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Saturday, 7 July 2012

The Eminence and the Glory of the Sadguru

ll Avadhoot Chintan Shreegurudevadatta ll

ll Om Namashchandikayaee ll


All other gods are illusory, unreal; the Guru alone is the God Eternal. Once you repose your faith in him, he will help you overcome even the pre-destined.
                                                                        - Shri Saisaccharit (Chapter 10 Verse 4)

The Shreesaisachcharit holds ever so many verses that sing the glories of the Sadguru! But this one has been and will always be close to my heart. It is the one that fills my heart. In this one single verse, Hemadpant highlights the importance of the 'Charan', the Feet of the Sadguru. The bhakta ought to repose firm faith and trust in the Sadguru. Yes certainly but what exactly do these words imply? Where exactly does he submit and offer his faith and trust? This is the verse that answers these questions.

Hemadpant shares with us, his own special moment of grace -


Chapter 2 Verse 140
I was blessed, I experienced the touch of Sai’s Feet,
And His words of care, concern and love
That was the moment, the moment of the ultimate fulfillment; life struck the point of pinnacle
That moment on life was new.

I can say the same. On the day of the Gurupournima of 1997 I did the 'padyapoojan' (the poojan of the Feet) of my Sadguru, Parampujya Bapu (Aniruddhasinh). That was the ultimate fulfillment of life, where life reached the point of pinnacle and yes indeed this moment marked 'a new beginning', in fact 'the beginning of a new life'. That my Sadguru gave to me the opportunity to offer the 'padyapoojan' after my Dada, is pure love, sheer compassion on His part. And today as we celebrate the Gurupournima, I am reliving that special moment. 

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On Bapu's (Aniruddhasinh) instruction, my father gave to me as the 'guru mantra', verse 152 of the 11th chapter of the Shree Saisachcharit.


Chapter 11 Verse 152
All your desires, even the unusual will be fulfilled
And thus ultimately rendered contented and free of them
You will attain to the state of intimacy with the Sadguru-parmatma – every moment and forever
And so the Ram-parmatma will make your heart His abode – every moment and forever.
This was what Sainath had to say about the tunnel under the Neem tree:
This is my Guru’s seat, my most sacred legacy
 
He then got the 'paduka' of Shree Akkalkot Swami installed close to this very place at the foot of the Neem tree (the Gurusthaan)

On the occasion of the Gurupournima, I would like to share a few of my favourite verses that sing the glories of the Sadguru.
- Shri Saisaccharit (Chapter 1 Verse 57)

With devotion, offer at the Sadguru’s at the Sadguru’s feet your body, mind, worldly wealth, - everything, and dedicate your entire life in the service of the guru.


Gurupournima 2012 Part - 2

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Parampujya Aniruddha Bapu, Nandai and Suchitdada's
Aukshan performed by Bhakta's

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Parampujya Aniruddha Bapu, Nandai and Suchitdada's
Aukshan performed by Bhakta's
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Arraival of Parampujya Bapu with Nandai, Suchitdada at Shree Harigurugram

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Arraival of Parampujya Bapu with Nandai, Suchitdada at Shree Harigurugram

Gurupournima 2012 Photos