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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Hazrat Tajuddin Baba of Nagpur


Baba always showed sympathy and kindness to the old, the poor, the downtrodden and the sick and oppressed. He could read the silent agony of the tormented souls at the very first glance. His solacing balm was spontaneous, direct, sweet, and pacifying. It needed no lengthy rationalization.

One day the Baba was walking along a street in a village 14 miles away from Nagpur, followed, as usual, by hundreds of devotees. There in Baba saw an old man and woman in front of a dilapidated house grinding grain with extreme difficulty, panting with exhaustion owing to old age. The softhearted saint at once went to their aid, removed them from the grinding stone and did the grinding Himself to the surprise of all onlookers. He then gathered up the flour for them and left the place without uttering a word. His followers could not help shedding tears at this divine love of the saint for the poor and feeble humanity.

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Nagina is a town in Uttar Pradesh, where a Kaji by name Ahmad Ali Shah lived. He worked as a Kuriki Officer i.e. he looked after the auctioning of insolvents’ property. His pay was low and he compensated it by accepting bribes freely. When he was transferred from that place he found that in the accounts there was a deficit of Rs. 24/- and he was charged with misappropriation of money. He spent thousands of rupees in bribing superior officer to escape punishment but it was all in vain. In desperation he started seeking the divine intervention of Sadhus and Fakirs. When he almost grew desperate even in this endeavor, someone suggested to him to seek the protection of Hazrat Tajuddin Baba. So he promptly arrived in Nagpur and went to the saint.

Immediately on seeing him Tajuddin Huzur said, “Stay!” Accordingly he stayed in Nagpur for four days and on the fifth day he again approached the saint. He again ordered “Stay!” after some more days, Huzur Tajuddin gave him permission to go home saying, “I am with you.”

Ahmed Ali Shah returned home full of apprehension and knocked the door. To his utter surprise when the door was opened for him no one in the house expressed any curiosity regarding his trips or absence from home for so many days.

When he asked his wife to pay for the coachman she picked up a quarrel with him and asked him whether he had brought the earrings for her which he had been promising her everyday and did so even the day before. The Kaji was amazed at her remarks. He told her that he was returning home after nearly one year of wandering from Fakir to Fakir.

But none in the house believed his words. For they saw him everyday, going out in the morning and returning in the evening. The saw him repeating the Lord’s name to himself incessantly through the nights. The Kaji brushed aside everything they said as sheer nonsense. Then they even told him that the case of misappropriation was decided in his favour and that he even drew his pay for the period.

The Kazi could not understand anything. He went to his office but there too he was surprised to see that no one in the office expressed any curiosity about his long absense from his seat. When he looked into the office register, there was his daily signature. The same day his superior officer sent for him and expressed his sympathy and regrets for the worry the case had caused him. But he did not say a word about Ahmed Ali’s long absence from the office.

Then he remembered the parting message of Tajuddin Sarkar, ” I am with you.” He realized that, assuming his form, Huzur Tajuddin had been mysteriously attending to the court affairs and the office all through that year!

Ahmed Ali was overwhelmed with gratitude and wanted to express the same personally to the great Fakir and left for Nagpur. He had to change trains at Delhi. There a man and a dog, which walked, met him by his side. The ticket collector asked the Kaji for their tickets too; for the stranger said that he and his dog were the companions of the Kaji and that he had their tickets with him!

The Kaji was exasperated and protested that he is not answerable to them, as they were not his companions. When he came out of the station he could not see the dog and the man anywhere. He felt relieved of the nuisance. Later he reached Nagpur and approached Huzur Tajuddin Baba to touch His feet in homage.

On seeing him Baba laughed loudly and said, “Did I not tell you that I am with you?” But at the Delhi Railway Station you disowned Me and broke off from My Company! The Kaji was again shocked to learn that the man with the dog whom he encountered at the Delhi Railway Station was Tajuddin himself and that he had stupidly disowned him.

He shed tears and with folded hands begged to be pardoned. Tajuddin Sarkar was only too ready to pardon him and comforted him with a smile and blessing.

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Saints are the only witnesses to the Divine Glory,

which is the reward of their absolute

and complete dependence on the Lord.

They are intermediaries between God and humanity,

and they are content to be the beacon lights

to guide human souls to their original harbour.

