Monday, November 30, 2015

Experiences of Sai Maharaj - Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 4

Experiences of Sai Maharaj

Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 4




Many childless couples have been blessed with Baba's grace and they are happy. Rao Bahadur Hari Vinayak Sathe, Damu Seth Kesar of Ahmednagar, Ratanji Seth of Nanded, Gopal Gund, Deshmukh of Raver, all came to Sai Maharaj to be blessed with a son and Baba blessed them all. They are all hale and hearty. But, you will also find many other childless devotees among the common people who have been similarly blessed by Baba.


Innumerable childless women came during the Ramnavami Yatra and even every Thursday, some took vows in their own homes and Baba fulfilled their wishes too. Once, a woman from Pune who was anxious to have a son took a vow. Soon after, Baba visited her in her dreams and gave her a coconut. When she awoke, there really was a coconut kept near her bed. She was thrilled and later on, in due time gave birth to a son. When he was a year old, she came to Shirdi and did the Javal ceremony (shaving off the baby's hair) in Baba's presence.


It was observed that whenever a woman came to Baba desiring a son, she was blessed with a baby boy.


And, this happened whenever they took a vow even after He had taken His Samadhi.


A recent example is that of Jagannath, who used to look after Baba's horse.


After Baba's Samadhi, he became a holy man and sat in the Shiva temple at Ulve  village in Panvel district. There he met Umabai, the wife of Seth Shankarraoji. The couple did not have a son and so she coaxed her husband to take a second wife.


But, she did not conceive either.


One day, at Umabai's behest, Jagannath placed a coconut in the second wife's Pallu and said, "If this lady begets a son, you will visit Baba's Samadhi." Umabai took a vow - 'If the co-wife begets a son, I will come for your Darshan.' Within a year, a son was born. And, Umabai came to Shirdi to fulfil her vow. Jagannath had later left Ulve village; but when Umabai visited Shirdi for Baba's Darshan, he too happened to be there. Umabai offered a coconut with a specially made golden grain of salt tied to its tip. The coconut is still there in the Sansthan's warehouse.




A gentleman's son was lost for many years. He prayed to Baba about his son.


Baba said, ''You will meet him soon." After two days Baba gave him permission to leave. He lived at Thane. As he alighted at Thane station, his son too got down from a train coming from Mumbai.

Thus he met his long lost son in his own town as soon as he returned from Sai Maharaj.




Once, Madhavrao Deshpande had a dream. In it, Baba visited him and asked, ''did you visit Govardhandas? His mother passed away. We should visit him." When Madhavrao visited Govardhandas in the late afternoon he found that he had indeed lost his mother a couple of days ago.


(20) 'IS SHE GOING?'...


Shri Dwarkanath Pradhan had gone to Maharaj for Darshan and had taken his father-in-law's letter to Baba. When he gave the letter to Baba, He held it upside down and murmured, 'Is she going?' I heard these words; but the others did not.


He then asked the letter to be read out. It spoke of Dwarkanath's wife's illness.


Dwarkanath asked Baba, "When will you bring her here?" Maharaj replied, "After four days."

Everyone was surprised, when the lady died four days later. Only I was not surprised, as I had heard Baba's words.




Once, when Shri Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias Annasaheb visited Shirdi during Guru Poornima, his money was over. Later Shri Hari Sitaram Dixit and Shri Moreshwarrao Pradhan visited Shirdi. 

Pradhan finished all his money on the second day. Baba once again asked him for Dakshina. He said, "I do not have any money."


Baba said, "Ask Annasaheb." Now, everyone knew since the previous day that Annasaheb had no money left, and it was true. However, obeying Baba, Pradhan went to Annasaheb and asked for money. Annasaheb was surprised as just a little while ago, someone had delivered the money, he had asked for from his home in Bandra and nobody knew about it. When Annasaheb asked Pradhan, "How did you know I just received some money?" He said, ''how would I know? I came because Baba sent me!"


Obviously, Baba knows everything!


Shri Sai Leela, Year 1,

Bhadrapad Shaké 1845 ,Vol. VII

Translated from Marathi into English by Jyoti Ranjan Raut

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Chapter XXXVI

Wonderful Stories of

(1) Two Goa Gentleman - (2) Mrs. Aurangabadkar.


This Chapter relates the wonderful stories of two gentlemen from Goa and Mrs. Aurangabadkar of Sholapur.


Two Gentlemen


Once two gentlemen came from Goa for taking darshan of Sai Baba, and prostrated themselves before him. Though both came together, Baba asked only one them to give Him Rs.15/- as Dakshina which was paid willingly. The other man voluntarily offered Rs. 35/-. This sum was rejected by Baba to the astonishment of all. Shama, who was present, asked Baba, "What is this? Both came together, one's Dakshina you accept, the other, though voluntarly paid, you refuse. Why this distinction? Baba replied, "Shama, you know nothing. I take nothing from anybody. The Masjidmayi (The presiding Deity of the Masjid) calls for the debt, the donor pays it and becomes free. Have I any home, property or family to look after? I require nothing. I am ever free. Debt, enmity and murder have to be atoned for, there is not escape". Baba then continued in His characteristic way as follows:-


As first he was poor and took a vow to his God that he would pay his first month's salary if he got an appointment. He got one on Rs.15/- p.m. Then he steadily got promotions, from Rs.15/- he got Rs. 30, 60, 100, 200 and ultimately Rs.700/- per month. But in his prosperity he forgot clean the vow he took. The force of his karma has driven him here and I asked that amount (Rs.15/-) from him as Dakshina.


Another story, While wandering by the sea-side I came to a huge mansion and sat on its verandah. The owner gave me a good reception and fed me sumptuously. He showed me a neat and clean place near a cupboard for sleeping. I slept there. While I was sound asleep, the man removed a literite slab and broke the wall entered in and scissored off all the money from my pocket. When I woke up, I found that Rs.30,000/- were stolen. I was greatly distressed and sat weeping and moaning. The money was in currency notes and I thought that the Brahmin had stolen it. I lost all interest in food and drink and sat for a fortnight on the verandah, bemoaning my loss. After the fortnight was over, a passing fakir saw me crying, and made enquiries regarding the cause of my sorrow. I told him everything. He said, "If you act according to my bidding, you will recover your money; go to a fakir, I shall give his whereabouts, surrender yourself to him, he will get back your money; in the meanwhile give up your favourite food till you recover your money." I followed the fakir's advice and got my money. Then I left the Wada and went to the sea-shore. There was a steamer, but I could not get into it as it was crowded. There a good-natured peon interceded for me and I got in luckily. That brought me to another shore, where I caught a train and came to the Masjidmayi.


