Monday, November 30, 2015

Experiences of Sai Maharaj - Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 4

Experiences of Sai Maharaj

Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 4




Many childless couples have been blessed with Baba's grace and they are happy. Rao Bahadur Hari Vinayak Sathe, Damu Seth Kesar of Ahmednagar, Ratanji Seth of Nanded, Gopal Gund, Deshmukh of Raver, all came to Sai Maharaj to be blessed with a son and Baba blessed them all. They are all hale and hearty. But, you will also find many other childless devotees among the common people who have been similarly blessed by Baba.


Innumerable childless women came during the Ramnavami Yatra and even every Thursday, some took vows in their own homes and Baba fulfilled their wishes too. Once, a woman from Pune who was anxious to have a son took a vow. Soon after, Baba visited her in her dreams and gave her a coconut. When she awoke, there really was a coconut kept near her bed. She was thrilled and later on, in due time gave birth to a son. When he was a year old, she came to Shirdi and did the Javal ceremony (shaving off the baby's hair) in Baba's presence.


It was observed that whenever a woman came to Baba desiring a son, she was blessed with a baby boy.


And, this happened whenever they took a vow even after He had taken His Samadhi.


A recent example is that of Jagannath, who used to look after Baba's horse.


After Baba's Samadhi, he became a holy man and sat in the Shiva temple at Ulve  village in Panvel district. There he met Umabai, the wife of Seth Shankarraoji. The couple did not have a son and so she coaxed her husband to take a second wife.


But, she did not conceive either.


One day, at Umabai's behest, Jagannath placed a coconut in the second wife's Pallu and said, "If this lady begets a son, you will visit Baba's Samadhi." Umabai took a vow - 'If the co-wife begets a son, I will come for your Darshan.' Within a year, a son was born. And, Umabai came to Shirdi to fulfil her vow. Jagannath had later left Ulve village; but when Umabai visited Shirdi for Baba's Darshan, he too happened to be there. Umabai offered a coconut with a specially made golden grain of salt tied to its tip. The coconut is still there in the Sansthan's warehouse.




A gentleman's son was lost for many years. He prayed to Baba about his son.


Baba said, ''You will meet him soon." After two days Baba gave him permission to leave. He lived at Thane. As he alighted at Thane station, his son too got down from a train coming from Mumbai.

Thus he met his long lost son in his own town as soon as he returned from Sai Maharaj.




Once, Madhavrao Deshpande had a dream. In it, Baba visited him and asked, ''did you visit Govardhandas? His mother passed away. We should visit him." When Madhavrao visited Govardhandas in the late afternoon he found that he had indeed lost his mother a couple of days ago.


(20) 'IS SHE GOING?'...


Shri Dwarkanath Pradhan had gone to Maharaj for Darshan and had taken his father-in-law's letter to Baba. When he gave the letter to Baba, He held it upside down and murmured, 'Is she going?' I heard these words; but the others did not.


He then asked the letter to be read out. It spoke of Dwarkanath's wife's illness.


Dwarkanath asked Baba, "When will you bring her here?" Maharaj replied, "After four days."

Everyone was surprised, when the lady died four days later. Only I was not surprised, as I had heard Baba's words.




Once, when Shri Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Annasaheb visited Shirdi during Guru Poornima, his money was over. Later Shri Hari Sitaram Dixit and Shri Moreshwarrao Pradhan visited Shirdi. 

Pradhan finished all his money on the second day. Baba once again asked him for Dakshina. He said, "I do not have any money."


Baba said, "Ask Annasaheb." Now, everyone knew since the previous day that Annasaheb had no money left, and it was true. However, obeying Baba, Pradhan went to Annasaheb and asked for money. Annasaheb was surprised as just a little while ago, someone had delivered the money, he had asked for from his home in Bandra and nobody knew about it. When Annasaheb asked Pradhan, "How did you know I just received some money?" He said, ''how would I know? I came because Baba sent me!"


Obviously, Baba knows everything!


