IN LONAVLA, Krishna and Venkoba Rao were given the duty of being on night watch, Krishna outside and inside Baba’s room, and Venkoba Rao by the women’s compound. Venkoba would sometimes doze off during his night watch duties and Baba had repeatedly warned him about it. One night, Baba called Krishna and motioned, “Go and see if Venkoba is awake or asleep.” Krishna left and was horrified by the sight that met his eyes. Venkoba was sound asleep and a poisonous snake was right next to him ready to strike.
Krishna grabbed a stick and struck the snake. This awoke Venkoba, who jumped to his feet. As Krishna was striking the snake, he heard Baba clap. Telling Venkoba to finish killing it, Krishna returned to Baba. Baba asked, “What was all the noise?” Krishna informed Baba about the snake and Baba sent him back to see if Venkoba had killed it.
Venkoba had and when Baba was told, he sent for Venkoba and scolded him, “If you fall asleep again, you will be bitten by a snake! I won’t save you next time!”
One night, when Krishna was sitting on watch inside Baba’s room, at eleven-thirty Baba ordered him to sit outside and to take a round every half an hour. On his second round, Krishna spotted a large cobra. While killing it, he made some noise and Baba clapped. Krishna brought the snake and Baba complimented him, “You have done well. The snake will jump three forms.”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, p. 2817.