Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918
Baba took two rupees Dakshina and gave back a hundred
Although he attended Das Ganu’s Kirtan and Pravachan unlike Cholkar (Sai SatCharitra 12). He did not have faith in Baba. He thought that Baba was a Muslim. In 1910, this Ramachandra V.Pathankar, a Retd. Clerk of Alibaugh was in distress. His monthly earnings of Rs.30/- did not suffice to meet his family expenses. There was a certain photograph of Akkalkot Swami at Balkrishna Buva’s Mutt, Dadar that attracted him. He visited that Mutt often, as he was devoted to Swami Samarth.
One day Ghansham Gupta, a close friend of his, asked him to accompany him to Shirdi. He assured Pathankar that all his expenses for the trip would be borne by him. Pathankar was reluctant at first, and then he agreed to accompany Ghansham, on the condition that he wouldn’t give any Dakshina to Baba. If he did, it would be no more than one rupee. Ghansham agreed to this and both of them went to Shirdi.
At that time, there was only one hotel in Shirdi. Unfortunately, Pathankar found a few worms in the dal when he was having lunch. He started shouting at the top of his voice. “Did I come all the way to Shirdi to eat worms?” he said. Then, both the friends went for Baba’s darshan. Baba, on seeing Pathankar, flew into a rage and drove him away. Pathankar was upset and decided to leave Shirdi, without Baba’s consent. The other devotees consoled him and asked him not to do so.
Latter both the friends went for Baba’s darshan again. Baba had calmed down and looking at Pathankar, He said, “Do people come here to eat worms?” On hearing this vital question, Pathankar fell at Baba’s feet. He realized that Baba was omnipresent. Then, Baba gave him darshan as Akkalkot Swamy, the very same roop that he worshipped at Balkrishna Buva’s Mutt.
Pathankar was overwhelmed and realized that Baba was not different from Swami Samarth. He gave Baba one rupee Dakshina. But, Baba asked for Dakshina again. He gladly gave another rupee. Then, Baba gave him permission to leave. Upon returning home, he got another job, which gave him a better salary, and he could live comfortably.
Baba took two rupees Dakshina and gave back a hundred.
Leela- 27 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I