A sai leela
thats etched in my heart for life. Samadhi of Arul swami :
A few days back i had been writing about a old man who used to
keep a vessel in hand and beg in front of Saibaba temple at my place.
I had seen him for several years when ever i go to Saibaba temple
but i dint really had a good opinion about him because he used to
wear same dress like baba in while colour and also wear a turban
in his head.
I never drop coins in his vessel because i felt why should one
act like baba and beg.
Story of the Old man :
He was born as blind and his parents being poor went to shirdi
in 1930's and dropped him there when he was just 10 year old boy.
He was begging food and roaming here and there and leading a life
. Once when he was 12 years old , he sat doing meditation near Nanda
deep . After few minutes , he opened eyes and the first eye sight
he had of this world was that of a vision of Lord Dattatreya standing
near Nanda deep and blessing him.
Its a miracle .This little boy was roaming in shirdi for 2 years
and finally by sais grace ,he got the gift of eye sight.Then he
started serving baba living in shirdi in what ever ways he know.My
guru told me , he has seen this man in shirdi in 1970's .Those days
there were no water pipe facilities. This man used to take water
in huge pots and distribute to many pilgrims to shirdi.
Then in 1992 after many changed were made in shirdi, He has went
to Delhi where he started begging small amount in the vessel and
did service to people coming to shirdi during his montly trip. His
wife also has helped him in doing so. He has got few friends who
also joined in in this work . One of the person is shanmugam who
is effected by leprosy.
Then in 1997 they have moved to (my hometown ) and he started begging
coins in vessel standing in saibaba mandhir gate every thursday.
I have seen him past several years but only in october 2006, i realized
his pure heart , attachment with baba and started respecting him.
When i say i started dropping coins, it means i started showing
my acceptance of his love towards baba and his service.
Sai Leela that etched in my heart for life : 22nd
Yesturday night i was restless. I could not sleep untill 2 and
i decided to hug a saibaba photo and sleep. so i hugged a big baba
picture and slept crying and speaking to baba . In the morning i
woke up thinking baba please help me in my career.
Then i went to attend my friend Priyas marriage with my friend
We were there in wedding hall till 10.30 and then we left to saibaba
Last thursday, we had given 50 rupees to The old swami because he
planned to go shirdi. He told us, come next week, i will give you
Today i saw him in entrance of saibaba mandhir and while entering
to temple itself i told kanna we will get prasad and go. Kanna said
, we can get it when we leave.To day dhuni baba was wearing Orange
and green dress which i admired a lot.
Then i came out and we went to this old man and asked him for prasad
. While going near him itself i understood hes not feeling well.
He was breathing heavily and said "i have astma .I cant go
to shirdi last week. I sent Rs. 2000 to shirdi and gave us both
a packet of Udi. Then he said doctor said, i must put 3-5 injection
which costs 150 rupees .so i am going to put that and after that
i want to go to shirdi....He was so sweet when he said " I
am planning to see doctor and go shirdi, this veezing is not stopping
. Lets see what baba decides"
Immediately i gave him rupees 100 and told him to take care. Another
man working in baba temple has done eye operation.so i gave him
20 rupees. Kanna left back to home and i went to bank .While leaving
temple, again the old man blessed me with both hands and said "
Nallaa irupeenga" ...." You will be fine"
I went to Bank in gandhipuram to check if the money my sister sent
to get my parents flight ticket is trasfered properly. It was not.
I just found the money sri sai Nandini gave for sais work as a check
last month has been cleared .so i felt ok lets take 2000 rupees
and do something good. The bank people asked me to go to main branch
and check details of the money my sister sent. I went to another
place and searched the bank. Finally i traced it and it was already
Actually my mom also came to attend my friends wedding. so i am
supposed to go back to marriage hall to have lunch with my mom and
take her back home. I felt its already 12.30. Today we have sais
money with us. so may be the old man needs another 200 rupees which
he can use for treating his sick or use it when he goes shirdi.
so i felt like doing again to Saibaba temple.
I got into bus but got ticket for the wedding hall stop...it comes
after crossing the baba temple..i felt lets decide later while journey
where to get down. Then felt i had forgotton my cap in Saibaba temple
.Today being thursday, is better either to loose it or go back now
n take it back...i felt, they say its good to loose chappel in temple,
so lets not worry for cap...Let it be lost.
When saibaba temple stop came, i just got down because i wanted
to give 200 rupees for the old man.As soon as i got down , i took
out the bunch of 100 rupees , took just 2, 100 rupee note and went
inside the entrance of Saibaba temple ( at my place )when i know
a sai leela is happening.
