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|Brahma Jnana (Supreme Wisdom). He boasted about his wealth. Baba asked him, "How long will you be here?" He replied that he had come by a taxi, with fixed 'to and from' charges, and had to return in a day or two. Baba said, "When you have greed for wealth, how can you realize God? It is not a goal that can be accomplished in a 'fixed' time. Get away." Baba noticed that he was still sitting and became furious. He chased him out, wielding a stick. |
To one who sought His grace with purity of heart and selfless devotion, Baba conferred His grace abundantly. Mataji Krishna Priya was one such devotee. Living in Nagpur, she used to worship Krishna and considered Baba also as another form of Krishna. She frequently visited Shirdi to seek Baba's blessings with genuine devotion. Once she went to Simla. She was offering worship with unstinted devotion to Krishna considering Him as Baba.
She came to know that Baba had left His mortal coil at 2:30 p.m. on Vijayadasami day in 1918. Immediately after this, Ekadasi followed. Baba had told his close devotee, Kakaji, in year 1916, that Dada would be shedding his mortal coil in 1918. Kakaji thought that Baba was mentioning only about Dada Sahib, another devotee, and never thought the reference was to Baba himself.
On September 28, 1918, Baba developed a high temperature. Two days earlier he had collected food by seeking alms in some houses. He took that food and at noon, he expressed his wish to his devotees that he should be taken from the choultry to Bootywada. He hoped to have a quiet time there. In that ward, a Muralidhar temple had been built by a devotee by name Booty. He wanted Baba to install the idol of Krishna in the temple. But Baba was putting off the installation of the idol. He directed Booty and Kakaji to go and take their lunch. Feeling that Baba was better, they went out. Baba had nine rupee coins under his pillow. He took them out and gave them to Lakshmibhai. Then Baba summoned Shyam to come near him. Shyam sat close to Baba. Baba reclined on Shyam's shoulder and passed away.
Krishna Priya came to know of this and felt very sad the whole day. The next day she closed all the doors and windows in her house because of the sever cold in Simla. While she was resting in the house, a tall and well-built monk arrived at the next door and inquired about Mataji's house. He made inquiry not because he did not know where Mataji lived, but only to make others know that he was physically present in Simla. The neighbour sent a servant with an umbrella as it was snowing, to show the stranger Matai's house. He knocked at the door.
Mataji opened and could not believe the evidence of her eyes. She wondered how Baba, who had passed away the previous day, could come to Simla? She asked, "How did you manage to come so soon? It takes at least three days to come from Shirdi to Simla."
Baba said, "Beti (dear daughter), I am everywhere. You have worshipped me in the form of Krishna. Is this all you know about me? I am feeling the cold. First get me hot tea." She prepared tea and offered it to Baba. After taking the tea, Baba said that he was hungry after his long journey. Krishna Priya brought him chapatis and brinjal curry, which Baba used to like very much. After taking the food Baba washed his hands and wiped them in a towel. He then told her, "The purpose for which I came is over and I am going away."
In those days nobody dared to exchange words with Baba. If anybody opposed or said anything to the contrary, Baba would wield the stick against them. He never allowed any contradiction. Hence, Krishna Priya could not tell Him anything. He gave her a jasmine garland.
Krishna Priya watched him as he went out walking through the bazaar. In Simla, on the roadside, there are usually deep valleys. As Baba was walking along, some workmen were engaged in some roadwork. Noticing that Baba had fallen down from the road, they ran to rescue him. But they could find nobody there. Baba had just disappeared.
Before taking leave of Krishna Priya, Baba whispered in her ears, "See me in 1926." She did not know where to see him, how to see him. When I went to Simla about 15 years ago, Krishna Priya came to see me. She was shivering on account of age and the cold weather. She asked, "Baba, have you forgotten the promise that you made to me long ago?" I told her, "It is you who have forgotten, not I. I never forget what I promise."
These are some of the aspects of the Shirdi manifestation. When Shirdi Sai brought to impart wisdom, it was not through discourses. Everything was taught by stern methods. It was because of the conditions prevailing in those days.
Once, Dada's wife brought her child to Baba with the intention of staying for some time in Shirdi. She got her husband's reluctant approval for the visit. At that time plague was rampant in Shirdi. On the second day of her arrival, the child developed fever and boils all over the body. The mother felt sorry that she had not acted on her husband's advice and lamented who could protect her child from the affliction. She immediately rushed to Baba and cried aloud, "Baba! Baba!" Baba asked her what for she had come. "Is your child having fever? Are there boils on his body? Not only the child but I am also having boils. You look at them." So saying, he lifted his kafni (cotton robe) and showed the boil on his body. Mhalaspathi, who was standing near, exclaimed, "Swami! What large boils are these?" He touched Baba's body and found that he was having high fever. The temperature might be as high as 105 or 106 F. The mother cried, "O Baba! Has the disease affected not only my son, but you also? Who will protect you?" She was in deep distress. Baba said, "Is there any other to protect the one who is the protector of all?" The mother immediately begged for Baba's forgiveness. A short while thereafter, Baba's fever came down.
The mother returned home feeling happy. She saw that the fever and the boils had vanished from the child. She exclaimed, "Baba, did you take on my child's illness?"
In this manner, Shirdi Baba used to demonstrate his powers as and when the occasion arose. What was the reason for this? It was solely due to Paripoorna Viswasam (total faith) which people had in Baba. The devotees followed implicitly whatever Baba directed them to do. It is not so these days. Whenever anything is said by Swami ten questions are raised. Besides the questions, they are racked by doubts from head to foot! This is traceable to the influence of modern education. This system is undermining faith in human values. Whatever help a man may receive, he is utterly ungrateful. He forgets all the good done to him and remembers only the harm done to him. Consequently, the demonic nature has grown in human beings.
