‘ब्रह्ममूर्ती संत जगी अवतरले । उद्धरावया आले दीन जगा ॥’ – Saint Namdev
Through this Holy verse Saint Namdev states that ‘For the upliftment of this helpless world Saints of the nature of Brahman have taken birth’. Saints are the materialised forms of God. In the present day Kaliyug Saints alone are the flow of Divine Consciousness (Chaitanya), they are one who lead the embodied soul trapped in the Great Illusion (Maya) drifting from the basic target of God-realisation, back onto the path. Meeting such true Saints and receiving guidance from Them is rare. Let us see the spiritual emotion that Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale has for Them through a few examples in this article. The truth is that hardly anyone has been able to perceive the value of Saints as much as Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale. There are of course verbal limitations to expressing this spiritual emotion beyond words. Increasing spiritual emotion towards The Saints and following their guidance is knowing the true Paratpar Gurudev.
1. Feeling happy when seekers make spiritual progress
For Paratpar Gurudev seekers are everything. Once He said, ‘Among all flowers ‘seeker flower’ is my favourite’. He is always feels how much and what he can do for seekers.
A seeker became a Saint. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) was watching this function held in Sanatan’s Devad Ashram from Ramnathi. It was teatime so a seeker from the kitchen came with tea and snacks for Him. He said ‘Are you not feeling content watching this function, why do I need tea and snacks now ?’ These words of Gurudev are inspiring for every seeker. The happiness that Gurudev experiences when a seeker makes spiritual progress must be even greater than that experienced by the evolved seeker himself. A quote by Gurudev (Dr.) Kateswamiji says ‘The one who is the happiest when a disciple makes progress is the Guru’. In this way many seekers have attained Sainthood and Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale is extremely happy about it. Observing the spiritual progress of seekers also evokes spiritual emotion in Him.
2. Eagerly looking forward to the visit of Saints
For the past several years on the pretext of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Rashtra Adhiveshan Saints from various districts come to Ramnathi. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale ensures that these Saints and Sadgurus are shown different spiritual changes occurring in the ashram and in His room. He also plans for videofilming of unique spiritual changes occurring in the bodies of Saints, for future generations. It is ensured that during this period sumptuous meals are served to them. In fact He cares for Saints and seekers visiting the Ramnathi ashram like a daughter visiting her parents’ home after marriage.
3. Accumulating belongings of Saints charged with Divine Consciousness
Belongings of Saints are charged with Divine Consciousness. In the present Raja-Tama environment these objects are a storehouse of Divine Consciousness. For the seekers to receive this Divine Consciousness continuously Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale collects these objects.
3 A. ‘When Paratpar Guru Kalidas Deshpande was conversing with Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale, tears were flowing from his eyes out of spiritual emotion. These tears being a treasure for society, Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale asked that they be preserved in the museum.
3 B. After Sanatan’s Sadguru H.H. (Mrs.) Shakuntala Petheaji, Paratpar Guru Deshpandekaka and such other Saints renounced Their bodies, Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale preserved all their belongings.
3 C. On December 11, 2002 Sadguru (Miss) Anuradha Wadekar gave the chrysanthemums offered at the Holy feet of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale to H.H. Phadkeaji who preserved them. After She renounced Her body Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale too asked for preservation of those flowers which are now 16 years old. A few petals of one flower have fallen off but their subtle fragrance persists.
3 D. The pouch used by Sanatan’s Sadguru (Miss) Anuradha Wadekar emits a Divine fragrance. Paratapar Guru (Dr.) Athavale has also advised to preserve the drawing she has sketched during her study at the College of Art as a priceless painting.
In the Ashrams of many of the Saints, there belongings are known to be preserved by their disciples. But Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale is the only Saint performing spiritual research on the unique preserved objects by the disciples.
4. Studying spiritual changes in the bodies of Saints
The spiritual practice of an individual has an effect on his body, his belongings and his environment. Several times after an increase in spiritual practice the skin becomes soft and radiant, the hair becomes soft etc.
Based on the principles in the physical body bluish tinge of spiritual emotion and devotion, yellowish tinge of Divine Consciousness, pink tinge of spiritual love (priti) are seen on some parts of the body. Clothes and objects used by the seeker show some visible effects. These effects are an indicator of Sainthood. Due to the simple and casual lifestyle of Sanatan Saints the common man is unable to identify him as a Saint. From the spiritual experiences of seekers who have been in their Holy company they become aware of their greatness. Society becomes aware of Saint’s Sainthood through auspicious changes in their physical body. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale has video filmed changes occurring in the bodies of Saints and this is an invaluable gift by Sanatan to the future generation. Studying the horoscopes of Saints is a unique research being carried out under the guidance of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale.’
– Miss Saili Dingare, Sanatan ashram, Ramnathi, Goa
5. Learning the sojourn of spiritual
practice of a Saint to present it before society
‘As per Gurukrupayoga (Path of Guru’s Grace) the main principle of spiritual practice is ‘there are as many individuals and hence many temperaments and hence corresponding paths of spiritual practice’. According to this principle in the efforts of spiritual practice of every seeker there is something new. With a view that they are conveyed to all and so that other seekers can make similar efforts, Paratpar Guru (Dr.) publishes articles about the efforts of these seekers and Saints in Sanatan periodicals. Also,Their interview is video filmed and preserved for future generations.
Spiritual emotion of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale for Saints, Their belongings and guidance is very high. By rule the disciple has to serve the Guru but because the spiritual emotion of seekers and society towards Saints should grow, Gurudev Himself moulds us through His actions. May spiritual emotion for Saints grow in us seekers through teaching of Shriguru and may we seekers perform spiritual practice as per his expectations is our prayer at His Holy feet.’
– Miss Saili Dingare, Sanatan ashram, Ramnathi, Goa
The only Guru in the world compiling the biography
of His disciples who have become Saints is Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale
‘Generally, a disciple writes the biography of His Guru. We have not found a Guru writing the biography of a disciple. Several seekers from Sanatan have become Saints after performing spiritual practice under the guidance of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Jayant Athavale. Example, Sadguru Ms. Anuradha Wadekar’s biography (saint’s spiritual progress, work, their teachings etc) is being compiled by Paratpar Guru Doctor. Once completed He will be writing the biographies of other Saints too. Similarly, A Holy text on a 2 year old boy a Saint by birth, H.H. Bhargavram has already been published.
Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale receives as much happiness when compiling the biography of a Saint as when a seeker becomes a saint. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale has placed a new ideal before Saints of the world by remaining in the spiritual emotion of a disciple (by writing biographies of Saints with a spiritual emotion of service) and giving disciples the status of a Guru (Saint).