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Believed to be an incarnation of Shri Dattatreya the name of this spiritual master, popularly called Swami Samarth , is a household word in Maharashtra and the region around.
As this Perfect Master chose to reside at a place called Akkalkot for 22 years where he took Mahasamadhi left his mortal body in , he is also known as the Maharaj of Akkalkot , Akkalkot is situated in district Solapur of Maharashtra state of India. A comparative picturisation of the lives of these two great Saints, i.
Swami Samarth and Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi would establish a surprising amount of commonness in their lives and deeds which includes their methods of teaching, the universality of their approach and the miracles they performed. Even a critical approach by a non-conformist would ultimately lead to the assertion that the over-all role of these two spiritual masters during the second half of the nineteenth century was similar, if not same.
One, who is capable of making finer spiritual analysis, would be faced with a bewildering reality. Many published writings on both these Saints by different writers authenticate about the interaction between these two Sadgurus both in the gross, and the subtle planes.
Yet it does not really matter for those who have faith in Him and continue to experience his benevolence in different ways. How does it matter if Christ was born of a virgin mother! He took the pain of the suffering humanity and led them in the path of spirituality.
That is what the world needs. Shri Narasimha Saraswati , about three centuries before the advent of Swami Samarth is believed to be the earlier incarnation of Shri Dattatreya. As per the most popular belief, Shri Narasimha Swami , after helping and spiritually uplifting a large number of people over a few decades, went away to the Himalayas for penance and went into Samadhi. In the Samadhi state He remained for about three hundred years. With the passage of time a huge anthill grew over him and he was lost to the outside world.
He was shocked to find blood stains on the blade of the axe. He cleared the anthill and Lo, he found a Yogi in meditation. The Yogi slowly opened his eyes and consoled the dumbfounded woodcutter saying that it was the Divine Will for Him to re-appear in the world to resume His mission. This Yogi, in his new role came to be known as Swami Samarth. Prior to his settlement at Akkalkot, Swami Samarth visited far and wide. While moving in the Himalayan region he visited China.
He also stayed at Mangalvedha, a town near Pandharpur in Solapur district Maharashtra, which had been inhabited earlier by famous saints like Domojipant and Chokhamela. He came to Akkalkot in where he continued his physical existence for 22 years. He came to Akkalkot on the invitation of one Chintopant Tol and stayed at a place on the outskirts of the town. What we call miracles are the normal ways of functioning of the God realised ones.
Swami Samarth started smoking the empty Chilum after lighting it as if nothing had happened. Realising him to be an advanced spiritual person, the Risaldar apologised and made arrangements for his stay in the house of one Cholappa. It is in this small house that Swami Samarth lived upto his last. Soon, the name of Swami Samarth as a Spiritual Master spread all around and devotees came for taking his blessings.
The ordinary people did not understand many of his gestures and mystic statements, which he used to make cryptically, although their meanings became apparent on later dates. He treated Muslims, Christians and Parsees all alike. His Kindness was always bestowed on the poor, needy and the people at the lowest rung of the society. Both Hindus and Muslim festivals like Dusshehra and Moharram etc.
As in Shirdi, Thursday became a special day of celebration at Akkalkot. Once, on his visit to a place called Rampur, a devotee named Rawaji, to celebrate his visit, cooked food for 50 people. Seeing such a large number of people at his doorstep Rawaji became visibly panicky.
Moved by his plight, Swami Samarth asked Rawaji to get some empty baskets. When the baskets were brought from the market, idols of all the deities like Khandoba, Annapurna, etc were put in them and food materials like chapatis bread etc. Bawaji and his wife were asked to carry these baskets and take three rounds around the Tulsi plant.
After that, they were asked to serve food from these baskets to the guest without looking into them. When food were being served, Rawaji and his wife were amazed to see that the baskets never exhausted even after a few hundred people had been served. After all the people who had come finished their meal, Swami Samarth took his meal.
Swami Samarth had the capacity to read the minds of all the people coming to him and also was able to know about their past and future. Baba Saheb Jadhav, one of his great devotees one day came to meet the Master. The potter being in the close circle of Swami Samarth understood the meaning of this sentence and begged of the Swami to save him from the approaching death so that he could continue to serve him the Master.
