Shivaji was growing under Jijau's loving wings in Lalmahal and Dadoji's tutelage in the valleys and cliffs of Maval land, learning ,playing . The Sahyadri around whispered thoughts of complete freedom in Shivaji ears. Baji pasalkar ,Mankoji Dahtonde ,Bapuji Narhekar and such senior swordsmen trained him and armed him. He was equally interested in the red earth of the gymnasia,horse riding pastures ,ground s of weaponry and strategic meetings and discussions. He became expert in weapons . In the Lalmahal and in temples he would get engrossed in listings to epics and mythology ,politics and justice ,sciences and sayings.On the ground he would get fully engrossed in the horse riding ,spear throwing ,sword welding,aiming ,running, long jumping, playing hide and seek in difficult mountainous terrain. Sometimes would mount an elephant. His mind and body was getting ready. He became very fond of people and the terrain of Maval. He loved them.
Raje treated everyone with love. His behaviour was playful. But his dignity never slipped.He remembered recognised everyone he came in contact. He greeted everyone fondly. Everyone loved him. Everyone felt that Raje belonged to him. Scared and fed up of Sultan's tyranny the Maval folks starting bonding to Shivaji with love. Minds started becoming one.
In the company of Dadoji Konndeo,Sono Viswanath Dabir , Balkrishanpant Mujumdar and Jijau, Raje started understanding the intricacies of politics. In the cunning machinations of Sultan, simpletons did not survive and would never survive . Raje understood this. Cunning Shaukins survived but Dharamraj of righteous conduct was defeated. Astute Krsna was needed .He fully understood the loyal and hard-working poor peoples mentality. Their love was his strength.
To be continue......