This set consists of the following 4 Books:
Baba's Rinanubandh (Leelas during His Sojourn in Shirdi)
Baba's Gurukul (Shirdi)
Baba's Anurag (Love for His Devotees)
Baba's Vaani (His Sayings and Teachings)
The word 'Rinanubandh' literally means 'Karmic debt'. It is an impossible task to write the exact meaning of this word, as a lot of the nuances are lost while doing so. When you read about the lives of Baba's devotees you realise that it has a deeper meaning. A bond that has existed for many generations.
His devotees came from varied backgrounds. Some highly educated, others were rustic villagers. Some were young, while others were middle-aged and set in their ways. They went to Shirdi not knowing what to expect. Others went there by chance. But once they met Baba their lives were changed forever. And the 'Karmic bond" started unfolding. Thus they returned time and again to be with the living God who blessed them and gave them a handful of udi. In the years that followed, no matter what befell them they knew that Baba was always with them.
This book is a kaleidoscope of leelas, photographs and the lives of Baba's devotees. It will make the reading of Shri Sai Satcharita easier and fruitful.
Vinny Chitluri was born in Arvankadu (Nilgiris), but was educated in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh). She did her postgraduation in Pediatrics from Kalawati Saren Hospital, Delhi. Then she went to the U.S., passed the board examination and was conferred the 'Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatrics'.
While in the U.S. she started thinking seriously about her Karmic bonds with her family. As her father worshipped Baba she was also able to do the same from a very young age. She has been worshipping Baba for sixty years. Her relationship with Baba is that of a 'best friend' as He loves her no matter what she does.
She retired from the medical profession at the age of fifty and came to Shirdi in 1994 and settled there. Then she set about trying to know more about Baba. She soon realised that 'the more she learned about Him the more ignorant she was'. Alas, it would take her many lives to know a little about this inscrutable God. But her quest is on-going.
My father in 1950, on one of his visits to Shirdi brought N.V. Gunaji's Shri Sai Satcharita. We took turns to read it. At that time I read it more like a storybook. I learned about Baba's leelas and His divinity. Through the years I read and reread it. But I could not understand many things. For instance, Mrs Tarkhad's son was sitting in the Dwarkamai right in front of Baba, yet he wanted to return home to offer naivedya to the photograph? Who was this child? Why couldn't he just offer naivedya to the Shaktar Ishwar sitting in front of him? Was there another story in this story? (Shri Sai Satcharita, Chapter 9].
It bothered me a lot that Baba who had control of the elements [Shri Sai Satcharita, Chapter 11] who was "Deva di Dev" [God of God's] lost a wrestling bout with Mohiddin? [Chapter 5]. The Parabhrama, who made this shrishti [cosmos], and guided it! He who was omnipresent and omnipotent, after losing this match wore a torn kafni. Why a Kafni? What did it symbolise? Baba, though God Almighty on a personal level was close to the common man, the rustic villager; the well educated, and famous devotee. The rich and the poor, the famous and not so famous flocked to His feet. Was it because of His 'chamatkars'? Or was it His equality of vision? Was there something deeper, a rinanubandh [karmic ties or debt] that brought them to Shirdi? They came not knowing what to expect! And they stayed devoted to Baba for the rest of their lives. His divinity, His love, and compassion, His equality of vision endeared Him to every devotee.
Almost in each and every chapter of the Shri Sai Satcharita there are portions, words and parables that I could not understand. So I set out trying to find some answers. Along the way I met the descendants of these "Ankita Bhaktas". I pestered them with questions about their grandparents. I read various books, old Sai Leela magazines, and other books and found some answers there. At other times I drove my friend Manjula nuts. I coerced her to read the Upanishads and Nirukti and find answers for me. "Do anything, read anything but give me answers with references," I said. And she did. That's what Gurus are supposed to do! Not all the material is in this book. I for one found many answers. As I am sure many of you did. Some I have included, and you may have found other answers. But at least it is a start.
This book is a kaleidoscope, of leelas, photographs, and lives of some devotees which illustrate the karmic and rinanubandhic ties with Baba. I strongly believe that the visuals stay with us for a long time. I hope, that this book will make reading of Sbri Sai Satcharita easier and fruitful.
