On the Lakdi Pool in Pune, a man by the name Shree Shankar Maharaj met a person everyday. Both of them used to have a hearty conversation.
The man always said that He stayed in Dhankavdi. But after few days there was no sign of the man, so the person started hunting for the man in Dhankavdi.
He inquired everyone about Shree Shankar Maharaj. Mr.Baburao Rudra showed him the Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj.
He was astonished, for the man whom he met daily on the Lakdi Pool was none other than Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj. He bowed his head on the Samadhi and went away full of joy.
After the Samadhi, Shree Shankar Maharaj visited Mr.Dada Phulari Saurgaonkar’s house in Dakshin Kasba Peth in Solapur and asked for tea and cigarette.
Maharaj also asked for the pant and shirt which he was wearing. After taking all the things, Maharaj requested Mr. Saurgaonkar to accompany Him. But Mr. Saurgaonkar refused the proposal. Surprisingly after eight days from this incident, Mr. Saurgaonkar left this mortal world.
In the city of Makarana in Rajasthan, a statue of Shree Shankar Maharaj was been made to be placed on the Samadhi. While the carving of the statue was in progress, an unknown man daily visited the sculptor and guided him in making the statue.
He also ordered the sculptor to make the face of the statues similar to His face. But after the statue was ready, the man never turned back again. The man was none other than Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj Himself. In this way, Maharaj personally paid attention for the making of His statue.
In the year 1993, the ex-minister of Maharashtra Hon. Mr. Diwakar Rawate was a mayor of Mumbai. He decided to name a stanza of four roads by the name of his Guru Shree Shankar Maharaj.
He hunted for an empty stanza and found one near Prabhadevi (Mumbai). He named it as ‘Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj Chowk’. Mr. Rawate was aware that there was no connection between Maharaj and the empty stanza.
In the year 2001, Mr. Rawate read the biography of Shree Shankar Maharaj, ‘Dhankavdicha Yogi’. He was amazed to read that Maharaj had stayed seven times with Sahastrabuddhe family in Mithwala Chawl which is situated besides the stanza.
Maharaj had organized various religious celebrations in that area. Mr. Rawate was overwhelmed with joy with the thought that the he named the same stanza which had become holy by the divine touch of Maharaj. In this way Shree Shankar Maharaj showed His existence after Samadhi to Mr. Diwakar Rawate.
A great devotee of Shree Samarth Sadguru Satam Maharaj of Danavali, Late Mr. Raghunath Gajanan Vaingankar had worked on many important posts in government offices.
Once while he had visited Pune for some work, his friend Mr. Mohanrao Patil (ex district officer of Solapur) came to meet him. He took Mr. Vaingankar to the Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj at Dhankavdi.
Mr. Vaingankar bowed on Maharaj’s Samadhi with great affection. When he stood up his ‘Parker’ pen attached in his pocket fell on Maharaj’s Samadhi.
On this incident Mr. Patil said, “Maharaj has blessed your writing”. Mr. Vaingankar was a learned and a religious person. By the grace of Maharaj, Mr. Vaingankar became a great writer.
He wrote literature of many great saints like Shree Sadanand Saraswati, Shree Raool Maharaj, Shree Satam Maharaj, Shree Sancharmurti Dada Maharaj, etc. Shree Shankar Maharaj blessed him in his later life by honoring him by ‘Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj Prathishthan’ without any expectation.
A resident of Mulund (Mumbai), Mr.Sanjog Kadam worked as a computer engineer in an American company in Pune. After completing his work he visited daily to Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj at Dhankavdi and get engrossed in meditation.
And from there he moved to his aunt’s house for stay. He was happy with his daily routine. Once he got late in office and missed the bus. He started walking towards the direction of aunt’s house.
At that time a man wearing white shirt and white pant, having a beard gave Mr. Kadam lift in his car. He dropped Mr. Kadam near Katraj and said, “I have taken all your worries”. He also guided him to the last bus and moved from there.