Shri Sai Leela, Year 1,

Bhadrapad Shaké 1845 ,Vol. VII

Translated from Marathi into English by Jyoti Ranjan Raut

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Tirumantiram - TANTRA Four-Ovi 1307 - 1318 of 1418


English translation of the Tamil Spiritual Classic by Saint Tirumular



TANTRA Four-Ovi 1307 - 1318 of 1418




1307: Fifteen Letters of the Chakra


The five letters beginning with "Ka" are golden hued to behold

The six letters beginning with "A" are red-hued

The four letters beginning with "Sa" are pure white

The mantras thus grouped leads to bliss below

And to liberation above.



1308: Meditate on the (Double) Triangular Chakra


This the truth if you but see,

This the true God, none other there is;

Listen, one thing I say

This triangle is great unto the ocean

Center your thoughts on it

Bliss and Mukti shall yours be;

You will Siva-form be.



1309: When Siva Becomes Yoga, Guru Parasakti Assumes Eight Forms


The One Parasakti belongs to Lord as His part,

Her Form is Paravidya

She grants Mukti and Siddhi;

Though one the Parasakti is,

When Siva assumes the form of Yoga Guru,

Parasakti has forms eight indeed.



1310: The Eight Saktis Reunite in Yoga


The eight Saktis belong to the eight-limbed yoga;

When Nadanta is reached,

The eight Saktis mingling one become, (Parasakti)

The Bindu that stood apart disappeared,

These experiences reach not the witless lowly ones.



1311: How to Prepare the Double-Triangle Yantra


That Yantra you establish firm

Worship at that Yantra Raja's feet,

Chant the Mantra, Guru has taught you,

Perform anga nyasas* and meditate

And on copper plate describe

The six-pointed (double) triangle

For your birth to end.



1312: How to Place the Mantra Letters in the Yantra


On the six-pointed diagram

Place Srim, Hrim letters

Above place Rim

Describe a circle the entire diagram to encompass

And place the letters eight times two, inclusive Aum.



1313: More Mantra Letters


In the space above describe petals eight;

Place letter Ha in spaces betwixt petals;

Above Ha place letter U (Hum)

Close to petals,

Place letters Krom and Srom

And to the left of Chakra, place Am and Krom.



1314: With Further Mantra Letters Complete the Yantra


To the right of the Chakra thus formed,

Place Krom and Srom together

Surround the Chakra by Hrim,

Then do you worship the Sakti

That Bhuvanapathi is.



1315: Worship of Yantra


When you perform the Puja to Bhuvanapathi,

Evoke Her in your heart in purity

Surrender your life (symbolic)* at Her Feet, (Prana Prathishtai)

And in glowing meditation sit.



1316: Evoke Bhuvaneswari's Form


Her form, pure red; silky Her robe,

In Her hands are the weapons, goad and noose,

In protective pose She gestures,

On the body are dazzling jewels,

Her body shining as gem purest

And radiant Her crown

Thus adorned, She appears.



1317: Puja Ritual


Baring the garment that covers your skin

Land Her in endearment

Offer the milk-rice oblation with mantra chanting

Turning in directions four, pronounce "Naradaya Suvaha"

Remove the food thus offered and serve it.



1318: Pray to Yantra Raja


Before thus serving

Invoke Her within

And place Her firm in the lotus of the heart,

And then pray to Yantra Raja

Who is beyond reach

And hold Him fast within you,

He will grant your wishes all.



Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana - Chapter – 36 Assigned for December 01, 2015

Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana

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Chapter XXXVI

Wonderful Stories of

(1) Two Goa Gentleman - (2) Mrs. Aurangabadkar.


This Chapter relates the wonderful stories of two gentlemen from Goa and Mrs. Aurangabadkar of Sholapur.