Just 2 minutes before i went there, The old man has fainted .He
used to stand where there are more than 20 beggers .especially thursday
being very busy day for temple.Two men one a begger and another
a poor devotee of sai who came for afternoon arathi has already
sprayed water on his head and he was alive.I am very sure when i
saw him, he was alive. I stood there 2 minutes shocked and not knowing
what to do. I was praying " baba guide me, what should i do.
should i take him to doctor or what".
I never touched him...I went inside temple and asked the people
who runs shop n stuff that this old man faited.They all said , ya
but...what can we do."
He is a servant of sai . Then i just kept one rupee in the shop
where i keep 10 rupees everyday to buy candles...i just felt i need
one candle...i got it...came around dhuni one time, lit other candles
which were put off due to air, lit this candle saying " sairam
please do good to this old man "
Then i went inside and the dhuni priest told me with smile "
i have kept your cap safe here" ..I thanked him , applied udi
on my fore head and came back"
I came to temple gate again and saw the old man laid in mud. I
know hes no more. I felt someone will surely come for help. I asked
the other beggers to see pulse. They said its not there. I had to
run into temple to ask for help.so i dint touch him and asked few
people to say me where abouts of this man, i expected someoneeeeeeee
to come for help. No one was there to help a old man whos laid down
here and 4 people around him knew hes no more.
I felt baba i need your permission. should i help him or not..I
felt its babas work.so i called up kanna .He said some workers were
at his house.so he cant come.i called him for advice and he said
he will pray. Then i called vengadesh and asked him if he can come
immediately to saibaba mandhir.
He borrowed a bike from his friend and rushed to the place.
Mean while the begger told me, i know where his house is situation..Its
in somanur near the railway station bridge..its second house from
I was wondering how the hell i can go there taking this body.I
feared legal procedures must be followed.
In a big temple a old man who served baba all his life took his
last breath exactly when afternoon arathi started. .I still had
doubts that the old man might be alive.
Sai made me pluck tulsi leaves , mix with water and pour in his
mouth. I went inside saibaba mandhir and asked one after another
" give me a use and throw cup" because i dont want to
use temple vessels for such things...finally i got it, plucked tulsi
leaves of saibaba mandhir , poured water, and the best thing...i
remembered the udi prasad the old man gave me in morning...i mixed
that also and went near gate.
I poured it into his mouth..It went inside few times. after that
it came out. I touched his pulse. It was not there.I touched his
chest. It was getting chill. it confirmed me that hes no more.
Vengadesh and i told the begger and another devotee, please take
care of body...who ever asks say hes just fainted. we will go to
somanur and inform him wife and take here here...so all procedures
can be followed legally. We left in bike ...it was damn hot....i
never know coimabatore much and somanur is really another place
in outskirts of (my hometown )....it was around 20 to 30 kms .My
friend was riding fast.The cap was really useful to me asit was
friends, the painful part being i never drive bike as u all know
and vengadesh got dust in eyes 2 times...i ran to bakery near by
and got mineral water..he some way removed the dirt and we drank
it too. Then we were asking many people in road to reach somanur.
The most difficult time was around 2 - 2.30 when we reached somanur
but we know nothing about how to find the old mans hut. we asked
many people...one man showed us the steel bridge above the railway
tracks.we someway went into that mud road and spotted a old man
wearing Gods dollars..i knew he will help us...
I told him, a old man , who dresses like saibaba, people used to
call him baba as we donnu his name.Do uknow him...he said yes yes
we said , Hes fainted.He is no more .He said Ok dont worry...hes
supposed to go only and its good you came and told us...Go go to
the old ladys house near the bridge and tell her. He said "
You have not dont this help for a rich man...you have done this
to a poor old man...surely your future will be good and God will
bless you whole heartedly all life for this kindness of yours"
Me and vengadesh were so excited that i even joked something .the
fact that we found the house itself was a big thing for us.We climed
the little mud like hill and there were 2 huts...one hut had a decoration
of baba photo with leaves.."thoranam "...The door was
we were disappointed. Two old ladies came and said the old women
went to tirupur for begging. she will come back only at 5 o clock...we
told them the situation.I gave 200 rupees to the neighbour lady
and asked her to send the old lady to saibaba temple if she comes
back. Fortunately we also met a guy vivekanandan whos working in
that railway station. He gave his mobile number and i asked him
to call me immediately as soon as the lady arrives.
