Sai Mahabhakta Lakshman Bhatt Joshi was a resident of Shirdi. On 6th December 1936, he narrated in his own words the experiences he had with Shri Sai Baba to Late Shri.B.V.Narasimha Swamji as below:
I was a very small boy when I was with Baba and hence cannot recall all that Baba spoke. I used to do odd jobs entrusted to me by Radhakrishna Ayi and at Dwarakamai Masjid. Even Madhav Fasle did the same job as I used to do. Both of us used to sleep with Sai Baba at the Chavadi. We were allowed to be with Him when no one else were allowed. Baba used to tell us "Bhai, carry that log of fuel here", "Bhai, bring that tub of water" etc. I used to enjoy the eatables presented to Him and distributed by Him. There used to be Basketful of fruits most of the times with Baba and occassionally we used to steal some. Baba would occasionally catch us and say in a humorous way: "Do not take too much". Occasionally He used to abuse me. Once or twice He beat me with His hands. Occasionally He used to call me. Some times during night times when we were sleeping the Chavadi, Baba used to ask me to sing. He used to say: "Sing Guru's songs or Tukaram's Abhangs". He also would ask me "What does Ganu say?". I used to joke with Him by singing songs in His praise lightheartedly REHAM NAJAR KARO AB MORE SAI and other songs. Baba used to like both the tune and subject matter of the songs. I have least knowledge of Music. Many times Baba used to get up at the dead of the midnight and sing songs Himself in a state of ecstasy. Baba used to sing Kabir's song and other songs. I am not in a position to recollect now of what He sang.
I clearly remember the incident of Baba moderating and lesseningLeprosy of one Dagdubai. Baba saw that the progress of the disease completely stopped, but it did not cure. But after Sai Baba attained Samadhi, around the year 1922, wife of Dr.Pane from Mumbai had visited Shirdi. She and her husband used to come to Shirdi often and stay for four to five months or even one year. She used to bathe in Baba's Abhisheka Teertha and apply Udhi all over her sores. She used to get a bucketful of tirtha carried to Bombay for the purpose. In just two years, she got thoroughly cured. Earlier she had spots all over her body of the size of a pulse, discoloration of the skin etc. Later, the skin became quite normal and she was totally free from disease.
Once a Gujarati Girl of ten years of age came to Shirdi. When she came, she had to be physically carried to Baba. But just in a short span of time, she was able to walk and greatly improved during Baba's sojourn itself.
I used to see lots of devotees visiting Shirdi during Baba's time. One room in the village used to fetch a rent of Rs.4 per month. Because of the huge turnout of visitors meeting Sai Baba everyday, I could not enquire the details of devotees like Name, caste, their experience with Sai Baba etc.
(Source: Devotees' Experiences of Sri Sai Baba Part I, II and III by Sri.B.V.Narasimha Swamiji)