Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918
Prioritize Promised Shirdi Visit
The story of Dr. Vir Hate and the one rupee coin is given in Sai Satcharitra Ch.29. A little more is given here about him.
Capt. Dr. Hate was a staunch devotee of Baba and lived in Shirdi for some time, and then returned to Gwalior. One day, Saval Ram of Gwalior came to him distraught as his son was missing. Dr. Hate said, “Go to Shirdi and take Baba’s darshan and you will surely find him”. Saval Ram agreed. After some time he received a letter from the boy saying that he was in Egypt. He had secretly joined the army, as he feared his parents’ wrath. Now he was returning to India. Saval Ram’s joy knew no bounds. But instead of going to Shirdi, he and his wife went to Bombay to receive the boy.
When they met, Saval Ram was upset, as his son was emaciated and suffering from high fever. He rushed with the boy to Gwalior for treatment. Again he told Dr. Hate about it. The doctor chided Saval Ram saying, “You failed to keep your promise. Now take the boy to Baba and he will be alright”. The three of them then set out to go to Shirdi. Just before they left Dr. Hate gave one rupee to Saval Ram and said “Place this in Baba’s hand. Do not fail to bring it back”. He wanted the blessed coin to keep in his Puja.
Saval Ram returned with his family and told Dr. Hate that his son was recuperating. He also gave the rupee to Hate. On receiving the coin Hate felt it was not the same coin he had given. Disappointed, he told Saval Ram to go back to Shirdi and fetch his coin. On returning home Saval Ram told his wife about the incident. She however, just went inside and brought Dr. Hate’s coin, which she had put away safely. The next day a thrilled Dr. Hate received his prasad (coin) and Saval Ram apologized for the substitution. He related what had happened and Dr. Hate was satisfied.
Leela- 20 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I