Then when we went down the mud hill again, the old man said,did
you see a plastic pot under the tree. Go there and say to that women..they
are very close to that old man. Then i went and told them "
do you know baba, who used to take dharma in temple" ...she
said dunno dunno because she was resting happily under tree shade...Her
things are kept under tree and that seems to be her house...i told
her do you know saibaba who has a vessel in hand and begs in baba
temple...she said yes yes what happened...
I said, " he is no more"
For first time in the entire event , i finally saw a women who
shed her tears . She was shocked and felt the the pain so hardly.
She told us...even yesturday he prepared himself . ..then we said
ok dont worry...when his wife arrives immediately take auto and
come to saibaba temple mandhir.
when we were about to leave somanur, the railway crossing was closed.
we were too tired travelling 2 hours in hot sun...so we wanted to
have tea and some snaks...while sitting in bakery, vengadesh traced
phone number of saibaba temple n i asked them to call security.
Security said, ok ok police came and hes no more..hes there only...i
said ok will temple authorities take any action..They said no no
after wife comes, police will do legal procedures and dispose body...I
said we are doing all this just with a helping tendency and we also
want baba devotees to see baba asusual on busy thursday.The body
in gate means the temple must be closed..The security said by 4.30
body must be taken off.
I was upset with such a response...we again travelled back to saibaba
mandhir...again the 30 km stretch..worried a lot as we dint meet
the old wife and how shes gonna reach the temple on time...we got
a news from vivekananda ...he said the old lady has come...it was
4.30 by then...I asked him many times please arrange auto and send
them here to saibaba mandhir we will also reach there.
Then we went to saibaba mandhir and saw a different thursday...many
who entered temple coming back..the big gate being closed near that
the old mans body was kept ...his face covered.
I met the SI of police station , he shook hands with me saying
thanks for your kindness. Then 2 more constables took my address
and one person from intelligence was asking us what ever we did.
I was scared for first time when i gave my address to constables.
I feared if my mom knows all she will fear like hell....I told the
police , hope we dont get any problems because of this...we only
want to help the old man.They said dont worry at all..Its just formality.
we have not booked case also because his wife is there whos gonna
come and we will get her a letter confirming is death is by natural
cause and we can then dispose the body.
Then also i feared...i asked baba why are you making me do all
this.We were standing near the shop near saibaba mandhir and met
another sai devotee who loves this swamiji ,.His name is balu...who
said his thanks to us...he and his aunt, his elder brother also
was part of todays service to old man.
Then we waited..waited waited...i called up my mom who was scolding
me like anything in fear...i told her dont worry...I am safe..my
mom asked me first to give the old lady some money and come back..I
said , " i am doing this as babas work..If i start it.i will
do it sincerely..I cant come leaving in fear....Be confident.I am
safe and all people here are kind only"
My mom said no no these police people must not be trusted..so please
My father being very soft person who will faint if something bad
happens to us was my first concern..I told my father dont worry...be
confident..i will just do few works n be back home in 2 hours...
My parents finally agreed.They scolded me in fear because my mom
was saying this country is like that..Our legal procedures are too
cruel where only innocent people are hurted. Then i convinced mom
by asking vengadesh to make her cool.
A constable had some snacks and tea with us..He was discussing
something he knows about spirituality...i felt really great how
this man was talking all this..he showed photo of ganesha and murugan
and said they are my world....i have seen all in life ..nothing
is reality..we just think our desires are important but if we give
up desires we can do very well in life.He said the old man has become
jothi ..so lets keep a camphor in that place after cleaning it..he
showed the sun and said thats my God...Ha ha...u know friends, i
felt strange when this police man discussed about what ever he knows
about spirituality.I felt good.
Waiting...waiting and more waiting...again i called up parents
to assure i am safe..3 ladies devotees of sai were very upset when
i told them what ever happened.
Then finallyyyyyyyy The old wife came...she was lean , you can
say how poor and lonely life shes gonna lead from now on...there
were 2 men..One is shanmugam the lepor and 3 more ladies.
The first thing she said keeping her palms togather was "
Ayya ennakku yaarum illeega, Neegalaa paathu adakaam paneerunga,sairam
( her husband ) pooiruchu" meaning "sir , i dont have
anyone with me, Please do the last rites ..my sairam is gone"
She was not crying as i expected.she was perfect wife for a man
who dedicated his life for sai..she understood the situation and
just asked for our help.Mean while we had kept the body in the ambulance
and parked it in the road near signal so that the temple can be
cleaned and start service ...thursday being busy day i am happy
, i was used by sai to do this work of resuming babas business of
Then i got flowers from one women for 50 rupees. Another old lady
selling flowers called me and said " i dont need money...Take
all this flower for saibaba...I felt touched..i smiled and took
it from her...vengadesh smiled too.I felt this womens love must
be rewarded.so i ran to her and gave her 50 rupees for which she
I ran to signal in road...I met the Sub inspecter and told him
his kindness in doing this work will bless his children.I was standing
in busy road and consoling the old women..I gave her 500 rupees
kept in a cover and asked her to keep..she said " Saairamee
poiruchuuu"....my sairam itself gone, why i need all this money..i
said keep keep...use for any purpose.
