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Shirdi Diary Of GS Kharpade: When Baba Told Us Three Tales
He lifted up Ram Maruti Bawa who declared afterwards that he felt very happy and as if sent off to higher regions. One Bhagya and a villager were also roughly handled by Sai Maharaj. Sitaram brought the Aarti and we finished the Aarti in the usual, though in a somewhat hur ried way. Martand, son of Mahalsapati, showed great presence of mind and prevented confusion by directing that the Aarti should be finished when it was begun.
He did so when Sai Baba moved out of his usual place. Before finishing Sai Baba resumed his seat and all went much as usual, except that "Udi" was distributed wholesale and not individually. He was not really angry, of course, and did the whole thing as a 'Lila'. The whole affair made us late and there was the feast given by Tatya Patil for the death of his father as a part of the obsequies. So we did not finish our meals till about 4-30 p.m. It must have been a bit later, for after it there was no time to do anything and we were to see Sai Maharaj come out for his stroll. He did so as usual, and we saluted him as usual.
There was the usual Aarti in the Wada.Megha was too ill to stand up and Sai Baba foretold his end during the night. We then attended the Chawadi procession it being the evening for it. I held the morcha as usual and everything went on smooth. Sitaram did the Aarti. At night there was the Bhajan of Bhishma, and Ramayan of Dixit. P.S.I forgot to mention above that during the torrent of hard words that Sai Baba poured out today he said that he had saved my son Balwant and then often repeated the phrase "Fakir wishes to kill Dadasaheb (meaning me) but I would not permit it." He mentioned one more name, but I cannot recall it now.