HOW BABA SAVED THE SISTER OF SHRI BHIKAJI MOHEDJI.
A servant drawing a monthly salary of Rs. 36/- Bhikaji Mohedji has a sister Chhaboo. She had been ill for about 4 months. On 5-12-51, her illness took a critical turn, so he was very anxious to get for her the benefit of a good doctor’s advice and medicine, but within the meager salary, it was not at all possible for him to get there.
Having sighs upon sighs, bemoaning his inability he carried on his office duties, chanting Sai Baba’s name when suddenly there came in a doctor for some enquiry. Though Bhikaji could not recognize him, through Sai’s grace the doctor himself reminded Bhikaji of his previous connection with him. So Bhikaji narrated to him the difficulty and requested him to examine her and prescribed the necessary medicines. The doctor readily complied with Bhikaji’s request.
Bhikaji thus got over his worries and felt assured that Baba was ever ready to shower His grace ever on a poor man like himself,
Surrender Shri Sai Completely ! Stupendous Delectation and Deliverance be there!!
(AMBROSIA IN SHIRDI STORIES AFTER BABAS MAHASAMADHI ON 15-10-1918 WRITTEN BY RAMALINGASWAMY #10)
Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918
I have eaten a lot and I am satiated and satisfied
Balaji Patil Newaskar quitely went about doing Baba’s seva. He swept and cleaned the streets that Baba walked on daily. When it was harvest time he brought the whole harvest to Dwarkamai and offered it to Baba. He and his family happily lived on whatever Baba gave them. In Satcharita the wonderful Leela of how his family fed thrice the number of guests, is given. It was Bala’s annual Shradha ceremony. His daughter-in-law diligently cooked food enough for the estimated number of guests. While she was serving them, she realized that thrice the number of guests had arrived. With Baba’s grace and a little Udi, the last guest was fed to satiety with plenty of food remaining. (Sai Satcharitra Ch. 35).
This is a similar Leela whereby Baba’s grace not threefold but a multitude of guests were fed with food remaining.
When Purandare once visited Shirdi, he stayed with Bala Shimpi. Baba told him that He would come to dine with him, along with two other Fakirs. With great joy, Purandhare asked Baba what he should prepare. "Make rice, sheera, bhaji, two vegetable curries and masala khichidi,"said Baba. After the Noon Arati, upon his returning home he saw that everything was ready. Then four to five Fakirs came and had their meals. While leaving, they informed him that many more would soon arrive. Later, a batch of twenty Fakirs arrived. Satiated, they too left. Then another ten Fakirs came. They too were well fed and food still remained. Then Purandare went to Baba with betel leaves and dakshina and invited Him for meals. Baba smiled and said, "I have eaten a lot and I am satiated and satisfied." Then Baba asked Purandare to have his meals along with Bala Shimpi. All of them, Purandare’s family and Bala dinned together and still food was abundant.
Purandare partook the food as Baba’s Prasad. He also carried the food to Bombay and distributed it to his friends and relatives and told everyone this wonderful Leela.
Leela- 28 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I
H. S. Dixit’s Boy
H.S. Dixit got a letter in 1913 that his son was unwell at Bandra. And he wanted Baba’s permission, to go.
Baba: Do not go, bring the boy here.
H.S. Dixit wrote for the boy, but the answer was that the examination was nearing and that Shirdi, lacking both medical and educational aid, was not the best place for the boy.
Baba: Never mind, do send for the boy. The boy accordingly came and improved in his health, very rapidly. Then a letter came from Bandra that the date of the examination was 2-11-1913 and that boy should be sent up.
Baba: Do not send up the boy.
Again a letter came that the examination was postponed from 2-1I-19I3 to 6-11-1913 and that the boy should be sent up for 6-11-1913
Baba: Wait,Iet us see.
And the boy was not sent for 6-11-1913,
Again a letter came that the examination was postponed to 13-11-1913.
Baba: Send him up for 13-11-1913.
The boy sat and passed his examination.
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)