had been a witness on one occassion to his suffering which did not respond to the usual dose of morphia, his system having become immune to it by repeated use and the doctor had reluctantly to repeat the injection (saying it might almost prove fatal in a normal case) before there was relief.
This gentleman was the late Sri D. Durgaiah Naidu, a RW.I. of the S.E.Rly stationed at Waltair where I too was staying at that time. Having heard of many a miracle cure of chronic and incurable diseases effected through the healing touch of udhi by a blessed devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba then staying at Penukonda in Anantapur district, he had gone there on a Thursday, was accordingly blessed and cured. The long-standing ulcer vanished like magic and not a trace of it could be seen when X-rayed at the K.G. Hospital, Visakhapatnam, "Fools who came to scoff remained to pay".
Foot Note : * He retired as the I.G. of Registration, Madras. Later known as H.H. Swami Kesavaiahji of Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir, Shenoy Nagar, Madras- 30, he was continuing to bless thousands every Thursday till 6.8.1981 when he attained Samadhi.
I was thrilled to hear this account of the incredible coming to pass and "my heart melted away into secret raptures".
I immediately sent a note to Sri Naidu requesting for full details and advice. He said that the name of the great devotee was Shri S.B.Kesavaiah* and he was Sub-Registrar at Penukonda, and all that I had heard from Aziz was true. He also sent me Baba's Udhi and three different photos of Baba from which I could choose one and. keep. I selected the one, now familiar to millions, showing Baba sitting cross-legged with his serene, beneficient eyes, which I am continuing to worship. Looking at those benevolent eyes, I was overwhelmed and "my cheeks were bedewed with tears of thoughtful gratitude."
"The tidal wave of deeper souls Into our inmost being rolls And lifts us unawares Out of all our meaner cares.
- H. W. Long Fellow : ibid