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Shirdi Diary Of GS Kharpade - Day 7
December 12, 1910
In the morning after prayer we saw Sai Maharaj passing out as usual and sat talking among ourselves as usual. Mr. Dixit appears to have turned a new leaf altogether and spends a good deal of his time in prayer, and his temper which was always mild appears to have acquired the peculiar sweetness which is entirely due to internal calm.
Rao Bahadur Rajarampant Dixit came soon after from Pulgaon. He said he had no intention of visiting Shirdi when he left Nagpur, but somehow at Pulgaon he made up his mind to visit very suddenly and made the journey practically on the spur of the moment. I was very glad to see him. We all went to see Sai Saheb later on.
I was a bit late and missed a very interesting story told by him. He teaches in parables. It was about a man having a very beautiful horse, which, do what he could, would not go in pair. It was taken all round and given all the usual training, to no pur - pose. At last a widwan suggested its being taken to the place from which it was originally brought. This was done and then the horse went all right in the harness and became very useful.
I heard the fragment of the parable. Then he inquired when I was going. I replied that I would go when he gave me permission of his own accord to go. He replied, "You go today after taking your meals" and later on sent curds by the hands of Madhavrao Deshpande as Prasad to me. I had it at meal, and soon after it, went to Sai Saheb.
He confirmed his permission to go as soon as I went. My son did not feel sure of the permission and so asked expressly and the per- mission was given in clear words. The Sai Maharaj today asked for dakshina of others, but nothing of me or my son.
I was very low in funds and he appeared to know it. After saying good-bye to Mr. Nulkar, Mr. Dixit, Mr. Bapusaheb Jog, Babasaheb Sahasrabuddhe, Madhavrao Deshpande, Balasaheb Bhate, Wasudeorao and others we left with Patwardhan, Pradhan, Kaka Mahajni, Mr. Tarkhad, and Mr. Bhide who came today. We caught the train about 6.30 p.m. at Kopargaon and travelled to Manmad, Mr. Bhide getting down at Yeola. I and my son will soon leave Manmad by the Punjab Mail.
SHIRDI DIARY of The Hon'ble Mr. G.S Kharpade
(Text Submitted By Sudiksha Dubey)