Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please listen our humble prayers:

In all the lands may all the sufferings of living beings come to an end!
May the beaten be freed from blows!
May those who are threatened with death be restored to life!
May those who are in tribulations become free from all pain!
May those who suffer hunger and thirst receive food and drink in abundance!
May the blind see and deaf hear and women with children give birth painlessly!
May sounds of pain be nowhere heard in the Universe!

Monday, November 30, 2015





"Man will be grateful when he will realise my empire and that I am the whole and sole controller or holder of the reins." – Shri Sai Samartha Satcharita, Ch. 8, Ovi 62.



When the Kurukshetra war was over, pride entered the heart of Arjuna. He even thought that he was so great that Krishna had become his charioteer.


Arjuna felt that as a master, he must get down from the chariot only after the charioteer had done so. He insisted that Krishna must get down first. Krishna was adamant.


Finally, Arjuna had to yield. Swallowing his pride, he got out of the chariot with great reluctance.


Now it was Krishna's turn. As soon as He stepped down, the chariot went up in flames.


Arjuna was humbled as he realized that the deadly arrows and missiles that had struck the chariot were powerless so long as Krishna was in it. As soon as He left it, they had their natural effect and the chariot was reduced to ashes.


In everything that the Lord permits to happen, is a meaning of His mercy. We must not question; we must not argue. We must only obey, accept and rejoice!


Baba's Leelas before 1918 – Bhishma’s Letter

Baba's Leelas before 1918 – Bhishma's Letter


The following excerpts are from a letter sent on 11-7-1921 by Vedshastri  Krishnashastri Bhishma, the writer of most of the verses from Sri Sadguru Sainath Sagunopasana.


My experiences with Maharaj are well-known to those around me. So, there is nothing special in this letter. If devotees already know or have read these experiences, please do not publish them.


Sainath Maharaj had an extraordinary perception. Though I am writing this in the past tense, it is only with reference to the mortal body. For me, Sainath is immortal and will always be, since Maharaj is constantly giving me visions and is guiding me to do things He wishes, what I say cannot be false.


One evening we were sitting with Sainath and also did the last Aarati, the Shejarati. But, when we went to visit Him the next day, Sai said, ''Yesterday evening I had gone for a walk.'' We could not believe this as He was with us all evening till the Shejarati. But, a few minutes later a man from a village south of Shirdi came and mentioned, ''Yesterday evening Sai Maharaj was in our village.'' We then understood that Sai had extraordinary powers and so could be in both places at the same time.


Once, when all the people in Balwantrao Khaparde's house were asleep, Sai came in his dream, dined with him, ate a paan sitting on the swing and then left. At that moment Balwantrao woke up. When he narrated this dream to me in the morning, I said, ''without telling this dream to anyone go to Sainath Maharaj. If Sai has given you this vision, He will give you some indication. If it is an ordinary dream, Sai won't say a word.'' Balwantrao went to meet Sai and was amazed when Sai said, ''you gave me dinner yesterday; but you did not give any Dakshina.'' Balwantrao was stunned; but he immediately asked, how much he should give and back came the reply, ''Rs. 25/-''. All these are the facets of extraordinary perception at play. Some may think, these stories are false; but in his book 'Srimadbhagwatarth Darshan' Mr. Yeshwant Vyankatesh Kolhatkar, B. A., L.L. B., proves that the Atma or soul is immortal and can perform many miracles. Then, how could it be impossible for Baba to give Darshan while awake or in a dream? ''Jaagat Rama, Sovat Rama, Sapnon mein dekho Rama hi Rama,'' said Sant Eknath and accordingly Sainath gives Darshan whenever He wills. In

Chapter VIII, Vol. III, Verse 4, from the Chhandogya Upanishad it is said that ''Sometimes this blissful soul leaves the body and attains self-realization and oneness with the Supreme Light; but the soul does not need to leave the body unconscious.'' Maharaj was in complete control of His senses and desires and remained perpetually calm.


While going from His sleeping area towards the Masjid with His staff in hand, Baba used to hurl abuses. At such a time nobody had the courage to face Him. But, whenever He uttered these expletives at the top of His voice, people could hear the softly uttered words ''Allah tera bhala karega''. Which man could give blessings while in a fit of rage? That is why, in my opinion Baba's anger was just a show, but His conscience was kind and calm.


