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Chapter – 1
Salutations to Ganesh ! Son of Gauri, Lord of peacocks, Glory be to Him. The learned and the saintly Remember you, Oh Ganesh, Before setting on a new endeavour. Your mercy is limitless; It is powerful. Difficulties vanish by simply remembering You, Just as silk cotton Is reduced to ashes under a live fire. I, Ganu, Thy slave, Solicit Thy favor. Kindly charge my words with divine power. I am a dunce, Poetics know I not, I shall succeed only if it's Thy Will. Now, I prostrate before Saraswati Page 2 of 99
The Mother of the Universe. Oh, Mother, I am Your wayward child. I know nothing. With Your Grace, Mother, A lame will ascend a mountain And a dumb will thrall the audience. Now I pray to Panduranga, The Most Aged and Ancient Lord of Pandhari, The Very Essence of Existence, Knowledge and Bliss. Protect me, Oh Lord ! You are the substratum of the Universe. You are immanent, You are all and in all. You are the world, You are the Lord, You are the One. You are both - with Form and without, with Attributes and Without. Even the Vedas cannot fathom Your depth, How would I Thy humble Ganu, Measure Thy glory? Rama's merciful glance Was the strength behind the monkeys. On the banks of the Yamuna The cowherd boys danced. When Krishna showered His Grace on them. One need not have money To win You over. One should renounce one's ego And take shelter at Your Feet, Then alone, You would succour. All the saints have been saying this. That is why I have come here, So help me, Oh Lord of Pandhari, Be seated in my heart. With only You condescending, Shall I complete this work And add the last line Which shall shine like a tall Golden cap on the dome of a temple. Oh Lord of Bhavani, Oh Neelkantha, Oh Gangadhar, Oh Lord Tryambaka, the embodiment of Omkara. Hold Your Hand on my head. I am not afraid of the mighty Death
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Mother's love makes a child prattle. Remember. I record. But can it do so all alone? It is the person who holds it. Durga. I bow to Sai Baba of Shirdi And also to meritorious Vamanashastri. Page 4 of 99 . all you saints. While You are parasmani Your mere touch will turn me into gold. So put life into the words. I am your child. are the spirit behind. You. A pen verily draws letters. Make me fearless. Now I bow to those ancient sages Shandilya. So I am merely a pen. So. Oh you listeners! Be alert now. I know I am a piece of iron. It is with Your grace That I shall speak hereafter. you please do listen to their glory. They are the embodiment of righteousness. writes. I bow to all the saints . He will inspire me To sing the praises of Gajanan. Oh you learned men. And of our house Oh Mother. They are the guides on the road to eternity They are the vehicles of eternal knowledge Those.Gahini. who fall at the feet of the saints. Oh Mrudani. Saints are verily the living gods on the earth. This is the path of liberation. Nivrutti and Jnyaneshwara and Tukaram and Ramdas. Bless this humble Dasaganu. Fix up your mind on Him. Oh. Now I bow to Dattatreya. Oh Saints. the saints are wholesale dealers In eternal happiness. They are the bestowers of liberation. Now I bow to the Mother of the Universe. Parashara and Shankaracharya. The saints have not failed any one so far. The Goddess of Kolhapur. Vasistha.When You are with me.
Will be loved by the Lord. So, now cleanse your mind And make it pure to receive the life story of Gajanan. Glory be to Bharat, She has a hoary past Saints have sanctified this land From ages bygone. Remember Narada, Dhruva, the son of Kayadhu, - Prahlada, Uddhava, Sudama and Arjuna. Remember, Mahavira Hanuman, The son of Anjani. Think of Dharma Raja - who had no enemies, And of Shankaracharya - the embodiment of Vedanta. They were really as great as the Golden Mountain Meru, and bestower of every thing good to their devotees. Again think of Madhva, Vallabha and Ramanuja, They all protected the religion of this land. Narasi Mehta, Tulsidasa, Kabir, Kamal, Surdasa. Can we ever forget them and Lord Gauranga, so also, Mira, the princess Embodiment of devotion? Gorakh, Matsyendra and Jalandhara Great yogis! Navanath Bhaktisar narrates their lives. Mahipati has sung the glories Of Nama, Narhari and Janabai, Of Kanhopatra, Sakhu, Chokha, Of Sawata, Kurmadas and Damaji For whom Vitthal in Bedar as a surety, Becoming the humblest of the humble in society, Paid for the grains in the godowns, Distributed to thousands of the hungry. Read Bhaktivijayam and Bhatimala And the three volumes Composed by this humble self, Wherein are given the life stories of many saints. Gajanan is the saint supreme Why did I not sing his glories earlier? When you thread a garland, The big central flower Is not taken up first. You pick it up when you are half through. Shegaon, a small village, in Vidarbha, Or is it a lake, Wherein bloomed,
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The lotus - Gajanan, Or was he a diamond, Whose splendour glowed and charmed the world? Limited are my abilities. They fall short of describing This great saint - so indescribable. Fix up your mind At his feet, And you will be a free soul. Rather be ye all peacocks, To dance madly At the sight of this cloud - Gajanan, He showers happiness on all. The then residents of Shegaon Surely were the luckiest of all, How else Could they get, This jewel in human form? Ramachandra Patil Once arrived in Pandharpur On one Ekadashi in the month of Kartika. Ere this I had cherished The idea of writing the life Of this great saint. I hesitated, But who knows the Divine Will? Before I knew, I was in it. None can know The ways in which God fulfils Himself. The origin of Gajanan Is untraceable. Even as the beginning And the end of Brahman. A diamond Shining brightly Is enough for catching Attention of all. No one would Bother to know, The mine from which It was picked. Gajanan Was seen in Shegaon For the first time
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On the seventh day of the dark fortnight of Magh In the Indian Saka 1800. The twenty third day of February, 1878. Some say, He came there from Sajjangarh, The fort sanctified by Samartha Ramadasa. Possibly Samartha came Once again on this earth, To liberate the people. Yogis do enter in any body, So did Gorakha, He came out of a dung hill, Kanifa out of an elephant's ear, Changadeva, out of a water hole All had immaculate births. It was strange sight To see Gajanan In a ragged tunic Scratching the abandoned patravalis. Gajanan had a chilim in his hand, His sight envisioning the supraterrestrial regions. He was as resplendent As the morning Sun. He was there, Picking up particles of food From the thrown away patravalis Before the house of Devidas Where the guests had participated In the feast to celebrate A fertility ritual. The Upanishads say, "Annam Brahmeti" Food is Brahman. Bankatlal Agarwal and Damodar Kulkarni They happened to go by that way, Saw Gajanan, first, Picking up food particles. He did not look like a beggar insane, Nor did he look hungry. He could have asked for food And no sane man would have Denied food to him, On such an occasion. Bankatlal said to Kulkarni, This seems no ordinary man;
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it is stated in the Bhagavata That sages behave like madmen. But he seems to be a realised soul. But these two alone could recognise Gajanan Only a jeweller can know a real gem. One whose joy is contentment. This man's actions are of an idiot. He is verily Brahman. Could he take pleasure in dainty dishes? One who is a suzerain emperor. To keep themselves cool. Diamonds and flints When in a lot. Blessed is our town. He is wise. "No! He is not an idiot. He has come At the noon time. Number of men had passed by the way. The wise pick up diamonds And leave the flints alone. Blessed are we. But his face was beaming with joy. Bankatlal says to Damodar. Gajanan touched it and ate a little.Verily. Do not test him anymore. He has come over here. He had a broad chest and well built muscles. No human form could be more handsome. When made a district officer? Gajanan mixed all the fare And ate it. Whether he needed food. Will he ever dance with joy. We have seen him. He has partaken of the food Page 8 of 99 . He is not afraid of anything. Gajanan was quiet. When the Sun shines brightly And birds seek shelter in leafy branches. Bankatlal approached Gajanan And asked him. Bankatlal asked Devidasa To bring a patravali duly served Devidasa did so.
And know this. One who drinks Is not separate from that which is drunk. Both asked him to give the kamandalu So that they may bring water. It needs water. But Gajanan went to a tank Where cattle drank." Both were happy to hear him speak. cool and clean And fragrant with khus. Like a wild wind.He has no water in his kamandalu. "Do not drink that water I have brought this one. Let us bring it for him. They were about to prostrate before him. hot and dirty Unclean and sweety Are the manifestations of the same Brahman. This body has taken food. Brahman is everywhere. Damodar went to the house for water. He drank the water. Now that they would fall at his feet." Maharaj Gajanan said. Who would stop him? Page 9 of 99 . "Bring water if you want." Damodar and Bankatlal were overwhelmed With an emotion of devotion. All this Universe is pervaded By one Reality. All things. Do not say all this. Gajanan said unto them. Just fix up your mind On the Lord of the universe. Gajanan ran from there. Before Damodar could say.
Without whose grace Everything is futile and meaningless. For having lost him. His grace infuses strength Into the soul who takes refuge in Him. the Mother of the Universe. Bankatlal was restless.Chapter -2 Salutations to Ganesh! Glory be to Lord Supreme Who resides on the banks of Chandrabhaga. He combed the entire town. But Maharaj was seen nowhere. His father asked him Page 10 of 99 . With Rukmini. When Bankatlal returned home. Gajanan Maharaj ran away. His manly and resplendent form Appeared before his eyes Again and again. None could find him. He who succours all. Bankatlal was feeling guilty.
Why he was so sorrowful and dejected. And gave him his tumba.” Pitambar plodded in the rivulet. Bankatlal accompanied by Pitambara – a tailor. Bankatlal told Pitambar About the strange saint he had seen. Just as a miser would run after gold. was not fit for drinking. Deshmukh was convinced That Bankatlal had seen a great yogi. But he dipped the tumba. Was on way to the temple. Whatever was. The saint bade them bring Zunka bhakar from the house of a woman Who was a gardener by caste. No other water would do – “Bring me water from the rivulet alone. Told the saint that there Was not enough water in the rivulet. It was made muddy by cattle. Bankatlal was young and healthy And wealthy too. Page 11 of 99 . Plunge the tumba into the water. Seated on a pavement. Pitambar hesitated. Bankatlal did so. The saint bade Pitambar Bring water from the rivulet. And all of a sudden Both of them saw the saint. Both humbly asked the saint Whether they should bring something to eat. Kirtana was arranged in Shiva’s temple. The saint said. He arrived in Shegaon. Pitambar was at a loss. Both darted towards him. What had happened. Don’t pick up water in your palms. Bankatlal did not speak. There was water just enough to wet his soles. There was one kirtankara By name Govind Buwa Takalikar. Why should he be sorrowful? Bankatlal told one Ramaji Deshmukh – an aged resident of Shegaon.
Pitambar wondered – How could the dirty water Become crystal clear? He brought the water to the saint. you want to please me.” Both – Bankatlal and Pitambar Left the place. Pitambar and others Went and persuaded Maharaj to come and grace the sabhamandapa. Maharaj smiled – said. “Oh Bankatlal. “Do you take me for a trader? I need no such coins. behold. Maharaj did not move. The latter half of the akhyana Was sung by Maharaj. Page 12 of 99 . Cut it and give it to me. It was the story of Hansa Gita From the 11th chapter of Bhagavata. it sunk deep. clear as crystal." Bankatlal felt honored. That won’t do. Then said the saint. Govind Buwa himself came to the spot. Govind Buwa was half through the kirtana. take out the areca nut from your pocket. Govind Buwa wanted him To be brought in to the sabhamandapa So Bankatlal. Come on. By offering me the zunka bhakar Brought from the house of a woman Whose business it is to cultivate flowers And prepare garlands. He offered two copper coins – of the state of Hydrabad. And got filled with water.And. Govind Buwa realized That Maharaj was an authority And a great one for that. You had it and so we met again. Now go to the temple and hear the kirtana I shall sit yonder Under a margosa tree. in a clear resonant tone From below the margosa tree. The saint drank it after eating the zunka bhakar. When the saint demanded the nut. I love devotion.
For Panduranga has honored this place With his own presence.Eulogized Maharaj. Keep it with care. Come in and be in this temple of Shiva. You have been narrating Bhagavata. oh. To have Pandurang of Pandharpur. Bankatlal was happy. come and adore your seat in the temple. That the universe is pervaded by Him? Why. You have discovered a gem. I am listening from here. Page 13 of 99 . So Maharaj." Govind Buwa went back to the temple. Persuaded his father To bring home – Gajanan Maharaj.” Be consistent. Serve Him well. “Oh Govinda. then. Father Bhavaniram agreed. Go and finish your narration. While your actions are contrary. This sadhana in the form of kirtan Is ripe today. That is why I had your darshan. “You are verily Shankar.” Thus ended the kirtana Bankatlal came home. insist on my coming to the temple? Man should be true In words and in deeds. I have been singing the glory of God all my life. Father Bhavaniram was overjoyed. And told loudly to all – “Listen. It is verily Pandharpur. The temple will be no temple Without you. How and when would he bring him in? On the fourth evening When cowherds were returning home Gajanan Maharaj appeared in Manik square Cows surrounded him. you residents of Shegaon. This is no Shegaon now. Did you not say a few minutes before.” Maharaj said. He resembled the same age-old Krishna Bankatlal led Gajanan Maharaj home.
