|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“There was a gentleman by name Harishchandra Pitale in Mumbai. He had a son who suffered from epilepsy. He tried many allopathic and Ayurvedic physicians, but there was no cure. There remained only one way of remedy, viz. resorting to the saints. It has been stated in chapter XV that Das Ganu, by his inimitable and splendid Kirtans, spread the fame of Sai Baba in the Mumbai Presidency. Mr. Pitale heard some of these Kirtans in 1910 and learnt from the Kirtan and others that Baba, with His touch and mere glance, cured many incurable diseases. Then a desire arose in his mind to see Sai Baba.
Making all preparations and taking offerings and fruit-baskets, Mr. Pitale came to Shirdi with wife and children. He then went to the Masjid with them, prostrated himself before Baba and placed his sick son at Baba’s Feet. No sooner did Baba see the child, then an untoward thing happened. The son immediately rolled his eyes and fell down senseless. His mouth began to foam and his whole body began to perspire profusely, and it seemed as if he was breathing his last. Seeing this, the parents became very nervous and upset. The boy used to get such fits very often, but this fit seemed to persist long. Tears began to flow ceaselessly from the mother’s eyes and she began to wail, that, her condition was like that of a person, who being afraid of the robbers ran into a house, which collapsed on him; or like a cow fearing a tiger, ran into the hands of a butcher, or like a traveller, who being tormented by the heat of the sun went to take refuge under a tree, which fell upon him; or like a devout person going for worship into a temple, which collapsed upon him.
Baba comforted her saying, “Do not wail like this, wait a bit, have patience, take the boy to your lodgings, he will come to his senses within half an hour.” They did as directed by Baba and found that, His words came true. As soon as he was taken into the Wada, the boy recovered and all the Pitale family, and others were very happy, and all their doubts disappeared. Then Mr. Pitale went with his wife to see Baba and prostrated himself before Him very humbly and respectfully and sat shampooing His legs and mentally thanking Baba for His kind help. Baba then smilingly said, “Have not all your thoughts, doubts and apprehensions calmed down now? Hari (Lord) will protect him, who has got faith and patience.”
Mr. Pitale was a rich and well-to-do gentleman. He distributed sweet-meats on a large scale and offered to Baba excellent fruits and Paan (betel-leaves). Mrs. Pitale was a very simple, loving and faithful lady. She used to sit near the post, gazing at Baba with tears of joy flowing down from her eyes. Seeing her amicable and loving nature, Baba was much pleased with her. Like Gods, Saints are always dependent on their devotees who surrender and worship them with their heart and soul. After passing some happy days in Baba’s company, the Pitale family came to the Masjid to take Baba’s leave to depart.
Baba gave them Udi and blessings and called Mr. Pitale close to Him and said, “Bapu, I had given you Rs. two before, now I give you Rs. three; keep these in your shrine for worship and you will be benefitted.” Mr. Pitale accepted these as Prasad, prostrated himself again before Baba and prayed for His blessings. A thought arose in his mind that, as this was his first visit to Shirdi, he could not understand what Baba meant, when He said that He had given Rs. two previously. He was curious to have this mystery solved; but Baba kept silent. When Mr. Pitale returned to Mumbai, he narrated to his old mother, all that had happened at Shirdi and the mystery about Baba’s giving him Rs. two earlier.
The mother also did not understand the mystery, but, thinking seriously about this, she was reminded of an old incident, which solved the mystery. She said to her son, “As you now went to Sai Baba with your son, so had your father done, when he took you to Akkalkot for the darshan of the Maharaj there, many years ago. That Maharaj was also a Siddha, Perfect Yogi, omniscient and gracious. Your father was devout and his worship was accepted. He then gave your father Rs. two for being kept in the shrine and worshipped. Your father worshipped them till his death; but thereafter the worship was neglected and the rupees were lost. After some years the memory of these two rupees also disappeared and now, you are very fortunate, the Akkalkot Maharaj has appeared to you in the form of Sai Baba just to remind you to your duties and worship to ward off all dangers. Now beware henceforth, leave off all doubts and bad thoughts, follow your ancestors and go on worshipping the family gods and the rupees, and take pride in the blessing of the Saints. Sai Samartha has kindly revived the spirit of Bhakti in you, cultivate it to your benefit.”
Hearing the remarks of the mother, Mr. Pitale was very much delighted. He came to know, and was convinced about the all-pervasiveness of Baba and the significance of His darshan. Then onwards, he became very careful about his conduct.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXVI)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||