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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon

Janrao Deshmukh was on his deathbed.

A glass of water blesses by the feet of Maharaj cured him!

At Shegaon there was a famous man by name Janrao Deshmukh. He was on deathbed and all the doctors declared him as a hopeless case, and accordingly informed his relatives. They prayed to God, promised vows but to no avail. So they thought of the last remedy i.e. of approaching Sri Gajanan Maharaj with belief that saints could perform any miracle.

One of his relatives went to the Bankatlal’s house, where Sri Gajanan resided, and narrating Janrao’s story to him. Sri Bankatlal with the permission of his father Bhavaniram, took a glass of water touched it to the feet of Sri Maharaj. He gave it to the relative saying, “Tirtha was being given to Janrao Deshmukh.”

Maharaj gave his consent, and the Tirtha was given to Janrao Deshmukh who immediately regained consciousness and thereafter slowly recovered from the illness.

All the medicines were stopped and Janrao was kept on daily dose of Tirtha from the feet of Sri Maharaj. He gained his normal health within a week and went to Sri Bhavaniram’s house for the Darshan of Sri Gajanan Maharaj!

The water from the feet of Sri Maharaj had the effect of nectar!

In ‘Kaliyuga’, saints are the Gods!

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon

Reading the mind. “Take out the bundle…”

Sri Gajanan Maharaj stayed at Bankatlal’s house. People from distant places also sought His Darshan.

Bees gather where there is honey. It requires no invitation.

An ascetic came there for the Darshan of Maharaj. He brought ganja for Maharaj for the fulfillment of his vow. Sri Gajanan understood and pointing to him asked the devotees to bring forth that ascetic to him. He was happy to see that Maharaj knew everything that was going on in his mind.

Saints know everything of the past, present and future.

So he now expected Maharaj to know the purpose of his coming to Shegaon. When he was brought-forth, Sri Maharaj said,

Take out that bundle which you have been keeping in your bag for last three months.”

The ascetic overwhelmed with joy. Maharaj said, “Shamelessly you vowed to offer ganja to me and now feel shy to take it out of your bag.”

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon1

(Maharaj Manifested-23.02.1818.MahaSamadhi-08.09.1910.)

“One should adhere to what he speaks or vow, to get the blessings of God.” “One should not violate the vows to God and saints.”

Every day people used to come to Shegaon to get their desires fulfilled. Among them were two men from Balapur, who, on their way, vowed to offer ‘ganja’, to Swamiji, if their wishes were fulfilled. They believed that Sri Maharaj liked Ganja more than sweets. The next time they came to Shegaon, they had forgotten to bring ganja. They felt embarassed, and vowed to bring twice the quantity the next time. Again they forgot to bring it. Seeing them Sri Maharaj said to Bhaskar, “Look at the way people behave. They vow to do something and forget it. They are brahmanas by caste and do not know that Brahmanas should practise as they preach. That is why this caste has lost its superiority. When they vow something and forget, how can they expect to get their desires fulfilled? Bhaskara, one should adhere to what he speaks or vow, to get the blessings of God.”

These words hurt them very much and they looked at each other in surprise to see that Maharaj knew everything that was in their mind. When they saw that Sri Maharaj knew everything about their vow and subsequent failing to fulfill it, they got up to go to Market and bring the ganja immediately. There upon Sri Maharaj said, “why are you now crying over the spilt milk? I have no craze for Ganja; so don’t go to the market now. Only remember that one should keep up his vows and promises to deserve the God’s blessings, as liars don’t get them. Now you go, and bring Ganja only on fulfillment of your desire. It will be fulfilled next week. But remember to come here five times for the Darshan of Sri Shiva, by whose blessings Kubera became rich. Go, prostrate before Him and do not to forget to bring ganja next time.

1(Sri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan, Shegaon, Buldana District, Maharashtra.

Shegaon is a ‘B’ grade Railway Station on Nagpur – Mumbai railway line. Except Geetanjali Express every express train stops there. As one exits from the railway station the Sansthan’s bus service is kept available to him. The Maharaj’s Samadhi Mandir is approachable within a ten minute walk from the station.)

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