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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


When the Swami first arrived at Akkalkot, the good fortune of offering him food fell to Cholappa and, as though this was a sign of God’s grace, the Swami happened to stay at his house for a long time.

Cholappa’s faith in the Swami’s greatness had to contend with the attitude of his wife and his two sons who considered him a mere lunatic. Cholappa’s wife was, as it were, a touchstone in the hands of the Swami to test Cholappa’s faith.

One day the Swami suddenly set out walking towards a place called Hosapur. When Cholappa followed Him He turned around and said, “I am a Sannyasi. You are a householder. You should not follow us. You must stay there and attend to your worldly affairs.” Cholappa stood there silently but did not turn back. The Swami burst out in a rage and hurled foul abuse at him. At last, with tears in his eyes, Cholappa pleaded, “I would rather leave my home; I cannot leave your holy feet.” Though the Swami was inwardly pleased with his devotion, He put on a stern expression on His face and threw His wooden sandals at Cholappa and commanded him to worship them in His shrine.

Cholappa did accordingly. In the course of years many devotees from far and near were mysteriously directed to worship them in order to overcome their hardships, and then Cholappa realised that what the Swami had given him were not “mere wood”. Even today these holy sandals can be seen in the shrine at Cholappa’s Mutt.

Viewed from one angle Cholappa is more fortunate than most other devotees of the Swami. The Master stayed in his house longer than he did anywhere else. Yet, from another point of view he was the least fortunate of them. Though his regard for the Swami was high, it never ripened into rapturous devotion.

In his very presence, many devotees derived crowning spiritual experiences by the mere touch or the word of the Swami. But Cholappa was not to be one among them. Everything in creation must either wane or wax. So it started waning. Even while the Master in his house was granting darshan of various deities in Him to countless visitors. Cholappa was visiting several holy places in search of solace and light!

In course of time love of money stole into his heart. The Swami was not unaware of it! He even hinted at it one day when He said, “The very thing, which is mine, is now turning against me!”

The Godman sees God in everything and in every one. He loves all equally but the devotees reap as they sow the seed of faith. Accordingly, the devotees either come closer or go farther from the Holy One!

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


In the forest near Mangal Veda there lived a Muslim. He lived on alms and wandered about like a mad man. But he showed the utmost respect for the Swami. Besides serving Him he used to offer ‘chilim’ or the pipe. One day, pleased with his loving service the Swami kept his boon-bestowing hand on the head of the Muslim. Immediately the Muslim attained Self-illumination (Self-realization) and was in a state of ‘Samadhi’.

Subsequently he became a famous saint whom thousands of people visited. He continued to behave like a mad man and used to throw stones at the people who tried to approach him. The stones usually missed their targets. But they hit was sure of having his wishes fulfilled.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Swami Samarth (Akkalkot Maharaj)1

“One should not violate the vows to God and Saints.”

Once a brahmana vowed to offer milk-sweets to the Swami if he was blessed with children. But with the passage of time he forgot all about the vow, although his wish was fulfilled. By the time he again remembered it the Swami already left his earthly abode. The brahmana was very sore and his one strong desire had been, to feed milk sweets to the Swami with his own hands!

But how could he fulfil it now? One night, Swami appeared in his dream and told him that he was living in Kolhapur in the Kumbhar galli (street) in the form of Sri Krishna Saraswathi and that he could fulfil his vow there.

The brahmana visited Sri Krishna Saraswathi and after the proper worship, he was able to feed the sweets to the saint with his own hands!

1(Appeared at Akkalkot on a Wednesday in the month of Aswini (September-October) in the year 1856. Samadhi Mandir & Yoga Peetam – Holy Banyan tree. Akkalkot- a small town-by road from Solapur (Maharashtra) 39 kms. Akkalkot is 10 kms from Akkalkot Road Railway Station, which is on the Mumbai-Chennai Railway line. Few express trains stops there)

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