IS BABA LIVING
AND HELPING NOW ?
EXPERIENCES AFTER BABA’S MAHASAMADHI ON 15th OCTOBER,
1918 from book entitled ‘AMBROSIA IN SHIRDI’ written by Shri
Ramalingam Swami, inspired by SHri Sivanesan Swamiji of Shirdi
(Contd. from July-August, 2005 issue)
Baba cured the paralysis of the daughter of a close friend of Shri
Y. Nagarjun Rao of Hyderabad.....
was in the year 1970 that I happened to visit Mumbai on some
personal work. As it was my first visit, I went sight-seeing to
several places in and around Mumbai. Suddenly, I felt that I
should go to Shirdi and visit the Mahasamadhi of Shri Sai
Baba, more out of curiosity than devotion. But, the visit had to
be put off because of my brother-in-law’s arrival from the United
I was very much disappointed and silently prayed to
Baba that if He were God, He should bless me with an opportunity
to go to Shirdi. Meanwhile, a very interesting thing happened. We
received a cable that my brother-in-law’s scheduled arrival was
postponed on account of his prolonged stay en route. Thus the
seeds of faith were sown in my heart by the unexpected
accomplishment of my desire.
I immediately searched for a person who could help
me with the details of the pilgrimage. When I was going from
Andheri to Dadar by local train, I surprisingly came across a
devotee of Shri Sai Baba, who guided me with minute details. Thus
my very first visit to the shrine proved to be a pre-planned
sankalpa of Baba Himself to draw me towards Him.
After taking a bath, I went for Darshan,
which made me extremely happy. For a moment there appeared nothing
but Sai Baba in everything in Shirdi. I prayed to Baba that He
should help me with His grace and give me solace and comfort
throughout my life. I happened to make a study of the several
books available in Shirdi which gives one the feeling that Baba is
not merely a superhuman form but omnipotent God Himself. Since
then, my faith in Baba steadily increased.
Once, one of my close friends was blessed with a
daughter. Unfortunately, she had an attack of paralysis, and as a
result of this, she was unable to move her hand. My friend felt
unhappy, as the treatment did not produce the required result. He
had lost all hopes of her recovery and felt dejected.
I gave him a little Vibhuti (Udi)
which I had brought from Shirdi and asked him to apply it to the
affected hand with complete faith in Baba’s mercy.
Though he was personally not a believer in Shri Sai
Baba, he consented to do it on my persistance. He told me that he
would worship Baba as God if the Vibhuti helped the
recovery of the child in any way.
After the application of Vibhuti, there was
a tremendous improvement and very soon the baby recovered,
responding to the medical treatment very well. This in itself was
a big surprise to the physician, as he himself was not quite
confident about the outcome of his trial.
The grateful father of the child has become an
ardent devotee of Shri Sai Baba. Such is the kindness of Shri Sai
Baba Who responds to the call of humanity, if only the person
looks to Him.
85. Baba cured the dysentery of Robin, an Alsation
dog of Shri A. Ramchandran, Bangalore.....
I have a pet alsation dog named Robin. His main diet is rice with
milk or butter-milk. Rarely is he given a bone.
It so happened that he started purging from 30.7.1978. He could
digest nothing and his illness took a serious turn. The diarrhoea
turned into dysentery and blood was passed in the motions
continuously, every half an hour.
Everyone was afraid and were pressing me to take him to a hospital
or consult a doctor. I, however, thought that when my doctor was
within reach, why should I go to another doctor ?
I kept a few packets of Udi at the feet of Shri Sai Baba,
the Moving Spirit of the universe, at the Shri Sai Spiritual
Centre, Bangalore, and started administering it three times a day
in the milk, porridge or in the diet given to him.
In the beginning it took a serious turn; but I was determined
because of my faith that either the dog would survive with this
treatment or die, if it was destined to die. I must mention that I
am of stubborn temperament or you may call it blind faith if you
After a week of this continuous treatment and in spite of ups and
downs, the disease slowly came under control. I repeated the
treatment with determination and prayers to Shri Sai Baba. The dog
is now normal.
Lo ! The grace of God is for those who seek it with firm faith.
So, you see, you can now realise the efficacy of Baba’s Udi
in your everyday life and get over all the difficult situations
that arise at times.
This incident clearly shows that Baba’s Udi not only
cures human diseases but animals’ diseases as well; as He is in
all of us.
