SAMARTHA AND SAI
the grace heritage of Dattatreya Parampara, many noble Satpurushas
have appeared, may not all be the incarnations of Dattatreya Mahaprabhu;
but evidently they are all of the divine grace and belong to the
serene Datta Sampradaya Sadgurus, Spiritual Masters.
From the highest spiritual potential, all
these Satpurushas have come on the earth only with one
fundamental aim and goal, the pure and pious deed, to uplift
Grant salvation to the beings, rescue
them, favour boons, help them all with one intention to move them
all towards Divinity, the Supreme by righteous way.
Amongst these very noble ones Shirdi Sai
Baba too has the same honour, high respect and considered, the
blessed ones of Shri Datta Mahaprabhu incarnation as
In His life story, the various worthy
incidents pinpoint and direct towards a potent attribution that
Baba is a divine Satpurush, can
overwhemingly grace Him as the one who followed and
propagated Datta Mahaprabhu Parampara, can quote as Datta Avatar too, as
Baba really is at that level of spiritual height.
In the life story of Baba, very prominent
salient incidents corelate Him to Datta Mahaprabhu showing
apparently the oneness with Avatar.
In Sai Baba’s Samadhi Mandir, in
the early morning (Kakad Aarati)
Jaydev Jaydev Datta Avadhoota !
Sai Avadhoota !! is recited, sung in adoration.
And Aisa Yei Ba Sai Digambara !
Akshayroopa Avatara !! Sarvahee Vyapak Tu !!!
Shrutisara ! Anasuya Atri Kumara !!
Aarati praying appraisal Sai, You are Digambara !
Eternal Avatar !! Pervading entire cosmos !!!
Essence of Shruti all !!!!
Anasuya - Atri’s graceful son
You Sai, Sai Avadhoota, Datta Avadhoota. The very
noble worship recitation Na Datta Guru Sai Ma ! Majavari
Kadhihi Ruso !!
You Sai, Datta Guru, Sai, You Mata,
Never get angry on me, Guru.
Sai Baba always asserted Jaya Mani
Jaisa Bhava, Taya Taisa Anubhav.
The feeling as such in mind, same the
experience of that kind. The installation of Padukas in
Shirdi is a vivid example of indicating Sai Baba the very
incarnation of Datta Mahaprabhu.
In 1834 shaka, year 1912, Dr.
Ramrao Kothare came to Shirdi along with his compounder and friend
Bhai Krishnaji Alibagkar. They, after taking Darshan of Sai
Baba, stayed for days there. They became intimate with Sagun Meru
Naik and G. K. Dixit, devotees had the same feeling and concern
and were very much interested in one thing, that to install Sai
Baba’s Padukas in Shirdi as a memory of Baba’s coming
to Shirdi. When informed, Dr. Kothare came to Shirdi, drew a
sketch of Padukas. Upasani Maharaj decored the
design with addition of lotuses and flowers, a counch symbol of
good omen, disc showing the excellence of Vishnu, all in all the
very grace of Padukas to be felt and adored. A shloka
in Sanskrit depicting the Yogic powers of Baba was
inscribed. The glorious verse is.....
Sada Nimbavrikshasya Mooladhivasat
Sudhasravinum Tiktamapyapriyam Tam
Tarum Kalpavrikshadhikam Sadhayantam
Namamishwaram Sadgurum Sainatham
Sainath, every potent under the sacred
Neem tree, Sai, we bow to You in devotion at Your Feet free the
Neem, the Amrit, the nectar, the Kalpavriksha, the
esteem, the aspirant, Bhakta’s Suraksha.
Here a comparison of similarity and
oneness of Shri Swami Samartha and Sai Baba can be
visualised. Swami Samartha declared Datta Nagar Mool
Purush, Vadache Zad Vishesh ! Satya Tethe Amucha Vas !