In verse 4274 of Tukaram's Gatha it is said that God Himself bears the troubles of His devotees and is always close to them. One day, all of us were seated next to Maharaj, when it was time for the noon Aarati. According to the custom in those days Bapusaheb prepared the Aarati. But, suddenly, without any provocation, Maharaj donned the Narsimha Avatar. He threw away the Aarati and the Prasad, drove all the people out by hitting at them with His staff. He Himself left His seat and sat down in the Veranda. The Aarati could not take place. By 3 p.m. all the devotees were hungry. Some suggested that the Aarati should be done to the throne. But, Dadasaheb Khaparde did not agree and said that the Aarati should be done to Baba only, but at the hands of Vaghya and not Bapusaheb. Accordingly the Aarati was given to Vaghya. But, suddenly Baba returned to His throne and the Aarati was done. But, nobody understood the reason for Baba's anger.


The next day a lawyer from Kopargaon arrived. He said, ''there was a criminal case against one of Baba's devotee. The court had sentenced him when I reached there. I took the case and appealed. Surprisingly the court inquired me about the defendant's conduct. When I vouched for his good behavior and his being innocent, the court acquitted him. To ask Baba, how this miracle took place, I came to Shirdi for Baba's Darshan. That devotee told me about the eminent Sai and said he was acquitted due to Baba's blessings." As said in Sant Dnyaneshwar's Aarati it is an open secret that the universe is Brahma. Sai behaved accordingly.


There was a well-worn piece of sack-cloth which Baba used as a seat and loved it immensely. Once, when Baba was away, a devotee threw the sack-cloth away and kept a silk cushion in its place. When Baba returned He started fuming and abusing as soon as He saw the new cushion. He threw it and scattered the Dhuni. He calmed down only when His old torn piece of sacking was restored.


One day people asked me to replace the old sacking with a new one; but I waited till everybody stood for Aarati and then asked Baba in sign language if I could change the sack-cloth. He signalled in agreement. I immediately told Dadasaheb and bought a new sack and replaced the old one, which was discarded. After the Aarati, Baba sat down quietly. Devotees served Him. Then He gave His 'Chillum' to me and asked for five Laddoos which I promised. I kept worrying as to how I would be able to make Laddoos without anybody's help in this unfamiliar place. If I took somebody's help Baba would immediately know. Why did He ask specifically for five Laddoos and not just Laddoos? I spent the day mulling over it and went to sleep with the same thought in mind. But, soon I woke up with an inspiration to write a verse which I immediately penned. In the morning, when I was writing the next stanza, Mr. Dixit, who was on his way to Baba, stopped by and saw my poem. Later I took my bath and went for Darshan. As soon as He saw me Baba asked for the Laddoos. I did not say anything; but Dixit said, ''The Laddoos are getting ready". Baba was pacified. The next day I finished writing five stanzas and offered them to Baba. (I had tried to write more than five; but try as I may, I could not write beyond the five already written and so left it at that.) When Baba saw them, He asked me to read them out and while I was reading, blessed me by putting His hand on my head. It is impossible to narrate my state of bliss at that time. After that I read to Him every poem I wrote and this collection ultimately became the book 'Sainath Sagunopasana' which I offered at His feet. The proceeds of the book were given for the protection of cows. The copies of this book must still be there.


''Dhiro na shochati,'' says the Kathopanishad. Self-realized brave people never grieve and even if they feel sad, they do not need other people's advice to restore their good cheer; they themselves get rid of it.


Megha, a Gujarati was Maharaj's loving devotee. He slogged to serve Baba. He was serving Baba at his master's instance; but one day it crossed his mind 'Why should I bathe a Muslim?' And so one day he left Shirdi for his native place, where he fell ill. When he recovered, he went to visit the Shiva temple; but instead of a Shivalingam he saw Sai Maharaj. He promptly returned to Shirdi. To remove the evil thoughts from his body he was asked to chant the Gayatri Mantra a certain number of times. On completion Baba blessed him. When Megha passed away, Baba Himself came and touching his entire body with His hands, cried bitterly for five minutes. Then consoling Himself, 'How much will you cry?' He calmed down (as per the teaching of the Kathopanishad – ''Dhiro na shochati'') and gave permission for the final rites.


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Experiences of Sai Maharaj - Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 3

Experiences of Sai Maharaj

Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 3




Sai Maharaj took Samadhi on Tuesday, the 15th of October 1918, in the late afternoon. That night, Laxman Bhat dreamt of Baba Who said, 'Bapusaheb Jog will not come to perform the Kakad Aarati as he thinks I am dead. But, I am alive. You should come and perform the Kakad Aarati.' As per Baba's orders Laxman Bhat went early in the morning to the Masjid where the body was kept and performed the Kakad Aarati. Many people thought, they saw Baba's hand moving whilst the

Aarati was being performed.