The story finished and Baba asked Shama to take the guests and arrange for their feeding. Then Shama took them home and fed them. At dinner, Shama said to the guests that Baba's story was rather mysterious, as He had never gone to the sea-side, never had any money (Rs.30,000/-), never travelled, never lost any money and never recovered it, and enquired whether they understood it and caught its significance. The guests were deeply moved and were shedding tears. In a choking voice they said that Baba was omniscient, infinite, the One (Para Brahma) without a second. The story He gave out is exactly our story, What He spoke has already taken place in our case. How He knew this, is a wonder of wonders! We shall give all the details after the meals.


Then after the meals while they were chewing betel-leaves,the guests began to tell their stories. One of them said:-


"A hill-station on the ghats is my native place. I went to Goa to earn my living by securing a job. I took a vow to God Datta that if I got any service, I would offer Him my first month's salary. By His grace I got an appointment of Rs.15/- and then I got promotions as described by Baba. I did forget all about my vow. Baba has just reminded me of it in this way and recovered Rs. 15/- from me. It is not Dakshina as one may think it to be, but a repayment of an old debt and fulfillment of long forgotten vow".




Baba never, in fact, actually begged any money, nor allowed His Bhaktas to beg. He regarded money as a danger or bar to spiritual progress and did not allow His Bhaktas to fall into its clutches. Bhagat Mhalsapati, is an instance on tis point. He was very poor and could hardly make both ends meet. Baba never allowed him to make any money, nor gave him anything from the Dakshina amount. Once a kind and liberal merchant named Hansaraj gave a large amount of money to Mhalsapati in Baba's presence, but Baba did not allow him to accept it.


Then the second guest began his tale. "My Brahmin (cook) was serving me faithfully for 35 years. Unfortunately he fell into bad ways, his mind changed and he robbed me of my treasure. By removing a laterite slab from my wall where my cup-board is fixed, he came in while we were all asleep and carried away all my accumulated wealth, Rs. 30,000/- in currency notes. I know not how Baba mentioned the exact amount. I sat crying day and night. My enquiries came to nothing. I spent a fortnight in great anxiety. As I sat on the verandah, sad and dejected, a passing fakir noted my condition and enquired of its cause, and I told him all about it. He told me that an Avalia by name Sai lives in Shirdi, Kopergaon Taluka. Make vow to Him and give up any food that you like best and say to Him mentally that 'I have given up eating that food till I take your darshan'. Then I took the vow and gave up eating rice and s0aid, "Baba, I will eat it after recovering my property and after taking your darshan".


Fifteen days passed after this. The Brahmin, of his own accord, came to me, returned my money and apologized, saying, "I went mad and acted thus; I now place my head on your feet, please forgive me". Thus everything ended well. The fakir that met me and helped me, was not seen again. An intensive desire to see Sai Baba, whom the fakir pointed out to me, arose in my mind. I thought that the fakir who came all the way to my house was no other than Sai Baba. Would He, who saw me and helped me to get my lost money ever covet to get Rs.35/-? On the contrary without expecting anything from us, He always tries His best to lead us on the path of spiritual progress.


I was overjoyed when I recovered my stolen property and being infatuated, I forgot all about my vow. Then when I was at Colaba, one night I saw Sai Baba in my dream. This reminded me of my promised visit to Shirdi. I went to Goa and from there wanted to start for Shirdi, by taking a steamer to Bombay, en route. But when I came to the harbour, I found that the steamer was crowded and there was no place. The captain did not allow me, but on the intercession of a peon, who was stranger to me, I was allowed to get into the steamer which brought me to Bombay. From there, I got in the train and came here. Surely I think that Baba is all-pervading and all-knowing. What are we and where is our home? How great our good fortune that Baba got back our money and drew us here to Himself? You Shirdi folk must be infinitely superior and more fortunate than we; for Baba has played, laughed, talked and lived with you for so many years. I think that your store of good merits must be infinite, for it attracted Baba into Shirdi. Sai is our Datta. He ordered the vow. He gave me a seat in the steamer and brought me here and thus gave proof of His omniscience and omnipotence".


Mrs. Aurangabadkar


A lady from Sholapur, wife of Sakharam Aurangabadkar had no issue during the long period of 27 years. She had made a number of vows of Gods and Goddesses for an issue, but was not successful. She then became almost hopeless. To make a last attempt in this matter, she came to Shirdi with her step-son Vishwanath and stayed there for two months, serving Baba. Whenever she went to the Masjid, she found it full and Baba surrounded by devotees. She wanted to see Baba alone, fall at His feet and open her heart and pray for an issue, but she got no suitable opportunity. Ultimately she requested Shama to intercede with Baba for her when He was alone. Shama said to her that Baba's Darbar was open, still he would try for her and that the Lord might bless her. He asked her to sit ready with a cocoa-nut and joss-sticks on the open courtyard at the time of Baba's meals and that when he beckoned to her, she should come up. One day after dinner, Shama was rubbing Baba's wet hands with a towel when the latter pinched Shama's cheek. Shama feigning anger said, "Deva, is it proper for you to pinch me like this? We don't want such a mischievous God who pinches us thus. Are we Your dependents, is this the fruit of our intimacy?" Baba replied, "Oh Shama, during the 72 generations that you were with me, I never pinched you till now and now you resent my touching you". Shama, "We want a God that will give us ever kisses and sweets to eat; we do not want any respect from You, or heaven, balloon etc. Let our faith unto Your Feet be ever wide-awake". Baba, "Yes, I have indeed come for that. I have been feeding and nursing you and have got love and affection for you".


Then Baba went up and took his seat. Shama beckoned to the lady. She came up, bowed and presented the cocoa-nut and joss-sticks. Baba shook the cocoa-nut which was dry. The Kernal within rolled and made a noise. Baba said, "Shama, this is rolling, see what it says". Shama, "The woman prays that a child might be similarly rolling and quickening in the womb. So give her the cocoa-nut with Your blessings".


Baba, "Will the coconut give her any issue? How people are foolish and fancy such things!"


Shama, "I know the power of Your word and blessing. Your word will give her a string or series of children. You are wrangling and not giving real blessing".


The parley went on for a while. Baba repeatedly ordering to break the coconut and Shama pleading for the gift of the unbroken fruit to the lady. Finally Baba yielded and said, "She will have an issue". "When?" asked Shama. "In 12 months" was the reply. The cocoa-nut was therefore broken into two part, one was eaten by the two, the other was given to the lady.


The Shama turned up to the lady and said, "Dear madam, you are a witness to my words. If within 12 months you do not get any issue, I will break a cocoa-nut against this Deva's head and drive him out of this Masjid. If I fail in this, I will not call myself Madhav. You will soon realize what I say".


She delivered a son in one year's time and the son was brought to Baba in his fifth month. Both husband and wife, prostrated themselves before Baba and the grateful father (Mr. Aurangabadkar) paid a sum of Rs.500/- which was spent in constructing a shed for Baba's house "Shyamakarna".


