As described in Chapter VII of Shri Sai Satcharita, People benefitted immensely by having Baba`s darshan. Some became hale and hearty, wicked people were turned into good ones. Leprosy was cured in some cases, many got their desires fulfilled; without any medicine being put in the eyes, some blind men got back their sight and some lame ones got their limbs. Nobody could see the end of His extraordinary greatness. His fame spread far and wide, and pilgrims from all sides flocked to Shirdi. Baba had his ‘Asan’ near the Dhuni and always rested there. He sat there in meditation, sometimes without a bath.
He used to tie a small white turban on His head and wear a clean Dhotar round His waist, and a shirt on His body. This was His attire in the beginning. He first practised medicine in the village; He examined patients and gave medicines. He was always successful and He became famous as a Hakim (doctor). A curious case may be narrated here. One devotee had his eyes quite red and swollen. No doctor was available in Shirdi. The other devotees took him to Baba. In such cases other doctors would use ointments, anjans, cow`s milk and camphorated drugs etc. Baba`s remedy was quite unique. He pounded some ‘Beeba’ (some Carpus Ana Cardium, i.e. marking nuts) and made two balls of them and thrust them on in each eye of the patient and wrapped a cloth-bandage round them. Next day the bandage was removed and water was poured over them. The inflammation subsided and the pupils became white and clear. Though, the eyes are very delicate, the ‘Beeba’ caused no hurt but removed the disease of the eyes. Many such cases were cured; this is only one instance in this regard.
Shri Satchidananda Samarth Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jaya.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai Baba devotee