|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“There was a gentleman named Mr. Sathe, who had attained some publicity many years ago during Crawford Regime, which was put down by Lord Reay, the then Governor of Mumbai. He suffered severe losses in trade. Other adverse circumstances gave him much trouble, and made him sad and dejected. Being restless, he thought of leaving home and going out to a distant place. Man does not generally think of God, but when difficulties and calamities overtake him, he turns to Him and prays for relief. If his demerits have come to an end, God arranges his meeting with a Saint, who gives him proper directions regarding his welfare.
Mr. Sathe had similar experience. His friends advised him to go to Shirdi, where so many people were flocking to get Sai Baba’s darshan, for getting peace of mind and the satisfaction of their wants. He liked the idea, and at once came to Shirdi in 1917. Seeing Baba’s Form, which was like Eternal Brahma, Self-luminous, Peerless and Pure, his mind lost its restlessness and became calm and composed. He thought, that it was the accumulation of merits in his former births, that brought him to the Holy Feet of Baba. He was a man of strong will. He at once started to make a Parayan (study) of Guru Charitra. When the reading was finished in the Saptah (seven days), Baba gave him a vision that night. It was to this effect: Baba with Guru Charitra in His hand was explaining its contents to Mr. Sathe, who was sitting in front and listening carefully. When he woke up, he remembered the dream and felt very happy. He thought that it was extremely kind of Baba, Who awakens souls, like his, that are snoring in ignorance, and makes them taste the nectar of Guru Charitra.
Next day, he informed Kakasaheb Dixit of this vision, and requested him to consult Sai Baba, regarding its meaning or significance – whether one Saptah (week’s) reading was sufficient or whether he should begin again. Kakasaheb Dixit, when got a suitable opportunity, asked Baba, “Deva, what did you suggest to Mr. Sathe by this vision? Whether he should stop or continue the Saptah? He is a simple devotee, his desire should be fulfilled”. Then Baba replied, “He should make one more Saptah of the book, if the work be studied carefully, the devotee will become pure and will be benefited, the Lord will be pleased and will rescue him from the bondage of the mundane existence.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapters XVIII & XIX)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||