Bow to Shri Sai - Peace be to all







"Man will be grateful when he will realise my empire and that I am the whole and sole controller or holder of the reins." – Shri Sai Samartha Satcharita, Ch. 8, Ovi 62.



When the Kurukshetra war was over, pride entered the heart of Arjuna. He even thought that he was so great that Krishna had become his charioteer.


Arjuna felt that as a master, he must get down from the chariot only after the charioteer had done so. He insisted that Krishna must get down first. Krishna was adamant.


Finally, Arjuna had to yield. Swallowing his pride, he got out of the chariot with great reluctance.


Now it was Krishna's turn. As soon as He stepped down, the chariot went up in flames.


Arjuna was humbled as he realized that the deadly arrows and missiles that had struck the chariot were powerless so long as Krishna was in it. As soon as He left it, they had their natural effect and the chariot was reduced to ashes.


In everything that the Lord permits to happen, is a meaning of His mercy. We must not question; we must not argue. We must only obey, accept and rejoice!


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Baba's Leelas before 1918 – Bhishma’s Letter

Baba's Leelas before 1918 – Bhishma's Letter


The following excerpts are from a letter sent on 11-7-1921 by Vedshastri  Krishnashastri Bhishma, the writer of most of the verses from Sri Sadguru Sainath Sagunopasana.


My experiences with Maharaj are well-known to those around me. So, there is nothing special in this letter. If devotees already know or have read these experiences, please do not publish them.


Sainath Maharaj had an extraordinary perception. Though I am writing this in the past tense, it is only with reference to the mortal body. For me, Sainath is immortal and will always be, since Maharaj is constantly giving me visions and is guiding me to do things He wishes, what I say cannot be false.


One evening we were sitting with Sainath and also did the last Aarati, the Shejarati. But, when we went to visit Him the next day, Sai said, ''Yesterday evening I had gone for a walk.'' We could not believe this as He was with us all evening till the Shejarati. But, a few minutes later a man from a village south of Shirdi came and mentioned, ''Yesterday evening Sai Maharaj was in our village.'' We then understood that Sai had extraordinary powers and so could be in both places at the same time.


Once, when all the people in Balwantrao Khaparde's house were asleep, Sai came in his dream, dined with him, ate a paan sitting on the swing and then left. At that moment Balwantrao woke up. When he narrated this dream to me in the morning, I said, ''without telling this dream to anyone go to Sainath Maharaj. If Sai has given you this vision, He will give you some indication. If it is an ordinary dream, Sai won't say a word.'' Balwantrao went to meet Sai and was amazed when Sai said, ''you gave me dinner yesterday; but you did not give any Dakshina.'' Balwantrao was stunned; but he immediately asked, how much he should give and back came the reply, ''Rs. 25/-''. All these are the facets of extraordinary perception at play. Some may think, these stories are false; but in his book 'Srimadbhagwatarth Darshan' Mr. Yeshwant Vyankatesh Kolhatkar, B. A., L.L. B., proves that the Atma or soul is immortal and can perform many miracles. Then, how could it be impossible for Baba to give Darshan while awake or in a dream? ''Jaagat Rama, Sovat Rama, Sapnon mein dekho Rama hi Rama,'' said Sant Eknath and accordingly Sainath gives Darshan whenever He wills. In

Chapter VIII, Vol. III, Verse 4, from the Chhandogya Upanishad it is said that ''Sometimes this blissful soul leaves the body and attains self-realization and oneness with the Supreme Light; but the soul does not need to leave the body unconscious.'' Maharaj was in complete control of His senses and desires and remained perpetually calm.


While going from His sleeping area towards the Masjid with His staff in hand, Baba used to hurl abuses. At such a time nobody had the courage to face Him. But, whenever He uttered these expletives at the top of His voice, people could hear the softly uttered words ''Allah tera bhala karega''. Which man could give blessings while in a fit of rage? That is why, in my opinion Baba's anger was just a show, but His conscience was kind and calm.


In verse 4274 of Tukaram's Gatha it is said that God Himself bears the troubles of His devotees and is always close to them. One day, all of us were seated next to Maharaj, when it was time for the noon Aarati. According to the custom in those days Bapusaheb prepared the Aarati. But, suddenly, without any provocation, Maharaj donned the Narsimha Avatar. He threw away the Aarati and the Prasad, drove all the people out by hitting at them with His staff. He Himself left His seat and sat down in the Veranda. The Aarati could not take place. By 3 p.m. all the devotees were hungry. Some suggested that the Aarati should be done to the throne. But, Dadasaheb Khaparde did not agree and said that the Aarati should be done to Baba only, but at the hands of Vaghya and not Bapusaheb. Accordingly the Aarati was given to Vaghya. But, suddenly Baba returned to His throne and the Aarati was done. But, nobody understood the reason for Baba's anger.


The next day a lawyer from Kopargaon arrived. He said, ''there was a criminal case against one of Baba's devotee. The court had sentenced him when I reached there. I took the case and appealed. Surprisingly the court inquired me about the defendant's conduct. When I vouched for his good behavior and his being innocent, the court acquitted him. To ask Baba, how this miracle took place, I came to Shirdi for Baba's Darshan. That devotee told me about the eminent Sai and said he was acquitted due to Baba's blessings." As said in Sant Dnyaneshwar's Aarati it is an open secret that the universe is Brahma. Sai behaved accordingly.


There was a well-worn piece of sack-cloth which Baba used as a seat and loved it immensely. Once, when Baba was away, a devotee threw the sack-cloth away and kept a silk cushion in its place. When Baba returned He started fuming and abusing as soon as He saw the new cushion. He threw it and scattered the Dhuni. He calmed down only when His old torn piece of sacking was restored.


One day people asked me to replace the old sacking with a new one; but I waited till everybody stood for Aarati and then asked Baba in sign language if I could change the sack-cloth. He signalled in agreement. I immediately told Dadasaheb and bought a new sack and replaced the old one, which was discarded. After the Aarati, Baba sat down quietly. Devotees served Him. Then He gave His 'Chillum' to me and asked for five Laddoos which I promised. I kept worrying as to how I would be able to make Laddoos without anybody's help in this unfamiliar place. If I took somebody's help Baba would immediately know. Why did He ask specifically for five Laddoos and not just Laddoos? I spent the day mulling over it and went to sleep with the same thought in mind. But, soon I woke up with an inspiration to write a verse which I immediately penned. In the morning, when I was writing the next stanza, Mr. Dixit, who was on his way to Baba, stopped by and saw my poem. Later I took my bath and went for Darshan. As soon as He saw me Baba asked for the Laddoos. I did not say anything; but Dixit said, ''The Laddoos are getting ready". Baba was pacified. The next day I finished writing five stanzas and offered them to Baba. (I had tried to write more than five; but try as I may, I could not write beyond the five already written and so left it at that.) When Baba saw them, He asked me to read them out and while I was reading, blessed me by putting His hand on my head. It is impossible to narrate my state of bliss at that time. After that I read to Him every poem I wrote and this collection ultimately became the book 'Sainath Sagunopasana' which I offered at His feet. The proceeds of the book were given for the protection of cows. The copies of this book must still be there.


