BhaiGuru was born in a god-loving family on 13 December 1964 in Ludhiana, in the state of Punjab, India. His parents named him, Ramnish, which in Sanskrit language means `who loves the supreme god’. This name stayed with him for 40 years. In the year 2004, Shri Babaji gave him the name Mahesh on seeing his devotion and surrender to AdiShakti Ma Kali and Mahadev Shiv and also gave him the title, BhaiGuru. People lovingly address him as `BhaiGuru’ since with his affection for all, very soon he becomes a part of their families, and lovingly guide them to their spirituality evolvement.

Early Years

His grandfather, Durga Das Tangri was a deeply religious person and a philanthropist. After doing his engineering from London, he settled in Ludhiana and did ample work for the society. There was a big hall in his mansion, where the holy book Guru Grant Sahib was ceremoniously installed and hymns were recited daily. Community meals were a regular feature during his life-time.

His father, Raj Rishi Tangri retired many years back from Indian Air Force. He participated in the three major wars - with China in the year 1962 and with Pakistan in the year 1965 and 1971. He is also a spiritual and socially conscious person. Since his tenure in Indian Air Force involved travelling to many cities in India, this exposed his children to various cultures and value systems. He brought up both his children in a very liberal atmosphere at home, where all religions were accepted and respected, and staunch religious practices were neither followed, nor encouraged.

Whenever I got to know that we would be visiting Mata Vaishno Devi, I would prepare a list of things I wanted to ask divine mother. The journey to the shrine was always special but the interesting part was that the moment I reached inside the cave where the idol of divine mother was kept and prostrated before her, I just did not feel like asking her for any of the things in the list. I would merely say, “Mother! You know everything. Please give me what is best for me.” Eventually, I stopped preparing the list altogether. Sometimes I wonder if it was indeed the blessings of divine mother I received those days that I eventually attained ShivKaliBodh. I got the best gift from divine mother.

First spiritual influence

In the year 1977, while staying with his family in the hill town of Udhampur in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ramnish became a devotee of Mata Vaishno Devi. His family would visit the shrine of divine mother regularly since it was near Udhampur. He would walk the distance from the foothills to the temple bare feet in reverence to the deity. BhaiGuru shares his experiences during his umpteen visits to the shrine as follows:

Whenever I got to know that we would be visiting Mata Vaishno Devi, I would prepare a list of things I wanted to ask divine mother. The journey to the shrine was always special but the interesting part was that the moment I reached inside the cave where the idol of divine mother was kept and prostrated before her, I just did not feel like asking her for any of the things in the list. I would merely say, “Mother! You know everything. Please give me what is best for me.” Eventually, I stopped preparing the list altogether. Sometimes I wonder if it was indeed the blessings of divine mother I received those days that I eventually attained ShivKaliBodh. I got the best gift from divine mother.

Shirdi Sai Baba

After competing his schooling from various convent and army schools, he joined IIT (Roorkee) in the year 1983 and completed his engineering in the year 1987. His first job in a company in Jaipur involved extensive travelling. During the innumerable train journeys and in his spare time, he would read books on religion and spirituality since these were of special interest to him alwarys. One book which left an indelible mark on him was Sai Baba of Shirdi - a unique saint by M.V.Kamant. BhaiGuru shares his experience on reading this book as follows:

As I read the book and got to know about Shirdi Sai Baba, I was amazed that such a magnificent divine soul had lived on this earth just a few decades back. It was so uplifting to read about his life and selfless work that many times during my read I was overwhelmed with tears in my eyes. Never has a book moved me so much emotionally, and charged me spiritually. It awakened in me the desire to know more and more about the Almighty and divine souls.

His idol - Guru Nanak

After reading many books on Shirdi Sai Baba, he started reading about Guru Nanak. He was inspired by the life of Nanak as a fakir and family man. Since the life and various travels of Guru Nanak are well recorded, he read volumes on him. About the effect of Guru Nanak on his life, BhaiGuru explains as follows:

I began to idolize Guru Nanak and thought of leading my life similar to him - travelling and spiritually educating all, fearlessly questioning superstitions and illogical norms of society and remaining surrendered to the divine all the time. Till date Guru Nanak remains in my heart and I remain a fakir like him. He was truly a living god who walked amidst us like an ordinary man.

Saints and Scriptures

The desire to know the sublime had awakened in him intensely by the time he was 23 years old. During the succeeding years, he read Adi Shankracharya, Gyaneshwar, RamaKrishn Paramhans, Swami Vivekanand, Kabir, Buddha, Khalil Gibran, Mahabharat, Ramayan, Bible, Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagvad Gita, Life of Krishn and many books on the teaching and philosophies of ancient and modern saints. His quest to know the divine had begun.

His first Guru

He resigned from his job in the year 1988 and became an independent professional. This was the time when he immersed himself in his work and lived life with the normal expectations and desires of a young man. But the divine had other plans and these plans were slowly unfolding in their own time.

In the month of February 1993, his friend, Rajesh Kalra introduced him to Sahaj Yog, a spiritual system founded by Mata Nirmala Devi. Many times he would remain immersed in lengthy discussions with Rajesh, which comprised of meaning and purpose of life and sharing of spiritual experiences. Rajesh asked him to join Sahaj Yog. Since those days BhaiGuru did not accept himself as a serious spiritual person, he was not ready to take initiation from a guru. However, Rajesh kept on insisting and finally in May 1993, he visited a center of Sahaj Yog in Noida, and took initiation.

A spiritual seed sowed by Shirdi Sai, Guru Nanak and Adi Shankracharya, sprouted with the blessings of Mata Nirmala Devi. By the time he was three weeks in Sahaj Yog, he began to feel the divine cool breeze in his palms and Sahasrar.Then the life-changing experience happened when he participated in the ten days spiritual camp of Sahaj Yog in Ganapatipule on the shores of Arabian Sea, near Goa, India. Thereafter, he became a staunch devotee of Mata Nirmala Devi and took the mantle of propagating her spiritual system in the remote towns and villages of Northern India.

His second Guru

After nine years of his spiritual journey in Sahaj Yog, he felt his spiritual growth had stagnated. So he left Sahaj Yog and in July 2002, he took initiation from Shri Babaji. During this period, he began worshiping Ma Kali and became her staunch devotee. However, he was deeply disturbed on witnessing some falsehoods in the system, and bid adieu tto Shri Babaji in March 2017.

The supreme attainment - ShivKaliBodh

After bidding adieu to his second guru, BhaiGuru began to earnestly pray to divine mother to show him the right process for union with the divine. He would remain in meditation for long durations and kept praying to Almighty Ma Kali. His intense devotion and complete surrender to AdiShakti Ma Kali and Mahadev Shiv culminated in attainment of ShivKaliBodhin 10 April 2017.
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