Baba asserted in plain terms unconditional and complete responsibility
for His devotees, His watch over them and the absolute reliance they could
place in Him.
His undertaking was complete
through the passage of time, life after life He kept an intent watch over
His people and drew them to Him at an appointed point of time. Sai Baba
was explicit about this – “I draw my people to me from long distances in many
ways. It is I who seek them out and bring them to me, they do not
come of their own accord. Even though they may be thousands of miles
away, I draw them to me like a bird with a string tied to its
Baba looked after spiritual
as well temporal welfare of His devotees. He fully approved of people approaching
Him for material gains. He said, “ My men first come to
me on account of material benefits only, after they get their hearts
desires fulfilled and comfortably placed in life, they follow me and
His approach was realistic and
yet so divine – “I give people what
they want in the hope that they will begin to want what I want to
Baba worked meticulously
on his devotees to transform them. Dasganu an intimate devotee of Sai Baba
witnessed that he used to perform strange act occasionally by taking out
a few old coins from a purse and rub their surface constantly but gently.
As He rubbed them He would take the names of some of His close devotees
as – This is Nana’s. This is Kaka’s and so on.
Obviously the coins symbolized
devotees on whom He was working spiritually, transmitting His grace and
transforming them. Strange is the way of a Master to work with the elements
of a man whom He has taken in His hands.
His striving for the evolution
and hapiness of His devotees was strenuous for Him. Invariably He would
draw the physical sufferings and illness to Himself for the sake of His
children. It was around the year 1912, an epidemic of plague was raging
in the region and one of His devotee’s son happened to contact the disease
during their visit to Shirdi. The devotee Mrs. G.S. Khaparde was horrified
and wanted to leave immediately with the infected son for better medical
treatment at Bombay (now Mumbai). Sai Baba comforted her in a figurative
language, saying the danger would pass off, but this did not pacify the
lady. Baba thereon lifted His sleeves and showed her huge buboes on His
own body, and said “Mother, I have to suffer this for the sake of your
son”. In short time her son got cured after Baba having drawn the disease
on to Himself. Baba had complete undertaking of His devotees for their
spiritual as well as temporal needs. Baba used to say that He was responsible
for each person sent to him by Allah and also that He will have to explain
to Allah as to what he has done with these children.
His undertaking is
unending till He takes all his lost sheep back home.