GURU SAMARPAN DIWAS
There is an
interesting story behind starting of celebrating 2nd November
as Guru Samarpan Diwas. Once in the first half of the year
2003, I had an honor of accompanying Shri Satpathiji (Guruji)
to Shirdi. After attending the evening Aarti, as we were
passing near Dixitwada (presently the Museum). Guruji suddenly
stopped there for a moment and asked me to give him details
regarding following two events/subject.
The date on which Kaka Saheb had his first Darshan of Shri
Sai Baba in Shirdi and where in Sai Saccharitra is it
mentioned that Sai Baba once told Kaka Saheb that in his next
incarnation Baba would appear as a child of 8 years.
I very promptly agreed to provide these details to him at
my earliest, but later on I realized that it was going to be a
big research project for me and I may have to churn a number
of books to get the required information.
I have no hesitation in admitting that my knowledge
regarding Shri Sai Saccharitra was very shallow despite having
an old copy of the same in our Devghar. We were also having a
book 'Sainche Sat Chhritra" Written by Col. Nimbalkar in our
house, which was presented to me by
him in the year 1996.
It appears that Col, Nimbalkar fully knew my disinterest in
reading books and therefore on a small paper he noted down the
page numbers on which Kaka Saheb's name was mentioned.
He must have wanted me to at least read those pages. These
were the only two bools on Si Baba in our house to start my
research project. Reaching Mumbai from Shirdi I became
extremely busy with my routing office work and totally forgot
about the project. I am really very lucky person to always get
sleep as soon as I lay down in my bed.
But after about two weeks latter from my Shirdi visit, once
I was unable to get any sleep till 2O'clock in the night. And
suddenly I remembered about my promise to Shri Guruji. I got
up from my bed, entered our Devghar and decided to make a
beginning to Herculean task of my research work. Our Devghar
is always full of positive vibrations mainly due to presence
of a unique and live portrait of Shri Sai Baba painted by Late
Shyamrao Jaykar in the year 1913; I bowed before Sai Baba and
sought his blessings. The first book that I picked up on that
night was the same one, which was presented to me by Col.
Nimbalkar. I sat in front of Baba's portrait and once again
bowed before him to get his blessings.
It was a great surprise that I opened the book from the
last page I saw a chronological tabulation of events that took
place in Shirdi. It only took me a minute or so to get the
date on which Kaka Saheb Had his First darshan of Shri Sai
Baba. That day was 2nd November 1909. I never expected that
the first part of my research would get over so easily and
quickly. I thanked Baba for that, went to bed and got very
sound sleep that night.
A few days passed there after and again on one night the
thing of not getting the sleep up to 2 o'clock repeated. I
thought it to be the alarm for starting the second part of my
All rituals performed in earlier
occasion were repeated. However this time I had to use some
logic to get the answer. I thought that the mention of next
incarnation would be mostly in tone of those Adhyays, which
are related to his Baba's nirvan. And therefore I picked up
Hemadpant's Sai Sacchritra and started glancing from Adhyay
It took me about 5 minutes to locate the required
information in Adhayay 43 ovi 139. Here it is mentioned that
Baba had once told that in his next incarnation he would
appear as a child of 8-year age. For a moment I was happy that
I got the answer but next moment became unhappy, as the name
of Kaka Saheb was nowhere mentioned here.
Immediately I decided to see the interpretation (tika) of
this Ovi in Col. Nimbalkar's book and he has given reference
of page 2 of Preface (upodhvadhat) of original Sai Saccharitra
written by Hemadpant.
Here it is mentioned by Kaka Saheb that once Baba told him
that in his next incarnation he would be born as an 8-year
child. I never expected that the research would get over so
quickly and so easily. It is for the first time I realized the
meaning of Shraddha and Saburi.
However I could not sleep in anxiety to convey the results
of my research to shri Guruji .In the same morning I contacted
Shri Guruji on telephone at about 8 o'clock. Shri Guruji
responded with the following words; 'So Bhau, you have now
started reading books on Shri Sai Baba. Please keep it up. I
want you to take lead in getting this day of 2nd November
celebrated every year at Vile Parle as GURU SAMARPAN
It is quite obvious that he knew both the answers and the
basic objective were to drive me towards Saism by reading the
available literature. I accepted his command of celebrating
'GURU SAMARPAN DIWAS' conditionally and the condition was that
he would be present and preside the function every