Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, the whole universe is becoming highly technological, new innovations are discovered every day and our life is comfortable. But the relationships are deteriorating, people have no time to stay with family, neglecting elders, throwing aged out of homes, no time to spend with their lovely kids, minds narrowed, selfishness and self-centered, rampant corruption in public life, no ethics in trade and business. Baba, please work overtime and save this world, make all your children pure and perfect, let Your Mercy cleans their blood and heart. We want to see new day dawn with new world. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine words in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.
In the year 1910, on Dhanteras day15, Baba was casually sitting near the ‘dhuni’ and burning firewood.
The ‘dhuni’ was very hot and brightly lit up. He inserted his own arm into the fire and peacefully sat there. The arm came out scorched.
His servitor Madhav16 saw it by chance and Madhavrao Deshpande was also nearby. He also ran towards him immediately.
He went and sat cross-legged behind Baba, put his arms tightly round his waist and pulled him back. He asked, “See what has happened!”
“ O deva, what have you done? ” 17 At these words, Baba became aware of the circumstances. “A child suddenly slipped into the furnace from the arms being astride the waist (of the mother).
Hearing her husband’s calls, and being afraid, the blacksmith’s wife took her child into her arms and started blowing the bellows of the furnace.
While blowing, she lost her concentration and forgot that the child was in her arms. The child was extremely restless and she slipped. Shama, no sooner had she dropped, that I picked her up.
While I tried to take out the girl, that this incident happened. Let my damned hand be scorched! The child’s life is saved ”.
For the pain and suffering due to the arm, what remedy and by whom should it be done? Madhavrao decided to write a letter to Chandorkar.
He wrote the letter in detail. Chandorkar arrived in Shirdi immediately, bringing along with him the famous Dr. Parmanand.
To ward off the burning sensation, Dr. Parmanand brought with him a number of medicines which would be useful and came to the feet of Sai to serve him, with Nana.
After having bowed down to Baba, he asked him about his wellbeing, told him the reason for his coming and requested him to show him his arm.
But since the time the arm was burnt, Bhagoji Shinde used to apply ghee, place a leaf upon it and tightly bandaged it, every day.
To remove the bandages, to show the arm to Dr. Parmanand, to start taking medicines to heal Baba,
With this good intention, Nana implored a great deal; and even Parmanand tried to remove the bandages and see the arm.
Not to-day, tomorrow – again, the same thing – thus he never allowed his arm to be seen saying that his doctor was ‘Allah’. He was not the least disturbed about it.
Whatever medicines Parmanand had brought were never even opened in Shirdi. But, it was his good fortune to have Sai’s ‘darshan’ and, therefore, perhaps this incident happened.
It was always Bhagoji who served him. It was only Bhagoji who would massage the hand. Then, after some time the hand healed and everyone was happy
In this way, although the hand was completely cured, one doesn’t know what was in Baba’s mind in allowing Bhagoji, every morning, early in the day, to carry out the ceremony of tying the bandages.
Although there was no pain, regularly and for no reason, with the help of ghee a massage was done and the hand was cared for till death.
I bow down to Sree Ganesh
I bow down to Sree Saraswati
I bow down to the Guru
I bow down to the Family Deity
I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra
I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.
Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh
-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 7, Ovi 73 – 92)