A money lender named Shri Amidas Lakshmidas Mehta lived in Nagpur. He lent six hundred rupees to a Sai devotee named Shri Vasantrao. Bad days started for Vasantrao and therefore he had to borrow money from many other lenders as well. He could not repay his debts in time. So he decided to sort resort of Sai Baba. He went to Shirdi. Whenever any lender went to Vasantrao’s house for recovery of his dues, he used to get only one answer, “Brother is not in town”. The same was the case with Amidas and he got fed up with such answers. So he started searching for Vasantrao and came to know that he was in Shirdi, lying at the feet of a fakir.
Amidas went to Shirdi. He saw Vasantrao massaging Sai Baba’s feet in Dwarkamai. Amidas abused Vasantrao then and there and uttered many bad words. Vasantrao was in tears hearing Amidas’s words and abuses. He sat quietly massaging Baba’s feet. Sai Baba said to Amidas very politely, “Brother, you have waited for many days, now please wait for two more days. You will get your money with interest the day after tomorrow.” Somehow Amidas believed Sai Baba’s words and went away.
It was the third day morning. Amidas was sleeping in his house, and just then someone knocked on the door. Amidas came to the door rubbing his eyes, opened it, and saw a stranger standing. Amidas told the stranger that he doesn’t know him. The stranger answered, “I am a humble servant of Vasantrao. Sir has sent me to settle your account. Just check in your books and take the amount including interest from this small bag in order to settle the account.” Placing a small bag in Amidas’s hand the man said, “Sir, count the amount with your own hands, I believe in you, you will not take any extra penny”.
Amidas thought in his mind, “How can a big amount like six hundred rupees be contained in such a small bag?” Looking at the man with broad eyes, Amidas took the bag and started counting the amount by taking out the coins. To his surprise, the small bag was not emptied although Amidas took many of the coins out. The coins did not decrease at all. Amidas took his six hundred rupees and said, “Brother the book of account is upstairs, please wait a minute, I will bring it”. The man denied it and said humbly, “Oh please don’t bother sir, I have to settle many other accounts so I am in a hurry and will have to leave. Just send the receipt to Vasantrao”.
When Vasantrao received the receipt he was speechless and overwhelmed with love and joy for Sai Baba. He repented thinking that Sai Baba had to take much pain to free him from the trouble of the lenders.
Source: Translated from Gujarati Book “Sai Sarovar“