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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.

Contents

1The wondrous Saint grinding wheat - Obeisances - The story of grinding wheat and its philosophical significance 1
2Object of writing the work - Incapacity and boldness in the undertaking - Hot discussion - Conferring significant and prophetic title of 'Hemadpant' - Necessity of a Guru 5
3Sai 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 11
4Mission 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 16
5Baba'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 Ali23
6Efficacy of the touch of the Guru's hand - Ram Navami Festival - Its origin, transformation etc. - Repairs to the Masjid 31
7Wonderful 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 39
8Importance of human birth - Sai Baba begging food - Baijabai's service - Sai Baba's dormitory - His affection for Khushalchand 46
9Effect 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 - Baba fed sumptuously 51
10Sai Baba's mode of life - His sleeping plank-His stay in Shirdi - His teachings - His humility - Nanavali The easiest path 57
11Sai as Sagun Brahma - Dr. Pandit's worship - Haji Siddik Falke - Control over the elements 63
12Sai Leelas - Experiences of (1) Kaka Mahajani (2) Dhumal Pleader (3) Mrs. Nimonkar (4) Mule Shastri (5) A Doctor 67
13More Sai Leelas - Diseases cured (1) Bhimaji Patil (2) Bala Shimpi (3) Bapusaheb Buti (4) Alandi Swami (5) Kaka Mahajani (6) Dattopant of Harda 72
14Ratanji Wadia of Nanded - Saint Moulisaheb - Dakshina 77
15Naradiya Kirtan Paddhati - Mr. Cholkar's Sugarless tea - Two Lizards 83
16-17Quick Brahma Gnyan 87
18-19How 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 93
20Das Ganu's problem solved by Kaka's maid-servant 105
21Stories of (1) V.H. Thakur (2) Anantrao Patankar and (3) Pandharpur pleader 110
22Rescues from serpent-bites (1) Balasaheb Mirikar (2) Bapusaheb Buti (3) Amir Shakkar (4) Hemadpant - Baba's opinion regarding killing of serpents 115
23Yoga and onion - Shama cured of snake-bite - Cholera ordinances broken - Ordeal of Guru-bhakti 120
24Baba's wit and humour - Chana Leela - (1) Hemadpant (2) Sudama (3) Anna Chinchanikar vs. Maushibai 125
25Damu Anna Kasar of Ahmednagar (1) Speculations (2) Amraleela 130
26Stories of (1) Bhakta Pant (2) Harishchandra Pitale (3) Gopal Ambadekar 135
27Favour shown by giving Bhagwat and Vishnu Sahastranaam - Dixit's Vitthal vision - Geeta-Rahasya - Khapardes 140
28Sparrows drawn to Shirdi (1) Lakhshmichand (2) Burhanpore lady (3) Megha 146
29Stories of (1) Chennai's Bhajani Mela (2) Tendulkars (father and son) (3) Dr. Captain Hate (4) Waman Narvekar 153
30Drawn to Shirdi (1) Kakaji Vaidya of Vani (2) Ramlal Punjabi of Mumbai 159
31The passing away in Baba's presence of (1) Sanyaasi Vijayanand (2) Balaram Mankar (3) Noolkar (4) Megha (5) Tiger 164
32In quest of Guru and God - Fasting disapproved 169
33Greatness of Udi - Scorpion-sting and plague cases cured - Jamner miracle - Narayan Rao's sickness - Balabua Sutar - Appasaheb Kulkarni - Haribhau Karnik 175
34Greatness of Udi (continued) - Doctor's nephew - Dr. Pilley - Shama's sister-in-law - Irani girl - Harda gentlemen - Mumbai lady 182
35Tested and found not wanting - Kaka Mahajani's friend and master - Bandra insomnia case - Bala Patil Newaskar 187
36Wonderful stories of (1) Two Goa gentlemen (2) Mrs. Aurangabadkar 192
37Chavadi procession 197
38Baba's Handi - Disrespect of shrine - Cup of butter milk 201
39Baba's knowledge of Sanskrit - His interpretation of a verse from Gita - Construction of the Samadhi Mandir 206
40Stories of Baba (1) Attending Mrs. Dev's Udyapan ceremony as Sanyaasi with two others (2) Hemadpant's house in the form of His picture 212
41Story of the picture - Stealing the rags and reading of Dnyaneshwari 216
42Baba's passing away - Previous indication - Averting death of Ramchandra Dada Patil and Tatya Kote Patil - Charity of Laxmibai Shinde - Last moment 220
43-44Baba's passing away (continued) - preparation - Samadhi Mandir - Breaking of the brick - 72 hours' Samadhi - Jog's Sanyaas - Baba's nectar-like words 225
45Kakasaheb's doubt and Anandrao's vision - Wooden plank - Baba's bed-stead and not Bhagat's 231
46Baba's Gaya trip - Story of the two goats 235
47Baba's reminiscences - Story of Veerbhadrappa and Chenbasappa (snake and frog) 239
48Warding off devotee's calamities - Stories of (1) Mr. Shevade (2) Sapatnekar 244
49Stories of (1) Hari Kanoba (2) Somadev Swami (3) Nanasaheb Chandorkar 249
50Stories of (1) Kakasaheb Dixit (2) Shri Tembe Swami (3) Balaram Dhurandhar 253
Epilogue 258
Aarti 260

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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.