''Dhiro na shochati,'' says the Kathopanishad. Self-realized brave people never grieve and even if they feel sad, they do not need other people's advice to restore their good cheer; they themselves get rid of it.


Megha, a Gujarati was Maharaj's loving devotee. He slogged to serve Baba. He was serving Baba at his master's instance; but one day it crossed his mind 'Why should I bathe a Muslim?' And so one day he left Shirdi for his native place, where he fell ill. When he recovered, he went to visit the Shiva temple; but instead of a Shivalingam he saw Sai Maharaj. He promptly returned to Shirdi. To remove the evil thoughts from his body he was asked to chant the Gayatri Mantra a certain number of times. On completion Baba blessed him. When Megha passed away, Baba Himself came and touching his entire body with His hands, cried bitterly for five minutes. Then consoling Himself, 'How much will you cry?' He calmed down (as per the teaching of the Kathopanishad – ''Dhiro na shochati'') and gave permission for the final rites.


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Experiences of Sai Maharaj - Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 3

Experiences of Sai Maharaj

Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 3




Sai Maharaj took Samadhi on Tuesday, the 15th of October 1918, in the late afternoon. That night, Laxman Bhat dreamt of Baba Who said, 'Bapusaheb Jog will not come to perform the Kakad Aarati as he thinks I am dead. But, I am alive. You should come and perform the Kakad Aarati.' As per Baba's orders Laxman Bhat went early in the morning to the Masjid where the body was kept and performed the Kakad Aarati. Many people thought, they saw Baba's hand moving whilst the

Aarati was being performed.


The Madhyanha Aarati was again performed at the Masjid. On the following day (16th), the body was brought to Butti's Wada and the Shejarati was performed there at night. Since then Kakad Aarati, Madhyanha Aarati, Dhooparati and Shejarati are regularly performed in the Wada (which is now the Samadhi Mandir) and the ritual continues till today.




2-3 days after Baba took Samadhi, He came in the dream of the sister-in-law of Moreshwarrao Pradhan of Santacruz and said, ''You have a yellow Pitamber in your trunk. Send it to be placed on my Samadhi."


The lady had kept this Pitamber aside many years ago and had forgotten all about it.


She told Moreshwarrao about her dream and immediately gave him the yellow Pitamber to be sent to Shirdi. It is in Shirdi now and is sometimes put on the Samadhi.


(14) 'TODAY IS THE 30TH DAY!'...


One day, at dawn, Baba went to Kaka Mahajani in his dream and said, 'Why are you sleeping? Get up! Today is the 30th day of my passing. Observe it!'


When Kaka Mahajani woke up, he thought the 30th day must have already passed; but when he counted the days, he realised that it was indeed the 30th day.


He called a Brahmin and performed an Abhishek to Sai's Padukas, called some people for lunch and observed the first month of Baba's Samadhi. After that he observed the day of Baba's Samadhi every month.




The day Baba left His mortal body, my nephew Madhav, who lived in Villeparle, Mumbai, dreamt that a great Yogi took Samadhi in Nasik. Similarly in the house of a North Indian astrologer, named Hanuman Prasad in Mumbai, Baba's portrait suddenly began to shake. In the same way Baba informed all His great devotees about His taking Samadhi in some way or other.




Just before leaving His body Baba uttered the words 'Take me to the Wada!'


After He left His mortal coil, people started discussing as to where the body should be kept. Taking His last words as a hint, some people said, the Samadhi should be built in Butti's Wada. Others said that, instead of building it in an open place. After fighting for a day, it was ultimately decided to be kept in Butti's Wada and so it happened.


Initially this Wada or mansion was built by Bapusaheb Butti as a private residence. After a part of it was built in 1916, Baba felt ill and Nanasaheb Chandorkar was inspired that, it should not be just be a private mansion, but there should be a temple in it. When Baba was consulted about it, He gave consent for a temple to be built. So, it was decided that, the central part would be a temple and the rest residential. Craftsmen from Nagpur were called to build the temple. But, due to some reason they had to return and the temple remained unfinished till Baba's passing away and the Samadhi could be built in that area. Of course, it is now Baba's temple and His words 'This is our place and we shall all live here' which He said time and again had come true.


(- to be contd)



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Chapter XXXV

Tested And Never Found Wanting


Kaka Mahajani's Friend and Master - Bandra Insomnia Case - Bala Patil Newaskar.


This Chapter also continues the subject of the importance of the Udi; it also gives two cases in which Baba was tested and not found wanting. These cases will be taken up first.




In spiritual matters or endeavours, sectarianism is the greatest bar to our progress. Those, who believe the God is without form, are heard saying that to believe the God is with the form is an illusion and that the Saints are only human beings. Then why should they bend their heads before them and offer Dakshina? Persons belonging to other sects will also raise objections and say, "Why should they bow and offer allegiance to other Saints, leaving their Sadgurus?" Similar objections regarding Sai Baba were heard before and are heard even now. Some said that when they went to Shirdi, Baba asked for Dakshina from them. Is it good that Saints should collect money in this fashion? If they do so, where is their Sainthood? But there are many instances where men went to Shirdi to scoff; but remained there to pray. Two such instances are given below.


Kaka Mahajani's Friend


A friend of Kaka Mahajani was a worshipper of God without form and was averse to idolatry. Out of curiosity he agreed to go to Shirdi with Kaka Mahajani on two conditions, viz., (1) that he would neither bow to Baba, (2) nor pay Him any Dakshina. Kaka agreed to these conditions and they both left Bombay on a Saturday night and reached Shirdi the next morning. As soon as they put their feet on the steps of the Masjid, Baba, looking at the friend from a little distance, addressed him in sweet words as follows, "Oh, welcome sir". The tone that uttered these words was a very peculiar one. It exactly resembled the tone of the friend's father. It reminded him of his departed father and sent a thrill of joy through his body. What an enchanting power the tone had! Being surprised the friend said, "This is no doubt the voice of my father". Then he at once up and, forgetting his resolution, placed his head upon Baba's Feet.


