to the Bharadwaja Muni, into whose gotra (clan) he was born and
also to various Rishis, Yagyavalakya, Bhrigu, Parashara, Narad,
Vedavyasa, Sanak, Sanandan, Sanatkumar, Shuka. Shounak,
Vishwamitra, Vasistha, Valmiki, Vamadeva, Jaimini, Vaishampayan,
Nava Yogindra etc, and also modern Saints such as Nivritti,
Jnanadev, Sopan, Muktabai, Janardan, Ekanath, Namdev, Tukaram,
Kanha, and Narahari etc.
Then, to his grandfather Sadashiv, father Raghunath, his mother,
who left him in his infancy, to his paternal aunt, who brought
him up, and to his loving elder brother.
Then, to the readers and prays them to give their whole and
undivided attention to his work.
And lastly, to his Guru Shri Sainath - an Incarnation of Shri
Dattatreya, Who is his sole Refuge and Who will make him realize
that Brahman is the Reality and the world an illusion; and
incidentally, to all the Beings in whom the Lord God dwells.
After describing in brief the various modes of devotion
according to Parashara, Vyasa and Shandilya etc., the author
goes on to relate the following story: -
was sometime after 1910 A.D. that I went, one fine morning, to
the Masjid in Shirdi for getting a darshan of Sai Baba. I was
wonder-struck to see the following phenomenon. After washing His
mouth and face, Sai Baba began to make preparations for grinding
wheat. He spread a sack on the floor; and thereon set a