at Shirdi, Baba used to mutter something occasionally, a sort of
loud-thinking, which only He understood. At times, He would say
astounding things either completely out of context for the listeners
or out of reach of their imagination. On one such occasion, He was
heard telling a devotee that in future big buildings would come up
in Shirdi, big people would visit the place and also that people
would make a bee-line there. The meaning of His divine utterances
was not understood then. Today a crowd - at average of about thirty
thousand, is visiting Shirdi every day. People from all parts of
India, both the richest and the poorest, are visiting Shirdi. Baba
can never be wrong as He had knowledge of the past and future, not
only of the individuals meeting Him but also about events before and
after the duration of His physical existence.
Baba playa role, both at micro and macro levels. At the micro-level,
they take care of the individual souls, not only of human beings but
also of other species, who are drawn to them by their mighty will
like chained birds, as Baba used to say. Baba used to recall His
past life relationships with many of them, in one case, stretching
as far back as seventy-two lives. He also spoke about the past lives
of other species. At a macro-level, Baba once commented that during
1854 and 1858, He was busy with Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, thereby,
indicating his role in the transitional phase of Indian history.
Earlier, Baba had spoken about Mughal Emperor Humayun and the birth
of Akbar in which he had a role to play.
Limited human intelligence can only perceive the activities at
micro-level of the Perfect Masters; it can never perceive their role
at the macro-level. History, therefore, is a limited projection of
human activities at micro-level. No historian so far, has been able
to bring about the hidden game of the Perfect Masters behind all the
temporal powers on this earth.
Baba’s activities, visible and non-visible, were extremely
intense during the First World War period between 1914 and 1918. He
left his body on 15th October 1918, when the war had almost ended,
completing His mission. He saved an Indian Captain and his ship from
drowning in the Pacific. When Bal Gangadhar Tilak met Him at Shirdi
in 1918, He asked him to take rest as the person to liberate India
was coming. Bal Gangadhar Tilak left his body shortly; thereafter
Mahatma Gandhi appeared on the scene.
Today, the world is in a transitional phase. The next war is
looming large towards the end of this decade. Old order is bound to
change giving place to new. The human society needs a new meaning to
life and a new system. Incarnations like Ram and Krishna had brought
about such transitions through wars. War is the culmination of a
divine drama where the heroes of truthfulness are ultimately
victorious. This macro role of the spiritual powers is going to be
enacted in a more perceptible manner in the days to come. All of us
understand the meaning of a war. Let us then Pray to Him to have
mercy. Let us pray to Him to bring about a better order where human
beings and other species can live happily together.