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THE WONDERFUL LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF
SHRI SAI BABA
Adapted from the original Marathi Book
SHRI SAI SATCHARITA
By Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias ‘Hemadpant’
In English By
NAGESH VASUDEV GUNAJI

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D E D I C A T I O N “Whosoever offers to Me, with love or devotion, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, that offering of love of the pure and self-controlled man is willingly and readily accepted by Me.”
— Lord Shri Krishna in Bhagwad Gita, IX-26
TO SHRI SAI BABA THE ANTARYAMI This work with myself

Life of Shri N.V. Gunaji
(1876-1963)
Shri N.V. Gunaji was an eminent scholar who wrote over twenty eight books on various people and issues. He was avidly interested in the spiritual teachings of Sai Baba, Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa. He wrote and translated the Bhagwad Gita, the Bhagwat, etc. He has written the life of Sri Paramhans Ramakrishna as well as that of Sri Ramana Maharshi in Marathi and several books on the teaching of Swami Ramtirth. He also translated Booker T. Washington’s biography which he called “Atmoddhar”.
Born in Belgaum in July 1873 in a Saraswat Brahmin family he did his school education in Belgaum, in Sardar High School and later graduated from Mumbai’s Wilson College. He studied in the Government Law College in Mumbai and passed his LLB examination. Soon after, he returned to Belgaum to take up the practice of law. After practising law for several years Shri N.V. Gunaji also joined the Belgaum Municipality as Chief Executive Officer. Throughout his life he was an avid reader and translated several books in English or Marathi. Shri Gunaji was also keenly interested in naturopathy and published two books on “Scientific and Efficient Breathing” and “Anti T.B. & Anti Heart Failure”. He would treat patients through naturopathy and scientific massage. He also had the good fortune of treating Mahatma Gandhi by his scientific massage techniques when Gandhiji visited Belgaum several times. Shri Gunaji also treated Sri Ramana Maharshi when he visited the spiritual leader in Arunachalam.
Shri N.V. Gunaji adapted and translated Shri Hemand Pant Dabholkar’s “Sri Sai Satcharita” into English and donated the entire proceeds to the Sai Sansthan Trust. The book has reached out to thousands of devotees and people over the last forty five years who have read it and have had their faith and Shraddha in Baba reinforced. Many devotees use this book to read it as a ‘Saptah’. Shri N.V. Gunaji passed away in 1963, a few months before his ninetieth year.

SHRI SAI SATCHARITA
C O N T E N T S
Chapter
1. The wondrous Saint grinding wheat – Obeisances – The story of grinding wheat and its philosophical significance

2. Object of writing the work – Incapacity and boldness in the undertaking – Hot discussion – Conferring significant and prophetic title of ‘Hemadpant’ – Necessity of a Guru

3. Sai Baba’s sanction and promise – Assignment of work to the devotees – Baba’s stories as beacon-light – His motherly love – Rohila’s story – His sweet and nectar like words

4. Mission of the saints – Shirdi a Holy Tirth – Personality of

Sai Baba – Dictum of Goulibua – Appearance of Vitthal –

Kshirsagar’s story – Das Ganu’s bath in Prayag –

Immaculate conception of Sai Baba and His first advent in

Shirdi – Three Wadas

... ... ...

5. Baba’s return with Chand Patil’s marriage party – Welcomed and addressed as “Sai” – Contact with other saints – His attire and daily routine – The story of the Padukas – Wrestling bout with Mohiddin and change in life – Turning water into oil – The Pseudo-Guru Javhar Ali

6. Efficacy of the touch of the Guru’s hand – Ram Navami

Festival – Its origin, transformation etc. – Repairs to the

Masjid

... ... ...

7. Wonderful Incarnation – Behaviour of Sai Baba – His yogic

practices – His all-pervasiveness and mercy – Leper

devotee’s service – Master Khaparde’s plague case – Going

to Pandharpur

... ... ...

8. Importance of human birth – Sai Baba begging food –

Baijabai’s service – Sai Baba’s dormitory – His affection for

Khushalchand

... ... ...

