CONTINUED TO CHAPTER 23
ALL ABOUT HIS PHOTOGRAPHS
Noor Mohammad was Ali’s brother-in-law. He was a disciple of saint Abdul Rehman. Noor had his Guru’s photograph in his house. He made six copies which were then distributed amongst his friends. One copy was given to Ali also. Once Noor had gone for his guru’s darshan. He wanted to offer one copy of the photo to him. Instead of accepting it the guru got angry and fired him as image-worship is forbidden in Islam. Noor was very much upset. He felt dejected and gloomy as he had become the reason for his guru’s anger.
Ali Mohammad was staying at Noor’s house as he was to undergo a surgery. Noor told him about what had happened. He collected all the six photo frames given to his friends and immersed them in the sea at Bandra. Noor told Ali that unless he removes all the photos on the wall of his house he would not become alright, the guru had said. When Ali returned to his house he saw all the photos were removed by Noor, except the one of Sai Baba. Ali did not know what to do with that photo of Baba. He thought that Moulana Ism Mujawar will guide him. Ali then went to Moulana who said, “If it is given to Annasaheb Dabholkar, it will be safe. He is Baba’s dear devotee”. In this way Baba had set the things in proper place. Thus the photograph came to Annasaheb in 1917 but its mystery was revealed after nine years.
The thread ceremony of the elder son of Kakasaheb Dixit was arranged at Nagpur. Marriage function of elder son of Nanasaheb Chandorkar was fixed and was decided to be carried out at Gwalior. So both of them went to Shirdi personally, to invite Baba for these auspicious ceremonies. Baba told them that Shama would be His representative. Kaka insisted on Him to come personally. Baba said, “I will come via Kashi and Prayag. I will be there before Shamya comes”.
Shama alias Madhavrao Deshpande prepared for the travel. Anna Kote also joined him. As per Baba’s instructions, they went to Nagpur and then to Gwalior. Both the hosts gave them enough money towards expenses. After attending the ceremony, Shama left for Kashi and Ayoddhya, where he spent twenty-one days. He then started for Gaya by railway. During the journey he met a person who was from Gaya. Shama had heard about the epidemic plague in Gaya. So He asked that Gayal (person from Gaya city) if it was a fact. He assured, “Do not be afraid. Come and see it yourself”. He requested Shama to come to his place without any doubt in mind.
Shama went to Gayal’s place. He was surprised to see Gayal’s huge wada. But he was more astonished to see Baba’s photo in his house. He became emotional. Tears of happiness filled his eyes. How did Gayal have that photo? Shama asked him. He elaborately told the details. “I had been to Shirdi twelve years back. I had heard about that Avaliya. In Shirdi, I saw Baba’s photo in Shamrao’s house. I liked it very much. With Baba’s permission Shamrao gave it to me. Shamrao, I have recognized you. You only have given this photoframe to me. It is yours only”. Shamrao was stunned at this miracle. He also recognized that he was the same Gayal. Both were very happy. In this way Baba was there before Shama reached. The story revealed Baba’s omnipresence.
END OF CHAPTER 23
In the next chapter "Is Sai Baba an Incarnation of Lord Krishna" will be discussed and proved.
© Author – Dr. Keshav Bhagwant Gavankar (Annasahib Gavankar) – Explicit Rights To Publish To Shirdi Sai Baba Books.com (Member of SaiYugNetwork.com)