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The place in Khandoba's temple was not only unclean but infested with scorpions and serpents. But Maharaj stuck to the place according to Sai Baba's orders and did not care for cleanliness or any other things of the world. Sometimes, he used to go out and help poor people in their work of physical labor. Occasionally, people came to him for darshana or with dishes; but mostly he discouraged them by abusing them or throwing out those dishes along with their contents. Some devotees, however, persisted in their practice of regularly bringing a dish for Maharaj, whether he accepted or not.

 

During his stay in Khandoba's temple, Maharaj was the recipient of many occult experiences. Most of them carried their meaning with them. He saw his own departed grandfather four times in different contexts. Once he felt that the entire gross world including the earth, the sky and the sun, was revolving around him, who however was outside the revolving circle; the revolving circle then became narrower and narrower until at last it completely vanished. Sometimes he used to see things at a long distance as if they were quite close to him. One day, in the afternoon, when the sun was bright, everything, including the sun, suddenly became dark for him. He found himself enveloped in complete darkness even at mid-day for sometime. At times he used to see circles of light of various dimensions coming and touching him. Some circles included different departed spirits connected with him. Once Maharaj saw that some principle rose from his head like the contents of a syringe, went high up and piercing the external sheath of the universe became one with the principle which is beyond the universe.

 

Some circles were accompanied by experiences which were full of spiritual meaning. In one circle he saw a great meeting of saints and masters of the past and the present. They were discussing some question of great importance concerning the world and were awaiting the arrival of Sai Baba before arriving at a decision. When Sai Baba came with one Christian saint, the question was decided. In one circle, an evil person who looked exactly like Maharaj, received a sound thrashing at the hands of Sai Baba and was thrown away by him into a burning pyre; Maharaj was later on introduced by Sai Baba to a Master. In another circle, Maharaj saw Sai Baba showing him another good person, who also looked like Maharaj, and was seated comfortably on a heap of rupees. Sai Baba explained to Maharaj that the evil one in him was burnt in the pyre, and the good one in him was seated comfortably on a heap of rupees. Maharaj asked him, “He is the

 

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