(1882 - 1946)


A Note About The Translator


Shri Purohit Swami was born into a religious and wealthy family in Badnera, India in 1882.  He studied philosophy and law, received his LL.B. from Deccan College, Poona, married and had three children.

However, he did not practice law, and instead spent his entire life in spiritual devotion.  He wrote in his native Marathi, in Hindi, Sanskrit and English -- poems, songs, a play, a novel, a commentary on The Bhagavad Gita and an autobiography.

He left India in 1930 at the suggestion of his Master to interpret the religious life of India for the West, and made his new home in England.  It was there that he produced beautiful translations of The Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali's Aphorisms of Yoga and -- in collaboration with his great friend, the Irish poet William Butler Yeats -- The Ten Prinicipal Upanishads.

Shri Purohit Swami melted back into the infinite in 1946.


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