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Anna Chinchanikar vs. Maushibai
“Hemadpant now describes another witty incident, in which Baba played a peace-maker’s part. There was one devotee by name Damodar Ghanashyam Babare, alias Anna Chinchanikar. He was simple, rustic and straightforward. He cared for nobody, always spoke plainly and carried all dealings in cash. Though he looked outwardly harsh and uncompromising, he was good natured and guileless. So Sai Baba loved him. He has willed away all his property to Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi.
One day, like others serving Baba in their own way, this Anna was shampooing the left arm of Baba, which rested on the kathada (railing). On the right side, one old widow named Venubai Koujalgi whom Baba called “mother” and all others Maushibai, was serving Baba in her own way. This Maushibai was an elderly woman of pure heart. She clasped the fingers of both her hands round the trunk of Baba and was at this time massaging Baba’s abdomen. She did this so forcibly that Baba’s back and abdomen became flat and Baba moved from side to side. Anna on the other side was steady, but Maushibai’s face moved up and down with her strokes. Once it so happened that her face came very close to Anna’s. Being of a witty disposition she remarked, “Oh, this Anna is a lewd fellow, he wants to kiss me. Even being so old with grey hair he feels no shame in kissing me.” These words enraged Anna and he pulled up his sleeves and said, “You say that I am an old bad fellow, am I quite a fool? It is you who has picked up a quarrel with me.”
All the persons, present there were enjoying this encounter between them. Baba Who loved both of them equally and wanted to pacify them, managed the affair very skillfully. Lovingly He said, “Oh Anna, why are you unnecessarily raising this hue and cry? I do not understand what harm or impropriety is there, when the mother is kissed?” Hearing these words of Baba, both of them were satisfied and all the persons laughed merrily and enjoyed Baba’s wit to their heart’s content.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITA (Chapter XXIV)
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