The story of the sculptor
-collected by Satrughna-
It tells how more than 30 years after Shirdi Sai Baba passed away from this world, He may be accompanied by his devotees still seen, as their love, devotion and faith is strong enough. One of the reasons why it appealed to me, especially because I have so many recognizable. It is the story of a sculptor, and I myself sculptor am, are many aspects of this story and work trust me. Even the subject of the image. As some readers know, I collect these stories about Shirdi Sai Baba as part of my spiritual practice. I would like to get to know Him better, so my commitment to grow in Him. Want in 1997, a long time ago now, Swami Gopala Krishna asked me to also make a picture of Shirdi Sai Baba. Therefore, the events in this story give me a lot of support. Faith and the surrender of Talim are an inspiration to me. When we cry 'in despair Baba!’, He replies: ' Yes!"Baba's help and guidance is always there, and if our faith is strong, He answered that, and so blow the spark into a blazing fire.
Finally, we can still Baba's game at work in this story, as he himself makes for a beautiful block of marble!
Something about the creative process
As we can see in the pictures, the sculptor begins with making a clay model he then casts in plaster. This plaster cast is then used as the basis for measurement, which are transferred one by one. For every point it measures, put a dot on the plaster sculptor. Hence the plaster models are always dotted and freckled look. For vulnerable parts allows the sculptor are always a support, so it can not break through vibrations in the cutting and polishing. That support, he gets only at the very last road. This was precisely the problem with the image of Shirdi Sai Baba, as we will see below,.
The carving of the Shirdibeeld
The idol of Sai Baba in Shirdi, that so many have been deeply touched, was unveiled at 7 October 1954, Vijayadashamidag, 36 years after the passing of Shirdi Sai Baba.
In 1952 a block of white Italian marble was delivered at the port of Bombay, but for whom it was intended, or why, was anyone's guess. Because no one claimed, was auctioned by the port authorities and the buyer then gave it as a gift to the Foundation Shirdi Sai in Shirdi.
The Foundation was impressed by the quality of Italian marble and decided to use a picture of Sai Baba. That's why they gave the sculptor Balaji Vasantrao Talim from Bombay formidable task to produce the image.
Talim ordered tools tailored to blacksmiths and carpenters and began making a clay model. But it was Balaji difficult to make without knowing the precise details of the face of Baba a good likeness, because he is black and white photographs of Baba where he could go from.
Therefore, he began to pray and said: "If Sri Sai Baba appeared to me while I make this, this statue will be worthy and the devotees will feel feelings of devotion. "
And so it happened that one morning, Balaji when seven o'clock came in his studio, before he had turned the light switch, there was a bright white light in the studio to see. Baba had appeared in the light, and gave him the spot darshan in the studio. Baba said he knew Talims problems and showed him his face from different angles, and encouraged Talim to study it thoroughly and well to remember. That was all the encouragement Talim needed and then went to work smoothly and easily and the result exceeded all expectations.
Balaji Talim told this later against the holy Narayan Sai Baba Baba himself what had led him to the carving of the image and how he could clearly hear the divine voice that led him to Baba at every stage.
The Foundation approved the Shirdi Sai Baba immediately clay model of good, and this was also the base from which the marble statue of Sai Baba would be cut.
In 1954 was marble statue of Sai Baba almost ready. Balaji Talim was with his staff the image to the finishing and polishing. He was about to remove the support between the left knee and right foot, when he was a bubble in the marble found there. It looked dangerous, because there was a chance that the whole piece with the base would come down, making the entire image would be damaged, and a damaged image could not be used for worship. Therefore, the work stopped, For Balaji Talim hesitated to take the hammer and chisel. He feared that the entire image would be destroyed and all his work and time for nothing. He became nervous and prayed to Baba: 'Baba, have mercy on me. Your image is ready. Alstublieft Baba, have mercy on me. "
At that moment he heard a voice inside that answered: ‘Balaji, Continue. "Therefore Balaji gave its employees commissioned to go and chiselling the connection path, but they refused, because they were afraid that the whole foot would fall. Eventually Balaji took quite nervous myself chisel and hammer, and while he prayed Baba, help me’, He gave a little tap. To his great surprise came only the connector loose, and spent the rest of Baba's image intact. When he saw that, tears rolled down his cheeks, and he bowed to Baba, started dancing and handed out candy to everyone, because he had experienced such a wonderful miracle of Baba.
The 1m65 high finished image of Sai Baba was carried ceremoniously through the village. It was so real that devotees like Swami Ananda Sai Shara and Lakshmibai, that Baba had personally known, felt that Baba had come back in the form of the image alive. Op Vijayadashamidag 7 October 1954 this was real life marble statue of Sai Baba Swami Ananda Sai Shara revealed with all the rituals, on the stage behind the tomb of Shirdi Sai Baba, in de samadhi Mandir in Shirdi.
During the work on the image of Sai Baba Baba appeared one day and said to Balaji Talim: "Finish the job and you'll be in the future, never having to make a picture." So Talim has never since created an image, and finally blew up 25 december 1970 his last breath, 82 years old.
 darshan: the blessing that emanates from experiencing the presence of a saint