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God with our understanding. When Jesus repeated the exhortation to love God with all your heart, he added "and with all your understanding" and we should not neglect that. It is not sufficient merely to repeat what we may regard as holy words. We should do our utmost to understand, to use our minds, God's greatest gift. And to that I have invited you.

 

May Baba bless us all!

 

 SRI  UPASNI  MAHARAJ ― PART II

DR. C. D. DESHMUKH

 

The Attainment of Perfection and Stay at Kharagpur

 

By the orders of Sai Baba, Maharaj stayed in Khandoba's temple at Shirdi. Sai Baba used to refer to this very temple as the temple of Vithoba. Dadasaheb Khaparde was one of the devotees of Sai Baba; and during his stay at Shirdi, he felt an inner call to give to Maharaj discourses and explanations on Panchadashi. Maharaj was not particularly drawn to intellectual discourses; but Dadasaheb Khaparde persuaded Maharaj to attend to all the explanations.

 

The stay in Khandoba's temple was very eventful for Maharaj. Most of the time, he used to meditate in Khandoba's temple with closed doors, and he went to Sai Baba only at the time of Arti. Later Sai Baba told him that he need not go to him every day.

 

In 1912, Maharaj received the news of his third wife having passed away due to illness; and this made him completely detached from the world. One day, Sai Baba told him: "I have filled all existence. Wherever you see, there is none but me." Since then, Maharaj began to get many occult experiences, which brought home to him the unity of Sai Baba, Maharaj himself and the whole world.

 

Once Maharaj discovered that he was not quite welcome at the place where he used to take his food. Since then he gave up eating all food and went on a very severe fast for over a year. Owing to the prolonged fast the body of Maharaj became very lean and thin; and his pulse went down to an abnormally slow rate; but his face looked fresh and bright. He did not break his fast even at the entreaties of some disciples of Sai Baba. Dishes that were brought for him were left untouched and eaten by dogs and crows. It was only when a special disciple came to him with Sai Baba's own order that he began to partake of some coffee and a little food.

 

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