Santdasji was born in Meethila town in Nepal. His father was called Vishnudatt, who was a brahmin. He obtained diksha in Dabhan.
He had the gift of akhand samadhi, in which he could see Lord in divine form whatever he was doing, even during sleep. Many times he had remained in samadhi for six months at a time. At Gadhada the Lord asked him to compose Shreemad Satsangijeevan because of his power and divine vision. He has written many other scriptures and stotras including Shikshapatri Artha Dipika.