SAI BABA lived upto late 1920’s.He was undoubtedly one of
the greatest of the teachers to have walked on earth. His
teachings on the oneness of all religions have been and
are still being expounded by his millions of followers all
over the world. Shirdi Sai Baba’s story begins from his
visit to a marriage party of one Shri Chand Patil’s
daughter. Chand Patil was the first one to call Baba by
the name ‘Baba’. He had lost his horse while on a journey
before his daughter’s marriage. It was on search for his
horse that he had a chance meeting with Sai Baba sitting
under a huge boulder of rock. Sai Baba called him by his
name, which surprised him, by calling him by his name.
Chand Patil was taken aback. Baba further said: ‘Bahut
Ghum Liye. Ab thoda aram karle.(You have roamed enough.
Now take some rest)”,so saying he hit the ground and
lo! a flame automatically appeared there .Chand Patil
immediately fell at Baba’s feet. Baba further stunned him
saying “Kya re, Ghodi Kho Gayi Kya? (Have you lost your
horse,Eh)”.Chand Patil was almost in tears. Baba
thundered “ BIJLI.. BIJLI...O , BIJLI ”.
Immediately they could hear the sound of horse’s feet. As
he saw his horse coming Chand fell at Baba’s feet and
cried like a child. He then addressed Baba as ‘Baba’
and said “Baba , Ap kaon Hai aur kahan se ayen Hai.
Kaahan rehte hai? (Baba, who are you. where do you come
from ? and where do you stay?)”. Baba said “Mein ,
Mein to sabhi jagah rehta hoon.(I stay everywhere.)”.Chand
Patil said “ Baba , Meri beti ki
shadi hai. Chaline ki kripa kare.(Baba , My daughter’s
marriage is underway. Please come)”.
“ Thik Hai, Chalenge (All right, We’ll go)..[silence
for a while]..Allah Jane..Maula Jane”.
After the marriage
was over, Chand Patil requested Shirdi Baba to stay at his place
itself. Baba laughed and jocularly said ---
“To Phir mera kam
kya tu karega [Then, are you going to do my work] ...(silence for a
Baba’s face became a
little serious as he said---
“Mujhe jana hoga re.
Kai log mera intezar kar rahe hai (I have to go.Many are waiting for
Chand Patil wept for
a while as even the thought of being physically separate from Baba
pained him immeasurably.
He asked –
“To phir, main apke sath chalunga.
(Then I shall go
Baba smiled and said
“Are na, tujhe to
main bulaunga ...... kuch der bad.( Oh no , I shall call you......sometime
Chand asked again ---
“Lekin Baba Kab?(But
Baba a little
annoyed said –
“Are keh diya na
badme ... badme matlab badme..(I told you later)..[by this time Baba
started getting up]...Atcha ab sawal nahin (Ok , Now no more questions)”.
everyone of Baba’s decision to depart. Everyone was sad but Shirdi Sai
had made up his mind. Before departing, Chand Patil touched Baba’s
feet again. Baba looked straight into Chand’s eyes and said—
Bulaunga tujhe .. Bharosa karna mujhe pe .. (Remember.. I will call
you.. Have faith on me)”
History has it that
Chand Patil never visited Baba again.What happened to Chand is not
known? But the truth is that Shirdi Sai Baba never called Chand Patil
But Does God ever
lie? Never. Sai Baba did call him but in his next avatar as Sri Satya
Sai Baba. By that time Chand was reborn in West Bengal , this time too
in a Muslim family. They named him as Mohammed.
Mohammed from his
childhood fell into bad company. As he grew up, he graduated from
being a petty thief to a heroin smuggler. Many a times he just managed
to escape the Police dragnet. But once during a cold rainy night he
was not that lucky. He tried to escape using a small boat across the
river but ended up being surrounded by Police jetties. He almost gave
up hope but just then when Police were still at a certain distance, he
heard the call of an old man sitting in another boat behind him. The
man had a beard and wore tattered clothes. He said --
“Come over to this
boat and I’ll go there. Do not worry. I’ll take care.”
He did as he was
told. As the Police came near the boat, the old man asked them--
“Kya hua bhai. Budhe
se kya lena hai.(What happened , brother ? What do you want from an
old man ?).”