He took no time to understand that the man was none other than Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj. After few days on June 2001, his company decided to send all the computer engineers to America for training.
On the day of departure Mr. Kadam’s name was excluded from the list. He was very sad and so he stopped going to Dhankavdi and cursed Maharaj. But on 11 th September 2001, the company received a fax saying that all the engineers who had gone for training in America were dead due to the air attack on World Trade Centre.
On hearing the news Mr. Kadam ran on the Samadhi and begged for apology in prostration. He said, “Maharaj, if I were in America I would have been dead by now. By your grace today I am alive. You saved my life”. With this incident, Mr. Sanjog Kadam came to know how a real ascetic saves his devotee from the clutches of death.
A devotee of Shree Sadguru Swami Samarth, Mr. Vijay Joshi is a resident of Dadar (Mumbai). All of a sudden both his kidneys stopped working. He was immediately admitted to a hospital.
He was going on dialysis the next day. At that time a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj requested him to read the book, ‘Dhankavdicha Yogi’. He read the whole biography of Maharaj till late night and went to sleep by keeping the book under his pillow.
The next morning the book was missing under the pillow. He started meditating Maharaj’s name before going on dialysis. At that time he went to the bathroom for toilet and naturally passed his urine. The doctor was surprised, so he examined Mr. Joshi and was amazed to see both his kidneys working properly. In this way Mr. Vijay Joshi experienced the existence of Shree Shankar Maharaj after Samadhi.
The trustee of Akkalkot’s Rajerai Math, Mr. Vikas Dodake experienced the existence of Shree Shankar Maharaj in his life. After the death of both the parents, his uncle brought him to Akkalkot.
He accepted the job as a clerk for night shift at ‘Shree Vatavruksha Swami Maharaj Devasthan’ temple. At day time he continued his studies and at night worked in the temple. One evening an old man aged around 100 years came to the temple in the evening.
He stayed in the temple in room number ‘12’. He was all alone and no one came to meet him. At night shift after the temple doors were closed, Mr.Dodake heard voices of two people talking to each other from room number ‘12’.
The two people were deeply engrossed in their talking, so he decided not to disturb them and went to sleep. The next day he got up early morning and went in the room to check the person with the old man.
But there was no one except the old man in the room. He asked the old man, “You are staying alone in the room. So who was the person with whom you were chatting?” On that the old man replied, “I have came here alone and the person who was talking with me was my Guru Shree Shankar Maharaj.
After chatting the whole night He disappeared early in the morning”. Mr. Dodake wondered how Shree Shankar Maharaj was in the room with the old man the whole night though he knew that Maharaj had taken Samadhi long back.
He was surprised, so he inquired was amazed to know that the old man was none other than Mr. Anna Pansare, a great devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. He is one of the few people who had experienced divine company with Shree Shankar Maharaj.
Mr. Anna Pansare had great experiences of Shree Shankar Maharaj’s existence after Samadhi. He strongly believes that Maharaj is always with him even after Samadhi.
Once in an accident Mr.Pansare’s bone of the thigh broke. He was admitted in the hospital. After taking the X-ray operation was decided for his broken bone. Due to the broken bone he was experiencing unbearable pain. He was not able to move on the bed, so he meditated Maharaj’s name.
On the early hours, a doctor with a beard came to his bed with a bag. Mr. Pansare was awake at that time. The doctor asked him to sleep upside down and removed a wood cutting blade and a bone from the bag. The doctor cut the broken bone with the wood cutting blade and placed the bone which He had got with Him.
After that the doctor was busy doing something for a long time. After sometime, Mr. Pansare went to sleep and woke up in the morning and went to the bathroom for toilet. The doctor and the sisters were surprised to see him performed his regular activities with a broken bone.
