Author's Note (By P P Swami Virajanand Maharaj,Mysore)

|| नमो गुरवे श्री वासुदेवाय ||

Paramapoojya Paramahansa Parivrajakacharya Shri Shri Vasudevananda Saraswati Maharaj is one of the Brightest Stars shining on the Datta Horizon. My Deeksha Guru Brahmibhuta Shri Shri Sahajananda Saraswati Swamiji held him in great esteem. Tembe Maharaj or Thorle Maharaj, as Shri Shri Vasudevananda Saraswati, is better known was a great tapaswi, erudite scholar and a prolific writer. He has connections with Datta Devotees in Karnataka, because he travelled widely in the northern parts of the state. He did his Chaturmasa Vrata at Havanur and Kurvapura.When I learnt that the Centenary of MahaSamadhi of the great soul is being celebrated from August 2013 to August 2014, it struck to me that I should do some service on this memorable occasion.

There are 5 to 6 biographies of P.P.Tembe Maharaj in both Marathi and Kannada. But I noticed that a brief, to the point, biography in English was conspicuous by its absence. So I prayed to Lord Dattatreya and also to Shri Shri Tembe Maharaj and started to sketch a biography consulting more than 2 to 3 books already available in Kannada. I am indebted to all of them.

One of the Datta Devotee who wishes to remain anonymous, helped me to a great extent. It is better said the devotee did all the spade work and I reaped the crop. I bless that devotee and also pray that Lord Dattatreya showers his grace.

Next coming to the more important part of printing and publishing the book, Parampoojya Shri Shri Sadguru Vasudeo Bapat Maharaj of Badlapur, Maharashtra came forward to do both through the renowned publisher Keshav Bhikaji Dhavle Prakashan of Mumbai. PoojyaBapat Guruji is a descendant in the lineage of P.P. Vasudevananda Saraswati Swami Maharaj if we follow the avatar siddhant. Eventhough Poojya Shri Bapat Maharaj outwardly is a Grishastha, it would not be inappropriate to mention here that deep inside he is a Sanyasi!

I came to know of his great work on Yadnya through some of his devotees. His devotees took me to Khopoli Matha of P.P. Vasudevananda Saraswati Swami Maharaj and then to Badlapur. On that day in Badalapur there was a swahakar of Shrimata Lalitambika. Maybe it is a coincidence or divine plan as Lalitambika is my deity. Infront of Yajnanarayana I met Shri Bapat Maharaj for the first time. His simplicity, pious nature and discipline attracted me. We struck an immediate rapport and the mutual respect and admiration has grown in these 12 months since we first met. I feel grateful that he has also blessed the book by giving a beautiful Ashirvachan having sweet sentiments.

The main idea in bringing this book is to get acquainted with the sacred life of P P Shri Shri Tembe Maharaj to such devotees who are not that fluent in vernaculars but are fluent in English. Secondly, now that the larger Datta family has gone global, it is also necessary to reach them.

I fervently pray to Lord Dattatreya that he fulfills all the goals. I thank one and all who directly or indirectly have done their task with spirit of service and dedication. शिवं !!

Smallest Particle of Dust
On the feet of Datta Devotees
Swami Virajananda
29th November 2013
Kartika Bahula Ekadashi

Paramapujya Srimat
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