Mani Sanshayas Na Aanave. Sai too graced and appraised glory
of Neem tree to be the blessed place for installation of Lord’s
The Padukas made in Mumbai were
brought by the compounder to Shirdi. Permission and blessing of
Sai Baba was sought. Baba agreed and instructed, the Padukas
to be installed under the Neem tree. On the Pournima day,
G. K. Dixit holding Padukas on his head taken from Khandoba temple
to the Neem tree in a grand procession. Baba touched the Padukas
saying - ‘‘Padukas are the grace of
The expenditure for the installation of Padukas
was done by the money sent by one Parsi devotee Pasta Shet of
Mumbai. Dr. Kothare sent money every month for lighting the lamp
and making railing around the Padukas.
The daily Pooja was performed by G.
K. Dixit for first five years, then Laxman Kasheshwar Jakhadi,
Nana Pujari continued. Sagun Meru Naik offered Naivedya and
looked after the up keeping of Padukas.
The devotee of Akkalkot Maharaj Swami Samartha
thought of going to Akkalkot to have Darshan of Swamiji’s
Padukas. In the dream Swamiji appeared instructing
him - ‘‘You need not go to Akkalkot; now I am in
Shirdi.’’ So, Bhai Krishnaji reached Shirdi and had Darshan
of his mentor, his perceptor Swami Samartha, the great Sai
Baba. He discussed and with consent of Dixit, Upasani Maharaj and
the permission from Baba, the installation of Padukas was
thought off first. He was the promotor for installing Padukas.
Bhai expressed his desire to go to
Akkalkot after Padukas were installed, Baba asked him,
‘‘Why you want to go there; the incumbent Maharaj of
Akkalkot Swami Samartha is here !’’ This shows the
very truth of Datta Avatar, glory of adoration of Padukas,
the adherence and honour of Paduka Pooja in Datta Sampradaya.
Sai, the very incarnation, agreed for the installation of Padukas
and even told them all, the Padukas are the grace of the
Lord Sai Baba followed Datta Sampradaya and flourished it
through His teachings and making the people aware of the
potentiality of Sampradaya. When He declared, Swami
Samartha is very much potent in Shirdi, indicating, Baba the
incarnation of Datta Mahaprabhu. The direction of Swami
Samartha to Bhai Krishnaji for Him to worship Him in Shirdi, the Swami
Samartha Avatar of Shri Narasimha Saraswati as such
conveying the divine entity of Sai Baba in par of Shri
A very close similarities can be seen and
realised between Shri Swami Samartha and Sai Baba. Swami
Samartha blessed to Janabai, a harijan aspirant, the darshan
of God Vitthal. Janabai, a regular Varkari of Pandharpur,
could not go to Pandhari from Mangalvedha. It started raining very
heavily blocking the way and made difficult to proceed. Janabai
with utter devotion chanting the name of Vitthal, Vitthal as such
struggled to proceed.
She afraid of not making her trip to
Pandhari was in great distress. She saw Swamiji sitting
under the tree in peace and calm. The rain had momentarily
stopped. Janabai rushed to Swamiji and prostrated in front
of Swamiji. Swamiji said to her ‘‘Jani, open
your eyes and see now !’’ Jani opened her eyes and she
saw the wonderful Vithuraya. Standing in front of her, Oh !
she was so happy and cried in joy. She could make her trip to have
Darshan of God Vitthal, all the mercy of Swami
In the same token of grace Sai too
blessed, Goulibua, a Varkari of Pandhari. Every year he did
Vari, trip to Pandharpur and came to Shirdi to have Darshan
of Sai Baba, all the way singing the glory of Sai. Goulibua always
used to exclaim Sai is Pandharinath Vitthal, the Lord of
poor and all. Sai Baba always said, ‘‘Allah Malik’’.
And many a times made continuous chanting and singing of Lord’s
name for seven days Namasaptaha. Sai Baba once told Dasganu
Maharaj to perform Namasaptaha of Vitthal. Dasganu Maharaj
said, ‘‘Yes Baba, I will do Namsaptaha, provided Baba,
You assure, Lord Vitthal should appear at the 7th end day of Namasaptaha.
