|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
(3) Captain Hate
“Captain Hate, who was staying in Bikaner was a great devotee of Baba. Once, Baba appeared to him in his dream and said, “Did you forget Me?” Hate then immediately held Baba’s Feet and replied, “If a child forgets his mother, how could it be saved?” Then Hate went into the garden and took out fresh Walpapadi vegetables, and arranging ‘Shidha’ (ghee, wheat-flour and dal etc.) and Dakshina, was about to offer all this to Baba when he was awakened and came to know that the whole thing was a dream. Then he decided to send all these things to Baba at Shirdi.
When he came to Gwalior some days afterwards, he sent Rs.12/- by money order to a friend, with instructions that Rs. 2 should be spent in buying Shidha articles and Walpapadi vegetables, and those should be offered to Baba with Rs. 10 as Dakshina. The friend went to Shirdi and purchased the things mentioned, but Walpapadi was not available. In a short time a woman turned up with a basket on her head, which curiously enough contained the Walpapadi vegetables. It was purchased and then all the things were offered to Baba on behalf of Captain Hate. Mr. Nimonkar prepared the ‘Naivaidya‘ (rice and Walpapadi vegetables) next day and offered the same to Baba. All the people were surprised to see that Baba while dining, took and ate Walpapadi, and did not touch rice and other things. Hate’s joy knew no bounds when he learnt this from his friend.
At another time Captain Hate wished that he should have in his house, a rupee consecrated by Baba with His touch. He came across a friend who was bound for Shirdi. Through him Hate sent his rupee. The friend went to Shirdi and after the usual salutation gave first his Dakshina which Baba accepted. Then he gave Hate’s rupee, which Baba took in His hand and began to gaze at it. He held it in front, tossed it up with His right thumb and played with it. Then He said to the friend, “Return this to its owner with the Prasad of Udi, tell him that I want nothing from him; ask him to live in peace and contentment!” The friend returned to Gwalior, handed over the consecrated rupee to Hate, and told him all the happened at Shirdi. This time Hate was much pleased and realised that Baba always encouraged good thoughts, and as he wished intently, Baba fulfilled the same accordingly.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXIX)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||