Friday, October 17, 2008

Dakshina returned manyfolds.

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 11:03 PM
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Baba once asked Kaka for Rs.15/-, which he gladly gave it. Then Baba said, “if I take one rupee as Dakshina from anybody, I have to return it tenfold to him. I never take anything gratis. I never ask any one, indiscriminately, I only ask and take from him, whom the Fakir (My Guru) points out. If any one is indebted formerly to the Fakir, money is received from him. The donor gives i.e. sows his seeds, only to reap a rich harvest in future. Wealth should be the means to work out Dharma. If it is used for personal enjoyment, it is wasted. Unless you have given it before, you do not get it now. So, the best way to receive is to give. The giving, of Dakshina, advances Vairagya (non-attachment), and thereby Bhakti and Jnana. Give one and receive ten fold”.

The same is mentioned in the following incident .

We have read in Sai Satcharitra in Chapter 26 how the epileptic son of Shri Harish Chandra Pitale got cured by Divine grace of Sai Baba.and it was than that Baba told H.C Pitale about the 2 Rs which he had given earlier .Baba said"Bapu I have given you Rs.2/- earlier, keep these Rs.3/- along with them, and perform their proper puja, regularly. It will benefit you greatly". H.C Pitale could not understand however hard he tried to solve the mystery. Than his mother narrated to him how his father received RS 2/- from Swami Samarth and unraveled the mystery.

When he was telling about his trip to Shirdi ,all family members had gathered to hear. His brother Vishnu .P Balwant was also there and a keen desire to visit Shirdi arose in him. He was working as Thalati in Ville Parle .In 1917 he decided to go to Shirdi .He went to fruit market and roamed every where to get unripe mangoes. finally he could get unripe and unblemished mangoes .He made all preparation to go to Shirdi. Thinking in his mind "If I get ripe mangoes they will spoil by the time I reach Shirdi, but these unripe mangoes will ripen there".

While he reached Kopergaon, in Shirdi ,Baba was in Dwarkamyi with his devotee talking .All of sudden Dwarkamyi was filled with Aroma of sweet mangoes. The aroma was so strong that devotees wondered where the mangoes were kept. Baba did not say anything so they all waited. By that time Vishnu reached Shirdi .Kept mangoes and his belongings and left for Duli darshan.
Seeing him Baba welcomed him saying “what have you brought for me? Where are the mangoes?

Vishnu Pant was surprised and said "Baba the mangoes are in the room as they are unripe" to which Baba replied "Go and fetch them, can't you smell them?"
He rushed to his room bought the mangoes and placed the basket before Baba, when it was opened to his surprise all the mangoes were ripened ready to eat. Pant stayed at Shirdi for three days. while leaving he made sure he had Rs.15/- for expenses for his return journey.

While he was leaving he bought a photo of Baba, hoping that he would touch and return him .So he carried the photo to Dwarkamayi and waited for his turn .Baba beckoned him saying “Bhau give me Rs 15/-(the amount he wished to keep for his expenses)as dakshina".He immediately took out all the money and gave it to Baba.Baba asked him for the photo, took it and held it close to HIS heart and returned it giving him permission to leave, his joy knew no bound on receiving the photo .

All was good but he was perplexed as to how he shall reach kopergaon as he had no money? So he decided to walk .When he was half a mile a tonga came by .The tongawala asked him
"What are you doing walking in the heat of the day? You do not look like a villager?"Vishnu Pant replied "I am Thalati so I am going to the next village". The tonga driver laughed and said "Come and have a seat I will take you to Kopergaon". Vishnu Pant was relieved, and he reached Kopergaon. He alighted from the tonga and collected his belongings. He looked up to thank the tonga driver, but, the driver and the tonga had disappeared.

He was in station and was trying to find someone whom he could know so that he can borrow some money, but he did not find any acquaintances ,train pulled in and what he could do? So he decided to travel ticket less and bear the consequences.

When the next station came the Ticket collector looked at him and said "Namaskar, Pithale Saab". He could not recognize him. He feared since the Ticket Collector recognized him he would surely ask for his ticket and would cause a great deal of embracement. But no such thing happened, and he reached Bombay without any problem.

The next day a huge automobile pulled up to his doorstep. A well dressed gentleman came to his home and enquired "Are you Thalati, Vishnu Pant Pithale?" Vishnu Pant was bewildered and thought "I must be in trouble now, why is he asking if I am the Thalati?" The gentleman said "I am J.R.D. Tata, I am in the process of buying land at Sahar (the present air-port). I have a huge staff on my pay roll but they can't transcribe the Marathi papers into English and vice-verse. I heard you are a capable Thalati and also bilingual".

Vishnu Pant was aghast at what he said and nodded his head. Then the gentleman continued "as a Thalati you earn only Rs.35/- a month. If you agree to work for me I will give you Rs.150/- per a month". Quickly Vishnu Pant said "I will do this transcription for you, but give me two days to think about working for you". Tata said "Alright" then drove off.

Vishnu pant was in turmoil now. "What if I give up my Government job with pension and benefits and this man does not keep his word? What if he dismisses me after his work is done?" he thought. He spent a restless night. Suddenly it dawned on him that Baba had emptied his pocket of Rs.15/- and was returning it ten fold.

Two days later Tata's Secretary came to his home with the job 'appointment letter' and the details of the job benefits etc. And asked him to sign on the dotted line. He bowed to the photograph that Baba had blessed and signed.

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S.V.Swamy on October 19, 2008 at 4:48 PM said...

Sai Ram. Though I read several experiences of Sai devotees, this one of Shri Pitale is indeed very heartening. Thanks for sharing it.

Yes, He strips His devotees of all that they have, so that He can give them what He wants to give. I am reminded of the story where He took off the Pagdi of Tatya and threw it into the fire along with a Rupee coin. He then gave a new Pagdi (Pheta) to Tatya. Sai Ram.

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