Extract from the letter written by Shree Maharaj to Dr. Haribhau Bhalchandra Aathalye, Palghar., published in Third edition of ‘Tuchi Baap Dhani’
Chi. Dr. Haribhau, esq. best of the blessings of Shree Swamikrupa. Received your letter without date, contents are noted. My best friend and a goodhearted person Seetarambuwa Walawalkar died of asthmatic attack on Saturday 18/1/1969 in the afternoon at 1 pm. I was at Pandit’s place in Mumbai at that time. Immediately we 9/10 persons started from Mumbai with two private vehicles at 10 pm in the night and reached Dervan at 5.30 am on Sunday early Morning. About 200 people were sitting around the body of late Buwa. With the permission of head of Grampanchayat (civic body of the village) and Police Patil Shri Buwa’s body was sent to flames in the new landed property owned by him. Agnisanskar and final rites were performed by Shri Vasant Anant Walawalkar of Mumbai. Temporary memorial has been erected at the place after monthly rites and Asthishuddhi. Before the body was sent to flames a private Trust of his entire property was declared as per his wishes and the same is being registered.
Till the trust is registered as per request of the Trustees I am looking after the Management of his estate and construction of house etc. for the present in the capacity of vahiwatdar. Shri Vasantrao Walawalkar shall stay here permanently with his wife after retirement with pension from his service. Shri Raote kaka and shri Dattopant Kulkarni are here presently to assist me. It’s lot of help from them to me. List of all things etc. are being done. Construction of house started by Shree Buwa is also going on. Thinking of shifting to new house in the month of Vaishakh. Shree Hanuman Mandir has been constructed there. Idol of Shree Hanuman will be placed there in Vaishakh.
On 22/2/69 I will come to Mumbai at Shri Pandit’s place. I will stay for four days. We shall meet in person if you come. We can talk in person at that time.
Your monthly ekadashani is continued and angara (holy ash) Prasad will be sent to your place. Only don’t send Sewa here. Because I shall tell Chi. Rambhau personally about remittance by money order etc. when we meet in person. You may send the sewa thereafter. Answers to your questions: Sell the land at Sativali.
You may stay at Palghar by taking a house as per your and your wife’s wish. Take two flats in Dutt Housing Society at Palghar. One on the Ground Floor and the other on the first or Second Floor. Start your Dispensary on the Ground Floor and stay on the upper Floor or in a separate house. It’s a good thing.
Idea of visiting villages once or twice is good. No problem in doing it. 5) This will happen in one and a half to two years till then somehow manage to remain at the same place.
Both of you should continue Shree Sadguru Baba’s Pooja, Namasmaran, Reading (of holy books) Meditation, Stotra pathan etc. without fail. With that Shree Sadguru Baba will take care of you and (in fact) has been doing it within the limits of your fate. I have prayed at the feet of Shree Sadguru Baba for giving you the best. Palghar is better than Mahim. (We shall) talk more when we meet. Blessings to your wife.
V. G. Joshi