” So saying Maharaj gorged it And then threw it out. “I won’t take food” said Ichcharama. “Would you stay till the dinner is ready? If you won’t. karanjiya.” It was Monday. He offered almonds And dried dates and bananas and oranges And offered all these with true devotion. Gajanan Maharaj said to himself. motichur. a cousin of Bankatlal. Blossoms of tulsi were placed on his head. Thought to himself – “I shall worship Maharaj this evening. not fresh but fried in the morning. anarase. Some rubbed his lotus-like feet. When the bath was over. Don’t you? Have this all. raghavdasa. Some applied soap.” So saying. “Eat all this now. You hanker after sweet dishes. Number of currries. Maharaj was pleased. Hundred pitchers of warm water Were poured by men and women. rendering the evening most auspicious. soliciting him to stay for dinner. A meal enough for four men. Next day.” said Bhavaniram He hesitated And offered puris. a bowl of curds. some soapnut. Ichcharama offered the plate Containing all the sweets – jillebi. ill-luck would befall me. Bankatlal arranged for a ceremonial bath. It was a wonderful sight. Ichcharam. Bankatlal’s house verily became Dwarka – The capital city of Krishna. and Iccharama Worshipped Maharaj and Brought all the sweet dishes and Prayed to Maharaj to dine. “Unless you dine. And Maharaj was profusely garlanded.At this door. Maharaj. stayed overnight. Page 14 of 99 . With deep devotion He placed a bilvapatra on the head of Maharaj And worshipped him. gheevar. chutneys. Maharaj was made to wear a silk dhoti Sandal paste with saffron was applied to his forehead.
So was he! He had an earthern pipe which he used to smoke often. clear or dirty. What is name and form To one who has become one with the One? So Shegaon became verily the Pandharpur And the crowds thronged there As they would in Nasik at sinhastha Or at Hardwar on auspicious kumbha. the life story of Maharaj Dasaganu requests you so. So people named Maharaj after Gajanan. Every day the happiness of Maharaj Was shared by all the pilgrims flocking there.Swami Ramadasa had done so once Only to teach himself a lesson and to show That overeating is bad and that devotees Should not pester a sadhu in this way. Now listen further. nor intellect To describe the daily routine of Maharaj. dear ones. Page 15 of 99 . Even as the wind is unpredictable. People from far and near And Bankatlal’s house verily became a temple. There were the ceremonial baths Sometimes unseen or unheard He used to step down into a well And drink the water there. I have no words. So they again bathed Gajanan Maharaj. They were singing the holy name of Vitthal Maharaj also set the tune with them – “Gana Gana Ganat Botey” This was the only tune Maharaj knew and often sang. Maharaj was all joy. Two dindis came that way.
Do not be harsh. Oh. Maharaj Page 16 of 99 . You glory is great. Be kind towards me. Devotees from far and near Came and bowed before Maharaj. Have mercy on me – your own Dasganu. So Gajanan Maharaj – A realised soul A partisan of the poor and the weak Stayed with Bankatla. Who is Existence. You are verily a wish-fulfilling tree Or verily a chintamani. knowledge.Chapter – 3 Salutations to Ganesh ! Victory be to Shri Hari. Saints sing it often. Is it necessary to invite bees To sucj honey from flowers? One morning. You are verily the ocean of mercy. Lord of the universe. Bliss.
To me ganja is the highest delicacy.” The sadhu in the corner Page 17 of 99 . Calves were making thrusts at udders of their mothers. he is sitting over there. The housewives were busy. Maharaj came to know of his arrival And said to one near him – “Bring him here who has come from Banaras. At such a pleasant time One sadhu arrived To have a darshan of Maharaj. He mused to himself – “I heard about Maharaj.Was in a meditative mood. The aed were up in their beds Telling beads. Sprinkling the yards. Cocks crowed. Number of people thronged To have darshan o fMaharaj How could such a tardy sadhu Get an access to Maharaj? So the sadhu sat all alone in a corner. look. He had a roll o fdeer skin on his back.” As he was merged in these thoughts. Birds chirped. Would Maharaj accept it? Would the people around him – Allow me to hand it over to him? Or will they drive me out? It seems. That is why I long to give it to Maharaj. People hate one Who consumes it. With water mixed with cow dung. The wind caressed the tree tops. And came here from Banaras I am chreishing a desire To offer ganja to Maharaj. The sky at the eastern horizon Was crimson. ganja is not popular here. He was poorly dressed. With a torn loin cloth And an ochre colored cloth Tied as a headgear.
present and future. So Shiva fulfilled her desire And was born to her as Hanuman.” Whatever a devotee desires.” So they brought the sadhu Before Maharaj. Shiva who was an embodiment of knowledge Has praised ganja. Page 18 of 99 . He said to himself – “Maharaj surely knows past. I shall surely take it out. In the like manner You accept me and my ganja And do not discard it even hereafter. Anjani had desired Shiva as her son. Maharaj said unto him. “Forgive me Maharaj. Let it constantly remind you of this humble self. And touched Maharaj’s feet.” The sadhu bent down. He will know my heartfelt desire. Ganja may degrade an ordinary man. take out from your zoli. Maharaj is a great yogi. How else could he spot me out? It has been noted on Jnyaneshwari That a yogi can see beyond The vision of ordinary men. “Oh. That which you have been Keeping there for me. And rolled before him like a child. God fulfils his wishes in many ways. Maharaj touched him and Raised him up and said – “Why did you fix it in your mind To give me that thing? Were you not ashamed then? Why hesitate now?” The sadhu said. On the ground.Sprang to his feet overjoyed. You will be accepting it Only to favour me and honour me. I know that yo do not need it. But promise me that You won’t forsake it.
“Gana Gana Ganat botey” At times he used to maintain a deep silence.But will elevate one who is a great yogi. Then yielded. he was no addict. mind you. The real saints are like lotus leaves.” Maharaj thought for a while. This is how Maharaj came to smoke. At times he used to get into a devotee’s house. Messages were sent round – “Janarao won’t survive Come and see him. The learned brahmins looked askance. He has a saint in his home. The sadhu took the gaja Out of his zoli and filled it in the chilim Maharaj puffed it off – The sadhustayed there for few days. At times he used to lie motionless. At times he used to move in jungles. Often Maharaj sang the Vedic hymns With the same age-old intonation. And then went off to Rameshwaram.” So hurriedly they went to Bankatlal. Physicians had lost hopes. And said unto themselves – “Verily Maharaj is a born Pundit! How else would he sing thus the hymns?” At times Maharaj used to sing One song in various ragas. If he wills. And.” At times he used to say. The water of common human desires Won’t stick on to tarnish their spirits. Asked him to give some tirtha Page 19 of 99 . Even as a mother would Yield to a stubborn naughty child.” Someone said – “Run to Bankatlal. One such song was – “Chandan chawal belaki patiya. Janarao will survive. It so happened that Janarao Deshmukh – a man well known there was on his death bed.
Sanctified by Maharaj. This is no logic. Revive the dying Satchidananda Baba? But then did he not die At last in Alandi? Page 20 of 99 . And administered it to him. Within eight days Janarao was up on his feet And walked to Bhavaniram To see one who gave him a fresh lease of life. They hurried the sanctified water To the dying man. The tirtha of a saint Has the power of heavenly nectar. All the near and dear ones Shed tears of juy. Bankatlal led them to his father. His vision returned to him. His hands moved. Saints can at most Avert dangers. Did not Jnyaneshwar. Solicited Maharaj to give the tirtha. the water charged by the touch of the saint Acted as a life-giving ambrosia. when devotees supplicate to them They do not want To change the course of Nature. His eyes opened. He took a glass of water. Maharaj nodded. So you see. . And told Maharaj. His heart beat distinctly. at Newase.the choked throat Of the dying man cleared. Father Bhavaniram was kind. Warmth returned to his cool limbs. And lo. Bhavaniram tipped the tip of the toe Of Maharaj into the water. Blood pulsated back to his pale face. Now people may say – None should have died While such a saint Breathed in Shegaon. The condition of Janarao Deshmukh.
the son of Arjun. then he Would be overpwered by disease And would die an adhibhautika death.So the point is that. There are three types of deaths. But will not usually interfere In the course of nature. Adhidaivika death is one which is Determined on past actions. Even though they are able to do so. By medicines If administered by a good physician. forgetting God. Many a time death is inevitable. adhibhautika and adhidaivika Adhyatmika death is a spiritual death – The worst death in which man. Such a death may be averted. Even when Krishna was with Arjuna? But the holy water Of Gajanan Maharaj Did cause a miracle. The adhidaivika death May be averted by Offering something to the deity In exchange for the dying body. Again. Fell on the batttle-field. Adhyatmika. Page 21 of 99 . Remove your difficulties. But such an offering Must be made with deep devotion and faith. Did not Abhimanyu. Sometimes death may be averted By a ritual offering to the diety. the death Which may sweep upon a man May be due to a physical cuase Or due to a fore-ordained cause. If one is not moderate in habits And would eat like a glutton Food that is prohibited. It is the faith which works And miracles are wrought. Merges himself into Sensual joys of this life. saints Will relieve your pain. Adhibhautika death is one which is Due to physical causes.
That is why with the holy water Given by him The dying man could revive. And said to himself – “This is no good. Are they both equal? Both. They will pester me hereafter So I should be a bit harsh towards them. And gold is gold. The cubs playfully jump around her.” So Maharaj became harsh. Janarao Deshmukh recovered. The ways of the world are different. Robes won’t make a man holy. Even as Narasinhan – An incarnation of God was fierce to others But not so to Prahlad – the son of Kayadhu. Maharaj thought over it. Even as earth in contact with musk Or a khaira tree among sandalwood trees Becomes fragrant. This frightened others But not his devotees. Diamonds and pebbles Are together in a mine. If impurities and passions rage within. Page 22 of 99 . Gajanan Maharaj was a realised soel. But brass is brass. A tigress is a terror But not to her cubs. Brass and gold Both are metals yellow.Holy water will avert death Only when it is sanctified With the touch of a holy man. So common men in contact with a sage gain prestige But should a clod of earth Or the khaira tree forget its status? Cactus will grow On the same land where grows sugar cane. A clod of earth won’t turn into musk. a sage and a rogue May live under the same roof. He held a sumptuous feast for sadhus.
Both are trash. Non one would dare to disturb him. Even as Kalyan Of Ramadasa He was often unkind and harsh To other devotees. Blamed him for Using his name for his own gains. The hypocrite middlemen Inflate the fake sages. The real saints Who are always merged in God. They were in a hurry. favor hypocrites. But Maharaj Thrashed Vithoba Ghatol With a big stick. All this they fo To earn money and fame. They drive away such Middlemen as are hypocrites. All sages do the same. offered to Maharaj.A rogue Under the garb of humility May sail under false colors. These devotees praised Vithoba Ghatol. However. Maharaj was having his nap. Won’t tolereate Page 23 of 99 . Posed himeself as a great devotee. Vithoba Ghatol felt elated. Those who are no saints. One such rogue Stayed with Maharaj – Vithoba Ghatol He supposed himself as Lord Shankara’s nandi He used to collect sweets And money. He awoke Maharaj These devotees had darshan. never to return. One day some devotees Came from a distant place. They raise them to imaginary heights. So Vithoba Ghatol Ran away from Shegaon.
This is the offering to Hari Hara.Such a humbug. Page 24 of 99 . But he wished for a pebble. Dasaganu prays That this volume May show the way To all those who seek. But only when they are repentant. He was under a wish-fulfilling tree. If Vithoba Ghatol Would not have become. Even the punishment inflicted on thme Is for correcting them. He would have been Loved by all as a great devotee. The sages do protect all. He did not realise The greatness of the great saint. Both are usefull to the world In their own way. But he only wished for a shell of a coconut. The mother earth Would allow a thorny bush and a flowering tree Grow side by side. So much puffed with pride. He was near a wish-yielding cow. Even the crooked and the sinful.
What if water is called by various names? You are the master of the universe. Ganga flows from his matted hair. bless me. If they worship sincerely And with deep devotion. He is Omkara.Chapter – 4 Salutations of Ganesh ! Salutations to omniscient Shankara – Lord of the universe with a Dark blue neck. He is the eternal time. You and the Lord of Rukmini Are one and the same. He is Tryambakeshwar. They worship you in their own way. Page 25 of 99 . Oh you Omkara.
Boys went to Janakiram. If anything is needed by a sage. It is well-known That a goldsmith’s furnace blazes Earlier than his kitchen stove. Even if the day be auspicious or otherwise. Can a mother Be harsh with her child? I am your child. I won’t give live fire to anyone On akshay tritiya. it was the third day of The bright fortnight of vaishakh. “the fire is needed Not for ourselves. You will fulfil all my desires. One should be generous. Once. You are verily a wish-fulfilling tree. Akshay tritiya – the day of offerings to the manes. Said they. He asked one of them to fill up his chilim. The boy filled it with tobacco But could not get live charcoal to ignite it. Bankatlal asked the boys To go to Janakiram – the goldsmith. Janakiram flared up at the boys – “No. And they keep a pitcher of cool water Fragrant with khus. It was morning and the kitchens were cool. But for Maharaj. And prepare soup of tamarind pulp. Page 26 of 99 . On this day Maharaj was surrounded with boys. The boys asked for a burning charcoal in nearby houses. Be bountiful with your love. No smoke anywhere. And asked him for a live charcoal For Maharaj’s chilim. One should not hesitate to give. This is an important day in Vidarbha They cook sweet dishes. They stew rice in milk.” Boys again entreated him.You would be theirs.
