Shivaji B.Jadhav the man behind "Sri Sathya Sai
Pandurang Kshetra" gives a brief interview to ChemburDust.
When humility is given a name and form it would almost end up as "Shivaji
B. Jadhav", whose dream-come-true Project is Sri Sathya Sai
Pandurang Kshetra, the name on the lips of every Sai devotee in
Maharashtra these days.
Overawed by the postings of the pix of the amazing structure in
picturesque location in Hadshi near Lonavla, Our team with journo
reflexes set out on 19th Oct 09,in search of the man behind "Sri
Sathya Sai Pandurang Kshetra" - Mr.Shivaji B.Jadhav to get the story
straight from the 'horses mouth'.
We landed there after circum-ambulating the Pauna dam to figure out
this structure playing truant tucked away in a corner, on the lap of
western ghats, about an hour from Lonavla.
On finding an active worker flitting around with labourers, we
stopped and asked him whether he knows where Mr.Jadhav was. And the
reply shocked us rudely, though we managed to hide. "I am the Jadhav
you are searching." The man who bought and dedicated acres of land
for this amazing temple with sprawling lawns, looked maha-simple
merging with the labourers around.
Our cunning Metro-mind emitted signals of disbelief. And demanded
his visiting card, for a micro- due diligence. Simplicity seemed
to be in his DNA as we discovered, when he introduced his brother,
another simpleton bowing in respect standing next to him.
'Pure Love with Simplicity' is a deadly combo that can win over the
world hands down. Somehow the world seems to miss the message though
God sent one Mohandas, looking like Ben Kingsley a few decades back
Though we are not from the real journo clan, to get the right bytes
and present professionally, we tried to put our best foot forward.
After enquiring about our Seva Activities, Jadhav ji
enthusiastically fielded our questions, while our jaws dropped on
hearing in seriatum how our good Lord guided him in every step.
Now excerpts from his exclusive interview to us-
After acquiring the huge acres of land in Hadshi in 2002, he asked
Baba for guidance to build a temple. And got the divine sanction.
Baba Himself named it as Pandurang Kshetra and approved the Plan of
By July 2003 the temple was completed with huge sprawling lawn
overlooking the expanse of water down below, as though in perennial
'house arrest' by Pauna dam.
When we looked around, it looked like- Nature was in her bridal
make-up. (as though unblemished by our city Parlours' over-dos who
'charge' to spoil the gals' graceful looks!)
Nature in bridal make-up in Hadshi... Sri Sathya Sai Pandurang
In Mar 2004, Jadhavs invited Swami to inaugurate. But one more
lesson was to be taught through Jadhav ji to the world by our good
Lord- i.e Patience with Grace. Another combo pack that can
singularly elevate a human soul to great heights. We badly need this
lesson at a time, when instant gratification has become the norm. In
fact, we don't spare even God. Prayers are constructed as 'deals'.
Any delay is a deal-breaker. Proof List of Man-forsaken Gods -
Tried,. Tested, .Dropped.
Patience is almost a forgotten virtue now. And
here is our Jadhav ji, who built an amazing temple with Crores and
waited. Listening to divine whispers "Wait.Wait" as Mantra and
turning the entire 'Waiting' itself as 'Tapasya'.
And the Tapasya shall be yielding the fruits. After 6 long years.
Precisely in the year 2009. More Precisely on 28th Oct. 11.30 am
Yes. End of Tapasya, Baba confirmed He would be coming down to His
Bhakta. To do the Murthi Sthapana in the Mandir, Himself.
We, the Metro-Spirituals learnt a lot. Jadhav's Simplicity,
Patience, Unassuming demenour And above all humility with which he
carried himself, despite completing the massive project with his own
funds and dedicating to mankind.
But the Kshetra is not to merely visit like any picnic spot around.
But to capture the subtle vibes that carry the virtues of Jadhavs
blessed by Baba by His divine presence, in silent meditation.
With many labourers around seeking his guidance, we couldn't hold
Jadhav ji for long. Heavy hearted, we left. Promising to come back
again on 28th Oct, as he gave us the formal invitation to be given
to our readers.
(Program details pasted below)
So here we go on our next steps.... Out team has been into overnight
meditation in Dharmakshetra and in Palasdhari in the past. Now we
shall formalise and launch it as - "Sri Sathya Sai Sampoorna Rathri
Dhyan Sadhana" as individual sadhana to silently meditate overnight
on outside lawns around Pandurang Kshetra on 28th Night with the
Divine Presence in the Kshetra. And follow it up regularly
thereafter in various other places of divine vibes. In low key
without fanfare. To learn to sink in oblivion and vanish as dust.
(Chembur Dust that is...)
Come. Join the new experiments with divine Love.
With humble Salutations to Jadhavs of Pandurang
Program details given by Mr.Jadhav to us: (as per Printed
Wed 28th Oct 09
11.30 am Arrival of Bhagwan Baba at the venue (Sri Sathya Sai
Welcome Procession of Dindi from Ganesha Temple to Baba Niwas
02.00 pm Maha Prasad
05.00 pm Darshan
Thursday 29th Oct 09
09.00 am Murthi Sthapana and Pranprathistha of Lord Siddhivinayak,
Sri Vittal Rukmini and Sri Shirdi Sai Baba by Bhagwan Baba
05.00 pm Divine Discourse by Bhagwan Baba
Friday 30 Oct 09
09.00 am Darshan
05.00 pm Cultural Program
Saturday 31st Oct 09
09.00 am Departure of Pandurangkshetra to Dharmakshetra, Mumbai
Address of the venue:
Sri Sathya Sai Pandurang Kshetra
At: Hadshi, Post: Kashig