9. Effect of compliance and non-compliance with Baba’s orders at the time of taking leave – A few instances – Mendicancy and its necessity – Devotees’ (Tarkhad family’s) experiences

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23 31 39 46

Chapter – Baba fed sumptuously

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10. Sai Baba’s mode of life – His sleeping plank – His stay in

Shirdi – His teachings – His humility – Nanavali The easiest

path

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11. Sai as Sagun Brahma – Dr. Pandit’s worship – Haji Siddik

Falke – Control over the elements

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12. Sai Leelas – Experiences of (1) Kaka Mahajani (2) Dhumal Pleader (3) Mrs. Nimonkar (4) Mule Shastri (5) A Doctor

13. More Sai Leelas – Diseases cured (1) Bhimaji Patil (2) Bala

Shimpi (3) Bapusaheb Buti (4) Alandi Swami (5) Kaka

Mahajani (6) Dattopant of Harda

... ... ...

14. Ratanji Wadia of Nanded – Saint Moulisaheb – Dakshina ... ... ...

15. Naradiya Kirtan Paddhati – Mr. Cholkar’s Sugarless tea –

Two Lizards

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16-17. Quick Brahma Gnyan

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How Hemadpant was accepted and blessed – Stories of Mr. Sathe and Mrs. Deshmukh – Encouraging good thoughts to fruition – Variety in Upadesh – Teachings regarding slander and remuneration for labour ... ... ...

20. Das Ganu’s problem solved by Kaka’s maid-servant

21. Stories of (1) V.H. Thakur (2) Anantrao Patankar and

(3) Pandharpur pleader

... ... ...

22. Rescues from serpent-bites (1) Balasaheb Mirikar (2)

Bapusaheb Buti (3) Amir Shakkar (4) Hemadpant – Baba’s

opinion regarding killing of serpents

... ... ...

23. Yoga and onion – Shama cured of snake-bite – Cholera ordinances broken – Ordeal of Guru-bhakti ... ... ...

24. Baba’s wit and humour – Chana Leela – (1) Hemadpant (2) Sudama (3) Anna Chinchanikar vs. Maushibai ... ...

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72 77 83 87
93 105 110
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Chapter

25. Damu Anna Kasar of Ahmednagar (1) Speculations

(2) Amraleela

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26. Stories of (1) Bhakta Pant (2) Harishchandra Pitale (3)

Gopal Ambadekar

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27. Favour shown by giving Bhagwat and Vishnu

Sahastranaam – Dixit’s Vitthal vision – Geeta-Rahasya –

Khapardes

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28. Sparrows drawn to Shirdi (1) Lakhshmichand (2)

Burhanpore lady (3) Megha

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29. Stories of (1) Chennai’s Bhajani Mela (2) Tendulkars (father and son) (3) Dr. Captain Hate (4) Waman Narvekar

30. Drawn to Shirdi (1) Kakaji Vaidya of Vani (2) Ramlal

Punjabi of Mumbai

... ... ...

31. The passing away in Baba’s presence of (1) Sanyaasi

Vijayanand (2) Balaram Mankar (3) Noolkar (4) Megha

(5) Tiger

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32. In quest of Guru and God – Fasting disapproved ... ...

33. Greatness of Udi – Scorpion-sting and plague cases cured – Jamner miracle – Narayan Rao’s sickness – Balabua Sutar – Appasaheb Kulkarni – Haribhau Karnik ... ... ...

34. Greatness of Udi (continued) – Doctor’s nephew – Dr.

Pilley – Shama’s sister-in-law – Irani girl – Harda gentlemen

– Mumbai lady

... ... ...

35. Tested and found not wanting – Kaka Mahajani’s friend and master – Bandra insomnia case – Bala Patil Newaskar

36. Wonderful stories of (1) Two Goa gentlemen (2) Mrs. Aurangabadkar

37. Chavadi procession

... ... ...

38. Baba’s Handi – Disrespect of shrine – Cup of butter milk

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140 146 153 159
164 169
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Chapter
39. Baba’s knowledge of Sanskrit – His interpretation of a verse from Gita – Construction of the Samadhi Mandir

40. Stories of Baba (1) Attending Mrs. Dev’s Udyapan

ceremony as Sanyaasi with two others (2) Hemadpant’s

house in the form of His picture

... ... ...