Janakiram said. “I rebuked the boys And did not give them live charcoal Page 27 of 99 . He took the chilim in his hands Asked Bankatlal to hold a straw over it. The guests got up and went away. Janakiram with his guests Was set for the sumptuous meal. He called names to the boys And to Maharaj. Janakiram said to himself. They returned to Maharaj Told him what happened. He called him a fool. The credit will go to you. It was noon time by now. He held the straw as ordered. You will be blessed by him. Janakiram questioned the greatness of Maharaj. They saw worms in it.If Maharaj is satisfied With a puff at his pipe. Bankatlal said he would kindle fire And bring it. He blamed Bankatlal also. Maharaj smiled. A flame issued forth And ignited the chilim. “If Maharaj is a saint Why should he ask for fire? Why can’t he create it? Jalandhara was also a saint And a smoker too! Did he beg for fire from door to door?” The children were crestfallen. It was proved beyond doubt That a sage has all the forces of nature At his command. Maharaj stopped him. Maharaj sent up a cloud of smoke.” But Janakiram did not listen. When it was served. It was as though the manes did not Accept the food offered. Tamarind soup is the chief item on this day.
“Perhaps the tamarind was rotten. Promised that he won’t belittle him thereafter.” He was led to Maharaj. Apologized.” Janakiram said that the tamarind Was new and fresh. He prostrated before him. Saints are so kind. That he had been punished good enough. Praised him and eulogized him.” The soup was quite well. I know he will forgive me. “I do not want mangoes. Some were distributing large sugar crystals by way of prasad. “ Don’t tell a lie The tamarind soup is all right. And were giving the slices to Maharaj. Bitter fruits I am reaping now. There was no trace of worms. Some were applying sandal paste to Mharaj. Bankatlal said to him. Allow me to have darshan of Maharaj I want to apologize. There was a devotee – Chandumukin It was the month of Jyeshtha. I did not recognize the greatness of Maharaj. I cast aspersions On him – who is so holy. Maharaj is as pure as Ganga. Maharaj said to Chandu. Some were slicing ripe mangoes. The shells were still there So were the seeds for him to verify – He continued – “I pray you now. Some were fanning and Some were garlanding Maharaj. Look. Page 28 of 99 . The devotees were sitting all around.For Maharaj. There could not be worms In the tamarind. He told Bankatlal that guests left him Without taking the food. He said to Maharaj. Maharaj said. solicited a favor.” He came with the pot of tamarind soup To Bankatlal to tell the truth.
So Chandu brought those two kanavalas.There are a couple of kanavalas In the lowest earthern pot. They were almost fresh. Chandu went home Asked his wife for two kanavalas Which were in the lowest pot in the pile Wife said. Page 29 of 99 .” Chandu said.” Then she remembered That she had kept two kanavalas In an earthern pot in the pile. Did not think of anything beyond wife and son. I shall ask them to fry a few. in a pile of pots In your home.” said she. But things are preordained In this world and none can alter one’s fate. They were not rotten. . She saw the two kanavalas. This was another miracle. Madhao – a Brahmin Lived in Chincholi – a village south of Shegaon.” People around asked Chandu To do as bade. “But. Go and find them Where I have told you to search – Do not give me false reasons. Maharaj bade me do so. He was now old and beyond sixty.” Maharaj said – “No. Go and bring them.“Please don’t fry Search in the pile of pots. “They might have been spoiled” When she took the pot in the pile. When young.” Chandu said – “Where from shall I Bring the kanavalas? If you so desire. “I had prepared kanavalas On the akshaya tritiya day – One month has elapsed They were finished that day. Maharaj ate kanavalas Even as Rama enjoyed The berries offered by Shabari. If you want I shall fry a few afresh. he was a rank materialist.
Now do not be obstinate. The silence was being broken By the chirping of insectss. Discriminate. You will have to reap What you sowed. Sat at the door of the house Where Maharaj stayed. He came to Shegaon. Chanting the holy name. Darkness enveloped the skies. And said. And be normal. “Why did not you remember the Lord When things were better for you? What is the fun in performing sadhana When you have no strength left? Is not it like digging a well For water when the house is on fire? You lived for your wife and children. But Madhao did not budge. but in vain. Kulkarni of Shegaon Wanted to take him home. Give up fasting. He repented for not remembering God. Night advanced.” Madhao did not listen. Now he repeated the holy name All the time. He did not take food for the whole day And declared that he would now fast unto death. He stayed there. Now he was poor and all alone. Swami Gajanan Maharaj Assumed a big form – dark and terrible And darted at Madhao as if to swallow him. And give him food.Madhao lost his wife and son. Ever before. Maharaj told him that it was no good. Where are they now? You forgot the Real. He and his family live lavishly. And he was full of remorse. And ran after the unreal. Page 30 of 99 . People persuaded him.
He said. Maharaj again assumed his normal form.” Madhao was wise. His heart was beating like bellows. He said.Madhao was terrified. Narayana” Or do you yet desire to live longer? If so. His lips became dry and pale. “Now that your end is so near Repeat “Shriman Narayana. Maharaj” Maharaj was pleased With Madhao’s non-attached attitude. That death would lay his icy cold hand on him. Maharaj said to Madhao. I shall add a few years To your account. That there would be no place to hide in the next world. if you want. No more shall you be born On this earth. Maharaj smiled. do not push me Again into this mire of Maya. He pleaded with Maharaj to send him to vaikuntha. “Please. So Madhao supplicated to Maharaj To save him from the domain of death. He admitted that he had sinned a lot But was not Maharaj a blazing fire To burn down all impurities? Was it not the good fortune of Madhao That he had come for a shelter to Maharaj? One who approaches a sage Is saved from the eternal fire of hell. People said that Severe fasting affected Page 31 of 99 . When Madhao said so. But became more stern And told Madhao That one day he would be no more. Seeing his plight. “Be it as you wish. This is your last birth in the cycle Of births and deaths. Please.” Such was an inauduble talk Between Madhao and Maharaj Dasagau has groped hard for eluding words To narrate this incident. tell me. bless me.
Let the prasada of pedha. “We are ready to spend As much money as would be desired by you. They knew pada patha and Jata Patha. Page 32 of 99 . vasanta puja was celebrated As never before. “Summon the Vedic Brahmins. Be ready tommorrow. At noon The learned Brahmins arrived. barphi and khava And the salted pulse of grams Soaked in water oover night be distibuted Let the ghanapathi Brahmins Be given daxina worth rupee one each.” All were happy to hear this. “Do not worry. Let there be chanting of the Vedas. The chanting pleases gods and goddesses.” The devotees said. his successors Celebrate this holy day. But where could we get Brahmins well versed in the Vedas?” Maharaja said.Madhao’s brain. Hundred rupees were collected. People were happy. Sandal paste was rubbed With particles of saffron and camphor. God is great. Madhao abandoned the body In the presence of Maharaj. God will send the Brahmins For the proposed vasanta puja. Even today. Once Maharaj Said to the devotees. God Almighty fulfils it. The learned Brahmins were pleased. Whatever bubbles up in the mind of a saint. No more birth for Madhao! Grace is great. Things were purchased. Bankatlal carried on the practice Of vasanta puja.
Birthless and deathless. Page 33 of 99 . Chapter . And no second. One.Let this glorious biography.5 Salutations to Ganesh! Ganesh is the Reality. Show the path to the aspirants. The second exists not. the only One. The path of pure devotion. He seeks fearlessness. Composed by Dasaganu. Dasaganu prostrates Before Ganesh He seeks protection.
In the evening. Sat motionless. To avoid the crowds. They called him loudly. They sat round the sage. Once Maharaj Went into the santum sanctorum. Stone slabs Piled on one another. He is meek. That is to say. Let us give him bhakar.Dasaganu is a humble soul. But Maharaj did not open his eyes. One of the boys Entered the temple To bow before the Shivalinga. “He is tired and hungry Perhaps he has no strength. The boy was wonderstruck To see someone sitting so motionless. In the lotus posture. Page 34 of 99 . Fixed without mortar. Be You kind to Dasaganu. The great always bestow blessings On those who are meek and humble. Dasaganu will do Whatever is desired of him. Did not Shankara Elevate even the ashes By applying them to His forehead? So let this humble Dasaganu Be With You. People used to throng at Shegaon. all the time. In the forest There was a temple Built in the style of Hemadpanta. He called other boys. Cowherd boys Led the cattle To the rivulet. Maharaj often went into forests And stayed there For months together. The boys thought. flowing Near the temple.
“We are being late. They shook him. “He is a yogi. in search of us And the cattle. And was in samadhi For full twelve years. And told their parents Anout the saint Who was sitting silently in the sanctum. The Sun set And the shadows of the evening Thickened. He will regain outer consciousness. So let us go And tell our parents About this unusual person.So saying the boys Placed a bhakar On a banyan leaf And kept it before Maharaj. Maharaj was sitting In the same posture. He is in smadhi Do not disturb him. The cows are anxious to feed the calves. worrying Will hasten to the forest With lanteerns. Our parents. So the men did not know Page 35 of 99 . Men said. Sitting so motionless In the sanctum sanctorum Of the Shiva’s temple. in Bengal Jalandhara sat in a cave. The boys thought to themselves. Years ago. So next day Men went to the forest With the coowherd boys And entered the temple. But to no purpose. Then he will speak. The piece of bhakar Lay there as was kept.” So saying they all went home. The calves might be hungry.
He went to Pimpalgaon Accompanied by his wife. The sang devotional songs In a continued chain. The procession entered the village And ended in the temple of Hanuman. The saint inthe palanquin Was besmeared witht he auspicious holy powders. Drums wre beaten Gongs sent resounding notes all around.What to do. At last they decided To take him home. Could not bring down Maharaj From the deep samadhi. Each one voed To offer food to Maharaj. gongs and bells. the residents of Pimpalgaon Came to Shegaon for the weekly market. Page 36 of 99 . Everyone was overjoyed. It was an unusual occasion for joy. The village band of pipers and drummers Preceded the procession. The news spread in the market place When the news reached Bankatlal. All the din produced by drums. Whether to leave the saint there Or take him home. In rhythmic unison. They brought a palanquin And placed the saint in it. Next day Maharaj Returned to the wordly plane. Men and women Returned home in a procession. On Tuesday. Maharaj obliged all. Some of them told their relatives That they too had discovered one sadhu In the forest temple of Shankara. Flowers and tulsipatra And vermillion were worshipfully thrown On the palanquin. The men sat there in The holy presence of Maharaj Without caring for food and water. Bells chimed.
“Do not be sorrowful. Has made us miserable. As a moneylender. Entreated him to return. without having your darshan. I. Bankatlal assured the residents Of Pimpalgaon. The devotees there Are starving themselves. Did not Akrura once Take Krishna from Gokul? Men of Pimpalgaon Regarded Bankatlal as Akrura. Laxmi – the goddess of wealth. You moneylenders Are not ashamed to do so. He said to Maharaj. Who owed him money. and get your wishes fulfilled. If I do not succeed In taking you home. They cannot think of Taking food.” Bankatlal was a moneylender. “Oh Bankata. There were many in Pimpalgaon. thereafter. won’t survive. A fortnight before. “Your sudden disappearance. You may come anyday And have the darshana Of Maharaj. On way to Shegaon. Maharaj said to Bankatlal. So they were under onligations. Maharaj is not going far away. Better half of Shri Vishnu – Page 37 of 99 . None could stop Bankatlal. Stepped into the dhamani. Of forcibly taking goods Belonging to others.” Maharaj.He at once recognised Maharaj. myself. What is this? I think this is your usual way. From taking Maharaj Away from them. Bankatlal proceeded to Shegaon.
My humble request is You should not leave Shegaon. She continued to stay in my home. It’s yours. Any other wealth is meaningless to me. who can command Everything in this world. Mother Laxmi Was never afraid of getting locked. Maharaj left Shegaon. So Maharaj returned home To Shegaon along with Bankatlal.” Thus did Bankatlal Persuade Maharaj. A few days later On one fine morning. And nobody knew it.” Bankatlal smiled and said In a humble subdued tone. We want you to stay In Shegaon permanently. Laxmi. Is locked up by you In your steel box! And you locked me too. I regard You as my wealth. As for me. Cows leave their calves But do they not return home at dusk? So you may go anywhere To shower blessings But do not forget us. Page 38 of 99 . Seeing the plight of the Mother Laxmi. Because you preferred to stay there. He left in the early hours of morning. I ran away from you to the forest. It is well known That mother will stay Where the child is.The lord of the universe. This home no more belongs to me. “Maharaj. That is why I have come over here To take you back home. You are the owner and master How can this humble servant Disobey you now? You are free to do as you wish.
