Sai Satchritra - Chapter
Drawn To Shirdi
(1) Kakaji Vaidya of Vani - (2) Punjabi Ramalal of Bombay.
In this Chapter the story of two more devotees that were drawn to
Shirdi, is narrated.
Bow to the Kind Sai Who is the Abode of Mercy and Who is affectionate
towards His devotees. By His mere darshan, He does away with their
fear of this 'bhava' (samsar) and destroys their calamities. He
was first Nirgun (formless), but on account of the devotion of His
Bhaktas, He was obliged to take a form. To give liberation - self-realisation
to the Bhaktas is the mission of the saints, and for Sai - the Chief
of them, that mission is inevitable. Those who take refuge in His
Feet have all their sins destroyed and their progress is certain.
Remembering His Feet, Brahmins from holy places come to Him and
read scriptures and chant the Gayatri mantra in His presence. We,
who are weak and without any merits, do not know what Bhakti is
but we know this much, that though all others may leave us, Sai
won't forsake us. Those whom He favours get enormous strength, discrimination
between the Unreal and the Real and knowledge.
Sai knows fully the desire of His devotees and fulfills the same.
Hence they get what they want and are grateful. So we invoke Him
and prostrate ourselves before Him. Forgetting all our faults let
Him free us from all anxieties. He who being overcome with calamities
remembers and prays Sai thus, will get his mind calmed and pacified
through His grace.
This Sai - the ocean of mercy, says Hemadpant, favoured him and
the result of this, is the present work - Sai-Satcharia. Otherwise
what qualifications had he and who would undertake this enterprise?
But as Sai took all the responsibility, Hemadpant felt no burden,
nor any care about this. When the powerful Light of knowledge was
there to inspire his speech and pen, why should he entertain any
doubt or feel any anxiety? Sai got the service in the form of this
book done by him; this is due to the accumulation of his merits
in the past births and, therefore, he thinks himself fortunate and
The following story is not a mere tale, but pure nectar. He who
drinks it will realise Sai's greatness and all-pervasiveness. Those
who want to argue and criticise, should not go in for these stories.
What is wanted here, is not discussion but unlimited love and devotion.
Learned, devout and faithful believers or those, who consider themselves
as servants of the Saints, will like and appreciate these stories,
others will take them to be fables. The fortunate Bhaktas of Sai,
will find the Sai-leelas as the Kalpataru (Wish-fulfilling Tree).
Drinking this nectar of Sai-leelas, will give liberation to the
ignorant Jivas, satisfaction to the house-holders and a sadhana
to the aspirants. Now to the story of this Chapter.
There lived in Vani, Nasik District, a man named Kakaji Vaidya.
He was the priest of the Goodness Sapta-Shringi there. He was so
much overwhelmed with adverse circumstances and calamities that
he lost peace of mind and became quite restless. Under such circumstances
one evening he went into the temple of the Goodess and prayed unto
Her from the bottom of his heart and invoked Her aid to free him
from anxeity. The Goddess was pleased with his devotion and the
same night appeared to him in his dream and said to him, "You
go to Baba and then your mind will become calm and composed".
Kakaji was anxious to know from Her who that Baba was, but before
he could get any explanation, he was awakened.
Then he began to think as to who might be that Baba, to whom the
Goodess has asked him to go. After some thinking, he resolved that
this Baba might be 'Tryambakeshwar' (Lord Shiva). So he went to
the holy place 'Tryambak' (Nasik District) and stayed there for
ten days. During this period, he bathed early in the morning, chanted
the 'Rudra' hymns, did the 'Abhishekam' (pouring unceasingly fresh
cold water over the Pindi) and did other religious rites; but with
all that, he was as restless as before. Then he returned to his
place and again invoked the Goddess most pitifully. They night She
again appeared in his dream and said - "Why did you go to Tryambakeshwar
in vain? I mean by Baba - Shri Sai Samarth of Shirdi."
The question before Kakaji now was 'How and when to go to Shirdi
and how to see Baba? If anybody is in real earnest to see a Saint,
not only the Saint but God also, fulfills his wish. In fact the
'Sant' (Saint) and the 'Anant' (God) are one and the same; there
is not the least difference between them. If anybody thinks that
he will go himself and see a Saint, that will be a mere boast. Unless
the Saint wills it, who is able to go and see him? Even the leaf
of the tree won't move without his bidding. The more anxious a Bhakta
is for the saint's visit, the more devout anf faithful he is, the
more speedily and effectively is his wish satisfied to his heart's
content. He who invites anybody for a visit, also arranges everything
for his reception, and so it happened with Kakaji.