The Madhyanha Aarati was again performed at the Masjid. On the following day (16th), the body was brought to Butti's Wada and the Shejarati was performed there at night. Since then Kakad Aarati, Madhyanha Aarati, Dhooparati and Shejarati are regularly performed in the Wada (which is now the Samadhi Mandir) and the ritual continues till today.




2-3 days after Baba took Samadhi, He came in the dream of the sister-in-law of Moreshwarrao Pradhan of Santacruz and said, ''You have a yellow Pitamber in your trunk. Send it to be placed on my Samadhi."


The lady had kept this Pitamber aside many years ago and had forgotten all about it.


She told Moreshwarrao about her dream and immediately gave him the yellow Pitamber to be sent to Shirdi. It is in Shirdi now and is sometimes put on the Samadhi.


(14) 'TODAY IS THE 30TH DAY!'...


One day, at dawn, Baba went to Kaka Mahajani in his dream and said, 'Why are you sleeping? Get up! Today is the 30th day of my passing. Observe it!'


When Kaka Mahajani woke up, he thought the 30th day must have already passed; but when he counted the days, he realised that it was indeed the 30th day.


He called a Brahmin and performed an Abhishek to Sai's Padukas, called some people for lunch and observed the first month of Baba's Samadhi. After that he observed the day of Baba's Samadhi every month.




The day Baba left His mortal body, my nephew Madhav, who lived in Villeparle, Mumbai, dreamt that a great Yogi took Samadhi in Nasik. Similarly in the house of a North Indian astrologer, named Hanuman Prasad in Mumbai, Baba's portrait suddenly began to shake. In the same way Baba informed all His great devotees about His taking Samadhi in some way or other.




Just before leaving His body Baba uttered the words 'Take me to the Wada!'


After He left His mortal coil, people started discussing as to where the body should be kept. Taking His last words as a hint, some people said, the Samadhi should be built in Butti's Wada. Others said that, instead of building it in an open place. After fighting for a day, it was ultimately decided to be kept in Butti's Wada and so it happened.


Initially this Wada or mansion was built by Bapusaheb Butti as a private residence. After a part of it was built in 1916, Baba felt ill and Nanasaheb Chandorkar was inspired that, it should not be just be a private mansion, but there should be a temple in it. When Baba was consulted about it, He gave consent for a temple to be built. So, it was decided that, the central part would be a temple and the rest residential. Craftsmen from Nagpur were called to build the temple. But, due to some reason they had to return and the temple remained unfinished till Baba's passing away and the Samadhi could be built in that area. Of course, it is now Baba's temple and His words 'This is our place and we shall all live here' which He said time and again had come true.


(- to be contd)



Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana - Chapter – 35 Assigned for November 30, 2015

Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayana

Chapter – 35  Assigned for November 30, 2015


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Chapter XXXV

Tested And Never Found Wanting


Kaka Mahajani's Friend and Master - Bandra Insomnia Case - Bala Patil Newaskar.


This Chapter also continues the subject of the importance of the Udi; it also gives two cases in which Baba was tested and not found wanting. These cases will be taken up first.




In spiritual matters or endeavours, sectarianism is the greatest bar to our progress. Those, who believe the God is without form, are heard saying that to believe the God is with the form is an illusion and that the Saints are only human beings. Then why should they bend their heads before them and offer Dakshina? Persons belonging to other sects will also raise objections and say, "Why should they bow and offer allegiance to other Saints, leaving their Sadgurus?" Similar objections regarding Sai Baba were heard before and are heard even now. Some said that when they went to Shirdi, Baba asked for Dakshina from them. Is it good that Saints should collect money in this fashion? If they do so, where is their Sainthood? But there are many instances where men went to Shirdi to scoff; but remained there to pray. Two such instances are given below.


