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Shirdi Diary Of GS Kharpade: Sai Maharaj Was In A Pleasant Mood And Had A Smoke Out Of The Hukka I Had Taken
I was late in getting up and finishing prayer. Mr. Chandorkar came today with a servant. Many others also came and some that were already here went away. Mr. Chandorkar is a very nice simple man, very pleasant in conversation, and plain in his dealings.
I went to the Musjid and sat long listening to things said there. Sai Maharaj was in a pleasant mood. I took my Hukka there and Sai Maharaj had a smoke out of it. He looked wonder - fully beautiful at Arti time, but dismissed every one very soon after it. He said he would come to dine with us.
He calls my wife "Ajibai". On returning to our lodging we learnt that Mr. Dixit's daughter who was ill. passed away. The deceased dreamt a few days ago that Sai Maharaj kept her under Nim tree here. Sayin Maharaj also said yesterday that the girl was dead.
We sat talking about the sad event. The child was only seven years old. I went and saw her mortal remains. They were very beautiful and the expression on her face after death was peculiarly charming. It reminded me of the picture of Madona that I saw in England. The cremation took place behind our lodging.
I attended the funeral and did not breakfast till 4 p.m. Dixit bore the blow wonderfully well. His wife naturally broke down under grief. Everybody sympathises with her. In the evening I went to the Chavdi to see Sai Maharaj both at sunset, and later on at Shej Arti time.
At night, I, Madhavrao Deshpande, Bhishma and others sat talking till late, all about Sai Maharaj. Thosar got permission from Sai Maharaj to return to Bombay He will go tomorrow morning.
(Text Submitted By Sudiksha Dubey)