Then the police arranged to bury body in near by place where orphans
body will be buried. They got finger print from the wife to confirm
its natural death. Mean while i was talking to SI and all people
there standing in busy road the value of saints, about simplicity
of baba and i told them about sivanesan swamiji and also that this
old man was close friend of sivanesan swamiji. sivenasan swamiji
only used to wear towel like dhoti...if anyone gives him 8 feet
dhoti he wll gift to this old man and ask him to wear.....
The police were very much pleased with info i gave them...I told
them so please understand you are not helping to bury a ordinary
beggers body...he lived for serving baba all his life .so thats
why baba has assured him today...who ever serves him and surrenders
to him...untill his last rites baba will take care and wont send
him alone even if he is a orphan...i said who gave me the thought
to come back to temple at 12.30...why i wanted to give him 200 rupees
and why i forgot the cap in saibaba mandhir today..
Its all sais leela...Baba wants me to take care of this old man
in his last time and do all works and show the respect his body
deserves though the atma has reached sai already.
Then balu , his aunt and brother went to shop for getting cloths,
coconut, bannana, agar bathi, camphor and all stuff to do last rites....I
went inside the burial ground and know how beautiful is sai leela...They
were digging a hole in ground near which theres a NEEM TREE.
Balu, his brother , aunt and vengadesh were sitting inside ambulance
and doing all things to body like tieying with cloth...applying
i was standing out and listening to his wife...she cried...for
first time she cried when she asked the lepor shanmugam " Look
look, when is he again gonna call you shanmugamm, sairam poiirichuu"
she said " he was telling that he is going to shirdi ....I
told pointed to sky and told her "Theres a shirdi up there,
your sairam has gone there."
she said " I am not crying i am not crying..i am happy only.He
has gone to be with baba himself"
Then the old man who showed us way in somanur called up and said
" God will bless you for such a help you are doing...surely
you will have great future..i said ...ok all your ashirwad"
Again someone called and asked me to give mobile to shanmugam...Thats
when i know shanmugam has leprosy...his fingers are all gone and
he holded mobile very painfully...the costable was wondering how
i gave mobile to this man with such hands...To me it was normal.
Suddenly it stricked me one beautiful thing and loudly announced
" I always imagined how they did last rites
for baba when he took samadhi in 1918....today we all have the gift
to do this work for sai...To me , this old man is sai himself."
All of them were happy when i said this info... yes the same way
baba would have taken samadhi when just few pure souls were around
By this time, the hole was dug.I first dropped my cap for its one
of the reason i went to saibaba temple mandhir the second time...so
i want the old mans legs to rest on my cap.Then we took him down...asked
his wife to see him last...kept near the hole and we did all rituals...dropping
rice and water etc...I started singing loudly....i was not like
a burial place..it became a samadhi of sais servant.
Loudly i sand with claps
" aum sai sri sai jai jai sai, aum sai sri sai, jaya jaya
all the people who came from somanur joined and sometimes clapped
i saw the sky with beautiful starts , i saw leaves of neem tree,the
beautiful cresent moon...i was worried what my parents are doing
at home...but i thanked sai a lot for this beautiful leela.
I told everyone..."there are many good souls who dont have
a history .This pure soul wont have a history for his spiritual
life but our experiences must be spread to others by words..This
will be a tribute given to him"
Finally , the body was kept inside and i sang " Aum sai sri
sai jaya jaya sai" loudlyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.I clapped too.The police
men standing were amazed by whats happening amoung us..It was spiritual
as if a holy ceremony going on.
I said all slokas i know and dropped coins etc ..
Untill know i dont know the name of this old man..Like others i
also tought he has no name and his name is only saibaba....i asked
whats his name to balu who said " Arul swamy"
I prayed lord Murugan and dropped a hand full of red soil in the
i said prayers of shiva, kuruvi sidhar and sai.
Then we lit camphor and prayed ...
