YEAR MESSAGE OF SHRI SATPATHYJI
THE MAKING OF GURU BHAGAVAT
writing this New Year message, I suddenly remembered an
important date, which I have been trying to recollect
since long. During the years 2010 and 2011, my literary
work captioned “Shri Guru Bhagavat” was published
in Odia language in four volumes. Readers often ask me
as to when and why I started writing Shri Guru Bhagavat
which has culminated in the form of a voluminous treatise
of about sixteen thousand lines. In my Preface to Guru
Bhagavat Volume-I , I have stated that I started writing
on some day in the later half of the year 2001 at about
11 p.m. Now, I suddenly remember that it was the day next
to the day of Deepawali. In a flashback, I also recollect
that I had started writing my other work captioned “
Gopyaru Agopya” also on a day next to Deepawali
or Kali Puja as it is called in my native place of Odisha.
I have never consciously selected a date for writing on
matters relating to spirituality or religion but such
coincidences sometimes make me wonder about its deeper
significance, if any. Is it because my mother worshipped
Shri Kali all her life? Is it because I have the highest
regard for Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who was the devotee
par excellence of Shri Kali, besides being a Sadguru himself?
Is it because I had burnt my right hand on the day of
Kali Puja? When I came to study for my Masters degree
in Ramjas College, Delhi, I carried with me a metallic
form of Shri Kali, given to me by my mother. Is it because
I worshipped Shri Kali for decades that such events of
importance had to happen around the Deepawali.
Be that as it may, let me now speak about how I proceeded
in writing Shri Guru Bhagavat. I continued to write for
about eight years. At first it used to be written in a
small diary in which Baba’s photograph was there.
Whenever I wrote, I used to put the date and time atop
the page. There was no fixed place, time or situation
for writing. It could be in the Drawing room, Puja room
or under the open sky, in the lawn or even on the roof
top. It could be in the car when on a journey. It could
be in the Hotel room where I used to put up at times during
my stay. It could even be during my stay at Allahabad
camp during Kumbha Mela. The flow of writing was so powerful
and spontaneous, that time and place made no difference
to me. At times, I could write only 20 to 30 lines but
at times I could write 200 to 300 lines or even more at
a stretch. One day someone gave me two voluminous notebooks.
I filled them up with my writings very soon. By the time,
I completed the work; it was about 10 to 11 volumes. At
times, I used to write on Cosmology and Cosmogony propounded
by the ancient Hindu Seers in the same note book. These
writings later became a part of my other Odia treatise
captioned “Gopyaru Agopya”.
enough, I never pre-conceived the theme of my writings.
I wrote as they came to me. Usually, I used to write at
night from 11 p.m onwards till I felt that there was nothing
more to write at that point of time. My nephew Debabrata
Satpathy started helping me in typing the writings in
Odia alphabets on a computer. It was a voluminous, arduous
and meticulous task which he undertook with utmost sincerity.
At that time, there was no concept of chapterisation or
sub-chapterisation. At the end of the writing session,
I used to give a ‘title’ of a generic or specific
nature keeping the basic theme in mind. Such writings
and typing work went on simultaneously for years. I must
have written more than about 1500-1600 pages in my own
hand as I am fond of writing. Sometimes some pages used
to get mixed up creating lots of confusion till we had
to sit down and serialize the pages with an Index.
lot can be written on this subject but keeping the limited
space in mind, I am only narrating a bit of my experience.
I am sure that other writers writing on spiritually emotive
themes must have undergone the same experience in the
past or may experience the same in future. What I have
realized is that when faith and love towards the Master
is intense, literature becomes a spontaneous art of language
rather than a literary exercise propelled by sheer intellectualism.
May Shri Sai Bless us all.
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