During those days at Amritsar an old lady by the name of Mata Laxmi came for the darshan of Shri Babaji Bhagwan. She carried the name of the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. As soon as she came before Shri Babaji Bhagwan she received an inner light that filled her with unbounded devotion. Her life changed completely. Her devotion to Shri Babaji Bhagwan became so great that people began to revere her and to come for her darshan. Outwardly she had no wealth and lived in penury, but Shri Babaji Bhagwan always referred to her as Laxmi thereby denoting wealth.
On her first day, Shri Babaji Bhagwan had asked her: “What would you want from me?”
In reply to this, Mata Laxmi responded by saying: “Let all the people in the world have homes to live in, let the singers sing the songs of joy. Let the kitchens remain warm and let the poor come and eat to their heart’s content! That is all that I desire.”
Mata Laxmi fell in love with the young Shri Nathji as well. She would frequently pray for his health and happiness as also for all the children of the world.
One day she came to visit Shri Babaji Bhagwan and sat down upon the floor, peeling potatoes. Shri Babaji was touched by her devotion and said to her on a sudden impulse:
“You can ask for anything you like at this moment and it shall be granted unto you!”
Mata Laxmi said: “Babaji! Release my children Dr. Kichlu and Dr. Satya Pal from prison!”
Those were the days in 1919 when people in India were agitating for independence from British rule. Dr. Kichlu and Dr. Satya Pal were Indian leaders who had been jailed by the British Government. There was no hope of their release. A pall of gloom had come over the entire country at their imprisonment.
Shri Babaji Bhagwan said almost instantly: “Mata Laxmi! Your wish shall be granted!”
The next day the jailed leaders were miraculously released by the British Government. This was at a time when repression by the British Government was at its peak and hundreds were being kept in prisons for indefinite periods of time.
Shri Babaji Bhagwan called Mata Laxmi and said to her: “ God accepted your prayers and released both your children from jail!”
Mata Laxmi then said, “O Babaji! Will all the prisoners of the world be now released?”
Shri Babaji Bhagwan said: “Mataji! Why did you not ask for that yesterday when you asked for the release of these two?”
Mata Laxmi was silent. She had no reply. But her heart had been made manifest by her prayer. She could not bear to see the sorrow or suffering of any person in the world. She loved every creature in creation whether it was a man, a fowl of the air, an insect, or a beast. She was rich without possessing any wealth. Whenever she was in any difficulty she would immediately say:
“This trouble has been sent by Baba!”
And whenever she was passing through happy times she would say: “Baba has given me this happiness!”
She called Shri Babaji Bhagwan, “Baba” out of affection. No matter what the problem that confronted her she would always go to Shri Babaji and to no one else. She had a great love for Shri Nathji and always prayed to Shri Babaji Bhagwan to give all the comforts of life to Shri Nathji.
Shri Nathji on his part had great respect for her and always touched her feet.
Shri Babaji Bhagwan had placed a veil over the golden age that was to come as predicted by Shri Babaji Bhagwan himself. Mata Laxmi came to Shri Babaji Bhagwan and said to him: “Babaji! When will that promised golden age come when the Avatar shall manifest Himself and peace shall reign over the earth! My eyes have become weary from waiting for that time!”
And Shri Babaji Bhagwan said to her: “Mata Laxmi! Do not despair! God Himself has been preparing patiently from four yugaas –ages–for that time! If you are waiting for the time with great restlessness, God, too, is anxious to manifest this most glorious of all ages!”