As freely as a morning breeze. He walked fast towards Adgaon. It was the month of Vaishakha. The Sun was bright. Hot winds blew everywhere. Maharaj was walking All the time from the morning And was now nearing Akoli – A village on way to Adgaon. It was noon time, The Sun was hot in the sky. Maharaj was thirsty. The heat parched his lips. But there was no water anywhere. Maharaj saw one farmer. His name was Bhaskar. He was working in a field. Farmers are great. They work hard, In the hot sun, And during the rains, And produce grains And feed the world. Bhaskar was laboing in the field. He had brought a pitcher of water And kept it under a bush. It was usual for a farmer To take bhakar and a pitcher of water And to work from morn to noon, And then to have his meal Under the shade of a tree if any. And then after resting a while To work again till dusk. Maharaj saw Bhaskar And his water pot Under a bush. Maharaj asked him for water to drink, For was it not the kindest thing in the world To offer cool drinking water to a thirsty man? The rich spend money And make arrangements For cool drinking water on the roadside. And thus gain merit, For a better life in the next world. Maharaj begged Bhaskar For little water to quench his thirst.
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Bhaskar would not give it, But said he to Maharaj, “What merit shall I gain By giving water to you Who are worthless and Good for nothing? You are a naked beggar, And although you are Healthy and well-fed, You won’t work. What benefit am I going to get By giving water to a lazy one like you? I have brought the pitcher All the way from home On my head and I won’t Waste it over you. Don’t you know that water Is scarce in Akoli? You may get ghee But not water, if you ask for it. So, make yourself scarce, Don’t pester me, I shall be the last person To give you water. Lazy fellows like you Do not deserve any sympathy.” Maharaj simply smiled When Bhaskar bombarded Him with these words. he simply turned away And proceeded towards Somthing which looked like a well. Bhaskar shouted, “Oh you fool of a person, Why go there! The well is dry. You won’t find waater Anywhere within a couple of miles around here.” Maharaj said, “May be, as you say, The well is dry. But men, women and children Need water during these hot days, More so when they come to the fields. If I pray for them, God may help me.” So saying, Maharaj Came near the well
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And looked into it, And then sat under a tree With eyes closed. “Oh Narayana, Wamana, Pradyumna, Raghava, Oh Vitthala, Narahari,” said Maharaj, “Water si scarce In this village. Children, women and men Find it hard to live without water. They have to go a long way To bring a pitcherful of water. Oh Panduranga, You are great, You can work miracles. You saved the kittens When Gora Kumbhar baked The earthern pots. You saved Prahlad By emerging out of a pillar. You saved the cowherd boys By sheltering them under Govardhana. You saved Damaji And Chokha. For Namadeo, You made water avaialble In the desert land of Rajasthan. Won’t you, oh Narayana, Do something for the people here?” While Maharaj was still praying, Water gushed from the rocks And filled the well. There was a glow of happiness On Maharaj’s face. God is great. Things impossible become possible. Maharaj quenched hsi thirst With the fresh water. Bhaskar’s surprise knew no bounds, For he knew it well That the well Was totally dry for the last twelve years. How could this naked fakir Fill it with cool water in a moment? Surely he is no ordinary man. Bhaskar ran to him And fell prostrate before Maharaj.
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Is a golden event in the life Page 42 of 99 . I shall plant the trees of Righteous behaviour In this soil of fine sentiments Good actions will blossom here. He praised Maharaj And solicited his favor. He repented. It is you who have Dynamited it with Your miraculous power.He cursed himself For having spoken harsh words And for having insulted Maharaj. No more of barns and bullocks now!” Oh you. That is why Tukaram says “Even particles of dust Attached to the feet of saints Would work miracles. “Oh Bhaskar. “Maharaj. Please do not allure me any more. I know for certain. This is no ordinary water. “This maya is false. What more do you want now? Cultivate an orchard. It is the spring of your love. I shall raise here now The garden of devotion. Would Maharaj favor him?” Maharaj said to Bhaskar. God alone is great and real. listeners. That the well was dry Fo so many years. You need not bring pitcher of Water on you weary head.” Bhaskar said. Bhaskar said. I have filled the well for you. He besought Maharaj Not to leave him thereafter. See what a tremendous change Was brought about in Bhaskar By a few moments with Maharaj.” The darshan of a real saint. be calm and don’t weep.
This is what all the sages have been saying. When the people came to know Of this event. So I beseech you. They shouted in unison. Page 43 of 99 . Victory to Gajanan Maharaj. You are the most auspicious. they ran to the spot And had their fill Of cool drinking water.” Chapter – 6 Salutations to Ganesh! Oh Shri hari. All that is inauspicious Vanishes instantly. when you shower Your grace. “Victory to Gajanan Maharaj.Of a real sadhaka.
The party wanted to enjoy roasted corn. There were large honey-combs hanging up on the temaraind trees. covering their faces With coarse blankets. For is there anything more precious to anyone Than one’s own life? But Maharaj did not stir.Please shower your grace on me. Cow-dung cakes were brought And arrangement was made To roast the ears of corn. When fire was ignited. Page 44 of 99 . Where Bankatlal had grown maize. I am the eater and the eaten. Or dhotis or other garments. Every one except Maharaj. So deep and cool! There was a cool shade of tall tamarind trees. Won’t you remove all my shortcomings? Once. The wild bees with fiery stings got disturbed. Maharaj along with others Went to an orchard. Please let not sages Be proved false. “Have these wild bees any existence Of their own? Are they not part and parcel Of the Universal Self? I am the bees. Fled away. What was he thinking about? He was saying to himself. leaving all the ears of corn. Every one wanted to save himself. I am the luscious ears of corn. There was a well in the orchard. They attacked in thousands All those who were there. About ten such agatis were made. He was in a deep contemplation. So. Clouds of smoke rose up.” The bees covered Maharaj completely. I am the large honey-comb. I am your child Who knows nothing.
He blamed himself For having brought Maharaj To the orchard. So saying. A couple of hours passed.” Page 45 of 99 . So all the bees left Maharaj And went back to their combs.” Bankatlal was embarrassed.Not an inch of the skin could be seen. “You have really given a good feast By offering this humble boody To the wild bees. all the devoteess Who live rich feasts Ran away from me. When everything was clear. No one comes to your rescue When calamities befall. Verily I am the most sinful person. Bankatlal who had also run away Was overwhelmed with sorrow. Think of the innumerable stings Planted in the delicate skin of Maharaj! But Maharaj was all joy. Seeing him approach. Bankat was the only devotee Who at last cared to save Maharaj From the deadly bees. he returned To the orchard. Maharaj talked with the bees And asked them to get away And not to sting Bankat. Maharaj was pleased with him. “What a terrible pain Have I inflicted on Maharaj!” Said he. This painful event would not have occurred. HE was the first one Who dared to return. Bankat. thinko fthis. God is the only succour When you are helpless. Oh. Maharaj said to Bankat. When those poisonous bees Attacked me. He thought to himself – “Had I not brought him here To feast on the roasted corn.
Nowhere could he find a trace of stings. There were thickets of many creepers Often frequented by snakes and Other reptiles. why do you worry? The bees did not harm me.. Maharaj held up his breath And meditated. Narasinhaji always preferred Silence of a deep forest. Out of the delicate skin of Maharaj. Once Maharaj went to Akot To see Narasinhaji whom he regarded as brother – Narasinhaji – a disciple of Kotashya Alli. And all the innumerable broken stings Popped out all over the body. He sat silently before Maharaj. Why. Narasinhaji was a great devotee. Akot is a place about 70 km. Maharaj said to Bankat. “Oh Bankat. peepal and anjani trees. North-east of Shegaon. Page 46 of 99 . Bankatlal sent for a goldsmith Who came with pincers Fo picking out the broken stings of the bees. are they anyway different from me? Are not these all. narasinhaji stayed in a forest Very near Akot. forms of satchidananda? Can water harm water itself? Bankatlal had no answer. Narasinhaji was pleased. It was almost a meeting of Hari and Hara. When Maharaj went to see him. Men who saw this strange happening Were convinced that Maharaj was no ordinary saint. The goldsmith came there with pincers And began to search for the broken stings. This was a deep forest Of neem. After some time.He wept bitterly when he looked At Maharaj who had severe rashes All over his body. He worshipped Vitthal.
Water does not enter it. This world of duality Is uncertain and Page 47 of 99 . With this conscience. outwardly these ways Appear different. “Oh brother. Maharaj said to Narasinhaji. “You have done well. Or of Eagle and Hanuman. But it is impervious. me and God? Are not they one and the same?” Narasinha Baba was pleased With his brother – Maharaj And said. You have a life of a householder.Or of Vasistha and Parashara. Both the saints embraced each other And sat together for a heart to heart talk. If a yogi would take pride In his yogakriya How will he know the Truth? Yogi must remain Unattached to the yogakriya. The scriptures say That there are three ways – Karma. Or rather of Kohinoor and Kaustubha. You have done me a great favor. Bhakti and Yoga. What difference would be there In you. I have abandoned that life And I followed yoga. I have to assume the garb of a mad man. one who is a householder Must remain unattached To his wife and children. Similarly. One must remain in this world Perfectly unattached And one must remember God Who is Sat Chit and Ananda. Although they all lead to the same goal. What you say is true. A flint is in the bed of a river. When I gain some powers It is very difficult for me to hide them.
But when two hypocrites meet Only angry words are hurledd At each other with spiteful hatred. Who can treat it as real? What you say is true. Page 48 of 99 . It is not very difficult for you To come and see me anytime As you have the yogic powers. Such is the case when true sadhus meet.Evanescent like a mid-day shadow. Do not go after a big organisation. They are bound to sink you down Even as a broken boat. “Make haste. But be careful and avoid such hypocrites.” So both the sadhus Spent the night Talking heart to heart. Let is go and See this holy duet. A yogi can really go raound The world within the blink of an eye. All that glitters is not gold. Am I not your younger brother? I am here in Akot Waiting for you even as Bharata in Nandigrama. A yogi can run on water Without getting his feet wet. The hypocrites are crazy for money. When people came to know That Gajanan Maharaj was In Akot to see Narasinha Baba. A hypocrite may have a band of followers To make a loud propaganda. Do not go after the bookish learning. The real greatness of a sage Lies in his experience of the Truth. I wish we meet each other as often. This is verily the meeting of Ganga and Goda In this forest of Akot. They all hurried tot he dorest With coconuts in their hands. I shall abide by your advice. Never seek their favor. They said to each other.
He was an erudite person Who lived on the banks of Chandrabhaga – a small tributary Of Payoshni or Purna. Brajabhushan bathed early in the morning And worshipped the Sun. Once again Gajanan Maharaj Left Shegaon and came to Shivar – a small place in Taluq Daryapur. Early in the morning When the eastern sky went crimson And cocks crew And chataka and bharadwaaj Flew towards the east To pay respects to the Sun. Brajabhushan. Brajabhushan. Maharaj came and sat in the sands Of Chandrabhaga. And offered oblations to him And washed his feet And went round him. Maharaj wanted to favor him. Repeating the various names of the Sun. And have a dip in the Holy confluence. Page 49 of 99 . He came towards him. In that auspicious morning Maharaj sat steady in the sand And his disciples sat around him Even as the rays of the Sun. As resplendent as the Sun.” But Gajanan Maharaj Was gone ere the people Could reach the place.Let us go to this Prayaga. A devotee of the Sun God. Brajabhushan took a dip into the river And offered oblations to the Sun. Brajabhushan was convinced That Maharaj had come there To bless him. when he glanced at Maharaj. Lived there. and that he Was none else than the Sun.
Kirtans and bhajans And distribution of food to One and all. There were seventeen Patils – The village headmen.” So saying. will come and meet you. In the days gone by.He eulogized him And fell at this feet with deep reverence. Go home now. Maharaj gave him A piece of coconut and bade him go home. carry on Your worship. Once. The Patils were the great devotees Of Hanuman. Maharaj returned to Shegaon Which was the same as Shivagaon. Khandu Patil was the chief figure In this festival fo Hanuman. The festival used to last For a month. Maharaj often went away To visit places – Akot. Akola Or Malkapur or any such place. the Blue One. The reading of scriptures. I shall meet you always Whenever you would think of me. So Maharaj said that He would visit Bankatlal Only when invited. If you will not aspire for the fruits of actions. The mendicants and sanyasins Should not stay with householders For long. He told Bankatlal that he would Stay in the temple And that Bankatlal should not mind. do not give up your path of Karma. But do not get attached. So Maharaj came to see the Hanuman festival. All the great sages Page 50 of 99 . Maharaj placed his hand on him And blessed him and said. “Oh Brajabhushan. There used to be abhishek. There was the annual festival In the temple of Hanuman. in the month of Shravan. Krishna.
Ramdas preferred to stay In Sajjangarh. Jalandhara – all of them stayed Away from householders and Under trees in forest. Macchindra. So at last. Ramamdas. Bankatlal Agreed and allowed Maharaj To stay in the temple. Bhaskar Patil was very happy To receive Maharaj in the temple. Let this composition of Dasaganu Show the right path to the devotees. the revered guru of Shivaji. the founder of the Maratha Empire Did not stay in a palace with Shivaji.Shankaracharya. Bhaskar stayed with Maharaj And served him faithfully. Page 51 of 99 .