Sai Baba said to Dasganu Maharaj,
‘‘Ganu, the devotee must be devout and earnest, Vithuraya
will manifest.’’ Sai Baba placed His hand on his head and
blessed Dasganu, could have the divine vision of Pandurang
Vitthal. Kakasaheb Dixit had a vision of Vitthal, when he prayed
that day and Sai asked him at noon time, ‘‘Did Vitthal Patil
come ? Follow Him; otherwise you won’t get Him.’’ Dixit
saw a picture of Vitthal in the afternoon and the picture of
Vitthal and what he had seen in the vision was similar.
Bhagvantrao Kshirsagar, a Varkari of Pandhari, when came to
Shirdi, Sai reminded him of his father’s devotion and worship
and how he has forgotten to offer Naivedya. Bhagvantrao
realised his mistake and offer his pure devotion to Baba.
Dasganu Maharaj thought of going to
Prayag for holy dip in the Sangam of Ganga and Yamuna. When
he asked permission of Baba, Baba said, ‘‘Why you want to go
there; Here, here is your Prayag !’’ Dasganu placed his
head at the Feet of Baba; he could feel and experience that bliss
of Ganga and Yamuna overflowing from the toes of Sai Baba. Dasganu
burst out in adoration and sang in priase of Baba. This is how
Baba by His divinity blessed Dasganu, Bhagavantrao and Kakasaheb
Dixit as Swami Samartha only indicating the similarity and
also both are one and one only.
The incident of smoking Chillum is
also similar with
reference to Sai Baba. In the year 1779, Ashvin Shukla, Wednesday,
Swami Samartha in Khandoba temple, sat in meditation
without any food as such fasting for three days. Ahmad Ali Khan,
the Risaldar (Shirastedar) of the area, when came to
see Him, he there, for fun sake, asked Swami to smoke the
empty Chillum. Swami took the empty Chillum
and started smoking, the smoke coming out of the empty Chillum
shocked the Risaldar and he spread the event gracefully
appraising Swami Samartha.
When Chand Patil was searching for his
mare, he saw the Fakir sitting nearby. The Fakir
heard to him and told him to search for his horse in the Nala
sideby. Then, striking the floor with his Satka, Fakir
could light up the Chillum. Fakir offered Chillum
to Chand Patil. Sai, doing this, is as such so similar to Swami
Samartha. Evidential show to all in a way dictating the people to
follow the direction of divinity. Chand Patil saw the Fakir
striking the prong on the floor, and could get a live coal and
another hit water oozed out, so the pipe was lit and to wet to Chappi,
water was provided. The queer Fakir invited Chand Patil to
have a smoke. Chand Patil, accepting the invitation joined the Fakir.
Chand Patil now realized the Fakir is not an ordinary
person; but a saint and an Aauliya. The incidents are so
similar showing the divinity of both the great ones. What Swami
Samartha had declared, I will be in Shirdi now on wards, is so
authentic and true. The parallel similarities between these two
glorious Avatar Purushas
are very graceful indicating they are the very incarnations
of Datta Mahaprabhu.
Swami Samartha once directed
Cholappa to tread on the bed of the cactus tree. He, a true
devotee, at once walked with no hesitation. He felt as if he was
walking on the soft grass patch. The true devotion and firm faith
of him as such set him alright.
Sai Baba once told Madhavrao Deshpande to
bring the axe to slain the goat. Shama went in search of it and
did not come for a while. Sai then called Kakasaheb Dixit and
ordered him to strike the goat with the axe. Kaka took the axe
(big knife) and was ready to strike. Baba then asked, Are !
Chi Chi, You, a brahmin, you are ready to kill the goat ?’’
Kaka said, ‘‘You are our Deva, God. Whatever You say it
is Agnya for us all, Baba ! We will do anything, when
You order, Baba !’’
In the above incidents too, the direction
and the feeling of both the Satprushas is only to test the
will and faith of the devotees as such to guide them further to
We read the story of Mr. Gopal Narayan
Ambadekar in the Shri Sai Satcharita. He got frustrated in not
getting the job, suffered a lot and did come to Shirdi every year
for seven years, he put his grievance to Baba and in 1916 finally
decided to commit suicide in Shirdi.