They came nearer and
“Babuji, Apse nahin,
us admi se kam hai [pointing to the smuggler].(Sir , We got some work
but , not with you, with that man)”.
They went over to
him and chided him --
“Are kitni dur tak
bhagega,Pakda gaya na,Mal kahan chupaya tune.Batade varna mein nahin
mera danda bolega.(Are, How far will you run? Now you have been caught.
Where have you hidden the loot? Tell us or else not I but my baton
The old man turned
back and asked--
“Are usko kyon
pareshan karte ho, sahib. Vo bechara to khali hath aya hai. (Oh Sir ,
Why do you trouble him? That poor man has come empty handed.)”
The search party
looked everywhere but couldn’t find anything.As they were planning to
return , the inspector saw a bag in the boat where the old man was
sitting. He asked--
“Babuji , Us bag
mein kyan hai , jara dekh sakta hun (Sir , That bag of yours,Can I see
what is there in it ?)”
The old man
“Are sab,Mujh jaise
budhe garib ke pas kya saman hoga. Is mein kuch nahin bus shakkar hain.(Oh
sir, what things will a poor old man like me have? Thereis nothing,
but sugar in it)”.
The inspector came
nearer and said “Jara dekhu to sahi. (Well,
let me see.)”
The smuggler now was
on the edge. If the narcotics inside that bag was found out he could
spend the rest of his life in jail.
The inspector lifted
the bag and found............. sugar!
The old man said
“Tasalli hogai sahib. Ab to is bechare ko
chod do.(Are you convinced ,Sir? At least now leave this man alone.)”.
The inspector left
disappointed. Before leaving he turned to the man on the other boat
and said --
“Khuda ki rehmat
hai. Aj to tu bach gaya.(God willed . Today you are saved.)”
As the Police left
to the shore, there was silence for a while. The old man then turned
to the smuggler and said--
“Why do you do all
this? Your wife is such a pious woman. Right now she is crying before
Krishna statue for santanaprapti (gift of child).”.
There was silence
for a while and the old man said again--
“Ja , Hamne Vardan
Diya.Tere bache honge. Kitne Chahiye tujhe?” (Go, I bless you.You will
have children. How many do you want?)
Mohammed (not taking
the old man very seriously) said “ Teen ya
Char (3 or 4)”.
Hearing this the old
man smiled and replied “Yeh bura dhanda chod
de.Koi atchi naukari kar le. Me dilaunga. Atcha ab hum chalenge.(Leave
this dirty work of yours.Do some job. I will give you.Ok,Now I shall
Before going the old
man dumped all the contents of the bag in water and gave a slip to the
other man and said --
“Yeh mere Mumbai ka
pata hai. Jarurat pade to ajana. (This is my Bombay address. Come if
you need me.)”
He did have children
as promised by the old man --- but not 3 or 4 but 3*4 = 12 children.
After that incident, He tried giving up his bad habits and attitudes
but in-between his past kept lingering. He failed to get a decent job
and his family suffered. His wife worked as a house cleaner and ran
the house. As things became difficult, she suggested that he take the
help of that old man from Bombay. They took a small loan from the
Sahukar and arranged for his trip to Mumbai. As he reached Bombay, he
searched for the old man’s address. He reached the area and someone
there told him that the place of his interest was just round the
corner a few steps away near a cluster of apartments. As he finally
found the place, he read the notice board to confirm the address. It
SHREE SAI BABA KA MANDIR”.
He went in looking
for the old man who had saved him from life imprisonment. As he went
about searching, the main priest rang the bell of arthi. As he too
stood in lines for arthi, his eyes fell on the main idol of the temple.
He was stunned. It resembled in every measure the man who saved him.
Although not fully clear about the things happening around, he drew a
picture of what might have happened. His version was as follows: --
“The old man was
highly respected and saintly perhaps. He might have died sometime
after the incident. Since he was highly respected and helpful to
everyone around they must have built a samadhi mandir in his memory
out of respect.”
That old man was his
only hope. With him dead, all his hopes too seemed to have ended, at
least it seemed to be so. As he turned back to return to Bengal, he
felt an urge to pay his respects to him by having a pradakshina. He
did so and as he stood before the idol looking at the flowers neatly
arranged at the idols feet, a piece of paper flew and fell exactly at
the spot where he stood. He picked it up and opened it.
