|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“A Chennai Sanyaasi named Vijayanand started on a pilgrimage to Mansarovar. En route on hearing Baba’s fame, he halted at Shirdi. There, he met one Somadevaji Swami of Hardwar and enquired from him about the Mansarovar trip. The Swami told him that the Sarovar was 500 miles above Gangotri and, described to him the difficulties of the journey, viz. plenty of snow and the change of dialect every 50 kos and the suspicious nature of the local people, who give a lot of trouble to the pilgrims on the way.
On hearing this, the Sanyaasi was dejected and cancelled the trip. Then, when he went to Baba and prostrated himself before Him, Baba got enraged and said, “Drive out this useless Sanyaasi, his company is of no use.” The Sanyaasi did not know Baba’s nature. He felt discomforted, but sat there watching things that were going on. It was the morning Darbar, and the Masjid was overcrowded. Baba was being worshipped in various ways. Some were washing His Feet, some taking the Tirth (holy water) and drinking it heartily, and some touching their eyes with it, some were applying sandal-paste, and some scents to His body. And all were doing these things forgetting the distinction of caste and creed. Though Baba got enraged with him, he was filled with affection for Baba and he did not feel like leaving the place.
He stayed in Shirdi for two days, when he got a letter from Chennai, stating that his mother was very ill. He felt very dejected and wanted to be by his mother’s side, but he could not leave without Baba’s permission to return home. The omniscient Baba knowing the future said to him, “If you so loved your mother, why did you take Sanyaas? Attachment makes misuse of an ochre garb. Go and sit quiet at your lodging, wait with patience for a few days. In the Wada there are many robbers, bolt your doors, be very vigilant, the thieves will carry everything. Wealth and prosperity are transient and the body is subject to decay and death. While knowing this, do your duty, leaving all attachment with the things of this world and next. He who does this and surrenders himself to the Feet of Hari (Lord) will become free from all troubles and attain Bliss. The Lord runs and helps him, who remembers and meditates on Him with love and affection. Your store of past merits is considerable, so you have come here. Now attend to what I say and realise the goal of your life. Being from tomorrow the study of Bhagwat. Do three ‘Saptahas’ i.e. three reading during three weeks, conscientiously. The Lord will be pleased with you and destroy your sorrows, your illusions will vanish and you will get eternal peace.”
On seeing that his end was approaching, Baba prescribed this remedy and made him read ‘Ramavijaya’, which pleases the God of death. Next morning, after bathing and other purifying rites he commenced to read Bhagwat in a secluded spot in the Lendi garden. He completed two readings, and thereafter felt much exhausted. He returned to the Wada and stayed in his lodging for two days and on the third day he breathed his last, on Fakir (Bade) Baba’s lap. Baba asked the people to preserve the body for a day for a reason. The police afterwards came and on making proper enquiries gave permission for the disposal of the body. It was buried in a proper place with due rites. In this way, Baba helped the Sanyaasi and ensured him Sadgati (salvation).”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXXI)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||