Swami Shashwat Ji was born in 1985 in the Dhar district of the Narmada region in Madhya Pradesh. His parents named him “Krishna”.
By the grace of God, he repeatedly chanted the name of Lord Rama from the tender age of five. He started meditating for several hours every morning and every evening at the age of seven or eight. At that time, he had three aims in life – to become a scientist, to serve his country or to search for the truth. From this young age itself, his interest grew in searching for new things and in serving others, but Swamiji also used to wonder if, after death, he would become a plant or a tree, an insect or a bug, a bird or an animal. When someone died in the village, Swamiji used to think, “This person has worked so hard, made a name for himself or herself, made money, and yet, he or she is dead. Will I also die like this one day? Will I also be cremated or buried?” It became very clear to him that no matter how much wealth, respect or status one has, death is inevitable, and it is impossible to avoid this cycle of life and death. So, he turned his mind away from everything else and completely surrendered to the love of the divine. He would spend most of his time remembering the Lord.
Swamiji’s guru, Baba Shri Gajanandji Maharaj, greatly contributed to his spiritual practice. Swamiji started wandering to the four corners of India in the company of saints and holy men
In the year 2007, Swamiji began a pilgrimage around the Narmada river. One evening, in 2008, he was sitting quietly under a tree on the river-bank, doing nothing in particular, when suddenly a bright light spread in him and all around him. His senses and sensations stopped, and this intense energy in the form of light spread in all four directions. It was a death-like experience; the light and the sound were so intense that he thought that his body would let go. He felt truly blissful. He was immersed in inner stillness and peace, with a feeling of profound bliss that has never left him since that day.