|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
Ordeal of Guru-Bhakti
“Let us now see, how the second cholera-ordinance fared with Baba. While it was in force, somebody brought a goat to the Masjid. It was weak, old and about to die. At this time Fakir Pir Mohammad of Malegaon, alias Bade Baba, was near. Sai Baba asked him to behead it with one stroke, and offer it as an oblation. This Bade Baba was much respected by Sai Baba. He always sat on the right side of Sai Baba. After the chillim (pipe) was first smoked by him, it was then offered to Baba and others. After the dishes were served, at the time of taking meals at noon, Baba called Bade Baba and made him sit on His left side and then all partook of food. Baba paid him also daily Rs.50/- out of the amount collected as Dakshina. Baba accompanied him hundred steps, whenever he went away from the Masjid. Such was his position with Baba. But, when Baba asked him to behead the goat, he flatly refused, saying, “Why it should be killed for nothing?”
Then, Baba asked Shama to kill it. He went to Radhakrishnamai and brought a knife from her and placed it before Baba. Knowing the purpose for which the knife was taken, she recalled it. Then Shama went to bring another knife, but stayed in the Wada, and did not return soon.
Then came the turn of Kakasaheb Dixit. He was ‘gold’ no doubt but had to be tested. Baba asked him to get a knife and kill the goat. He went to Sathe’s Wada and returned with a knife. He was ready to kill it at Baba’s bidding. He was born in a pure Brahmin family and never in his life knew killing. Though quite averse to do any act of violence, still, he made himself bold to kill the goat.
All the people wondered to see that, Bade Baba, a Mohammaden was unwilling to kill it but this Brahmin was making preparations to do so. He tightened his Dhotar and with a semicircular motion raised his hand with the knife and looked at Baba for the final signal. Baba said, “What are you thinking of? Go on, strike!” Then when the hand was just about to come down, Baba said, “Stop, how cruel you are! Being a Brahmin, you are killing a goat?” Kakasaheb obeyed and kept the knife down and said to Baba, “Your word is law unto us, we do not know any other ordinance. We remember You always, meditate on Your Form and obey You day and night, we do not know or consider whether it is right or wrong to kill, we do not want to reason or discuss things, but implicit and prompt compliance with Guru’s orders, is our duty and Dharma.”
Then Baba said to Kakaseheb, that He would Himself do the offering and killing business. It was settled that, the goat should be disposed off near a place called Takiya, where Fakirs used to sit. Then, when the goat was being taken to that place, it fell dead on the way.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXIII)
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