Two Gentlemen


Once two gentlemen came from Goa for taking darshan of Sai Baba, and prostrated themselves before him. Though both came together, Baba asked only one them to give Him Rs.15/- as Dakshina which was paid willingly. The other man voluntarily offered Rs. 35/-. This sum was rejected by Baba to the astonishment of all. Shama, who was present, asked Baba, "What is this? Both came together, one's Dakshina you accept, the other, though voluntarly paid, you refuse. Why this distinction? Baba replied, "Shama, you know nothing. I take nothing from anybody. The Masjidmayi (The presiding Deity of the Masjid) calls for the debt, the donor pays it and becomes free. Have I any home, property or family to look after? I require nothing. I am ever free. Debt, enmity and murder have to be atoned for, there is not escape". Baba then continued in His characteristic way as follows:-


As first he was poor and took a vow to his God that he would pay his first month's salary if he got an appointment. He got one on Rs.15/- p.m. Then he steadily got promotions, from Rs.15/- he got Rs. 30, 60, 100, 200 and ultimately Rs.700/- per month. But in his prosperity he forgot clean the vow he took. The force of his karma has driven him here and I asked that amount (Rs.15/-) from him as Dakshina.


Another story, While wandering by the sea-side I came to a huge mansion and sat on its verandah. The owner gave me a good reception and fed me sumptuously. He showed me a neat and clean place near a cupboard for sleeping. I slept there. While I was sound asleep, the man removed a literite slab and broke the wall entered in and scissored off all the money from my pocket. When I woke up, I found that Rs.30,000/- were stolen. I was greatly distressed and sat weeping and moaning. The money was in currency notes and I thought that the Brahmin had stolen it. I lost all interest in food and drink and sat for a fortnight on the verandah, bemoaning my loss. After the fortnight was over, a passing fakir saw me crying, and made enquiries regarding the cause of my sorrow. I told him everything. He said, "If you act according to my bidding, you will recover your money; go to a fakir, I shall give his whereabouts, surrender yourself to him, he will get back your money; in the meanwhile give up your favourite food till you recover your money." I followed the fakir's advice and got my money. Then I left the Wada and went to the sea-shore. There was a steamer, but I could not get into it as it was crowded. There a good-natured peon interceded for me and I got in luckily. That brought me to another shore, where I caught a train and came to the Masjidmayi.


The story finished and Baba asked Shama to take the guests and arrange for their feeding. Then Shama took them home and fed them. At dinner, Shama said to the guests that Baba's story was rather mysterious, as He had never gone to the sea-side, never had any money (Rs.30,000/-), never travelled, never lost any money and never recovered it, and enquired whether they understood it and caught its significance. The guests were deeply moved and were shedding tears. In a choking voice they said that Baba was omniscient, infinite, the One (Para Brahma) without a second. The story He gave out is exactly our story, What He spoke has already taken place in our case. How He knew this, is a wonder of wonders! We shall give all the details after the meals.


Then after the meals while they were chewing betel-leaves,the guests began to tell their stories. One of them said:-


"A hill-station on the ghats is my native place. I went to Goa to earn my living by securing a job. I took a vow to God Datta that if I got any service, I would offer Him my first month's salary. By His grace I got an appointment of Rs.15/- and then I got promotions as described by Baba. I did forget all about my vow. Baba has just reminded me of it in this way and recovered Rs. 15/- from me. It is not Dakshina as one may think it to be, but a repayment of an old debt and fulfillment of long forgotten vow".




Baba never, in fact, actually begged any money, nor allowed His Bhaktas to beg. He regarded money as a danger or bar to spiritual progress and did not allow His Bhaktas to fall into its clutches. Bhagat Mhalsapati, is an instance on tis point. He was very poor and could hardly make both ends meet. Baba never allowed him to make any money, nor gave him anything from the Dakshina amount. Once a kind and liberal merchant named Hansaraj gave a large amount of money to Mhalsapati in Baba's presence, but Baba did not allow him to accept it.


Then the second guest began his tale. "My Brahmin (cook) was serving me faithfully for 35 years. Unfortunately he fell into bad ways, his mind changed and he robbed me of my treasure. By removing a laterite slab from my wall where my cup-board is fixed, he came in while we were all asleep and carried away all my accumulated wealth, Rs. 30,000/- in currency notes. I know not how Baba mentioned the exact amount. I sat crying day and night. My enquiries came to nothing. I spent a fortnight in great anxiety. As I sat on the verandah, sad and dejected, a passing fakir noted my condition and enquired of its cause, and I told him all about it. He told me that an Avalia by name Sai lives in Shirdi, Kopergaon Taluka. Make vow to Him and give up any food that you like best and say to Him mentally that 'I have given up eating that food till I take your darshan'. Then I took the vow and gave up eating rice and s0aid, "Baba, I will eat it after recovering my property and after taking your darshan".


