Haribhau alias Swamisut the beloved disciple of Sri Swami Samarth had perceived by his divine sight that Sri Swami Samarth had manifested in the form of a Balayogi from a pillar on this day of Chaitra Shuddha Dwitiya, in a village Chhedikhedha near Hastinapur. Based on this lunar day well known astrologer Nana Rekhi had prepared the horoscope of Sri Swami Samarth. Sri Swami Samarth had approved this and then blessed Nana Rekhi with initiation. That is why the anniversary festival of the birthday of Sri Swami Samarth is being celebrated on Chaitra Shuddha Dwitiya day.
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A particular deity worshipped by a family through successive generations is called as a Kul-devata or Family deity. Thus family deity becomes the protector of the family and man worships this deity for the well being of his family.
When a Guru advises a family to worship a particular deity, that deity becomes the Upasya devata or Adorable deity of the family. From this deity, man makes progress in his life. Through worship he pleases the deity and makes progress on the path of accomplishment. The deity, whom man sincerely worships in his heart, is called Ishta devata or Tutelary deity. To attain this deity, man offers everything that belongs to him and gets contended. Through this deity man elevates to a higher level, which leads him to prosperity.
Whether a devotee gains protection from his family deity Kul devata , or makes progress in life through his adorable deity Upasya devata , still he does not get happiness till he sees his tutelary deity Ishta devata. However, a number of devotees, even after obtaining the kind grace of Sri Swamiji, were earnestly longing on to their tutelary deity. Hence to expel this diversity of sentiment and to infuse a sense of oneness in the minds of these devotees, Sri Swamiji would grace them with a vision of Him appearing in the form of their tutelary deity or Ishta devata.
Therefore, the young ascetic went to Dwaraka and started making small pieces of the earthen tiles. Right from her childhood she had developed a habit to visit Pandharpur.
On every Ekadeshi day and return the next day. Once during the Ashadh month while was she was on her pilgrimage to Pandharpur torrential rain started pouring. Heavy winds started blowing and there was thunder and lightning all around.
It became extremely difficult for her to proceed further. Janabai got completely drenched in rain and started shivering with cold. Under this extreme circumstance, she hid her child in her bosom, put the bundle of clothes on her head, and started walking ahead chanting the name of Lord Vitthal. Finally due to fear of lightening and thunder she took shelter under a tree. On the other side of the same street, under a tree, Sri Swamiji was seated and laughing.
Today I am facing this calamity. What shall I do? Is he not present at places other than Pandharpur?. Perceive Lord Vitthal in your own heart. Her earnest desire was fulfilled. Even if I prepare shoes from my skin and put on your feet, I will not get freed from this obligation. He worshipped Sri Swamiji with full devotion and then returned home in a dazed condition. He was a devotee of Sri Swamiji. Thinking such he reached Sri Swamiji place. So saying Sri Swamiji manifested himself in the form of a hermit with matted hair, Lord Shiva.
Ramshastri also wanted to go along. Ramshastri was very disappointed. After a few days, there was Kartiki Poornima After the end of aarati Sri Swamiji stood up and graced Ramshastri by appearing in the form of Lord Kartikeya. Hearing this Dhondibua realised his mistake. Then why should I go to the fair unnecessarily? Vamanbua was in the habit of singing devotional songs.
He wanted to sing devotional songs in the presence of Sri Swamiji. Sri Swamiji went in person to the location where Vamanbua had taken a halt.
Seeing Sri Swamiji Vamanbua became extremely happy. He got fully absorbed in singing devotional songs in the presence of Sri Swamiji. He got fully immersed in devotion through his singing and finally he fell down unconscious. After regaining consciousness he started singing again and got absorbed in devotion.
By the sight of Lord Vitthal, I went in a trance and lost my consciousness. Sri Swamiji is the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. Vamanbua felt fully blessed by the graceful appearance of his tutelary deity Lord Vitthal in Sri Swamiji.
Seeing the marvellous sight of Lord Krishna tears of joy started overflowing from his eyes. He undertook a number of pilgrimages. He performed a number of religious ceremonials. While wandering such he came to Sri Swamiji. Seeing the lustrous physique of Sri Swamiji, the ascetic was stunned. His penance became fruitful. You have given me your Darshan. Govindrao got visionary insight in his dream, that Sri Swamiji is sitting in the temple of Ganagapur and wearing the Padukas of Lord Dattatreya.
He became a great devotee of Sri Swamiji. Once he came to Akkalkot. Therefore, he remained in Akkalkot and started rendering devotional service to Sri Swamiji. Darshan of Goddess Mahalaxmi In Sangli, Maharashtra, there was a saint named Hanamantarao Kotnis Maharaj of Chimad religions sect, who initiated and continued the tradition of non-stop devotional singing. Even today the tradition of devotional singing is being continued. So saying Sri Swamiji manifested himself in the form of Goddess Mahalaxmi.
