Narayan Vaman Tilak

TILAK, Narayan Vaman. b. Karajgaon Village, Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra, 6 December 1861; d. Bombay (now Mumbai), 9 May 1919. Born into a Hindu family of the Brahmin caste, he was greatly influenced by the writings of the 17th-century ‘poet-saint’ Tukaram (1608-1649), who wrote devotional poems and hymns in Marathi. Tilak was converted to Christianity (baptised 1895), encountering opposition from his family and friends. He worked for more than twenty years at the American Congregational Marathi Mission at Ahmednagar, seeking a Christian faith that would not alienate the Hindu society in which he lived. In 1917 he opened a Christian ashram in his house at Satara. Inspired by Tukaram, he...

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