Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918
Baba’s first ‘satka’ Leela to the outside world
Chandbhai Patil had lost his mare and though he searched diligently for her, he could not find her. Disappointed, he was returning back to Dhoopkheda, with his saddle.
Under a mango tree, sat an Avalia, who called out to him and said, “Come here, smoke this chillum, then go. Rest a while.” The loving tone and the benevolent presence drew Chandbhai Patil. He went to the Avalia who was getting ready to smoke His chillum. Two things were wanting; the coal to light the tobacco and water to wet the cloth. The Avalia struck the ground with His ‘chimta’ and out came a live coal. Then, taking His ‘satka’, He struck the ground and a stream of water flowed out (Sai Satcharitra Ch 5).
This was Baba’s first ‘satka’ Leela to the outside world. Though He had been usine His ‘satka’ before and is still doing so.
Once, Mavsibai was kneading Baba’s stomach vigorously. When another devotee asked her to be gentler, hearing this, Baba got up and striking the ‘satka’ on the ground, rolled His eyes around. Then holding one end of the satka with both His hands thrust it into His stomach. The other end, He pushed against the pillar in front of Him. It seemed that the ‘satka’ was fast disappearing into His stomach. A little later, He calmed down and resumed His seat. The devotee learnt a valuable lesson of not interfering with anyone’s seva to Baba.
Baba Himself knew the depth of love and devotion that each devotee had for Him, and allowed seva accordingly (Sai Satcharitra Ch 24).
This ‘satka’ Baba kept with Him at all times. Even today, His ‘satka’ is venerated and taken in procession in the ‘palki’ and ‘rath’ on Thursday and other holidays.