|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
The Pandharpur Pleader
“We shall close this Chapter with a short story showing Baba’s omniscience and His using it for correcting people and setting them on the right path.
Once a pleader from Pandharpur came to Shirdi, went to the Masjid, saw Sai Baba, fell at His Feet and without being asked offered some Dakshina and sat in a corner, eager to hear the talk, that was going on. Then Baba turned His face towards him and said, “How cunning the people are! They fall at the Feet, offer Dakshina, but abuse people behind the back. Is it not amazing?” This cap (remark) fitted the pleader and he had to wear (take) it. None understood the remark. The pleader grasped it, but kept silent.
When they returned to the Wada, the pleader said to Kakasaheb Dixit, “What Baba remarked was perfectly right. The dart (remark) was aimed at me, it was a hint to me, that I should not indulge in reviling or scandalizing others (calling names). When the sub-judge or munsiff of Pandharpur (Mr.Noolkar) came and stayed here for the improvement of his health, a discussion about this matter was going on in the bar-room at Pandharpur. It was said or discussed there, whether the ailments from which the sub-judge suffered were, ever likely to be got rid of without medicines, by merely going after Sai Baba, and whether it was proper for an educated man like the sub-judge, to take recourse to such methods. The sub-judge was criticised, as also Sai Baba. I also took some part in this affair and now, Sai Baba showed the impropriety of my conduct. This is not a rebuke to me but a favour, a lesson, that I should not indulge in any scandal or slander of others, and not interfere unnecessarily in other’s affairs.”
Shirdi is about 50 Kos (Kos = 3 miles = 4.8 km) from Pandharpur still Baba, by His omniscience, knew what had transpired there in the bar-room. The intervening places – rivers, jungles and mountains – were no bar to His all-perceiving sight and He could see or read the hearts of all, and there was nothing secret or veiled from Him. Everything, far or near, was open and clear to Him as broad as daylight. Let a man be far or near, he cannot avoid the all-pervading gaze of Sai Baba. From this incident, the pleader took the lesson that he should never speak ill of others, nor unnecessarily criticise. Thus, his evil tendency was completely got rid of and he was set on the right path.
Though, the story refers to a pleader, still it is applicable to all. All should therefore, take this lesson to heart and benefit thereby.
Sai Baba’s greatness is unfathomable, so are His wonderful Leelas. His life is also such, for He is Para-Brahma (Almighty God) Incarnate.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXI)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||