1. Perceiving Priti of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale
1A. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale loves seekers who perform seva in the
sun and rain more than seekers who only listen to His guidance sitting in a hall
In 1999, my family was staying in Karad (Maharashtra), when Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale was conducting meetings everywhere. When He came to Karad for one such meeting, seekers were to meet Him in a hall for His guidance before the meeting. After He talked to a few seekers about their well-being, He had enquired about one seeker who was not present. He asked if this seeker had any problem. I told Him that the seeker was busy in preparing for the meeting being organised in the evening. He said, “I appreciate seekers performing seva in the sun more than seekers who only listen to my guidance sitting in a hall”. I perceived the prembhav (Love for everyone) of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale from this incident. He is equated with a mother (Gurumouli) due to His affection for seekers.
1B. Asking seekers to distribute sesame seed laddus to labourers along with seekers on Makarsankranti and thus treating everyone in the same manner by loving them equally
When the Ramnathi Ashram was under construction, I got the opportunity to participate in the seva (Service unto the Absolute Truth). 20-25 labourers used to come on daily-wage basis for construction. On Makarsankranti, Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale had sent sesame seed laddus for seekers in the Ashram. Seekers in the construction section also ate the laddus. The next day, He confirmed with me whether everyone had eaten the laddus, and enquired whether laddus were given to the labourers too. When I told Him that they had not been given laddus, He said, “When they work for us, they too should be given laddus”. I had this narrow outlook that when labourers were not seekers, why should they be given laddus. However, He asked me to give them laddus as His Priti (Love without expectations) was expansive – same for the labourers as it was for seekers. I learnt that He loves every jiva (Embodied soul) equally.
1C. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale taking cognisance
of the efforts put in by seekers and showering His love on them
In 1999, Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale came to my place on His visit to Karad for the spread of Spirituality. During lunch, a lady-seeker made a nice design of various vegetables to be served as salad to Him. He asked who had made the design. Mrs. Kasturi Bhosale introduced the lady-seeker to Him. He asked if she had taken any training in arranging vegetables for a salad. Before touching the design, He asked us to take a photo of the salad plate. Whenever someone used to prepare a unique dish, He would not only ask the name of the seeker but also learn the method of preparing the dish and appreciate the effort of seekers in preparing the dish. Thus, seekers would be very happy to get love and appreciation from Him.
1D. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale appreciating a
seeker for making of a wooden bookshelf and encouraging him
When I was working in a Medical College, I made two wooden bookshelves during the summer vacation to keep Sanatan’s Holy texts in a manner that the covers of the Holy texts would be visible. These bookshelves were in my drawing room. When Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale visited Karad, after looking at these bookshelves He asked me who had made them. He liked them and remarked that the Holy texts appear very nice in them. When I told Him that I had made them to utilise my vacation time, He appreciated my carpentry skills. He added that He had also made benches and sofa sets for patients coming to His clinic. Thus, I learnt that Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale appreciates even small efforts put in by seekers and encourages them.
1E. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale assisting the
seeker-doctor collecting His blood sample for pathological tests
When Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale was not well, His blood sample was to be sent to a pathological laboratory for testing. I went to His room to collect His blood sample. At that time He made all the arrangements Himself, such as placing a table near the window, a stool near the bed for the equipment, a pillow for placing the hand on the table etc. I did not have to make any preparations for collecting the blood sample. He cleaned the skin near a vein with a cotton swab soaked in spirit before the blood collection was to begin. He put pressure on His hand so that the vein could be easily located. As a result, the blood sample could be collected in the first attempt itself. He jocularly remarked whether the blood sample was taken out in the first attempt itself due to my expertise or sudden expansion of His veins ! His remark reduced my tension immediately.
He would place a cotton swab on His hand and fold His hand. With the other hand, He would shake the bottle in which blood was collected so that it did not clot. He would even wipe the few drops of blood that were falling on the table while filling the bottle with blood from the syringe. He would also tell me some unique things to reduce my tension. Thus, He bestowed me with a lot of bliss during His presence.
2. Even when He was very ill and was on saline, He was engrossed in seva !
In 2009, Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale was very ill. He was on saline in His room the entire night. The following morning, He started reading Daily Sanatan Prabhat as usual despite being on saline. He would hold the Daily in one hand, and with the other hand (on which the saline was attached), He would hold a pencil and make notes on the Daily. Thus, looking at Him, I could learn how to perform seva with complete dedication and commitment
3. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale asking
seekers to give priority to samashti seva
3A. In 1999, when we were staying in Karad, public meetings of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale were in progress. During His Karad visit, He stayed with us. When He was to wash His hands before lunch, I was standing near the washbasin holding a napkin for Him. When He saw me, He told me not to waste my time; He would wipe hands Himself. He asked me to attend to other sevas. Thus, I learnt that Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale likes seekers who perform samashti (Spiritual practice for the spread of Spirituality) seva more than those who serve Saints at the vyashti (Individual spiritual practice) level.
3B. In the evening before the public meeting, a chariot with spiritual pictures was taken out. All seekers had gone to participate in the procession. Mrs. Kasturi Bhosale and Ms. Madhura Bhosale stayed home to serve tea to Him. On seeing them He said, “Will you not go to see the procession ?” When they said that they had stayed back to serve Him tea, He told them to put everything required for making tea near the gas stove and go to see the procession; He said He would prepare the tea Himself. They obeyed Him. This show that He wanted the lady-seekers to enjoy the Bliss of samashti by seeing the procession rather than the Bliss in serving a Saint at the vyashti level.
4. Perceiving the omniscience of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale
4A. The number of lady-seekers performing seva during the public meetings in Maharashtra during 1998-99 was more than the male-seekers. Noticing this, He predicted that in the future, there will be 70% lady-seekers and 30% male-seekers in Sanatan Sanstha. The responsible seekers would be at a spiritual level above 60%, and Saints would become Prasar sevaks. This prediction is being experienced since 2014.
4B. Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale guiding seekers promptly and accurately, thus proving that He is not only a Saint but the omniscient God : Earlier, Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale used to guide seekers about all sevas, which would surprise me. I was convinced that He possessed Knowledge of every field because He was omniscient; He was not only a Saint, but the omniscient God. I pay obeisance unto His Holy feet.
5. A seeker offering gratitude for the
spiritual experience that Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale is God in person !
On the birthday of Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale in 2015, Saptarshi declared through Jiva-nadipatti reading that ‘Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale is the Incarnation of Shri Vishnu’, and felicitated Him. However, I had perceived this spiritual experience in 2007 itself. Therefore, I offer gratitude unto His Holy feet for the spiritual experience.
– Dr. Bhikaji Bhosale (Sanatan Ashram, Ramnathi Goa.)