Then Baba asked for Dakshina twice, once in the morning and again at noon at the time of their taking leave; but He asked it from Kaka only and not from the friend. The latter whispered to Kaka, "Baba asked for Dakshina from you twice. I am with you, why does He omit me?" You ask Baba Himself" was Kaka's reply. Baba asked Kaka what his friend was whispering, then the friend asked Baba himself whether he should pay any Dakshina. Baba replied, "You had no mind to pay, so you were not asked; but if you want to pay now you may." Then the friend paid Rs.17 as Dakshina, the same amount that Kaka paid. Baba then addressed him a few words of advice, "You do away, destroy the Teli's wall (sense of difference) between us, so that we can see and meet each other face to face". Then Baba allowed them to depart. Thought the weather was cloudy and threatening, Baba assured them of their safe journey and both of them reached Bombay safely. When he reached home and opened the door and windows of his house, he found two sparrows fallen dead on the ground and one just flying out through a window. He thought that if he had left the windows open, two sparrows would have been saved, but thought again, that they had met their lot and that Baba had sent him back soon just to save the third sparrow.


Kaka Mahajani's Master


Kaka was the Manager in the firm of Thakkar Dharmasey Jethabhai, a solicitor of Bombay. Both the Master and the Manager were on intimate terms. Mr. Thakkar knew that Kaka was often going to Shirdi, staying there for some days and returning, when Baba permitted him. Out of curiosity and just to test Baba, Mr. Thakkar decided to go to Shirdi with Kaka during Shimga holidays. As Kaka's return was uncertain, he took another man with him as an associate. The three started together and Kaka bought two seers of raisins (dried grapes with seed) on the way for presentation to Baba. They reached Shirdi in due time, and went to the Masjid for darshan. Then Babasaheb Tarkhad was there, Mr. Thakkar asked him why he came there. "For darshan", Tarkhad replied. Mr. Thakkar asked if miracles took place there. Tarkhad replied that it (to see miracles) was not his attitude, but the earnest intentions of the Bhaktas were satisfied here. Then Kaka prostrated himself before Baba and offered the raisins to Him. Baba ordered them to be distributed. Mr. Thakkar got a few of them. He did not like the raisins and he was advised by his doctor not to eat them without washing and cleaning them. So he was in a fix. He did not like to eat them, nor could he reject them. To keep up formalities, he put them into his mouth, but did not know what to do with the seeds. He could not spit them out on the floor of the Masjid, so he pocketed them against his wish. He then said in his mind that if Baba was a Saint, how could He be ignorant of his dislike for the raisins and could He force them on him. When this thought arose in his mind Baba again gave him some more raisins. He could not eat them, but held them in his hand. Then Baba asked him to eat them up. He obeyed and found, to his surprise, that they were all seedless. He wanted to see miracles and here was one. He knew that Baba read his thought; and as per his wish converted raisins (with seeds) into seedless grapes. What a wonderful power! Again to test further he asked Tarkhad, who was sitting by and who also got some raisins, "What kind of grapes you got?" He replied "They variety with seeds." Mr. Thakkar was still more surprised to hear this. Then to confirm his growing faith Thakkar thought in his mind that if Baba was a real Saint, the raisins should be now given to Kaka first. Reading this thought also, Baba ordered that distribution should be commenced from Kaka. These proofs were sufficient for Thakkar.


Then Shama introduced Mr. Thakkar as the master of Kaka, upon which Baba said, "How could he be his master? He has got a different Master altogether". Kaka appreciated this reply. Forgetting his resolve, Thakkar saluted Baba and returned to the Wada.


After the noon-Arati was over, they all went to the Masjid for taking Baba's leave for their departure. Sharma spoke for them. Baba then spoke as follows.


"There was a fickle-minded gentleman. He had health and wealth and was free from both physical and mental afflictions, but he took on him needless anxieties and burdens and wandered hither and thither, thus losing his peace of mind. Sometimes he dropped the burdens and at other times carried them again. His mind knew no steadiness. Seeing his state, I took pity on him and said, "Now please keep your faith on any one place (point) you like, why roam like this? Stick quietly to one place.

Thakkar at once came to know that, that was an exact description of himself. He wished that Kaka should also return with him but no one expected that Kaka would be allowed to leave Shirdi so soon. Baba read also this thought to his and permitted Kaka to return with his master. Thakkar got one more proof of Baba's capacity to read another's mind.


Then Baba asked Kaka for Rs. 15/- as Dakshina and received it. To Kaka He said, "If I take one rupee as Dakshina from anybody I have to return it tenfold to him. I never take anything gratis. I never ask any one indiscriminately. I only ask and take from him whom the Fakir (My Guru) points out. If any one is indebted formerly to the Fakir money is received from him. The donor gives, i.e. sows his seeds, only to reap a rich harvest in future. Wealth should be the means to work out Dharma. If it is used for personal enjoyment, it is wasted. Unless you have given it before, you do not get it now. So the best way to receive is to give. The giving of Dakshina advances Vairagya (Non-attachment) and thereby Bhakti and Jnana. Give one and receive tenfold".


On hearing these words Mr. Thakkar himself gave Rs.15/- in Baba's hand, forgetting his resolve not to do so. He thought he did well in coming to Shirdi as all his doubts were solved and he learnt so much.


Baba's skill in handling such cases was unique. Though He did all those things He was totally non-attached to them. Whether anybody saluted Him or not, or whether anybody gave Him Dakshina or not, it was the same to Him. None He disrespected. He felt no pleasure because He was worshipped and no pain because He was disregarded. He transcended the pairs of opposites, viz. pleasure and pain, etc.


Insomnia Case


A Kayastha Prabhu gentleman of Bandra suffered from Insomnia for long. As soon as he laid himself down for sleep, his departed father appeared to him in his dream, and abused and scolded him severely. This broke his sleep and made him restless the whole night. Every night this went on and the man did not know what to do. One day he consulted a devotee of Baba in this respect. He recommended the Udi as the only infallible remedy he knew. He gave him some Udi and asked him to apply a little of it to his forehead before going to bed and keep the Udi-packet under the pillow. He tried this remedy and found, to his great surprise and joy, that he got sound sleep and that there was no disturbance of any kind. He continued the remedy and always remembered Sai. Then he got a picture of Sai Baba which he hung on the wall near his pillow and started worshipping it daily and on Thursdays, offering garland, naivedya etc. Then he got on well and forgot altogether his past trouble.


Balaji Patil Newaskar


This man was a great devotee of Baba. He rendered most excellent and disinterested service. Every day he swept and kept clean all the passages and streets in Shirdi through which Baba passed in His daily routine. This work was, after him, equally well-done by another female devotee named Rahda-Krishna-Mai, and after her by Abdoola. When Balaji reaped his corn every year, he brought the whole quantity and presented it to Baba. He returned with what Baba gave him and maintained himself and his family with it. This course was followed by him for many years and after him by his son.


