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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Preserve this Photo -Sai Baba.

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 8:43 AM

This is in continuation to my yesterdays post .The importance of looking at Baba’s photo is equal to Looking to HIM in person .
Jyotindra had gone to Shirdi for Baba's Darshan .Eager to have their Sadguru's darshan on Gurupurnima day the devotees flocked to Shirdi. They came from far and near, some did 'Padyatra', others came by tonga or bullock-cart and still others came by train. Every devotee hoped to receive that special blessing from Baba. Bearing gifts of flowers, garlands, fruits, sweets and shawls they came to the Dwarakamai. Some Bhaktas brought books hoping that Baba would sanctify the book by His touch and return it, so that they could read it, and benefit from it. Others brought photographs of Baba, hoping to receive the photograph back as 'prasad' so that they could worship it.

(Photo of Jyotindra Tarkad )
They all rushed to the Dwarakamai trying to get Baba's darshan The Sabha Mandap was packed to suffocation, and the devotees were trying to get into the Sanctum Sanctorum. Baba suddenly turned to Jothinder and said "These people are walking all over Me. I feel pain as they kick Me". Jyotindra go and rescue Me". Jyotindra was surprised to hear this as Baba was sitting near the railing in His usual place.


Then pushing Jyotindra gently Baba pointed in a certain direction and said "Go and rescue Me". Then Jyotindra said "Baba the crowed is overwhelming if I go they will crush and stampede me". Baba assured him that nothing would happen to him as he was under Baba's protection. Jyotindra obeyed Baba's instructions and slowly made his way, in that direction. Finally he reached almost to the end of the Sabha Mandap, when, he found Baba's photograph on the ground. (The photo is on the right)

Some devotee had dropped the photograph. The devotees in their enthusiasm to reach Baba were treading on it. He picked up the photograph and brought it to Baba. Baba with a look of relief on His face gave the photograph to Jyotindra "Preserve this photograph" said Baba. This small photograph is still in the 'Tarkhad home' and is venerated and prayed to daily.Here are few more things that Baba gave and they are prayed daily.

Baba's Pocket, Silver Padukas, Gold and other coins .






Another incident I write here.

Two devotee went to Shirdi and stayed in Sathe wada for having Baba’s Darshan .During that time Aarti was conducted at Gurusthan too. One of the devotee Shri V.S Joshi while attending the Aarti saw in place of Baba’s photo Narsimha’s Murthy .And the most interesting thing to notice is that he did not see it for one day but consecutively he saw for 3 days .He was very delighted and on the day of departure Baba gave them UDI and Prasad.

When they saw that the Prasad was little ,he thought in his mind that this Prasad will not suffice the people in village (he wished to distribute it in village).Baba read his mind and gave him 8 annas and asked them to buy from any shop from Shirdi as any Prasad brought from Shirdi was HIS Prasad.

On his next visit Baba distributed Burfi for Prasad and V .S Joshi and his friend Gadge found it so delicious they wished to have some more ,Baba told them that there are 3 basket and they can take 3 mounds from that .Again Baba read their mind and happily they returned home with UDi and Prasad.

After few days V.S Joshi gave his friend ten rupees and asked him to offer it as dakshina to Baba and also asked him to request Baba to give him his photograph as he wished to do ritualistic pooja to HIM.

Gadge left with Rs.10/- and went to the Dwarkamai, prostrated before Baba and gave Him Joshi's dakshina. He was silent, as he had not the courage to request permission for the photograph. Baba, too, was silent for a long time. Then just before his departure, Baba Himself asked Gadge to take His photograph. Overwhelmed with gratitude, he 'with consent photo' took two photographs of Baba, one sitting and the other standing. Baba told him that the photographs should not be sold for a profit. He then gave him permission to leave with Udi and Prasad.This way Baba again emphasized his blessing in His own photo.
(Here is the same photo. )


Another incident here is from Sai Satcharitra and very interesting.
In Sai Satcharitra Ch.33 the story of Balabua Sutar is given. He was a famous kirtankar residing in Bombay.

Once, he went to Shirdi and took Baba's darshan. Baba said, "I have known him for the last four years." Balabua wondered at this, for it was his first visit to Shirdi. How could Baba have known him since four years? Why four years? He racked his brains, and then he remembered that four years ago, he made obeisance to Baba's photograph and the omniscient Baba mentioned it. He also got a valuable lesson that bowing to Baba's photograph was bowing to Baba in person. This lesson, he treasured forever. Jai Sai Ram.

Another interesting leela of Baba and his photograph to be continued ...


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