So the doctor again took his X-ray and was amazed to see the broken bone in normal condition. The doctor got frightened and to save himself from the incident he peacefully discharged Mr. Pansare from the hospital. But Mr.Pansare was very aware that the doctor who operated him with a wood cutting blade was none other than Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj.
This incident is impossible in the medical science but Mr. Anna Pansare actually experienced it. Shree Shankar Maharaj is such a great ‘Awaliya’ that He can do anything and nothing is impossible for Him.
Retired chief surgeon of Central Railway hospital Dr. Shyamsundar Bhopardikar, had visited a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. They were engrossed in the talk of spiritual path to Maharaj. Dr. Bhopardikar was of a scientific nature and believed that spiritual path is a path of hypocrite.
He insisted the devotee to show a live proof of Maharaj’s prowess which can be stated as a miracle in scientific knowledge, then only he would accept the existence of Shree Shankar Maharaj. The devotee produced the X-ray and medical documents of his relative and also called the relative.
He said, “She had pain in her knee and was not able to walk properly. So the doctor had advised an operation on the knee and without operation she could not walk. She is also a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. Once Maharaj came in her dream and restricted her to get operated.
From the next day her pain reduced day by day and could walk without operation”. Dr. Bhopardikar examined all the documents and the X-ray and said, “According to medical science it is impossible for her to walk. But still she can walk. It’s indeed a miracle in medical science!” And from that day, Dr. Shyamsundar Bhopardikar became a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj.
Shree Shankar Maharaj looked on all religion, cast and creed with an equal eye. This was one of the best qualities of Maharaj. The experience of the Christian man, a resident of Dadar (Mumbai) Mr.Nazreth D’souza, is a great example of this quality. Once Mr. D’souza faced a critical incident in which he was about to loose his job. He was in a state of confusion.
At that time his friend devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj took him to Samadhi temple at Dhankavdi. Mr.D’souza got the divine glimpse of Jesus Christ in the place of Maharaj. After returning home he placed a photograph of Maharaj besides the photograph of Jesus Christ. He regularly offered ‘Honeydew’ cigarette to Maharaj with great affection. By the grace of Maharaj he got back his job with promotion. He became a devotee of Maharaj. By the order of Maharaj, Mr.D’souza recited repeated recitations of ‘Guru Charitra’ for a week under ‘Audumbar’ (i.e. a fig tree) tree at Gangapur.
A resident of Kasba Peth (Pune), Malvadkar couple is a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. Once they had visited Samadhi temple and stood in the line for taking Prasad. At that time a man with a beard came near them and pulled them from the line and took them outside the temple on the road. He gave them a photograph of Maharaj. He made them sit in a rickshaw and ordered them to go home and place the photograph in their house. It all happened within a fraction of a second. The couple was confused on the incident. On reaching home they realized that the man was none other than Shree Shankar Maharaj himself.
A great saint among the devotees of Shree Sadguru Swami Samarth, Shree Digambardas Joshi Maharaj had noted an incident in His biography, ‘Tucha Baap Dhani’. It stated that Shree Baba Maharaj Sahastrabuddhe had come to take the last vision of Shree Shankar Maharaj at the time of Samadhi. He held a basil leaf near Maharaj’s mouth. Maharaj ate the leaf and said, “I am going”. Saying this Shree Shankar Maharaj closed His eyes.
Swamikanya Mrs.Mai Varerkar, never believed in anyone except Shree Swami Samarth. Once on her visit to Akkalkot, she had high fever. She got frustrated with fever, but she did not take any medicine as she had faith in Shree Swami Samarth and believed that Shree Swami Samarth would cure her. On that time, a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj was meditating in the Murlidhar temple. Maharaj gave him illustration, “My devotee is having high fever. Go and tell to apply nutmeg powder to the whole body”. The devotee informed Maharaj’s message to Mrs.Varerkar. So her colleagues did accordingly and she was cured from fever. And from that day, Mrs.Mai Varerkar became a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj.
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