Nearly 17 years after Sri Sai Baba cast off his mortal sheath, Sri Narasimhaswamiji had communion with the Master inthe Samadhi Mandir at Shirdi. Not only that, Swamiji got amandate to propagate the life and teachings of the Master. At that time there was hardly any crowd at the Samadhi Mandir which made Abdullah Jan observe in his statement that Baba's splendour was short-lived.
No appreciable amount of literature had been produced touching upon the real nature of Baba's personality and his teachings which had a universal appeal. Swamiji, therefore, had an uphill task before him to collect authentic material. Swamiji started meeting several devotees who had the good fortune of having had contact with the Master before Mahasamadhi and getting from them recorded statements about their experiences.
Mr.P.R.Avasti, formerly a Sessions Judge at Gwalior, an intimate friend of Justice M.B.Rege, Baba's ankita devotee, assisted Swamiji by way of introducing to him several devotees, interpreting their statements usually made in local language and translating same into English.
Out of hundreds of statments obtained, about 80 were selected and published by Swamiji, as publications of All IndiaSai Samaj, by 1941 in three parts, under the title "Devotees'Experiences of Sri Sai Baba". The second and third editions of this book were brought out by All India Sai Samaj in the next two decades. But unfortunately this book went out of print after 1970.
Of all Swamiji's works, this should be considered to be very important since this formed the basisfor all his future works like, Charters & Sayings, Life of SaiBaba, Glimpses of Sai Baba, etc. By 1990, the Akhanda Sainama Sapthaha Samithi, Hyderabad, did a remarkable service to the Sai devotee world
by publishing the Devotees) Experiences of Sri Sai Baba, all Three parts in one composite volume.
They also have to their credit reprinting same twice subsequently. By the Grace of Sri Sai Baba and blesings of Swamiji ,the book is again brought out in one volume by the parent body All India Sai Samaj in response to demand by several devotees. Reading of this book itself will be aspiritualexperience and will help the reader to understand the real nature of the Master to some extent.'
About Pujya H.H. Narasimha Swamiji
Born on 21 st August 1874 in Bhavani, Coimbatore District Tamil Nad in a respectable family, Narasimhan studied law and blossomed into an upright, honest and leading lawyer.
Known as Salem B.V. Narasimha lyer, he engaged himself in all social activities of Salem, becoming the Chairman of Salem Municipal Council. He was elected as a Member in Madras Legislative Council. He was a fiery patriot having joined the Home Rule Movement. A domestic tragedy prompted Narasimha yer in 1921 to renounce the samsaric life in search of Truth.
After tapas at the feet of Sri Ramana Maharishi in Tiruvannamalai, pilgrimage to many places and contacts with many saints, he ultimately attained his goal in the Samadhi Mandir of Sri Sai Baba at Shirdi. As commissioned by Baba, he undertook Sai Prachar and in two decades made Sri Sai
Baba's name a household word. He wrote a number of books on Sri Sai Baba which are published by the All India Sai Samaj of which he was the Founder-President from 1941 to 1956.
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