41. Story of the picture – Stealing the rags and reading of

Dnyaneshwari

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42. Baba’s passing away – Previous indication – Averting death

of Ramchandra Dada Patil and Tatya Kote Patil – Charity

of Laxmibai Shinde – Last moment

... ... ...

43-44.

Baba’s passing away (continued) – preparation – Samadhi

Mandir – Breaking of the brick – 72 hours’ Samadhi – Jog’s

Sanyaas – Baba’s nectar-like words

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45. Kakasaheb’s doubt and Anandrao’s vision – Wooden plank

– Baba’s bed-stead and not Bhagat’s

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46. Baba’s Gaya trip – Story of the two goats ... ... ...

47. Baba’s reminiscences – Story of Veerbhadrappa and

Chenbasappa (snake and frog)

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48. Warding off devotee’s calamities – Stories of (1) Mr.

Shevade (2) Sapatnekar

... ... ...

49. Stories of (1) Hari Kanoba (2) Somadev Swami

(3) Nanasaheb Chandorkar

... ... ...

50. Stories of (1) Kakasaheb Dixit (2) Shri Tembe Swami

(3) Balaram Dhurandhar

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EPILOGUE

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AARTI

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SHRI SAI SATCHARITA
CHAPTER I
Obeisances — The story of grinding wheat and its philosophical significance.
According to the ancient and revered custom, Hemadpant begins the work, Shri Sai Satcharita, with various salutations.
(1) First, he makes obeisance to the God Ganesh1 to remove all obstacles and make the work a success, and says that Sri Sai is God Ganesh Himself.
(2) Then, to goddess Saraswati2 to inspire him to write the work and says that Shri Sai is one with this Goddess, and that He is Himself singing His own life.
(3) Then, to the Gods; Brahma, Vishnu and Shankar – the Creating, Preserving and Destroying deities respectively, and says that Sainath is one with them and He, the great teacher, will carry us across the river of worldly existence.
(4) Then, to his tutelary deity Narayan Adinath, who manifested himself in Konkan – the land reclaimed by Parashurama3, (Ram in the Hindi version) from the sea; and to the Adi (Original) Purush4 of the family.
(5) Then, to Bharadwaj Muni, into whose gotra (clan) he was born and also to various Rishis, Yagnyavalkya, Bhrugu, Parashar, Narad, Vedavyas, Sanak, Sanandan, Sanatkumar, Shuka, Shounak, Vishwamitra, Vasishtha, Valmiki, Vamadev, Jaimini, Vaishampayan, Nava Yogindra etc; and also modern saints, such as Nivrutti, Dnyanadev, Sopan, Muktabai, Janardan, Eknath, Namdev, Tukaram, Kanha, and Narahari etc.
1. God Ganesh, a son of Lord Shiva, bears the head of an elephant and the body of a human being. When starting anything, He is worshipped by the Hindu.
2. Saraswati – Goddess of Learning 3. Parashuram – One of the Avtars or Incarnations of God (before Lord Ram) 4. Purush – Man

