Shri Datta Buva Ramadasi
Shri Datta Buva was the first and foremost disciple of Shri Swamiji. His full name was Shri Dattatreya Balkrishnapant Jere. He was born on 15th Sept’1913 at Shri Kshetra Narsobawadi near Sangli in Maharashtra. During that time, his father was serving Shri Vasudevanda Saraswati Tembe Swami Maharaj at Shri Kshetra Garudeshwar. The family of Shri Datta Buva moved to Belgaum after pneumonic plague epidemic broke out in Shri Kshetra Narsobawadi. Therefore Shri Swamiji often would call Shri Datta Buva as Datta Buva Belgaumkar because he was coming from Belgaum. After completing his education, Shri Datta Buva worked as a teacher for some time in a school at Akkalkot, but soon returned back to Belgaum and participated in a group who were about to leave for Pandharpur. After staying at Pandharpur for 4 months of Chatusmaas, he travelled to Nashik. At Nashik he stayed at the famous Shri Kalaram temple. After staying there for some time, Shri Rama ordered him to travel towards south. Therefore he soon left Nashik and reached Satara. At Satara he stayed at a Vitthala temple for few days where he heard about Sajjangad and decided to visit the same. Soon he left for Sajjangad and reached there at midday. He took ‘darshana’ of Shri Rama and Shri Samartha samadhi and sat at the shore of Khambala lake. Incidentally, that was time Shri Swamiji used to have His midday bath at the lake. After Shri Swamiji arrived there, He saw Shri Datta Buva and asked him “son, where are you coming from? have you eaten Shri Samarth’s midday prasada yet??”. This was the first meeting between Shri Swamiji and Shri Datta Buva. The year was 1939. Soon, Shri Datta Buva received ‘Anugrah’ and stayed there permanently in the service of Shri Swamiji. Later when Shri Swamiji left for Karnataka, and also on the pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath, Shri Datta Buva was the sole attendant with Shri Swamiji. During this period of being alone with Shri Swamiji, Shri Datta Buva used to write down all His literary works. He wrote the biography of Shri Swamiji when he was alone with Him during their stay at Kuragaddi Kuravpur. Shri Swamiji personally checked every word of it. Later when Shri Swamiji composed ‘Shri Ram Patha’ and ‘Shri Samartha Patha’, He asked Shri Datta Buva to read it before the samadhi of Shri Samarth at Sajjangad. Accordingly, Shri Datta Buva visited Sajjangad and read ‘Shri Samartha Patha’ in front of the samadhi of Shri Samartha. After doing so, he witnessed a divine vision of Shri Samartha Himself. When the construction work of Shridhar Kuti commensed, it was Shri Datta Buva who visited all the devotees in Karnataka to raise funds. Later he performed ‘Narmada Parikrama’ or circumambulating the entire course of river Narmada. It is a distance of nearly 2700 kms, which is covered walking. 1978 onwards, Shri Datta Buva stayed at Bhaktidham at Satara. He has translated many Sanskrit compositions of Shri Swamiji into Marathi. He left his physical body on 26th Jan’ 2001.
Jai Jai Raghuveer Samarth!!