86. Baba fulfilled the wishes of Shri D. B. Potnis,
88, Juna Bazaar, Khadki, Poona.....
to serve under a doctor in Poona for Rs. 6/- per month. In
December 1940, I wanted to give a job application in the Defence
Department. I went walking, carrying my application.
reaching a chowk, I was not aware of the way and asked a
tongawalla. He was very old. Instead of telling me the way,
the old man asked me to sit in his tonga. I told him that
since I had no money, I would prefer walking. But, he said that it
was his own tonga and asked me to sit in it.
reached the Military Defence Department. He took my application
and presented it to the concerned officer on my behalf and went
days later I was called for an interview. Again I met the same old
man on my way. He told me to purchase a particular nib for writing
as they would test my hand-writing. As I had no money, he himself
purchased that particular nib with the pen-holder and gave it to
I went and gave my interview. They asked me to write a paragraph
as foretold by the tongawalla. I joined duty in the Defence
Accounts Department on 5-2-1944.
that time I was also studying in Poona English School. On
14-5-1951, I accompanied the school boys on an excursion to
Sinhagad. All the boys were exchanging the eatables purchased by
them and they asked, what I had to give them. I was in a fix.
Sitting empty handed under a mango tree. Suddenly, I noticed an
empty match-box. I took it and opened it. To my surprise, there
was a Rs. 10/- note in it. I gave it to my friends to purchase
some eatables and distribute it amongst us. Thus my dignity was
saved amongst my friends.
to cook food using my brother’s vessels. My brother has two
daughters and a son. I was transferred to Ahmednagar. One of my
nieces and nephew and my own daughter were with me. I wanted to
take the cooking vessels (of my brother) which I used in Poona
with me. But, his daughter refused. I left all with her and left
for Ahmednagar with only a katori and a spoon which were
gifted to my daughter in her school and Baba’s photo.
Ahmednagar, Shri N. A. Agadgaonkar helped me stay in his house and
his father gave me all the help till I got my required articles
from his friend Shri Rasane’s shop. From thence onwards, I was
Ahmednagar, I was transferred to Poolgaon in 1948. My four-year
old daughter imagined seeing a serpent and wept continuously at
midnight and afterwards every now and then, saying “serpent,
serpent”. I did not know, what to do; as it was beyond medical
My neighbour kept her in his house one day, to see if her fear and
weeping would stop; but in vain. At first, I thought that, may be
she mistook a spider for a serpent. Then, I put a ghee lamp
before Baba’s photo and prayed with all my heart to Baba,
performing Aarati and offering dhoop. After that her
imaginary serpents vanished and her weeping stopped. She was able
to move about and live freely without any trouble.
In 1949, I regularly read (1) Navnath Grantha (2) Guru Charitra
and (3) Baba’s Satcharita. Once I began the ‘Parayan’
of Baba’s Satcharita and on the last day I performed
Satyanarayan Pooja. I was reading the final (53rd) chapter of Baba’s Satcharita. In
the Pooja mandap, a small mouse came and sat on a plantain
leaf near the Pooja thali. It remained there until
the ‘Parayan’ was complete and also for the Aarati.
After the Aarati it went away on its own accord. We all
thought that Baba Himself attended the Pooja in the guise
of a mouse.
Thus Baba fulfilled my desires and continues doing so as
answer to all my prayers.
87. Baba cured the chest pain of Shri T. Kuppuswamy
SHastri s/o Ramaswamy SHastri Singaperumal Koil near CHENNAI.....
I was troubled with chest pain for five years until 13-4-1939.
Then, I received Udi and a picture of Shri Sai Baba from
Ramnath Shastri. I used the Udi and prayed to Baba. Since
then there was no more chest pain. That pain used to affect me
everyday from 3.00 p.m. for about 15 minutes and again at midnight
with great violence. I used to take soda powders to reduce the
pain. But, after using Baba’s Udi, I had no pain at all and
I do not use soda powder or any other medicine. This is a clear
proof of the powers of Baba and His Udi.
88. baba cured the diarrhoea of the child of shri t.
aruMugam, pillari, teacher, muthialpet high school, 97 thambu
chetty street, CHENNAI and fulfilled his other dESIRes.....
My nine month old child had an attack of diarrhoea and the
discharges were of a peculiar red colour, causing us much anxiety.
A similar attack, four months ago, while the child was at Chittoor
was cured by the D.M.S.C. after much trouble.
I feared more trouble this time also and wished to go to Chittoor
for treatment. But, my wife prayed to Baba, put His Udi
into the milk and gave it to the child in the morning. That very
day, the diarrhoea was cured.
About 50 days ago, I was desirous of getting a pair of silver
‘jyoti’ lights to be lit before Baba for worship. I had Rs.
5/- with me and went to buy them in a silver shop. The salesman in
the shop told me that the minimum price he could charge me for a
pair was Rs. 7/-. Giving up hope of getting a pair of silver lamps
I was about to leave the shop. Suddenly, another salesman, whose
son had once been my student, called me and asked me of my
requirement. He then presented me with a pair of silver
‘jyotis’ and refused to accept any price for the same. It was
Baba’s way of helping me to carry on my worship of His picture in
the desired manner.