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(6) Then, to his grandfather, Sadashiv, father Raghunath, his mother, who left him in his infancy; to his paternal aunt, who brought him up, and to his loving elder brother.
(7) Then, to the readers and prays to them to give their whole and undivided attention to his work.
(8) And lastly, to his Guru Shri Sainath – an Incarnation of Shri Dattatreya, Who is his sole refuge and Who will make him realize, that Brahma is the reality and the world an illusion; and incidentally, to all beings, in whom the Lord God dwells.
After describing in brief the various modes of devotion according to Parashar, Vyasa and Shandilya etc., the author goes on to relate the following story :
“It was some time after 1910 that I went, one fine morning, to the Masjid in Shirdi to have darshan of Sai Baba. I was wonder-struck to see the following phenomenon. After washing His mouth and face, Sai Baba began to make preparations for grinding wheat. He spread a sack on the floor, and thereon set a hand-mill. He took some quantity of wheat in a winnowing fan, and then, drawing up the sleeves of His kafni (robe), and taking hold of the peg of the hand-mill, started grinding the wheat, by putting a few handfuls of wheat in the upper opening of the mill and rotated it. I thought, “What business Baba had with the grinding of wheat, when He possessed nothing and stored nothing, and as He lived on alms!” Some people who had come there thought likewise, but none had the courage to ask Baba, what He was doing. Immediately, this news of Baba grinding wheat spread into the village, and at once men and women ran to the Masjid and flocked there to see Baba’s act. Four bold women, from the crowd, forced their way up and pushing Baba aside, forcibly took the peg or handle into their hands, and singing Baba’s Leelas started grinding. At first, Baba was enraged, but on seeing the women’s love and devotion, He was much pleased and began to smile. While they were grinding, they began to think that Baba had no house, no property, no children, none to look after and He lived on alms, and therefore, He did not require any wheat-flour for making bread or roti, what will He do with this large quantity of flour? Perhaps, as Baba is very kind, He will distribute the flour amongst us. Thinking in this way and while singing, they finished the grinding and

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after putting the hand-mill aside, they divided the flour into four portions and began to remove them by taking one portion per head. Baba, Who was calm and quiet up till now, got wild and started abusing them saying, “Ladies, have you gone mad? Whose father’s property are you looting away? Have I borrowed any wheat from you, so that you can safely take the flour? Now, do this! Take the flour and throw it on the village borders!” On hearing this, the women felt abashed and whispering amongst themselves, went to the outskirts of the village and spread the flour, as directed by Baba.
I asked the Shirdi people, “What was this that Baba did?” They replied that, as cholera epidemic was spreading in the village this was Baba’s remedy for the same; it was not wheat, that was ground, but cholera itself was ground to pieces and pushed out of the village. From this time onward, the cholera epidemic subsided and the people of the village were happy. I was much pleased to know all this, but at the same time my curiosity was also aroused. I began to ask myself ... What earthly connection was there between wheat flour and cholera? What was the causal relation between the two, and how to reconcile them? The incident seems to be inexplicable. I should write something on this and sing to my heart’s content Baba’s sweet leelas, thinking in this way about this leela, my heart was filled with joy and I was thus, inspired to write Baba’s life – The Sai Satcharita.
And as we know, with Baba’s grace and blessings this work was successfully accomplished.
Philosophical Significance of Grinding

Apart from the meaning, which the people of Shirdi put on this incident of grinding wheat, there is, we think, a philosophical significance too. Baba lived in Shirdi for about sixty years and during this long period, He did the business of grinding almost every day – not, however, wheat alone, but the sins, the mental and physical afflictions and the miseries of His innumerable devotees. The two stones of His mill consisted of karma and bhakti; the former being the lower one and the latter, the upper one. The handle, with which Baba worked the mill, consisted of dhyan. It was the firm conviction of Baba that, knowledge or self-realization is not possible, unless there is the prior act of grinding of all our impulses, desires, sins; and of three gunas, viz.

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Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, and the Ahankar, which is so subtle and therefore, so difficult to get rid of.
This reminds us of a similar story of Kabir, who seeing a woman grinding corn, said to his Guru, Nipatniranjan, “I am weeping, because I feel the agony of being crushed under this wheel of worldly existence, like the corn in the hand-mill.” Nipatniranjan replied, “Do not be afraid, hold fast to the handle of knowledge of this mill, as I do, and do not wander far away from the same, but turn inward to the centre, and you are sure to be saved.”
Bow to Shri Sai — Peace be to all

