, he met Siddharameshwar Maharaj, the Hindu Navnath Sampradaya leader who would become his guru.
He opened his Mumbai apartment to visitors seeking spiritual guidance.
Born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli, he spent his youth in Mumbai (then Bombay), India, and was one of six children of deeply religious Hindu parents named Parvatibai and Shivrampant Kambli. With his wife Sumatibai, he raised four children.
The American spiritual writer Wayne Dyer became one of Maharaj's disciples.