|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Shama cured of Snake-bite
“Before Hemadpant begins the story, he says about the Jiva that it can be very well compared with a parrot, and that they both are bound, the one in the body and the other in a cage. Both think that, their present bound state is good for them. It is only when a helper, i.e., Guru comes and by God’s grace opens their eyes and liberates them from their bondage, that, their eyes are opened to a greater and larger life, compared to which, their former bound and limited life is nothing.
In the last Chapter, it was shown, how Baba anticipated the calamity, that was to befall on Mr. Mirikar and rescued him from it. Now let the readers hear a story more interesting than this. Once Shama was bitten by a poisonous snake. His little finger was bitten and the poison began to spread in the body. The pain was also severe and Shama thought that, he would pass away soon. His friends wanted to take him to the God Vithoba, where such cases were often sent, but Shama ran to the Masjid to his Vithoba (Sai Baba). When Baba saw him, He began to scold and abuse. He got enraged and said, “Oh vile Bhaturdya (Priest) do not climb up. Beware if you do so!” and then roared, “Go, Get away, Come down!”.
Seeing Baba thus, red with wrath, Shama was greatly puzzled and disappointed. He thought that the Masjid was his home and Sai Baba his Sole Refuge, but if he was driven away like this, where should he go? He lost all hope of life and kept silent. After a while, when Baba became normal and calm, Shama went up and sat near Him. Then Baba said to him, “Don’t be afraid, don’t care a jot (a small amount), the Merciful Fakir will save you, go and sit quiet at home, don’t go out, believe in Me and remain fearless and have no anxiety.” Then he was sent home. Immediately afterwards, Baba sent Tatya Patil and Kakasaheb Dixit to him with instructions to the effect, that he should eat what he liked, should move around in the house; but should in no case lie down and sleep. Needless to say, that these instructions were acted upon and Shama got all right in a short time. The only thing to be remembered in this connection is this – the words of Baba (or the five syllabled Mantra, viz, ‘Go, Get away, Come down’) were not addressed to Shama, as it apparently looked, but they were a direct order to the snake and its poison not to rise up and circulate through Shama’s body. Like others well-versed in Mantrashastra, He had not to use any incantation, charged rice or water etc. His words only were most efficacious in saving the life of Shama.
Any one, hearing this story and other similar ones, will beget firm faith in the Feet of Sai Baba, and the only way to cross the ocean of Maya is to remember ever the Feet of Baba, in the heart.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXIII)
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