Fifteen days passed after this. The Brahmin, of his own accord, came to me, returned my money and apologized, saying, "I went mad and acted thus; I now place my head on your feet, please forgive me". Thus everything ended well. The fakir that met me and helped me, was not seen again. An intensive desire to see Sai Baba, whom the fakir pointed out to me, arose in my mind. I thought that the fakir who came all the way to my house was no other than Sai Baba. Would He, who saw me and helped me to get my lost money ever covet to get Rs.35/-? On the contrary without expecting anything from us, He always tries His best to lead us on the path of spiritual progress.


I was overjoyed when I recovered my stolen property and being infatuated, I forgot all about my vow. Then when I was at Colaba, one night I saw Sai Baba in my dream. This reminded me of my promised visit to Shirdi. I went to Goa and from there wanted to start for Shirdi, by taking a steamer to Bombay, en route. But when I came to the harbour, I found that the steamer was crowded and there was no place. The captain did not allow me, but on the intercession of a peon, who was stranger to me, I was allowed to get into the steamer which brought me to Bombay. From there, I got in the train and came here. Surely I think that Baba is all-pervading and all-knowing. What are we and where is our home? How great our good fortune that Baba got back our money and drew us here to Himself? You Shirdi folk must be infinitely superior and more fortunate than we; for Baba has played, laughed, talked and lived with you for so many years. I think that your store of good merits must be infinite, for it attracted Baba into Shirdi. Sai is our Datta. He ordered the vow. He gave me a seat in the steamer and brought me here and thus gave proof of His omniscience and omnipotence".


Mrs. Aurangabadkar


A lady from Sholapur, wife of Sakharam Aurangabadkar had no issue during the long period of 27 years. She had made a number of vows of Gods and Goddesses for an issue, but was not successful. She then became almost hopeless. To make a last attempt in this matter, she came to Shirdi with her step-son Vishwanath and stayed there for two months, serving Baba. Whenever she went to the Masjid, she found it full and Baba surrounded by devotees. She wanted to see Baba alone, fall at His feet and open her heart and pray for an issue, but she got no suitable opportunity. Ultimately she requested Shama to intercede with Baba for her when He was alone. Shama said to her that Baba's Darbar was open, still he would try for her and that the Lord might bless her. He asked her to sit ready with a cocoa-nut and joss-sticks on the open courtyard at the time of Baba's meals and that when he beckoned to her, she should come up. One day after dinner, Shama was rubbing Baba's wet hands with a towel when the latter pinched Shama's cheek. Shama feigning anger said, "Deva, is it proper for you to pinch me like this? We don't want such a mischievous God who pinches us thus. Are we Your dependents, is this the fruit of our intimacy?" Baba replied, "Oh Shama, during the 72 generations that you were with me, I never pinched you till now and now you resent my touching you". Shama, "We want a God that will give us ever kisses and sweets to eat; we do not want any respect from You, or heaven, balloon etc. Let our faith unto Your Feet be ever wide-awake". Baba, "Yes, I have indeed come for that. I have been feeding and nursing you and have got love and affection for you".


Then Baba went up and took his seat. Shama beckoned to the lady. She came up, bowed and presented the cocoa-nut and joss-sticks. Baba shook the cocoa-nut which was dry. The Kernal within rolled and made a noise. Baba said, "Shama, this is rolling, see what it says". Shama, "The woman prays that a child might be similarly rolling and quickening in the womb. So give her the cocoa-nut with Your blessings".


Baba, "Will the coconut give her any issue? How people are foolish and fancy such things!"


Shama, "I know the power of Your word and blessing. Your word will give her a string or series of children. You are wrangling and not giving real blessing".