CHAPTER II
Object of Writing the Work – Incapacity and Boldness in the Undertaking – Hot Discussion – Conferring Significant and Prophetic Title of ‘Hemadpant’ – Necessity of a Guru.
In the last chapter, the author mentioned in the original Marathi book that he would state the reason that led him to undertake the work, and about the persons qualified to read the same, and such other points. Now, in this chapter, he narrates the same.
The Object of Writing this Work
In the first chapter, I described Sai Baba’s miracle of checking and destroying the cholera epidemic by grinding wheat and throwing the flour on the outskirts of the village. I heard other miracles of Sai Baba to my great delight, and this delight burst forth into this poetic work. I also thought that, the description of these miracles of Sai Baba would be interesting and instructive to His devotees, and would remove their sins, and so I began to write the sacred life and teachings of Sai Baba. The life of the saint is neither logical nor dialectical. It shows us the true and great path.
Incapacity and Boldness in Undertaking the Work
Hemadpant thought that, he was not a fit person to undertake the work. He said, “I do not know the life of my intimate friend nor do I know my own mind, then, how can I write the life of a saint or describe the nature of Incarnations, which even the Vedas were unable to do? One must be a saint himself before he could know other saints, otherwise, how can I describe their glory? To write the life of a saint is most difficult, one may as well be able to measure the depth of the seven seas or enclose the sky with cloth-trappings. I knew, this was the most venturous undertaking, which might expose me to ridicule. I, therefore, invoked Sai Baba’s grace.
The premier poet – saint of Maharashtra, Shri Dnyaneshwar Maharaj has stated that, the Lord loves those who write the lives of

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saints, and the saints also have their own peculiar method of assigning the service, which the devotees long for. The saint inspires the work, the devotee becomes only an indirect cause or an instrument in achieving the end. For instance, in 1700 Shaka year1, the poet Mahipati aspired to write the lives of saints. Saints inspired him, and got the work done, so also, in 1800 Shaka year2 Das Ganu’s service was accepted. The former wrote 4 works – Bhakta Vijay, Sant Vijay, Bhakta Leelamrut and Sant Leelamrut, while the latter wrote two – ‘Bhakta Leelamrut and Sant Kathamrut’, in which the lives of modern saints were described. In chapters 31, 32, 33 of Bhakta Leelamrut and in chapter 57 of Sant Kathamrut, the life and teachings of Sai Baba are very well depicted. These have been separately published in Sai Leela Magazine, Nos. 11 and 12, Vol. 17; the readers are advised to read these chapters. So also, Sai Baba’s wonderful Leelas are described by Mrs. Savitribai Raghunath Tendulkar of Bandra in a small book, named Sri Sainath Bhajan Mala. Das Ganu Maharaj also has composed various sweet poems on Sai Baba. A devotee, named Amidas Bhavani Mehta, has also published some stories of Sai Baba in Gujarati; some nos. of Sainath Prabha, a magazine published by Dakshina Bhiksha Sanstha of Shirdi, are also published. Then, the question of objection comes in, that while so many works regarding Sai Baba are extant, why should this (Satcharita) be written; and where is its necessity?
The answer is plain and simple. The life of Sai Baba is as wide and deep as the infinite ocean, and all can dive deep into the same and take out precious gems (of knowledge and bhakti) and distribute them among the aspiring people. The stories, parables and teachings of Sai Baba are very wonderful. They will give peace and happiness to the people, who are afflicted with sorrows and heavily loaded with miseries of this worldly existence, and also bestow knowledge and wisdom, both in worldly and in spiritual domains. If these teachings of Sai Baba, which are as interesting and instructive as the Vedic lore, are listened to and meditated upon, the devotees will get what they long for, viz., union with Brahma, mastery in eight-fold Yoga, bliss of meditation etc. So, I thought that I should call these stories together, that would be my best Upasana. This collection would be most delightful to those simple

1. 1700 Shaka year – 1700 SA + 78 – 1778 A.D. A.D. + – Vikrami year
2. 1800 Shaka year – 1878 A.D.