Power and Efficacy of Udi


Once it happened that at Balaji's death anniversary day, a certain number of guests were invited and the dinner was prepared for them. But at the dinner-time it was found that thrice the number of people invited had turned up. Mrs. Newaskar was in a fix. She thought that the food would not suffice for the people assembled and that if it fell short, the honour of the family would be at stake. Her mother-in-law comforted her by saying, "Don't be afraid, it is not ours, but Sai's food; cover every vessel with cloth, putting some Udi in it, and serve from the same without opening it : Sai will save us from ignominy." She did as she was advised and it was found to their surprise and joy that not only did the food suffice for all, but plenty of it remained after serving. "As one feels intently, so he realizes accordingly" was proved in this case.


Sai Appearing as Serpent


Once Raghu Patil of Shirdi went to Balaji Patil at Newase. That evening he found that a serpent entered the cowshed hissing. All the cattle were afraid and began to move. The immates of the house were frightened, but Balaji thought that it was Sai Who appreared in his house as a serpent. Without being afraid in the least he brought a cup of milk and placing it before the serpent said, "Baba, why do you miss and make noise? Do you want to frighten us? Take this cup of milk and drink it with a calm mind". Saying this, he sat close by unperturbed. The other members were frightened and did not know what to do. In a short time the serpent disappeared. Nobody knew where it went. It was not found though a search was made in the cowshed.


Balaji had two wives and some children. They sometimes went to Shirdi from Newase for taking Baba's darshana. Then Baba bought saris and other clothes which were given to them with His blessings.


Bow to Shri Sai - peace be to all

Saturday, November 28, 2015

நமக்கு நாமே இலவச மின்சாரம் தயாரிக்கலாம்! - உலகத்தையே அசத்தும் மனோஜ் பார்கவா

நமக்கு நாமே இலவச மின்சாரம் தயாரிக்கலாம்! - உலகத்தையே அசத்தும் மனோஜ் பார்கவா

சென்னை மழையில் சிக்கித் தவித்த பலரின் முக்கியமான தேவையாக இருந்தது எது தெரியுமா? மின்சாரம். வீட்டைச் சுற்றி தண்ணீர் நிற்க, தொட்டியில் குளிக்க தண்ணீர் இல்லாமல் தவித்தவர்கள் ஏராளம். உலகில் 3 பில்லியன் மக்களுக்கு எல்லா நேரமும் மின்சாரம் கிடைப்பதில்லை என்கின்றன சர்வேக்கள்.

"ஏழைகள் ஏழைகளாகவே இருக்க காரணம், மின்சக்தி இல்லாததுதான்!" என்கிறார் மனோஜ் பார்கவா. யார் இவர்?

மனோஜ் பார்கவா... அமெரிக்க நாட்டு தொழிலதிபர். இந்திய வம்சாவளியைச் சேர்ந்தவர். இவரது குடும்பம் 1960 களில் அமெரிக்காவிற்கு இடம்பெயர்ந்தது. அங்கே பள்ளிப்படிப்பை முடித்துவிட்டு, இந்தியா திரும்பியவர், 12 ஆண்டுகள் டெல்லியில் இருக்கும் ஹன்ஸ்லோக் ஆசிரமத்தில் தங்கி இருந்தார். அந்த நேரத்தில் பார்கவாவின் தந்தை, அமெரிக்காவில் பிளாஸ்டிக் நிறுவனங்கள் தொடங்கி நடத்திக் கொண்டிருந்தார். அந்தப் பொறுப்பை ஏற்று நடத்த மீண்டும் அமெரிக்க சென்ற பார்கவா, அதை வெற்றிகரமாக நடத்தினார். இப்போது பார்கவாவின் நிறுவன மதிப்பு 4 பில்லியன் அமெரிக்க டாலர்கள். இதில் 99 சதவிகிதத்தை, உலகின் பல்வேறு தேவைகளுக்கான தீர்வுகளை கண்டுபிடிக்கச் செலவழிக்க இருக்கிறார். அதில் ஒன்றுதான் 'இலவச மின்சார' திட்டம்.

மனோஜ் பார்கவா டீம் கண்டுபிடித்திருக்கும் "ஹைபிரிட் பைசைக்கிள்"லில் ஒரு மணி நேரம் பெடல் செய்தால், ஒரு நாளைக்கு தேவையான மின்சாரம் கிடைக்கும் என்கிறார்கள். மகிழ்ச்சியான விஷயம் என்னவெனில், இதிலிருந்து எந்தவிதமான மாசு ஏற்படுத்தும் கழிவுகளும் வெளியாகாது. நமக்கு தேவையான மின்சாரத்தை நாமே தயாரித்துக் கொள்வதால் பணமும் மிச்சம். இது செயல்படும் விதம் பற்றிய வீடியோவை கீழே காணலாம்.

இது மற்றும் இல்லாமல் எனர்ஜி தொடர்பான பல ஆய்வுகளில் மனோஜ் பார்கவா டீம் இயங்கி வருகிறது. அதில் இன்னொரு முக்கியமான புராஜக்ட்  "லிமிட்லெஸ் எலக்ட்ரிசிட்டி". பூமியில் அடியில் செல்ல செல்ல, வெப்பநிலை அதிகரிக்கும். அங்கே அபரிதமான சக்தி மறைந்து கிடக்கிறது. ஆனால் அதை வெளிக்கொண்டு வர வழி இல்லாமல் மனித இனம் திணறி வந்தது. பார்கவாவின் கண்டுபிடிப்பான "கிராபீன்" என்றொரு மெட்டல் இதற்கு வழி காட்டி இருக்கிறது.

கிராஃபீன் ஒரு நல்ல மின்கடத்தி. இதன் ஒரு முனையில் 100 டிகிரி வெப்பம் செலுத்தப்பட்டால், அதன் இன்னொரு முனையில் அதே 100 டிகிரி வெப்பம் கடத்தப்படும். ஆச்சர்யம் என்னவெனில், நடுவில் கிராஃபின் குளிர்ந்தே காணப்படும். இது சில அடிகளுக்கு மட்டுமே கடத்தும் என நினைக்க வேண்டாம். எத்தனை மைல்கள் கடந்தாலும் அதே வெப்பசக்தி கிடைக்கும். இதை பூமிக்கு அடியில் செலுத்தி, அந்த வெப்பசக்தியை மேலே கொண்டு வந்தால் எளிதில் மின்சாரம் தயாரிக்கலாம். இதுவும் "பொல்யூஷன் ஃப்ரீ" என்கிறார் பார்கவா.