Baba Tajuddin allowed Hindus to worship him as they do to their deities because they are well instructed by their tradition that though it is the mother (God) that suckles the child (the devotee) at her breast, the saint (a vehicle of God’s grace or the mother’s milk) is the immediate channel of her milk (the grace). He advocated the Hindu tradition to Hindus and the Muslim one for Muslims.

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae



Ganga Bai cooked her offering for the merciful Baba Tajuddin and started for the Darshan of the saint on foot. At that time Baba was staying in the Palace of Maharaja Raghoji Rao. When she arrived there, she lost her initiative and hesitated to serve her poor offering to the great saint who was entertained luxuriously by His rich devotees and visitors. She was more afraid of the social consequences that might befall an “Untouchable” for daring to serve her food in the house of a great Maharaja.

Nevertheless, she tied her offering in a piece of cloth and hung it on the branch of a nearby tree, sitting herself at a distance from the man-of-God, and waiting for His darshan.

After a while, the Baba asked for His meal. The devotees hurried to vie each other in serving Him ever-richer dishes. But the saint refused to eat what was offered to Him. On the contrary, he asked for the meal ‘that was hanging on the tree’. The devotees were perplexed at what appeared to them to be cryptic words. They searched all about the place for any trace of the meal He described. When they found nothing, they offered what they had brought for Him once more.

But the Baba insisted on His previous demand being met. The perplexed devotees stood dumbfounded for they did not know what he meant. At last, the Baba Himself got up and walked straight to the tree, untied the meal that hung there in a piece of cloth, brought it down and ate it. He left a little of it and returned to His seat.

The woman was watching the whole incident from a distance. When the Baba left the spot, she gathered up what he had left as a “Token of his blessing.” Those who espied and envied her good fortune asked who she was, and she told them of her identity with great reluctance. They asked her what she knew about the great Baba and how she was inspired to bring an offering for Him?

She replied: “The One Who Incarnated As Rama Had Once Again Descended In This Form; Only We Cannot Recognize Him.” Truly, as Jesus Christ said, those who are learned do not know and the innocent ones know.

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One day Sarfraz Husani asked Baba: “Huzur, what is the truth about Sufi Saint Mansur who was crucified for declaring ‘An al Hug’ (I am God)? Is he recognised as a great saint?”

Baba Tajuddin replied: “Yes son, he is a great saint; but he was a child; he opened his fist too soon. This fist of Tajuddin will not be opened till the day-of-judgment.”

Yet Baba felt that saints should not verbally proclaim the fact because it might set a bad example to less evolved ones, and thus tempt them to hypocrisy. Mansur was a child in revealing his attainment verbally which, of course, was true. But Tajuddin Baba never made a similar claim though his spiritual status and attainments were not less exalted. Opening the fist implies revealing of Divine secrets entrusted to great saints by the Almighty God to carry out their Divine mission on earth.

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Dr.Pownasker was practising in Panty met a Brahmachari Baba (Pir Saheb of Patna) and pleaded for his blessings and promised him that if he got a good job, he would take him on a pilgrimage. Not long after, he got his posting as Medical Officer at Nagpur.

He immediately fulfilled his promise with the Brahmachari Baba, and promptly took him on a pilgrimage. The Baba was pleased to hear from Dr.Pownasker that he was posted in Nagpur and, after finishing with the pilgrimage, he also proceeded to Nagpur along with the doctor.

When they reached Nagpur, the Brahmachari Baba led Dr.Pownasker straight to the gate of the lunatic asylum and standing there, called out loudly: “O brother Tajuddin, here is our boy. I hand him over to you. Please take care of him.” Then the Brahmachari Baba suddenly disappeared.

Tajuddin Baba, who was at that moment sitting under a tree inside the asylum, was heard responding to the call of the Brahmachari Baba: “Yes, yes. He is of our family. Where else can he go?”

After some time, Tajuddin Baba told Dr. Pownasker that he must go to Sakori and meet Sri Upasani Maharaj there. (Sri Upasani Maharaj, a disciple Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi. Upasani Maharaj settled in Sakori, which is 5 kms from Shirdi)

So three great saints worked together in making Dr. Pownasker advance spiritually. Their religious labels made no difference whatever in their spiritual careers.

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Baba got fed up with this unworthy demand for miracles and one day, he declared: “Tomorrow I shall enter the Lunatic Asylum.” And the next day he did what he said. But the way he did it was strange.

