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It is only one among a million, who becomes a true disciple of his Guru – as Gurdas Maan ji became, and has remained. Once, it so happened, that Gurdas ji was sitting near Sai ji, and at that time, his song “Boot Polish” had gained much popularity. Sai ji said: “What is this Gurdas, the whole day, only the song “Boot Polish” keeps playing on the TV?” Gurdas ji, being the humble person he is, only said “Sai ji, it is your blessing.” To this Sai ji said “No, it is Guru Ravidas ji who has showered his blessings upon you.” He then asked Gurdas: “Do you remember that boy with whom you got your photograph clicked?” A programme of Gurdas Maan ji had been organized at the village, Mullanpur. After the program, a large number of people were getting themselves photographed. A boy, who polished boots and was wearing tattered clothes, also wished to get his photograph clicked with Maan ji; but the volunteers did not let him come forward. As Gurdas ji’s eyes fell upon the boy, he said to them “let him come in.” There were several ropes barricading the stage, so Gurdas ji said to the boy “open the ropes and come up on the stage.” The boy climbed up onto the stage and for the sake of the photograph, kept down his boot-polish box. Gurdas ji immediately said “No, don’t keep it down; keep this box the way I have kept my dafli - close to my heart. This is your livelihood.” The child got himself photographed and Gurdas ji asked Jassi to pay the photographer so that the child may later receive the photograph. This made the boy very happy. Sai ji said “That child, with whom you have got yourself photographed, is Guru Ravidas ji’s child - and he has blessed you.”
Every single word uttered from Sai ji’s divine lips held a very deep meaning. Once a sardar, wearing a saffron turban, came to him and started to bow his head. Sai ji, stopping him short, said “No, don’t bow down your head.” The sardar said:” but Sai ji, I have come with full faith. “To which Sai ji replied: “This saffron is a symbol of our Lord Guru Gobind Singh ji who sacrificed his four sons; then the fifth - his mother; sixth - his father; and then seventh – himself! We cannot make this symbol bow down. If you wish to bow your head, tie a different colored turban - and then come here.” Sai ji was such a noble fakir that whosoever came to his door, received divine love from him – whether a seeker or an animal. Once, an insect was climbing up on Sai ji’s body. A man standing nearby saw this and looked around trying to find something to kill it. Sai ji said “What do you wish - that I should kill it? He is also His Creature, what right do we have, to take his life?” Sai ji loved everybody and everybody loved him very dearly. One day, a family from Nakodar, came to invite Sai ji at a family wedding. On the day of the wedding, a snake appeared inside their house. The family members caught the snake and left him far away. The next day they went to Sai ji and asked him: “Sai ji why did you not come?” Sai ji answered them saying: “You were going to kill me. I came - but you all threw me out.” Only a few blessed ones can understand His leela (play). Another day a woman was approaching Sai ji, on seeing her, Sai ji said to Sharda ji: “This is the same woman, who came here to ask for a son last year.” The woman greeted Sai ji and Sai ji asked her: “Mother, did you have the son?” The woman replied by saying “Yes Baba Ji, the son was born but he is slightly feeble.” Sai ji said “The kind of bananas you offered resulted in the kind of son you got!”. Sai ji often conveyed his complete message in a succinct maxim.
Gurdas Maan ji met with two accidents – the first one in 2001 and the second, in 2007. Both accidents occurred in the month of January. In the first accident, he got a wound on the right side of the forehead; in the second accident, on the left side. Both the cuts were exactly identical and symmetrical. Gurdas ji said “God probably needed to balance some scale, or he had to settle a score and take a burden off me”. Gurdas ji’s first accident took place on Jan 9, 2001. Maan Saheb had started for Nakodar from Chandigarh, along with his driver. Near Roop Nagar, his car crashed into a truck and his driver Tejpal, succumbed to the fatal injuries and died on the spot. Gurdas ji recounts that it was the first time ever when Tejpal, before beginning the journey, had asked Gurdas ji to wear his seat belt. Gurdas ji did that and soon after, the accident took place. Earlier Sai ji had forewarned the driver that this car was heavy on him and that he should come and leave the car in the Darbar for two days. Gurdas ji, before his departure to Canada for a music programme, had instructed the driver to leave the car at the Darbar. Tejpal, however, went off to Delhi along with his friends and forgot, and after some time, left for Amritsar with them. Before setting out on the journey, they first consumed alcohol in the car. On the way as they reached Jalandhar, he remembered that Sai ji had asked him to leave the car at the Darbar. On reaching Nakodar, he parked the car outside the Darbar; went in and said to Sai ji: “I have come to leave the car.” Sai ji asked: “Is there alcohol in the car?” Now, who could speak a lie in front of Sai ji? Tejpal answered saying, “Yes, it is there.” Sai ji again asked: “Have you come to drop the car or to enjoy a picnic with your friends?” – meaning to say “if you wanted to leave the car, you ought to have left it earlier.” A fakir’s words will always come true; and although Sai ji wanted to rectify the situation, now it was too late. The moment had been lost and Sai ji could now do nothing about it.