Appa Kulkarni of Shirdi was a great devotee of Sai Baba.
He was once charged with embezzling government money, maybe because of his past karma. God alone knew whether the charges were true or false but people started whispering that Appa was a cheat. Appa was scared that he might be taken to court and tried.
Soon, sure enough, he received summons from the Deputy Collector asking him to face a court of enquiry. Appa feared that he would never return to Shirdi once he left the place, so before leaving, he went up to Baba with folded hands and pleaded for help. “You are a Sadhu, a Satpurusha. You know whether the charge is true or not. I do not wish to say anything about it but please save me.” He caught hold of Baba’s feet and started weeping.
He then went on to say; “People say I am your Kalyan. (Kalyan was Saint Ramdas’ closest disciple). If I were sentenced, your name would be tarnished. You are my father and mother, my sole refuge.”
Moved by the Bhakta’s earnest pleas. Baba said to Appa, “The Deputy Collector is at present at Nevasa on the banks of the river Pravara. There, in Nevasa, is present the Lord himself, to whom Jnaneswara prayed while writing the Jnaneswari (Bhawartha Deepika). Pray to him before you present yourself at the court of enquiry.” Appa did accordingly, and what a wonder! He was acquitted of the charge of embezzlement and his honour vindicated. The next day Appa returned to Shirdi and told Baba everything.
Baba said to him, “The Lord controls everything. He turns the impossible into the possible.”