|Leela 1||: Dev Baba alias Anant Prabhu Walavalkar||1|
|Leela 2||: Anandrao Trimbak Karnik||4|
|Leela 3||: Amidas Bhavani Mehta||7|
|Leela 4||: Firozshah Hormazji Pudumjee||9|
|Leela 5||: Equality of Vision||10|
|Leela 6||: Munim and 2 1\2 Lakhs||11|
|Leela 7||: Uddhavesh alias Shyamdas Baba||13|
|Leela 8||: Quenching the Thirst||17|
|Leela 9||: Shyamdas on Girnar Parvat||19|
|Leela 10||: Ramachandra Atmaram Tarkhad||22|
|Leela 11||: Three Annas Became One Lakh Rupees||23|
|Leela 12||: Krishnaji Kashinath Joshi (Kusha Bhau)||25|
|Leela 13||: Shyamdas and Dwarka||29|
|Leela 14||: Ramachandra Dada Patil||35|
|Leela 15||: Hazarat Durvesh Haji Mohamed Siddique Phalke||49|
|Leela 16||: Neelkant Ramachandra Sahasrabudhe alias Baba Sahib||54|
|Leela 17||: Lakshman Krishnaji Nulkar alias Tatya Sahib Nulkar||57|
|Leela 18||: Viswanath Lakshman Nulkar||60|
|Leela 19||: Maina Tai Ganesh Kuvelkar [Chandorkar's daughter]||61|
|Leela 20||: Bappaji Lakshman Ratna Parke||63|
|Leela 21||: Anna Sahib Karindkar||65|
|Leela 22||: Sakharam Hari alias Bapu Sahib Jog||67|
|Leela 23||: Samadhi of Bapu Sahib at Sakori||71|
|Leela 24||: Pralad Ramachandra Muley Shastri||71|
|Leela 25||: Adveyndra Saraswati alias Gholap Swami or Baba Swami||73|
|Leela 26||: Gopal Rao Mukundrao Butti||75|
|Leela 27||: The Brick||79|
|Leela 28||: Aare Maja Sava Rupiya!||81|
|Leela 29||: Bala Krishna Keshev Vaidya alias Dada Maharaj Patgaonkar||83|
|Leela 30||: Vishnu Ghati||84|
|Leela 31||: Pangya and the Coin||87|
|Leela 32||: Baba Gave His Tooth to Kashi Bai||88|
|Leela 33||: How did Baba's Tooth Became Enshrined in Shivaji Nagar Temple in Pune||89|
|Leela 34||: Lakshmi Bai Ganesh Khaparde||90|
|Leela 35||: Damodar Vaman Atwale alias Dammu Anna||91|
|Leela 36||: Mari Aai and Death||95|
|Leela 37||: The Leela of Evil Spirit||97|
|Leela 38||: Vinayak Shankar Giridhar||98|
|Leela 39||: Anandrao Pakharde||101|
|Leela 40||: Govind Damodar Pandit||102|
|Leela 41||: Lakshmi Bai Tuse||104|
|Leela 42||: Shakaram Krishna Pangarkar||106|
|Leela 43||: Ramachandra Keshev Naik||109|
|Leela 44||: Nangin Das Motilal||111|
|Leela 45||: Householder and His Younger Brother||113|
|Leela 46||: Tumache Me Bhar Vahine Sarvatha (I will carry your burden)||116|
|Leela 47||: "What a Great Mother You Are? Here Take Your Baby"||117|
|Leela 48||: Kashinath Shankar Dubey and Raghunath Dubey||118|
|Leela 49||: Eka Sai Bhakta Kadurr [From A Sai Bhakta]||120|
|Leela 50||: Mrs Jog and the Buffalo||122|
|Leela 51||: Jog and Ganga Snaan||124|
|Leela 52||: Vitthal Darshan||126|
|Leela 53||: Shankar Rao Gavankar and Lala Lakhmichand||128|
|Leela 54||: Yoga and Siddhis||134|
|Leela 55||: Goddess Annapurna in Shirdi||136|
|Leela 56||: Baba Goes Three Times a Day to Tarkhad's Home||138|
|Leela 57||: Babancha Hemard Offers Paan Vida to Baba||139|
|Leela 58||: Ram Krishna Nana Vagal and Harish Chandra Pithale||142|
|Leela 59||: Harish Chandra and his Epileptic Son||146|
|Leela 60||: Purushotham R. A vasthi and Radha Krishna Mayi's Leelas||147|
|Leela 61||: Avasthi's Prasad||148|
|Leela 62||: Madhav Rao Deshpande [Shama]||149|
|Leela 63||: Shama's Quest to Know the Ramayana||150|
|Lee1a 64||: Shama Had an Eye Infection||151|
|Leela 65||: Baba Shows Shama the Trilok (Three Worlds)||153|
|Lee1a 66||: Shama and the Vishnu Shashranaam||154|
|Leela 67||: Shama and Money||156|
|Lee1a 68||: Shama Visits Nagpur||159|
|Lee1a 69||: Shama and Ekadashi Fast||160|
|Lee1a 70||: Ramachandra M Adkar||162|
|Lee1a 71||: Gopal Rao Somnath Nimonkar||163|
|Leela 72||: Sarojini Muley (Kaka Sahib Mahajini's Daughter)||164|
|Lee1a 73||: Baba's Pocket||165|
|Lee1a 74||: Savitri Bai Raghunath Tendulkar||169|
|Leela 75||: Mahadev N. Chandorkar alias Bapu||170|
|Leela 76||: Babu Chandorkar alias Vasudev Narayan Chandorkar||172|
|Lee1a 77||: Raghuvir B. Purandhare||173|
|Leela 78||: Samadhi of K. J. Bhishma||175|
|Lee1a 79||: Lakshmi Bai Chinchnikar||176|
|Leela 80||: Abdul jan Pathan||178|
|Lee1a 81||: Ram Baba||179|
|Lee1a 82||: Bala Sahib Rudra||180|
This book begins from the small village Shiladhi, where a young fakir clad in white arrived with a marriage party. He stayed on and his divine powers were slowly recognized by the laity around him. Slowly the dilapidated Mashid mayee gets transformed into Dwarka Mai lit up by the warm Dhuni Mai and the ever burning lamps. Vehement skeptics and devotees flock alike to Shirdi, as the Kul-adhipathi Sai Baba gathers them in his Gurukul. The book describes in detail the various well known miracles of Baba and illustrates their meaning in a lucid manner. The author brings a rare insight and an almost personal touch to this book as she describes the various articles used by Him and the places He visited regularly.