Kotnis Maharaj prostrated reverentially at the lotus feet of Goddess Mahalaxmi and paid his obeisance. He was a great astrologer. He had prepared the horoscope of Sri Swamiji. Sri Swamiji personally had given him the approval for the same. Sri Swamiji also gave him Atmalinga. During the construction of the Muth, Rekhi faced a big calamity. Sri Swamiji appeared himself manifested in the form of Goddess Parvati and warded off the calamity.
God always graces a devotee and appears in the divine form most favourite to him. In this form of Supreme Spirit God keeps under observation the condition, activity, and constitution of every living being. He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. One day Sri Swamiji was sitting in a naked condition in one of temples at Solapur. Hearing these words, Tol was taken aback. He prostrated at the feet of Sri Swamiji, implored humbly, and brought him home to offer food.
Once, Sri Swamiji had been Tol house. It is not fair to arrange his seat in our row. Tol regretted thinking this way. He implored humbly, prostrated at the lotus feet of Sri Swamiji, and prayed for forgiveness. He then offered a seat to Sri Swamiji in his own row with full devotion and served food. Govindrao Tol accompanied him. After the meals, Joshi arranged a bed for Sri Swamiji to sleep on. Shortly, Sri Swamiji went in deep sleep and started snoring.
Govindrao thought that Sri Swamiji in spite of being a great Yogi snores like an ordinary person. It is the dictum of Bhagavad-Gita that when all created living beings sleep during the night only the ascetic remains awake throughout.
Joshi and Tol both realised that Sri Swamiji had not slept but was deeply absorbed in meditative contemplation. With great devotion Joshi gave a bath to Sri Swamiji, dressed him with a silk-dhotee, and then worshipped him. Then Joshi offered naivedya food to Sri Swamiji. So saying Sri Swamiji got undressed, returned the silk-dhotee to Joshi, and left the place in a naked condition.
Where is the place for suspicion in devotion? The Yahoodi was taken aback as to how did Sri Swamiji came to know that he is a eye doctor? Thereafter, the Yahoodi doctor became a devotee of Sri Swamiji. A Brahmin residing in his house stole two thousand rupees and ran away. They searched everywhere but unfortunately could not locate him. Hence the wealthy person Gopal came to Akkalkot. He prayed to Sri Swamiji regarding the theft.
With this information Harischandra Gopalji went to the village. After locating the thief he recovered his money. Sri Swamiji had just woken up from his sleep and was sitting on the bedstead.
Some devotee asked Sri Swamiji as to what is Balappa doing?
Akkalkot Niwasi Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj
As usual he answered my Q. In Sai Satcharitra also Baba asks many devotees to read this Pothi. In a chapter, a man goes to Shirdi frustrated by his problems, he decides to commit suicide. Right at that moment Baba decides to help him.
A particular deity worshipped by a family through successive generations is called as a Kul-devata or Family deity. Thus family deity becomes the protector of the family and man worships this deity for the well being of his family. When a Guru advises a family to worship a particular deity, that deity becomes the Upasya devata or Adorable deity of the family. From this deity, man makes progress in his life. Through worship he pleases the deity and makes progress on the path of accomplishment.
Legend[ edit ] Swami Samarth is widely considered to be the fourth third in physical form incarnation of Dattatreya , an Indian monk, mystic and Hindu deity. He is also believed to be a reincarnation of Narasimha Saraswati   , another earlier spiritual master of the Dattatreya sect. He might have moved through China, Tibet and Nepal during his travels across the Himalayas and its adjacent regions. He might have also briefly lived at Mangalvedha , a town near Pandharpur in present-day Solapur district, Maharashtra. He finally settled at Akkalkot. During this period, Manik Prabhu and Swami Samarth often sat under a cluster fig tree Audumbar in Marathi and had conversations on profound spirituality. It is claimed that Swami Samarth regarded Manik Prabhu as a brother .
As this Perfect Master chose to reside at a place called Akkalkot for 22 years where he took Mahasamadhi left his mortal body in , he is also known as the Maharaj of Akkalkot, Akkalkot is situated in district Solapur of Maharashtra state of India. A comparative picturisation of the lives of these two great Saints, i. Swami Samarth and Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi would establish a surprising amount of commonness in their lives and deeds which includes their methods of teaching, the universality of their approach and the miracles they performed. Even a critical approach by a non-conformist would ultimately lead to the assertion that the over-all role of these two spiritual masters during the second half of the nineteenth century was similar, if not same. One, who is capable of making finer spiritual analysis, would be faced with a bewildering reality. Many published writings on both these Saints by different writers authenticate about the interaction between these two Sadgurus both in the gross, and the subtle planes.