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Offline Priyaa

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20 December 2011 at 17:44 ·
PREFACE: (By the Author-N.V.Gunaji)
Many years ago I heard from some of my friends about Shri SaiBaba of Shirdi and His Miracles; but unfortunately for me, He did not draw me to Him while He was living. Some 13 or 14 years after His passing away, I had gone to my noble and worthy friend, the Late Mr.K.G.Deshpande, Bar-at-Law, of Baroda, at his temporary residence at Charni Road, Girgaum, at Bombay. There I happened to see for the first time Shri SaiBaba. His small portrait kept in the household shrine for worship. Then 4 or 5 years afterwards, I saw with my friend - The late Mr.K.G.Ajrekar, Government Pleader, the book "Shri Sai Satcharitra " written in Marathi (ovi-verse) by Mr.Govind Raghunath (AnnaSahed) Dabholkar alias Hemadpant, and some stray nos. of "Shri Sai Leela"(Marathi Magazine). When I went through the book and the nos. carefully, I felt a very great love and devotion for SaiBaba who then captured me. In 1936 I went to Bombay for some private work and had a mind to go to the Holy place (Tirth) Shirdi on my way home, but finding that I had not sufficient money for the pilgrimage, I changed my mind. With what a little money I had, I purchased (1)Shri Sai Satcharitra (Marathi), (2) Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi - a glimpse of Indian Spirituality (English) by R.B.M.W.Pradhan , (3) Two Marathi pamplets named Sainath Sagunopasana and Sai Leela Kirtan- anka ( a special No. of Sai Leela Magaxine) and (4) pictures of SaiBaba, and thus brought " The Real Sai Baba" home with me. Since then, He has been staying with me and guiding me in all possible ways.
In 1941, I made a pilgrimage to Shirdi and took darshan of Shri Sai Baba (His big Picture) in the Dwarakamayi, the Samadhi Mandir, as also of the Chavdi, His Guru's Samadhi under the Neem Tree and the Lendi bag etc. After my return, I began to write articles in simple Marathi prose in the Sai Leela magazine describing His Leelas under the caption "Shri - Sai- Gathamrita". Seven articles have been already published and others are to follow.
Knowing my short-comings very well, I had no mind nor intention to write anything in English about Shri Sai Baba, but it seems that He has forced this very thing on me in this wise. Mr.S.N. Khakar, the then editor of Shri Sai Leela magazine wrote to me a letter dated 12-8-1943 stating- "In the English section of each issue of Sai Leela, in the absence of competent contributors coming forward as at present, the South Indian devotees desire that if in each issue a purport of each chapter of the SaiSatcharitra is given in English, it may be greatly appreciated by the South Indian subscribers as they have an ardent desire to know and be possessed of the teachings contained in that book, which being in Marathi is a sealed one to them. I, for one, look upon you as the only Bhakta who can take up this work and help in Baba's Service." I could not but comply with Mr.Khakar's request and therefore rendered a few chapters of the book in to English and sent them to him for perusal and approval. He and the Sai Saunsthan Committee approved of my rendering and asked me to go on with the work. I sent the chapters as they were ready and they began to appear in the English section of "Sai Leela". Up till now seven chapters have been published therein. The "Sai Leela is now a quarterly magazine and if one chapter were to be published every third month, it will take many years for the completion of the whole work which contains more than 50 chapters. So Sai Baba in His mysterious way suggested to me to finish up the work soon, and helped me to accomplish it in the last Chaturmas (monsoon). As I worked from day to day, I found that I sometimes stumbled upon many difficulties, but they were soon solved somehow or other by His Grace, and thus the whole work was completed with in 3 or 4 months. I am very glad to mention here that my spiritual friends Dr.V.H.Date, M.A., Ph.D. of the Lingraj college Belgaum and Mr.D.L.Nirokhekar, B.A.LL.B and M.B.E. of Nasik, have gone through the whole MSS carefully and very willingly assisted me in this service of SaiBaba, as also some other friends, with their suggestions and encouragement. May Shri SaiBaba bless them all.
I may mention here in passing that I belong to the same community and same Gotra (Bhardwaj) to which Mr.Hemadpant belonged and I also bear the same alias name, the only difference being that he was called Annasaheb while I am merely Anna.
Lastly, I conclude this short preface with a short prayer that "May Sai Baba Bless us, one and all, and lead us on the path of self-realization!' Amen.
Bow to Shri Sai. Peace be to all.
Thalakwadi, Belgum, N.V.Gunaji.

Dated 12-12-1944.
Since the foregoing lines were written, I am very sorry to state that Rao Saheb Yashwant Janardhan Galvankar. B.A., residing in 'Sai Prasad" Bandra, a suburb of Bombay, passed away early in September 1945. He was the son - in-law of Mr.Annasaheb Dabholkar alias Hemadpant the author of " Sai Satcharitra" and working as a senior superintendent, Home Department, Secretariat, Bombay. After his retirement from Service, he devoted himself heart and soul to the service of Shri SaiBaba. He was one of the working and prominent members of the "Shri Sai Baba's Saunsthan Committee" and took great interest in its deliberations and work, latterly he was also the editor of the "Sai Leela" magazine and published in it the above mentioned seven chapters and two more, in all nine chapters of the present work (English SaiSatcharitra). He was a very well-read man and had a special liking for, and took great interest in the literature of the sages and saints. He had very carefully gone through this work and written to me time and often that the rendering was correct and excellent as it conveys the exact meaning and sentiment of the original author. He wished most heartily, and tried his best, to publish this work as soon as possible, but owing to the scarcity of paper and paper - control regulations, the publication had to be postponed. I do feel very sorry that he did not survive to see the book out. He was, before his passing away, doing all the while SaiBaba's work and I do not know why he was called away so soon. Perhaps, SaiBaba wanted him for some other work of His. As we know, His ways are mysterious and inscrutable, and we have to submit to what He decrees. May He help him and lead him onward on the path, grant him peace, happiness and self-realization.
Bow to Shri Sai. Peace be to all.

