In continuation of leela's experienced by Tarkhad here is one more interesting leela of a very dear Sai devotee of Sai Baba witnessed during those days by Jyotindra Tarkhad.
There was a eccentric devotee of Sai Baba by name Nanavali. I(Virendra Tarkhad) am taking this liberty to term him as cranky because he use to perform very funny acts (monkey tricks), which use to annoy people and they use to complain to Baba about his misbehavior.
Baba would then scold Nana stating that devotees would go away from Shirdi if he continues to misbehave.Jyotindra had different kind of admiration for Nanavali. He was suffering from hernia so much so that the grown up portion use to touch the ground and he use to walk in that fashion only. Sometimes he used to tie the pieces of cloth to his trousers at the back forming a long tail and then he use to jump like a monkey. All the children of the village use to get amused with his monkey tricks and then in that state he used to come running to Baba to save him from the onslaught of the children.
Jyotindra used to wonder as to how can this man in that state of hernia run so fast. He never thought of him to be a mad person. Nanavali used to call Jyotindra by name Gawalya' and use to beg him for food. Then Jyotindra used to go to the eating house run by Sagun and request him to feed him with sufficient food. According to Jyotindra Sai Baba and Nanavali was like a pair of Lord Ram and his ardent devotee Lord Hanuman.
Nanavali once commanded Baba to allow him to sit on his seat.(This is mentioned in Sai Satcharitra) Baba responded positively to his call and got up from his seat and allowed Nanavali to occupy the same. Nanavali sat for a while on the seat and then got up saying, “Oh Lord only you can occupy this seat because it suits you, my right place is near your feet only”.
You can all imagine what great guts Nanavali had to ask Baba to allow him to occupy his seat and also the enormous quantum of love that Baba extended to him and vacated his 'Asan' (seat) for beloved Nanavali. Offcourse the reason why Jyotindra use to reckon them as an equivalent pair of Lord Ram and Hanuman is different.
Once Nanavali told Jyotindra "Hey Gawalya come with me and I will show you some fun". He then took Jyotindra to 'Chavadi' which is a little distance from Dwarkamai. Baba was sitting there in Chavadi.
In no time Nanavali reduced his stature and made himself so small that he could fit in a 'Handi' (glass bowls which are tied with small ropes and hung onto the ceiling of the Chavadi) and then literally jumped up and went and sat up in one of the 'Handis'. Like a monkey he was sitting in the Handi and teasing Jyotindra. Jyotindra was astonished to see that act. It was unbelievable. It was nothing short of a miracle. How can Nanavali with that state of his body jump so high and make himself small enough to sit in that Handi?
It was simply amazing and unbelievable. He then realized that Sai Baba and Nanavali are Avatar of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman in Shirdi. He instantly prostrated in front of Baba there and then venerated Him.
Dear Sai Devotee readers Nanavali was deep in sorrow after Baba had taken the Samadhi and on the thirteenth day he himself renounced this world. Nanavali's Samadhi is situated near the eastern entrance door of Lendi Baug. I (Virendra Tarkhad)always bow before it whenever I visit Shirdi. Millions of bows to Lord Sai and his amazing Leelas
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