Extract from the letter written by Shree Maharaj to Shri Babarao alias Madhukar V. Tembe, Afganisthan., published in Third edition of ‘Tuchi Baap Dhani’
Shri Babarao Tembe, Best of the Blessings of Shree Swamikrupa. Received your letter dated 25/9/1973 and got the contents. It was good to know about you. It was nice to read that your routine there includes Pooja, Aarati, recitation of Stotras and reading (of religious books) Geeta, Namasmaran and meditation. You do all this with the responsibility of office work is very important. Everything is alright here at Shree’s place. Anant Chaturdashi ritual was done in Bhadraprada. Thereafter Shree Baba’s Shraddh vidhi was performed. I was told and (I) read that Ganapati Visarjan procession lasted up 10 am next day. Ghatasthapana was done here at Shree’s place on Ashvin Shuddha 1. Lalita Panchami was observed on Shuddha Panchami. Navachandi Havan was done on the afternoon of Ashtami. In all about 200 persons ate (Prasad) in the morning and evening. Yesterday was Vijayadashami, Mandal kept invitation card of birth anniversary before Shree Baba. Pujan (worship) of Shastra (weapons), Flag, and in the evening Ashmantaka pujan, ritual was done.
Shree Santa (saint) Dr. Karkhanis was present for all rituals and even now while writing this letter he is present. His blessings to you. Namaskar to you from Shri Balasaheb, Shri Vazekaka, Chi. Datta and all others persons known and named by you in the letter. Vedamoorthy Sapre guruji, all at the place of Chi. Sharad Sapre’s place and all at your place are O.K. Yesterday all from your place had come here for Darshan of Shree Sadguru Baba on the occasion of Dashara. Chi. Arun is doing his studies well. He is not wandering here and there. He is here while writing this letter; because he has come here for Darshan, today being Sunday. His mid – term (six monthly) exam. starts today. Rest is o.k. Here monster of dearness is increasing continuously day by day. Supply of almost all things is not available and people are shaken by the price rise which is taking place everyday. Everywhere agitations & demonstrations are going on. Things essential for day to day life of common man are missing from the market. The merchants are looting by raising prices and the Government is keeping citizens half-fed by imposing controls. This has been the way of life in India now.
Verse: Oh God! Come soon for (our protection), Don’t test our limits. The life is (already) disturbed. 1. Let your sweet Nama be recited by me. Only (with that) I will be happy. 2. My heart will be peaceful only with the continuous recitation of Nama. 3. The Maya causes disturbance in life. (Please) destroy the Maya’s creation (which is the root of all disturbance). 4. Let me be free from (Shadripu) six enemies. Keep away the Hope and Thirst. 5. Let reason, aloofness and true devotion remain stronger in my heart. 6. True devotion gives true love, incomparable joy in your Nama. 7. Birth after births (I) have been bearing (and) living in this fallacy of this world. 8. Das says let me not think of anything but your Nama. 9. Only eternal god is protector and friend of jeeva during all births, is the truth and his abode is in the heart of everyone all the time. To search, meet, get oneness with him should be the aim of everyone.
V. G. Joshi