|| Aum Sai Ram || Aum Sai Para Brahmanaa Namah ||
“But there are many instances where men went to Shirdi to scoff; but remained there to pray. Two such instances are given below.
Kaka Mahajani’s Friend
A friend of Kaka Mahajani was a worshipper of Nirgun, God without form, and was averse to idolatry. Out of curiosity he agreed to go to Shirdi with Kaka Mahajani on two conditions, viz., (1) that he would neither bow to Baba, (2) nor pay Him any Dakshina. Kaka agreed to these conditions and they both left Mumbai on a Saturday night and reached Shirdi the next morning. As soon as they put their feet on the steps of the Masjid, Baba, looking at the friend from a little distance, addressed him in sweet words as follows, “Oh, welcome sir.” The tone in which He uttered these words, was a very peculiar one. It exactly resembled the tone of the friend’s father. It reminded him of his departed father and sent a thrill through his body. What an enchanting power the tone had! Being surprised the friend said, “This is no doubt the voice of my father.” Then, he at once went up and forgetting his resolution, placed his head upon Baba’s Feet.
Then Baba asked for Dakshina twice, once in the morning and again at noon, at the time of their taking leave but He asked it from Kaka only and not from the friend. The latter whispered to Kaka, “Baba asked for Dakshina from you twice. I am with you, why does He ignore me?” “You ask Baba Himself” was Kaka’s reply. Baba asked Kaka, what his friend was whispering, then the friend asked Baba himself whether he should pay any Dakshina. Baba replied, “You had no mind to pay, so you were not asked; but if you want to pay now you may.” Then the friend paid Rs.17 as Dakshina, the same amount that Kaka paid. Baba then addressed him a few words of advice, “You destroy the Teli’s wall (sense of difference) between us, so that we can see and meet each other face to face.” Then, Baba allowed them to leave. Though the weather was cloudy and rough, Baba assured them of their safe journey and both of them reached Mumbai safely. When he reached home and opened the door and windows of his house, he found two sparrows dead on the ground and one just flying out through a window. He thought that if he had left the windows open, two sparrows would have been saved, but thought again, that they had met their lot and that Baba had sent him back soon just to save the third sparrow.”
– SHRI SAI SATCHARITRA (Chapter XXXV)
|| Aum Sai Sharnam || May Peace Be To All ||