Baba’s help to me in my financial crisis was also noteworthy. My
private tuitions’ income was Rs. 25/-. It was the same amount I
paid for my rental premises monthly. Suddenly, the tuition was
stopped in April last and I would have to vacate the place. It was
not easy to find another convenient place.
When I was worried about this and thinking of vacating the place,
the head clerk of my school suggested that I might continue to
occupy one half of my premises and give the other half on rent.
The idea was quite new to me; but was excellent. But, the problem
was, where would we find a vegetarian co-tenant ? (Myself and my
wife are strict vegetarians.)
A few hours later, a newly wedded couple, strictly vegetarian,
were badly in need of such quarters and asked my friend, the head
clerk, to help them. He introduced them to me. There was a legal
difficulty; as the land-lord’s permission would be needed to
sub-lease. My wife cast lots before Baba Who ordered the
sub-lease. The land-lord too agreed. At the same time, the same
pupil wanted tuitions and my income was restored.
Recently, I was at Chittoor and wished to take the bus leaving at
night to proceed to Chennai. It was around midnight, when I
approached the bus. It was all dark. There was nobody around as
far as I could see. I got onto a seat to rest awhile. Presently a
drunken man came in with insulting words. I told him, I would talk
to him, when he regained sobriety in the morning. The man
fulminated abuse and threats and then seized an iron handle (used
for starting a car). He heaved it high and threatened to kill me.
He was about to bring it down on my head, when feeling helpless I
The driver suddenly jumped up (evidently from his sleep, by
the noise), seized the handle, and my life was saved by Baba’s
grace. My faith in Baba became firmer by this instance of His
89. BABA CURED THE STOMACHACHE OF MS. SHYAMALA, DAUGHTER OF K.
THAPERUMAL CHETTY, STUDYING IN MONTESSORI SCHOOL, G. T.
I was studying in the Montessori School for 2 years. I knew Baba,
I used to hear His words. I also read His books. I read one
chapter a day. Shri Narasimhaswamy came to our house. He always
chanted the name “Baba”, “Baba”, “Baba”. After he came, my uncle
made a contribution to Shri Sai Leela.
My uncle, Raosaheb Papaiah Chettiar wrote to me about Baba. “Baba
is Krishna and Krishna is Baba. Baba is good and nice. Baba helps
uncle to keep good health.”
year, I put my hand on my aunt’s dressing table. Suddenly, a lid
fell and crushed my hand. I cried. Uncle said, “Think of Baba.” I
said, “Baba ! Baba !” In 15 minutes there was no pain and I was
year, our teacher, Miss Manuel arranged for a bus and told us
girls to get in. We all went to the Aquarium. Suddenly, there was
thunder and lightening. All the girls got scared. Only I cried,
“Baba ! Baba !” I told the girls to say “Sai ! Sai !” and everyone
started chanting. Slowly, they became bold and lost fear of the
thunder and lightening. After returning to school I told the
girls, “Sai Baba is a Mahatma. He gives us everything.”
I had a stomachache and was sick. I could not vomit. I went to my
uncle and asked for Baba’s Udi. He gave me some medicines;
but to no avail. Then, he came and put Udi in my mouth. I
became alright in a minute. I got up. No pain, no sickness. I told
my uncle, “See the Udi has made me alright !”
Sometimes, I spend the day at my uncle’s house and sometimes at my
grandmother’s. There are many girls there. I always tell them
about Baba. I say, “Think of Baba before sleeping.” They do so.
My grandmother (father’s mother) died. I felt sorry and so I
wept. Then, I saw Baba in the evening sky. He said, “Do not cry. I
have taken your grandmother. She is very happy. Do not be afraid.”
BABA CURED THE DIARRHOEA AND FEVER OF MISS MASTHANAMMA, ONE YEAR
OLD DAUGHTER OF SHRI PALAKURU VENKATAKRISHNA REDDY, RICE MILL
year old daughter Masthanamma was suffering from diarrhoea and
fever. Medicines from the hospital could not effect a lasting
then got Sai Baba’s photo and Udi, which I gave to the
child. After using the Udi twice, the diarrhoea ceased.
Since then, I used only the Udi as her medicine, thrice
daily, and she was completely cured. She is alright now. We found
that without using any medicine, Baba’s Udi alone effected
the cure; and the faith of our family in Sai was greatly
My sister, who lived at Thattapalli (90 miles from Nellore), had
parturition troubles. Ayurvedic medicines were given; but
she became from bad to worse. The physicians advised that she
should be shifted to Nellore. She was taken to the American
Hospital, Nellore, where the doctor-in-charge said that the
symptoms would not abate for a week and that he would decide the
course of medicine after that. But, within two days, the patient
became worse and passed 20 to 30 motions (with blood). We gave up
hope. Then, we gave Baba’s Udi for four days to the
patient. She gradually improved and was cured within a week.
– Jyoti Ranjan
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