When Kakaji was thinking his visit to Shirdi, a guest came to him
at his place to take him to Shirdi. He was no other than Shama,
a very close and intimate devotee of Baba. How he came to Vani at
this juncture, we shall just see. Shama was severely ill when he
was very young and his mother had taken a vow to her family Goddess
Sapta-Shringi at Vani, that if the son got well, she would bring
and dedicate him at Her feet. Then after some years the mother herself
suffered much from ring-worms on her breasts. At that time she again
took another vow to her Deity that if she got all right, she would
offer Her two silver breasts. These two vows remained unfulfilled.
At her death-bed she called her son Shama to her and drew his
attention to the vows and after taking a promise from him that he
would fulfills them, she breathed her last. After some time, Shama
quite forgot about these vows and thus 30 years elapsed. About this
time a famous astrologer had come to Shirdi and stayed there for
a month. His predictions in the case of Shriman Booty and others
came true and everybody was satisfied. Shama's younger brother Bapaji
consulted him and was told that his mother's vows, which his elder
brother promised to fulfill at her death-bed, were not yet fulfilled;
hence the Goddess was displeased with them and bringing troubles
on them. Bapaji told this to his brother Shama who was then reminded
of the unfulfilled vows.
Thinking that any further delay would be dangerous, he called a
goldsmith and got a pair of silver breast prepared. Then he went
to the Masjid, prostrated himself before Baba and, placing before
Him the two silver breath, requested Him to accept them and free
him from the vows as He was to him his Sapta-Shringi Goddess. Then
Baba insisted upon him to go himself to the temple of Sapta-Shringi
and offer them in person at the feet of the Goddess. Then after
taking Baba's permission and Udi, he left for Vani and searching
for the priest came to Kakaji's house. Kakaji was then very anxious
to visit Baba and Shama went there to see him at that very time.
What a wonderful coincidence is this!
Kakaji asked him who he was and whence he had come, and on learning
that he came from Shirdi, he at once embraced him. So overpowered
was he with love! Then they talked about Sai-leelas and after finishing
the rites of Shama's vows, they both started for Shirdi. On reaching
the place, Kakaji went to the Masjid, and fell at Baba's Feet. His
eyes were soon bedewed with tears, and his mind attained calmness.
According to the vision of the Goddess, no sooner did he see Baba,
that his mind lost all its restlessness and it became calm and composed.
Kakaji began to think, in his mind, "What a wonderful power
is this! Baba spoke nothing, there was no question and answer, no
benediction pronounced; the mere darshana itself was so conducive
to happiness; the restlessness of my mind disappeared by His mere
darshan, consciousness of joy came upon me - this is what is called
'the greatness of darshan'." His vision was fixed on Sai's
feet and he could utter no word. Hearing Baba's Leelas, his joy
knew no bounds. He surrendered himself completely to Baba, forgot
his anxiety and cares and got undiluted happiness. He lived happily
there for twelve days and after taking Baba's leave, Udi and blessings
Khushalchand of Rahata
It is said that a dream, which we get in the small hours of the
morning, generally comes out true in the walking state. This may
be so, but regarding Baba's dreams there is no restriction of time.
To quote an instance :- Baba told Kakasaheb Dixit one afternoon
to go to Rahata and fetch Khushalchand to Shirdi, as He had not
seen him since long. Kakasaheb accordingly took a tanga and went
to Rahata. He saw Khushalchand and gave him Baba's message.
Hearing it, Khushalchand was surprised and said that he was taking
a noon nap after meals when Baba appeared in his dream and asked
him to come to Shirdi immediately and that he was anxious to go.
As he had no horse of his own nearby, he had sent his son to inform
Baba; when his son was just out of the village-border, Dixit's tanga
turned up. Dixit then said that he was sent specially to bring him.
Then they both went in the tanga back to Shirdi. Khushalchand saw
Baba and all were pleased. Seeing this Leela of Baba, Khushalchand
was much moved.
Punjabi Ramalal of Bombay
Once a Punjabi Brahmin of Bombay named Ramalal got a dream in which
Baba appeared and asked him to come to Shirdi. Baba appeared to
him as a Mahant (Saint), but he did not know His whereabouts. He
thought that he should go and see Him, but as he knew not His address,
he did not know what to do. But He Who calls anybody for an interview
makes the necessary arrangements for the same. The same happened
in this case. The same afternoon when he was strolling in the streets,
he saw a picture of Baba in a shop. The features of the Mahant,
he saw in the dream, exactly tallied with those of the picture.
Then making enquiries, he came to know that the picture was of Sai
Baba of Shirdi. He then went soon after to Shirdi and stayed there
till his death.
In this way Baba brought His devotees to Shirdi for darshan and
satisfied their wants, material as well as spiritual.
Bow to Shri Sai - Peace be to all