Uttering some incoherent words, binding
a charm, laying the ghosts and having these activities as a means for eking out a
living-in these ways was Mumbaji living and was considered an ascetic. Another such
ascetic was Salomalo who had grown fat by singing songs and poems and getting a handsome
income. Both these people disliked saint Tukaram intensely although he was living a simple
and virtuous life. Both these jointly approached Dharma- dhikari Rameshwara Bhat and
complained. Tameshwar bhat was foolish enough to be moved by their incitement and came
forward to raise a storm in Tukarams life.
Early next morning before sunrise Rameshwara Bhat came to Dehu village. Immediately he
sent for the village head man and said; " I have come here to enquire about
"About what?" the village headman asked.
"What, headman, is it not foreboding of the end of the earth, if non-Brahmins read
the Vedas, compose prayers songs and preach morality? If the activities of Tukaram
continue like this, it will be the end of virtue. I have come here to restore morality.
Get that non-Brahmin Tukaram.
The headman got Tukaram. Tukaram made obeisance to Dharmadhikari Rameswara Bhat.
"Fie on your obeisance and your prayers songs! Is there any place where
non-Brahmins read Vedas, compose songs of prayer and preach to people? I have pardoned you
for having committed mistakes so far in ignorance. Dont do such things in
future," thus thundered Dharmadhikari.
"Panduranga himself has ordered me to complete some incomplete songs composed by
saint Namadeva. If you do not approve I will stop it."
"Stop it, stop it."
If so, what should I do with the poems completed so far?"
"Bundle them up and throw them into Indravani river, was the harsh order of