Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, we have no desire to ask you bullions or billions, palaces or kingdoms, great grand extravagant life, all we beg you is a tiny place in your heart, timely guidance on complex issues in our life, never ending protection against all odds and evils and remembering You on all the days and nights and beyond. Let Your mercy be on us always. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine guidance in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.
See the sport of Sai! Would love not gush forth? Who could be so stone-hearted, who would not melt by this?
Now listen to the miracle about Baba’s favour shown to the loving mother of this very boy, once when she was in Shirdi.
When she was in the kitchen and the leaf plates were set for the meal, in the afternoon, a hungry dog came to the door.
A piece of the bhakri, which was in her plate, was about to be given by her to the dog, when a pig, bespattered with mud, arrived there, oppressed with hunger. (She fed both).
This incident happened in its natural course. She did not give any importance to this or bear it in her mind. But Sai on his own opened this topic, when she was present.
After the afternoon lunch, when the lady came as per usual practice, and sat in the Masjid at some distance, Sai said kindly –
“Oh mother! You fed me to-day, because of which I am full upto my throat. I was overcome with hunger and you satisfied me.
You must act like this always. Truly only this will prove useful, ultimately. Sitting in the Masjid, I do not ever speak an untruth. This is the universal truth.
Know that this is the kindness which I preach. Give food to the hungry first and then eat yourself. Remember this clearly in your mind ”.
What did Sai Samartha say? The lady could not understand anything. What was the implied meaning of this? His words were never futile.
She said: “How could I have served you? How could it happen at my hands? I am dependent. I spend and eat whatever I can get ”.
Baba answering her said: “Savouring that lovingly given chappati, I became fully satisfied and I am still belching.
When you sat down for your meals, you suddenly saw a dog come to the door, which was suffering from extreme hunger. I am one with that dog.
Similarly, I am one with that pig bespattered with mud, which was also hungry and miserable ”.
When she heard Baba’s words, the lady was very much surprised. Dogs, pigs, cats which wander – are they one with Baba?
“Sometimes I am a dog, sometimes a pig, sometimes I am a cow, sometimes a cat, sometimes an ant, a fly or fish. I move about in different forms.
That person who sees me in all the creatures, you must understand is my beloved one. Give up the belief in the twofold nature, and worship me in this manner”.
These were not just ordinary words, but nectar. She was overwhelmed with emotions. Her eyes were filled with tears of happiness and her throat was choked with emotion.
I bow down to Sree Ganesh
I bow down to Sree Saraswati
I bow down to the Guru
I bow down to the Family Deity
I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra
I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.
Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh
-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 9, Ovi 114 – 131)