ASHADI CELEBRATIONS - 4th DAY
Summary of the 4th day....
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Devotees from the USA sang bhajans this morning. In the evening, the
Balvikas children and youth from Mumbai presented a drama. Bhagavan
arrived at five minutes to four and came onstage after His darshan round
to begin the proceedings at 4.15 pm. The musical was based on the life
of the saint Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon. After the hour-long
performance, Swami went down from the stage for group photographs with
them. When He returned onstage, prasadam was distributed and Arati was
Ashadi Ekadashi: "Sant Gajanan Maharaj"- Musical Ballet - 4th July
Sant Gajanan Maharaj
...a musical ballet on the life of Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj
July 04, 2009
“Maharashtra is rich with Gaatha of Bhakthi”, echoed the Balvikas
Children during the previous day’s cultural programme titled,
Maharashtra Bhakti Gaatha.
With her rich spiritual tradition, by virtue of being the birth land of
many an illustrious spiritual giant, the state of Maharashtra brings to
introduce glorious illustrious lives of great saints and sages belongs
to the land, every year during the Ashadi celebrations, in the immediate
Divine presence of Bhagawan.
On the 4th evening, marking the Grand Finale of the three day
celebrations, the Bal Vikas children from the satellite city of Navi
Mumbai presented a scintillating Musical Ballet on the life of Shri Sant
A number of glorified saints have made Maharashtra, a “Sant Bhoomi” and
one such highly revered and largely worshipped saint was Sant Gajanan
Maharaj of Shegaon, who was a contemporary of Bhagawan’s previous
incarnation at Shirdi.
Shri Gajanan Maharaj first appeared at Shegaon on the 23rd February,
1878, as a young lad. He was spotted by one Bankatlal while eating waste
food from a public dustbin.
Thereafter, the Maharaj remained in public life for 32 long years,
teaching humanity, often correcting their follies, transforming them
through miraculous acts. Das Ganu Maharaj, who has authored Shirdi Sai
Satcharita, the life and teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi, has also
chronicled a biographic poetry of the great saint, titled Pothi.
Sai Kulwant was resonating the beauty of the mysterious mantra, “Gani
Gana Ganath Bothey”, that used to be the constant companion of the great
saint. Completely oblivious of his surroundings, the saint would lie
down anywhere, eat anything, and wear any piece of cloth, while
preaching to see and seek God in everything.
The musical ballet commences with a narration by Das Ganu, expressing
grateful thanks for the “yet another” opportunity granted, to have His
holy darshan, after having blessed to be with the previous incarnation
The narrator often appears during interludes talking of the
greater glory of the saint, mixing the same with the greater import his
life and teachings signified, often talking from a spiritual
Bankatlal, who spots the saint eating leftovers abandoned on the road
side, growing inquisitive, questions the saint about his identity.
Retorting to the layman, bouncing back with the question with an advice
to ask “who am I” before asking such foolish questions, the Maharaj
blurts out into a ‘discourse’ talking on the principle of Self.
Interesting anecdotes from his illustrious life were shown depicting the
transformation he brought about in individuals bringing in societal
In an interesting incident showing his mysterious ways of bringing in
transformation, the Maharaj entered a village asking for a pot-full of
water to quench his thirst.
Enraged at the severe drought that hit the village very badly, with the
only well in the village going dry for almost twelve years, the villager
showered abusive words at the saint asking him to work hard to
understand the pain and suffering of the villagers.
Nonchalant, still showing greater concern, he reached out the ultimate
refuge with his sincere prayers. …And yet another miracle! The well that
had gone dry for twelve years overflowed to the astonishment of the
innocent villagers bringing in greater transformation in them.
Faith sprung the villager’s heart and repenting for his infantile
outburst, the villager promised to use the Maharaj’s name as a sword to
preach goodness and godliness. …and the village erupted in joy, singing,
“Jai Ho…Jai Ho…Gajaanan Maharaj…”
In two incidents, the Maharaj showed his spiritual powers to bestow the
boon of liberation on his chosen disciples, Bhaskar followed by
Peetambhar. When Bhaskar was bitten by a rabi dog and defying all
suggestions to go to a doctor, Bhaskar sought to come to his Master.
