Luckily had a SMS received from the follower of Shree. Jagannath Kunte, the mentor of many followers (sadhak’s) and the famous writer of Narmade Har Har (the base of His popularity) and the later three – Sadhanamast , NityaNiranjan and Kalindi (not in the photograph).
The program was @ 530 in the evng, but I landed there @ around 7pm.
Just reached in time to have some thoughts from Shree. Vijay Kuvlekar, the ex- editor in chief of Sakal. Better known to me due to his role of Shree. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
The website of the publication house was also inaugurated. Link :- http://www.prajaktprakashan.com/
The Q&A program with Shree. Jagannath Kunte (ref. by many as Swamiji) started @ around 7 pm. His answers to the queries were straight from the heart, and were practical. He spoke on many issues like the Spirituality circle being taken by a group of bhondubaba’s (the fake Guru’s) and then spoke of teh experiences He had with his Guru’s (Shree Tembe Swami Maharaj, Shree. Gulavani Maharaaj and Shree. Datta Maharaaj Kavishwar.
Here one experince he recalls. Unable to offer Guru dakshina to any of his Guru’s , he & a friend took a great amount of money (in some thousands & in 1990’s – a great deal @ that time) to offer to Shree. Datta Maharaaj Kavishwar. Instantly, Datta Maharaaj gave away the money to a work going on @ Amarapur and gave these guys a receit of the money. He thus explained, Vairagya in a simple story. Datta Maharaaj did both the things @ the same time without even thinking of benefitting Himself from that money. (His Charitra – speaks of Him in the same way, Jai Ho Kavishwar Shastriji Ki!)
Then He compares that parampara to the one happening today, where the Mentors (& not Guru’s) promise you of the achievements of Meditation and take thousands & Lacs of Rs. in compensation for their trusts!
He also compared the beauty of a lady with those of His Guru Parampara and found that none of these Incarnations of the Lord (my equiv. for Vibhuti) had good postures, but these Guys were attractive to the Heart & Soul. You prayed thousands of hours for them to give you a Darshan!
He also guided the sadhaks to pray to their Guru’s daily to have their kind of prayers done, coz he credits His Guru’s for where He is. He also said that the daily sadhana (worship) helps to develop the soul and should be done ona regular basis. He had been on leaves (in the forest) for 4-6 months before Narmada Parikrama.
He also adviced that people do Parikrama as a Picnic, but the one, in which He had been adviced by His Guru Maharaaj, were done to attain the highest level of Vairagya (to free him of all bonds!). What kind of parikrama can happen with Cameras, handicams and all luxuries around you? was his Q.
He had also met Ashwatthama during his first Parikrama nad recalled how bad it was for a Brahmin like Him to cheat in the great Mahabharata by the instance of killing all Pandav sons. And also of Sage Drona, who for money took refuge in the kingdom while agreeing to teach the Kaurav’s and the Pandav’s. Ashwatthama has been cursed to be there till the world ends and is bound to lead a painful life asking for oil to heal his injuries. The other Chiranjeevis have a “boon” of being immortal while Ashwatthama has it as a “curse”.
He also took a dig @ the experience from a weekly, that Ashwatthama was in Mumbai asking for oil @ a door. How foolish, he said.
Thus giving guidance in simple language, He also gave the knowledge of his basic thoughts on Spirituality (& said not to mix it with religion!)
Due to another function @ the same time, I had no option but to leave early @ 8pm.