|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Now, we deal here with one aspect of them, viz. how He anticipated or forestalled the calamities of His devotees and warded them in time.
“Balasaheb Mirikar, son of Sardar Kakasaheb Mirikar, was Mamlatdar of Kopergaon. He was going on tour to Chitali. On the way he came to Shirdi, to see Sai Baba. When he went to the Masjid and prostrated himself before Baba, the usual conversation, regarding health and other matters commenced, when Baba sounded a note of warning, “Do you know our Dwarakamayi?” As Balasaheb did not understand he kept quiet Baba continued, “This is our Dwarakamayi, where you are sitting. She wards off all dangers and anxieties of the children, who sit on her lap. This Masjidmai (its presiding Deity) is very merciful, she is the mother of the simple devotees, whom she will save in calamities. Once a person sits on her lap, all his troubles are over. He, who rests in her shade, gets Bliss.” Then Baba gave him Udi and placed His hand on his head. When Balasaheb was about to depart, He again said, “Do you know the ‘Lamba Baba’ (long gentleman), viz. serpent?” And then closing the left fist He brought it under the right elbow, and moving His left arm like the hood of a serpent, said, “He is so terrible, but what can he do to the children of Dwarakamayi! When the Dwarakamayi (its presiding deity) protects, what can the serpent do?”
All who were present there, were curious to know the meaning of all this and its reference to Mirikar, but none had the courage to ask Baba about this. Then Balasaheb saluted Baba and left the Masjid with Shama. Baba called Shama back, and asked him to accompany Balasaheb and enjoy the Chitali trip. Shama came to Balasaheb and told him that he would go with him, according to Baba’s wish. Balasaheb replied that he need not come, as it would be inconvenient. Shama returned to Baba and told Him what Balasaheb said to him. Baba said, “Alright, do not go. We should mean well and do well. Whatever is destined to happen, will happen.”
In the meanwhile, Balasaheb thought it over what Baba had said again and calling Shama, asked him to accompany him. Then Shama went again to Baba and taking His leave started with Balasaheb in the tonga. They reached Chitali at 9 P.M. and encamped in the Maruti temple. The office-people had not come so they sat in the temple, talking and chit-chatting. Balasaheb was sitting on a mat, reading a newspaper. His Uparani (upper Dhotar) was spread across his waist and on it a snake was sitting unnoticed. It began to move with a hissing sound, which was heard by the peon. He brought a lantern, saw the snake and raised an alarm, “serpent, serpent”. Balasaheb was frightened and began to quiver. Shama was also stunned. Then, he and others moved quietly and took sticks and clubs in their hands. The snake slowly came down the waist and moved away from Balasaheb and it was immediately done to death. Thus this calamity, which was prophesied by Baba, was averted and Balasaheb’s devotion in Baba was confirmed.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXII)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||