The younger was Kukaji. But he is great Who liberates the sinful. With the grace of Ram The monkeys could crush tavan And his golden Lanka. So please do not hesitate. Kadtaji Became the village headman. When he died. I do not have faith. His ancestors were virtuous And served the sages and sadhus. I find that I am very miserable. This humble Dasa Ganu Beseeches Thee. When I look to myself. If you liberate the virtuous. Your grace will Always make me victorious. The elder was Kadtaji.7 Salutations to Ganesh! And Raghao Ram be victorious. The younger had none. This has been recorded In a number of Puranas. Kukaji looked after Page 52 of 99 . The elder had six sons. He was rich and Had enough gold and grains. I do not have devotion. Be merciful to him.Chapter . I do not have intelligence. Oh Ram. How can such a doubting sinner Get your grace? But I know That you love sinners too And liberate them. The ancestors were fortunate enough To get the rights of revenue collection. Mahadaji Patil had two sons. The worship of Ganesh was prevalent In his line. In course of time. Khanderao Patil was The chief organiser of the Hanuman festival. It is no miracle.
And brought them up as if They were his own sonss. “Oh Bhaskar. The family prospered In the lifetime of Kukaji.His six nephews. But the Patil brothers enjoyed themselves And used to have a lot of fun. Tired of this. Won’t you eat kanya?” Other brother would step forward And would ask Maharaj To have a wrestling bout with him. Some one would say – “Oh you Ganya. All those brothers harassed others. Page 53 of 99 . “Oh you great yogeshwar. Maharaj said to Bhaskar. Bhaskar Patil Came to Maharaj And requested him to Accompany him to Akoli. Why don’t you wrestle with me? Show us your prowess. The Patils are not humble And refined in manners. The festival was in the name of Hanuman. One day. His five brothers – Ganpati. He teased him thus. Narayan and Maruti. Khandu was all-powerful. The people used to sing glories Not of Hanuman but of the Patils.” Maharaj used to hear All what they said And used to laugh it away. The things went on this way. have patience. Hari and Krishna were all athletes And wrestlers too. Once the Patil brothers Came to the temple And teased Maharaj. Or else we shall knead you well. Yet I love them. Khandu became the head of the family After Kukaji’s death.
“Don’t sit here And sing your usual song “Gana Gana Ganat Botey” Come and have a trial of strength With me. I shall give you A big prize. Who had been my devotees. If you make me Fall flat. Can a tiger show the temparament of a cow? Can the steel of a sword be as soft as butter? Or rather. All his wrestling skill Was of no avail. Even as the muddy water of a stream Becomes crystal clear As the rains recede. Hari tried his best And with all his might He could not budge Maharaj From his position. But all his efforts were in vain. He coaxed him to come to the gymnasium To wrestle with him. Hari said unto himself. can fire be as cold as ice? This rudeness of the Patils Will vanish after a time. One day Hari Patil Came into the Hanuman temple And threw a gauntlet at Maharaj. They are jameendars And it behoves them to be Sharp and pungent with their tongues. “Verily this man is Page 54 of 99 .As they have been born in This line of the Patils.” Maharaj agreed and both Went to the dug out square In the gymnasium. He said to Maharaj. Beads of perspiration Appeared on his forehead And began to trickle down From his shining muscular body. Maharaj crouched on the ground And Hari tried to turn him So as to make him fall flat.
Was not Krishna. Now I must bow down Before him. But has the strength of an elephant. If you so wish. but all others. How would an elephant Take heed of a jackal.” In this way Maharaj Humbled Hari. the Patil of Brindavan? Did not he train all the cowherd boys And made them strong wrestlers? You should also follow him. Who were bodyguards of Kans? Health and physique rank first. And made the local boys.” From that daya onwards. Did not Krishna and Balaram Kill Mushtik and Chanur. Hari’s brothers noticed this change In Hari’s attitude and Page 55 of 99 . Never before did I bow down To any one. Or a tiger Of an ordinary cur? Whatever it be. Then one’s home And then come money and respect.As heavy as a mountain. And he ceased to harass Not only Maharaj. Krishna and Balaram Indulged in it. Hari became docile.” Maharaj simply smiled And asked Hari To give him his prize. Maharaj said to Hari. “Wrestling is a good sport. He looks thin and supple. “Surely these boys Shall become healthy and strong. When they were young. We are just jackals before him. I shall feel rewarded. Hari then said to Maharaj. If you do this.
“He is afraid of the beating.Said they to him. they entered The temple with a bundle of sugarcanes. “Oh idiot. If we don’t do this. That is why he is silent. Why do you prostrate before that naked fakir Greatness has been thrust upon him. Do you want sugarcanes? We shall give you. We must show him his place And alert the simple people. Who else will? How can we tolerate the hypocrites Robbing the people of the town? Is it not our duty To caution all the men? Gold is not accepted Unless tested on a touchstone. Others said. why have you become So much afraid of that pseudo yogi? We are sons of Patil. He is a mad man. Why should he say anything At the childish prattle? Maruti said.” So saying.” Maharaj was silent as usual. Jnyaneshwar was acclaimed asa saint. The episode of sugarcanes Was the crucial point in Tuakaram’s life Which manifested saintliness in him. Then only we shall accept you As a yogi.” Ganapati said. But on the condition that We shall thrash you with these canes. “Hari. Only when he made the buffalo Recite the holy scriptures. Let no mark appear on your body. Let us now test this naked mad. And collectors of village revenue. “Don’t you know That silence is a half consent?” The other three Page 56 of 99 . Hari did not say anything.
So saying. When men and women Who were in the temple Saw this. So saying. saying “Really. Bhaskar did not run. They beat him as a farmer would Beat the sheaves of wheat. You are tired. Maruti set Lanka on fire. We have been born in the line of the Patils. But see the fun. Not one who kills. He did not set ablaze the huts of the poor. Said they. A good marksman Shall aim his weapon At the tiger and not at a cockroach. “My boys. Please do not join us if you wish so. “People call him yoga-yogeshwara We want to see whether He is a real yogi.” Maharaj said unto them. The Patil is one who protects. In the late iwnter. Maharaj took canes And squeezed them dry With his own hands Page 57 of 99 . Seeing this. you have albored hard.Appreciated this And came forward to beat Maharaj. He said unto them. You are a yogeshwar. Maharaj was all happiness. “Please do not beat This god intoxicated man with sugarcanes. They sank down and lay prostrate Before him. Asked him to keep quiet. hard and thick. He tried to stop these brothers. hearing this. they ran helter-skelter. He looked at the boys And smiled. In spite of such a severe beating There was no perforation on his back. you are a yoig. the brothers were surprised.” The other brothers . all of them attacked Maharaj With sugarcanes. Let me give you some juice.
Page 58 of 99 . This was a yogic feat. Once Kukaji said to Khandu.” Khandu. The boys went home And told Khandu Patil The yogic feat exhibited by Maharaj. As was the practice with Patils. He used to call him “Ganya” When a child calls its mother. All the canes in the bundle Were exhausted. I wish to see my grandson play in my lap. And say that he is a realised soul. So also when the village headman Addresses anyone in the village. my uncle is old And desies to see a grandchild Play in his lap. He was often curt in addressing Maharaj. No honorific terms are used. Ganya. There was enough juice For all of them to drink. Although Khandu Patil Was curt in addressing Maharaj He loved him still. “Khandu. Or when a mother speaks with her child. then. at once wnet To the Hanuman tmeple where Maharaj stayed. So Khandu Patil came To have darshan of Maharaj. Maharaj wanted to bring home To the Patil brothers That yogic strength is better than physical strength. He also does not use any honorific terms. “Oh. He will fulfill you desire. Why do you observe silence in his presence? You have grown old And you have no issues.And collected the juice For the boys to drink. you often visit Maharaj. And my desire also will be fulfilled thereby. And supplicated to Maharaj In the following words. Why don’t you ask Maharaj to bless you with a son? If he is really a great yogi.
But can man with his own efforts Cause rain? In that case How do famines occur And the parched land cracks? So man’s efforts can produce corn Only when God wil cause rains. You believe in your own efforts. you ask me to favor you? You sya.” Maharaj simply smiled. You just do one thing.” Maharaj smiled and said. I know from within That you will be blessed with a son. “It si true tha Crops grow when it rains. I know. You have enough wealth. Why should one whose Head bows down before you daily Should suffer the pangs of childlessness. If you beger a son. and sid. Name him Bhikya. Throw a feast to the Brahmins. You are owners of shops and mills. And one who fulfils. To bless you with a son. “It is good that you have wished Something from me.” Khandu returned home And told Kukaji everything. Why then can’t you achieve this desire? You have a large property. Let mango juice be served. God will listen. None disobeys you and everyone In Vidarbha honors your word. But continue to feed the Brahmins Mango juice every year.People call you a sadhu. Why not ask Brahma To bless you with a son? Khandu said. Surely I shall pray God. Page 59 of 99 . I must do something. wealth and strength Are enough to conquer the world. “Now that you beg me for a son. Why then.
Page 60 of 99 . Later on Kukaji passed away. He felt forlorn. Is it not true That two shastris or mantris Or two armed men Or two specialists Or two dogs. Do not confront each other Without growling? The rivalry between the Patils and the Deshmukhs Was ever irreconcilable. The practice is carried on By his successors even this day. I shall narrate that story In the next chapter. Be attentive and listen. He threw feasts to the Brahmins And served sweet juice of mangoes. They distributed wheat and jaggery And sweets to all children in the town. There subsisted rivalry between the Patils and athe Deshmukhs. Seeing Khandu steeped in sorrow.In a few days Gangubai. A son was born And was anmed Bhikya. Khandu Patil was all sorrow. Kukaji also was very happy. Khandu clebrated Cradle ceremony of the child. This is a scourge Of amny villages in Vidarbha They try to outwit each other. The Deshmukhs tried to implicate him. Wife of Khanduji conceived. Khandu Patil was all joy.
Shrihari. The destroyer of the danavas. I am incapable Of winning you over With devotion. Page 61 of 99 . I know. who does not know Sanskrit And who is a dunce. son of Devaki. All the scriptures which eulogise you Are in Sanskrit. Know your true nature? how would a toad Suck honey from a lotus? Nor cna I gain your favor. bless me. Nor can I Follow the path of Karma. Oh.Chapter – 8 Salutations to Ganesh! Oh Vasudev. By giving food to the poor. How can I.
Rivalry is like a tubercular growth And it will ruin a community. Rivalry is a destroyer Of happiness and harmony. Marya fell down And broke his bone. Khandu Patil was all fire He asked Marya to behave himself. One servant fo a aDeshmukh. And he insulted Khandu Patil. My limbs are not strong to travel And my eyes are failing me. He was taken to the Deshmukh. Water will gush through rocks. Page 62 of 99 . as said earlier. But Marya was arrogant. Who was happy over this event. Does anyone pay the clouds For watering the lands? If the clouds shower. Dasaganu is ever ahnkering For your grace. there was rivalry Between the Deshmukhs and the Patils. So. Who was duty bound to acarry The village dak. Khandu Patil felt humiliated. Nor can I gain merit By visiting pilgrims’ places. The Deshmukh went to town And lodged a complaint. His brothers went to Akola. Won’t you bless him? Dasaganu does not aspire for anything more.For rich I am not. But I know Your grace is there And I shall enjoy it day and night. Wells and tanks would overflow. Khandu Patil struck him with a stick. refused to do so Marya was his name. The officer ordered arrest of Khandu Patil. A drop of nectar Is enough to destroy deadly diseases. But It is your grace That I am poor.
Often faces such grave situations. To grace their home. Maharaj said. Maharaj was taking his nap.To seek the favor of officers. One day some Brahmins Well versed in the Vedas came. Maharaj agreed and Went to live with the Patils. One should be firm The enemity between the Patils and the Deshmukhs Is no good. You will be exonerated. The Brahmins’ recitation was faulty Maharaj. He narrated the incident To Maharaj. “Do not defile the Vedas Page 63 of 99 . “One who works in this world. at once got up And rebuked the Brahmins. I would prefer to get killed At your hands Rather than get handcuffed by the police. But they were greedy and wanted money. But do not be afraid ow. The tarnishing of reputation is unbearable. Maharaj was moved. “I would prefer death to disgrace. He embraced Khandu Patil And assured his safety. Remember that The enemity between The Kauravas and the Pandavas Caused the Mahabharata war. But that night. And prayed to him for favor. For their faulty recitation. Khandu went to Maharaj. They recited the Vedas.” Thus with the grace of Maharaj Khandu Patil was exonerated. and said.” For a man of self respect. So all the brothers Became still more ardent Disciples of Maharaj. They entreated Maharaj.