This book came about by this irresistible urge to share Shirdi, so readers can profit from it. The articles used and handled by Baba are with the Sansthan so the readers can see them and gain insight in their significance.
Vinny Chitluri was born is Arvankadu (Nilgiris), but was educated in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh). She did her post graduation in pediatrics from Kalawati Saren Hospital, Delhi. Then she went to the US, passed the board examination and was conferred the 'Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatrics'.
While in the US, she started thinking serious about her Karmic bonds with her family. As her father worshipped Baba, she was also able to do the same from a very young age. She has been worshipping Baba for sixty years. Her relationship with Baba is that of a 'best friend' as He loves her no matter what she does.
She retired from the medical profession at the age of fifty and came to Shirdi in 1994 and settled there. Then she set about trying to know more about Baba. She soon realized that 'the more she learned about Him, the more ignorant she was'. Alas! It would take her many lives to know a little about this inscrutable God. But her quest is ongoing.
Baba spoke of the future of Shirdi to Mhalsapati and other devotees. He said, "There will be huge palatial buildings, big fairs will be held, high ranking officials will come here. My Brahmins will gather here". And so it came to pass. The small remote village called Shiladhi turned into what it is now. I have tried to show what Shridi and the sacred sites were like in the 20's, the 80',s and at present.
Each site has a spiritual significance and each devotee gets what he wants from it. A devotee goes to a sacred place with a purpose and that gets fulfilled and he returns with an answer. Those who come to learn from Baba's life and at each place they get an answer. What it is we do not know, but they are closer to the most important person in their lives?
Without a formal induction into a learning program each devotee finds an answer to his quest. He goes back a happier and contented person. Each devotee has a preference for a special site and gets and individual personal experience.
Devotees have many questions to ask about these sites and I have tried to explain their significance.
At the time that Baba manifested in Shiladhi it was a small, remote village, in Kopergaon Taluka, in the district of Ahmednagar. This was a district of the composite Bombay Province up to 1960 (now called Maharashtra). Shiladhi was small about 3.3 sq miles, calculated on the basis of the census, of a medium-sized family. Now, it is spread far and wide.
In the 1884 Bombay Gazetteer (Vol. XVII) of Ahmednagar district, it is mentioned in a chart of 'Kopergaon villages of 1883'. It is grouped under 'Taraf Korhale thirty villages', where it is spelt as Shirdi. The Gazetteer says there is only one road in the Kopergaon Taluka to Malegaon. "This road enters the Kopergaon sub-division at the 45th mile from Ahmednagar near the village of Ashtagaon, and Shirdi is at its 53rd mile. The Godavari River is crossed by a wire-rope ferry".
In the 50's, as the bridge over the Godavari was low, it was often under water. Later the huge bridge was built. The Godavari flowed swiftly, and a boat used to ferry devotees to the other shore. Then the journey was by tonga; it was exciting to see the flag over the Samadhi Mandir far off from Neemgaon. Now there are so many buildings that it is not visible. Recently, a railway station has been built near Neemgaon.
Mamledar B V Dev first visited Shirdi in 1910. He recorded his impressions in the Sai Leela Magazine, in 1932. He states that Shirdi was originally known as 'Shiladhi' or 'Shailadhi'. At that time the village was tiny and had about 400 houses. A few were large while others were small mud huts. The village had two wells and two schools. One school was up to the 7th standard in the Marathi medium and the other was a Marathi mission school.
The village had two panmalas (betel leaf vineyards), two orchards, one flower garden, one sugar mill, one flour mill and a water mill. There was one dharamshala for pilgrims to stay in. besides this, there were nine temples and two masjids.
The total population was about 2,586. The Muslims were the minority (about 10%) and the rest were Hindus. The Hindus were divided into the following castes- Brahmins, Marwadis, Marathas, Dhangars (Shepherds), Malis (growers of fruits and vegetables), Sonars (goldsmiths), Sutras (carpenters), Lohar (Blacksmiths), Kumbhars (potters), Parits (washermen), Mahars, Mangs Chamars (tanners and leather workers), Kolis, Bhils (scheduled tribes), Guravs and Vadars. There was a wide cross section of castes. Shirdi though small and remote was quite prosperous. The population was of a working class and Shirdi seemed to be quite self-sufficient.
In the 20's and up to the 70's there were many 'Gow Shalas' in and around Shirdi. Many of the neighbouring villages and villages as far away as Sinner and Nasik used to do 'Gow dann' to Shirdi Kshetra. They would bring cow and release it in Shirdi; hence there were numerous Gow Shalas. It is interesting to note that Baba is given butter sweetened with sugar as Prasad after kakad arati.
