As described in Chapter XXXI of Shri Sai Satcharita,” Seven days before Baba passed away a wonderful incident occurred at Shirdi. There came a country-cart and stopped in front of the Masjid. A tiger was on the cart, fastened with iron chains with its agonised face turned to the rear. It was suffering from some painful malady. Its keepers-three Derveshis – had been taking it from place to place and making money by exhibiting it. It was the means of their subsistence. They tried all sorts of remedies to cure it from the malady it was suffering from, but all in vain. Then they heard of Baba`s fame and came to Him with the animal. They got it down with chains in their hands and made it stand at the door. It was naturally fierce besides being disease-ridden. So it was restless. The people began to look at it with fright and amazement. The Derveshis told Baba everything about the animal and with His consent brought it before Him. As it approached the steps it retreated on account of the awe of Baba, and hung its head down. When both saw each other, it got on to the step and looked at Baba with affection. Immediately, it moved the tuft of its tail and dashed it thrice against the ground, and then fell down senseless. On seeing it dead the Derveshis were much dejected and full of sorrow, but on proper thought they came to terms with it. They considered that as the animal was diseased and nearing its end it was very meritorious on its part that it met its death at the Feet of Baba. It was their debtor and when the debt was paid off it was free and met its end at Sai`s Feet”.
When any creatures bow down their heads at saints` feet and meet death they are liberated. Unless they have got a good store of merit on their account, how could they get such a meritorious end?
Shri Satchidananda Sarva Samartha Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jaya
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai Baba devotee