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souls, whose eyes were not blessed with Sai Baba’s darshan. So, I set about collecting Sai Baba’s teachings and expressions – the outcome of His boundless self-realization. It was Sai Baba, Who inspired me in this matter, in fact, I surrendered my ego at His feet and thought that, my path was clear; and that He would make me quite happy here, and in the next world.
I could not myself ask Sai Baba to give me permission for this work, so I requested Mr. Madhavrao Deshpande alias Shama, Baba’s most intimate devotee, to speak to Him for me. He pleaded my cause and said to Sai Baba, “This Annasaheb wishes to write Your biography, don’t say that You are a poor Fakir, and there is no necessity to write it; but if You agree and help him, he will write or rather, Your grace will accomplish the work. Without Your consent and blessing, nothing can be done successfully.” When Sai Baba heard this request, He was moved and blessed me by giving me His Udi (sacred ash) and placing His boon-bestowing hand on my head said, “Let him make a collection of stories and experiences, keep notes and memos, I will help him. He is only an outward instrument. I should write My autobiography Myself and satisfy the wishes of My devotees. He should get rid of his ego, surrender it at My feet. He, who acts like this in life, him I help the most. What of My life-stories? I serve him in his house in all possible ways. When his ego is completely annihilated and there is left no trace of it, I Myself shall enter into him and shall Myself write My own life. Hearing my stories and teachings will create faith in devotees’ hearts and they will easily get self-realization and bliss; let there be no insistence on establishing one’s own view, no attempt to refute other’s opinions, no discussion of pros and cons of any subject.”
Significant and Prophetic Title

The word ‘discussion’ put me in mind of my promise to explain the story of my getting the title of ‘Hemadpant’ and now, I begin to relate the same. I was on close friendly terms with Kakasaheb Dixit and Nanasaheb Chandorkar. They pressed me to go to Shirdi and have Baba’s darshan, and I promised them to do so. But, something in the meanwhile turned up, which prevented me from going to Shirdi. The son of a friend of mine at Lonavala fell ill. My friend tried all possible means, physical and spiritual, but the fever would not abate. At length, he got his Guru to sit by the bed-side of his son, but this too was of no avail. Hearing this, I

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thought... “What was the utility of the Guru, if he could not save my friend’s son? If the Guru can’t do anything for us, why should I go to Shirdi at all?” Thinking this way, I postponed my Shirdi-trip, but the inevitable must happen, and it happened in my case as follows ... Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who was a Divisional officer, was going on tour to Bassein. From Thana he came to Dadar and was waiting for a train bound for Bassein. Meanwhile, a Bandra Local turned up. He sat in it and came to Bandra, and sent for me and took me to task for putting off my Shirdi trip. Nana’s argument for my Shirdi trip was convincing and delightful, and so I decided to start for Shirdi the same night. I packed up my luggage and started for Shirdi. I planned to go to Dadar and from there to catch the train for Manmad and so, I booked myself for Dadar and sat in the train. While the train was to start, a Mohammeden came hastily to my compartment and seeing all my paraphernalia, asked me where I was bound to. I told him about my plan. He, then, suggested that I should go straight to Boribunder, and not to wait at Dadar, as the Manmad Mail did not stop at Dadar. If this little miracle or Leela had not happened, I would not have reached Shirdi next day, as settled, and many doubts would have assailed me. But, that was not to be. As fortune favoured me I reached Shirdi the next day before 9 or 10 a.m. Bhausaheb (Kaka) Dixit was waiting for me there. This was in 1910, when there was only one place, viz., Sathe’s Wada, for lodging pilgrim devotees. After alighting from the tonga I was anxious to have darshan, when the great devotee, Tatyasaheb Noolkar returned from the Masjid and said that Sai Baba was at the corner of the Wada and that, I should first get the preliminary darshan and then, after bath see Him at leisure. Hearing this I ran and prostrated before Baba and my joy knew no bounds. I found more than what Nana Chandorkar had told me. All my senses were satisfied and I forgot my thirst and hunger. The moment I touched Sai Baba’s feet, I began a new lease of life. I felt myself much obliged to those, who spurred and helped me to get the darshan, and I considered them as my real relatives, and I cannot repay their debt. I only remember them and prostrate (mentally) before them. The peculiarity of Sai Baba’s darshan, as I found it, is that by His darshan our thoughts are changed, the force of previous actions is abated and gradually non-attachment or dispassion towards worldly objects grows up. It is by the merit of actions in many past births, that such darshan is got; and if only you see Sai Baba, all the world assumes the form of Sai Baba.
Hot Discussion