The parley went on for a while. Baba repeatedly ordering to break the coconut and Shama pleading for the gift of the unbroken fruit to the lady. Finally Baba yielded and said, "She will have an issue". "When?" asked Shama. "In 12 months" was the reply. The cocoa-nut was therefore broken into two part, one was eaten by the two, the other was given to the lady.


The Shama turned up to the lady and said, "Dear madam, you are a witness to my words. If within 12 months you do not get any issue, I will break a cocoa-nut against this Deva's head and drive him out of this Masjid. If I fail in this, I will not call myself Madhav. You will soon realize what I say".


She delivered a son in one year's time and the son was brought to Baba in his fifth month. Both husband and wife, prostrated themselves before Baba and the grateful father (Mr. Aurangabadkar) paid a sum of Rs.500/- which was spent in constructing a shed for Baba's house "Shyamakarna".


Bow to Shri Sai - Peace be to all







"Man will be grateful when he will realise my empire and that I am the whole and sole controller or holder of the reins." – Shri Sai Samartha Satcharita, Ch. 8, Ovi 62.



When the Kurukshetra war was over, pride entered the heart of Arjuna. He even thought that he was so great that Krishna had become his charioteer.


Arjuna felt that as a master, he must get down from the chariot only after the charioteer had done so. He insisted that Krishna must get down first. Krishna was adamant.


Finally, Arjuna had to yield. Swallowing his pride, he got out of the chariot with great reluctance.


Now it was Krishna's turn. As soon as He stepped down, the chariot went up in flames.


Arjuna was humbled as he realized that the deadly arrows and missiles that had struck the chariot were powerless so long as Krishna was in it. As soon as He left it, they had their natural effect and the chariot was reduced to ashes.


In everything that the Lord permits to happen, is a meaning of His mercy. We must not question; we must not argue. We must only obey, accept and rejoice!


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Baba's Leelas before 1918 – Bhishma’s Letter

Baba's Leelas before 1918 – Bhishma's Letter


The following excerpts are from a letter sent on 11-7-1921 by Vedshastri  Krishnashastri Bhishma, the writer of most of the verses from Sri Sadguru Sainath Sagunopasana.


My experiences with Maharaj are well-known to those around me. So, there is nothing special in this letter. If devotees already know or have read these experiences, please do not publish them.


Sainath Maharaj had an extraordinary perception. Though I am writing this in the past tense, it is only with reference to the mortal body. For me, Sainath is immortal and will always be, since Maharaj is constantly giving me visions and is guiding me to do things He wishes, what I say cannot be false.


One evening we were sitting with Sainath and also did the last Aarati, the Shejarati. But, when we went to visit Him the next day, Sai said, ''Yesterday evening I had gone for a walk.'' We could not believe this as He was with us all evening till the Shejarati. But, a few minutes later a man from a village south of Shirdi came and mentioned, ''Yesterday evening Sai Maharaj was in our village.'' We then understood that Sai had extraordinary powers and so could be in both places at the same time.


Once, when all the people in Balwantrao Khaparde's house were asleep, Sai came in his dream, dined with him, ate a paan sitting on the swing and then left. At that moment Balwantrao woke up. When he narrated this dream to me in the morning, I said, ''without telling this dream to anyone go to Sainath Maharaj. If Sai has given you this vision, He will give you some indication. If it is an ordinary dream, Sai won't say a word.'' Balwantrao went to meet Sai and was amazed when Sai said, ''you gave me dinner yesterday; but you did not give any Dakshina.'' Balwantrao was stunned; but he immediately asked, how much he should give and back came the reply, ''Rs. 25/-''. All these are the facets of extraordinary perception at play. Some may think, these stories are false; but in his book 'Srimadbhagwatarth Darshan' Mr. Yeshwant Vyankatesh Kolhatkar, B. A., L.L. B., proves that the Atma or soul is immortal and can perform many miracles. Then, how could it be impossible for Baba to give Darshan while awake or in a dream? ''Jaagat Rama, Sovat Rama, Sapnon mein dekho Rama hi Rama,'' said Sant Eknath and accordingly Sainath gives Darshan whenever He wills. In

Chapter VIII, Vol. III, Verse 4, from the Chhandogya Upanishad it is said that ''Sometimes this blissful soul leaves the body and attains self-realization and oneness with the Supreme Light; but the soul does not need to leave the body unconscious.'' Maharaj was in complete control of His senses and desires and remained perpetually calm.


