Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
“THE ROOT OF THE ANJANA TREE NEARBY WAS CHOKING ME. PLEASE COME AND REMOVE IT.”- JNANESHWAR.
Some years late without any reason, Eknath’s throat began to swell and an unknown pain made him very uncomfortable. He then dreamt that the young saint Jnaneshwar who had taken Maha Samadhi 300 years earlier at Alandi (near Pune) in a cave, which was sealed over him, complained that the root of the anjana tree near by was choking him and asked Eknath to come and remove it.
Some parts of Alandi, near the Siddheswar Temple were over run by jungle and it took a long time for Eknath to single out the particular anjana tree under which Saint Jnaneshwar lay in Samadhi. He prized open a massive stone slab and slipped into the opening. He found there the subtle form of Sri Jnaneshwar, illumined by its own effulgence while a sweet aroma pervaded the cave.
Sri Eknath worshipped Sri Jnanadeva with folded hands and removed the root. Jnaneshwar spoke to him affectionately: “Nathya, the root was only an excuse to call you here. In these last 300 years, my Jnaneshwari (The Bhagvat Gita in Marati by Jnaneshwar) has become corrupted with misinterpretations and interpolations. All I desire is that you salvage the original and rewrite it as it was, in the way I had intended it to be.”
They stayed together three days conversing and discussing and so Sri Eknath, who had been greatly blessed in his company, gently placed his head on Jnaneshwar’s feet and extricating himself out of the Samadhi Cave returned to his followers.
It took a full year for Sri Eknath to sort out the Jnaneshwari, clearing it of unwelcome additions or omissions, in short, of all the corruption, centuries of mouth to mouth repetitions had added to this magnificent work. The Jnaneshwari, which is available to us today, is the one amended by Sri Eknath.