There is an interesting legend in the puranas. The sage Gautama brought the river (originally the Ganga) from the matted locks of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva once vigorously shook his locks and dashed them on the ground. At that site the Godavari or Goda Mai originated, atop the Bramhagiri mountain near Tryambakeshwar.
The word 'Godavari' is broken down as, Go which means bhumi (earth or land), da means (bestower) and vari means shresth (the best or excellent). So Godavari means the land that bestowed the best. The banks of the Godavari have nurtured many a saint. But at Shirdi, it nurtured the 'Parabramha' who walked in the alleys and gullies and sanctified the soil. Shirdi is situated about eight miles south of the blanks of the Godavari.
|Dedication and Acknowledgements||v|
|Shiladhi the Seat of Spiritual Learning||3|
|Baba's Unique Gurukul||8|
|Chapter 1||Gurupaduka Sthan (Gurusthan)||12|
|The Celler near the Neem Tree||14|
|The Gurusthan or Guru Padukasthan||16|
|Baba's Original Photograph||17|
|The Possible Meaning of the "Baba Sitting on the Stone" Pose||17|
|The Ever Burning Lamps||21|
|The Sacred Neem Tree||21|
|Chapter 2||The Mashid or Dwarka Mai||23|
|Dwarka Mai in the 1920s||25|
|Flags (nishans) of Dwarka Mai||28|
|The Small Red Pillar||29|
|Three Steps in Front of the Pillar||30|
|Padukas in Front of the Chariot Room||31|
|The Chariot (Rath) Room||33|
|The Dhuni Mai||34|
|Small Silver Padukas in Front of Dhuni Mai||35|
|Possible Meaning of 'Baba Sitting in Front of Dhuni Mai' Posture||36|
|Maath or Water Pot||38|
|The Magical Chillim (clay pipe)||40|
|The Hooks on the Ceiling||41|
|The Nimbar or Allah Mia Che Jagha||42|
|The Ever Burning Lamps||43|
|The Jaath or Queen||43|
|The Sack of Wheat||44|
|Portrait of Baba in front of Dhuni Mai (Dwarka Mai pose)||48|
|The Possible meaning of the Dwarka Mai Pose||48|
|The Padukas in Front of Baba's Portrait||49|
|The Kathada (railing) on which Baba Rested his Hand||50|
|The Udi Stand||51|
|Baba's Bathing Stone||56|
|The Three Steps next to the Ota||56|
|The Ota or Platform with the Agarbatti Stand||56|
|The Mythology of Tulsi Vivaha||61|
|The Idol of Shyam Karan||62|
|The Stone on which Baba Sat||62|
|The Big Portrait of Baba above the Stone||63|
|The Idol of the Tiger||64|
|Shyam Sundar Hall||64|
|Chapter 3||The Chavadi||68|
|Big Painting of Baba on the Northern Wall||70|
|The Small Photograph of Baba on a Silver Throne||71|
|The Wooden Cot and the Wheelchair||73|
|Chapter 4||Lendi Baugh||74|
|The Flower Garden||77|
|The Neem Trees'||77|
|Meaning of Nanda Deep||79|
|The Ashwatha or Peepul Tree||80|
|The Dattatreya Mandir||82|
|The Samadhi of Amidas Bhavani Mehta||82|
|The Samadhi of Mukta Ram||83|
|The Samadhi of Shyam Karan||86|
|Chapter 5||The Three Wadas in Shirdi|
|Chapter 6||Samadhis on the Way to Lendi Baugh||93|
|The Samadhi of Haji Abdul Baba||93|
|Samadhi of Bhau Maharaj Kumbhar||94|
|The Samadhi of Nanavali||96|
|The Samadhi of V p Iyer||97|
|The Samadhi of Tatya Kote Patil||98|
|Chapter 7||The Five Blessed Houses that Baba took Bhiksha from|
|1. Sakharam Patil Shelke's house||102|
|2. Vamanarao Gondkar's house||103|
|3. Bayyaji Appa Kote Patil's house||103|
|4. Bayaja Bai Ganpath Kote Patil's house||104|
|5. nandram Marvadi Sanklecha's house||105|
|Chapter 8||Temples in Shirdi|
|Khandoba Mandir in Shirdi||108|
|The Banyan Tree||110|
|The Kanifnath Mandir||110|
|As hta Lakshmi Mandir||110|
|Dakshina Mukhi Shri Hanuman Mandir||112|
|Ganapathi, Shani and Mahadev Temples||113|
|The Samadhi of the Tiger||114|
|Chapter 9||Abdul Baba's Cottage||115|
|Chapter 10||Festivals Celebrated in Shirdi||116|
|Gudi Padava, the Maharashtrian New Year||117|
|Rama Navami, the Festival of Rama's Birth||117|
|The Urs and Sandal Procession||120|
|Puja of the Sadguru, or Guru Purnima||121|
|Vijay Dashmi or Baba's Aaradhana Vidhi||122|
|Baba's Daily Routine||125|
|Chapter 11||Shri Che Samadhi Mandir or Dagdi Wada aliasa Butti Wada||128|
|Gopalrao Mukundrao Butti||128|
|The Samadhi Mandir||129|
|The beautiful Wooden Doors and the Plaques behind them||130|
|Baba's show room||132|
|The Survarna (golden) Kalash||133|
|The Sculpting of Baba's Murty||136|
|The Pran Prathista of Baba's Idol||138|
|Baba's Murty (Idol)||143|
|The Significance of Padukas||146|
|Significance of the bathing stone||151|
|Chapter 12||Baba Going for Bhiksha||154|
|Chapter 13||Invisible Baba||155|
|Chapter 14||Baba Sitting on the Ota in the Sabhamandap||156|
Baba's love encompassed the whole universe with an equality of vision. However he had deep emotional and spiritual ties with some of his devotees. Although Baba rarely left Shirdi in his physical form but he did visit the homes of the Dengle family in Neemgaon and the Saand family in Rahata. He went to some of his devotees place in the form of bas-relief images. The descendents of these devotees have preserved these images and venerated them till today. They were blessed not only in this life, but also for many past lives, that they had the good fortune of welcoming Baba into their homes.
