It has been sixteen years since Bapu (Aniruddhasinh) formally commenced his mission. The seeds sown at that time have blossomed into a huge huge banyan tree that provides shade, shelter and support to millions of Shraddhavaans.At that time there were just a handful of Shraddhavaans who chose the path shown by Bapu (Aniruddhasinh). One such family that joined Bapu was of Shri. Padmakar Chitre and his wife Smt. Sunita Chitre, along with his younger brother, Shri. Arvind Chitre and his family. Today, Shri. Padmakar Chitre is around 83 years of age and his wife is 81. Both of them are quite old and are unable to attend all the functions and Utsavs celebrated by the Sanstha, as also the regular pravachans of Bapu (Aniruddhasinh) at Shree Harigurugram. But back in those days, i.e. 1996 both husband and wife have taken real pains in doing Gunasankirtan of Bapu. They utilized every single opportunity that came their way for doing Gunasankirtan of their Sadguru. They have the distinction of being one of the very few who have attended all the Rasa yatras and the Bhavyatra at Shree Kshetra Pandharpur along with Bapu (Aniruddhasinh), Nandai and Suchitdada.
The reason for writing about them is that today Bapu had gone personally to their residence to meet them as they are not in a position to move out of their house. Bapu (Aniruddhasinh) has always emphasized that he is more of a friend than any other frame that you might want him to be put into. Today he visited them as a true friend would and spent nearly an hour chatting with them and inquiring about their health and well-being. This is how my Bapu is; who always cares for his friends and never forgets them at all.
Today, I happened to attend along with Nandai the engagement ceremony of Saakshiveera, daughter of Sumedhaveera and Ashoksinh Kumar with Gaurav, son of Birajsinh and Shubhaveera Tracy of Hong Kong. Shraddhavaans friends from Hong Kong had come over for the function and they had an opportunity to talk to Nandai personally. Nandai blessed the couple and specifically mentioned “this is my family function.” Both the families were overjoyed upon seeing Nandai in their midst. I am sure this must be one of the most memorable days for both the families.