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By Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias 'Hemadpant'

In English By

NAGESH VASUDEV GUNAJI, B.A., LLB. 227, Thalakwadi, Belgaum,

Published by :

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi

'Sai Niketan', 804-B, Dr. Ambedkar Road,

Dadar, Mumbai - 400 014

This Book is available for sale at the following places :

(1) Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi, P.O.Shirdi, Dist. Ahmednagar.

(2) Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi,

'Sai Niketan', 804-B, Dr.Ambedkar Road, Dadar, Mumbai - 800 014.

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"Whosoever offers to Me, with love or devotion, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, that offering of love of the pure and self-controlled man is willingly and readily accepted by Me."

Lord Shri Krishna

in Bhagwad Gita, IX-26



This work with myself

Life of Shri N.V. Gunaji (1876-1963)

Shri N.V. Gunaji was an eminent scholar who wrote over twenty eight books on various people and issues. He was avidly interested in the spiritual teachings of Sai Baba, Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa. He wrote and translated the Bhagwad Gita, the Bhagwat, etc. He has written the life of Sri Paramhans Ramakrishna as well as that of Sri Ramana Maharshi in Marathi and several books on the teaching of Swami Ramtirth. He also translated Booker T. Washington's biography which he called "Atmoddhar".

Born in Belgaum in July 1873 in a Saraswat Brahmin family he did his school education in Belgaum, in Sardar High School and later graduated from Mumbai's Wilson College. He studied in the Government Law College in Mumbai and passed his LLB examination. Soon after, he returned to Belgaum to take up the practice of law. After practising law for several years Shri N.V. Gunaji also joined the Belgaum Municipality as Chief Executive Officer. Throughout his life he was an avid reader and translated several books in English or Marathi. Shri Gunaji was also keenly interested in naturopathy and published two books on "Scientific and Efficient Breathing" and "Anti T.B. & Anti Heart Failure". He would treat patients through naturopathy and scientific massage. He also had the good fortune of treating Mahatma Gandhi by his scientific massage techniques when Gandhiji visited Belgaum several times. Shri Gunaji also treated Sri Ramana Maharshi when he visited the spiritual leader in Arunachalam.

Shri N.V. Gunaji adapted and translated Shri Hemand Pant Dabholkar's "Sri Sai Satcharita" into English and donated the entire proceeds to the Sai Sansthan Trust. The book has reached out to thousands of devotees and people over the last forty five years who have read it and have had their faith and Shraddha in Baba reinforced. Many devotees use this book to read it as a 'Saptah'. Shri N.V. Gunaji passed away in 1963, a few months before his ninetieth year.




1. The wondrous Saint grinding wheat - Obeisances - The story of

grinding wheat and its philosophical significance .doc .htm

2. Object of writing the work - Incapacity and boldness in the

undertaking - Hot discussion - Conferring significant and prophetic title of 'Hemadpant' - Necessity of a Guru .doc .htm

3. Sai Baba's sanction and promise - Assignment of work to the devotees

- Baba's stories as beacon-light - His motherly love - Rohila's story - His sweet and nectar like words .doc .htm

4. Mission of the saints - Shirdi a Holy Tirth - Personality of Sai Baba -

Dictum of Goulibua - Appearance of Vitthal -Kshirsagar's story - Das Ganu's bath in Prayag -Immaculate conception of Sai Baba and His first advent in Shirdi - Three Wadas .doc .htm

5. Baba's return with Chand Patil's marriage party -Welcomed and

addressed as "Sai" - Contact with other saints -- His attire and daily routine - The story of the Padukas - Wrestling bout with Mohiddin and change in life - Turning water into oil - The Pseudo-Guru Javhar All .doc .htm

6. Efficacy of the touch of the Guru's hand - Ram Navami Festival - Its

origin,, transformation etc. - Repairs to the Masjid. .doc .htm

7. Wonderful Incarnation - Behaviour of Sai Baba - His vogic practices -

His all-pervasiveness and mercy - Leper devotee's service - Master Khaparde's plague case - Going to Pandharpur .doc .htm

8. Importance of human birth - Sai Baba begging food -Baijabai s

service - Sai Baba's dormitory - His affection for Khushalchand
.doc .htm
  1. Effect of compliance and non-compliance with Baba's orders at the time of taking leave - A few instances -Mendicancy and its necessity - Devotees' (Tarkhad family's) experiences - Baba fed sumptuously

    .doc .htm

10. Sai Baba's mode of life - His sleeping plank - His stay in Shirdi - His
teachings - His humility - Nanavali The easiest path ... .doc .htm

11. Sai as Sagun Brahma - Dr. Pandit's worship - Haji Siddik Falke -

Control over the elements ... ... .doc .htm

12. Sai Leelas - Experiences of (1) Kaka Mahajani (2) Dhumal Pleader

(3) Mrs. Nimonkar (4) Mule Shastri (5) A Doctor .doc .htm

13. More Sai Leelas - Diseases cured (1) Bhimaji Patil (2) Bala Shimpi

(3) Bapusaheb Buti (4) Alandi Swami (5) Kaka Mahajani (6) Dattopant of Harda .doc .htm