This book describes the homes of many of his devotees in and around Shirdi. Their homes and lives are described vividly so that we too can have a virtual tour of them and can partake a little of the ambrosia and fragrance of Baba's love. Baba also had deep ties with devotees who resided in Shirdi. They eagerly waited for him to pass by their homes as he wandered through the villages so that the dust from his feet would sanctify their homes and their mundane lives. This book transports one to the bygone days and describes the various leelas of Baba from which valuable lessons can be derived.
Vinny Chitluri was born in Arvankadu (Nilgiris), but was educated in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh). She did her post graduation in Pediatrics from Kalawati Saren Hospital, Delhi. Then she went to the US, passed the board examination and was conferred the ‘Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
While in the US, she started thinking seriously about her Karmic bonds with her family. As her father worshipped Baba, she was also able to do the same from a very young age. She has been worshipping Baba for sixty years. Her relationship with Baba is that of a ‘best friend' as He loves her no matter what she does.
She retired from the medical profession at the age of fifty and came to Shirdi in 1994 and settled there. Then she set about trying to know more about Baba. She soon realised that ‘the more she learned about Him, the more ignorant she was Alas! it would take her many lives to know a little about this inscrutable God. But her quest is ongoing.
Baba rarely left Shirdi in his physical body but he did go to Rahata and Neemgaon. He went to the homes of some devotees in the form of a photograph. The houses of these devotees residing in Rahata and Neemgaon and also in Shirdi and their lives have been described in this book.
The need for this book arose from many reasons. The main reason is that the village is changing fast. It is turning into a ‘Modern Township'. These are private properties, many of them are being demolished, and hotels are standing in its place. Many devotees ask me to show them places described in the Sri Sai Satcharita then I take them on a small tour around the village and show them these homes, and the various routes that Baba took. Some of these devotees have been coming to Shirdi for many years and have yet not seen these houses.
Every devotee needs to be loved by the most important person in his or her life-Baba. His leelas are full of compassion, love and care, for he is ever present to save us from calamity. Finally even if a few devotees visit these sites, so that reading the Shri Sai Satcharita becomes easy, and then start thinking of its profound meaning, the object of writing this book will be accomplished.
Baba's love encompassed the whole universe, with an equality of vision. However, he had deep ties from numerous previous births, with some of his devotees. His infinite love went back numerous generations. With Shama, it spanned over 72 generations, and with Chandorkar 4 generations as mentioned by Baba himself. These special devotees shared a special grace. By virtue of these incidents, they themselves were blessed. We do not know the length of his relationship with the others.
This book describes the homes of many of his devotees in and around Shirdi. Baba rarely left Shirdi in the physical body but he did visit the home of Kushalchand Saand of Rahata, and Nana Sahib Dengle of Neemgaon. He went to Dabolkar's home in the form of a ‘bas-relief' image. His descendants have preserved it, and venerate it even today.
Baba loved everything on this earth be it a lizard, a bird or a mongrel. He had a special bond and fondness for them. An apt example, is his giving salvation to an ailing tiger. With human beings, his love extended to the rich and poor, the young and the old. He loved the robust and sick, as he had compassion, and a deep understanding of their pain and mental tension. An apt example is Bhagoji Shinde who had black leprosy, his body was constantly oozing fowl smelling pus yet he was Baba's constant companion. Bhagoji daily massaged Baba's burnt hand. Although his disease would repulse us, Baba was quite oblivious of it.
He averted calamities, removed sorrows, and gave progeny to some of them. The leelas of some of them are also given in this book. By knowing about their lives and leelas every devotee can aspire to reach that state. Nor did these devotees forget him, in fact, they thought of him in every waking moment of their lives. We turn to a religious book when we are in trouble, so by reading these lee/as we can learn and derive valuable lessons from them. Today it inspires us and gives us sustenance and solace, as he is aware of our every step. Their homes and their lives are described so that we too can visit them and partake a little of the ambrosia and the fragrance of Baba's love. They were blessed not only in this life, but also for many past lives, that they had the good fortune of welcoming Baba into their homes. They eagerly awaited his visits, and looked forward to doing some dedicated service to their guru.
