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NANANote By G.P.Sinha
NA NA Publisher’s & Translator’s Note
NA NA Foreword
NA NA About The Author
NA NA Preface
NA NA Introduction
Chapter 1Part 1Our Anna
Chapter 1Part 2Our Anna
Chapter 1Part 3Our Anna
Chapter 2Part 1Arrival Of Sai Baba In Shirdi
Chapter 2Part 2Arrival Of Sai Baba In Shirdi
Chapter 3Part 1Shama
Chapter 3Part 2Shama
Chapter 3Part 3Shama
Chapter 4Part 1Baba’s Dakshina
Chapter 4Part 2Baba’s Dakshina
Chapter 5Part 1Mahalasa – Importance Of Nama-Japa
Chapter 6Part 1Thirst For God Realization
Chapter 7Part 1 Baba’s Teachings
Chapter 7 Part 2Baba’s Teachings
Chapter 8Part 1Why Did You Come To A Muslim?
Chapter 9Part 1Dissemination
Chapter 10Part 1Bhakt – Parayan Dasganu
Chapter 10 Part 2Bhakt – Parayan Dasganu
Chapter 10Part 3Bhakt – Parayan Dasganu
Chapter 11Part 1Sadguru
Chapter 11 Part 2Sadguru
Chapter 12Part 1Guru Bhakti
Chapter 12 Part 2Guru Bhakti
Chapter 13Part 1Treasure Of Love
Chapter 13Part 2Treasure Of Love
Chapter 14NAChanak Leela
Chapter 15Part 1Five Laddus
Chapter 15Part 2Five Laddus
Chapter 16Part 1The Method Of Baba’s Instructions
Chapter 16Part 2The Method Of Baba’s Instructions
Chapter 16Part 3The Method Of Baba’s Instructions
Chapter 16Part 4The Method Of Baba’s Instructions
Chapter 16Part 5The Method Of Baba’s Instructions
Chapter 16Part 6The Method Of Baba’s Instructions
Chapter 16Part 7The Method Of Baba’s Instructions
Chapter 17NAExperiencing Divinity
Chapter 18Part 1What Was Baba’s Denomination
Chapter 18Part 2What Was Baba’s Denomination
Chapter 19NASome Stories & Quotes
Chapter 20Part 1Bhau Is Not A Beast Of Burden
Chapter 20Part 2Bhau Is Not A Beast Of Burden
Chapter 21Part 1I Have To Protect My Child
Chapter 21Part 2I Have To Protect My Child
Chapter 22Part 1Transformation
Chapter 22Part 2Transformation
Chapter 23Part 1All About His Photographs
Chapter 23Part 2All About His Photographs
Chapter 23Part 3All About His Photographs
Chapter 24Part 1Sri Sai Baba And Vitthal-Krishna
Chapter 24Part 2Sri Sai Baba And Vitthal-Krishna
Chapter 25Part 1Nirvana
Chapter 25Part 2Nirvana
Appendix ANAMy Gurudev: Bhau Maharaj

APPENDIX-B

RADHAKRISHNA-AAI

Sunderabai Kshirsagar first came Shirdi from Pandharpur with Baba’s devotee Nanasaheb Chandorkar. She became devout follower Baba. surrendered to Him with and heart. She would continuously chant God’s name, ‘Radha-Krishna’ ceaselessly much so, that started knowing by the name ‘RadhaKrishna-Aai’ (Aai means Mother). They almost forgot her real and inspired others to so.

She was a young widow. She would never show her face to Baba. She never climbed the stairs of Dwarkamai. Baba would sleep in the Chawadi alternate days. Only on those days she would go Dwarkamai to place a lighted rock-oil lamp (Kandil) on the stairs and return. She used to wear only white saris, which Baba used to provide her. He also used to send some eatables (Part alms and Naivedyam received) to her at the hand of Madhavrao Deshpande. Baba had told him (Madhavrao) that she was there with Him in some previous birth.

Under RadhaKrishna-Aai’s management, offering Aarti to Baba was started as a regular ritual. Aarti would be offered three times a day. ‘Kakad-Aarati’ dawn, afternoon Aarti and Shejarati at night. At the time of Aarti, devotees would hold umbrella, fan and other such things in honour Baba. (Chhatra, Chamar, Chavari, etc,) RadhaKrishna-Aai did immense efforts change the face and ambience of Shirdi. Shirdi village transformed into Shirdi-Sansthan. Fakir-like humble appearance Shirdi was changed and it shone with a new splendour. She got the Chawadi decorated with glass candleholders, chandeliers, mirrors and photo frames. When Baba would be on HIs way Chawadi, there would be music, a horse (it was named Shamsundar) and a palanquin. The devotees would accompany Baba singing Bhajans (devotional songs). She used to send rolled ‘Betel-leaves’ (Govind-Vida) everyday to Baba. Baba would eat smashed Vida sent by her. She believed that Baba was Krishna. So she started ‘Gokul-Ashtami’ (Birthday of God Krishna) Festival in Shirdi. She was a Krishna devotee. She had a small idol of Krishna. It made up some metal. She used to carry it with her all the time. She would not leave it even for a second. She might be Radha in her previous birth. Devotees of Baba used to serve her too. She was young in age, but all would respect her and act as per her wish and instruction.

Before Radhakrishna-Aai came to Shirdi, Kondaji Lalbhai Shaikh, a Muslim, used to provide betel-leaves to Baba. Since she came, she would look after Baba’s needs. She would do all sorts of work. Some are given below:

  • She would clean the surroundings of Dwarkamai and sweep all the roads, which Baba used. 
  • She would bring butter, cashew, almonds, laddu, roti, milk and yogurt etc. for Baba as breakfast.
  • She would keep hot water ready for Him to clean the teeth in the morning.
  • For lunch, she would send rawa-halwa, Payasam (Khir) and Pakodas together with subji, chatni, etc. in silver plates.
  • In the evening again she would send different eatables and drinking water in silver jug with spout (Zari).
  • She brought all silver utensils needed for Baba’s worship, big bowl (Ghangal) for His bath and a few other things like glasses trays, perfume bottles and rose-water sprinklers.
  • She brought soft mattresses, pillows etc for Baba to sit and sleep on.
  • Baba used to go to Chawadi on alternate days. She started a custom of daily procession from Dwarkamai to Chawadi. A palanquin, a chariot (on every Thursday) were included in the procession by her suggestion.
  • With the help of PurandareKaka, she got some arches set on the way by which Baba would pass. The arches were then covered with some creeper plants as decoration and making shade on the way. 
  • She adorned Dwarkamai with beautiful curtains.
  • She designated some people to accompany the procession as Bhaldar and Chopdar. She decided and made the uniforms for them. She bought silver sticks to be held by them while walking by the side of Baba.
  • She arranged, petromax lamps which were necessary for the procession.

In these and many other ways RadhaKrishna-Aai added to the splendour of Baba. With the help of Baba’s close devotees she implemented the process of making Shirdi a ‘Sansthan’. Her stay in Shirdi was not more than nine years or so. But in that short span of time she brought about many good changes in Shirdi. Her life is nothing less than the ‘Radha-Vilas’ for Lord Krishna.

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END OF APPENDIX B

Appendix C reveals some facts about location of Shirdi and Samudra-Manthan.

© Author – Dr. Keshav Bhagwant Gavankar (Annasahib Gavankar) – Explicit Rights To Publish To Shirdi Sai Baba Books.com (Member of SaiYugNetwork.com)

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