Moved by his devotion Swami Samarth looked-up towards the sky and muttered something as if he was addressing to someone who was invisible. In the presence of a large number of devotees, the bull instantly fell dead.
Jadhav, with a fresh lease of life, devoted himself totally to the service of Swami Samarth thereafter. Similarly, An European engineer from Solapur visited the Swami with the earnest hope of having a son. As he approached Swami Samarth, the latter just looked at him and told that he would have a son within a year. That is what exactly happened. The Sadgurus or the Spiritual Masters always endeavors to change the quality of men that encounter them. Besides bestowing material benefit, they try to uplift them spiritually.
Once a Jewish doctor, who was working as an eye specialist in the J. Hospital, Bombay met Swami Samarth. The doctor was very proud of his professional competence. This sentence made a tremendous impact on the doctor. He realised that many people had lost their sights forever even if they had been treated by him. His ego immediately vanished and thereafter he became a devotee of Swami Samarth. After retirement the doctor settled-down at Akkalkot and served the Master till his last.
It is said that a touchstone can convert an ordinary metal to gold. The Spiritual Masters are such touchstones that they can convert any ordinary metal not to that of gold but to that of a touchstone. They are capable of giving spiritual life to any person in a fraction of a second by a touch, a look, a word or even by a mere thought. A person like Ramanand Bidkar who had lived an immoral life for a long period was converted to a Saint called Bidkar Maharaj by the kind grace of Swami Samarath, who by one grace i.
Drishti Diksha evolved him spiritually. After serving the poor, curing the sick and helping the spiritual seekers over a few decades, Swami Samarth one day suddenly announced that the time had come for him to go out of his physical existence. Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi had also said exactly the same thing before his Mahasamadhi. Swami Samarth gave him a pair of his sandals to worship. Bagkar went to Shirdi where he stayed for six months. Bagkar realised that there is no difference between Swami Samarth and Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi as he recalled his earlier dream.
The divine game leela of Swami Samarth did not end with his Maha Samadhi shedding his mortal coil. His devotees continue to experience the miracles of his visible and invisible help even till today. It is exactly like the experience received by the devotees of Sai Baba of Shirdi after his Mahasamadhi in Many people have authenticated his appearance in physical form before them.
These people are not the faith-blind rural folk. Many of them are well educated people like doctors, educationists etc. For example, Dr. Marathe, a private medical practitioner of Pune once underwent treatment in a chest Hospital at a place called Aundh in Many of his friends were anxious to come and visit him. At this juncture, Swami Samarth appeared before many of his friends in a dream and gave the same message to all of them.
He asked them not to worry about Dr. Hundreds of devotees continue to have miraculous experience about the Perfect Master even today. Shree Swami Samarth of Akkalkot.
Shree Swami Samarth
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Pothi of Akkalkot Maharaj
Believed to be an incarnation of Shri Dattatreya the name of this spiritual master, popularly called Swami Samarth , is a household word in Maharashtra and the region around. As this Perfect Master chose to reside at a place called Akkalkot for 22 years where he took Mahasamadhi left his mortal body in , he is also known as the Maharaj of Akkalkot , Akkalkot is situated in district Solapur of Maharashtra state of India. A comparative picturisation of the lives of these two great Saints, i. Swami Samarth and Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi would establish a surprising amount of commonness in their lives and deeds which includes their methods of teaching, the universality of their approach and the miracles they performed. Even a critical approach by a non-conformist would ultimately lead to the assertion that the over-all role of these two spiritual masters during the second half of the nineteenth century was similar, if not same. One, who is capable of making finer spiritual analysis, would be faced with a bewildering reality. Many published writings on both these Saints by different writers authenticate about the interaction between these two Sadgurus both in the gross, and the subtle planes.
Shri Swami Samartha (Akkalkot)_Biography
Swami Samarth, also known as Swami of Akkalkot   was an Indian spiritual master of the Dattatreya sect. He is a widely known spiritual figure in various Indian states including Maharashtra  , Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He lived during the nineteenth century. Swami Samarth traveled all across the Indian subcontinent and eventually set his abode at Akkalkot , a village in present-day Maharashtra. He is thought to have initially arrived at Akkalkot on a Wednesday, during either September or October in He resided at Akkalkot for close to 22 years. His parentage and origins remain obscure.