Baba also had deep ties with the devotees that resided in Shirdi. They eagerly waited for him to pass by their homes as he wandered through the village so that the dust from his feet would sanctify their homes and their mundane lives. It is important for us devotees to know these homes as we can walk in the footsteps of our Sadguru. (A realised teacher, an incarnation). Although things have changed and become modern, yet we can be transported to the bygone days. In addition, this is a blessing as we become closer to our Sadguru by participating in the routine that he followed on a regular basis.
|Chapter 1||Baba's Rahata connection||3|
|The Home of Chandraban Saand, Kushalchand Saand, The Maruti Mandir at Rahata, The Idga, The Vess|
|Chapter 2||Baba's Neemgaon connection||7|
|The Door, The Sacred Place Where Baba Sat, The Neem Tree, The Village of Neemgaon, The Chavadi, The Well or Vihir|
|Chapter 3||Baba's Dhupkhed Connection||12|
|The Home of Chand Patil, The Neem Tree, Chand Patil's Samadhi|
|Chapter 4||Baba Goes to Bandra, Mumbai||16|
|The Pothi, The Desk, The Bas-relief image of Baba|
|Chapter 5||Baba Goes to Harda (Madhya Pradesh)||19|
|Narayanrao Dada of Jalgaon and Saddu's Wife, Have a Dream Vision, The Possible Meaning o this Dream|
|Chapter 6||Baba Goes to Bhivpuri||26|
|Pradhan's Unique Faith in Baba|
|Chapter 7||The House of Baba's Devotees in Shirdi||32|
|Lakshmibai Tukaram Shinde's home|
|Chapter 8||Baalaji Pilaji Guruv's Home||34|
|Chapter 9||Tukaram Sutar's Home||36|
|Chapter 10||Bhagoji Shinde's House||39|
|Chapter 11||Madhavrao Deshpande's (Shama's) Home||40|
|Chapter 12||Mhalsapati's Home||42|
|Baba's 3 day Samadhi|
|Chapter 13||Ramchandra Dada Patil's Home||47|
|Chapter 14||Lakshman Kachewar Jakadi's Home||50|
|Chapter 15||Lakshman Ratna Parkhe's Home||51|
|Chapter 16||Kashiram Shimpi's Home||53|
|Chapter 17||Expression of Baba's Love: Food for the Body and Soul||56|
|Cholkar's Unsweetened Tea|
|Chapter 18||Nana Sahib Chandorkar and Tea||59|
|Chapter 19||Baba Feeds Morsels of Food to his Devotees||61|
|Chapter 20||Jyotindra Tarked and Watermelons||63|
|Chapter 21||Rege and Bananas||66|
|Chapter 22||Baba's Unique Way of Showering his Love||67|
|Chapter 23||Baba's Love and Care for His Devotees||71|
|Chapter 24||Abdul Karim Rangari||73|
|Chapter 25||Imambhai Chota Khan||75|
|Chapter 26||Mr. Clerk||78|
|Chapter 27||Rao Bhadur S.B. Dhumal||80|
|Chapter 28||Reghvuvir Bhaskar Purandare||83|
|Chapter 29||Bapu Pradhan||87|
|Chapter 30||Nana Sahib Nimonkar||89|
|Chapter 31||Baalkrishna Waman Vaidya||92|
|Chapter 32||Ramchandra Ramkrishna Samant||95|
|Chapter 33||Baal Krishna Khaparde||97|
|Chapter 34||Vitthal N. Vaidya||98|
|Chapter 35||Nana Sahib Rasne||100|
|Chapter 36||Baba's Love for Small and Large Creatures||104|
|Chapter 37||Hazrat Durvesh Haji Mohamed Siddique Falke||107|
This book is a collection of the saying and teachings of Baba that are highlighted in the experiences of the devotees as they interacted with Him. Thought direct intervention in their lives, and the use of parables, He led them to spiritual growth. Like the caring aren't that He is, He used love and humors to help His devotees understand profound philosophical and spiritual ideas.
These id3eas were expressed in simple language, and often seen in practice in their ordinary day-to-day experiences, so that devotees were unaware that they were acquiring Buddha pathetic. Buddha is instruction, or perception, and pathetic is protocol or steps of a ritual.
Vinny Chitluri was born in Aruvankadu (Nigeria), but was educated in ablaut (Madhya Pradesh). She did her postproduction in Pediatrics from Kawaka saran Hospital, Delhi. Then she went to the U. S, passed the board examination and was conferred the ‘Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatrics'.
While in the U. S., she started thinking seriously about her karmic bonds with her family. As her father worshipped Baba, she was also able to do the same from a very young age. She has been worshipping Baba for sixty years. Her relationship with Baba is that of a ‘best friends' as He loves her no matter what she does.
She retired from the medical profession at the age of fifty and came to Shirdi in 1994 and settled there. Then she set about trying to know more about Baba. She soon realized that ‘the more she learned about Him, the more ignorant she was'. Alas, it would take her many lives to know a little about this inscrutable God. But her quest is ongoing.