Next day at dawn, Tajuddin Baba stood stark naked in front of the European Ladies Tennis Club. The ladies approached the police to put him in the lunatic asylum in Nagpur. And the District Magistrate of Kamptee cantonment issued the order. A few days later, the English ladies saw him walking on the road towards his house at Kamptee. They proceeded straight to the asylum to blame the police for setting the mad fakir free. But their amazement knew no bounds when they found that he was not let off but was very much in the cell, securely locked up in the asylum. At that time, the Chief Doctor of the asylum was Dr.Abdul Majid. One night, when he went around the hospital, he found that while all the other lunatics were locked up in their cells, Tajuddin Baba was loitering in the verandah of the cell. The doctor quietly went to the attendant on duty and took him to task for his negligence, for leaving that lunatic free.

But the surprised attendant assured Dr.Abdul Majid that he did lock in every lunatic securely. He personally led the doctor to the particular cell of Baba Tajuddin to prove his claim. Dr. Abdul Majid was stunned to see that this time Tajuddin Baba was inside the cell, securely locked up. This miraculous incident convinced the doctor of the real nature of Baba Tajuddin’s madness and henceforth Dr. Abdul Majid lived only as his devotee, seeking his blessings and guidance in everything he did. Later on, his experiences of Baba’s divine powers were numerous.

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In 1884, Tajuddin’s Regiment reached Saugor. One day in Saugor, Tajuddin was lured by a melodious voice, which led him to a lonely wasteland nearby where a famous ‘Chishti’ saint Hazrat Dawood Shah lived. He used to spend much of his time in meditation in the company of the saint every day after his Army duties. When his grandmother learnt at Kamptee that he was not staying in his tent at night, she rushed to Saugor suspecting that Tajuddin had fallen into some evil company.

She stealthily followed him at night but found that he was meditating with a Muslim saint. Next morning, when Tajuddin returned home, she served him with breakfast. But Tajuddin said he would eat his own laddu and peda and started chewing up the two stones he had in his hand. She was surprised at this phenomenon and realised that Tajuddin’s devotional life had given him some divine powers, and that her suspicions about his character were wrong. Even after Hazrat Dawood Chishti’s death, Tajuddin continued his meditations and mujahedas (spiritual practices) often near the deceased’s tomb.

No master is comparable to any other master. Each master is so unique that he is incomparable. If you look into them with no comparison in your mind you find the same reality-hence darshan. They are one in their innermost core. Each master is unique, and yet represents the universal.

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Hazrat Tajuddin Baba of Nagpur


Once a certain Nawab came to seek Baba’s blessings in the success of his litigation concerning his Rs.18 lakhs worth of property. One day the Nawab was going out with Baba in his coach and they saw a man-eating a roti from an old cloth on his head. He advanced towards Baba to pay his homage. Baba Tajuddin got down from his coach, took the rotis from the man, sat down under a tamarind tree and started eating them. He divided one roti into two parts and gave one piece to the Nawab who was with Him, and said, “If you take too much, you will have motions.” He then asked for beedis and the Nawab offered the same. At the same time, the Nawab placed his legal document before the Baba for his blessing. The saint kept the burning beedi upon the papers and said, “THIS IS OUR SEAL.” The Nawab later learned that the property had to be divided like the Baba’s roti. The Baba warned, “Don’t take what is not yours.”

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Hazrat Tajuddin Baba of Nagpur

A person by name, Hanumantha Rao came to Baba Tajuddin and devoted himself totally to the worship of the saint. He learnt that several Harijans were being benefited by rendering service to the Baba. He was an employee in the secretariat. So he hoped that if he too became a Muslim, Baba Tajuddin would grace him. No sooner these thoughts arose in his mind than the Baba turned to him and asked him to get some book. Hanumantha Rao had a copy of the Bhagavad-Gita with him, which he gave to the Baba.

The saint glanced through it, turning it from side to side and said:

What, we are in this!”

Hanumantha Rao understood what the saint implied and was thrilled.

The implication is that the spiritual truth of devotion to God leading to perfection which Baba symbolized is there in the Bhagavad-Gita also, a Hindu scripture. Baba made no distinction between religions. He even indicated that the followers of all religions should adhere to their own traditions and that there was no need for any one to become a Muslim for salvation or to earn His (Baba’s) grace.

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