SRI DATTATRAY BHASKAR BHAGWAT (KNOWN AS DADA)
(FEBRUARY 06, 1921 TO JULY 02, 1991)
Revered Dada was born in a small town called SATARA near Maharashtra, India. His GURU was Sri Saibaba of Shirdi. Dada sacrificed his entire life, selflessly (materially and physically)for the upliftment of humanity through the Siddha (established), Siddhant (a doctrine), Paddhati (The System). The arduous penance which DADA underwent in invoking the Transcendental Trigunatmak Shakti (the three qualities – Satva, Raja and Tama), to be instituted as the SHAKTI PEETH (Energy Seat) was the climax of his mission. All this sacrifices was not for his liberation but for human well-being. This SHAKTI PEETH will eternally emanate the pious glance of the Divine power and devotees can partake of it in an unlimited measure.
It is only a Divine person like Revered DADA who can leave behind such a monumental legacy for the perpetual benefit of mankind. The fruitful GIFT of his PENANCE which was given to MANKIND was “AUMKAR SADHANA”. The Aumkar Sadhana was conceived by Dada, to facilitate its performance in SWAR ( musical note) , TAAL ( The rhythm cycle containing a number of beats.) and LAYA ( Rhythm, fast, slow etc.). The constituents of Aumkar Sadhana are Ishastavan , Prayer, Marutistotra, Aumkar, Five Nyasas (Self healing), Namasmaran (“Aum Sri Sainathaya Namaha”), Mahamantra and Tarak Mantra. DADA’s explanation of spiritual teachnings was based on the subject “Janma” (Birth), “Utpatti” (Creation) and “Mimansa” (Profound thought or consideration).
(SAMADHI ON OCTOBER 15, 1918)
Baba preached at Shirdi all his life and performed numerous miracles to display GOD existence to people. He healed people's diseases, provided moral and material comfort to his Devotees. Baba helped bring Unity and Harmony between all communities. He said that God is one, but called by different names. He said follow your own religion and seek the truth.
On 15th of October 1918, he left this world and as per his instructions, he was buried in Booty's building. Booty's stone building came to be known as Samadhi Mandir and a beautiful shrine was built over it. To this day, people flock to Shirdi to pay homage to Sri Sai Baba.