|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“Sai Baba was very fond of remembering and singing God’s name. He always uttered “Allah Malik” (God is Lord), and in His presence made others sing God’s name continuously, day and night, for all 7 days of the week. This is called “Naamsaptah”. Once He asked Das Ganu Maharaj to do the Namasaptaha. He replied that he would do it, provided he was assured that, Vithal would appear at the end of the 7th day. Then, Baba placing His hand on His chest assured him that, certainly Vitthal would appear, but for that the devotee must be ‘earnest and devout’. The Dankapuri (Takore) of Dakurnath, the Pandhari of Vitthal, the Dwarka of Ranchhod (Krishna) is here (Shirdi). One need not go far out to see Dwarka. Will Vithal come here from some outside place? He is here! Only when the devotee is bursting with love and devotion, Vitthal will manifest Himself here (Shirdi).
After the Saptaha was over, Vitthal did manifest Himself in the following manner. Kakasaheb Dixit was, as usual, sitting in meditation after his bath. He saw Vitthal in a vision. When he went at noon for Baba’s darshan, Baba asked him point-blank – “Did Vitthal Patil come? Did you see Him? He is a very truant fellow, catch Him firmly, otherwise, He will escape, if you are even a little inattentive.” This happened in the morning and at noon there was another Vitthal darshan. A hawker came there for selling 25 or 30 pictures of Vithoba. This picture exactly tallied with the figure, that appeared in Kakasaheb’s vision. On seeing this and remembering Baba’s words, Kakasaheb Dixit was much surprised and delighted. He bought one picture of Vithoba, and placed it in his shrine for worship.”
Bhagwantrao Kshirsagar’s Story
How fond was Baba for Vithal worship was illustrated in Bhagwantrao Kshirsagar’s story. The father of Bhagwantrao was a devotee of Vithoba, and used to make Varis (annual trips) to Pandharpur. He also had an image of Vithoba at home, which he worshipped. After his death, the son stopped everything – the Vari, the worship and Shraddha ceremony etc. When Bhagwantrao came to Shirdi, Baba on remembering his father, at once said -“His father was my friend, so I dragged him (the son) here. He never offered Naivaidya (offering of food) and so he starved Vitthal and Me. So I brought him here. I shall remonstrate him now and set him to worship.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter IV)
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