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Om Sai Ram,

I completed my chapter

Sai Ram,


Offline sanjaynair

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Om Sai Ram,

With Baba's grace I completed the chapter allocated to me.

Jai Sai  Ram,
Baba Bless All
Sanjay Nair

Offline Kondangi sri sai samaj

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om sri sai ram,completed the allotted chapter,om sri sai ram.

Offline Chitraviswakumar

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Om Sairam
I have completed reading the allotted chapter
Sai Saranam

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Completed the allotted chapter 3. Om Sai Ram.

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Very sorry for late reply but I did completed my parayana Yesterday. 
Sai ram.

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Chapter 37 reading successfully completed by Baba's grace and blessings. Baba bless us all. Om Sai Ram. :)
Baba bless us all,
Om sai ram :)

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completed chapter 26 by baba grace

baba sab par ap ki kripa bane rahe
om sai ram

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Confirmation RCD for this week's Group Parayan:

CHAPTER 01.              Renu (Confirmed)
CHAPTER 01.              Spiritualindia  (Completed)

CHAPTER 02.              Birgitta  (Completed)
CHAPTER 02.              N Ganga  (Completed)

CHAPTER 03.              Sanjay Nair  (Completed)
CHAPTER 03.              Anuraadha (Completed)

CHAPTER 04.              Saibabakibeti (Completed)

CHAPTER 05.              saipatham02 (Completed)

CHAPTER 06.              nagsham/Shreyanag (No Response)
CHAPTER 06.              ShAivI  (Completed)

CHAPTER 07.              Sanjeebani Sahoo (Completed)
CHAPTER 07.              Ramakrishna  (Completed)

CHAPTER 08.              Shalabh (Confirmed)
CHAPTER 08.              Spiritualindia  (Completed)

CHAPTER 09.              Shova (Confirmed)

CHAPTER 10.              shrisudha (Confirmed)

CHAPTER 11.              Aina  (Completed)

CHAPTER 12.              Babu (No Response)
CHAPTER 12.              saianu  (Completed)

CHAPTER 13.              Shreyanag (No Response)
CHAPTER 13.              ShAivI  (Completed)

CHAPTER 14.              shanit (Completed)

CHAPTER 15.              veenaGP  (Completed)

CHAPTER 16. & 17.    v2birit  (Completed)

CHAPTER 18. & 19.    Vanshii (Completed)

CHAPTER 20.              VASUMATHY  (Completed)

CHAPTER 21.             VMKRISHNAN  (Completed)

CHAPTER 22.              Aina  (Completed)

CHAPTER 23.              ShAivI  (Completed)

CHAPTER 24               Anupam / ShAivI  (Completed)

CHAPTER 25.              Ayushi SAI (No Response)
CHAPTER 25.              Spiritualindia (Completed)

CHAPTER 26.              bhuvana j s  (Completed)

CHAPTER 27.              Birgitta  (Completed)

CHAPTER 28.              Chitraviswakumar  (Completed)

CHAPTER 29.              Deepa M.Krishnan  (Completed)

CHAPTER 30.              Dineshotham (No Response)
CHAPTER 30.              purvi06  (Completed)

CHAPTER 31.              Gauri21 (Confirmed)
CHAPTER 31.              Spiritualindia  (Completed)

CHAPTER 32.              Ramakrishna  (Completed)

CHAPTER 33.              Kalyani Kalyanaraman  (Completed)

CHAPTER 34.              Karthikeyan  (Completed)

CHAPTER 35.              Madhu Patel (Completed)

CHAPTER 36.              mysur (Completed)

CHAPTER 37.              neelu789  (Completed)
CHAPTER 37.              Rubirithi (No Response)

CHAPTER 38.              Nirupa Narayanan (Completed)

CHAPTER 39.              nitin_superi (Completed)

CHAPTER 40.               Santosh Kumar Sahoo (Completed)
CHAPTER 40.               VMKRISHNAN  (Completed)

CHAPTER 41.               Sandhya Pavani (Completed)

CHAPTER 42.               PiyaGolu / Spiritualindia (Completed)

CHAPTER 43. & 44.    Pradeepp (Completed)

CHAPTER 45.              Priyaa (Completed)

CHAPTER 46.               Priyanka_goel (No Response)
CHAPTER 46.               N Arvind  (Completed)

CHAPTER 47.              Priymvish (Completed)

CHAPTER 48.              Prathibha (Completed)

CHAPTER 49.              Apoorva (No Response)
CHAPTER 49.              Kedar Kaushik  (Completed)

CHAPTER 50.              Premlata Sahoo (Completed)
& Epilogue                  Deepa M.Krishnan  (Completed)


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By the grace of BELOVED BABA, we have  successfully
Completed the 4th Phase of THURSDAY SSC GROUP PARAYAN on 14th May 2015.

Our hearty CONGRATULATIONS & THANKS to each and every member
of this GROUP PARAYANA for devoting their time and for joining hands
for the noble cause and for performing parayan & praying for those
who are in grave pain and going through the toughest
time of their life.



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