It was a quiet place Under a deep shade Of margosa trees.” Said Maharaj. Be true to your reputation And honour the shawls Which you are wearing. Bhagavan Shiva. They left the place joyfully. Krishnaji was the youngest brother Of Khanduji Patil Maharaj came to the orchard. All the Brahmins were pleased. How could they brandish their knowledge In face of the Sun? Maharaj was a super Brahmin. Was he not a jeevanmukta Or a Siddha. And said to Krishnaji.With such faulty pronunciation. Krishnaji Patil had his orchard. All the Brahmins were wonderstruck. “I have come here to stay For a few days. Maharaj caused Khandu Patil To pay the Brahmins a rupee each. So I wish to stay here Page 64 of 99 . the consort of Gauri. There was a temple of Shiva. Maharaj resembled the sage Vasishtha. Hypocrites love to stay among men And show their powers. And they hung their faces in shame. But a real sage Always hankers for a quietude. In the north of the village. In the company of Bhagavan Shiva. He has taken resort In your orchard. Is the lord of all gods. Or a liberated soul abiding in a living body? Maharaj was as learned as Vamadeva. Maharaj then recited the riks And asked the Brahmins To repeat after him. Maharaj was tired of living among men.
He is a great devotee. So. oh. As Shankar Bhagawan stayed there In a human form. the sadhus Took bhakaris and come to the orchard And had their meals sitting near the well. So at midday.In the divine company. When a king continues to stay in any town. Maharaj stayed in the wayside orchard. Krishnaji made arrangements for daily meals And used to partake of the prasad. The mendicants had heard about Maharaj. Some men from the village Also came and listened The divine song. Our great leader Swami Brahmagiri is with us. Once. Jamnotri. He elucidated the shloka – “Nainam chhindanti shastrani” Page 65 of 99 . It becomes the capital of the state. Brahmagiri was a hypocrite. tewnty travelling mendicants Came there and halted in the orchard. Krishna Patil. We would like to haave puri and halwa And ganja enough for three days. Kedar. He further said that they would get. They went to Krishnaji and said. All the ganja in the orcahrd. We are taking Gangotri waters To Rameshwaram. But had no respect for him.” So Krishanji erected a shed of galvanised iron sheets For Maharaj to stay. Bhaskar Patila nd Tukaram Kokate Used to attend on Maharaj. serve us well. Eventually the place was sanctified. Girnar and Dakor. “We are all travellers and have Been visiting Gangotri. Brahmagiri – their guru Began reciting the Geeta.” Krishna Patil told them To accept bhakaris that day And promised to feed them With halwa and puri next day. Hinglaj.
The sadhus were offended. Maharaj then asked Brahmagiri to come and sit there with him.The villagers did not think The narration convincing. Maharaj forbade him. But here is a living person Who will exemplify Geeta. we heard the narration. They said. Had not Brahmagiri spoke. They smoked ganja and Bhaskar gave the chilim to Maharaj Maharaj was sitting on a wooden bedstead A live charcoal fell on the bedstead Nobody noticed it. the sadhu is wordy. He begged Bhaskar Not to put him forcibly on the bed. To step down from the bedstead. Maharaj did not heed. They said so among themselves. He admitted that he was a fake sadhu. Maharaj was least perturbed He was sitting comfortably On the teak wood bed now in flames. Bhaskar wanted to throw water On the bedstead. In the shed The listeners said. After a while the villagers Came and sat before Maharaj. Brahmagiri was wonderstruck. Bahskar asked Maharaj. In the days gone by. But fire did not burn him. Prahlad was thrown into flames Gajanan Maharaj re-enacted the event. There is no ring of truth in his explanation. for an hour On “Nainam chhindanti shastrani?” Why was he afraid now of sitting On the hot and burning bed? Maharaj asked Bhaskar to bring Brahmagiri and make him sit on the bed. He ran towards Brahmagiri and caught him By his strong arms. But after a while the bedstead Caught fire. Page 66 of 99 . Bhaskar was a strong and stout man.
Was verily the embodiment of the truth. He repented for having treated Maharaj With contempt. Samartha Ramdas led the life of a celibate He also experienced Brahman. Eknath led the life of a householder. There are pundits Who are well at words. Let this be proved helpful For all the devotees. Brahmagiri left the place all alone. So ultimately Maharaj stepped down And the burning bedstead collapsed. They should not give a discourse Without experiencing the truth. Of Gorakh. They prayed Maharaj to step down from the bedstead. Brahmagiri fell at the feet of Maharaj. Maharaj propounded The rules of sanyas Maharaj said. Men were. All his pride was washed away. But he experienced the truth.He only relished puri and halwa. How would a thing remain unclean When washed by gangajal? Then during the course of night. He fell prostrate before Maharaj. The most revered Shankaracharya. “Those who would Besmear themselves with ashes Should stay unattached. panicky. Jalandhar. But they know not the truth. Gahini and Jnyaneshwar. Do not travel From place to place in search Of halwa and puri.” Early in the morning. Remember them. They experienced the truth. Think of the glorious heritage Of Machchindra. by now. Page 67 of 99 . And then expounded the same.
What is why it is precious. The greatness of the great Depends upon the relative smallness of the small. If there were no unholy men. Resident on the bank of Chandrabhaga. Whom would the Lord sanctify? The miracle-stone converts iron into gold. And so she is regarded as a holy river. Page 68 of 99 . Oh Vishnu. Listen.Chapter – 9 Salutations to Ganesh! Oh. Gadvari would accept evena rivulet As her tributory. lord of Rukmini. bestower of blessings On the virtuous. Oh the sanctifier of the unholy.
It used to kick Anyone with its hind legs. The horse could have broken the rope As it was so accustomed. kirtankar Had to travel From place to place. it was all calm. It is seldom that the rich Care to repair or build temples. Maharaj was singing his usual song. Succour this humble Dasaganu Once Govindbuwa Taklikar Arrived in Shegaon. In those days.So I beseech Thee. on horseback. It used to bite severly With its sharp teeth. After a while. Had reconstructed An old Shiva temple. Maharaj came there Possibly to set the naughty horse right. the money lender. So that day the horse remained Tied with worn away rope. So. Govindbuwa came for kirtana. When the night advanced And darkness increased. So Govindbuwa came there To perform the kirtan. He was a kirtankar Motey. Page 69 of 99 . Govindbuwa came thee And tied the horse In the temple courtyard With an ordinary rope. Govindbuwa had a naughty horse. As the iron chains were left Inadvertently at home in Takli. oh Lord. They are generally attached To their goods and possessions. An owl began to hoot And other birds also wailed bitterly. After the kirtan Buwa went to bed. He came and slept Below the belly of the horse.
Page 70 of 99 .“Gani Gana Ganat Botey” Now what can this song mean? Can this mean that – “Consider. “The horse or pony of a kirtankara Should be docile Should a shepherd reara tiger? This horse was causing great anxiety to me All the time. That thou art To be counted as one With that Divine self Which encompasseth The whole of this universe?” Some say Maharaj used to recite “Gina Gina Ginata Botey” Whatever migth be the meaning. Let us go ahead with the incident In connection with the naughty horse. He recognised Maharaj And the mystery was clear. Govindbuwa said. The motionlessness of the horse Baffled Govindbuwa. The beast was never so calm. Maharaj came at the dead of the night And slept in the space Between the fore and hind limbs of the horse. All the time he was singing “Gani Gana Ganat Botey” Maharaj was as if roping the horse With this mantram To make the horse docile. O Mind. Govindbuwa came and saw Someone sleeping under the horse. Often he used to get up And see whether the horse Had run away. How could the horse be turbulent In the presence of the peace giving Maharaj? Govindbuwa praised Maharaj For having cured such a Bad horse of his noxious habits. Govindbuwa had a light sleep. None would even Buy it form me.
Every day many people used to come To Shegaon.” Maharaj left the place. Next day Govindbuwa Rode to the orchard.None would even accept it As a free gift. There was green grass. Each used to come With a certain motive. Maharaj has blessed it. place your hands on my head and bless me. even an evil person is changed. It will stand motionless Under this tamarind tree. So Govindbuwa came to the shed And recited a shloka ‚¹ ﾍ þ¿·¡þ ﾏ þŠþ·þþ œÏ¹·þ ˆ¼Å¹·þ ·é ﾐ þú ›þ ˆÅøµþþ ˆÅ§½ ‚¬þø ‰þ¥þ¹ ˆ½Å¨þ ﾁ þ ·þ¨þ ˆ¼Åœø ¬éŸþþŠþúÄ ¨þ§½ | „µø œé ﾁ ¹·þ ¡ø ·é ﾐ¡þþ ‰þ¹ ﾍ þ·þ £·›þ ¹ ﾍ þ¿·þþŸþµþù ¹ªþ£ú ¬þ·þ·þ Ÿþþ¹ ﾐ þ¡þþ ¨þ£¸¬·þ Ú½¨þþ ﾐ þµþú || (By your grace. Once two persons from Balapur came. Look. All men and women of Shegaon Knew the naughty horse.) Govindbuwa went away With his horse Which was now thoroughly docile.” Maharaj said to the horse. Earlier they had decided to bring ganja for Maharaj Page 71 of 99 . Be as calm and quiet as an ox. They said to Govindbuwa.” It did. The horse stood where it was. “Are you aware that you are Before Shiva? Give up all your Bad habits and be a good horse. Oh Lord. “My horse is changed. “Why have you brought This bnaughty horse here in the orchard? The horse will hurt Children and women. i need not tie it.” Govindbuwa smiled and said. There were green vegetables In the orchard. Who are working in the orchard. Even the wish yielding stone is of no use when you are there.
Maharaj said. They thought of leaving the place And getting some ganja from somewhere. They decide to offer something.” So those two men bowed before SHankar Page 72 of 99 . They tie a knot to remember things And yet forget. Now go. Even high caste Brahmins Also are forgetful. Maharaj said. Next week you should Visit this place. Your problem will be solved. And fail to do so. Of all the persons. “See the way of the worldly people. God only blesses those Who are sincere and true In their words and deeds. oh Bhaskar. “Please now Don’t leave the place just now. Go and bow before Him And do not forget to bring ganja.” The two persons heard this. I do not hanker after ganja What I wanted was that You should be true to tourselves. five times.But while coming they had forgotten This inspite of tying knots on their garment Next time also they forgot. The Blue One will favor them. Here stays Shankar. They do not Keep their word and Fulfil their promise. The consort of Mrudani. There should be unity in words And deeds. Brahmins should never Be forgetful. It is his favor that made Kuber the lord of wealth. So when they prostrated before Maharaj. Men should be pure in heart Then only. They felt ashamed And were surprised to know That Maharaj knew their intention.
a devotee of Ramdas. they used to proceed to Divra. Here is another story Of Balkrishna. As alsi Wai and Satara. On the way. They used to hire one pony For carrying their baggage. They used to visit Sajjangarh Khamgaon. On the way They used to visit the shrines Of Baleshwara at Mohori And of Kalyan at Domgaon. They used to visit Narsingpur And Pandharpur and Shinganapur. And they returned with the Offering of ganja. on foot. Deolgaon Raja. Next week their problem was solved.And returned to Balapur. He was not puffed up with pride. He used to sing bhajans Accompanied by the rhythm Of cymbals and Putalabai Used to beat the musical brass plates in unison. They used to pay their respects At the shrine of Anandiswami at Jalna. And used to stay for three days At Jamb – the birth place of Samartha Thence. His wife Putalabai was also A great devotee. a walking stick And the “Dasabodha. And what was the baggage? A patched up rug. And after worshipping the river Godavari Used to proceed to Bhir and To Ambejogai. On the way he used to ask for alms And cook the food And offer it to Ram. They used to feed the Brahmins Page 73 of 99 . They used to visit Sajjangarh Every year and that too. Mehekar. They used to reach Sajjangarh On the 9th day of the dark fortnight of magha.” – The book of advice by Ramdas Balkrishna was a simple soul.
While the image of Ram was being anointed. Aratikram were being said in the evening. On the ninth day. Gajanan Maharaj appeared In the door of Balkrishna.To the extent possible. On the 12th day of the dark fortnight Of magha – Balkrishna Sat near the samadhi of Samartha. Samartha assured him. “I shall not be able to Come over here. Balkrishna used to return At the end of three days. That Samartha would come on The next occasion On the said ninth day At Balapur. Dasbodha was being read. Kirtans were being sung during night Brahmins were being fed at noon. Balkrishna ws a real Ramadasi. In this way he used to visit every year. In the early morning Balkrishna Had a pleasant dream. Page 74 of 99 . This body Is failing me now. And told him that he need not Visit Sajjangarh thereafter. Oh Mother. Next year Balkrishna commenced The celebrations at his residence On the first dat of Magh. herafter on foot – Or even by taking resort to a vehicle. The residents of Balapur Contributed liberally for the festival. All the men were surprised. With tearful eyes. You know. He saw Samartha before him. Now a days such Ramadasis are rare.” Having prayed this he went to bed. Balkrishna was overjoyed. Now he was sixty. He returned home with his wife. He asked Balkrishna To celebrate the festival there. He besought Samartha.
Balkrishna was very happy When he heard that Maharaj had come. Tears of joy rolled down his eyes. he had promised me to come. Balkrishna’s joy knew no bounds. As he bowed down. as if on the screen Of a cinema house. Maharaj sang – Lord Ram transformed Ahilya into human form. Seeing him on his door steps. Who was lying as a stone. With his long matted hair Rolling on his sturdy back. I am Samartha. your cherished deity Of Sajjangarh. I had promised you that I shall come here Page 75 of 99 . With the divine touch of His holy feet. The forms of these two great saints Appeared and disappeared Intermittently. Then spake Gajanan Maharaj. and made her A heavenly soul.” As he was musing thus. “Oh Balkrishna. Ahilya shila Raghave mukta keli Padi lagata divya hovoni geli Hearing the resonant words Balkrishna ran towards the doors And saw Maharaj in his glory. The loin cloth had the usual Hirmuji color. Balkrishna was dumbfounded. In a moment the form of Ramdas Would disappear. do not be astonished. Balkrishna said to himself. And Gajanan Maharaj Would appear instead. On the ninth day. he saw That he was standing before Samartha Ramdas – with his usual stick in one hand. “I am expecting Samartha. There was the triple ash mark On the forehead.