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On the first day of my arrival in Shirdi, there was a discussion between me and Balasaheb Bhate regarding the necessity of a Guru, I contended, “Why should we lose our freedom and submit to others? When we have to do our duty, why a Guru is necessary? One must try his best and save himself. What can the Guru do to a man, who does nothing but sleeps indolently?” Thus, I pleaded freewill, while Mr. Bhate took up the other side, viz. destiny, and said, “Whatever is bound to happen, must happen, even great men have failed; man proposes one way, but God disposes the other way. Brush aside your cleverness, pride or egoism won’t help you.” This discussion, with all its pros and cons went on for an hour or so, and as usual no conclusion was arrived at. We had to stop the discussion ultimately, as we were exhausted. The net result of this was, that I lost my peace of mind and found that, unless there is strong body-consciousness and egoism, there would be no discussion, in other words, it is egoism which breeds discussion.
Then, when we went to the Masjid with others, Baba asked Kakasaheb Dixit the following :
“What was going on in the (Sathe’s) Wada? What was the discussion about?”, and staring at me, Baba further added, “What did this ‘Hemadpant’ say?”
Hearing these words, I was much surprised. The Masjid was at a considerable distance from Sathe Wada, where I was staying and where the discussion was going on. How could Baba know our discussion, unless, He be Omniscient and Inner Ruler of us all?
I began to think, why Sai Baba should call me by the name ‘Hemadpant’. This word is a distorted form of ‘Hemadripant’. This Hemadripant was a wellknown minister of the kings, Mahadev and Ramdev of Devgiri of the Yadav dynasty. He was very learned, goodnatured and the author of works, such as Chaturvarga Chintamani (dealing with spiritual subjects) and Rajprashasti. He invented and started new methods of accounts and was the originator of the Moodhi (Marathi shorthand) script. But, I was quite the opposite, an ignoramus and of mediocre intellect. So, I could not understand, why the name or title was conferred upon me, but thinking seriously upon it, I thought that, the title was a dart to destroy my ego, so that, I should always remain meek and humble. It was also a compliment paid to me for the cleverness in the discussion.

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Looking into history, we think that, Baba’s word (calling Mr. Dabholkar by the name ‘Hemadpant’) was significant and prophetic, as we find that, he looked after the management of Sai Sansthan very intelligently, kept all the accounts properly and was also the author of such a good work ‘Sai Satcharita’, which deals with such important and spiritual subjects as Dhyan, Bhakti, dispassion, self-surrender and self-realization.
About the Necessity of a Guru
Hemadpant has left no note, no memo about what Baba said regarding this subject, but Kakasaheb Dixit has published his notes regarding this matter. Next day, after Hemadpant’s meeting with Sai Baba, Kakasaheb went to Baba and asked, “Baba, where to go?” Baba said, “High up.” Then, the man said, “Where is the way?” Baba said, “There are many ways leading there; there is one way from here (Shirdi) also. The way is difficult. There are tigers and wolves in the jungles on the way.” I (Kakasaheb) asked, “But, Baba, what, if we take a guide with us?” Baba answered, “Then, there is no difficulty. The guide will take you straight to your destination, avoiding wolves, tigers and ditches etc on the way. If there be no guide, there is the danger of your being lost in the jungles or falling into ditches.” Mr. Dabholkar was present on this occasion and he thought that, this was the answer Baba gave to the question, whether Guru was a necessity (Vide Sai Leela, Vol. I, No. 5, page 47); and he, thereupon took the hint that, no discussion whether man is free or bound, is of any use in spiritual matters, but on the contrary real Paramartha is possible, only as the result of the teachings of the Guru; as is illustrated in this chapter of the original work, in the instances of great Avatars like Ram and Krishna, who had to submit themselves to their Gurus, Vasishtha and Sandipani respectively, for getting self-realization and that, the only virtues necessary for such progress are faith and patience. (vide Sai Satcharita, Ch. II, 191-92)
Bow to Shri Sai — Peace be to all

