Nimbal Ashram - Then

After his second illness and at the same time, having reached acme of spiritual realisation, Gurudev started looking for a dry weather place to stay, which would be near to the place his Master - Inchgiri, and also having railway and postal facilities. It was year 1921. He was then working at sangli in the Willingdon College of D. E. Society. However, even Sangli weather did not help to improve his health.


When the search for a suitable site was in progress, he had a vision at Inchgiri in his morning meditation. He saw a tall person standing before him who said "Nimbargi Maharaj has gone to Nimbal". Thereupon, Gurudev asked "Would his gospel of devotion spread there?" There came a thundering reply "Close your eyes, ears and lips and meditate silently".The vision ended and so also the meditation. Next day a message was received, intimating that a suitable land was available near Nimbal Railway Station.


Gurudev inspected the site and purchased 48 acres of land for Rs. 400/- only. He, thereafter, got a house built there and when it was ready he occupied it in April 1925. A spiritual gathering took place which was attended by Shri Amburao Maharaj and other senior disciples of Maharaj. Meditation and other devotional activities were carried out for seven days. A box of holy ashes of his Master was deposited in a niche in the center of a wall, of the main hall and photograph of Shri Bhausaheb Maharaj and his Padukas were placed on it.


Shri Gurudev built a new house in 1942 nearby and stayed in that house till he left this world. To observe Gurudev's movements from old house to the new house, from these houses to Nimbal Railway Station and to nearby area for meditation, were an experience to any sadhaka. What he said about his Master is true about him also. That every nook and corner in this Nimbal area is vibrating because the Guru has seen on these areas the vision of God!


Thus, this Ashram became in course of time an Abode of Bliss and Peaceto all spiritual aspirants.


Round about, one could easily see the vast expanse of the land where there were hardly any trees or houses. At night a similar expanse could be experienced when one looked upwards at the sky studded with innumerable shining bodies, powerful enough to stir the musings of a Kant who exclaimed "Only two things in the world fill me with awe and wonder - the moral law within and the starry heavens above". The deep stillness of the night combined with the brilliance of the white lit heavenly canvas would produce an experience of being over-powered by the sublime. But, the sacredness of the place which was reverberating with the utterance of the name of the Lord and the spiritual assurance of Gurudev's presence would soon awaken one's potential divinity and overcome the terror striking aspect of nature. At the height of meditation, the words "Narayan Narayan" would sometimes emerge reflexly and automatically from Gurudev's mouth. Deep was the impact which his spoken words made, while the sonorous chanting of the name of God produced even greater effect. Unplumbed deeps were stirred as the rhythm fell upon the ear, and the fortunate listener would be awed into reverence and stand breathless. He would be driven to sit for meditation.


This is the place where Gurudev lived his luminous moments - a place for devout aspirants, their children and their children's children to run to, in order to attain God, vision, peace and tranquility.