One morning Babaji was in his small room in Kainchi. A sadhu with a half-dozen of his disciples came for Baba's darshan. I took them to his room. After they had taken their seat, Babaji said, "This is Mahant Digvijaynath, a great saint. Bow at his feet." When another person came, Babaji made him bow as well. Babaji smiled and asked people to bow low to the saint instead of touching his own feet. But when the third one came and Babaji repeated his words, the Mahant stood up and clasping Babaji's feet, with tears in his eyes, said, "Baba, you are the saint of saints sitting before us, and you are making people touch my feet, taking me to be a saint."
His goodness to his devotees also expressed itself in the way he would fulfill their fond expectations, trying to save them from disappointment. This was revealed during the opening ceremony of the temple in Panki, Kanpur.
Babaji was at Allahabad for his winter stay. Devotees coming from Kanpur requested him to bless the occasion by his presence, which he did not agree to do.
They went back feeling disappointed and sad that all their efforts had failed.On the day of the inauguration, Babaji finished his toilet, and changing his clothes early, went back to his room.
Gurus generally do not have any special favorite among their disciples or make any real discrimination among them.
To us they may appear to be partial or indifferent, but actually that is not so.
It is because, as Ramkrishna used to say, "Mother is giving more attention to the sick child."
Many of the children who come before the guru are very sick and get special care.
One morning while taking our tea, two cars came and stood at the gate. The old mother of the Maharaj of Vizianagrarn had come from Benares along with her staff.
She inquired about Baba, and when I said that he had left a couple of days back, the lady broke down and cried.
She said, "I need him very urgently. I have been awake for the whole night and have been driving since two. I have an appointment with the Finance Minister, Morarji Desai, in Delhi at four o'clock for talks about my estate, and I need Baba's help for that. What shall I do now?"
There was a very heavy flood, and the water of both the Ganges and Jamuna (Yamuna) had risen to a high level in Allahabad. The currents were very strong.
Some stones of the adjoining fort were washed away, and water was getting into the fort.
All the adjoining areas, including the famous Hanuman temple, were submerged under water, facing the fury of this flood.
Dr. Katju, then Defense Minister, accompanied by his staff, came to see the situation for himself.
Seeing Dr. Katju, who was a highly religious person, some priests of the Hanuman temple prayed to him to save the temple. They said every year during the rainy season Hanumanji goes down under water and comes out when the water subsides.
Ram Narayan said that during his long period of service, he had to work in many different places in the state and it was difficult to have Babali's clarshan when he wanted it.
In almost every town where he was posted, there were people who knew Babaji.
Sometimes Babaji visited them, but it was difficult for him to contact Baba by searching him out.
Baba was an itinerant saint, and nobody knew about his visits or movement except when they were with him.
Ram Narayan said he also suffered from an additional handicap: Babaji's devotees, like all others, generally used to stay away from the police and would not easily fraternize with them socially. This made it difficult to keep in contact with the other devotees in order to keep track of Babaji.
He was emphatic that there was no such discrimination in Babaji's mind.