While going from His sleeping area towards the Masjid with His staff in hand, Baba used to hurl abuses. At such a time nobody had the courage to face Him. But, whenever He uttered these expletives at the top of His voice, people could hear the softly uttered words ''Allah tera bhala karega''. Which man could give blessings while in a fit of rage? That is why, in my opinion Baba's anger was just a show, but His conscience was kind and calm.


In verse 4274 of Tukaram's Gatha it is said that God Himself bears the troubles of His devotees and is always close to them. One day, all of us were seated next to Maharaj, when it was time for the noon Aarati. According to the custom in those days Bapusaheb prepared the Aarati. But, suddenly, without any provocation, Maharaj donned the Narsimha Avatar. He threw away the Aarati and the Prasad, drove all the people out by hitting at them with His staff. He Himself left His seat and sat down in the Veranda. The Aarati could not take place. By 3 p.m. all the devotees were hungry. Some suggested that the Aarati should be done to the throne. But, Dadasaheb Khaparde did not agree and said that the Aarati should be done to Baba only, but at the hands of Vaghya and not Bapusaheb. Accordingly the Aarati was given to Vaghya. But, suddenly Baba returned to His throne and the Aarati was done. But, nobody understood the reason for Baba's anger.


The next day a lawyer from Kopargaon arrived. He said, ''there was a criminal case against one of Baba's devotee. The court had sentenced him when I reached there. I took the case and appealed. Surprisingly the court inquired me about the defendant's conduct. When I vouched for his good behavior and his being innocent, the court acquitted him. To ask Baba, how this miracle took place, I came to Shirdi for Baba's Darshan. That devotee told me about the eminent Sai and said he was acquitted due to Baba's blessings." As said in Sant Dnyaneshwar's Aarati it is an open secret that the universe is Brahma. Sai behaved accordingly.


There was a well-worn piece of sack-cloth which Baba used as a seat and loved it immensely. Once, when Baba was away, a devotee threw the sack-cloth away and kept a silk cushion in its place. When Baba returned He started fuming and abusing as soon as He saw the new cushion. He threw it and scattered the Dhuni. He calmed down only when His old torn piece of sacking was restored.


One day people asked me to replace the old sacking with a new one; but I waited till everybody stood for Aarati and then asked Baba in sign language if I could change the sack-cloth. He signalled in agreement. I immediately told Dadasaheb and bought a new sack and replaced the old one, which was discarded. After the Aarati, Baba sat down quietly. Devotees served Him. Then He gave His 'Chillum' to me and asked for five Laddoos which I promised. I kept worrying as to how I would be able to make Laddoos without anybody's help in this unfamiliar place. If I took somebody's help Baba would immediately know. Why did He ask specifically for five Laddoos and not just Laddoos? I spent the day mulling over it and went to sleep with the same thought in mind. But, soon I woke up with an inspiration to write a verse which I immediately penned. In the morning, when I was writing the next stanza, Mr. Dixit, who was on his way to Baba, stopped by and saw my poem. Later I took my bath and went for Darshan. As soon as He saw me Baba asked for the Laddoos. I did not say anything; but Dixit said, ''The Laddoos are getting ready". Baba was pacified. The next day I finished writing five stanzas and offered them to Baba. (I had tried to write more than five; but try as I may, I could not write beyond the five already written and so left it at that.) When Baba saw them, He asked me to read them out and while I was reading, blessed me by putting His hand on my head. It is impossible to narrate my state of bliss at that time. After that I read to Him every poem I wrote and this collection ultimately became the book 'Sainath Sagunopasana' which I offered at His feet. The proceeds of the book were given for the protection of cows. The copies of this book must still be there.


''Dhiro na shochati,'' says the Kathopanishad. Self-realized brave people never grieve and even if they feel sad, they do not need other people's advice to restore their good cheer; they themselves get rid of it.


