Sanatan ashram, Devad (Panvel) – A great Saint from Pune H.H. Aba Upadhye came to Sanatan’s Devad ashram on the evening of June 23, 2019 charging it with His Divine Consciousness. During His stay of four days He met Saints and seekers residing in the ashram and also seekers serving in the Dainik Sanatan Prabhat. His stay there endowed seekers with Divine Consciousness. At an informal function a Saint from the ashram H.H. Gurunath Dabholkar honoured H.H. Aba with a shawl, coconut and gift. He left for his home on June 27, 2019. H.H. Aba enjoyed His stay at the ashram and promised seekers that He would visit more often.
During His stay in the ashram H.H. Aba learnt about the activities pertaining to the nation and Dharma being carried out in the ashram. He applied the Divine Holy ash (vibhuti) that He had to seekers. Guiding seekers and Saints in the ashram, He also clarified their doubts. H.H. Aba visited the residence of late Sadguru (Mrs.) Phadkeaji in the colony adjacent to the ashram and paid homage in the room used by Her. He showered all seekers with His love and Bliss. He was accompanied by his relatives and who were also pleased to tour the ashram.
Some precious moments during the
visit of H.H. Aba Upadhye to the ashram
1. Meditation in the Shiva temple by H.H. Aba Upadhye
H.H. Aba spent quite some time in the Shiva temple near the Sanatan ashram, prayed to Deity Shankar, sang a devotional song (bhajan) amidst clapping and meditated for some time. Seekers experienced an increase in energy and Divine Consciousness in the temple after His visit.
2. Spiritual emotion evoked in H.H. Aba after paying
obeisance to the photograph of H.H. Bhaktaraj Maharaj
When leaving the ashram H.H. Aba offered obeisance to the photograph of H.H. Bhaktaraj Maharaj, the source of inspiration of Sanatan Sanstha, with spiritual emotion. When He spoke to Maharaj for nearby five minutes there were tears of spiritual emotion pouring down His cheeks. The spiritual emotion of gratitude was visible on His face. Spiritual emotion of seekers viewing this scene was evoked with the feeling that two oceans of Divine Consciousness are merging into each other.
3. H.H. Aba promised to visit the Sanatan ashram every four months
When seekers requested H.H. Aba to extend His stay in the ashram He said that He had enjoyed His stay a lot and that He would be visiting for four days every four months.
Special features of H.H. Aba Upadhye’s Holy ash container
H.H. Aba applies Divine Holy ash from His container to seekers. No matter how much it reduces after use within a few days it is regenerated spontaneously. The container has a Shivapindi (Divine Phallus) within it. This container has been gifted to H.H Aba by His Guru H.H. Sadanand Swami through a vision in a dream.
Daughter of H.H. Aba Upadhye,
Mrs. Sandhya Kothawale impressed with the ashram
Daughter of H.H. Aba Upadhye, Mrs. Sandhya Kothawale was impressed after observing how in the ashram arrangements are made to use water judiciously, how seekers follow Scriptures and wear a vermilion tilak on the forehead and other amenities in the ashram. She said, “We need a seeker in the board of directors of our school at Goregaon, then all facilities will improve. The physical condition of H.H. Aba improved after visiting the ashram. All this has happened due to the service attitude of all seekers. A mission of this kind is not found anywhere else.”
Guidance by H.H. Aba to seekers in the ashram
1. Sanatan seekers greet an individual with a
respectful namaskar while people outside do it when they leave
I happened to visit Sanatan’s Ramnathi ashram 5-6 years ago. The behavior of every seeker is good. I am not great yet when seekers from the ashram met me they greet first with ‘Namaskar Param Pujya Aba’. In the outside world they say ‘Namaskar Aba’ after the conversation is over. I feel Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale is molding them into good seekers. Sadguru (Mrs.) Binda Singbal and Sadguru (Mrs.) Anjali Gadgil too are alike.
2. Sanatan’s flowing river has originated in the form of
Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale and is expanding in leaps and bounds
Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale is knower of the three worlds. Hence He was able to expand the mission of Sanatan Sanstha far and wide. Sanatan Sanstha which has originated in the form of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale is expanding profusely.
3. Instead of learning Spirituality through study it is
better to learn it through experience of your own spiritual journey
H.H. Aba’s curt replies to the progressives and atheists
1. Clarification of thoughts of so-called progressives by H.H. Aba
Man makes enemies when he becomes great, clever and intelligent. He is verbally abused. An attempt is made to stop his mission. This is exactly what is happening with respect to Sanatan Sanstha. I have clarified the thoughts of ANS(Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti), an atheist organisation; Jayant Narlikar and All India President of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti Shyam Manav. I asked them ‘Can you bring rainfall or stop it at a specific time and place with the help of science ?
2. Listening to the talk on the existence of God atheists were speechless
Once an individual belonging to Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti told me, “I do not believe in God as I have not seen him.” So I said, “You may have seen your father, grandfather and great grandfather so you can say they existed but have you seen their forefathers ? Then it would be alright to say that they did not exist. To be able to get a vision of God you have to perform spiritual practice. Hearing this he was speechless and left hurriedly. When Dr. P.V.Vartak from Pune filed a petition against Shyam Manav of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti before the court he was even meted out punishment.
Five spiritual concepts told to
H.H. Aba Upadhye by His Guru H.H. Sadanand Swami
1. Speak the truth. The doors to truth are always open. What goes on behind close doors is the untruth.
2. When relations between two neighbours is good a third party comes from far away and poisons one neighbour, “Your neighbour is not good but do not mention that I have told you this”. Never trust this third party.
3. There should be consistency in speaking the truth and behaving righteously. If you speak the truth for a fortnight then on the 16th day you will automatically speak the truth.
4. You should feel content with your actions.
5. If you speak the truth for several years then you go into a super conscious state (samadhi) and derive bliss from it.
Seekers felt as if Paratpar Guru Pande Maharaj had
come to meet them through the medium of H.H. Aba Upadhye
H.H. Aba was given accommodation in the room of Paratpar Guru Pande Maharaj who renounced His body recently. Through His varied actions and speech it appeared as if Paratpar Guru Pande Maharaj Himself had come to visit seekers again through H.H. Aba who proclaimed that residing in the ashram had given him immense bliss and enthusiasm.