Artist drawing a sketch portrait of Sai baba and Baba gifting the photo saying "Everything of yours will become Gold "
It was only after 1914 that sai baba allowed his devotees to make paintings and take photographs of him
In the year 1914 an Artist named M. Ramakrishna Rao of Bombay came to Shirdi and made a sketch potrait of Baba on 7.6.1914.It was an painting. Dixit, Kaka Mahajani and every devotee who saw the drawing admired it and liked it a lot.All the devotees knew that Sai Baba would get angry if he saw someone has made a painting of him. So they decided to keep it in the Dwarakamai and covered it with a white cloth. They felt when Sai baba is in good mood, they can show it to him .
The Noon Arati was peaceful ...After the Arati Sai Baba was smiling, so Shama said "Deva this Artist has made a sketch drawing of You, we would like You to see it".
Even before he could complete His sentence Sai Baba roared "Where is the photo? Bring it before Me. Why are they making My photo? Bring it at once".
The devotees brought the portrait and placed it before Sai Baba. Rolling His eyes Sai took his satka and was about to strike the painting. After few seconds Baba calmed down.
Shama asked "Deva what is to be done with the photo?" .The devotees watching all this in dwarakamai were silent and wondering what sai is going to do.
Sai Baba looked in all four directions and at every devotee standing there... A devotee whom baba loved a lot , Chottu Bhaya was standing next to Baba. Baba called him affectionately and softly said "Take this photo home, everything of yours will become gold".
The drawing is 2 1/2 and 3 ½. . Chottu Bhayya took the drawing to his house and did pooja everyday.
Friends...Thats the leela of sai baba where he really was angry with an artist since he drew his picture but sai would have felt there will be millions of devotees in the years to come who must be blessed by him through paintings, statues and photographs.So sai allowed these things. Again i want to stress, saibaba photos and statues are just an external force to help you realize the sai who lives in your hearthttp://www.starsai.com/shirdi-saibaba-pictures/
Sai baba let your holy lotus feet be our sole refuge.OMSAIRAM