Kaka Mahajani's Friend


A friend of Kaka Mahajani was a worshipper of God without form and was averse to idolatry. Out of curiosity he agreed to go to Shirdi with Kaka Mahajani on two conditions, viz., (1) that he would neither bow to Baba, (2) nor pay Him any Dakshina. Kaka agreed to these conditions and they both left Bombay on a Saturday night and reached Shirdi the next morning. As soon as they put their feet on the steps of the Masjid, Baba, looking at the friend from a little distance, addressed him in sweet words as follows, "Oh, welcome sir". The tone that uttered these words was a very peculiar one. It exactly resembled the tone of the friend's father. It reminded him of his departed father and sent a thrill of joy through his body. What an enchanting power the tone had! Being surprised the friend said, "This is no doubt the voice of my father". Then he at once up and, forgetting his resolution, placed his head upon Baba's Feet.


Then Baba asked for Dakshina twice, once in the morning and again at noon at the time of their taking leave; but He asked it from Kaka only and not from the friend. The latter whispered to Kaka, "Baba asked for Dakshina from you twice. I am with you, why does He omit me?" You ask Baba Himself" was Kaka's reply. Baba asked Kaka what his friend was whispering, then the friend asked Baba himself whether he should pay any Dakshina. Baba replied, "You had no mind to pay, so you were not asked; but if you want to pay now you may." Then the friend paid Rs.17 as Dakshina, the same amount that Kaka paid. Baba then addressed him a few words of advice, "You do away, destroy the Teli's wall (sense of difference) between us, so that we can see and meet each other face to face". Then Baba allowed them to depart. Thought the weather was cloudy and threatening, Baba assured them of their safe journey and both of them reached Bombay safely. When he reached home and opened the door and windows of his house, he found two sparrows fallen dead on the ground and one just flying out through a window. He thought that if he had left the windows open, two sparrows would have been saved, but thought again, that they had met their lot and that Baba had sent him back soon just to save the third sparrow.


Kaka Mahajani's Master


Kaka was the Manager in the firm of Thakkar Dharmasey Jethabhai, a solicitor of Bombay. Both the Master and the Manager were on intimate terms. Mr. Thakkar knew that Kaka was often going to Shirdi, staying there for some days and returning, when Baba permitted him. Out of curiosity and just to test Baba, Mr. Thakkar decided to go to Shirdi with Kaka during Shimga holidays. As Kaka's return was uncertain, he took another man with him as an associate. The three started together and Kaka bought two seers of raisins (dried grapes with seed) on the way for presentation to Baba. They reached Shirdi in due time, and went to the Masjid for darshan. Then Babasaheb Tarkhad was there, Mr. Thakkar asked him why he came there. "For darshan", Tarkhad replied. Mr. Thakkar asked if miracles took place there. Tarkhad replied that it (to see miracles) was not his attitude, but the earnest intentions of the Bhaktas were satisfied here. Then Kaka prostrated himself before Baba and offered the raisins to Him. Baba ordered them to be distributed. Mr. Thakkar got a few of them. He did not like the raisins and he was advised by his doctor not to eat them without washing and cleaning them. So he was in a fix. He did not like to eat them, nor could he reject them. To keep up formalities, he put them into his mouth, but did not know what to do with the seeds. He could not spit them out on the floor of the Masjid, so he pocketed them against his wish. He then said in his mind that if Baba was a Saint, how could He be ignorant of his dislike for the raisins and could He force them on him. When this thought arose in his mind Baba again gave him some more raisins. He could not eat them, but held them in his hand. Then Baba asked him to eat them up. He obeyed and found, to his surprise, that they were all seedless. He wanted to see miracles and here was one. He knew that Baba read his thought; and as per his wish converted raisins (with seeds) into seedless grapes. What a wonderful power! Again to test further he asked Tarkhad, who was sitting by and who also got some raisins, "What kind of grapes you got?" He replied "They variety with seeds." Mr. Thakkar was still more surprised to hear this. Then to confirm his growing faith Thakkar thought in his mind that if Baba was a real Saint, the raisins should be now given to Kaka first. Reading this thought also, Baba ordered that distribution should be commenced from Kaka. These proofs were sufficient for Thakkar.


Then Shama introduced Mr. Thakkar as the master of Kaka, upon which Baba said, "How could he be his master? He has got a different Master altogether". Kaka appreciated this reply. Forgetting his resolve, Thakkar saluted Baba and returned to the Wada.


After the noon-Arati was over, they all went to the Masjid for taking Baba's leave for their departure. Sharma spoke for them. Baba then spoke as follows.


"There was a fickle-minded gentleman. He had health and wealth and was free from both physical and mental afflictions, but he took on him needless anxieties and burdens and wandered hither and thither, thus losing his peace of mind. Sometimes he dropped the burdens and at other times carried them again. His mind knew no steadiness. Seeing his state, I took pity on him and said, "Now please keep your faith on any one place (point) you like, why roam like this? Stick quietly to one place.