The Master, pleased with his faith and devotion granted him two more
months of life after which he would be liberated. Taking the disciple to
Trimbakeshwar, the seat of one of the twelve Jyothirlingas, the Guru
asked the disciple to sit facing east, to meditate and amidst the
chanting of “Vittala..Vittla” sent his disciple to the world of absolute
In another incident, another celebrated disciple Peetambhar was ordained
to leave his village to spread the message of his Guru. Entering into a
village, Kondoli, Peetambhar was bit puzzled as to where he would take
rest. Finally seeing a dried up tree, he decided to take shelter on the
same. Passerby villagers, having seen the odd sight, doubted the
integrity of Peetambhar, calling him names and asked to surrender all
his belongings. In vain attempt to prove his identity, he was challenged
by the villagers to prove his identity beyond doubts by bringing back
the dead tree into life. The simpleton in Peetambhar expressed his
inability to do so, but prayed to his Master to save his name which was
at stake. …and there bloomed yet another miracle! The dead tree came
back to life and the villagers turned into devotees.
A self styled Brahmajnani, who out of his folly and arrogance,
completely hypocritical was exposed by the Maharaj, guiding him to lead
a life adhered to principles. Though the hypocrite dared to insult him,
dared to call him names, the Maharaj was ever the cool compassionate
persona, his original self.
The master spoke about the three paths leading to liberation, namely,
karma, bhakti and jnana.Visiting an evolved soul in neighboring village,
he would often get into spiritual discussions and even advised the
householder devotee, who was very much evolved, that, despite following
grihastha dharma one could still reach the exalted state of spiritual
“Recite the Name and the Named will be before you” was one of the
slogans adorning the Sai Kulwant Hall, depicting the greater
significance of Namasmarana. True to this saying, the parting scene of
the musical ballet saw the Lord of Pandharpur appearing before the great
Maharaj in response to his heartfelt yearning. Reaching out Pandharpur,
the Maharaj prayed to the Lord that he had done his part of duty
successfully that now he should be allowed to return to the Lord during
the auspicious month of Bhadrapad. The Lord was happy to grand this
boon. But, Lord Vittala had a desire to be fulfilled in turn from the
devotee. He wanted the Maharaj to sing with Him “Gani Gana Ganath Bothey…”
Despite the villager’s grievances at the Master’s proposed parting, the
Master convinced the devotees with his usual discourses making them
spiritually aware that he would be always be with them and there was no
birth and death for an immortal soul.
The participants joined in chorus to sing the glory of Lord Sai, whom
they hailed as Siddhi Raja, Siddhi Rupa, Siddhi Pradaya, Siddhi Sankalpa,
Yogeshwra, Yogendra Vandita, all in ONE.
The Youth team members from the state had an opportunity to show
Bhagawan a presentation on the various Youth Awareness programmes
conducted across the state. They also detailed Bhagawan as to what
entailed in the service activities for the 114 adopted villages in the
state. In a village where drinking water facility was scarce, getting
potable water once in seven days, Sai Organisational units initiated
sending drinking water; taking a cue from this noble deed, some other
organizations also joined the activity making it a full week drinking
water scheme, much to the joy of the villagers. Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation’s (Maharashtra) upcoming website was also shown to Bhagawan
seeking His Divine Blessings.
Delighting the jam packed audience, the 132 participants (72 boys and 54
girls) and the entire Maharashtra contingent, Bhagawan moved down to the
first block, granting paadanamskars and a coveted photo session to the
participants. Prasadam was distributed and Arathi was offered at 5:30
p.m. before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram.
Still, the mysterious Mantra, the eternal companion of the great Master,
“Gani Gana Ganath Bothey” was ringing in many ears, bringing in a
soothing spiritual evolution revealing the truth that Ekoham Bahusyam,
the One willed to become many...The Atma is one and one alone, that
originated from the Paramatma…
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