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There are moments in a person's life when due to something seen or heard or experienced or all put together, a turning - point is brought about, the beginning of a new phase, a new vista was experiencing it.

I forthwith wrote to Sri Kesavaiahji telling him about my helpless condition and praying for his blessings. I received a prompt reply asking me to be devoted to Baba, to utter His name at least 108 time daily, fast every Thursday night for nine months and give my meal to the first Fakir that might call, and I should become all right by Baba's grace.

I did accordingly and became all right.

Glory be to Shri Shirdi Sai - Grace be to all


"Ask and it shall be given"

- Christ.

It was my habit to worship Baba with Sahasranamarchana every Thursday, for which as well as for the preliminary Anga Puja and Ashtothara Puja, at least some twelve hundred flowers are required at the rate of one for each name. One Thursday in the winter of '42,I forgot to gather the flowers in the morning and remembered it only late in the evening a little before sunset. No flower could be had at that late hour. However, in lieu of flower tulsi dhalams (twig endings with two leaves and a bud), could be used. Fortunately, we had a bed of tulsi bushes in the neighbourhood. So, along with some of my student friends3, I set about gathering tulsi till sunset after which tradition forbids it. Each of us kept count of the number plucked and the total came to about seven hundred only. A recount of all put together confirmed it. I decided to make up the deficiency with Akshatha4.

3 Sri Bhattam Srirama Murthy, former Minister for Cultural Affairs, A.RGovernment and Sri M. Suri Babu, Officer (Retd.) of the Central Secretariat, New Delhi were among them.

4 Turmeric-coated whole grains of rice used in lieu of flowers.

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