to succes, prosperity and happiness
to self realization and
P.K. alias Bhai Gavankar.
dedicate this book
late wife Shalini P. Gavankar
gave me company for 26 years
departed this world with her last
that I write on spiritualism.
feel happy today that I have
been able to fulfil her last wish.
have been thinking of writing this book for several years. Finally, it
is written in 28 days, beginning on 23rd of May and ending on 19th of
June 1997 at Spiritual Centrum "Kali
Yuga" in Lelystad, Netherlands. I cannot forget the people who
inspired me and without whose persistent persuasion it would not have
been possible for me to write this book. I owe my gratitude and thanks
to them. However, I must mention some names. Firstly I am indebted to my
father, late Dr. K.B. Gavankar who was a saintly person, and was blessed
by Sai Baba in person in January 1918. I was with him from my childhood
on his pilgrimages and had the rare fortune of receiving blessings from
many saints and yogis. In 1953 he gave me "Dnyaneshwari", the
Marathi commentary on Gita, to read. It took me 42 years to get an
insight into its meaning, and I experienced the truths mentioned therein.
I felt that Gita is for people living in Kaliyuga. My thanks are due
also to my Guru, late Pandit Padmanabh Shastri Palaye who initiated me
on spiritual path in 1956. I am greatly indebted to a Yogi, named
Krishnaji, with whom I was associated from 1953 for a few years. He is
somewhere in the Himalayas now. I owe my ability to write and express
what I experience, to him.
it was my wife, late Shalini P. Gavankar who just two days before she
expired, said to me, "You write. Instead of giving discourses,
concentrate and write. You must
do this for me." These were her last words to me, on 28 January
1989. Since then I wanted to write but could not concentrate. I am
greatly indebted to her for her last words, which made it binding upon
me to make this effort. Other people who have been always telling me to
write, are all my brothers and two sisters, as well as my adopted
daughter Mrs. Shubhangi Dilip Tirodkar, who has repeatedly told me to
sit at one place and write. I am grateful to all of them.
must make a special mention of Ruud Kornet and Yvonne Bryan who run the
Spiritual Centrum "Kali Yuga" in Lelystad, Netherlands. They
have been continuously asking me to write what I lecture upon. They
called me several times at my residence in Navi Mumbai, India and also
sent several Fax messages. Finally, realising that I may not get the
required solitude in Mumbai, they invited me to their centre in
Lelystad, and promised all co-operation and undisturbed seclusion, as
long as I needed. This was a great gesture and I accepted their
invitation. Both of them have put in their time and efforts in typing
the manuscript on a PC, taking out prints, making corrections and
editing the entire book, as well as negotiating with publishers to get
it in circulation. Any amount of thanks to them will be too short of
their selfless service, enthusiasm and initiative go get this book out.
I thank all my friends who have always encouraged me to take upon this
task. I express my sincere and heart felt gratitude to all.