Baba's Blessing - Part 2 - Miracle of Udi
by Nagesh Atmaram
3-4 months later, I met Shri Hareram and Shri Dattadas Maadaye Buva. Shri Hareram is an ardent devotee of Sai Baba. Listening to his narration of Baba’s leelas I was inspired to visit Sai’s Samadhi in 1925. Since then, I have been visiting Shirdi every Dassera (Sai’s Punyatithi).
When my son Manohar was 18 months old, he was critically ill for four days. On the fourth day, he could not even open his eyes. That night, Shri Hareram visited us around 8.30 p.m. When he saw my son’s dangerous condition, he took out some Udi and applied it on my son’s forehead and stomach. After sitting a while, he took me with him to a Satyanarayan Pooja at his acquaintance’s house. When I returned home at 11 p.m., I witnessed a miracle ! My son was busy playing like never before ! There was no trace of illness on his face. This was Baba’s leela ! After that, all the people in my household started believing in the miraculous Udi.
In 1928, Dassera and Muharram were to be celebrated on the same day and it was impossible to get leave. I was bent on going to Shirdi. Two days prior to Dassera, I dreamt that Baba was putting his signature on a paper. In the morning I applied for leave, which was granted immediately. I left for Shirdi with my family.
Everybody in my family had immense faith in Baba and invoked Him all the time. All problems, big and small were referred to Baba and they were alleviated. My son, then around two and a half years old, used to quickly pray in front of Baba’s picture and apply Udi, whenever he hurt himself.
In 1927, there was a letter from the police commissioner discharging me from my duties as a sub-inspector to accommodate those who had completed their training in Nasik. Who else but Baba would take care of me ? And He did 3-4 days later I received a cancellation order, saying I would not be relieved from my post for the present.