01 August 2013 by Sai Leelas
SEEING SAI IN PHOTO AND STATUE
For many devotees who visit Shirdi what attracts them is the life size statue of Sai Baba in Samadhi Mandir, but for many devotees of Sai Baba He is there not only in Shirdi but every where. In His eleven sayings Baba says “If you look to me I look to you”. So if you look at Sai Statue or Photo and talk to Sai in the Photo it will respond the way you respond to Sai. So if you feel for Sai earnestly Sai will respond to you in any form you like. There are some the few instances in Sai Satcharitra wherein Baba responded in the form of Photos and proved that there is no difference between His physical form and form in photo. We will see such stories pre and post Samadhi of Sai.
Ramachandra Atamaram Tarkhad once forgot to offer Naivedya to Baba’s Photo in Bombay and there in Shirdi Sai Baba said to Mrs. Tarkhad “Mother I had been to your house in Bandra, with a view to have something to eat. I found the door locked. I, some how got and entry and found to my regret that Bhau (Mr.Tarkhad) had left nothing to eat for me. So I have returned with my hunger unappeased.” (Chapter IX)
The story of how Sai Baba’s picture came to the house of Hemadripanth is described in detail in Chapter XLI. “After doing Beneras and Prayag we will be ahead of Shama.” Shama was pleased with the accommodation provided to him. But what pleased him most was the beautiful portrait of Baba, fixed in the central and front portion of the building. He remembered the words of Baba, “After doing Kashi and Prayag we would be ahead of Shama” (Chapter XLVI).
Shri Dilip Kumar Ray of Pune had established a Hare Krsna Ashram in about 1930. He was himself a strong devotee of Aurobindo Ghosh and LORD SRI KRSNA. Few years ago prior to 1930, a friend of his had gifted him a Murti of SAINATH which he had kept along with the other idols in the open area of his house. One cold and chilly night in January, SAI appeared to him in PERSON saying, "I AM SHIVERING FROM COLD OUTSIDE. PLEASE TAKE ME INSIDE THE HOUSE and KEEP ME IN A COMFORTABLE PLACE." Rather afraid of seeing SAI in person at that late hour but equally pleased to have SAI's darshan, Shri Ray forthwith took SAINATH's idol inside and later also built a small SAI temple in his house where he commenced regular SAI worship. Wow! Lucky guy.
So Dear devotees let us see Baba in every form and worship Him whole heartedly and Baba will also respond to us in the same manner.
BOLO SHRI SAINATH MAHARAJ KI JAI!