It read “
BHAGWAN SRI SATYA SAI BABA
, PUTTAPARTHY ”
Visibly shaken about
the turn of events, the man returned home and told his wife about
everything. He had never even heard of Shirdi Sai Baba and more
shocking for him was to learn with little more enquiry that Shirdi Sai
Baba had taken Mahasamadhi in the year 1918. Then how on earth did the
same Sai Baba come back to save him on the rainy day of 1990!
And now who was this
Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba and what did that note coming from Sai
Baba’s feet itself mean. Along with the confusion that was clouding
his mind, the following thoughts kept recurring in his mind ----
Was this all true
or was it just hallucination?
As far as he knew,
he had never been associated with Sai Baba at all. Why then did he
Why did he ask him
to come to that Bombay address when he had died long ago?
And now this man
called Satya Sai Baba-- Who was He?
How was He
connected to him?
And if this man
also was Sai Baba, How are they both (Shirdi Sai and Satya Sai)
In all the confusion
that prevailed, He decided to take a train to Puttaparthi where he
hoped to get answers for all the queer things that seemed to have
happened so suddenly in his life.
Puttaparthi and settled himself in the common shed built by the
Central trust. He had food and retired for the night. He kept thinking
for a long time. He felt his inner voice telling him that come next
morning, his life would change for ever.
As he sat in the
darshan lines the next day for morning darshan, he found himself at
peace, free of all the confusion that had been troubling him for the
last one week or so. As he music began, everyone readied themselves
for Baba’s entry and so did he. As Baba came out for morning darshan,
that feeling of inner peace and tranquility grew stronger. He could
have a closer view of Baba now and he tried looking for physical
features similar to that of the old man who saved his life. If there
were any, he couldn’t find out. By now Baba was almost near him. Baba
came, stood near him, looked straight into his eyes and said --
“agaya tu” ( So , you have come.)”.
Baba called him into
the interview room and continued his outbursts--
“Yeh goonda hai ,
smuggler hai , Chori karke khata tha.? (He is a smuggler, He is a
gangster, He used to steal and eat?)”. Embarrassed by this unexpected
censor from Bhagwan Baba, He made up his mind to leave that day itself
for his village. Baba read his mind, as he does so often with so many
people, turned back to him and said “Abhi itne varshon ke bad aya
mere pas , aur ajhi jana cahta hai (You have come to me after so many
years and you want to go today itself)”.
There was silence
for a while. Baba then said --
“Are, tera mera
purana sambandh hai. Dekna cahta hai, to le dekle(Are , I and you have
a very old relationship.Do you want to see.Then take this,see.)”....So
saying Baba placed his hand on the man’s head. In a moment the entire
episode of his last birth and his association with Sai Baba flashed
through his mind’s eye. After he came out of his trance, Baba repeated
the same words, which once Shirdi Sai Baba told Chand--
“Maine Kaha thana ,
Bulaunga tujhe...Badme. Ab bulaliya to chodkar jana cahata hai.(I told
you , I will call ... later. Now that I have called, you want to go
The man fell at
Baba’s feet and wept like a child and asked for pardon for all his
sins. Baba said ---
“Go anywhere. Do
anything. I’ll bring on to the right track.”
Before the interview
ended, the man promised to give up all his bad ways. Baba immediately
materialised a cigarette and gave it to him saying --
“Let this be your
He drank the cigar
as instructed by Baba and next day was found with a lusture all around
The above episode
teaches us on important truth:
Man may make a
promise and may/ may not fulfill it.
But God always
fulfills the promise that he makes to His children.
God is known in
different names as: Rama, Jesus, Mahavira, Buddha and Allah. He has
come in so many forms when needed and will come again when needed.
That God we students
firmly believe now lives in form of SRI SATYA SAI BABA.Long before in
his 1968 discourse he promised to bring about the golden age, which He
will fulfill. GOD has never reneged on His promise and even now will
not. That day will come when the whole world will unify as one
landmass and the world will have only one religion--- that is the
religion of love, service and compassion,which Baba always says is the
true religion of every human being.