14. Ratanji Wadia of Nanded - Saint Moulisaheb - Dakshina mimansa

.doc .htm

15. Naradiya Kirtan Paddhati - Mr. Cholkar's Sugarless tea -Two Lizards

.doc .htm

16-17. Quick Brahma Gnyan .. .doc .htm

18-19. How Hemadpant was accepted and blessed - Stories of
Mr. Sathe and Mrs. Deshmukh - Encouraging good thoughts to fruition - Variety in Upadesh - Teachings regarding slander and remuneration for labour ... .doc .htm

20. Das Ganu's problem solved by Kaka's maid-servant .doc .htm

21. Stories of (1) V.H. Thakur (2) Anantrao Patankar and (3) Pandharpur
pleader ... ... .doc .htm

22. Rescues from serpent-bites (1) Balasahcb Mirikar (2) Bapusaheb Buti

(3) Amir Shakkar (4) Hemadpant - Baba's opinion regarding killing of serpents ... .doc .htm

23. Yoga and onion - Shama cured of snake-bite - Cholera ordinances

broken - Ordeal of Guru-bhakti ... .doc .htm

24. Baba's wit and humour - Chana Leela - (1) Hemadpant (2) Sudama

(3) Anna Chinchanikar vs. Maushibai ... .doc .htm

25. Damu Anna Kasar of Ahmednagar (1) Speculations (2) Amraleela

.doc .htm

26. Stories of (1) Bhakta Pant (2) Harishchandra Pitale (3) Gopal

Ambadekar .doc .htm

27. Favour shown by giving Bhagwat and Vishnu Sahastranaam - Dixit's

Vitthal vision - Geeta-Rahasya -Khapardes ... .doc .htm

28. Sparrows drawn to Shirdi (1) Lakhshmichand (2) Burhanpore lady

(3) Megha ... ... .doc .htm

29. Stories of (1) Chennai's Bhajani Mela (2) Tendulkars (father and son)

(3) Dr. Captain Hate (4) Waman Narvekar .doc .htm

30. Drawn to Shirdi (1) Kakaji Vaidya of Vani (2) Ramlal Punjabi of

Mumbai ... .doc .htm

31. The passing away in Baba's presence of (1) Sanyaasi Vijayanand

(2) Balaram Mankar (3) Noolkar (4) Megha (5) Tiger ... .doc .htm

32. In quest of Guru and God - Fasting disapproved ... .doc .htm

33. Greatness of Udi - Scorpion-sting and plague cases cured - Jamner
miracle - Narayan Rao's sickness - Balabua Sutar - Appasaheb Kulkarni - Haribhau Karnik ... ... .doc .htm

34. Greatness of Udi (continued) - Doctor's nephew - Dr. Pilley - Shama's

sister-in-law - Irani girl - Harda gentlemen -Mumbai lady ....doc .htm

35. Tested and found not wanting - Kaka Mahajani's friend and master -

Bandra insomnia case - Bala Patil Newaskar .doc .htm

36. Wonderful stories of (1) Two Goa gentlemen (2) Mrs. Aurangabadkar

.doc .htm

37. Chavadi procession ... .doc .htm

  1. Baba's Handi - Disrespect of shrine - Cup of butter milk .doc .htm

39. Baba's knowledge of Sanskrit - His interpretation of a verse from Gita
- Construction of the Samadhi Mandir .doc .htm

40. Stones of Baba (1) Attending Mrs. Dev's Udyapan ceremony as

Sanyaasi with two others (2) Hemadpant's house in the form of His picture .doc .htm

41. Story of the picture - Stealing the rags and reading of Dnyaneshwari

.doc .htm

42. Baba's passing away - Previous indication - Averting death of

Ramchandra Dada Patil and Tatya Kote Patil - Charity of Laxmibai Shinde - Last moment .doc .htm

43-44. Baba's passing away (continued) - preparation - Samadhi

Mandir - Breaking of the brick - 72 hours' Samadhi - Jog's Sanyaas - Baba's nectar-like words .doc .htm

45. Kakasaheb's doubt and Anandrao's vision - Wooden plank - Baba's

bed-stead and not Bhagat's ... ... .doc .htm

46. Baba's Gaya trip - Story of the two goats ... ... .doc .htm

47. Baba's reminiscences - Story of Veerbhadrappa and Chenbasappa
(snake and frog) ... ... .doc .htm

48. Warding off devotee's calamities - Stories of (1) Mr. Shevade

(2) Sapatnekar .doc .htm

49. Stories of (1) Hari Kanoba (2) Soniadev Swami (3) Nanasaheb Chandorkar .doc .htm

50. Stories of (1) Kakasaheb Dixit (2) Shri Tembe Swami (3) Balaram
Dhurandhar ... .doc .htm

EPILOGUE .doc .htm

ARTI ... .doc .htm

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