When people from Balapur Heard that Gajanan Maharaj Was in Balapur. ¨þþ¬þþ¿¹¬þ ﾏ þúµþþÄ¹›þ ¡þ˜þþ ¹¨þþ¡þ ›þ¨þþ¹›þ Šþ¼àþþ¹·þ ›þ£ø¶œþ£þ¹µþ ·þ˜þþ ªþ£ú£þ¹µþ ¹¨þþ¡þ ﾏ þúµþþÄ›¡þ›¡þþ¿¹›þ ¬þ¿¡þþ¹·þ ›þ¨þþ¹›þ ¸½ú (Šþú·þþ 2. however. Balkrishna woke up in the dead of the night And fell at the feet of Maharaj. How is it that you forget the soul And remember the outer body? Have you not read in the Gita. “The promise is fulfilled The ninth day celebrations Are accomplished in the Same way I desired. give me a seat. Now bless this humble soul And stay here for a few days. Balkrishna. That just as people Throw away the worn-out garments And take on the new ones.” Maharaj said that he Page 76 of 99 . Balkrishna again witnessed a dream. Now a days I stay in Shegaon. They ran towards Balkrishna’s house. That Gajanan was his recent form Residing in Shegaon in Vidarbha. Samartha advised him to Worship Gajanan in the usual way.On the ninth day of Magh. Maharaj Followed Balkrishna in the house And sat on a large wooden seat.” So saying. Samartha was telling him. Similarly the soul casts away The owrn out body and Assumes a fresh one. could not decide Whether he was honoring Gajanan Maharaj Or Samartha The sun set on the horizon And night advanced and Everyone was asleep. Said he to Maharaj. So I have come.22) Come on.
You are the resort Of the virtuous. Page 77 of 99 . Let this book written by Dasaganu Bless the devotees. Nobody saw him on the way. And saying this Maharaj had his food And went to Shegaon.Would return to Balapur After a few days. The king of Pandhari – the full form of Brahman. And reached Shegaon in a moment. --------------------------------------------------------------- Tying knots at the fringe of a dhoti was supposed to aid one’s memory Chapter – 10 Salutations to Ganesh! Oh. the formless and the unchangeable.
Khaparde was a religious person. Kindly accept me and burn All the dross within me. Yet. Once Maharaj went to Amravati And stayed with Atmaram Bhikaji – A government officer in the district. Arranged for his ceremonious bath And offered him the usual worship He gave Maharaj a dhoti With a broad red border. And so Maharaj won’t Visit him even if solicited. But how could these wishes Be fulfilled? Those.Please do not push me away. Ganesh Appa was not sure That Maharaj would visit him He thought that he was not As rich as Khaparde. Every one in Amravati Wished that Maharaj should visit him. He was fabulously rich also. Accept any rivulet and make it holy? In the same way. I know that I do not deserve mercy. Alone could succeed in taking Maharaj To their homes Ganesh Shrikrishna Khaparde A reputed lawyer and a close associate of Tilak Invited Maharaj to his home. A lingayat wani. There was one Ganesh Appa. His wife Chandrabai Asked her husband To persuade Maharaj To visit them. Khaparde honored Maharaj And worshipped him like a deity. To wear and applied sandal paste Mixed with saffron On his forehead. should you not accept me? Does not the holy river Godavari. He received Maharaj honorably. who were virtuous and meritorious. Page 78 of 99 .
Krishna Patil heard this. “Who would leave nectar And drink poison?” So Balabhau was present. Ganesh Appa could not muster courage. Bowed before him And sat motionless. Wherever Maharaj was worshipped.Chandrabai. Maharaj of his own Asked Ganesh Appa how far his home was. At last. He took Maharaj with him At his residence. When Maharaj was worshipped On all such occasions. She insisted that her husband Would request Maharaj To come to their home. He would not leave Maharaj now. The nephew of Atmaram Bhikaji. Ganesh Appa was pleased. Maharaj would perhaps condescend To visit them. And came to Maharaj. “Why do you weep?” Krishna Patil said. And both. He was working in the telegraph department.” said he. This time he did not go to the orchard. husband and wife. Maharaj said to Patil. Worshipped Maharaj. But stayed in a place East of the temple. One person was ever present. “Why should I get myself involved In the wordly affairs?. He was Balabhau. thousht That as they were honest and truthful. After a few days Maharaj returned to Shegaon. Balabhau was overwhelmed When he saw Maharaj. He came to Amravati from Bombay To see his maternal uncle. built by Motey. “Why should you leave my orchard? Page 79 of 99 . shedding tears. however.
Come. Parasaram Saoji worked Particularly hard to raise the math. “I have purposely come over here. And all the devotees Built up a structure – A math for Maharaj To stay independently. He loves us all. “What did i do When he left my home? We are all his children. I shall vacate my own home For you to stay in. He told Krishna Patil Not to perusade Maharaj To return to the orchard. Very few think in the world In a right way. If you do not want to stay in my orchard. Maharaj said unto them.What wrong did I commit? Am I not your child? This new place is not good for you. Page 80 of 99 . I do not regard anything More precious thatn you. Is a righteous man.” Bankatlal came. You will know about this in course of time. Sakharam Asolkar. He was not annoyed when I left him! Why should you take it ill? My good wishes and blessings Are always with you. He will surely surrender this land To build a hut for Maharaj To make Maharaj comfortable there. The owner of this land. Call Bankatlal and ask him. Do not say anything now. Rest assured.” While he was entreating Maharaj Krishna’s brother And other relatives Came over there and Requested Maharaj to leave that place.” So the land was released.
These four stout devotees Stayed with Maharaj constantly. Letters were received from his home. Balabhau was getting detached. But he returned After tendering his resignation. You will come back Even when driven ten times. He won’t return home. Unless you give him a good thrashing. “Balabhau stays here Only to eat sweetmeats.” Maharaj knew Bhaskar was puffed up with pride. That is why he was rebuking Balabhau. Balabhau. When Balabhau returned to SHegaon Bhaskar was annoyed And he spoke harsh words To Balabhau – “A bull often returns to a green meadow So you come here for sweets Don’t you? You are like a dog. Pitambar And Ganesh Appa from Amravati.Bhaskar. Bhaskar said to Maharaj. A monkey can be chastised with a stick. Praying him to return. He did not care For the government service. Page 81 of 99 . Maharaj resembled Shrihari Surrounded by the five Pandavas. That is why he does not Think of leaving this place. Only those who are sincere And have no attachment For the world Should come and stay here. And Ramachandra Gurao Also stayed. But he had no mind To return to his home and to his job. And does not even a mountain Fear Indra’s Vajra?” They thus once drove away Balabhau.
Maharaj was striking so severely. People around were afraid. Have mercy on him and Please stop trampling on him. Balabhau is your devotee. At last Bankatlal said. Maharaj was striking so severely.Maharaj seized an umbrella From a person who was standing by And began to thrash Balabhau. There was one Suklal Agarwal In Balapur. Both came but did not dare Stop Maharaj. Tested on a touchstone. So Maharaj trampled on him Even as a potter would knead the clay. He fell down. Here was Balabhau. Thereafter Bhaskar Did not pass any remark On Balabhau And held Balabhau in high esteem. Bhaskar stood aghast. It used to injure Page 82 of 99 . They ran to Bankatlal and Krishanji. He owned a cow. It was very dangerous. There was no sign Of any beating. That the umbrella gave way. a piece of gold. Bhaskar was in a blissful state. Person who were there Ran away for safety. Balabhau did not budge. They thought that Balabhau would die. Then Maharaj took a big stick And began to beat Balabhau again. That stick also gave way. He patiently received the beating. And bade Balabhau To shoe his back. “Maharaj.” Maharaj simply smiled. Now Bhaskar knew That Balabhau was no ordinary devotee.
It was a problem To hold the cow and lead it to Shegaon. Page 83 of 99 . The cow was trapped and chained With big iron chains. One Pathan once tried to shoot. They put the cow on a cart And took the cart to Shegaon. It used to break into the shops And used to eat away grains and vegetables. When they reached Maharaj Tears were oozing from the cow’s eyes. Maharaj said that they had Accorded the treatment due to a tiger To the kindly cow. But the cow attacked him And he was mortally injured. They allured it with cotton seeds – The palatable food. Suklal could not tie it down As it used to break away the rope and the chain. women and children By dashing towards them And by hurling them away With its horns. Suklal had taken it away To a distant place But it returned to Balapur In no time.Men. It won’e bear And would give no milk. Maharaj rebuked the men For torturing the cow. People advised Suklal To take the cow to Shegaon Where Maharaj would make it docile As the horse of Govindbuwa Was made earlier. As they neard Shegaon The cow gradually became docile. And used to spill Ghee or oil from the tins in the shops. Men advised Suklal To sell it away Even to a butcher Or to kill it with a rifle shot.
And her progeny Stil thrives in Shegaon up to this day. now do ot trouble any one. It then rose and thrice Did it go round Maharaj And then began to lick his feet.” Maharaj said so But none dared relelase the cow. Leaving the cow in the math. Since that day it was not tied or tethered with a rope. When I have surrendered myself to you?” Maharaj was eating a mango. Restore him to health. Maharaj addressed the cow thus. Everyone was wonderstruck. His wife said to Maharaj. He had heard about Maharaj And came. He had no strength left Even for bowing down before Maharaj. Why should he die. therefore. The cow stood on its fours And bending its fore limds Knelt before Maharaj. Release the cow at once.” Everyone shouted “Maharaj ki jai. “What an injustice you have inflicted In tying her with iron chains. Maharaj himself came forward And released the cow from the iron chains. Medicines were of no avail. It became the most domesticated animal It bore calves thereafter. Relieve my husband’s sufferings. Do not leave this place. One Laxman Ghude from Karaja Was a wealthy person. to Shegaon. He was so much incapacitated witht he deadly disease That he had to be carried in a doli. He threw that half-eaten mango Page 84 of 99 .” People from Balapur returned. “I am your daughter.A cow is verily the mother of the universe. It won’t hurt anyone. He suffered from some indescribabale disease. “Oh you foar lady.
if it was a prasaed. Laxman came ot Shegaon And prayed to Maharaj To visit his home. Pitambar Page 85 of 99 . Bhau. The patient eased himself And his bloated belly Became soft and supple. The physician said That the woman should have Eaten the mango. But when it fails. This was stated in Madhavanidan. That would have helped theaptient.At that woman and told her To feed it to her dying husband “You are a worthy wife And you deserve to be with your husband. Maharaj smoked the chilim. Her relatives asked her What did Maharaj do? She told the event And then fed the mango to her dying husband. Maharaj condescended.” The woman returned to Karanja. The attending physician heard this. This was stated in Nighantu and Sharangdhar. Bhaskar told the woman To take away her husband home. Only the favour of a saint Is of any help. The patient’s disease left him And strength returned to him. He came to Karanja. He was upset. “He would be allright” said he. The relatives were all Very angry with the wife. He said that a ripe mango Would worsen the disease. But now the mango worked. in Sushrut. This was stated so.” So saying. Shankar. “if he Would eat that half eaten mango. The science of medicine Helps to a certain extent. The woman felt embarrassed. Go.
Laxman opened the safe. Maharaj said to himself. Within six months All wealth left Laxman. Maharaj needed no wealth He just tested how true Laxman was. So Maharaj left him. “I had come here to give him Twice than what he had.” And yet he offered Maharaj A few silver coins in a plate. Gajanan Maharaj was a wish yielding gem. “All this is yours. He did not deserve. With great hesitation. So listeners remember this In life spiritual Hypocrisy is no good. Maharaj caused this incident Only to show the significance Of this virtue. Now throw away all locks and keys Laxman sat silently. Maharaj insisted that Laxman should throw open the safe. Laxman said to Maharaj. Said Maharaj unto him. Can a pebble enhance its beauty? Page 86 of 99 . Laxman was not true to his words. Maharaj rebuked Laxman. He left his home. let him reap The fruits of petty-mindedness.Accompanied Maharaj.” Maharaj’s words came true. Then why do you offer me a few ocins? Give up this hypocrisy. One should be sincere. “You say that all things belong to me. Maharaj came to know Of his hypocrisy. But sat on the pedestal of the room. He became the poorest of the poor. You have given me your home.
Chapter -11 Salutations to Ganesh! Oh Pashupati in the form of Omkar. Oh Daxinamurti. Page 87 of 99 . Let this eulogy of Maharaj Be listened to by devotees For their own benefit. All that which is great in the universe Is your form.Does anyone use tin To embellish gold ornaments. You are the substratum Of avidya – of maya. the consort of Bhavani. You are formless And yet you are inherent In the entire universe.