Hari Sitaram Dixit or Kaka Sahib as Baba called him had a wonderful habit of keeping a diary. Many of the other devotees also did the same. Meticulously he wrote Baba's lee/as as they unfolded before him. Every letter, every note that he received from the devotees he preserved. Most importantly, he wrote Baba's words and sayings. For they give a great deal of insights into Baba's moods, like sham rage which in actuality was a blessing in disguise, and Baba's teachings.
Unfortunately, unlike Ganesh Shriknishna Khaparde he has not mentioned the dates. Nonetheless, the diary is a gem and is priceless. The leelas from his diary were published in the Sal Leela Magaine in the early I 920s. Most of the leelas given below are from his diary.
I for one thank Kaka Sahib, for enriching the lives of many devotees of Baba by his contribution of ‘The Dixit Diary'.
Especially in the parables, Baba flits from one topic to another. The English translation is nearly impossible. Since this book is about Baba's Vaani, it has been translated verbatim. Therefore, it is impossible for the English translation to do justice to the ‘sayings'. No translation can bring out the nuances of the original, and therefore the reader may find that the language does not flow naturally.
Baba when he spoke Marathi or Hindi it was colloquial, so it's even harder to write it in English. He used words like are, re and kyako, just to mention a few.
This book is a kaleidoscope of Baba's lee/as, some parables, his sayings and his bodhapaddhati. Baba had an unique way of teaching, by way of dakshina, parables and even directly.
This book is Baba's, but the imperfections are definitely mine.
Baba gave me many gifts in my life, and some of them were in the form of guardian angels. These angels helped me in many ways. Most importantly they helped me when I was writing this book. I take this opportunity to thank them from the bottom of my heart.
To Sada S Ghode, I owe a debt of gratitude for doing everything that was required to be done in this book, from searching for the descendants of Baba's bhaktas to learning the intricate computer.
Sandeep E Gondkar of Shirdi, an advocate by profession but a computer wizard, and god sent for me.
Neeta Shebde of Pune, for sending me photographs of the devotees residing in Pune so I did not have to make the trips to Pune. Sri Krishna Kapur, New Delhi whose rinanubandhic ties with me made this book possible. He helped me in innumerable ways, they are far too many to mention.
S K .Ghai of Sterling Publishers, New Delhi who treated me like a family member, and most importantly for publishing my book. I owe a debt of gratitude to Manjula S of Bangaluru, my spiritual guru. Thank you Manjula for interpreting all these difficult Sanskrit words, and parables for me.
|Leela 1:||Padmanabandra Swami from Alandi||1|
|Leela 2:||Nana's offering of puran polis to Baba||2|
|leela 3:||Baba teaches Nana the impact of speech||3|
|leela 4:||Baba comes in the form of a dog||4|
|leela 5:||Kaka drives away a dog and repents||5|
|leela 6:||Hansraj beats the cat and welts appear on Baba's back||6|
|leela 7:||Kaka Sahib prepares shira prasad for Baba||7|
|leela 8:||Bapuji Shastri Gulvi||10|
|leela 9:||Baba changes the creditor's mind||10|
|leela 10:||Baba smells the mogra||11|
|leela 11:||Shanti Kirwandikar falls in the well||12|
|leela 12:||Chidambar Keshav Gadgil pines for Baba's darshan||12|
|leela 13:||Kirtankar deserts Nana||14|
|leela 14:||Bapu Sahib Jog performs the last rites of his mother at Shirdi||15|
|Leela 15||Shankar Rao Ksheersagar gives all his money as dakshina||16|
|Leela 16||Baba reads his thoughts||16|
|Leela 17:||The yellow pitambar for his samadhi||17|
|Leela 18:||The 30th day of his mahasamadhi||17|
|Leela 19:||Ganesh Govind Narke's letter to Kaka Dixit||18|
|Leela 20:||Ya Ramdas (Come Ramdas)||18|
|Leela 21:||AppaKulkarni is charged with embezzling||20|
|Leela 22:||Kondaji Sutar's hay stack catches fire||21|
|Leela 23:||Nana Sahib Bere escapes being attacked by dacoits||23|
|Leela 24:||This devotee sends dakshina to Baba along with penalty||25|
|Leela 25:||Lakshman K Nulkar is relieved of his eye disease||27|
|Leela 26:||Mr Curtis visits Shirdi||27|
|Leela 27:||Baba asks Nana Sahib Dengle what the birds are saying||29|
|Leela 28:||Vasudev Sadashiv Joshi sees Lord Narasimha in Baba's photograph||30|
