Sunday, June 1, 2008

Meeting with fakir in the train.

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 2:40 PM
We all Sai children know well that everything is already planned by Baba.The same effort has been put in 2 posts to mention how Baba pulled His devotee and for that how HE Himself played the role.The incident written below is also very interesting and very important incident in the life of BabaSaheb Tarkhad,from this there was no looking back for him ...let us see how BabaSaheb who was Prarthanasamajist came under Babas fold...

After experiencing wonderful meeting with Sai Baba mother and son felt like quickly returning home and narrating the same to grandfather Babasaheb Tarkhad. However SaiBaba had suggested to them to spend some more days .They then wrote a letter to Babasaheb stating they are extending their stay in Shirdi ,they spent about one week in Shirdi and after seeking Baba's permission and promising him that they would come back along with Babasaheb Tarkhad, they returned to Bandra.

They conveyed the entire episode to grandfather & tried to convince him that Shri SaiBaba of Shirdi is not an ordinary person. He not only gives good medicines but also possesses supernatural powers. Grandfather(Babasaheb) took lightly the impressions of grandma but was rather surprised to hear the same from Jyotindera .Both of them informed him that they have promised Baba that next time they will visit Shirdi along with Babasaheb.

Dear readers Babasaheb was also destined to meet Shirdi SaiBaba hence in course of time he met his friends Mr. Shamrao Jayaker, Kakasaheb Dixit, Justice Dhurandhar and he came to know that they all were Sai devotees. Finally Babasaheb agreed with the family to visit Shirdi as an outing.

They were travelling by night train to Manmad .Jyotindera and grandma had spread their bedding and were relaxing. The Gents were busy playing cards. Train had left Nashik Road station and a Fakir with his hair tied with white cloth, entered the compartment. He came to Babasaheb and begged for alms. Babasaheb looked at him and he felt pity at his status. He took out a silver coin of one Rupee and gave him and asked him to move away. Fakir drew his attention to the one Rupee coin because it was rather too big an amount to be given in charity in those days.

Dear Reader

Here I would like to mention to readers that Babasaheb was Secretary to Khatau Group of Mills and in the year 1908 he was drawing Rs 2000 per month as salary. He told the Fakir that the coin is genuine with stamp of George the V embossed on it and issued in the year 1905 and he need not worry about it. He requested him to move away as their card game was getting disturbed. The Fakir then moved away.

Next day morning they reached Shirdi. They had bath & breakfast and they along with pooja material entered the Dwarkamai. Jyotindera and grandmother bowed to Baba and touched his feet. Baba then gave a smile and turned to Babasaheb and said
"Mhatarya (old man) my mother and Bhau had to plead to you and after persuasion you had agreed to come to Shirdi” Have you recognized me?" Babasahesb replied in negative.

Then Baba put his hand in the pocket of his Kafni and he took out the one rupee silver coin bearing the stamp of George the V. He showed the same to Babasaheb and asked, "Do you at least recognize this which you had given me last night?"

Now Babasaheb started recollecting the incident of previous night in the train and before he could say anything Baba told him,"Hey, that Fakir of the night was none other than me." Babasaheb was instantly overwhelmed. He realized his mistake that he had taken Baba to be a beggar. He felt very sorry for his act of the night. He bowed to Baba and asked for his pardon. He realized what Jyotindra and his wife had narrated about Baba was 100 percent true and Baba is not an ordinary person and he is a 'Messiah of the Lord' in the true sense of the term.

After this incident there was an unprecedented transformation in Babasaheb Tarkhad. He was no more a Prarthanasamajist. He developed a spiritual love towards Baba. He started taking important decisions only after aligning with Sai Baba. He started sending Tagas (Rolls) of cloth to Baba so that he can stitch Kafani out of it.

He had also send Petromax lamps for illuminating the Dwarkamai at niqht. Jyotindera use to light them every evening whenever he used to stay in Shirdi and hung them at decided locations in Dwarkamai. There is an interesting incident about this, which I will narrate later.

Dear readers in this fashion three members of the Tarkhad family came in contact with Sai Baba of Shirdi. Infact Baba only pulled them towards him like a powerful magnet. They all developed intense love toward Baba. Their visits to Shirdi had increased for simple reason that they started getting experiences, which were unique in their nature. They were nothing but miracles and this made them realize that Sai Baba is God's incarnation.

Baba returned the one rupee silver coin back to grandfather and he said
"Mhatarya l am returning your coin back to you. Please worship the same and your will have a very fruitful life. Believe in me. I never lie when I speak from this sacred Dwarkamai”
Thus Baba addressed "grandfather as "Mhatarya" and father as "Bhau" and that continued in all their future conversations.

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