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Shri Sai Satcharitra - Chapter 07

Wonderful Incarnation - Behaviour of Sai Baba - His Yoga Practices   - His All-pervasiveness - Leper Devotee s service - Master Khaparde  s Plague-case - Going to Pandharpur.

Wonderful Incarnation

Sai Baba knew all Yogic Practices. He was well-versed in the six    processes including Dhauti (Stomach-cleaning by a moistened piece of  linen 3" in breadth and 22 1/2" in length), Khandayoga, i.e., separating  His limbs and joining them again, and Samadhi, etc. If you think that He  was a Hindu, He looked like a Yavan. If you think Him to be a Yavan, He  looked like a pious Hindu. No one definitely knew whether He was a  Hindu or a Mahomedan. He celebrated the Hindu festival of Rama-  Navami with all due formalities, and at the same time permitted the  Sandal procession of the Mahomedans. He encouraged wrestling bouts  in this festival, and gave good prizes to winners. When the Gokul Ashtami  came, He got the Gopal-Kala ceremony duly performed and on Id  festivals, He allowed Mahomedans to say their prayers (Namaj) in His  Masjid. Once in the Moharum festival, some Mahomedans proposed to  contruct a Tajiya or Tabut in the Masjid, keep it there for some days and  afterwards take it in procession through the village. Sai Baba allowed  the keeping of the Tabut for four days, and on the fifth day removed it  out of the Masjid without the least compunction. If we say that He was  a Mahomedan, His ears were pierced (i.e. had holes according to Hindu  fashion). If you think that He was a Hindu, He advocated the practice of  circumcision (though according to Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who observed  Him closely, He was not Himself circumcised. Vide article in Sai  Leela on "Baba Hindu Ki Yavan" by B.V. Deo, page 562). If you call  Him Hindu, He always lived in the Masjid; if Mahomedan, He had always  the Dhuni - sacred fire there, and the following things which are  contrary to Mahomedan religion, i.e., grinding on the handmill, blowing  of the conch and bells, oblation in the fire, Bhajan, giving of food,  and worship of Baba s Feet by means of ARGHYA (water) were  always allowed there. If you think that He was a Mahomedan, the  best of Brahmins and Agnihotris, leaving aside their orthodox ways,  fell prostrate at His Feet. Those who went to make enquiries about  his nationality, were dumb-founded and were captured by his darshana.  So none could definitely decide whether Sai Baba was a Hindu or a  Mahomedan*.(see below this paragraph) This is no wonder; for he who  completely surrenders himself to the Lord, by getting rid of his egoism;  and body - consciousness thus becomes one with Him, and has nothing  to do with any questions of caste or nationality. Such a one as Sai Baba  was, saw no difference between caste and caste and even beings and  beings. He took meat and fish with Fakirs, but did not grumble when  dogs touched the dishes with their mouths.

Such a unique and wonderful incarnation was Sai Baba. On account  of the merits in my past birth, I had the good fortune to sit at His  Feet and enjoy His blessed company. The joy and delight I derived  therefrom was incomparable. In fact Sai Baba was pure Anand and Consciousness.  I cannot sufficiently describle Him, His greatness and uniqueness.  He who took delight at His Feet, was established in His own self.  Many Sanyasis, Sadhakas and all sorts of men aspiring for salvation came  to Sai Baba. He always walked, talked and laughed with them and always  uttered with His tongue Allah Malik (God is the sole owner). He never  liked discussion or arguments. He was always calm and controlled, though  irritable at times, always preached full Vedanta and nobody knew till the  last Who was Baba. Princes and poor people were treated alike by Him.  He knew the inmost secrets of all, and when He gave expression to them,  all were surprised. He was the repository of all knowledge, still He feigned  ignorance. He also disliked honour. Such were the characteristics of Sai  Baba. Though, He had a human body, His deeds testified to HIS Godhood.  All people considered Him as the Lord God in Shirdi.

Behaviour of Sai Baba

Fool that I am, I cannot describe Baba s miracles. He got almost  all the temples in Shirdi repaired. Through Tatya Patil, the temples  of Shani, Ganapati, Shankar-Parvati, Village Deity, and Maruti were  put in order. His charity was also remarkable. The money He used to  collect as Dakshina was freely distributed, Rs.20 to some, Rs.15 or 50,  to others everyday. The recipients thought that this was pure charity  money, and Baba wished that it should be usefully employed.

People were immensely benefited by having a darshana of Baba.  Some became hale and hearty; wicked people were turned into good  ones. Kushtha (Leprosy) was cured in some cases, many got their desires  fulfilled, without any drops or medicine being put in the eyes, some  blind men got back their sight and some lame ones got their legs. Nobody  could see the end of His extraordinary greatness. His fame spread  far and wide, and pilgrims from all sides flocked to Shirdi. Baba sat  always near the Dhuni and eased Himself there, and always sat in meditation;  sometimes with and on other times without a bath.

