Important Extracts from ” Tuchi Baap Dhani “
“Shree Maharaj is Lord Dattatreya Himself”
I had the association of Shree Maharaj for 35 years. During this period, I had a divine experience which I would like to narrate.
In Febraury 1957, I had been to Kshetra Ganagapur (Holy place). My Sadguru Shree Vishweshwar Maharaj alias Amma was still alive and I was staying in his (Sadguru’s) newly built hermitage. During my stay, I prayed my Sadguru that I desire to have the divine vision of Lord Dattatreya with attributes and qualities of “Three Heads and Six Hands“. Formerly, twice at Gangapur, I had the opportunity to see Shree Swami Nrusimha Saraswati, in divine ascetic form. In one way, I had the direct blessings of Lord Dattatreya only. Even then, since I had a strong desire right from childhood, to have the divine vision of Lord Dattatreya in the form of “Three Heads and Six Hands“, I prayed to my Sadguru to fulfill my wish. My Sadguru told me that it would be extremely difficult to have the divine vision in this form, during Kaliyuga (Kali age – the fourth age). Again I prayed to my Sadguru “You are infact Lord Shiva only. Hence I strongly feel it would not be difficult for you to fulfill my desire“. My Sadguru said “If you had such unflinching faith, you pray to Lord Dattatreya”. Then I said “I will go to Sangam confluence (where two rivers meet) and propitiate Lord Dattatreya” and with the blessings of my Sadguru I proceeded to Sangam confluence.
This Sangam confluence is a holy place of Lord Dattatreya. At Sangam, I prayed to Lord Dattatreya for fulfilling my desire of the divine vision in the form of “Three Heads and Six Hands“. I observed strict fasting for three days by drinking river water and sleeping in the temple premises.
I had only two short dhotees, one for wearing and one for cleaning the body. I had firmly decided not to return from Sangam till I get the divine vision of Lord Dattatreya. It was the blessings of my Sadguru Shree Vishweshwar Maharaj, that on the third day in the early morning before Kakad Arati (chanting praise and waving a lamp of coarse wick of cloth before the deity at dawn) I heard somebody calling me and I woke up. When I opened my eyes, I found the whole room filled with Divine Light and in that Divine Light I got the Divine Vision of Lord Dattatreya in the form of “Three Heads and Six Hands” as desired by me. I got up ecstatically and prostrated before the Lord and laid my head on the feet of the Lord and caught hold of the legs of Lord Dattatreya. I was crying out of happiness and I was so much overpowered by the emotions that I could not utter a single word. After a few seconds, Lord Dattatreya said “Your wish is fulfilled. You be happy now“. By saying so, Lord Dattatreya disappeared. Even now, I remember that beautiful moment.
Afterwards, I heard the sound of the Kakad Arati and came back to my senses. Then I completed all my morning duties and by then, a messenger from Shree Vishweshwar Maharaj came to call me. I returned to the hermitage of my Sadguru and prostrated before my Sadguru.
My Sadguru Shree Vishweshwar Maharaj said “Your wish is fulfilled. Preserve this experience till the end“
Next day I came back to Mumbai. At that time, Sadguru Shree Digambardas Maharaj alias Shree Maharaj was staying with Shri Pandurangrao Marabilli at Talmaki Wadi, Tardeo, Mumbai. After the office hours, as usual, I went to Talmaki Wadi to take the blessings of Shree Digambardas Maahraj alias Shree Maharaj. At that hour, Shree Maharaj was alone in the room. No sooner I prostrated before him, Shree Maharaj said “Hey, Banavali, what does the Lord Dattatreya say? You saw Lord Dattatreya in this form is it not?” After saying so, Shree Maharaj stood up and showed the same Divine form with “Three Heads and Six Hands“. I had seen the same divine form at Sangam confluence at Gangapur. This was a clear indication that Shree Digambardas Maharaj alias Shree Maharaj was in fact Lord Dattatreya only.