The Boy who walked with Sai Baba – Awakening Times

Awakening Times, January 2017 Edition carries article on Baba Ganeshananda Giri written by Brahmarishi Mohanji

One who has mastered his mind is a true master. Here is an incarnation of supreme devotion and ultimate faith in his Guru. He walked the earth as a living example of selflessness. He left us the hope, faith and promise that the tradition of liberation always delivers

It was sometime in mid-2015, when Phaneendhar, an ardent Sai Baba devotee and my long-time follower, showed me a picture on his phone and said to me “This is Baba Ganeshananda Giri; he has lived with Shirdi Sai Baba as a young boy. A genuine master deeply connected to Shirdi Sai Baba. You should meet him.” I was intrigued at the fact that someone who lived with Sai Baba is still in his body, but was not sure when the trip to Shirdi would materialize. I told Phaneendhar, “Check the schedule and fix the trip. We shall go – you and I.”

However providence had other plans. In mid-December 2015, the Shirdi Sai Temple of Palakkad in Kerala, decided to make a documentary in Malayalam about the life and times of Shirdi Sai Baba. Sunil Nair, the producer of this documentary, a close friend and a long-time associate, suggested to me that I be part of this project. Anything related to Shirdi Sai Baba is always my first priority. I agreed to go to Shirdi and they decided to start the production schedule without further delay. Just then, at the most opportune time, Phaneendhar texted me from Dubai suggesting once again that I should meet Baba Ganeshananda Giri as he was also in Shirdi at that point in time! He gave me Babaji’s mobile number. I was under the impression that Baba Ganeshananda Giri would be having many disciples organizing his schedules and looking after him. When my disciple called, to her utter surprise, she got him on line directly. The moment he heard my name, he immediately said he wants to meet me right away! I felt truly blessed and overwhelmed. An instant connection happened even before our first meeting. None of us knew that he was admitted in ICU due to difficulties in breathing and doctors had strictly warned him not to move until perfect recovery.

He was suffering from breathlessness and was on medication, yet he suggested that my disciples could wait at Gurusthan for the meeting. Now, since he is a great Guru, everyone assumed that he would probably send one of his disciples to greet us and then lead us to him. The way the situation played out was quite unbelievable! We learnt that Baba Ganeshananda Giri, despite his medical condition, discharged himself from the Intensive Care Unit and came to the Gurusthan to meet us…

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