Rohilla’s Story & Baba’s Sweet and
Nectar like Words
The story of the Rohilla illustrates Sai Baba’s all embracing love. One Rohilla,
tall and well-built, strong as a bull, came to Shirdi, wearing a long Kafni (robe)
and was enamoured of Sai who stayed there. Day and night he used to recite in a loud
and harsh tone Kalma (verses from Holy Koran) and shout ALLAH HO AKBAR (God is
Great). Most people of Shirdi, were working in their fields by day and when they
returned to their homes at night, they were welcomed with the Rohilla’s harsh cries
and shouts. They could get no sleep and felt much trouble and inconvenience. They
suffered in silence this nuisance for some days, and when they could stand it no
longer, they approached Baba, and requested Him to check the Rohilla and stop the
nuisance. Baba did not attend to their complaint. On the contrary, Baba took the
villagers to task, and asked them to mind their own business, and not the Rohilla.
He said to them that the Rohilla had got a very bad wife, a Zantippi, who tried to
come in and trouble the Rohilla and Himself; but hearing the Rohilla’s prayers, she
dare not enter and they were at peace and happy. In fact, the Rohilla had no wife
and by his wife Baba meant DURBUDDHI, i.e. bad thoughts. As Baba liked prayers and
cries to God better than anything else, He took the side of the Rohilla, and asked
the villagers to wait and suffer the nuisance, which would abate in due course. >
Baba’s Sweet and Nectar-like Words
One day at noon after the Arti, devotees were returning to their lodgings, when Baba
gave the following beautiful advice:- >
Be wherever you like, do whatever you choose, remember this well that all what you
do is known to Me. I am the Inner Ruler of all and seated in their hearts. I
envelope all the creatures, the movable and immovable world. I am the Controller -
the wire-puller of the show of this Universe. I am the mother - origin of all beings
- the Harmony of three Gunas, the propeller of all senses, the Creator, Preserver
and Destroyer. Nothing will harm him, who turns his attention towards Me, but Maya
will lash or whip him who forgets Me. All the insects, ants, the visible, movable
and immovable world, is My Body or Form .
Hearing these beautiful and precious words, I at once decided in my mind to serve no
man henceforward, but my Guru only; but the reply of Baba to Anna Chinchanikar’s
query (which was really mine) that I would get some job, began to revolve in my
mind, and I began to think whether it would come to happen. As future events showed,
Baba’s words came true and I got a Government job, but that was of short duration.
Then I became free and solely devoted my self to the service of my Guru-Sai Baba.
Before concluding this Chapter, I request the readers to leave out the various
hindrances viz. indolence, sleep, wandering of mind, attachments to senses, etc. and
turn their whole and undivided attention to these stories of Sai Baba. Let their
love be natural, let them know the secret of devotion; let them not exhaust
themselves by other Sadhanas, let them stick to this one simple remedy, i.e.
listening to Sai Baba’s stories. This will destroy their ignorance and will secure
for them salvation. A miser may stay at various places; but he always thinks of his
buried treasure. So let Sai Baba be enthroned in the hearts of all.
-adapted from Sri Sai SatCharita-