|Leela 29:||M B Rege meets his master||34|
|Leela 30:||Rege meets the divine mother Radha Krishna Mai||35|
|Leela 31:||Baba hai Dattache aayhe (Baba is Lord Dattatreya)||41|
|Leela 32:||Shantaram, Baiwant Nachne and the tiger||42|
|Leela 33:||Vishnupanth Pithale makes a pilgrimage to Shirdi||43|
|Leela 34:||The atheist ‘Keshev R Pradhan'||46|
|Leela 35:||Dev Baba alias Ananth Prabhu Walvalkar||49|
|Leela 36:||Dattatreya Deshpande Nimonkar||50|
|Leela 37:||Chottu Bhaya Parulkar receives a portrait and' padukas of Baba||51|
|Leela 38:||‘The Locket||52|
|Leela 39:||Scetadevi Ramchandra Tarkhad||53|
|Leela 40:||Baba saves Jyotindra's life in a ‘cloud burst'||56|
|Leela 41:||Baba comes in the form of a photograph to stay in the Tarkhad home||58|
|Leela 42:||Baba gives life to Malanbai||60|
|Leela 43:||Rinanubandh of a Muslim gentleman||62|
|Leela 44:||Baba comes to her home and fills her box with udi||64|
|Leela 45:||Baba Dixit and Babu Bhate were good friends||66|
|Leela 46:||Nana looks at a Muslim lady||67|
|Leela 47:||Govindpanth N Chandorkar forbids his family to have any contact with Muslims||69|
|Leela 48:||These people are walking all over me||71|
|Leela 49:||He calls Baba to save his staff from a catastrophe at work||72|
|Leela 50:||Captain Vir Hate gets his rupee blessed by Baba||73|
|Leela 51:||Baba rescues Captain Daruwalla from the enemy attack||75|
|Leela 52:||This lady from Poona wishes to get a coconut from Baba||76|
|Leela 53:||Baba restores the eye sight of Vitthal's grandfather||77|
|Leela 54:||Chandrabai Borker was devoted to Baba||80|
|Leela 55:||She was a sister of mine for seven births||83|
|Leela 56:||Nana Sahib Chandorkar's son's wedding in Gwalior||84|
|Leela 57:||Kaka Dint extends monetary help to a friend||85|
|Leela 58:||The ‘bhils' are afraid of the fakir||86|
|Leela 59:||The avaricious bhajan mandali from Madras||87|
|Leela 60:||Baba appears in the glass of alcohol as a warning||88|
|Leela 61:||Baba's udi saves the life of both mother and child||90|
|Leela 62:||Dr Talvalkar treats a fatal disease with udi and plain water||91|
|Leela 63:||Kavaji Patil does not heed Baba's advice and disaster strikes||93|
|Leela 64:||Baba makes Agul Karim Khan stay at Shirdi for 10 days||94|
|Leela 65:||Ganpat Rao Bodas of the kirloskar natak mandali visits Shirdi||96|
|Leela 66:||Bai Sahib of Baroda visits Shirdi||98|
|Leela 67:||Some insights on Baba given by M B Rege||98|
|Leela 68:||Shyamrao Jayker's portrait of Baba in Dwaraka Mai||100|
|Leela 69:||Dr Keshev B Gavankar gives interesting insights on Baba||101|
|Leela 70:||Raghuvir Bhaskar Purandhare||107|
|Leela 71:||Baba's ‘rahem nazar' breathes life into a dead man||111|
|Leela 72:||Shri Sai Baba Mandir Trust — Kohrale||113|
|Leela 73:||Madhavnath Maharaj||115|
|Leela 74:||The packet of udi turns into bhukka of Pandharpur||116|
|Leela 75:||Mahali loved Baba passionately||120|
|Leela 76:||Baba chi Vaishvadev chi shikvan (Baba teaches appeasement of Vaishvadev or agm or fire)||122|
|Leela 77:||A devotee named Prabhu takes a photograph of Baba|
|Leela 78:||Drop the wall, and that's enough||122|
|Leela 79:||Baba asks Ghaisis for bhiksha of 53 rupees||123|
|Leela 80:||Vakthirek Gyan||124|
|Leela 81:||Sagunmeru Naik||125|
|Leela 82:||Vaman Chintaman Mukhe||128|
|Leela 83:||Baba goes to Ruigaon occasionally||131|
|Leela 85:||Baba asks Butti to get 161/2 rupees as dakshina from Dixit||142|
|Leela 86:||Dinkar Mahadev Sapatnekar||144|
|Leela 87:||Dr Keshev Bhagvan Gavankar||146|
|Leela 88:||The experiences of Krishna Rao Naryana Parulkar||152|
|Leela 89:||Sadashiv Naik's mother attends Bapu's wedding||153|
|Leela 90:||Baba sends a photograph of his to Sadu Bhayia||154|
|Leela 91:||There is an epidemic of plague in Harda||155|
|Leela 92:||Nana Sahib Chandorkar's udi box||156|
|Leela 93:||Silver padukas||157|
|Leela 94:||Silver padukas with chatri||157|
|Leela 95:||Baha's leelas on death and resurrection||158|
|Leela 96:||Let the boy depart, don't stand in his way||160|
|Leela 97:||Shri Bapu Vaidya offers unripe green Alfanso mangoes to Baba||162|
|Leela 98:||Baba sends Balaram to Machindragad||163|
Item Code: NAK409 Author: Vinny Chitluri Cover: Paperback Publisher: Sterling Paperbacks Language: English Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 711 (334 Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 1.0 kg
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