When The Pune Warkaris Earned Their ‘Sathya Sai’ Due…

It was July 3, serene evening in Prasanthi Nilayam. The Ashadi Ekadashi allied symbolic Dindi Yatra just reached the Prasanthi ‘Ganesh’ Gate…and as if welcoming the warkaris, there came a heavenly shower… a brief sprinkling of rain… akin to a cascade of blessings being showered upon the sublime intent, the participants, as well as the procession…on the whole to the Ashadi Ekadashi tradition. Read on the happenings, from Jullie Chaudhuri… (extracted from the Sri Sathya Sai Youth Newsletter, Pune)

Great excitement brimmed over. The ‘Pandharpur’ Dindi had just arrived at the Ganesh Gate of the Holiest Of The Holies, Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam. The heart of Pune pilgrims was full of celestial joy as they dedicatedly chose to participate in the 3 day Dindi Yatrafrom Dharmavaram to Prasanthi Nilayam. This year Pune district enthusiasts had somehow managed to convince two stalwart warkari regulars from Alandi – Deshmukh Maharaj and More Maharaj and eight of their disciples to join in this holy march, rerouting the course of their journey which had through decades steadfastly headed towards Pandharpur…to now culminate at Parthi…assuring them – that the Presence that filled their dreams was equally present at Prasanthi. They agreed only because years ago their guru had asked them to visit Parthi at least once.

And so it transpired that as these warkaris from Pune district began their ‘devotional walk’ on the 1st of July – singing kirtans, chanting aloud, amidst fervent ‘Jai Jai Kaars’…hailing the One Absolute as Hari… Narayana… Vithala… Sai Krishna…Sai Rama…Sai Panduranga…when they sighed with extreme adoration…they experienced their Sai by their side!

In the afternoon of 3rd July, the moment the Dindi entered Prasanthi precincts through Ganesh Gate there was a brief sprinkling of rain, akin to a cascade of blessings being showered upon the sublime intent, the participants, as well as the procession.

Two of the regular Maratha warkaris, Deshmukh Maharaj and More Maharaj also joined the symbolic Dindi procession this time, preferring the same over the Pandharpur Dindi, though one must say out of loving ‘compulsion’.Though initially Deshmukh Maharaj and More Maharaj were reluctant to let go of their regular wari to Pandharpur, they eventually had such beautiful heart touching experiences during their wari and stay at Prasanthi that they were overwhelmed to their core. In the evening of July 4, while both of them were doing Hari Katha in their room, there was an Explicit Divine Touch Of Grace, a noticeable spattering of Vibhuti on Bhagawan’s photoframe, palpably making them aware of the loving Potent Divine Presence. True, their Cherished Mauli was as much here as in Pandharpur. This incident evoked tender emotions and tears of joy, as they experienced The OneNess Of Godhood through the merciful grace of Beloved Bhagawan! No doubt, these twin waris were infinitely grateful for being invited to join in this unique procession to Prasanthi Nilayam.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II