Thursday, January 15, 2009

Unique relation of Sai Baba and His Bhakt Gawankar.

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 9:20 AM
Dear Devotees
Happy Thursday To all happy Baba's day to all ..
I wished to write about this great person/devotee of baba from very long but for some or the reason it was not coming up .As per Baba’s wish today I got HIS blessing to write.Baba loved Him and He was very special to Baba . He was Keshav M. Gawankar .He lived with his parents in Bombay.

When he was 7 years old, he was seriously ill with 'nava jwara' (fever). All kinds of treatments and remedies were tried, but of no avail. The fever was relentless and his chest was congested and full of fluid and puss. He hovered at death's door.

A devotee called Galwankar (Dhabolkar's son in law) lived close by, he advised his parents to pray to Baba and make a vow. His aunt who was nearby vowed to Baba that they would go to Shirdi with pedhas if her nephew recovered.

Gawankar Early next morning, the parents noticed that the fever had come down, and there was a tiny hole in the chest below the nipple. From this hole puss and fluid was oozing out. A few hours later the doctor came to see the patient and was astounded to see him recovering. The doctor prescribed some medicines and left. He recovered good health in a few days but a tiny scar was present on his chest.

Five years later in 1918 when Keshav was 12 years, and studying in Marathi school Standard V they went to Shirdi. He, his parents and aunt went to Dwarakamai took Baba's darshan and handed Him a packet of pedhas. Baba took the packet of pedhas and gave six pedhas to Keshav and ate the rest.
Shama who was standing nearby said "What is this Deva, you are eating all the pedhas?" Baba pointing to his aunt said "She kept Me hungry for five years".

Then He made Keshav sit nearby and lovingly passed His handover his back. Baba then asked Keshav for Dakshina of two paise.

Keshav didn't understand what was happening ,so Shama interjected and said "Keshav Rao just say; Baba I offered the Dakshina and You accepted it" Baba agreed and as Keshav said this Baba took off His Kafni and gave it to Keshav.

Shama again interceded on Keshav's behalf saying "Baba Keshav is too young to accept Your Maha Prasad (Kafni) let me keep it for him till he becomes: a little older and mature. Then I will hand it over to him, Deva". Baba agreed again. So Shama preserved the Kafni with tender loving care and gave it to him at an appropriate time.

When the family was ready for departure every one stood up and did Namaskar by folding their hands. Keshav also did the same. Baba looked at Keshav and beckoned him to come near ,then Baba held his hand gently pulling him to be seated. As soon as Keshav sat nearby Baba swiftly slapped him across his cheek. Keshav's head reeled and he saw stars. His whole body started quivering and shaking and this lasted for a few hours.

Then catching hold of his shendy (tuft of hair). He pulled his head and placed it on His feet. Baba then applied Udi to his forehead and gave him a palmfull saying "Jao beta Allah bhala karega" (Go My son Allah will do good).

Keshav's Moksha Guru was Triambak Vittal Samanth (Bahu Maharaj) who visited Shirdi in 1914 and had given Baba Rs.2/ dakshina. Baba then demanded two more rupees and said "I will send one of my sons to you" (Keshav).

Under his Guru's grace Kehav studied religious books, academically he became a doctor and began to prosper. But he did not forget Baba. He prayed to Baba daily and as years rolled by he became an ardent devotee. He started celebrating Ram Navami and Vijaya Dashami in his home in Bombay. He did Anna Daan on both the festivals according to his means. In 1939 he dreamt of Baba who said "Bikshecha Bhakar le gode" (the bhakar obtained from Biksha is very sweet.) So he decided to take Biksha. This was while he was staying in Suneel mansion, Bombay. He got seven piles of Bhajri and jhumka bhakar was made from it.

About 250 to 300 people ate to their hearts' content. Before Anna Daan was started 11jhunka bhakr were offered as Naivedya to Baba.

Of the Naivedya offered one bhakar was left before Baba the rest was made into small pieces and distributed. Wonder of wonders the bhakar even after 35 years or more is neither stale nor bitter or covered by fungus nor eaten by ants even now. Baba's Grace .

More about this great devotee shall be posted from time to time.Jai Sai Ram .

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Anonymous said...

sathguru sai nath maharaj ki jai.Manisha staying in bombay and not beaing able to be cured by doctors at palace like bombay.And suddenly simply with promise of few PEDAS with true faith and a sincere call to BABA with a hope of being cured by the loving BABA indicates,How wonderfull is GOD in TRUE LOVE. SAI RAM BABA'S BLESSING WITH YOU.

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