Thakkar at once came to know that, that was an exact description of himself. He wished that Kaka should also return with him but no one expected that Kaka would be allowed to leave Shirdi so soon. Baba read also this thought to his and permitted Kaka to return with his master. Thakkar got one more proof of Baba's capacity to read another's mind.


Then Baba asked Kaka for Rs. 15/- as Dakshina and received it. To Kaka He said, "If I take one rupee as Dakshina from anybody I have to return it tenfold to him. I never take anything gratis. I never ask any one indiscriminately. I only ask and take from him whom the Fakir (My Guru) points out. If any one is indebted formerly to the Fakir money is received from him. The donor gives, i.e. sows his seeds, only to reap a rich harvest in future. Wealth should be the means to work out Dharma. If it is used for personal enjoyment, it is wasted. Unless you have given it before, you do not get it now. So the best way to receive is to give. The giving of Dakshina advances Vairagya (Non-attachment) and thereby Bhakti and Jnana. Give one and receive tenfold".


On hearing these words Mr. Thakkar himself gave Rs.15/- in Baba's hand, forgetting his resolve not to do so. He thought he did well in coming to Shirdi as all his doubts were solved and he learnt so much.


Baba's skill in handling such cases was unique. Though He did all those things He was totally non-attached to them. Whether anybody saluted Him or not, or whether anybody gave Him Dakshina or not, it was the same to Him. None He disrespected. He felt no pleasure because He was worshipped and no pain because He was disregarded. He transcended the pairs of opposites, viz. pleasure and pain, etc.


Insomnia Case


A Kayastha Prabhu gentleman of Bandra suffered from Insomnia for long. As soon as he laid himself down for sleep, his departed father appeared to him in his dream, and abused and scolded him severely. This broke his sleep and made him restless the whole night. Every night this went on and the man did not know what to do. One day he consulted a devotee of Baba in this respect. He recommended the Udi as the only infallible remedy he knew. He gave him some Udi and asked him to apply a little of it to his forehead before going to bed and keep the Udi-packet under the pillow. He tried this remedy and found, to his great surprise and joy, that he got sound sleep and that there was no disturbance of any kind. He continued the remedy and always remembered Sai. Then he got a picture of Sai Baba which he hung on the wall near his pillow and started worshipping it daily and on Thursdays, offering garland, naivedya etc. Then he got on well and forgot altogether his past trouble.


Balaji Patil Newaskar


This man was a great devotee of Baba. He rendered most excellent and disinterested service. Every day he swept and kept clean all the passages and streets in Shirdi through which Baba passed in His daily routine. This work was, after him, equally well-done by another female devotee named Rahda-Krishna-Mai, and after her by Abdoola. When Balaji reaped his corn every year, he brought the whole quantity and presented it to Baba. He returned with what Baba gave him and maintained himself and his family with it. This course was followed by him for many years and after him by his son.


Power and Efficacy of Udi


Once it happened that at Balaji's death anniversary day, a certain number of guests were invited and the dinner was prepared for them. But at the dinner-time it was found that thrice the number of people invited had turned up. Mrs. Newaskar was in a fix. She thought that the food would not suffice for the people assembled and that if it fell short, the honour of the family would be at stake. Her mother-in-law comforted her by saying, "Don't be afraid, it is not ours, but Sai's food; cover every vessel with cloth, putting some Udi in it, and serve from the same without opening it : Sai will save us from ignominy." She did as she was advised and it was found to their surprise and joy that not only did the food suffice for all, but plenty of it remained after serving. "As one feels intently, so he realizes accordingly" was proved in this case.


Sai Appearing as Serpent


Once Raghu Patil of Shirdi went to Balaji Patil at Newase. That evening he found that a serpent entered the cowshed hissing. All the cattle were afraid and began to move. The immates of the house were frightened, but Balaji thought that it was Sai Who appreared in his house as a serpent. Without being afraid in the least he brought a cup of milk and placing it before the serpent said, "Baba, why do you miss and make noise? Do you want to frighten us? Take this cup of milk and drink it with a calm mind". Saying this, he sat close by unperturbed. The other members were frightened and did not know what to do. In a short time the serpent disappeared. Nobody knew where it went. It was not found though a search was made in the cowshed.