It is verily impossible To know You. Everyone worships You The way he likes. Ramanuja’s disciples Regard you as Sitapati. in all your forms And pray to you to remove My threefold sufferings. And you are Vishnu For the Vaishnavaites. I bow to you. You are the Mahakal On the banks of Kshipra You are Naganath. The Vedantists regard you as Brahman. You are Vaijanath. You are Somnath. You are Mallikarjuna. And Rameshwar. You are Tryambak On the banks of Godavari You are Bhimashankar. Why do you hesitate To shower your blessings on me. Next year. You are Shankar At Gokarna. You are Vishveshwar. Oh God. you made Kubera As a lord of wealth in no time. That is so because you have Assumed forms. The Saivaites regard you as Siva. You are the One and the same. You are Ghrineshwar At Verul. Consort of Girija. Oh. By whatever name One may call you. You are Mahadeva At Shinganapur. You are Kedarnath In the icy land Of the Himalayas. Maharaj Came to Balapur Page 88 of 99 .
I may prolong your lofe. the term of your life. If you have really an urge to live. Jagadeva And Dindokar accompanied Maharaj. resided Near Balapur. Pitambar. Ganu. And drink the milk. however. But a calamity befell on Bhaskar. You must now depart from here. enmity and debt Will not spare anyone. “Take me to Maharaj. Bhaskar was happy to drink the milk. In fact. Balabhau told Maharaj What had happened. “Oh Bhaskar. “Killing. Two devotees. But that will be A temporary lease. Sukhlal and Balkrishna. Maharaj smiled and said. cured in Shegaon. But the same vice seized a dog here. Bhaskar however said. shall I really Save you now? The dog-bite is a superficial cause. He alone will save me. Now tell me what is it That you wish?” Page 89 of 99 . Balabhau. The celebrations went smoothly. All the near and dear ones Were perturbed.” Bhaskar was brought before Maharaj. A rabid dog bit him. Is over. It was. Bhaskar Patil. Somenone sent for a doctor.For the Dasanavami celebrations At Balabhau’s. Bhaskar had entreated me To cure the cow So that Bhaskar may milch the animal. But now he does not want To bear the consequences. Suklal’s cow was naughty. And the dog has bitten Bhaskar.
It is seldom that Devotees like him Page 90 of 99 . There are three types of Karmas Sanchita or accumulated karma. And a mother knows What is good for the child. Some one said to Maharaj. So do as you would please. Kriyamana – or the karma Which is being done now. don’t insist On prolonging his life here. “Bhaskar is a great devotee. “Life and death Are both illusions. I do not know anything. He knew that Bhaskar Was telling the truth. A Jiva has to put up with all these karmas. And suffer one’s lot. therefore. one has to undeergo A number of cycles of births and deaths. You are my mother. And what new Actions one would do in this birth Will fructify in the next birth. In this way. Prarabdha – or the karma Which has started bearing fruits. Kindly save him. “I am an ignorant fellow.” Maharaj said to him.” Maharaj was pleased To hear this. One cannot avoid them.Bhaskar said. He will be relieved Of births and deaths. No one dies and No one is born. Now. Let not the bite prove fatal. This is Bhaskar’s last birth. One should give up attachment. He has no balance left. Whatever one does in the past birth One has to bear its consequences In the present birth.
I shall keep Bhaskar Alive for a couple of months. He will not go rabid. You are great! You have been released From the cycle of births and deaths! You are really great Your devotion has stood you well. He wanted that a monument. who was a gem.” Balabhau was glad to hear this. So did Samarth The Sajjan Garh. Bhaskar entreated them To tend with care Maharaj. If I do not do this. Bhaskar will be born again And will have a short life Of two months. Jnyaneshwar had sanctified Alandi. he shouted loudly. If Bhaskar now Harbours animosity Against the dog He will have to be born Again. Page 91 of 99 . The dog which bit him Was his enemy in the last birth. With this bite The past enmity has ceased And all the knots Of the past karams Have been severed. Never you will be born again!” They returned to Shegaon. to avenge the dog. “Oh Bhaskar. I can do one thing.Are born in this world. Bhaskar narrated the incident To the residents of Shegaon. Tukoba did the same In respect of Dehu. Be erected in the name of Maharaj Which would for all the time Remind men and women The greatness that breathed there.
“Shanakr – the Lord of Bhavani. On the thirteenth of the dark fortnight of Magh. And Maharaj did not know.In this way Bhaskar Persuaded one and all To erect a big monument In the name of Maharaj. This made Bhaskar happy. Hari Patil. The jyotirlinga is efficacious And would destroy all sins. All came. So make haste. Maharaj asked Bhaskar To accompany him to Tryambakeshwar for Shivaratri celebrations. Maruti Chandrabhan. He was always joyful thereafter. He would happily Give up his body. Bhaskar told them all That he was with them For a couple of months. If all would agree And would decide to have A memorial in the name of Maharaj. there is one hill By name Brahmagiri. The saints always condescend And fulfil devotee’s desires. Oh Bhaskar. Said Maharaj to Bhaskar. Resides in Tryambakeshwar on the banks of Godavari.” Bhaskar’s entreaties were heeded They all agreed To construct a memorial. Shripatrao Vavikar and Tarachand. Page 92 of 99 . Bankatlal. the money lender. Service to a saint Will not go in vain. That he wanted A worthy memorial In Shegaon. Once he called all the devotees In the math. We shall go and have a dip In Godavari – The Ganga of the Deccan.
The ill effects of the bite Ceased while I was in Balapur I have now two months left Of the lease of life. They went ot Gangadwar And worshipped Gautami They bowed before Neelambika And Gahininath and Nivrittinath. Godavari flows from your feet. I shall take a dip in the eternal flow of your blessings. Page 93 of 99 . He said “It’s true as you say. Mahant of Panchvati In the temple of Kala Ram.Medicinal herbs grow there. “Oh Maharaj. There was a peepal tree In front of Ram Mandir. Gahininath stays on the hill Even now. He may give us an antidote For the dog-bite.” Maharaj simply smiled. I do not hanker For any other holy place. Come. They took the holy bath At Kushavarta and had The darshan of Shankar. He know the properties Of all the medicinal herbs. Then they went to Nasik To see Gopaldas. You are Tryambakeshwar to me. Let us o and see him. what for Shall I take the medicine now?” I know you have power Greater than that of any medecine. Gopaldas.” Bhasakr said. But do not belittle the holy places. let us go. Ask Balabhau and Pitambar to accompany us. They reached there on the Auspicious day of Shivaratri. Maharaj sat there with his disciples On the par.” All fo them proceeded To Tryambakeshwar.
Shamsingh had been in Shegaon To take Maharaj to Adgaon. Maharaj was happy to have Seen his brother and now Wanted to proceed to the city. Maharaj was eager to visit Dhumal who was a pleader. He asked his disciples To look upon Maharaj As they would look upon him. asked Balabhau Page 94 of 99 . Maharaj asked Bhaskar To distribute the coconut pieces And the sugar candy. however. For the hanuman Jayanti celebrations. Maharaj said that he would Come to Adgaon after Ram Navami celebrations. The disciple of Gopaldas Worshipped Maharaj as bade. Bhaskar. Maharaj spent a few days In Nasik and then Returned to Shegaon. He said to those near him. Balabhau prayed Maharaj To have mercy on Bhaskar As he was already Beaten by the hot sun.Gopaldas Maharanta Was very happy. “My brother has Come all the way from Vidarbha” He bade his disciples Worship Maharaj And offer him coconut and candy On his behalf. So Shamsingh returned And then came again During the Ram Navami celebrations. He accompanied Maharaj to Adgaon. While in Adgaon Maharaj knocked down Bhaskar In the dust and sat On his chest and Beat him hard.
When the sun rose on the horizon.” Hanuman Jayanti celebrations Were over and the fifth day Of the dark fortnight of Chaitra dawned.Not to interfere. That is why I beat him hard today. Let them say that Maharaj is beating me. But his soul had Page 95 of 99 . “Do you remember. Maharaj Uttered loudly. Maharaj told Balabhau That only two days remained For passing away of Bhaskar. Narayana” People garlanded Bhaskar And applied bukka on his forehead. Vitthal. “Let Maharaj do whatever he likes’” Said he to Balabhau. Maharaj asked Bhaskar To sit before him in a lotus postre Facing the sun. I had to beat him today To set him free From the bondage of that action.” Then Maharaj returned With Bhaskar to the place Where they were lodged. the alst breath Left Bhaskar dropping the body Like a rag. The bhajan lasted for about Five hours and when it came To an end. till it broke. Maharaj asked others to sing Bhajans – “Vitthal. “He is my lord and my master. Hara. He bade him Calm his mind and think Of the Almighty God.” said Maharaj “That Bhaskar caused me to beat you once With an umbrella. Balabhau. But I am feeling tickled. “Hara. The devotees held The falling body.” The moment Maharaj Said so.
Bhaskar has Reached Vaikuntha. peepal and mandar. The next day The poor were fed there.Already reached vaikuntha To enjoy the hospitality of Hari. Maharaj told that Bhaskar be cremated near that temple. It is a fine shady spot With tall tamarind trees. So Maharaj gave samadhi To Bhaskar at such a pleasant spot Half way between Akoli and Adgaon. They used To carry away the dronas And sometimes used to spoil the food By their droppings.” Said he “They want prasad From Bhaskar. Maharaj however stopped The bhills from using their arrows “The crows are not at fault. vata and audumbara. A few flower plants also are there. They used to sit in the cool shade Of tamarind trees. Normally the soul lingers on For full ten days Page 96 of 99 . So they made a vimana Out of plantain tree trunks And the cortage was Taken to Dwarakeshwar. But the crows Were a nuisance. amra. The people were annoyed The bhills fixed sharpened arrows On their bows. Feeding of the people was done For full ten days. There ate other trees Also. The devotees asked Maharaj Where to cremate Bhaskar There was a temple of Dwarakeshwar. as neem. The temple of Dwarakeshwar Is a mile and a half From Adgaon.
Lo. So therefore.And then only departs From the mundane region They cannot leave this land Unless the food is eaten by the crows. “to beahve” So saying Maharaj Bade the crows Not to cause nuisance From the next day. The feeding of the people Was going on but not a single Crow came there thereafter. I shall tell them. But Bhaskar has left this place Without caring to see That the crows get their share That is why these crows Are ravenous. They thought that it was futile To request the crows in this fashion. Those men who had faith In Maharaj were convinced That the crows won’t come next day. Next day. They were digging a well in Shegaon. But there were a few Who did not believe. not a single crow Turned up there next day. those doubting fellows Came there to verify Whether the crows had really Stopped frequenting the place. After fourteen days Maharaj returned to Shegaon. please do not kill the crows. Why would they leave the place If the food would be readily Available there? They said That Maharaj was a hypocrite And his devotees inflate him And give him an honor Which he did not desere. They dug about fifteen feet and They could not dig further Page 97 of 99 . The crows were after all crows. Those were the days of drought.
Clouds of smoke emerged from the well. They thought that he must have been Page 98 of 99 . Ganu was in the well. Before the other dynamite could blast. So the Mukadam Asked Ganu Jawre to get into the well And remove the block. All men now rushed to the well. None dared to enter the well. He piteously shouted for maharaj And asked for protection. Ganu could not be seen. They bored four holes with a crowbar And filled the holes with gunpowder. The whole gunpowder and the Dynamite would have gone waste. Ganu saw a kapar in the Wall of the well and he squeezed himself there. All the remaining three Dynamites blasted one after the other. But the fuses got blocked up. How could he. They ignited the wicks. He removed the first block And the fire on the wick Rushed to the dynamite. The rope wicks were fixed. The mistry had a foul tongue And he roared at Ganu The poor fellow was death-pale. Ganu had faith in Maharaj And remembering maharaj From the core of his heart. Now the mistry was death-pale – “Ganu must have been blown to pieces’” thought he. The water was oozing from the sides. He stepped into the well. Through the ribs of castor oil plant. And Ganu Jawre was all fright. By the time he removed the second block The first dynamite blasted with a big bang.Without blasting the black rock They had to dynamite the rock. who was poor andstarving Disobey the Mukadam.
Do not be reckless hereafter. Page 99 of 99 . And his body must have been Shattered and dropped somewhere.” All those who were there were overjoyes. When all the four dynamites Blasted in the hollow of the well. They pulled Ganu out And Ganu ran towards Maharaj. how many stones Did you throw up? The big stone shut the kapar That is why you are alive Thank the big stone.” Ganu said. Maharaj was simply smiling – “Oh Ganya.Thrown up like other stones. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Suffering (1) due to actions of the past births (2) physical sufferings and (3) sufferings of the soul. Said he. A few got down into the well And removed the big stone with crowbars To see Ganu Jawre alive. where I am hiding Is blocked with a big stone. Let this his scribbling Give pleasure and kindle devotion Among the devotees. “I am alive and safe. It is you who saved me. “Oh my master. Glory be to Gajanan Maharaj. Men began to search outside the well. He responded from within. The cutting in the side of the well. Please remove it soon. The danger is averted today.” Dasaganu has not skill To describe the great glory Of the mercy of Gajanan Maharaj. When Ganu heard the mistry call.
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