மின்சாரம் மட்டுமில்லாமல், நீர் மேலாண்மை மற்றும் சுகாதாரம் குறித்தும் பல புராஜக்டுகளை தொடங்கி இருக்கிறார் மனோஜ் பார்கவா. இவரது முயற்சிகள் மனித வரலாற்றில் மிக முக்கியமான அத்தியாயமாக இருக்கும் என்கிறார்கள். பார்கவாவின் "பில்லியன் இன் சேஞ்ச்" என்னும் திட்டங்கள் பற்றிய ஒரு முழுமையான ஆவணப்படம் தயாரித்திருக்கிறார்கள். இந்தியாவில் இருக்கும் முன்னணி அலைவரிசைகளில் இது திரையிடப்பட இருக்கிறது.

இணையவாசிகள் அதற்காக காத்திருக்க தேவை இல்லை. இதோ அந்த படம் உங்களுக்காக.


Experiences of Sai Maharaj - Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 2

Experiences of Sai Maharaj

Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 2






When Sakharam Hari Jog alias Bapusaheb's mother passed away, he decided to go to Nasik for the funeral rites and asked for Baba's permission to leave. But, Baba kept delaying the permission day by day. Ultimately Bapusaheb said that there was no Brahmin from his branch in Shirdi and he had to go to Nasik that day. Baba said, "Let's see in the afternoon." Hardly had Baba uttered these words, a highly educated Brahmin from Jog's branch arrived. Now, there was no reason to go to Nasik and all the funeral rites were completed in Shirdi only. The last time Bapusaheb Jog asked for permission to go to Nasik. I was present. I had said, ''Baba! Let three of us go – we will leave Bapusaheb in Nasik and then proceed to Mumbai." Upon this, Baba had commented, "I am not one to leave anyone."





Once, one of my friends came for Sai's Darshan and started pressing Baba's feet while he sat there. Suddenly, Baba said, "Don't press my feet; move aside." The gentleman complied. After sometime his eyes were seen to be filled with tears. Sometime later he started pressing Baba's feet once again. Sai did not say anything.


Later, when my friend returned to the Wada, he said, ''when I first started pressing Baba's feet, an unpleasant thought occurred in my mind. Immediately Baba told me to move aside. I felt extremely ashamed and sorry. I mentally asked Baba to forgive me. Afterwards, when I started pressing Baba's feet once again, He did not stop me."


Baba's devotees always had such experiences. Truly, Baba's ways of teaching were beyond description.





One morning, when I went for Baba's Darshan, He was standing near the Dhuni. As soon as I touched His Feet He said, ''why are you worried? I take care of everyone." I folded my hands in a Namaste and said, ''Truly, You worry for everyone." Since we experienced his caring for all, I agreed whole heartedly. Yet, I did not understand, why He uttered those words at that time. The matter was cleared, when I returned to Mumbai. When Baba had spoken those words, my little daughter was playing in the living room. While playing, she tried to climb up on the cupboard in the corner; but it came crashing down on her. She fell down and it landed on top of her. There were some glass and metal toys on top of the cupboard; but as though the great care-taker Baba had put the toys aside, the little girl was not hurt, except for a broken bangle which grazed her hand.


Another time, when this girl was five years old, she went to the toilet at night. There was a huge snake inside; but the servant accompanying her, happened to see it, before she did and quickly took her away.




Uddhavesh Buva of Dahanu once went to Dwarka on a pilgrimage. His entire entourage went from Mumbai by ship. The tickets were with Buva. The tickets were in two parts - one for the ferry that carried them from the coast to the ship and one for the ship itself. Uddhavesh Buva separated the two parts and kept the ferry tickets in his pocket and the ship tickets in his wallet.


While he was on the ship, he had to remove his wallet for some reason. He happened to be standing next to the railing at that time. Somehow his wallet fell overboard and everything in the wallet, including his money and the tickets became an offering for the sea.


While getting off the ship one had to give the tickets to the ticket-collector.


Buva narrated the entire story to the ticket-collector and as proof showed him the ferry tickets; whereupon he was satisfied and he let them go.


In Dwarka, they had to pay taxes for bathing in the Gomati, touching the feet of God and to do a Puma. Since Buva had no money left and he did not believe in asking anyone; but Baba for help, he wrote a letter to Shirdi.


The day he posted the letter to Shirdi, a wealthy man from Dahanu dreamt of Baba who asked him to immediately give money to Buva who had lost all his money at sea. The gentleman immediately sent an insured money order of Rs. 50/- to Buva and also wrote a note narrating the dream with it.





When Shankarrao Kshirsagar Mamlatdar came for Baba's Darshan, Baba asked for Dakshina. He gave all the money in his pocket to Baba. After he returned to the Wada, someone asked him, ''Where is the money for your return journey?"


Shankarrao said, ''Baba will provide."


That evening, the post-master of Rahata came to Shirdi along with a guest. This fellow happened to have borrowed Rs. 20/- from Shankarrao some years ago. He returned the amount without being asked for it. Thus Shankarrao was provided with all, he needed for his return journey.


(- to be contd)

Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana - Chapter – 34 Assigned for November 29, 2015

Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana

Chapter – 34  Assigned for November 29, 2015


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Chapter XXXIV

Greatness of Udi (continued)


(1) Doctor's Nephew - (2) Dr. Pillay - (3) Shama's Siste-in-Law - (4) Irani Girl - (5) Harda Gentleman - (6) Bombay Lady.


This Chapter continues the subject "Greatness of Udi" and describes cases in which the application of Udi was most efficacious.


Doctor's Nephew


At Malegaon (Dt. Nasik) there lived a doctor (qualified and degree-holder). His nephew suffered from an incurable disease - Tubercular bone-abcess. The doctor himself and his brothers, the medical practitioners, tried all sorts of remedies and even an operation. There was no relief and there was no end to the little boy's suffering. Friends and relations advised the parents of the boy to seek divine aid and recommended them to try Sai Baba, who was known to have cured such incurable cases by His mere glance. The parents, therefore, came to Shirdi. They prostrated themselves before Baba, placed the boy before Him and pleaded humbly and respectfully, and implored Him to save their son. The merciful Baba comforted them saying "Those who resort to this Masjid shall never suffer anything in this life and to the end of time. Be now care-free. Apply Udi on the abcess and within one week he will recover. Believe in God. This is no Masjid, but Dwarawati. He who steps here will soon get health and happiness and his sufferings will come to an end". The boy was made to sit before Baba, Who moved his hands on the affected part and cast His loving glances on him. The patient was pleased and with the application of the Udi, he began to recover, and was all right after some days. The parents then left Shirdi with their son, thanking Baba for the cure, which was effected by Udi and Baba's gracious looks.


