Oh! I am a Chowkidar (watchman)
Supernatural Acts Of God-Sai Baba
On one occasion Group Captain Bose, driving with his wife and
father-in-law from Ambala to Gauhati in a high powered car with low
clearance was unable to move on the slushy road near Hariharganj. The
entire area was dangerously flooded by serpentine heavy rains; the road
was a lake. The back wheels of the car sank completely into the mud, while
upfront, one wheel was stuck in a ditch! At that late hour of 11.30p.m. no
help was available, nor would it have been of much avail since all efforts
to free her only succeeded in making her sink deeper.
The occupants were able to procure shelter in a nearby school, and slept
on bare benches at night, but her husband was determined to reach Gauhati
where he had to preside over a Court Martial. "Duty is God. Work is
Worship," he quoted Baba.
When dawn broke, no passing car or truck would agree to help, nor would
the small crowd of amused villagers lift a finger! Their enjoyment of the
pitiable spectacle only fanned the flames of despair. Unfortunately Mr.
Bose had a little bit of ego left in him: he decided to rely on horse
power rather than Sai power! Ropes were procured, but the car would not
move: the engine was restarted, but she only sank further into the slush.
Eventually, an exhausted Bose flopped to the ground, saying, "The Lotus
Feet of Baba is our only refuge.." Almost immediately a gentle looking man
with a strong physique came towards them. No one seemed to recognise him,
nor could they guess his whereabouts. Handing his umbrella to Mrs. Bose,
he became master of the situation. Bose was asked to get into the car and
take the wheel . A sweet fragrance flooded the interior, but before the
engine could be switched on, or the gaping crowd could offer assistance,
Mrs. Bose saw the man put his right hand under the bumper, and with one
lift, he placed the car forward upon hard ground, all wheels safe out of
the awful mire. Then all the occupants were requested to get into the car!
Puzzled, they tried to thank him to ask who, and what he was. "Oh, I am a
chowkidar."(watchman) he said, and walked away. Disengaging itself from
the now vociferous crowd, the car moved away, and soon caught up with the
man, walking briskly down the road. Bose begged the man to accept
something but he refused. Then he spoke one sentence. "Why did you not
call for me last night itself?". The Lotus Feet had indeed come to them!