Janardan Swaamee looked
after a fort which guarded the Deogarh. So en enemy could enter the city only
after capturing the fort only. For this Deogarh's army was always prepared with
arms. Janaardan Swaamee used to meditate daily for a few hours.
Janaardan Swaamee for twelve long years with one-pointedness. And how did
he serve his Guru for all these twelve years? Without any expectation
whatsoever. He would clean the place, keep all his Poojaa articles ready
for him, maintain the accounts of his home, wash his clothes and so on.
Day and night he attended on his Guru. Innumerable Saadhu visited his Guru.
Swaamee taught Brahm Vidyaa to some, Raaj Yog to some, Shaastra to others.
The Guru blessed each with a way of attaining liberation, but nothing
diverted the attention of Eknaath whose sole desire was to serve the Guru
in all ways. He had nothing to ask from his Guru. He did not demand his
Guru to bestow him with Mantra Upadesh or teach him Shaastra or Vedaant
Vichaar etc etc. His sole aim was his Guru's happiness. He did not even
wish his Guru to take notice of his services. He served his Guru in this
way for twelve long years.
Swaamee felt guilty for not having given anything to this attendant
devotee of his. He was wonderstruck that this young fellow had nothing to
ask of him. So, he himself decided to bestow Darshan of his Upaasanaa
Moorti, Lord Dattaatreya, on this selfless Eknaath. He asked Lord
Dattaatreya to give Darshan to Eknaath when the latter returned from his
morning bath in the river. The next day when Eknaath stepped out of the
River Godaavaree, he found Lord Dattaatreya under the nearby tree. Since
one should not be disrespectful to God he prostrated before this Lord.
Lord Dattaatreya blessed him by placing His feet on Eknaath's head.
Ekanath then returned home.
Here, at home
Janaardan Swaamee was restless. He walked up and down awaiting Eknaath's
return. He kept rehearsing as to how he should handle the stunned Eknaath.
It was not going to be Darshan in a dream but a real one, just as one person
sees another. Janaardan Swaamee thought, "Anyone who has Darshan of
the Lord would swoon. Eknaath would be in a bliss, full of joy he would
come running and narrate the Darshan breathlessly. I must calm him down."
But Eknaath returned home and carried on with his work as usual. The Guru
waited for Eknaath to come and describe the Darshan in an excited tone,
but Eknaath did not. The surprised Janaardan Swaamee called his Upaasanaa
Devtaa and asked him, "Did you not give Darshan to Ekanaath?"
Dattaatreya said, "Yes, I did, just you had asked me I gave him Darshan as
he returned from his bath in the river". The astounded Guru called the
devotee. "How can you be so calm? Have you not had Darshan of Lord Dattaatreya
this morning?" Eknaath simply replied, "I never desired this, only if
I considered someone other than you as God should I feel ecstatic. Since I consider
you as God there is no new Darshan of God to be had anywhere else. I never desired
for it nor does this surprise me. I desire only you."
So great was
his Guru Bhakti. Due to his Guru Bhakti Lord Paandurang (Krishn) Himself later
served this Eknaath, in the form of a young man by name Kandya Kannaa for
36 years. Sant Eknaath was also a devotee of Dattaatreya. Dattaatreya met
him and his Guru Janaardan Swaamee as a Malang (Muslim Faqeer).
Another Incident of His Guru Bhakti
Once when Janaardan Swaamee was
in his meditation, a soldier came running and said that he wanted to see Janaardan
Swaamee immediately. Eknaath asked him the purpose to see him as Janaardan Swaamee
was not to be disturbed while in meditation. He said - "I want to see him as
the enemy's force is gathering around the city. Eknaath did not know what to do,
he did not want to disturb his Guru, but the situation was very grave. Quickly he
thought over and rushed to the room where the armor was kept. he prayed to the
Guru, wore the armor, again prayed to Guru and went to the battlefield. Seeing
Janaardan Swaamee's armor, the army thought that he was Janaardan Swaamee and went
to battlefield with him. They fought bravely under the leadership of Eknaath. They
destroyed the enemy's army and came back to the fort. He immediately took Guru's
armor, kept it at its place, wore his usual clothes and came outside as if nothing
Soon Janaardan Swaamee woke up from
his meditation and heard the cries of victory of soldiers - "Janaardan
Swaamee Kee Jaya". he could not understand why were they crying like this.
Then he heard the story of winning the battle. He understood that it was his
disciple Eknaath. he asked him - "How did you do it?" Eknaath replied
softly - "Guru Jee, I prayed you and you did the rest."
Lord Vitthal (who is none other than Krishn himself) Himself descended in
human form and served Sant Eknaath for 12 years as a disciple!
(1) On the advice of his Guru he wrote a commentary on Chatu-shlokee Bhaagvat
in Maraathee verses. It had 1036 Ovyaa. Before him Dhyaaneshwar wrote a
commentary on Sanskrit Geetaa in similar verse form (Ovyaa) - Bhaavaarth
Deepikaa, popularly known as Dhyaaneshwaree about 230 years ago.
(2) Eknaath Bhaagvat - on the 11th Skandh of Bhaagvat Puraan - 18,800 Ovyaa
(3) Bhaavaarth Raamaayan - first 25,000 Ovyaa of
(4) Rukminee Swayamvar - 1,711 Ovyaa, based on 144 Shlok of Bhaagvat Puraan
(5) Hastaamalak - 764 Ovvyaa, based on 14 Shlok Sanskrit hymn with the same name
(6) Shukaashtak - 447 Ovyaa
(7) Swaatm Sukh - 510 Ovyaa
(8) Aanand Laharee - 154 Ovyaa
(9) 300 Bhaarood and 300 Abhang
His all works
are in Maraathee language.