Shree embodied the characteristics of prophecies about the Divine Messenger for the last millenium – the Kalki Avatar.
The term “Avatar” is very old and translates as “Divine Descent.” “Kalki” means “pollution.“ Consequently, this denotes a Divine Messenger who, above all, brings help against pollution. This doesn’t refer only to the visible world but also to that of the mind.
Some of the prophecies about the Kalki Avatar are thousands of years old. Statements of amazing congruence can be found in several Puranas like the Vishnu-, Brahmanda- and Kalki-Purana, in the Shrimat Bhagavatam as well as in the Gitagovinda and the Mahabharata. All these are Holy Scriptures from ancient India which possess a similar significance there as the Bible does in the Western culture.
Let us briefly summarize the essential statements about the prophesied Divine Messenger:
The Lord of the World Vishnu, who represents the earthly passive aspect of God, shall incarnate 10 times to restore the world order.
Nine of these “Dash Avataras“ are known, among these being Ram (also called Rama), Krishna and Buddha. The last manifestation is expected to be the “Kalki Avatar,” namely at the transition point from Kali Yuga (the Dark Age or Iron Age) to Satya Yuga. The latter is also called the “Golden Age,“ when life will once again come to pass in harmony with the laws of creation. We currently go through this transitional phase.
It is prophesied in the Mahabharata that the Kalki Avatar will be born as a son of Brahmins in the lunar month of Vaishakha (approximately 21 April to 21 May). He will be instructed by Lord Parshuram, an eternal Avatar. He will marry and have two children.
In nearly all the prophecies, Kalki, the Lord of the Universe, is described as a powerful young man riding on a white horse (symbolic for purity and power) and with a shining sword in His hand (symbolic for the Light will and as a weapon to defeat the darkness). His eyes are glowing like fire. He will fight against the dark and re-establish the Eternal Religion (Satya Dharma) as it is laid down in the Vedas.
It is very astounding that the Revelations of the Bible foretell a stunningly similar fact:
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire (…) and out of His mouth comes a sharp sword …”
If you compare these statements with the life of Param Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj, you will be more than surprised. A short general account of His life shall clarify this:
His parents, wealthy Brahmins, were both highly-realized yogis. Before His birth, His mother received 14 special dreams and visions, and she was foretold that she would give birth to the “Light of the Universe.” When Shree was born on 17 May in the lunar month of Vaishakha, His body showed 14 different symbols (already 12 of them indicate a Divine Being). One of those was the red nail of the right big toe, a feature that Buddha also had.
Even as a child, Shree dedicated His life to God. When He was only seven years old, He practiced intense spiritual exercises. At the age of twenty, He became head of the Guru Mandir in Akkalkot. A year later, He married; later two children were born.
From 1938 on, Shree was instructed by Lord Parshuram, who appeared to Him on several occasions and bestowed Divine powers on Him. In 1944, Shree took the vow before Lord Parashuram to resuscitate the Vedas whereupon the “Fivefold Path” was revealed to Him.
The “Fivefold Path” was given as a help for all people at our present time. The part called “Agnihotra” effectively counteracts the pollution of the environment and of the mind. Shree called this fire ceremony the weapon against the pollution of the mind and the atmosphere.
In 1941, it was revealed to Shree that He had already lived as Ram, Krishna and Buddha and was now incarnated as the Son of Man. In 1942, Divine Fire appeared in front of Him, in a similar way as Moses had experienced.
In the year 1969, for the first time after 2,500 years, Shree had a Somayaga performed. Similar to Agnihotra, on a larger scale, an incredibly efficient purification and elevation of subtle energies took place during this four-day fire ceremony.
In Shree’s life, the white horse should not be understood merely as a symbol of purity. In several dreams and visions, Shree was perceived with this horse, even by persons who knew Shree only from pictures and didn’t know anything of the horse as a symbol.
Shree's whole striving was to restore the Eternal Religion (Satya Dharma) as it is anchored in the Vedas:
Shree: “Resuscitation and rejuvenation of Satya Dharma
is the sole purpose of our spiritual exercises (Tapa).
There is no other desire whatsoever.“