- Chapter XIII
More Sai Leelas - Diseases Cured - (1) bhimaji Patil - (2) Bala
Shimpi - (3) Bapusaheb Booty - (4) Alandi Swami - (5) Kaka Mahajani
- (6) Dastopant of Harda.
The Inscrutable Power of Maya
Baba's words were always short, pithy, deep, full of meaning, efficient
and well-balanced. He was ever content and never cared for anything.
He said, "Though I have become a Fakir, have no house or wife,
and though leaving off all cares, I have stayed at one place, the
inevitable Maya teases Me often. Though I forgot Myself I cannot
forget Her. She always envelops Me.This Maya (illusive power) of
the Lord (Shri Hari) teases God Brahma and others; then what to
speak of a poor Fakir like Me? Those who take refuge in the Lord
wil be freed from Her clutches with his grace".
In such terms Baba spoke about the power of Maya. Lord Shri Krishna
has said to Uddhava in the Bhagwat that the Saints are His living
forms; and see what Baba had said for the welfare of His devotees:
"Those who are fortunate and whose demerits have vanished;
take to My worship. If you always say 'Sai, Sai' I shall take you
over the seven seas; believe in these words, and you will be certainly
benefited. I do not need any paraphernalia of worship - either eight-fold
or sixteen-fold. I rest there where there is full devotion".
Now read what Sai, the friend of those, who surrendered themselves
to Him, did for their welfare.
One Bhimaji Patil of Narayanagaon, Taluka Junnar, Dist. Poona, suffered
in the year 1909 A.D. from a severe and chronic chest-disease which
ultimately developed into Tuberculosis. He tried all sorts of pathos
(remedies), but to no effect. Losing all hopes, he ultimately prayed
to God - "Oh Lord Narayana, help me now". It is a well
known fact that, when our circumstances are well off, we do not
remember God, but when calamities and adversities overtake us, we
are reminded of Him, So Bhimaji now turned to God. It occurred to
him that he should consult Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar, a great devotee
of Baba, in this respect. So he wrote to him a letter, giving all
details of his malady, and asking for his opinion. In reply, Mr.
Nanasaheb wrote to him that there was only one remedy left, and
that was to have recourse to Baba's Feet. Relying on Mr. Nanasaheb's
advice, he made preparations for going to Shirdi. He was brought
to Shirdi and taken to the Masjid, and placed before Baba. Mr. Nanasaheb
and Shama (Madhavrao Deshpande) were then present.
Baba pointed out that the disease was due to the previous evil
karma, and was not at first disposed to interfere. But the patient
cried out in despair that he was helpless, and sought refuge in
Him, as He was his last hope, and prayed for mercy. Then Baba's
heart melted an He said, "Stay, cast off your anxiety, your
sufferings have come to an end. However, oppressed and troubled
one may be as soon as he steps into the Masjid, he is on the pathway
to happiness. The Fakir here is very kind and He will cure the disease,
and protect all with love and kindness." The patient vomitted
blood every five minutes, but there wa no vomiting in the presence
of Baba. From the time, Baba uttered the words of hope and mercy,
the malady took a favourable turn. Baba asked him to stay in Bhimabai's
house, which was not a convenient and healthy place, but Baba's
order had to be obeyed. While he was staying there, Baba cured him
by two dreams.
In the first dream, he saw himself as a boy suffering the severe
pain of a flogging, which he received for not reciting his 'Swami-poetry'
lesson before his class-master. In the second dream, some one caused
him intense pain, and torture, by rolling a stone up and down over
his chest. With the pain thus suffered in dream, his cure was complete,
and he went home. He then often came to Shirdi, gratefully remembering
what Baba did for him, and prostrated before Him. Baba also did
not expect anything from devotees, but grateful remembrance, unchanging
faith and devotion. People in the Maharashtra, always celebrate
Satya-Narayana Puja in their homes every fortnight or month. But
it was this Bhimaji Patil, who started a new Sai Satya-vrata Puja,
instead of Satya-Narayana-vrata Puja, in his house, when he returned
to his village.
Bala Ganpat Shimpi
Another devotee of Baba by name Bala Ganapat Shimpi, suffered much
from a malignant type of Malaria. he tried all sorts of medicines
and decoctions, but in vain. The fever did not abate a jot and so
he ran to Shirdi and fell on Baba's Feet. Baba gave him a strage
recipe, in this case as follows:- "Give a black dog some morsels
of rice mixed with curds in front of the Laxmi temple". Bala
Shimpi did not know, how to execute this recipe; but no sonner he
went home, then he found rice and curds. After mixing them together,
he brought the mixture near the Laxmi temple, when he found the
a black dog waving its tail. He placed the curds and rice before
the dog. The dog ate it and, strange to say, Bala got rid of his
Shriman Bapusaheb Booty suffered, once from dysentery and vomitting.
