|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“The story of Damodar Savalaram Rasane, Kasar of Ahmednagar (now of Poona), alias Damu Anna, illustrating the above statement, is given below.
The readers are aware that a mention of this gentleman was made in the 6th chapter, regarding the celebration of Ram Navami festival in Shirdi. He went to Shirdi about the year 1895 A.D, when the Ram Navami Utsav – celebration began and since that time, he has been providing an ornamental flag, for that occasion every year. He also feeds the poor and the fakirs that come there for the festival.
His Speculations :
A Mumbai friend of Damu Anna wrote to him that, they should do some cotton-speculation business in partnership, which would bring them about two lakhs of rupees as profit. (Damu Anna says, in his statement made about the year 1936 to Mr. B.V.Narsimha Swami that the proposal about speculating at Mumbai in cotton was from a broker, who was not to be a partner and that, he (Damu Anna) was to be the sole adventurer: vide P.75 of the ‘Devotees’ Experiences’, Part II).
The broker wrote, that the business was good and involved no risks and that the opportunity should not be lost. Damu Anna was vacillating. He could not at once determine to venture into the speculation. He thought over this, and as he was a devotee of Baba, he wrote a detailed letter to Shama giving all the facts and requested him to consult Baba and take His advice in the matter. Shama got the letter next day, and when he went with it at noon to the Masjid and placed it before Baba. He asked Shama, what the matter was, and what the letter was about. He replied that, Damu Anna of Nagar wanted to consult Him about something. Then Baba said, “What does he write, and what does he plan? It seems that he wants to reach the sky and that he is not content with, what God has given him, read his letter!” Shama then said, “The letter contains what you have just said. Oh Deva, You sit here calm and composed and agitate the devotees and when they get restless, You draw them here, some in person and others through letters. If You know the contents of the letter, why do You then press me to read it?” Baba said, “Oh Shama, read it, I speak at random, and who believes Me.”
Then, Shama read the letter and Baba heard it attentively and said feelingly, “The Sheth (Damu Anna) has gone mad, write to him in reply that, nothing is wanting in his house, let him be content with the half loaf (bread) he has and not bother himself about lakhs.” Shama sent the reply, which Damu Anna was anxiously waiting for. After reading it, he found that, all his hopes and prospects about lakhss of rupees as profit, were dashed to the ground. He thought that, he had made a mistake by consulting Baba. But, as Shama had hinted in the reply that, there was always much difference in seeing and hearing and that therefore, he should come to Shirdi personally and see Baba. He thought, it was advisable to go to Shirdi and consult Baba personally about the affair. So he went to Shirdi, saw Baba, prostrated himself before Him and sat shampooing His legs. He had no courage to ask Baba openly about the speculation; but he thought in his mind, that it would be better if some share in the business should be assigned to Baba, and said in his mind, that if Baba were to help him in this transaction, he would surrender some share of profits to Him. Damu Anna was thus thinking secretly in his mind, but nothing was veiled from Baba; everything, past, present and future, were clear to Him. A child wants sweets, but its mother gives bitter pills; the former spoil his health, while the latter improve it. So the Mother, looking to the welfare of her infant, coaxes and gives bitter pills. Baba, kind Mother as He was, knew the present and future prospects of His devotees, and therefore reading Damu Anna’s mind, He openly spoke to him, “Bapu, I do not want to be entangled in any such worldly things (sharing profits).” Seeing Baba’s disapproval, Damu Anna dropped the enterprise.
Then he thought of trading in rice, wheat and other grains. Baba read this thought also and said to him, “You will be buying at five seers and selling at seven seers a rupee!” So this business was also given up. The rise in the prices of grains was kept up for some time, and Baba’s prophecy seemed to be falsified; but in a month or two, there was abundant rain everywhere and the prices suddenly fell down and, therefore, those, who stored grains suffered severe losses. Damu Anna was saved from this fate. Needless to say, that the cotton speculation, which was conducted by the broker with the help of another merchant, also collapsed with a severe loss to the adventurers. After seeing that, Baba had saved him from two severe losses in cotton and grain speculations, Damu Anna’s faith in Baba grew stronger and he remained a true devotee of Baba till His passing away.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXV)
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