Dakshina box / hundi




The principle of dakshina {monetary sacrifice performed by giving money by way of donation to Baba: Baba used to accept or not accept according to HIS wish money as dakshina from devotees for retrieving them from their the evil effect of sins. Life becomes pure and rich by sacrifice. This is the preaching from upanishada (religious scripture about knowledge) – which means learning by sitting at the feet or in the company of SatGuru(the Supreme Teacher)

Until around 1909, Baba almost never asked for dakshina (donations) and rarely accepted monetary offerings, except occasionally a few small coins which he used for buying fuel. Then, for some reason, Baba did start asking, although he had no personal need or desire for money, and by the end of each day he had always given away whatever he had received that day, remaining true to his principles of non-attachment and poverty. A few devotees (such as Bade Baba and Tatya Kote Patil) were even given a fixed amount every day.

Baba’s purpose in asking for dakshina was always to benefit a particular individual by, for example, driving a (frequently moral) point home, balancing a forgotten debt or conferring a special blessing. “I do not ask from everyone,” he said, “but emblem of Muslim-Hindu unity. The provision of the tulsi in a Muslim place of worship is an example of the many ways in which Baba fused Muslim and Hindu elements and resisted being identified exclusively with one religion, while persistently challenging sectarian divisions and prejudices.