Megha, a Gujarati was Maharaj's loving devotee. He slogged to serve Baba. He was serving Baba at his master's instance; but one day it crossed his mind 'Why should I bathe a Muslim?' And so one day he left Shirdi for his native place, where he fell ill. When he recovered, he went to visit the Shiva temple; but instead of a Shivalingam he saw Sai Maharaj. He promptly returned to Shirdi. To remove the evil thoughts from his body he was asked to chant the Gayatri Mantra a certain number of times. On completion Baba blessed him. When Megha passed away, Baba Himself came and touching his entire body with His hands, cried bitterly for five minutes. Then consoling Himself, 'How much will you cry?' He calmed down (as per the teaching of the Kathopanishad – ''Dhiro na shochati'') and gave permission for the final rites.


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Experiences of Sai Maharaj - Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 3

Experiences of Sai Maharaj

Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 3




Sai Maharaj took Samadhi on Tuesday, the 15th of October 1918, in the late afternoon. That night, Laxman Bhat dreamt of Baba Who said, 'Bapusaheb Jog will not come to perform the Kakad Aarati as he thinks I am dead. But, I am alive. You should come and perform the Kakad Aarati.' As per Baba's orders Laxman Bhat went early in the morning to the Masjid where the body was kept and performed the Kakad Aarati. Many people thought, they saw Baba's hand moving whilst the

Aarati was being performed.


The Madhyanha Aarati was again performed at the Masjid. On the following day (16th), the body was brought to Butti's Wada and the Shejarati was performed there at night. Since then Kakad Aarati, Madhyanha Aarati, Dhooparati and Shejarati are regularly performed in the Wada (which is now the Samadhi Mandir) and the ritual continues till today.




2-3 days after Baba took Samadhi, He came in the dream of the sister-in-law of Moreshwarrao Pradhan of Santacruz and said, ''You have a yellow Pitamber in your trunk. Send it to be placed on my Samadhi."


The lady had kept this Pitamber aside many years ago and had forgotten all about it.


She told Moreshwarrao about her dream and immediately gave him the yellow Pitamber to be sent to Shirdi. It is in Shirdi now and is sometimes put on the Samadhi.


(14) 'TODAY IS THE 30TH DAY!'...


One day, at dawn, Baba went to Kaka Mahajani in his dream and said, 'Why are you sleeping? Get up! Today is the 30th day of my passing. Observe it!'


When Kaka Mahajani woke up, he thought the 30th day must have already passed; but when he counted the days, he realised that it was indeed the 30th day.


He called a Brahmin and performed an Abhishek to Sai's Padukas, called some people for lunch and observed the first month of Baba's Samadhi. After that he observed the day of Baba's Samadhi every month.




The day Baba left His mortal body, my nephew Madhav, who lived in Villeparle, Mumbai, dreamt that a great Yogi took Samadhi in Nasik. Similarly in the house of a North Indian astrologer, named Hanuman Prasad in Mumbai, Baba's portrait suddenly began to shake. In the same way Baba informed all His great devotees about His taking Samadhi in some way or other.




Just before leaving His body Baba uttered the words 'Take me to the Wada!'


After He left His mortal coil, people started discussing as to where the body should be kept. Taking His last words as a hint, some people said, the Samadhi should be built in Butti's Wada. Others said that, instead of building it in an open place. After fighting for a day, it was ultimately decided to be kept in Butti's Wada and so it happened.


Initially this Wada or mansion was built by Bapusaheb Butti as a private residence. After a part of it was built in 1916, Baba felt ill and Nanasaheb Chandorkar was inspired that, it should not be just be a private mansion, but there should be a temple in it. When Baba was consulted about it, He gave consent for a temple to be built. So, it was decided that, the central part would be a temple and the rest residential. Craftsmen from Nagpur were called to build the temple. But, due to some reason they had to return and the temple remained unfinished till Baba's passing away and the Samadhi could be built in that area. Of course, it is now Baba's temple and His words 'This is our place and we shall all live here' which He said time and again had come true.


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