In the old days, human beings retained at least human qualities. Today, men have only the human form but behave like animals. All their impulses are selfish. When their desires are fulfilled, they come smiling and uttering, "Baba! Baba!" If their desires are not fulfilled they have a different attitude. In such beastly beings, how can devotion to Baba exist? Only when men shed their animal natures, can they become human.
This is the anniversary of the day, when Shirdi Baba gave up his mortal body. The facts relating to his passing need to be understood. On September 28, 1918, Baba developed fever. For 17 days thereafter he was quite well. On October 15, Baba was not to be found anywhere. Nana, Kaka, Das, and Lakshmana Rao made a search for him all over the place. There was a small well nearby and they went to see whether he had fallen there. When they returned to Baba's abode, they found him standing near the door. Baba told them, "Where are you searching for me? I am in one place and you search for me elsewhere. I am in all pure hearts. You are searching for me in all polluted places. How can you find me?" He then sat down.
Baba left his body only on October 15. He developed high fever on September 28. He was keeping well for the next 17 days.
After Baba left his body, several controversies arose. Mohammedans came there and claimed that the body belonged to them. The Hindu's claimed that the body belonged to them. Baba used to declare from time to time, "Allah malik! Allah malik!" On account of this, Mohammedans claimed that Baba was a Muslim. At other times, Baba used to say, "Rama malik! Krishna malik!" For this reason the Hindu's claimed he was a Hindu. Because of these rival claims, the body was kept for 36 hours as no decision could be arrived at regarding the manner of disposal of the body.
To prevent clashes between the Hindu's and the Muslims, the Collector, the Police Superintendent and other officials arrived there. They asked all the residents of Shirdi to assemble there. They decided to take the vote of the people to find out how the majority of the local population wanted the last rites to be done for Baba. Everybody favored the Hindu way of disposal of the body. When this decision was arrived at, a pit was being dug in the Booty Mandir. Some persons opposed the digging. The dispute went on and ultimately the Collector and the Police arranged for the samadhi to be consecrated in the Muralidhar temple. The temple is the present samadhi shrine of Baba.
At this time, a remarkable incident occurred in Simla. The garland given to Mataji Krishna Priya was placed on the idol of Krishna by her in the presence of all in her residence. Many wondered why she was garlanding the Krishna idol when she was devotee of Sai Baba and there was a picture of Baba there. Bhajans were going on at that time. The garland placed on the Krishna figure dropped on the picture of Baba. The garland placed on the picture moved to the figure of Krishna. Everyone in Simla rejoiced in the discovery that Krishna and Sai Baba were one.
When all the people came there the next morning, they found that the garland given by Baba was no longer on the figure of Krishna. The garland was found on the samadhi of Baba in the Booty Mandir.
Why did Baba manifest such miracles? In those days, there were bitter differences between Hindu's and Muslims. With a view to ending such communal differences, Baba wanted to show through his miracles the truth that Baba is the Supreme master of all beings. He has no differences of caste or community. His religion is common to people of all faiths. It is good for everyone. This is the creed for all mankind.
Spiritual wisdom is not something received from others. It has to blossom from within. Each one has to develop the faith by his own efforts. Those lacking such faith make themselves remote from God. Their own actions account for such lack of faith.
Many spend years here (in Prasanthi Nilayam). But for some reason or other, they go away. This is due to the effect of their karma. No man can escape the consequences of his actions. Whether one is a scholar or an ascetic, whether one is in a forest or a temple, can anyone avoid the consequences of his karma? Many who claim to be great devotees, fall away some time or other. The truth is that they were not true devotees even earlier. It is all make-believe. Whatever devotion existed will not go away; nor will devotion come where it was absent. This means that devotion was absent from the beginning. Those who used to proclaim their devotion by saying, "Swami is everything for us," really had no devotion at all. It was all a show. No true devotee will ever leave Swami. The one who leaves is never a real devotee.
In this context, it must be realized that the true nature of devotion cannot be comprehended by anyone.
La fama de Sai Baba se extendió lejos. Sus devotos se hallaban desparramados por el mundo. Regularmente visitan Shirdi para rendir homenaje a este gran santo. El templo de Sai Baba ha sido incorporado al mapa de los grandes sitios de peregrinaje. Sai Baba no predicaba ninguna religión en particular. De hecho el predicaba el respeto por todas las religiones. Dejó 11 puntos que son motivo de fe:
1 Cualquiera que pise el suelo de Shirdi verá sus sufrimientos terminar.
2 Los dañados y miserables se llenarán de alegría y felicidad apenas suban las escaleras de mi tumba.
3 Estaré siempre activo y vigoroso después de dejar mi cuerpo.
4 Mi tumba bendecirá y hablará a las necesidades de los devotos.
5 Estaré siempre activo y vigoroso incluso en mi tumba.
6 Mis restos mortales hablarán desde mi tumba.
7 Viviré por siempre para ayudar y guiar a los que vienen a mi, que se entregan a mi y buscan refugio en mi.
8 Si miras hacia, yo miraré hacia ti.
9 Si depositas tu carga en mi yo la llevaré.
10 Si buscas mi concejo y ayuda yo te los daré inmediatamente.
11 No habrá necesidades en las casas de mis devotos.
«Se acerca una turbonada». Pero en aquella época, yo aún no asociaba esa palabra a ninguna montaña. De hecho, mis padres casi nunca...