After knowing this, the doctor, the uncle of the boy became wonder-struck and desired to see Baba while he was on his way to Bombay for some business; but at Malegaon and Manmad somebody spoke to him against Baba and poisoned his ears. He therefore, dropped the idea of visiting Shirdi and went to Bombay direct. He wanted to spend the rest of his leave at Alibag, but at Bombay he heard three successive nights, a voice crying out,"Still you disbelieve me?". Then the doctor changed his mind and resolved to go to Shirdi. He had to attend in Bombay to a case of Infectious Fever, which showed no signs of abatement soon. So he thought that his Shirdi trip would be postponed. He however proposed a test in his mind and said,"If the patient gets all right today, I start for Shirdi tomorrow." The wonder is that exactly at the time when the determination was taken, the fever began to abate and the temperature became normal. Then he went to Shirdi as per his determination, took Baba's darshan and prostrated himself before Him. Baba gave him such experiences that he became His devotee. He stayed there for four days and returned home with Baba's Udi and blessings. Within a fortnight he was transferred on promotion to Bijapur. His nephew's case gave him an opportunity for seeing Baba and this visit engendered in him a neverfailing love for the Saint's feet.


Dr. Pillay


One Dr. Pillay was an intimate Bhakta of Baba. He was much liked by Baba, Who always called him Bhau (brother). Baba talked with him off and on and consulted him in all matters and wanted him always at His side. This Pillay suffered once very badly from guinea-worms. He said to Kakasaheb Dixit, "The pain is most excruciating and unbearable. I prefer death to it. This pain, I know, is for repaying past Karma, but go to Baba and tell Him to stop the pain and transfer the working of my past Karma to ten future births of mine." Mr. Dixit went to Baba and told Him his request. Then Baba, being moved by his request, said to Dixit,"Tell him to be fearless. Why should he suffer for ten births? In ten days he can work out the sufferings and consequences of his past Karma. While I am here to give him temporal and spiritual welfare, why should he pray for death? Bring him here on somebody's back and let us work and finish his sufferings once for all".


The doctor was brought in that condition and was seated on Baba's right side,where Fakir Baba always sat. Baba gave him His bolster and said,"Lie calmly here and be at ease. The true remedy is, that the result of past actions has to be suffered and got over. Our Karma is the cause of our happiness and sorrow; therefore put up with whatever comes to you. Allah (God) is the sole Dispenser and Protector, always think of Him. He will take care of you. Surrender to His feet with body, mind, wealth and speech, i.e. completely and then see what He does." Dr. Pillay said in return that Nanasaheb had put a bandage over the leg, but he found no relief. "Nana is a fool" replied Baba. "Take off that bandage or else you will die. Now a crow will come and peck you, and then you will recover."


While this conversation was going on, one Abdul, who always cleaned the Masjid and trimmed the lamps, turned up. While he was attending to his work of training, his foot accidentally fell upon the stretched leg of Dr. Pillay. The leg was already swollen and when Abdul's foot fell upon it and pressed it, all the seven guinea-worms were squeezed out at once. The pain was unbearable and Dr. Pillay bawled out loudly. After some time, he calmed down and began to sing and cry alternately. Then Pillay enquired when the crow was coming and peeking. Baba said, "Did you not see the crow? He won't come again. Abdul was the crow. Now go and rest yourself in the Wada and you will be soon allright."


By application of the Udi and by taking it in the stomach with water, and without taking any other treatment or medicine, the disease was completely cured in ten days as predicted by Baba.


Sharma's Sister-in-law


Shama's younger brother Bapaji was staying near Sawool well. Once his wife was attacked with Bubonic plague. She had high fever and two bubos in her groins. Bapaji rushed to Shama at Shirdi and asked him to come and help. Shama was frightened, but according to his wont, he went to Baba, prostrated himself before Him, invoked His aid, and requested Him to cure the case. He also asked His permission to go to his brother's house. Then Baba said, "Don't go there at this late hour (night), send her Udi. Why care for the fever and bubos? God is our father and master; she will be alright easily. Do not go now, but go there in the morning and return immediately."


Shama had full faith in Baba's Udi. It was sent with Bapaji. It was applied on the bubos and some of it was mixed with water and was given to the patient for drinking. No sooner was it taken in, than perspiration set in profusely, the fever abated and the patient had a good sleep. Next morning Bapaji was surprised to see his wife alright and refreshed with no fever and bubos. When Shama went there next morning with Baba's permission he was also surprised to see her at the hearth and preparing tea. On questioning his brother, he learnt that Baba's Udi cured her completely in one night. Then Shama realized the significance of Baba's words. "Go there in the morning and return immediately.


After taking tea, Sharma returned and after saluting Baba said,"Deva, what is this play of Yours? You first raise a storm and make us restless and then calm it down and ease us". Baba replied "You see mysterious is the path of action. Though I do nothing, they hold Me resonsible for the actions which take place on account of Adrista (destiny). I am only their witness. The Lord is the sole Doer and Inspirer. He is also most merciful. Neither I am God nor Lord. I am His obedient servant and remember Him often. He, who casts aside his egoism, thanks Him and he, who trusts Him entirely, will have his shackles removed and will obtain liberation".


Irani's Daughter


Now read the experience of an Irani gentleman. His young daughter got fits every hour. When the convulsion came she lost her power of speech, her limbs got shrunk and contracted and she fell down senseless. No remedy gave her any relief. Some friend recommended Baba's Udi to her father and asked him to get it from Kakasaheb Dixit at Vile Parle (suburb of Bombay). Then the Irani gentleman got the Udi and gave it mixed with water to his daughter daily for drinking. In the beginning the convulsions, which were coming on hourly, came every seven hours and after a few days the daughter recovered completely.


Harda Gentleman


An old gentleman of Harda (C.P) was suffering from a stone in his bladder. Such stones are generally removed by surgical operations and people recomended him to undergo one. He was old and weak, lacked strength of mind and could not think of submitting himself to surgical treatment. His suffering was soon to end in another way. The Inamdar (City Officer) of that town happened to come there at this time. He was a devotee of Baba and had always a stock of Udi with him. On the recommendation of friends, his son got some Udi from and mixing it with water, gave it to his old father to drink. Within five minutes the Udi was assimilated, the stone was dissolved and came out through his urine and old man was soon relieved.


Bombay Lady


A woman of the Kayastha Prabhu caste in Bombay always suffered terrible pain at her delivery. She was very much frightened each time she became pregnant and did not know what to do. Shri Rama-Maruti of Kalyan, who was a devotee of Baba advised her husband to take her to Shirdi for a painless delivery. When she next became pregnant, both husband and wife came to Shirdi, stayed there for some months and worshipped Baba and got all the benefit of His company. After some time the hour of delivery came and as usual there was obstruction in the passage from the womb. She began to suffer labour pains, did not know what to do, but began to pray to Baba for relief. In the meantime, some neighbouring women turned up and after invoking Baba's aid, gave her Udi-mixture to drink. In five minutes, the woman delivered safely and painlessly. The issue was still-born according to its fate; but the mother who got rid of the anxiety and pain, thanked Baba for the safe delivery and ever remained grateful to Him.


Bow to Shri Sai - Peace to be all