The Miser of Karaveerapura
The Forlorn Deer
How can you live in a House where there is no Dharma?
Mother Worries about Sakhu
Parent’s Bemoan Sakhu's Fate
Sakhubai's Husband Oaduraya
"You Are My Only Refuge"
Mother-in-law Finds Out
Loses Interest in Domestic Life
The Lord Answers Her Prayers
Rukmayi's WorryAs narrated by people, the story of Sakhubai becomes still more interesting hereafter.
While Sakhubai passed away, Lord Vittala was working in her guise at Karaveerapura. "I will look after your duties until you come back," He had promised her. Lord Vittala's consort Rukmayi now was at a loss as to how to get Him back. She decided that the only solution was to revive Sakhu back to life. She gave 'darshan' to Her devotees in their dreams and asked them to bring Sakhu's mortal remains to Her. Rukmayi touched them with Her divine hands and revived Sakhubai and told her: "Dear great devotee, go back to your Karaveerapura home. Lord Vittala is staying there taking your form. Send Him back. You are blessed. Go."
Sakhubai walked back home. Vittala in her guise was standing on the banks of river Krishna carrying a couple of pots. Sakhu ran and fell at His feet exclaiming, "0 Lord! What a mad woman I have been to make you undertake these tasks! I did not even ask who you were. I don't know what tasks you were asked to attend to. Please forgive me."
Lord Vittala laughed and replied: "There is nothing I will not do for my devotees. Hereafter, your life will be happy. You are blessed. Lead a life of help and service to others."
Sakhu, blessed by her Lord, returned to her house joyfully.
Gayyalibai was surprised when she heard her daughter-in-law's story. "0 God! How I made you to toil for me!" she cried remorsefully. Now she felt immensely happy that Sakhu had received God's blessings. "My dear, please forget the past. You are the light of our family," she emotionally told her.
Sakhubai's entire life-mode had now changed. Her husband, the mother-in-law and the father-in-law had all changed their attitude towards her and treated her with great respect. She continued to be affectionate and friendly to all of them. She explained the greatness of God and ' 'Bhakti' to all the people around her and led a life of peace and happiness.
'Bhakti' was Sakhubai's Strength
Every country has its own tales extolling the greatness of its saints and devotees of God. Sakhubai's story has been a popular one in our country. People venerate her.
Sakhu suffered much hardship right since her childhood. After coming to her husband's house, she could not go to her parent's home at all. Poverty at home may not appear to be a major problem. There is happiness in sharing one's love and affection with others. But even when the household is wealthy and there is abun- dance and a person is thrown a morsel or rice as to an unloved dog, how much mental agony the person suffers! She had also to suffer endless scolding and beatings. Her parents were helpless. But Sakhubai bore all this patiently and her devotion to God Vittala gave her strength to bear the suffering. She surrendered herself completely to Him. She blamed nobody for her sufferings and her devotion to Lord Vittala was total. Thus, Sakhubai lived a life worthy and dedicated to the welfare of the people.