Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918
I shall draw out My devotees from the jaws of Death
Bhimaji Patil of Narayangaon, Pune district was suffering a great deal with pulmonary tuberculosis. He tried all kinds of medicines; both hakims and vaids treated him. Then he prayed to various gods and goddesses who were propitiated, but of no avail. Even exorcising the evil spirits was tried. But the disease was relentless. Then Nana told him of the compassionate Sai. So, he went to Shirdi. Seeing him, Baba said, ” The moment you put your foot in Shirdi, your sufferings have ended. The Fakir of this place is very kind. He will eradicate your disease and pain.”(Sai Satcharitra Ch.13)
It was Baba’s word and it had to be followed to the letter. Here is another Leela about pulmonary tuberculosis.
Malanbai, the daughter of D.R.Joshi Devgaonkar suffered enormously from pulmonary tuberculosis. All sorts of treatments, remedies and poultices were tried, but nothing worked. Malanbai could not bear the pain and coughing bouts anymore. So, she insisted on being taken to Shirdi. Baba upon seeing her let off a volley of abuses and asked her to lie on a blanket and take nothing, but water by mouth. She stayed in Dixit Wada for a week, carefully following Baba’s orders. Early one morning, she stopped breathing and died. Her family were moaning her loss and making preparations for her cremation.
That morning, Baba did not leave the Chawdi, although it was past 8:00 a.m. It seemed that Baba was in one of His ‘rage fits’. He shouted and shouted for no apparent reason. Hitting the floor with His ‘satka’, It looked as if He was driving away, some unseen object. Still shouting, He strode to Dixit Wada and paused a moment, shaking his ‘satka’ vigorously. Then just as suddenly, as He flared up, He calmed down and went away.
The family was oblivious of Baba’s actions, but as they were getting ready to bathe the body, they noticed the girl breathing. She opened her eyes and looked around frightened. She told the family what took place. ” A demon-like black person was carrying me away, I was terrified and couldn’t do anything. So, I called out to Baba to help me. He at once came and beat the black man quite badly. Then, He snatched me from his hand and carried me to the Chawdi.” She gave a vivid description of the Chawdi, although she had not seen it. The family, hearing all this, shed tears of joy.
Was it any wonder that Baba sat in the Masjid facing south? South, the dreaded direction, from which Yamraaj comes. But everyday and all day long, He sat, facing Yama. Not a moment was He without His ‘satka’,the ‘magical wand’, with which He could drive away the Yamdoot, or save Amir Shakkar from being bitten by the serpent (Sai Satcharitra Ch 22).With every stroke of the ‘satka’, He could quell the blazing ‘Dhuni’ when the flames roared and leapt to the ceiling (Sai Satcharitra Ch. 11).