CHAPTER III
Sai Baba’s Sanction and Promise – Assignment of Work to Devotees – Baba’s Stories as Beacon Light – His Motherly Love – Rohila’s Story – His Sweet and Nectar-like Words
Sai Baba’s Sanction and Promise
As described in the previous chapter, Sai Baba gave His complete assent to the writing of the Satcharita and said, “I fully agree with you regarding the writing of Satcharita. You do your duty, don’t be afraid in the least, steady your mind and have faith in My words. If My Leelas are written, the Avidya (nescience) will vanish and if they are attentively and devoutly listened to, the consciousness of the worldly existence will abate and strong waves of devotion and love will rise up and if one dives deep into My Leelas, he would get precious jewels of knowledge.”
Hearing this, the author was much pleased, and he, at once, became fearless and confident, and thought that the work was bound to be a success. Then, turning to Shama (Madhavrao Deshpande) Sai Baba said, “If a man utters My name with love, I shall fulfill all his wishes, increase his devotion. And if he sings earnestly My life and My deeds, him I shall beset in front and back and on all sides. Those devotees, who are attached to Me, heart and soul, will naturally feel happiness, when they hear these stories. Believe Me that, if anybody sings My Leelas, I will give him infinite joy and ever-lasting contentment. It is My special characteristic to free any person, who surrenders completely to Me, and who worships Me faithfully, and who remembers Me, and meditates on Me constantly. How can they be conscious of wordly objects and sensations, who utter My name, who worship Me, who think of My stories and My life, and who thus, always remember Me! I shall draw out My devotees from the jaws of death. If My stories are listened to, all the diseases will be got rid of. So, hear My stories with respect, and think and meditate on them, assimilate them. This is the way of happiness and contentment. The pride and egoism of My devotees will vanish, the mind of the hearers will be set at rest; and if he has wholehearted and complete faith, he will be one with Supreme Consciousness. The simple remembrance of My name as “Sai, Sai” will do away with sins of speech and hearing.”

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Different Works Assigned to Devotees
The Lord entrusts different works to different devotees. Some are given the work of building temples and Maths, or Ghats (flight of steps) on rivers; some are made to sing the glories of God, some are sent on pilgrimages, but to me was allotted the work of writing the Sai Satcharita. Being a jack of all trades, but master of none, I was quite unqualified for this job. Then, why should I undertake such a difficult task? Who can describe the true life of Sai Baba? Sai Baba’s grace alone can enable one to accomplish this difficult work. So, when I took the pen in my hand, Sai Baba took away my egoism and Himself wrote His stories. The credit of relating these stories, therefore, goes to Him and not to me. Though, Brahmin by birth, I lacked the two eyes (i.e. the sight or vision) of Shruti and Smruti and therefore, was not at all capable of writing the Satcharita, but the grace of the Lord makes a dumb man talk, enables a lame man to cross a mountain. He alone knows the ways of getting things done, as He likes. Neither the flute, nor the harmonium knows, how the sounds are produced. This is the concern of the player. The oozing of Chandrakant jewel and the surging of the sea are not, due to the jewel and the sea, but due to the rising of the moon.
Baba’s Stories as Beacon Light
Light-houses are constructed at various places in the sea, to enable the boatmen to avoid rocks and dangers, and make them sail safely. Sai Baba’s stories serve a similar purpose in the ocean of worldly existence. They surpass nectar in sweetness, and make our worldly path smooth and easy to traverse. Blessed are the stories of the saints. When they enter our hearts through the ears, the body-consciousness or egoism and the sense of duality vanish; and when they are stored in the heart, doubts will evade, pride of the body will fall, and wisdom will be stored in abundance. The description of Baba’s pure fame, and the hearing of the same with love, will destroy the sins of the devotee and, therefore, this is the simple Sadhana for attaining salvation. The Sadhana for Krita Age was Sama-dama (tranquility of mind and body); for Treta Age, sacrifice; for Dwapar worship; and for Kali (present) Age, it is singing of the name and glory of the Lord. This last Sadhana is open to all the people of the four Varnas (Brahmins, etc.). The other Sadhanas, viz. Yoga Tyaga (sacrifice), Dhyan (meditation) and Dhyandharana (concentration) are very difficult to practice, but singing and hearing the stories and the glory of the Lord (Sai Baba) is very easy. We

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