given up service under Jadhav Rao, Maloji went straight to his native place,
Verul. His mind was very agitated. He was always lost in thought. Some
days passed in this manner. One night,after supper, Maloji
was lying in the corridor of his house. His mind had become the battlefield
of clashing ideas. The insult he had suffered in Jadhav Rao's house had
shattered his peace of mind. Pondering over these things Maloji fell fast
asleep.It was the calm hour of four in the morning.
It is said that an extraordinary thing
happened at that hour.
Maloji had a dream. A deity of exquisite
beauty and supreme splendour stood before him. She held the conch, the
wheel, the lotus and the trishul ( the trident) in her hands. She said,
" My dear child, Maloji, arise. Do you know who I am ? I am the protecting
deity of your family. A great epoch - making hero is going to be born in
your clan. His fame will spread far and wide. Arise, do not delay. Act
and strive. You have my fullest blessings".So saying, the deity disappeared.
Maloji woke up from his slumber and lookied around. There was no one. He
felt the thrill of a new strength and a new spirit.