He used to tie a white turban on his head; and wear a clean Dhotar  round his waist, and a shirt on his body. This was his dress in the beginning.  He started practicing medicine in the village, examined patients  and gave medicines. He was always successful, and He became famous  as a Hakim (Doctor). A curious case may be narrated here. One devotee  got his eye balls quite red and swollen. No Doctor was available in Shirdi.  The other devotees took him to Baba. Other Doctors would use ointments,  Anjans, cow s milk and camphorated drugs etc., in such cases.  Baba s remedy was quite unique. He pounded some BEEBA (Some  Carpus Ana Cardium i.e. marking nuts) and made two balls of them,  thrust them on in each eye of the patient and wrapped a cloth-bandage  round them (eyes). Next day, the bandage was removed and water was  poured over them in a stream. The inflammation subsided and the pupils  became white and clear. Though the eyes are very delicate, the BEEBA  caused no smarting; but removed the disease of the eyes. Many such  cases were cured and this is only an instance in point.

Baba s Yoga Practices

Baba knew all the processes and practices of Yoga. Two of them  will be described here:

  1. DHAUTI or CLEANING PROCESS: Baba went to the well  near a Banyan tree at a considerable distance from the Masjid every  third day and washed his mouth and had a bath. On one occasion,  He was seen to vomit out his intestines, clean them inside and outside  and place them on a Jamb tree for drying. There are persons in  Shirdi, who have actually seen this, and who have testified to this fact.  Ordinary Dhauti is done by a moistened piece of linen, 3 inches broad  22 1/2ft. long. This piece is gulped down the throat and allowed to remain  in the stomach for about half an hour for being reacted there and  then taken out. But Baba s Dhauti was quite unique and extraordinary.
  2. KHANDA YOGA: In this practice, Baba extracted the various  limbs from His body, and left them separately at different places in the  Masjid. Once, a gentleman went to the Masjid, and saw the limbs of  Baba lying separately at separate places. He was much terrified; and he  first thought of running to the village officers, and informing them of  Baba being hacked to pieces and murdered. He thought that he would be  held responsible, as he was the first informant, and knew something of  the affair. So he kept silent. But next day when he went to the masjid, he  was very much surprised to see Baba, hale and hearty and sound, as  before. He thought, that what he had seen the previous day, was only a  dream.

Baba practised Yoga since, His infancy and nobody knew or  guessed the proficiency He attained. He charged no fees for His cures,  became renowned and famous by virtue of His merits, gave health to  many a poor and suffering person. This famous Doctor of doctors cared  not for His interests, but always worked for the good and welfare of  others, Himself suffering unbearable and terrible pain many a time in  the process. One such instance, I give below, which will show the allpervasive  and most merciful character of Sai Baba.

Baba s All-pervasiveness and Mercy

In the year 1910 A.D., Baba was sitting near the Dhuni on Divali  holiday and warming Himself. He was pushing fire-wood into the Dhuni,  which was brightly burning. A little later, instead of pushing logs of  woods, Baba pushed His arm into the Dhuni; the arm was scorched and  burnt immediately. This was noticed by the servant Madhava, and also  by Madhavrao Deshpande (Shama). They at once ran to Baba and  Madhavarao clasped Baba by His waist from behind and dragged Him  forcible back ward and asked, "Deva, for what have You done this?"  Then Baba came to His senses and replied, "The wife of a blacksmith at  some distant place, was working the bellows of a furnace;her husband  called her. Forgetting that her child was on her waist, she ran hastily and  the child slipped into the furnace. I immediately thrust My hand into the  furnace and saved the child. I do not mind My arm being burnt, but I am  glad that the life of the child is saved."

Leper Devotee's Service

On hearing the news of Baba's hand being burnt from (Shama)  Madhavrao Deshpande, Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar, accompanied by  the famous Doctor Parmanand of Bombay with his medical outfit consisting  of ointments, lint and bandage etc. rushed to Shirdi, and requested  Baba to allow Dr. Parmanand to examine the arm, and dress the wound  caused by the burn. This was refused. Ever since the burn, the arm was  dressed by the leper devotee, Bhagoji Shinde. His treatment consisted in  massaging the burnt part with ghee1 and then placing a leaf over it and  bandaging it tightly with Pattis (bandages). Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar  solicited Baba many a time to unfasten the Pattis and get the wound  examined and dressed and treated by Dr. Parmanand, with the object  that it may be speedily healed. Dr. Parmanand himself made similar  requests, but Baba postponed saying that Allah was His Doctor; and did  not allow His arm to be examined. Dr. Paramanand s medicines were  not exposed to their air of Shirdi, as they remained intact, but he had the  good fortune of getting a darshana of Baba. Bhagoji was allowed to  treat the hand daily. After some days, the arm healed and all were happy.  Still, we do not know whether any trace of pain was left or not. Every  morning, Bhagoji went throught his programme of loosening the Pattis,  massaging he arm with ghee and tightly bandaging it again. This went  on till Sai Baba s Samadhi (death). Sai Baba, a perfect Siddha, as He  was, did not really want this treatment, but out of love to His devotee,  He allowed the Upasana - service of Bhagoji to go on un-interrupted all  along. When Baba started for Lendi, Bhagoji held an umbrella over Him  and accompanied Him. Every morning, when Baba sat near the post  close to the Dhuni, Bhagoji was present and started his service. Bhagoji  was a sinner in his past brith. He was suffering from leprosy, his fingers  had shrunk, his body was full of pus and smelling badly. Though outwardly  he seemed so unfortunate, he was really very lucky and happy,  for he was the premier servant of Baba, and got the benefit of His company.

