Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, we don’t know about our life, we don’t know what will happen at the next moment, we don’t know who is friend and foe, we don’t know which is real and unreal, we are living in a world of injustice, here thieves and culprits are honoured and projected as real saviors of this world, honest and right people are neglected and invisible. Like a child we believe in everything, but the mother guides the child which is good and bad. Baba, You are our Divine Mother, please guide us to identify which is good among the bad, save us from this hell and take to heaven, stay within us and show the way we need to follow. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine guidance in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.
Oh listeners! please pay attention, how Indra, Agni and Varun obeyed Baba’s commands. I shall now narrate that.
Let us remember him with love. He was the personification of non-attachment. Such was his manifested form. He was the refuge of numerous devotees.
Honour the words of the Guru and give him a seat in your heart with faith. With complete resolution and abandoning all aspirations let us worship him with only this desire.
Guru-raj is even greater than all the seven – image of God, sacrificial altar, fire, supreme light, sun, water, Brahmin (those wearing the sacred thread). Let us single mindedly worship him.
The devotees of the Guru experience, on resorting to his feet with full faith, that not only Guru but Parabrahma is moved. Such is the marvel of Guru Puja!
As long as the worshipper has a form, then it is essential that the Guru also has a bodily form. For the formless, abstract energy, no bodily form is required. This is what even the Shastras emphasise.
Unless and until one worships the bodily form, true devotion does not spring forth; and, till there is no such devotion, full of love, the inner mind does not blossom.
Unless that blossoms, only the lotus bud does not have either the fragrance or the honey. You will see that even the bee will not pause there for a moment.
That which has attributes (satva, rajas and tamas) is with form; that which has no attributes is without form. Both are not different from each other. The formless and the one with the form are one.
Though frozen, it is ghee only, and when it melts it is also called ghee. The concrete and the abstract are one and the same, and the abstract is spread in the form of the universe.
Whosoever one can feast one’s eyes on, on whose feet one can rest one’s head, on whom one can meditate suitably, love develops there.
In whose company one can chat lovingly, and who can be worshipped with sandalwood paste and rice, coloured with turmeric and kumkum, for that a form is a necessity.
It is really easy to understand the nature of a bodily form rather than the formless. Once love for the saguna increases, it is the awakening for the formless (abstract).
Baba would evolve various means to enable the devotees to experience the abstract. By his authority, he would make them sit far and forbade darshan for a long time.
One would be sent on tour; one would be isolated in Shirdi; one would be confined to the wada and made to read the “ pothi ” regularly.
When such a studious training is undergone for a number of years together, then the craving for the abstract will develop. While resting, sleeping and eating, one would then enjoy Baba’s company mentally.
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 11, Ovi 5 – 20)