Contents

1The wondrous Saint grinding wheat - Obeisances - The story of grinding wheat and its philosophical significance 1
2Object of writing the work - Incapacity and boldness in the undertaking - Hot discussion - Conferring significant and prophetic title of 'Hemadpant' - Necessity of a Guru 5
3Sai 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 11
4Mission 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 16
5Baba'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 Ali23
6Efficacy of the touch of the Guru's hand - Ram Navami Festival - Its origin, transformation etc. - Repairs to the Masjid 31
7Wonderful 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 39
8Importance of human birth - Sai Baba begging food - Baijabai's service - Sai Baba's dormitory - His affection for Khushalchand 46
9Effect 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 - Baba fed sumptuously 51
10Sai Baba's mode of life - His sleeping plank-His stay in Shirdi - His teachings - His humility - Nanavali The easiest path 57
11Sai as Sagun Brahma - Dr. Pandit's worship - Haji Siddik Falke - Control over the elements 63
12Sai Leelas - Experiences of (1) Kaka Mahajani (2) Dhumal Pleader (3) Mrs. Nimonkar (4) Mule Shastri (5) A Doctor 67
13More Sai Leelas - Diseases cured (1) Bhimaji Patil (2) Bala Shimpi (3) Bapusaheb Buti (4) Alandi Swami (5) Kaka Mahajani (6) Dattopant of Harda 72
14Ratanji Wadia of Nanded - Saint Moulisaheb - Dakshina 77
15Naradiya Kirtan Paddhati - Mr. Cholkar's Sugarless tea - Two Lizards 83
16-17Quick Brahma Gnyan 87
18-19How 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 93
20Das Ganu's problem solved by Kaka's maid-servant 105
21Stories of (1) V.H. Thakur (2) Anantrao Patankar and (3) Pandharpur pleader 110
22Rescues from serpent-bites (1) Balasaheb Mirikar (2) Bapusaheb Buti (3) Amir Shakkar (4) Hemadpant - Baba's opinion regarding killing of serpents 115
23Yoga and onion - Shama cured of snake-bite - Cholera ordinances broken - Ordeal of Guru-bhakti 120
24Baba's wit and humour - Chana Leela - (1) Hemadpant (2) Sudama (3) Anna Chinchanikar vs. Maushibai 125
25Damu Anna Kasar of Ahmednagar (1) Speculations (2) Amraleela 130
26Stories of (1) Bhakta Pant (2) Harishchandra Pitale (3) Gopal Ambadekar 135
27Favour shown by giving Bhagwat and Vishnu Sahastranaam - Dixit's Vitthal vision - Geeta-Rahasya - Khapardes 140
28Sparrows drawn to Shirdi (1) Lakhshmichand (2) Burhanpore lady (3) Megha 146
29Stories of (1) Chennai's Bhajani Mela (2) Tendulkars (father and son) (3) Dr. Captain Hate (4) Waman Narvekar 153
30Drawn to Shirdi (1) Kakaji Vaidya of Vani (2) Ramlal Punjabi of Mumbai 159
31The passing away in Baba's presence of (1) Sanyaasi Vijayanand (2) Balaram Mankar (3) Noolkar (4) Megha (5) Tiger 164
32In quest of Guru and God - Fasting disapproved 169
33Greatness of Udi - Scorpion-sting and plague cases cured - Jamner miracle - Narayan Rao's sickness - Balabua Sutar - Appasaheb Kulkarni - Haribhau Karnik 175
34Greatness of Udi (continued) - Doctor's nephew - Dr. Pilley - Shama's sister-in-law - Irani girl - Harda gentlemen - Mumbai lady 182
35Tested and found not wanting - Kaka Mahajani's friend and master - Bandra insomnia case - Bala Patil Newaskar 187
36Wonderful stories of (1) Two Goa gentlemen (2) Mrs. Aurangabadkar 192
37Chavadi procession 197
38Baba's Handi - Disrespect of shrine - Cup of butter milk 201
39Baba's knowledge of Sanskrit - His interpretation of a verse from Gita - Construction of the Samadhi Mandir 206
40Stories of Baba (1) Attending Mrs. Dev's Udyapan ceremony as Sanyaasi with two others (2) Hemadpant's house in the form of His picture 212
41Story of the picture - Stealing the rags and reading of Dnyaneshwari 216
42Baba's passing away - Previous indication - Averting death of Ramchandra Dada Patil and Tatya Kote Patil - Charity of Laxmibai Shinde - Last moment 220
43-44Baba's passing away (continued) - preparation - Samadhi Mandir - Breaking of the brick - 72 hours' Samadhi - Jog's Sanyaas - Baba's nectar-like words 225
45Kakasaheb's doubt and Anandrao's vision - Wooden plank - Baba's bed-stead and not Bhagat's 231
46Baba's Gaya trip - Story of the two goats 235
47Baba's reminiscences - Story of Veerbhadrappa and Chenbasappa (snake and frog) 239
48Warding off devotee's calamities - Stories of (1) Mr. Shevade (2) Sapatnekar 244
49Stories of (1) Hari Kanoba (2) Somadev Swami (3) Nanasaheb Chandorkar 249
50Stories of (1) Kakasaheb Dixit (2) Shri Tembe Swami (3) Balaram Dhurandhar 253
Epilogue 258
Aarti 260

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