His cupboard was full of patent drugs and medicines, but none of
them had any effect. Bapusaheb got very weak, on account of purgings
and vomittings and, therefore, was not able to go to the Masjid
for Baba's darshana. Baba then sent for him and made him sit before
Him and said, "Now take care, you should not purge any more"
and waving His index-finger "The vomiting must also stop".
Now look at the force of Baba's words. Both the maladies took to
their heels (disappeared) and Booty felt well.
On another occasion he had an attack of Cholera, and suffered from
severe thirst. Dr. Pillai tried all sorts of remedies but could
give him no relief. Then he went to Baba and consulted Him as what
to drink that would allay his thirst and cure the disease. Baba
prescribed an infusion of almonds, walnuts, pistachio (a kind of
dry fruit), boiled in sugared milk. This would be considered, as
a fatal aggravation of the disease by any other doctor or physician,
but in implicit obedience to Baba's order, the infusion was administered
and strange to say, the disease was cured.
A Swami from Alandi, wishing to take Baba's darshana, came to Shirdi.
He suffered form a severe pain in his ear, which prevented him from
getting the sleep. He was operated for this, but it served no purpose.
The pain was severe and he did not know what to do. While he was
returning, he came to take Baba's leave, when Shama (Madhavrao Deshpande)
requested Baba to do something for the pain in the Swami's ear.
Baba comforted him saying, "Alla Accha Karega (God will do
good)." The Swami then returned to Poona, and after a week
sent a letter to Shirdi, stating that the pain in his ear had subsided
though the swelling was there, and in order to get the swelling
removed, he went to Bombay for operation, but the surgeon on examining
the ear said that no operation was then necessary. Such was the
wonderful effect of Baba's words.
Another devotee named Kaka Mahajani suffered once from diarrhea.
In order that there should be no break in his services to Baba,
Kaka kept a tambya (pot) with water in some corner of the Masjid
and whenever there was a call, he would go out. As Sai Baba knew
everything, Kaka did not inform Him of his disease, thinking that
Baba would of His own cure it soon. The work of constructing the
pavement in front of the Masjid was permitted by Baba, but when
the actual work was begun, Baba got wild and shouted out loudly.
Everybody ran away, and as Kaka was also doing the same, Baba caught
hold of him and made him sit there. In the confusion that followed,
somebody left the a small bag of groundnuts. Baba took a handful
of groundnuts, rubbed them in His hands, blew away the skins, and
gave the clean nuts to Kaka and made him eat them. Scolding and
cleaning the nuts, and making Kaka eat them, went on similtaneously.
Baba Himself ate some of them. Then, when the bag was finished,
Baba asked him to fetch water as He felt thirsty. Kaka brought a
pitcher full of water. Then Baba drank some water and made Kaka
also drink it. Baba then said, "Now your diarrhea has stopped,
and you may attend to the work of the pavement." In the meanwhile
other persons, who had run away, returned and started the work;
and Kaka, whose motions had stopped, also joined them. Are groundnuts
medicine for diarrhea? According to current medical opinion, groundnuts
would aggravate the disease, and not cure it. The true medicine,
in this as in other cases, was Baba's word.
Dattopant of Harda
A gentleman from Harda by name Dattopant suffered form stomach-ache
for fourteen yeas. None of the remedies gave him any relief. Then
hearing of Baba's fame, that He cures diseases by sight he ran to
Shirdi, and fell at Baba's Feet. Baba looked at him kindly and gave
him blessings. When Baba placed His hand on his head, and when he
got Baba's Udi with blessing, he felt relieved and there was no
further trouble about the malady.
Towards the end ot his Chapter three cases are cited in footnotes:
1. Madhavrao Deshpande suffered from Piles. Baba gave him decoction
of Sonamukhi (senna pods). This relieved him. Then after two years
the trouble again recurred and Mahdavrao took the same decoction
without consulting Baba. The result was that the disease aggravated
but later on it was cured by Baba's grace.
2. Kaka Mahajani's elder brother, Gangadharpant, suffered for many
years from stomach-pain. Hearing Baba's fame he came to Shirdi and
requested Baba to cure him. Baba touched his belly and said, "God
will cure". From that time there was no stomach-pain and he
was completely cured.
3. Nanasaheb Chandorkar also once suffered from intense stomach-pain;
he was restless the whole day and night. Doctors administered syringes
which produced no effect. Then he approached Baba, who told him
to eat Burfi (a kind of sweetmeat) mixed with ghee. This recipe
gave him complete relief.
All these stories go to show, that the real medicine that cured
the various diseases permanently was Baba's word, and grace, and
not any medicines or drugs.
Bow to Shri Sai - Peace be to all