Once Dadasaheb Khaparde came with his family and lived in Shirdi for some months. (The diary of his stay has been published in English in the Shri Sai Leela Magazine first Volume.) Dadasaheb was not an ordinary man. He was the richest and the most famous advocate of Amraoti (Berar) and was a member of the Council of State, Delhi. He was very intelligent and a very good speaker. Still he dared not open his mouth before Baba. Dadasaheb stayed for four months, but Mrs. Khaparde stayed for seven. Both were highly pleased with their Shirdi stay.
Mrs. Khaparde was faithful and devout, and loved Baba deeply. Every noon she brought naivedya herself to the Masjid, and after it was accepted by Baba, she used to return and take her meals. Seeing her steady and firm devotion, Baba wanted to exhibit it to others. One noon she brought a dish containing Sanza (wheat-pudding), purees, rice, soup, and kheer (sweet rice) and other sundry articles to the Masjid. Baba, who usually waited for hours, got up at once, went up to His dining seat and removing the outer covering from the dish began to partake of the things zealously.
Shama then asked Him – “Why this partiality? You throw away dishes of others and do not care to look at them, but this You draw to You earnestly and do justice to it. Why is the dish of this woman so sweet? This is a problem to us.” Baba then explained – “This food is really extra-ordinary. In former birth this lady was a merchant’s fat cow yielding much milk. Then she disappeared and took birth in a gardener’s family, then in a Kshatriya family, and married a merchant. Then she was born in a Brahmin family. I saw her after a very long time, let Me take some sweet morsels of love from her dish.” Saying this, Baba did full justice to her dish, washed his mouth and hands, gave out some belches as a mark of satisfaction, and resumed His seat.
Then she make a bow and began to shampoo Baba’s legs and Baba began to talk with her and knead her arms which were shampooing His Legs. On seeing this reciprocal service Shama began to joke and said – “It is going on well, it is a wonderful sight to see God and His Bhakta serving each other. “After being pleased with her sincere service, Baba asked her in low and fascinating tone to chant ‘Rajarama, Rajarama‘ then and always, and said – “If you do this, your life’s object will be gained, your mind will attain peace and you will be immensely benefited.” It was a case of, what in technically called, ‘Shakti-pat’, i.e. transference of power from the Guru to the disciple. How forcible and effective were Baba’s words! In an instant, they pierced her heart and found lodgment there.
This is an excellent example of transmigration of a soul through a cycle of birth – death – rebirth to attain human body to facilitate self realization / God’s realization. Mrs. Khaparde Soul transmigrated steadily from animal level of COW to a human level with devotion to God. Those humans who realize this purpose of life on earth, can attain God with a less number of transmigrations and those who do not understand this truth will continue to move helplessly and endlessly in the eternal wheel of birth – death – rebirth.