Settled all money what ever i got in morning rupees 2000 was spent.I
told his wife...Come to saibaba temple mandhir after 15 days...Every
thursday with same vessel..you continue his work...Just get dharma
and lead a live trusting sai...we all will do good when ever we
Then i said please make sure no one knows about us because we are
just devotees...she promised, we wont get any problems because of
Then i gave some money for all of them who came...I emptied my
We thanked the constables a lot for their cooperation.
Then Vengadesh came to my house and dropped me.
My parents were upset a lot..My mom said with painful voice..Yesturday
she had a dream
"ME and my uncle running to some place...i am crying saying
" Amma save me, amma save me" my mom goes to one of her
uncle named Ramalinga uncle.Then my mom thinks why i am leaving
my own father and running to Ramalinga uncle."
I was shocked when my mom said this...But i convinced my mother
saying now a days am also doing service to Ramalinga and thinking
about him and also today i said " Arut perum jothi, thani parum
karunai" ...so may be Ramalinga has told you he will protect
Then i lit a lamp in my room in 5 sides wicks...because Arul swamy
has first got his eye sight while meditating infront of Nanda deep
before 60- 70 years...Now also the lamp is glowing..I sat looking
at babas eyes for 20 minutes painfully thinking about what my mom
told me today.
My mom said , i was crying to baba saying " baba you first
used my son to come around dhuni , then do all dharma , he was donating
rice bags when ever he wish, he was giving posters to thousands,
he was doing all this and i agreed..Today he is going to bury a
person but you are not helping my son in his career and sending
him to all such works.If you are real god then please help my son
I cried to baba saying please help me baba.I am feeling too painful
today because my parents allow what ever i do all these years..
even my friends say its a gift to get parents like this...same way,
i also want to make my parents happy .thats why i am begging baba
to help me in my career.
It took several hours for me to write this article...Its 1.30 at
night now.I have tears running all over my cheeks. I dont know whats
next in my life.
Dear friends, Today i understood one thing very nicely
If you surrender to saibaba of shirdi, he will take
care of you untill the last second your soul merges with himself
and body down to earth.
Please pray that i wont have any problems because of this little
service me and vengadesh did today and also please pray baba to
show me a light in my life.I wish to be happy.I am not happy for
past several days now.
May sai bless who ever reads this with blessings of sivanesan swamiji,
Ramalinga adigalar, Arul swamy and shirdi saibaba.
Last week someone mailed me ' How many gurus you need to fulfill
your wishes" .It was painful mail of my life. There are people
who misunderstand me thinking am behing gurus for material benefits....Let
me confirm here...If i am such a person, i wont be leading such
a life of service irrespective of the failures i face the past 8
years.Anyway, let baba answer them.
I just need to lead a good life and also follow the spiritual path
for which am asking baba to help me.
Friends, Arul swamy is not a begger like normal sai devotee would
have thought at the first sight.He is a Pure saint. When the ambulance
was parked in the road , his wife told us "we are supposed
to come to saibaba temple mandhir togather today morning but Yesturday
itself he fought with me saying, i wont be a burden for you, took
cloths and came to saibaba mandhir and stayed here at night."
He has said "My life will either go in shirdi or in this purticular
saibaba mandhir.Only sairam will take care of my last rites."
He wanted to go soon because he knows the day has come.This is
one way we can confirm he is a saint.They know when they are going
to leave this earthly life.This old man knew hes gonna be no more.I
never got the hint when he uttered his last few words when i met
him in morning .
He said " i want to see doctor and go to shirdi. Lets see
what baba decides...."
Arul swamy has merged with shirdi saibaba and he will bless us
all from today when ever we ask for his help.
shirdi sai dwarakamai
Always chant Sai sai sai...in your mind remembering
shirdi sai baba
With lots of love that you can't measure
22 :02 : 2007
Now a days i pray Sivanesan swami and Arul swami a lot , many times
i try to remember his simplicuty, his service, his love for sai
,his last moments and this little miracle of sai. I met someone
recently in temple and felt its because of blessing of Arul swami
as i met that person when i did annadhan for Arulswami on his 11th
and 16th day of samadhi.so many things are going to change in few
weeks time and everyone i meet keeps on repeating concentrate in
your career. Am sure Arul swami is a star in saibabas sky and he
will surely bless me with good peaceful life as sai wants to bless
( By the commands of Sai ,i felt its better not to mention the
purticular sai temple where Arul swamis samadhi happened because
its also a very good baba temple , managed in good way and i only
want to show this temple in good light. Only in this incident few
of us were not comfortable with the way they handled the situation.
May shirdi saibaba guide everyone of us to take proper decisions
in all that we do in life )
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