Master Khaparde's Plague-Case

I shall now relate another instance of Baba's wonderful Leela.  Mrs. Khaparde, the wife of Mr. Dadasaheb Khaparde of Amraoti,  was staying at Shirdi with her young son for some days. One day the  son got high fever, which further developed into Bubonic plague.

The mother was frightened and felt most uneasy. She thought of leaving  the place for Amraoti, and went near Baba in the evening, when He  was coming near the Wada (now Samadhi Mandir) in His evening rounds,  for asking His permission. She informed Him in a trembling tone, that  her dear young son was down with plague. Baba spoke kindly and softly  to her, saying that the sky is beset with clouds; but they will melt and  pass off and everything will be smooth and clear. So saying, He lifted up  His Kafni up to the waist and showed to all present, four fully developed  bubos, as big as eggs, and added, "See, how I have to suffer for My  devotees; their difficulties are Mine." Seeing this unique and extraordinary  deed (Leela), the people were convinced as to how the Saints suffer  pains for their devotees. The mind of the saints is softer than wax, it is  soft, in and out, as butter. They love their devotees without any idea of  gain, and regard them as their true relatives.

Going to Pandharpur and Staying There

I shall now close this Chapter after relating a story illustrating  how Sai Baba loved His devotees and anticipated their wishes and movements.  Mr. Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who was a great devotee of Baba,  was Mamlatdar1 at Nandurbar in Khandesh. He got an order of transfer  to Pandharpur. His devotion to Sai Baba bore fruit, as he got an order to  go and stay at Pandharpur which is regarded as the BHUVAIKUNTHA  - Heaven on earth. Nanasaheb had to take immediate charge, so he left,  immediately, for the place, without even writing or informing anybody  at Shirdi. He wanted to give a surprise visit to Shirdi - his Pandharpur,  see and salute his Vithoba (Baba), and then proceed. Nobody dreamt of  Nanasaheb s departure for Shirdi, but Sai Baba knew all about this, as  His eyes were everywhere (omniscient). As soon as Nanasaheb approached  Neemgaon, a few miles from Shirdi, there was stir in the Masjid  at Shirdi. Baba was sitting and talking with Mhalsapati, Appa Shinde  and Kashiram, when He at once said, "Let us all four do some Bhajan,  the doors of Pandhari are open, let us merrily sing." Then they began to  sing in chorus, the burden of the song being "I have to go to Pandharpur  and I have to stay on there, for it is the house of my Lord."

Baba sang and the devotees followed Him. In a short time  Nanasaheb came there with his family, prostrated before Baba and requested  Him to accompany them to Pandharpur and stay with them  there. This solicitation was not necessary, as the devotees told Nana-  saheb that Baba was already in the mood of going to Pandharpur and  staying there. Hearing this Nanasaheb was moved and fell at Baba s  Feet. Then getting Baba s permission, Udi (sacred ashes) and Blessings,  Nanasaheb left for Pandharpur.

There is no end to Baba s stories, but let me now make a halt here,  reserving for the next Chapter other topics, such as importance of human  life, Baba s living on alms, Bayajabai s service and other stories.

Bow to Shri Sai -- Peace be to all

Khushalchand of Rahata

Baba loved Ganapat Kote Patil of Shirdi. He equally loved also Chandrabhanshet Marwadi of Rahata . After the demise of this Shet, Baba loved his nephew Khushalchand equally or even perhaps more, and watched his welfare, day and night. Sometimes in a bullock cart, at other times in a tanga with intimate friends, Baba went to Rahata. People of that village came out, with band and music, and received Baba at the Ves or gate of the village; and prostrated before him. Then he was taken into the village with great eclat and ceremony. Khushalchand took Baba to his house, seated him on a comfortable seat and gave him a good lunch. Then they talked freely and merrily for some time, after which Baba returend to Shiridi, giving delight and blessings to all. Shiridi is midway between and equidistant from Rahata on one side (south) and Nimgaon on the other (north). Baba never went beyond these places during his life time. He knew exactly the timing of arrivals and departures of all trains. Devotees who acted according to Baba's instructions (i.e. their departure) given at the time of taking his leave fared well, while those who disregarded them suffered many a mishap and accident. More about this and other matters will be told in the next chapter.

::: Bow to Shri Sai -- Peace be to all :::

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