He came with his wife to Shirdi and stayed
for months. One night he decided, the time has come, I should
commit suicide; so he choose to jump in the well close by. The
hotel owner Mr. Sagun assorted him other way and Mr. Sagun gave
him a Akkalkot Maharaj’s life story book to read.
Gopal started reading the book and in that
book the narration of a devotee who underwent the same tyranny as
of him, who also decided to commit suicide. At that time Swami
Samartha rescued him, when he fell in the well, telling him, you
have to answer and pay for your past deeds, Prarabdha;
suicide does not help; you won’t be free from this suffering at
all; suicide is not the liberation. You have to face and complete
your obligation; then only one will be free from the past deeds.
If you end your life now, you may have to take another birth and
suffer again to finish the sin of the past deeds. Gopalrao now
realized, what Sai Baba really meant and why He was not bothered
to consider his grievances.
Gopalrao’s father was the ardent devotee
of Akkalkot’s Maharaj and Sai Baba wanted him to follow
Sai Baba thus guided him rightly and then
he studied astrology; he became proficient and lived comfortably
all his remaining life.
In this evidential incident too, the
greatness of both Swami Samartha and Sai Baba is well
illustrated indicating the divinity of them as the incarnation of
Lord Datta Mahaprabhu.
Swami Samartha by His divine power
made the gentleman alright by just moving His hand on his stomach.
Sai Baba too by His Udi made many
alright. The similarity between two of them is so evident that the
compassionate flow from these Satpurushas is really the
blessing to materialistic world.
Swami Samartha blessed the European
Engineer of Solapur who had come to Swami Samartha for
getting hopefully a son. Swami just gazed at him and said,
‘‘You will have a son within a year.’’ He became the proud
father of a lovely son.
Sai Baba blessed a devotee like this. A
lady from Solapur Mrs. Aurangabadkar had no issue for 27 years.
She came to Shirdi to get blessed by Baba. She requested Shama to
intercede with Baba. Shama suggested her to sit with a coconut and
joss sticks and wait, Shama would call her after Baba’s meals
she should come up.
Baba, after dinner, sat and Shama was
massaging Baba’s hands and legs, gazing at Baba intently. Baba
knowing well, pinched Shama’s cheeks and asked, what is in his
mind ? Shama beckoned Mrs. Aurangabadkar to come and bow to
Baba. She offered coconut, and waited. Baba shook the coconut and
the kernel inside the coconut rolled with noise. Baba asked Shama,
‘‘This is rolling. What it says, Shama ?’’ Shama
said, ‘‘Deva, she prays that she should be blessed with
Baba asked ‘‘Will the coconut give an
issue ?’’ Shama said, ‘‘Deva, with Your blessing she
will definitely.’’ Baba smiled and said, ‘‘Ok, she will
have an issue within a year.’’ She did deliver a son within
that year and Aurangabadkar family donated Rs. 500/- for
constructing Shyamkarna’s stable.
Both the Satpurushas blessed the
devotees almost in the same way and gave the candid proof of
similarity of these two different just in physical forms, one in
the Atma Swaroop,
one in the graceful Paramatma Swaroop, Dattatreya Mahaprabhu.
Swami Samartha making the jewish eye doctor to realize the
sanctity of noble medical profession to be void of ego, pride and
self appraisal. A Doctor friend devotee of Shri Rama and was
unwilling to bow to Baba. The Mamlatdar brought his friend
to Baba who had told that he won’t bow to a Mohamadian. When
they reached, the doctor prostrated in front of Baba saying, He
cannot be a Mohamadian. He is great Satpurush, Shri Ramavatar
only. The doctor fasted for days with intention of to be called by
Baba. Then he went to Masjid with his friend from Khandesh,
when Baba asked if any one called him to come to Masjid. He
realized the omnipresence of Baba and after getting blessed
returned to his native place. The incidents are similar, the
teaching from the Masters not to be proud of self, do not have ego
and Ahankar. Have firm faith in Guru, the life will
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