Shri mamasaheb deshpande
Shree Mamasaheb Deshpande Maharaj
June 25, 1914 
|Died||March 21, 1990|
|Guru||P. Pu. Shree Gulawani Maharaj|
Philosopher, scholar, Ayurved Bhooshan (contemporary degree in Ayurveda) and prolific author, the late Shree Māmāsāheb Deshpānde inspired the foundation of Shreepād Sevā Mandal (SSM), a non-profit organization with several wide-ranging goals, aimed at bringing about a change in the moral fiber of society in general, and to achieve that goal, the propagation of ancient Indic philosophy in particular. SSM and its satellite centers spread all over the world, currently in the third decade of functioning, under the strong and visionary leadership of chairpersons, Sou. Shakuntalā Āgate and Shree Shireesh Shāntārām Kawade, faithfully carry out activities based on the aims and objectives as broadly laid and outlined by Shree. Māmā. They encompass both social-interest aims like cultural, environmental, educational, character-generation, preservation and research in ancient arts and sciences as well as spiritual goals like propagation of the knowledge as projected in the literature of saints and sages of India. Towards that, generations of selfless workers with sincerity, humility and strong moral character are being created globally. These groups of volunteers create an excellent example for society at large. They themselves, however, draw on the inspirational biography of their mentor and founder, P. P. Sadguru Shree. Māmāsāheb Deshpānde.
Birth and early years
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Shree Māmā (Shreepād Dattātreya Deshpānde) was born in Pune on 25 June 1914 to Shree. Dattopant Deshpānde and his wife, Sou. Pārvatidevī Deshpānde. Both parents, with an illustrious spiritual background, reared young Shreepād with utmost care and discipline, instilling in him the religious and social values as taught in the Vedās. Shree. Dattopant was a disciple of Lord ShreeDattātreya incarnate, P. P. Sadguru Shree. Shree. Vasudevanand Saraswati Tembye Swāmī Mahārāj, whereas Sou. Pārvatidevī and her family was blessed by Lord ShreeDattātreya incarnate, Bhagwan Shree Swami Samarth Mahārāj of Akkalkot (Shree Swāmī Mahārāj). As a matter of fact, Shreepād was born precisely at the same moment in Pune that Sadguru Shree. Tembye Swāmī Mahārāj took Mahāsamādhi in Garudeshwar! Realizing that young Shreepād was none other than Sadguru Shree. Tembye Swāmī Mahārāj, his parents prepared him for his mission in later-life, that of redeeming entrapped souls from the bonds of the material world.
Initiation and Vari
Mātoshree (‘revered mother’) Sou. Pārvatidevī lived a harsh life that would break any ordinary mortal. Notwithstanding her own hardships, she taught Shreepād to look at life as merely a play of one’s karma and the Lord’s māyā (The Grand Illusion). She also went on to initiate Shree. Māmā and pass on the potent Shaktī of Shree Swāmī Mahārāj and thus became his first Guru. With her own singular focus on the Lord, she set before him an example of relentless penance and fierce attention to one’s Sādhanā (an uninterrupted spiritual endeavor, a meditative spiritual practice). She also instructed him in the critical reading and contemplation of ‘Shree Jnāneshwarī’ (created almost 700 years ago by Shree Jnāneshwar Mahārāj, this critique of the Bhagwad Geetā is considered one of the greatest volumes to espouse the foundations of spiritual science and philosophy). She also made him part of the Vārkari sampradaya (a centuries-old fellowship consisting of ‘vārkaris’—foot pilgrims---of the Lord Pāndurang of Pandharpur (Vithoba), India). During the course of his pilgrimages to Pandharpur, Shree. Māmā was imbued in the tenets of the world of devotion. He delivered discourses and sang hymns and gave sermons to spread the love of Lord Pāndurang.
In 1954, Shree. Māmā was granted dīkshā and dīkshā -granting rights by one of the foremost spiritual authorities of the ShreeDatta Sampradāy, P. P. Sadguru Yogirāj Shree. Gulavanī Mahārāj. Shree Gulavanī Mahārāj himself was a disciple of one of the contemporary pioneers of the Shaktipātyog sādhanā, P. P. Sadguru Shree. Loknathtīrth Swāmī Mahārāj and, coincidentally enough, also of Shree. Tembye Swāmī Mahārāj.
Shree. Māmā was thus the true convergence of the streams of ShreeDatta Sampradāy, the Vārkari Sampradāy and the Nāth and Bhāgwat Sampradāy; a dazzling jewel in the string of gems that is the great paramparā (lineage) of ShreeDatta Sampradāy!
Legacy and initiatives
Shree. Māmā spread his legacy throughout the world and brought solace to the harsh lives of thousands of followers. To his sādhaks (disciples practicing sādhanā), he was not just a dīkshā guru but also their loving guardian, ‘Māmā’! He undertook several yātrās (pilgrimages) to all corners of India. His disciples not only enjoyed his divine loving company, but, in the course of the journey, also got to see up close his approach to everyday life, to people from all strata, but most importantly to the Lord Himself. These yātrās were thus not just an opportunity to visit places of religious and spiritual significance but also a lesson in life for all sādhaks. Shree Māmā travelled everywhere, from the Himalayas, to Mt. Girnar, to Kuravpur to Kanyakumari and participated with his sādhaks in the annual Vāri of Lord Pāndurang. He resided in Pune in his āshram, ‘Mauli’ (fond Mother), which has become a permanent home away from home for thousands of his followers. Disciples from America to Abu Dhabi to Australia make it a point to visit Mauli whenever possible, where they are received with the warmth of a loving family. Shree. Māmā conducted yearly anusthāns (a period of austerity and penance observed in the lunar month of Shrāvan, roughly coinciding with the months of July/August) at Mauli and other places. These periods were marked with several discourses (pravachans) and sermons (Kīrtans). The discourses were intellectual treats to his sādhaks, as he routinely revealed the inner meanings of the writings of Shree. Jnāneshwar Mahārāj and other saints of Maharashtra. Of particular interest to him was the ‘Jnāneshwarī’. He strived to reach the heart of this book in the course of his reflections. During the course of his life, he established and inspired the creation of several ambitious projects such as Shree Kshetra Datta Dhām at Helwak near Koyananagar in Satara, the P. P. Vasudevanand Saraswati Swami Maharaj Tapovan at Amberi, among others. The most prominent and ambitious project that Shree. Māmā envisioned and undertook was the ‘Shree Jnāndev Siddhabet Tapovan’ in Ālandi. An undertaking of immense proportions, Shree Māmā dreamt of building a grand memorial befitting the stature of Shree Jnāneshwar Mahārāj and acquired with tireless zeal, the very land where Shree Jnāneshwar Mahārāj was born and lived his early years with his divine siblings nearly 700 years ago. This land, Siddhabet, will go on to become the site for the memorial, a fitting reminder to the legacy of Shree Jnāneshwar Mahārāj (Dnyaneshwar).
Shree Vamanraj Prakashan
Shree Māmā’s teachings via his discourses and writings have been captured in over two hundred books published by ShreeVāmanraj Prakāshan, founded by Sou. Shakuntalā Āgate and Shree Shireesh Shāntārām Kawade (Shree. Māmā’s spiritual and philosophical heirs). This publishing house, based in Pune, is dedicated to spiritual and devotional themes, tirelessly spreading the message of Shree. Māmā, that of universal peace and unadulterated love for the Lord.
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