Much of the literature we get to read today had been written in times of Sai Baba with His permission and thus we have received first hand treasure of literature and hymns from Sai Baba Himself. Such treasure is very much powerful and reciting and reading it will make one closer to Sai Baba. At Sai Baba's divine order, we have such literature available and only making full use of it with great love and devotion is only demanded from us.
Two days back mail was lying in my inbox by Sai devotee Krishnaji. Attached in that mail was Shri Sai Nath Stavan Manjari in Telugu in PDF format. With a good mail drafted, there was a good piece of information too. I am sharing the whole mail with you all. Also long back i had tried to gather some information about Shri Sai Nath Stavan Manjari when its audio in Gujarati project was going on. One of renowned personalities in spreading Saism had contributed some history and information about Shri Sai Nath Stavan Manjari which is also shared in this post.
Mail from Sai devotee KrishnajiNamastay hetalji,
I am a regular reader of your blog. Thank you very much for your services. Baba give you and your family good health and wealth.
By reading the experiences that devotees write in this blog i became very very close to baba. Day by day my faith on him increased. Many times i get tears in my eyes when i read the experiences. One day when i was in deep sorrow and was crying before baba then after sometime by baba's prerana, suddenly i typed in google "Saibaba Experiences" and then it is how i saw your blog for the first time and from then onwards i daily read the experiences in this blog. Though i have already read experiences i used to read them again and again and feel so happy.
I feel its also like Sai Satcharitra. Because like in Satcharitra in your blog also people write their experiences with baba. So i feel this blog is like Baba Satcharitra only but with present days experiences. You are really doing very great job. I dont know how to thank you..... What words i have to use to show my thankful feeling to you. You are like my sister.
I used to go to baba temple which is very near to my house. There once i came to know a book called Stavan manjari which is written by Dasganu Maharaj. In that book it was said that dasaganu maharaj wrote that book just before 36 days of Baba's maha samadhi. In that he mentioned that whoever do parayana of this book daily with sradha and bakthi their all wishes will be fullfilled by baba.
After he completed writing the "stavana manjari" he read that before baba in which he wrote in phalasruthi (results that come after reading that stavana manjari) whoever read this stavana manjari all their problems will be solved, poor people will become rich, those who are looking for children will be blessed with children and many more.... " On hearing this baba himself agreed by nodding his head and saying, "Yes they will be blessed with those results. The very good thing in this stavana manjari is - there are no rules for reading this book. Anybody can read this at any time - either in day time or night time but with full sradha and bakthi.
I searched for softcopy of this in net after hearing that stavana manjari in temple. But i didnt get any. But luckily i got one photocopy of the book through one devotee in baba temple. So i just wanted to share that with all other sai sisters and brothers so i am uploading the pdf file. So my dear sai sister.......... i want you to share this file with all others through your blog.
I am very sorry to say that its written in Telugu. I dont know how to translate it in hindi and english. I hope with the blessings of saibaba someone will definitely translate this into hindi and english too. I am sorry somehow this mail became very lengthy.
History of Shri Sai Nath Stavan Manjari and its Author Shri DasGanu MaharajLong long ago there lived a notorious decoit who by the Grace of the Lord was converted into a famous poet. He composed the saga of the Ramayan even before the advent of Lord Rama on this planet. In this era a policeman was converted into a famous poet by Lord Baba's divine Grace. This poet saint not only composed the biographies of various saints but also became a cause to spell out the name of the Avatar to come. Of course, Shri Das Ganu Maharaj does not need any introduction to the millions of Sai devotees all around the world. They have been reading his name in almost every chapter of the Shri Sai Sat Charita. They know several episodes from Baba's life connected with him. We do crave to know more about him. Maralhi devotees can read his biography written by Shri Athavale Swami.
Das Ganu's ancestors - Sahastrabuddhcs were the village chiefs of Kotawade in Ratnagiri district in Konkan. Konkan in general and Ratnagiri district in particular have produced a number of dignitories in India. Maharaj, in one of his poems has said that the Giri (mountain) that gives birth to Ratnas (gems) is Ratnagiri. Sahastrabuddhe's were well to do people. The ancestors of famous Peshwa knights Patwardhans were, then, in their service. Patwardhans moved out of Konkan and with their gallantry, dedication and hard work earned the knighthood in the darbar of the Peshwas. Remembering the past relations, Patwardhans urged the hard working men from the Sahastrabuddhe family to join them. These men also earned fame in the Maratha Empire. They settled down in a place called Karkamb.
When British came to power in India, most of the States were merged in their Empire and the knights lost their importance. The great grandfather of Das Ganu Maharaj - Shri Appaji Narayan Sahastrabuddhe moved to Ahmednagar from Karkamb. He served as a Tahasildar and after retirement, became a Sanyasin and went to Kashi to leave his body at the feet of Lord Vishweshwar. His son - Shri Eknathpant, worked very hard and made a very good name for the family. His fourth son Shri Dattatreya was the father of Das Ganu Maharaj. Dattopant was not a keen student. He neither bothered to take good education nor did he try lo get a government job. He stayed back in his family house and looked after the family farms and property. He was very much interested in music. He was always surrounded by a number of music lovers. He did not pay much attention to his business. He was married to Smt. Savilribai. The bride was from a royal family of Akolner. She was a very well cultured, intelligent, disciplined and pious lady. Since her husband was a happy go lucky type of a person, she spent most of her time in devotion.
In the year 1867, she gave birth to our Maharaj. After the nativity, the child would not suckle the mother and started weeping continuously. Doctors and Vaidyas were invited but in vein. The child's grandmother prayed to Lord Khandoba with tears in her eyes. These fervent prayers were answered and the child stopped crying and suckled the mother. The child was named Narayan in Akolner but when it was taken to Nagar, his grandfather saw his big belly, big ears and a Siva Lingam type projection on his temple. Grandfather spontaneously named the child Ganesh. Baba later started calling him Ganu.
Das Ganu first meet Baba with Nana Saheb Chandorkar in 1890. Das Ganu retired from Government service at the advice of Baba, and Baba advised him to settle down in Nanded. He used to do perform Kirtan, His wife died in 1919 leaving him childless leaving him unfettered to pursue his path as a Kirtankar. He had adopted a son and named him as Damodar.
Besides Kirtankar Das Ganu wrote several books, Santakathamrita (1903), Bhakta Leelamrita (1906), Bhakta Saramrita (1925). Several compositions of Das Ganu are embodied in the Shirdi Arati.
“The Shri Sainath Stavanamanjari” or “A Humble Tribute to Shri Sainath” was one of Das Ganus Compositions, completed on 9th September 1918 at Maheshwar, near Indore, on the banks of Narmada just Thirty Seven days before Baba took Samadhi on 15 October 1918.
The theme of this Hym of Praise of one hundred and sixty four slokas is very simple ones. After invoking Ganesh and other deities the tribute to Baba starts subtly in the fifth slokha without naming Him but calling Him Vishnu and Shankar. Baba is named only in the 13th slokha.
The persistent plea of Das Ganu to Baba is to cleanse him of His sins and to help him and all devotees to overcome their wordly and spiritual difficulties. Baba is compared to the imaginary stone parees which can turn iron into gold.
Das Ganu Maharaj attained Samadhi in 1963 on Karthika Ekadasi at the age of 95. His Samadhi is at Gortha.
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