Once some young boys went to Shirdi for Sai Baba’s darshan. They had bought camera with them as they wished to take Sai Baba’s photograph. After one or two days they presented their wish to Shama (Madhavrao Despande). Madhavrao planned that when Sai Baba returns from Lendibaug and reaches near Sathe Wada, he would request Him to wait for a while and during that time, the boys would capture the photograph.
As per their plan, the team along with Shama waited for Baba to return from Lendibaug by keeping the camera ready to capture Baba’s photo. Just then Baba came and asked, “Shamya, (sometimes Baba used to call Madhavrao ‘Shamya’ lovingly) What is this? Shama answered, “Baba, these boys wants to capture your photograph, please wait for a while”. Sai Baba said, “Tell these boys not to capture any photograph and just break the wall” and went away.
By the words, “Break the wall”, Sai Baba meant that He was not in only three and half cubits of body, but He was everywhere. So why there is any need to capture His photograph. There is a wall of ego, proud, laziness and break that wall. After breaking the wall of differentiation, devotees can be one with Him.
In an another incident, an expert photographer of Bombay came to Shirdi for darshan of Sai Baba. He wanted to capture Sai Baba’s photograph secretly and that’s why he had bought his camera with him. He captured the photograph. When the photograph was developed, it contained the face of the photographer’s guru instead of Sai Baba’s face. He was surprised to see such a divine miracle of Sai Baba. But later he understood that Sai Baba wanted to say that we should worship and serve only our guru.
Source : Translated from Gujarati Magazine “Dwarkamai“
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