Balaji had two wives and some children. They sometimes went to Shirdi from Newase for taking Baba's darshana. Then Baba bought saris and other clothes which were given to them with His blessings.


Bow to Shri Sai - peace be to all

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Experiences of Sai Maharaj - Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 2

Experiences of Sai Maharaj

Experiences recorded by late Hon. Hari Sitaram Dixit – Part 2






When Sakharam Hari Jog alias Bapusaheb's mother passed away, he decided to go to Nasik for the funeral rites and asked for Baba's permission to leave. But, Baba kept delaying the permission day by day. Ultimately Bapusaheb said that there was no Brahmin from his branch in Shirdi and he had to go to Nasik that day. Baba said, "Let's see in the afternoon." Hardly had Baba uttered these words, a highly educated Brahmin from Jog's branch arrived. Now, there was no reason to go to Nasik and all the funeral rites were completed in Shirdi only. The last time Bapusaheb Jog asked for permission to go to Nasik. I was present. I had said, ''Baba! Let three of us go – we will leave Bapusaheb in Nasik and then proceed to Mumbai." Upon this, Baba had commented, "I am not one to leave anyone."





Once, one of my friends came for Sai's Darshan and started pressing Baba's feet while he sat there. Suddenly, Baba said, "Don't press my feet; move aside." The gentleman complied. After sometime his eyes were seen to be filled with tears. Sometime later he started pressing Baba's feet once again. Sai did not say anything.


Later, when my friend returned to the Wada, he said, ''when I first started pressing Baba's feet, an unpleasant thought occurred in my mind. Immediately Baba told me to move aside. I felt extremely ashamed and sorry. I mentally asked Baba to forgive me. Afterwards, when I started pressing Baba's feet once again, He did not stop me."


Baba's devotees always had such experiences. Truly, Baba's ways of teaching were beyond description.





One morning, when I went for Baba's Darshan, He was standing near the Dhuni. As soon as I touched His Feet He said, ''why are you worried? I take care of everyone." I folded my hands in a Namaste and said, ''Truly, You worry for everyone." Since we experienced his caring for all, I agreed whole heartedly. Yet, I did not understand, why He uttered those words at that time. The matter was cleared, when I returned to Mumbai. When Baba had spoken those words, my little daughter was playing in the living room. While playing, she tried to climb up on the cupboard in the corner; but it came crashing down on her. She fell down and it landed on top of her. There were some glass and metal toys on top of the cupboard; but as though the great care-taker Baba had put the toys aside, the little girl was not hurt, except for a broken bangle which grazed her hand.


Another time, when this girl was five years old, she went to the toilet at night. There was a huge snake inside; but the servant accompanying her, happened to see it, before she did and quickly took her away.




Uddhavesh Buva of Dahanu once went to Dwarka on a pilgrimage. His entire entourage went from Mumbai by ship. The tickets were with Buva. The tickets were in two parts - one for the ferry that carried them from the coast to the ship and one for the ship itself. Uddhavesh Buva separated the two parts and kept the ferry tickets in his pocket and the ship tickets in his wallet.


While he was on the ship, he had to remove his wallet for some reason. He happened to be standing next to the railing at that time. Somehow his wallet fell overboard and everything in the wallet, including his money and the tickets became an offering for the sea.


While getting off the ship one had to give the tickets to the ticket-collector.


Buva narrated the entire story to the ticket-collector and as proof showed him the ferry tickets; whereupon he was satisfied and he let them go.


In Dwarka, they had to pay taxes for bathing in the Gomati, touching the feet of God and to do a Puma. Since Buva had no money left and he did not believe in asking anyone; but Baba for help, he wrote a letter to Shirdi.


The day he posted the letter to Shirdi, a wealthy man from Dahanu dreamt of Baba who asked him to immediately give money to Buva who had lost all his money at sea. The gentleman immediately sent an insured money order of Rs. 50/- to Buva and also wrote a note narrating the dream with it.





When Shankarrao Kshirsagar Mamlatdar came for Baba's Darshan, Baba asked for Dakshina. He gave all the money in his pocket to Baba. After he returned to the Wada, someone asked him, ''Where is the money for your return journey?"


Shankarrao said, ''Baba will provide."


That evening, the post-master of Rahata came to Shirdi along with a guest. This fellow happened to have borrowed Rs. 20/- from Shankarrao some years ago. He returned the amount without being asked for it. Thus Shankarrao was provided with all, he needed for his return journey.


(- to be contd)