Before starting arti of any Deity, its non-materialised (nirgun) form is present. After you start singing the arti the materialised (sagun) Principle of that Deity gets activated and after the last alphabet in the lines of the arti is uttered the non-materialised Principle gets reactivated.
H.H. (Dr.) Athavale is in the highest position in Spirituality, that of a Paratpar Guru. Despite that He has preserved His state of a disciple. This can be learnt through His various actions, some examples of which are given further.